• Senior linebacker/running back Derrick Taylor and junior safety/running back Jeffery Wells are part of a veteran backbone that will carry the Generals into the post-Brummett era.

    WAND Summer Camp: MacArthur

    DECATUR -- It wasn't just the all-state Brummett twins: MacArthur lost a large number of college-bound seniors from its magical 8-3 Renaissance squad. This summer is all about beginning a brand new era under coach Derek Spates. [FOR VIDEO VISIT "GORDON VOIT - WAND SPORTS" ON FACEBOOK] It'll start with an experienced, talented group of upperclassmen that is perhaps headlined by running back/safety Jeffery Wells. As a sophomore Wells was a terror on defense and showed ...
  • Toughest Holes Episode 2: Moweaqua

    Welcome to Season Two of Toughest Holes! Every Wednesday this summer, WAND's Gordon Voit tackles the most challenging golf holes in Central Illinois. Episode 2 finds him at Moweaqua Golf Course, where hole No. 10 features a hidden trap. Can Gordon survive the treachery? Episode 2: Moweaqua Golf Course - Pro: Brad Burcham - Hole 1 - Par 5 - 539 yards (blue), 440 (red) - Challenges: length, a ravine immediately before the green that isn't visible...
  • Lincoln native Kevin Seitzer was named to the 1987 (pictured) and 1995 All-Star games. He tied with Kirby Puckett for first in the AL in hits with 207 during his rookie campaign of 1987.

    Lincoln's Kevin Seitzer had magical 1987 All-Star experience

    ATLANTA -- The Braves' trio of Freddie Freeman, Nick Markakis and Ozzie Albies at All-Star week comes at a time when the team is third in the NL in runs scored per game (4.85) and is sitting in prime position to make the postseason as a Wild Card if not NL East Champion. A common thread throughout the team's earlier-than-expected flourishing is hitting coach Kevin Seitzer. The Lincoln native isn't just a hot name in coaching for helping the Braves trio reach the All-Star Game, ...

  • Mike Fiala (left) credits his friendship with fellow senior Grant Karsten for his decision to enroll at LSA after he attended Stephen Decatur Middle School.

    WAND Summer Camp: LSA

    DECATUR -- High school football is in the air once again in Central Illinois, with offseason summer camps popping up all over the viewing area. LSA is looking for its fourth straight playoff berth, and the Lions will do it with an infusion of seven players from Mt. Pulaski, LSA's new co-op partner. The injection of Toppers represents roughly a 33 percent boost in roster size. Head coach Craig Bundy has the program looking strong despite the departure of a handful of key seniors from...

  • Pana rallies around 'Baby Exander' in time of need

    PANA -- It was the kind of evening that galvanizes a community. Pana's soccer contingency and many others showed out in full force on Sunday night at Tanner Park, with two goals: make coach Emily Fry feel loved and raise money for her newborn Exander Fry. Exander was born with a severe autoimmune disease and is unable to leave the hospital. Just three weeks into his time on Earth, he's fighting for his life. With that knowledge, 17-year-old Katelin Weideman stepped in to h...
  • Mike Matheny was one of three Cardinals coaches fired after Saturday night's loss to the Reds.

    Cardinals fire manager Mike Matheny, two others

    ST. LOUIS -- Mike Matheny is no longer the Cardinals manager. The team fired the seventh-year skipper after Saturday night's 8-2 loss to the Reds. The Cardinals had lost five of their last seven games, including the last three -- in which the Cardinals were outscored 21-3. Hitting coach John Mabry and assistant hitting coach Bill Mueller have also been fired. The Cardinals currently rank 14th in the Major Leagues with 4.4 runs scored per game. Bench coach Mike Shildt will...
  • Senior running back Trevor Smalls posted over 2,200 yards for Vandalia last season.

    WAND Summer Camp: Vandalia

    VANDALIA -- High school football is in the air once again in Central Illinois, with offseason summer camps popping up all over the viewing area. Vandalia is one of those schools, and the Vandals have momentum coming off a storybook run to the Elite 8 in Class 3A. Coach Jason Clay's team won two games as the No. 15 seed before falling to No. 3 seed Anna-Jonesboro 56-41 in the quarterfinals. This year the Vandals will look to replace All-State receiver Marcus Zimmerman, who ...
  • Tori McCoy was named to the 2016 McDonald's All-American Game after a prolific career at St. Thomas More.

