Senior Legion state tournament set for Rantoul

RANTOUL — The views beyond Wabash Park's right field fence give an indication of what Rantoul's past was like.

The town that used to call Chanute Air Force Base home will have baseball teams from all pockets of the state descending upon Wabash Park this week, with Rantoul set to host the American Legion state baseball tournament.

Defending state champs back for more

DANVILLE — Danville Post 210 baseball coach Allan Shepherd expected an explosion of excitement from his team after it won the Fourth Division tournament. After all, a trip to state is never a guarantee, even for a defending champion that returns a majority of its roster.

What he saw, though, was a business-like celebration.

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.

Home Run Derby: Going yard

We asked several area sluggers to give us their picks on who will take home the title of best home run hitter at tonight's MLB Home Run Derby in Miami:

Max Quirk

Prep Year in Review: Memories they’re sure to cherish

The area high school sports scene kept us entertained and on the edge of our seats from August through June:

Prep Year in Review: Spartans fired up

In 2005, we asked sports writer Fred Kroner to come up with a formula to fairly evaluate all of our area schools against one another, whether they competed in five sports or in 20.

NG athletes of the year: Andrea Coursey and Jake Beesley

St. Joseph-Ogden's Andrea Coursey and Champaign Central's Jake Beesley are The News-Gazette's senior athletes of the year.

July 6 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 2:00pm

With Year in Review coverage coming up this weekend (preps) and next (Illinois), it's almost time to hit the reset button and turn focus to the next school year. What do you want to see from The News-Gazette sports section? What could be the biggest storylines this fall? Do you know someone who has an interesting story to tell?

All-Area baseball teams

All-Area first team


Jake Beesley Champaign Central Sr. LF

Skylar Bolton Oakwood Jr. C

Brooks Coetzee Mahomet-Seymour Jr. OF

Mason Coon St. Joseph-Ogden Sr. P/OF

Colton Hale St. Joseph-Ogden Sr. P/IF

Devante Hicks Danville Sr. SS/P

Dalton Hole Tuscola Jr. SS

Brant Hoveln St. Joseph-Ogden Sr. C

2017 baseball final stats

Batting Averages

Player/School AB R H RBI AVG.

Vanausdoll, ALAH 45 17 25 11 .556

Steinbaugh, GRF/C 69 42 38 38 .551

Saathoff, IWest 78 24 38 12 .487

Phelps, Oakwd 115 30 55 49 .478

A. Lyle, BlRdge 93 27 44 31 .473

Bolton, Oakwd 105 59 49 36 .467

Erickson, Tuscl 105 34 49 44 .467

Nelson, Danvl 79 23 36 25 .456