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Rantoul High School is leaving the Corn Belt Conference and will join with Maroa-Forsyth, Monticello, St. Joseph-Ogden, St. Thomas More and Unity to form a six-team conference that will begin at the start of the 2014-15 school year, Rantoul Principal Todd Wilson said Friday.
URBANA — Stephen Love hasn’t seen an Urbana High football game this fall, but he keeps abreast of the Tigers’ results.
“I find out whether they won,” said Love, the owner of Black Rock Pizza Co., on Race Street. “It definitely affects our business. It has been a good season, and there has been a lot of celebrating.”
With the postseason a week away, we asked prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner for his thoughts on area playoff teams:
CHAMPAIGN — Once upon a time, at Centennial High School, Mike Carroll set a season rushing record that stood for 27 years. Now, 32 years after he last played in the backfield for the Chargers, Carroll still has the second-best rushing mark in school history.
If the name sounds familiar, it should.
SHELBYVILLE — Mitch Negangard, Conner Grace and Justin Deters each rushed for more than 100 yards as the Rockets clinched their fourth consecutive Okaw Valley Black title.
CHAMPAIGN — Now the waiting begins.
St. Thomas More needed three wins in its final three games to become playoff eligible. The Sabers capped off that run with a 48-6 win against Rantoul on the Sabers’ Senior Night to move to 5-4.
URBANA — The year Nathan Watson took over as Urbana football coach, the Tigers’ varsity was 0-9. The same season, the freshmen — the future of the program — were 1-8.
“A lot of staffs would have been rattled,” Watson said. “We stuck with what we believed in.”
Those freshmen from 2009 are now seniors. Mature seniors. Determined seniors.