    McCoy shares battle with kidney disease

    MILWAUKEE -- Former McDonald's All-American Tori McCoy has conquered virtually every obstacle on the court in her career, from St. Thomas More to the major college ranks. Now the talented forward is launching a different kind of battle, one off the court. Since transferring to Marquette, doctors discovered that McCoy has a rare kidney disease called FSGS, or focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. The implications are that she has more than 80 percent damage in both of her kidneys, and ...
  • Casey-Westfield graduate Nicco Stepina returns for his senior season at Millikin after posting 29 passing touchdowns and 7 rushing touchdowns last year.

    Millikin football picks up national momentum heading into season

    DECATUR -- The national Top 25 poll is recognizing something that CCIW observers already know: Millikin has momentum entering Dan Gritti's third season at the helm. The Big Blue received enough votes (3) in the national D3football.com poll to crack the top 45, just behind fellow CCIW foes North Central (No. 7), Wheaton (No. 18) and Illinois Wesleyan (No. 21). No other league schools appeared in the voting tally. Millikin is coming off its best season since 2...
  • Kevin Anderson will play for the Wimbledon title at 8 a.m. on Sunday (graphic courtesy: Wimbledon)

    Decatur and Champaign connections galore at historic Wimbledon

    WIMBLEDON -- Kevin Anderson is the hottest name in tennis right now after unseating world No. 1 Roger Federer in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and then outlasting John Isner in a six-and-a-half-hour semifinal marathon on Friday. The South Africa native's journey to the Wimbledon finals took turns through multiple points in Central Illinois, Mark Tupper explains in this edition of Tupper's Take. Tupper and WAND's Gordon Voit discuss Anderson's time at Illinois as well ...
  • MacArthur sprinter Ronald Reed commits to EIU

    DECATUR -- MacArthur senior track star Ronald Reed announced that he's committed to Eastern Illinois for college. The sprinter finished his Generals career on a high note, winning the Class 2A 100-meter dash title while making the finals in the 200-meter dash as well as the 4x100 relay. He tells WAND that he doesn't know the specific events he'll run as a Panther, but that he is prepared to run those three and possibly the 400-meter dash if needed. At Eastern Illinois he will r...
  • Decatur's Brylan Phillips gets call to elite CP3 camp

    DECATUR -- At first glance, Mike Phillips thought it was a scam. Superstar Chris Paul's brand CP3 was inviting Phillips' son to the Rising Stars camp in North Carolina in August. It's an elite showcase eligible for players ranked in the Top 25 at their position in the country. Well it wasn't a scam, and now it'll have a Soy City representative after Phillips accepted the invitation. The guard and incoming freshman will play right away for Eisenhower this season, where he'll team up ...

  • Toughest Holes Episode 1: Hickory Point

    Welcome to Season Two of Toughest Holes! Every Wednesday this summer, WAND's Gordon Voit tackles the most challenging golf holes in Central Illinois. Episode 1 finds him at Hickory Point in Decatur, where 15 is a Par 5 with distance, obstacles and dog legs. Episode 1: Hickory Point (Decatur) - Pro: Andy Potts - Hole 15 - Par 5 - 551 yards (blue), 540 (white), 460 (yellow), 455 (red, green) - Challenges: length, a dog leg, a large tree that blocks...
  • Lincoln native Aaron Fricke was 13-23 in four seasons as head coach at Piasa Southwestern.

    Warrensburg-Latham's Fricke brings unique style to Cardinals

    WARRENSBURG -- It's a lot of fun to watch first-year Warrensburg-Latham head coach Aaron Fricke at a practice, simply because his style isn't what you normally see. Others shout as a base level, then dial it up to nuclear when there's a mistake. Fricke is the kind of coach who rarely brings the volume north of an indoor voice, and yet he may as well be shouting because he gets your full attention. His stare is Eastwood-esque, and it's a package that proves that you don't ha...
  • Tupper's Take: Illini training camp schedule

    Mark Tupper joins Noah Newman in studio for another edition of Tupper's Take! The guys are talking about Lou Henson, who made an appearance at the Kendall Gill golf outing Monday. Mark also has the scoop on the Illini football training camp schedule

  • Lift for Life raises over 30,000 dollars

    CHAMPAIGN -- Illini football players put their muscles to work for a good cause at Memorial Stadium Sunday - raising over 30,000 dollars for the rare disease community. It was the 7th annual Lift For Life - the signature fundraising event for the Illinois Chapter of Uplifting Athletes.

