Zack Carpenter

Zack Carpenter

Eagles soar to overtime victory following late goal-line stand

RANTOUL — Under soggy, muddy conditions on a nearly flooded Bill Walsh Field, Hayden Cargo's fumble recovery in the end zone and a goal-line stand on fourth down sealed Rantoul's 36-28 overtime win over Olympia on Friday night.

Flying the coop: Eagles win in walk-off fashion

RANTOUL — Chad Vermillion almost waited too long.

With the scored tied at 5 and Rantoul teammate John Frerichs facing an 0-2 count with two outs in the eighth inning of a Class 3A Champaign Central Regional baseball game at Wabash Park, Vermillion stood at third base as part of a bases-loaded opportunity.

Mustangs fall short in super-sectional round

NORMAL — For the second consecutive year, Ridgeview's boys basketball team saw its season end one step short of a Final Four trip to Peoria.

Annawan handed the Mustangs a 39-32 defeat in Tuesday night's Class 1A Normal Super-Sectional, forcing Ridgeview into five turnovers and a 2-for-9 shooting slump in the final period to pull away.

Defense makes a big difference as Bulldogs move on

MAHOMET — Chad Benedict admits his team is not built on a run-and-jump, pressure-packed defense.

Rantoul closes out regional win

Rantoul gets clutch free throws from Rome, Hudson to earn regional victory

MAHOMET — As time ticked away to less than three minutes left in the fourth quarter Monday night, Brett Frerichs looked at his assistant coaches and asked, "Who are our five best free throw shooters?"

Timberwolves outlast Bunnies

MILFORD — Kevin Long was disappointed with his team's offensive performance in the first half against Fisher in a Class 1A Milford Regional semifinal game on Thursday.

The Cissna Park boys' basketball coach was frustrated his top two big men — 6-foot-7 twins Christian and Julian Stadeli — weren't getting enough touches in the paint.

Henson plays role of hero for Fisher

BISMARCK — With his team trailing 64-63 and 18.9 seconds left, Cody Diskin didn't try re-inventing the wheel in drawing up a final play.

Knights make quick work of Trojans

LEROY — Maddy Hopkins admits there is some pressure that comes with being a member of the Blue Ridge volleyball team, and it's understandable to see why the senior might feel that way.

The three-year starter, who also logged varsity time as a freshman, and her teammates are used to big success as a small-school program.

Post 210 fall in title game

RANTOUL — Danville Post 210 manager Allan Shepherd said there was one thing on he and his players' minds Saturday following an 8-1 loss to Edwardsville in the American Legion baseball state championship game: rest.

Post 210 was unable to capture a second consecutive state title, but it secured a return trip to the Great Lakes Regional with its runner-up finish.

Post 287 ends season with disappointing loss

RANTOUL — Garry Smith was still optimistic about his club's chances heading into Thursday's elimination game against Peoria Post 2.

But less than 15 hours later, that hopeful vibe from the Rantoul Post 287 manager twisted into a thoroughly negative 180-degree turnaround as Rantoul was eliminated from the tournament with a 7-1 loss early Thursday afternoon.