Zack Carpenter

Zack Carpenter

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.

Bad start sets tone

RANTOUL — Wednesday's opening game of the American Legion state baseball tournament did not start out gracefully for Rantoul.

Eagles' academic work recognized once again

RANTOUL — For the second year in a row, the Rantoul baseball program was honored with the American Baseball Coaches Association's Team Academic Excellence Award.

Eagles' surprising season ends in regional final

RANTOUL — This season did not go exactly as Travis Flesner had planned. It went even better.

Juggling a roster loaded with youth, including five freshman starters, and starting just a pair of seniors most games, the Rantoul softball coach — along with some of the players — figured 2018 was going to be the year the Eagles would hit their stride.

Chargers' season ends in loss to No. 1-ranked team

Centennial baseball coach Ryan Remole can pinpoint exactly when his club’s midseason turnaround began.

After his Chargers battled the state’s No. 1-ranked team, Effingham, to a 5-2 loss in a Class 3A Mahomet-Seymour Regional semifinal Friday, Remole was still focused on his club’s 180-degree shift from a 1-11 start to a 12-15 finish.

Miscues pile up for Bulldogs in defeat

MAHOMET — The Mahomet-Seymour baseball team had not been 10-run ruled all season. Not even close.

That’s one of the reasons Bulldogs coach Nic DiFilippo was disappointed in the Bulldogs’ 11-1 loss to Charleston in a Class 3A Mahomet-Seymour Regional semifinal game Friday.

What made the letdown more discouraging is how quickly things spiraled out of control.

Jordahl pitches a gem for Eagles

RANTOUL — Lindsay Jordahl has a bit of a nervous habit.