Zack Carpenter

Zack Carpenter

Bombers cruise past Bunnies

ARGENTA — Argenta-Oreana football is in the state quarterfinals for the first time since 2003.

But even after a 44-23 home win over Fisher on Saturday in a Class 1A second-round playoff game, Bombers coach Steve Kirk kept the postgame celebration brief. He broke his team out on its home turf after less than a minute of having it huddled up.

Knights roll past Trojans

FARMER CITY — The beat goes on for Evan Miles and company.

The Blue Ridge volleyball coach guided his team to a sixth consecutive regional championship Thursday. And on their home floor four days later, the Knights scored the final five points in a 25-17, 25-22 Class 1A sectional semifinal victory over Armstrong-Potomac.

Bunnies collect first postseason win since 2005

FISHER — The drought is over.

Fisher football, hosting a playoff game for the first time since 2008, captured its first postseason victory in 13 years with a 48-15 dismantling of Cumberland on Saturday at Kellar Field in Class 1A action.

Trojans have reason to celebrate

DANVILLE — The final song to play on the loud speakers prior to the Class 1A Schlarman Regional championship match Thursday night could not have been more fitting.

As Foreigner's "Feels Like the First Time" blared out just prior to a clash between Armstrong-Potomac and Heritage, it caught the attention of A-P coach Candy Franzen.

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.