  • Shaun Livingston returns to central Illinois

    PEORIA -- Three time NBA champion Shaun Livingston made his return to central Illinois this weekend. The Peoria native is back home for his golf outing, and upcoming basketball camp.

  • Effingham's Chad Green among leaders in MLB

    NEW YORK -- Effingham High graduate Chad Green had a breakout campaign in 2017 with the Yankees, with a 1.83 ERA and 5-0 record primarily out of the bullpen. Now in 2018 he's proving to the league that he's much more than a one-year wonder. The 6-foot-3 right-hander is on track for another stellar season, with a 1.96 ERA and an eye-popping 53 strikeouts in 41.1 innings of work. Case in point: he hasn't allowed a run, earned or unearned, since May 21. So how is Green improving o...
  • Turtle's Tips: putting lesson with PGA pro Kurt 'Turtle' Rogers

    DECATUR -- It's been a busy summer for Kurt "Turtle" Rogers, but the head PGA professional at Red Tail Run Golf Club always has time to help improve your golf game. Noah Newman catches up with Kurt for a special edition of "Turtle's Tips".

  • Curtis Graham is settling in for his first year as head coach of Eisenhower.

    WAND Summer Camp: Eisenhower

    DECATUR -- High school football is in the air once again in Central Illinois, with offseason summer camps popping up all over the viewing area. At Eisenhower, first-year head coach Curtis Graham is using his first couple of weeks to put his fingerprint on the program. The team is investing heavily in conditioning over Xs and Os at this point in the process, as well as integrating the new fleet of assistants into the coaching staff. A handful of football players from Millikin are help...

  • Moweaqua's Babb enjoying big year on Summer Nationals Tour

    MACON -- Shannon Babb AKA the Moweaqua Missile is tearing it up on the Summer Nationals Tour. He's 2nd overall in the standings

  • Effingham's Dan Winkler in national spotlight

    ATLANTA -- The top setup man in the major leagues cut his teeth throwing at the corner of Temple and Engbring in Effingham. At least that's the prevailing sentiment in baseball right now, as St. Anthony graduate Dan Winkler continues his breakout season with the Atlanta Braves. The reliever has a 2.34 ERA (1.31 if you wipe out a 4-run outing in late June). He's wiped out 44 batters in 34.2 innings of work, mostly with a baffling cutter that he's throwing more than ever (44.7 percent ...

  • Tina (right) and Katina Martin train together this week leading up to the Junior Olympic Regional meet in Muncie, Ind.

    Harvard-bound Martin twins dialed in for USATF regionals

    DECATUR -- Eisenhower twins Katina and Tina Martin are less than two months away from making the trip to Cambridge, Mass. for their freshman year on the Harvard track and field team. Katina says she went and visited her old teachers at Durfee and Johns Hill Magnet Schools this summer in preparation for moving east. She and Tina got their starts at those middle schools prior to racking up multiple state sprinting titles at Eisenhower. But there's still work to be done befor...
  • Grant Edwards (second from left) was named to HERO Sports' Top 50 FCS recruit list. He is committed to Eastern Illinois as a defensive lineman. (photo: Twitter)

    SHG's Edwards named to Top 50 recruit list

    SPRINGFIELD -- Sacred Heart-Griffin's Grant Edwards has been named to HERO Sports' list of the top 50 recruits who are committed to FCS schools. Edwards, a 6-foot-1, 240-pounder, will play defensive line for Eastern Illinois after his senior season with SHG. He is a linebacker and defensive lineman for head coach Ken Leonard's Cyclones. Last season SHG running back Tremayne Lee (SIU) made the list at No. 114, while St. Teresa lineman Beau Branyan (SIU) was named the No. 25...
  • The Geelong Supercats honor the Walker family (RJ, Sydney, Rodney and Karen left to right) during a game this June. Rodney played for the Supercats from 1997-2000.

    Decatur's Walker family gets homecoming 9,609 miles away

    GEELONG, VICTORIA -- This June Decatur's Walker family proved that even 9,609 miles away you can feel like you're home. That's the distance the family traveled to reunite with the friends they made back in the late 1990s when patriarch Rodney Walker played professional basketball for the Geelong Supercats. The Walkers were hosted by a number of local families, the club honored them at midcourt during a game and they even let 15-year-old RJ Wal...
  • Four-star LB Eifler, three-star WR McCray commit to Illini

    CHAMPAIGN -- Lovie Smith and company got a double dose of good news on the recruiting trail Monday. 

  • Tupper's Take: Illini sign graduate transfer De La Rosa

    Brad Underwood boosted his front court depth Monday, signing Kent State graduate transfer Adonis De La Rosa. De La Rosa averaged 11.8 points, and 7.6 rebounds per game last season. 

  • NCAA discus champion Vaughn ready for next move

    CHAMPAIGN -- 2013 Centennial graduate Luke Vaughn recently won an NCAA discus championship in his final year with the Memphis Tigers. Vaughn was back in Champaign this weekend, after competing in the U.S. trials in Iowa, where he placed 6th.

  • Bloomington senior, Illini commit Griffin Moore says more recruits are on the way

    BLOOMINGTON -- Illinois offensive coordinator Rod Smith might want to draw up some trick plays for his future tight end Griffin Moore. Moore plans on playing tight end for Illinois, but right now he's thriving as quarterback for his Bloomington squad. Moore showed off his rocket arm during a camp at Mt. Zion this past week.

  • Lincoln Land Championship: Langley in contention, Campbell thriving with girlfriend as caddie

    SPRINGFIELD -- Former Illini Scott Langley (-16) is just three strokes back of co-leaders Kramer Hickok and Rhein Gibson, after shooting a 4-under 67 in round three of the Lincoln Land Championship.

  • Bloomington High's Scott Godfrey (left) and Morton's Tim Brilley shake hands at the end of this week's 7-on-7 round robin at Mt. Zion. Both are St. Teresa graduates.

    Decatur's Brilley, Godfrey both on the rise in coaching ranks

    DECATUR -- Scott Godfrey and Tim Brilley have much in common. They were two years apart at St. Teresa in the late 90s and early 00s. They both coached at St. Teresa after college. Now both are coaching large schools in the 309 area code, with Brilley in his third year leading Morton (5A) and Godfrey embarking on his first with Bloomington High (6A). The two also have experience building a program: Brilley's Potters went 7-4 last season less than two years after inheriting a winl...
  • Former Illini Luke Guthrie, wife Kaitlyn teaming up on Web.com Tour

    SPRINGFIELD -- Former Illini Luke Guthrie has taken his game to the next level thanks in large part to his wife Kaitlyn, who also happens to be his caddy. 

  • Former Illini off to strong start at Lincoln Land Championship

    SPRINGFIELD -- The Lincoln Land Championship features a quarter of former Illini, and they're off to a good start. Quincy native Luke Guthrie (-7) is tied for third, just two strokes back of co-leaders Rhein Gibson (-9) and Carlos Ortiz (-9).

  • Sage Davis rushed for 382 yards last season as a sophomore (5.5 yards per carry). The 215-pounder figures to be the focal point of the Braves' offense this season.

    WAND Summer Camp: Mt. Zion

    MT. ZION -- High school football is in the air once again in Central Illinois, with offseason summer camps popping up all over the viewing area. In Mt. Zion, head coach Patrick Etherton and the Braves are looking to get back to the playoffs after a year away. The offense will be without a number of key seniors, including receivers DJ Johns and Kolby Clark. That means that the ground-heavy Braves will be heavily reliant on running backs Sage Davis and Devin Flaherty in particular. 2...

  • Tupper's Take: Is the Signature Cup over?

    Bloomington captured the Signature Cup in dominating fashion, defeating Decatur 22-6 in the Ryder Cup style event over the weekend.

  • West beats East in 28th Order of the Eastern Star All Star Game

    MAROA -- A cavalcade of the top players in central Illinois put on the high school helmet one more time in the 28th annual Order of the Eastern Star All Star Game Saturday night at Maroa-Forsyth High School.

  • Central Illinois, Chicago area square off at EIU team camp

    CHARLESTON -- Several of the top high school boys basketball programs from all over the state competed at the Eastern Illinois team camp Saturday. The main event featured a rematch of last year's 3A state title game between Springfield Southeast and Morgan Park.

  • Glenwood RHP Jacob Maton is one of the top prospects in Illinois in the class of 2018. He's committed to Coastal Carolina and was drafted by the Mariners in the 39th round this week.

    IHSCA 3A all state team released

    The Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association released it's 3A all state baseball team. Several players in the WAND coverage area made the squad

  • Teutopolis hires Reeder as new head basketball coach

    TEUTOPOLIS -- Chester Reeder is the new Teutopolis head basketball coach - the school board approved the hire Monday night. Reeder comes to Teutopolis from Sullivan, where he was head coach for five seasons.

  • Tupper's Take: Illini basketball talk

    Mark Tupper returns to the WAND studio for another edition of Tupper's Take! On the latest edition Mark and Noah Newman are talking illini basketball, including Ayo Dosunmu's gold medal performance, Samba Kane's status, and the latest on facility upgrades.

  • Little League on Father's Day: Warrensburg captures championship

    MOWEAQUA -- What better way to spend Father's Day than on a baseball diamond? That's what several families did at the Mustangs tournament in Moweaqua Sunday.

  • Dosunmu helps USA capture gold in FIBA Americas championship

    Illini incoming freshman Ayo Dosunmu scored 10 points and dished out a team-high 6 assists in USA's 113-74 in over Canada in the FIBA U18 Americas championship game.

  • Gabsa wins 34th Forsyth Classic in sudden death playoff

    FORSYTH -- 54 holes wasn't enough to decide the 34th Forsyth Classic - they needed 58. Isi Gabsa (Munich, Germany) knocked in a birdie on the fourth playoff hole to beat Jillian Hollis (Rocky River, Ohio) and claim the title. Hollis (-13) grabbed the outright lead with a birdie on No. 16. Gabsa (-13) responded with a long birdie putt of her own on No. 17 to pull even and ultimately force the playoff. Kristy McPherson, Min Seo Kwak, Leona Maguire, and Nontaya Srisawang tied for thir...
  • Srisawang takes lead on day two of Forsyth Classic

    FORSYTH -- The sweltering heat did little to deter the best of the best on the Symetra Tour in round two of the Forsyth Classic Saturday. Nontaya Srisawang (-12) carded a bogey free 7-under 65 to take a one stroke lead heading into Sunday.

  • Bregman, Vickova tied for first round lead at Forsyth Classic

    FORSYTH -- Stacy Bregman and Karolina Vickova share the lead at 7-under after the first round of the Forsyth Classic.

  • 34th Forsyth Classic tees off Friday

    DECATUR -- The longest running event on the LPGA Symetra Tour returns to Hickory Point Golf Course. The 34th Forsyth Classic tees off Friday morning, with the top players on tour competing for a share of the $130,000 purse. There are five players from Illinois in the field: Elizabeth Szokol (Winnetka), Jaclyn Jansen (Effingham), Stephanie Miller (Elgin), Samantha Postillion (Burr Ridge), and Alexandra Harkins (Crystal Lake).  Tournament play tees off Friday at 7:30 AM, continu...
  • Teams from all over midwest in town for Sunnyside Invitational

    DECATUR -- If you're looking for top notch baseball featuring future college players you should stop by Sunnyside Park in Decatur this weekend. The Sunnyside Invitational is underway, with eight teams competing including squads from Chicago, St. Louis, and Kansas City. The four-day tournament wraps up Saturday morning.
  • SHG's Broeker picks Ole Miss

    SPRINGFIELD -- The most heavily recruited football player in the WAND coverage area has made his big decision. SHG offensive lineman Nick Broeker is headed to Ole Miss - the 3-star recruit announced on Twitter Thursday. Broeker is considered one of the top 25 prospects in Illinois for the class of 2019. He had offers from several D-1 programs including Illinois, Michigan State, Kentucky, Missouri, and Minnesota.
  • Dosunmu scores 7 points in USA debut

    Illini incoming freshman scored 7 points (3-5 FG), and dished out 4 assists in 16 minutes during USA's 105-73 win over Dominican Republic in the FIBA U18 Americas opener Sunday. Dosunmu showed off his ability to drive and finish strong at the rack multiple times. USA continues Group A pool play Monday against Panama at 7:15 PM CT.
  • Mt. Zion takes home 4th place trophy

    EAST PEORIA -- Mt. Zion came up short in the 3A third place game, losing a wild slugfest 16-15 to Providence Catholic in 8 innings. The Braves have nothing to hang their heads about though, as they bring home the program's first ever state trophy.

  • One-on-one with Whitman, and Newman's notes from media roundtable

    CHAMPAIGN -- Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman held a special roundtable discussion with select media members Wednesday. WAND's Noah Newman attended, here are his notes from the discussion: -Whitman says these summer months are big. No time off. They need to keep the foot on the gas to make up ground, and close the gap with competitors.  -Whitman's first year was about people, building culture. Second year was a...

  • Future Illini Dosunmu makes final cut for USA U18 team

    Illinois incoming freshman Ayo Dosunmu made the final cut for the USA Basketball U18 national team Tuesday. The five-star recruit from Morgan Park  is one of twelve players in the country to make the team.

  • Illinois' Spillane makes program history in MLB Draft

    The Cincinnati Reds selected Bren Spillane in the third round (82nd overall) of the MLB Draft Tuesday. Spillane, who was picked as a right fielder, becomes the highest drafted position player in Illini history. 

  • Tupper's Take: Illini on the CFB Hall of Fame ballot

    Illini expert Mark Tupper joins Noah Newman in studio for another edition of Tupper's Take! The guys dive into the college football Hall of Fame ballot, which came out Monday.  Three Illini are on the ballot 

  • Blakey, Braves break through to state

    MATTOON -- Mt. Zion head coach Greg Blakey has accomplished just about everything any coach could dream of - and now he can add "state" to his resume. The Braves beat Centralia 2-1 in the Mattoon super-sectional Monday, clinching their first ever trip to the state final four. 

  • Tupper's Take: The Illini football riddle

    Mark Tupper of the Herald & Review stops by the studio for another edition of Tupper's Take! Mark explains why Illini football has been an unsolvable riddle over the years, and the guys discuss whether or not Lovie Smith can solve it.

  • BASEBALL/SOFTBALL PLAYOFFS: Five local teams advance to state

    Five teams in the WAND coverage area advanced to the state final four on a jam packed super-sectional Monday.

  • Champaign native Caroline returning to Nevada

    Former Champaign Central Maroon Jordan Caroline announced he's returning to Nevada for his senior season.

  • Saturday Night Highlight/Score Zone: 5/26

    It was do or die for thirty teams in the WAND viewing area as the high school baseball and softball playoffs continued Saturday.

  • STATE FINALS: 2A track prelims recap

    CHARLESTON -- Friday was a big day for central Illinois athletes at the 2A boys track and field prelims. Mt. Zion senior Harley Russell saved his best throws for last, setting personal records in Shot Put and Discus. 

  • STATE FINALS: 1A track prelims recap

    CHARLESTON -- A star studded cast of Friday Frenzy regulars invaded EIU Thursday for the class 1A track and field prelims. Several multi-sport athletes are ending their high school careers with a bang, like Meridian's Cameron Getz who is eyeing a state high jump title. Getz also helped his Hawks advance in the 4 x 2 and 4 x 4 relays. 

  • Tupper's Take: Camp season approaching

    It's time to go camping with Mark Tupper of the Herald & Review! Mark joins Noah Newman in studio to discuss why summer camps are so important for college football and basketball programs across the state.

  • Tolono's Migut looking to end track career with a bang

    TOLONO - Unity senior Steven Migut helped the Rockets win a state track and field title as a freshman, and now as a senior he's looking to end his career with an individual title. Migut, a six-time medalist in hurdles, is hoping to take gold next weekend at the state meet in Charleston. 

  • Local stars rack up medals at track and field finals

    CHARLESTON -- St. Joseph-Ogden won the 1A title, St. Teresa took third, and ten first place medals were won by local athletes at the state track and field finals Saturday.  

  • Tupper's Take: NCAA Tournament expansion?

    Mark Tupper of the Herald & Review joins WAND's Gordon Voit in studio for another edition of Tupper's Take!

  • Local stars shine at girls 1A state track prelims

    CHARLESTON -- Kenli Nettles (AL-AH) and DaeLin Switzer (St. Teresa) will go head to head for three state titles Saturday, after advancing in the high jump, and both hurdles events. Nettles also qualified in the triple jump, and Switzer advanced in the 200.

  • Top 50 big man Okoro picks Oregon

    NORMAL -- The top ranked high school junior in Illinois is headed west. Four-star power forward Francis Okoro (Normal West) committed to Oregon - he announced via Twitter late Monday night.  Okoro was also considering Illinois and Purdue. 
  • Tupper's Take: Graduation weekend

    Mark Tupper of the Herald & Review joins Noah Newman in studio for another edition of Tupper's Take!

  • UIS set to host super regional

    SPRINGFIELD -- The road to the Division II softball World Series will go through the Capital City. Illinois-Springfield will host Southern Indiana in the super regional. The winner moves on to the World Series in Salem, Virginia.

  • WL/MF defense shuts down St. Teresa in regional championship

    MACON -- Warrensburg-Latham/Maroa-Forsyth captured a regional championship Saturday, after shutting out St. Teresa 1-0 for the second time in a month.

  • Local stars propel UIS to first ever sweet 16

    SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois-Springfield took care of business against Missouri-St. Louis twice Saturday, to win its regional and advance to the sweet sixteen for the first time in program history. Maroa-Forsyth product Calla Wickenhauser helped the Prairie Stars stave off elimination in game one with a go-ahead 2-run triple in the sixth inning.

  • Tupper's Take: Illinois' big spring

    Mark Tupper of the Herald & Review joins Noah Newman in studio for another edition of Tupper's Take! The Illini are enjoying a spring sports season to remember. The guys break it all down, and discuss whether or not the men's golf team can contend once again for a national title.

  • Eisenhower, St. Teresa hold signing ceremonies for five local athletes

    DECATUR -- Five local standouts are taking their games to the next level. Eisenhower held a special signing ceremony for seniors Yansyn Taylor, Shalin Bond, Courtney Cuttill, and Chauncey Wulf, while St. Teresa held a ceremony for Isaiah Bond who will play basketball at Monmouth College. Football star Shalin Bond will join Isaiah at Monmouth. Taylor is headed to Illinois Valley Community College for basketball. Wulf, a state champion wheelchair basketball standout, signed with Sou...
  • Illini tennis signee Horve prepared for college transition

    FORSYTH -- The Illini men's tennis program hasn't missed the NCAA tournament since 1996. Don't bet on that streak ending, especially with talented players like Lucas Horve joining the squad. The Forsyth native is a five-star recruit, and was the 2016 Mid-South Player of the Year.

  • Allgaier victorious at Monster Mile

    DOVER, DE -- Justin Allgaier picked up his first win of the year, and his first ever at the Monster Mile in the Onemain Financial 200 Saturday. The Riverton native held off a furious push from teammate Elliot Sadler in the final lap to secure the victory.

  • Jefferson excited for first head coaching job at AL-AH

    ARTHUR -- Ryan Jefferson was recently hired as the new head football coach for Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond. Jefferson is just the program's third coach in thirty years, and he instantly becomes one of the youngest head coaches in the state at 26 years old.

  • Tupper's Take: AAU stories

    Mark Tupper joins Gordon Voit in studio for another Friday edition of Tupper's Take! The guys discuss their experiences at major AAU events.

  • Tupper's Take: Underwood settling in

    Mark Tupper of the Herald & Review joins WAND's Noah Newman in studio for another edition of Tupper's Take!

  • Offers pouring in for SHG's Broeker

    SPRINGFIELD -- Sacred Heart Griffin's Nick Broeker is one of the hottest names on the recruiting trail. Just last week the junior offensive tackle picked up offers from Michigan State, Rutgers, and Missouri.

  • Jacksonville's Keene, Rochester's Dooley among locals headed to NFL

    Roughly 30% of the NFL's active players were undrafted. Jacksonville's Dalton Keene and Rochester's Garret Dooley hope to soon be included in that group, after signing undrafted free agent deals this weekend. Keene (DL, Illinois State) is headed to the Los Angeles Rams, while Dooley (LB, Wisconsin) is Minnesota bound.

  • Oakwood's Pierce wins St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100

    MACON -- A central Illinois native took the checkered flag at one of the biggest races of the year at Macon Speedway. Oakwood native Bobby Pierce won the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 for the third time in his young career. Ryan Unzicker was 2nd, Shannon Babb took third.  

  • Photo finish at Illinois Marathon results in a tie

    CHAMPAIGN -- It was too close to call.  Tesfaalem Mehari and Wilson Chemweno crossed the finish line at the same time, resulting in a tie at the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon Saturday. After a lengthy review, it was determined both runners finished with a time of 2:21.03. 

