It’s been a long time since the Trojans suited up. It’s been nine days since Charleston High School last played a game but they will get back at it on Saturday in non-conference action. Rantoul High School enters Baker Gym with a losing record but their losses appear to be competitive and the team is scrappy. 

Here is the preview of tonight’s game. 

Team Records: Charleston (6-10, 3-4) vs. Rantoul (6-14, 1-1)

Where: Charleston High School 

Tickets: Tickets can be purchased at Baker Gym

School Size: Charleston (796), Rantoul (772)

JV Tip-Off: 3:00 p.m.

Varsity Tip-Off: 5:00 p.m.

Rantoul’s History: According to the team’s IHSA website, the team does not have any results posted since the 2011-12 season. The last Regional Championship the team eanred was during the 2010-11 season. That was followed by their only 20-win season since 1989-90 when the team went 20-6 during the 2011-12 season. Last year, the team suffered a 1-33 season with an 0-10 mark in the Illini Prarie Conference. 

Rantoul’s Past Results: Rantoul is suffering a four-game losing streak. That includs a loss to state-ranked Fairbury Prarie Central 65-49. The Eagles lost 68-50 to Dunlap, 77-46 to Galesburg, and recently lost 55-51 to Mount Zion on Tuesday. 

Rantoul’s Top Players: Rantoul is led by 6’6 senior Jacksen Adkins, who is averaging 12 points and 8 rebounds. 6’7 Junior Kyrin Martin is averaging 11 points and 7.0 rebounds while dynamic sophomore guards Conner Smith and Jaylen McElmurry both average 13.0 points per game.

Rantoul’s Team Stats:  The Eagles are averaging 53.7 points per game and allowing 59.7 points per game. 

Charleston’s Past Results: Charleston has played three games since Christmas break. That includes a 75-56 loss to Casey-Westfield and a 56-40 win over Mattoon on January 6th. The team most recently lost to Mount Zion 70-40 last Thursday before a nine-day break from games.   

Charleston’s Team Stats: According to MaxPreps, William Applegate and Caleb Oakley are the co-leaders in scoring with 12.4 points per game while Luke Bonnstetter adds 10.6 points. 

What Rantoul Said: “Looking at Charleston on film I think we match up pretty well and should be a good ball game for us,” said coach Ryan Parker. “Can’t let them get hot from outside on their home floor.” 

What Charleston Said: “I expect the game to be a very competitive matchup,” said coach AJ Alexander. “Rantoul has some solid shooters and nice athleticism. In addition, they have played a lot of good teams close. The practice/film time has been really nice to focus on us and get a chance to fine-tune details we might have lacked the last couple of games on offense and defense. I think it also gave us a chance to get healthier and get our bodies a chance to recover before the grind toward the end of the regular season into the postseason begins.”