Danville Post 210 moving on

RANTOUL — The chance to sleep in their own beds isn't lost on the Danville Post 210 Senior Legion baseball team this week.

Much to their chagrin.

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.

Legion Baseball State Tourney: Danville vs. Barrington

Danville Post 210 vs. Barrington in the Senior Legion baseball state tournament  at Wabash Park in Rantoul on Thursday, July 27, 2017. 

Bad start sets tone

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

Legion Baseball State Tournament: Rantoul vs. Edwardsville

Rantoul Post 287 in the Senior Legion baseball state tournament  vs. Edwardsville at Wabash Park in Rantoul on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. 

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: