In a move that was expected after a town hall meeting Oct. 23 and a special school board meeting last Thursday, Rantoul has decided to leave the Corn Belt Conference and join a revamped Okaw Valley Conference with Maroa-Forsyth, Monticello, St. Joseph-Ogden, St. Thomas More and Unity.
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DANVILLE — The Vermilion County team sportsmanship awards for the fall season were won by the Oakwood volleyball team and the Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac football team.
BISMARCK — Patrick Ganley averaged 52 first-half yards on five rushing touchdowns to spark the Blue Devils to their school-record 10th win, a Class 2A contest that featured a second-half running clock against the Buffaloes.
NOKOMIS — Ryan Donohue has had big games in his four-year varsity career before. His performance Saturday will rank as one of his best yet.
Donohue racked up 274 yards and four touchdowns — all on a bum leg — as fifth-seeded Monticello rode its powerful tailback to a 45-26 win against fourth-seeded Nokomis in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs.
TOLONO — Unity’s football team is better than it was in Week 3.
The Rockets are also better because of the events of that third game.
A two-touchdown halftime lead wasn’t safe and the school lost a home game to Central A&M. It was an attention-grabbing moment for a team that has been transformed into a headline-grabbing unit with seven consecutive wins.
URBANA — Pick a subject.
It doesn’t just exist at Urbana in the classrooms of the science department. It’s a prominent part of the Urbana football team, where many of the seniors have been teammates and friends for eight years.
St. Thomas More senior Kevin Carroll is closing in on a seldom-achieved milestone.
He is within reach of being the second athlete to lead the area in receiving as a junior and senior. The other was Centennial’s Marquis Johnson (2000-01).
URBANA — There’s no giveaway in the name on the Urbana football roster: Sam Weatherhead.
The uniform number is pretty innocuous: 80.
The pink cleats might raise some eyebrows, though.
The dark hair hanging out the back of the helmet also causes a double-take.
It’s not until the players are leaving McKinley Field, helmet in hands, that the true picture becomes clear.