  • Tupper's Take: Finke brothers team up, Underwood looks to fill out roster

    So much for a slow April. It's been a busy month for Illini basketball, and that continued this week with several big storylines. Mark Tupper joins Gordon Voit in studio to discuss the recent transfers of Michael Finke and Matic Vesel, and who Brad Underwood is looking at to take their spots.

  • Ridgeway excited for head coaching opportunity at Clinton

    CLINTON -- Chris Ridgeway has always dreamed of being a head coach. That dream became a reality earlier this week when he was named the new leader of Clinton football.

  • Tupper's Take: NFL Draft preview

    Mark Tupper joins Noah Newman in studio for an NFL Draft discussion! The guys discuss who the Bears are eyeing at number 8, and also whether or not any Illini will hear their name called next weekend.

  • Clinton hires Ridgeway as new football coach

    CLINTON -- Chris Ridgeway is set to become the new head football coach at Clinton High School. The Maroons assistant beat out a pool of nearly 20 candidates. Ridgeway has ten years of high school coaching experience

  • Former Illini Jeff Allen encouraged by direction of program

    CHAMPAIGN -- From the "Littyville" movement to commitments from 4/5 star prospects like Marquez Beason and Isaiah Williams, it was a spring to remember for Lovie Smith's Fighting Illini. WAND sports caught up with former Illini Jeff Allen. The Houston Texans offensive lineman says he's encouraged by the direction of the program.

  • Rugby Family: Inside look at La Salette's elite program

    GEORGETOWN -- Did you know central Illinois is home to one of the top ranked high school rugby programs in the country?  La Salette Academy has established a rich rugby tradition - almost every single one of the school's 76 students plays the sport. 

  • Tupper's Take: Smith to Missouri

    Mark Tupper of the Herald & Review joins Noah Newman in studio for another edition of Tupper's Take! The guys are breaking down Mark Smith's decision to transfer to Missouri

  • One-on-one with Bren Spillane

    CHAMPAIGN -- Illini junior Bren Spillane is putting together one of the best seasons in program history. The Wheeling native is hitting .457, with 14 homeruns, 43 RBI's, 15 doubles, 12 stolen bases, and 34 runs scored. He was named Midseason National Player of the Year by D1Baseball.com and Perfect Game/Rawlings. Spillane joins Noah Newman one on one for a conversation about his historic season - click the video above to watch!
  • Illinois freshman Mark Smith prepares for tipoff at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich., where he could have been wearing a green and white jersey had he chosen to play for Michigan State.

    Mark Smith headed to Missouri

    CHAMPAIGN -- Mark Smith is planning to transfer to Missouri - he announced via Twitter late Saturday. Smith will have three years of eligibility remaining, after spending just one at Illinois.

  • Tupper's Take: Feliz commits

    It was a big recruiting weekend for the Fighting Illini men's basketball team. Brad Underwood and company secured the services of the top JUCO point guard in the country - Andres Feliz. Mark Tupper of the Herald & Review joins Noah Newman in studio to discuss the big news.

  • Morgan Park's Burrell picks Eastern Illinois

    CHICAGO -- Morgan Park senior Cameron Burrell is taking his talents to Eastern Illinois - he announced his commitment on Twitter Sunday.

  • One-on-one with Browns head coach Hue Jackson

    CHAMPAIGN -- Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson was the keynote speaker at the I.H.S.F.C.A. coaches clinic this weekend.

  • Top JUCO point guard commits to Illinois

    CHAMPAIGN -- Andres Feliz visited the University of Illinois Saturday and apparently liked what he saw. The top JUCO point guard in the country committed to the Illini Sunday - he announced on his Instagram account.

  • Illini Spring Ball: Hue Jackson, coaches clinic highlight busy Friday

    CHAMPAIGN -- Hundreds of high school coaches were in town for the IHSFCA coaches clinic, where they heard from Lovie Smith and keynote speaker Hue Jackson of the Cleveland Browns. 

  • Former Illini Megginson finds fresh start at Illinois State

    NORMAL -- Gabe Megginson was looking for a fresh start - he's found one at Illinois State. Redbirds head coach Brock Spack says the Jacksonville native has exceeded expectations, after transferring from Illinois. 

  • Tupper's Take: Exploring the possibility of hockey at Illinois

    It's a wild card Monday on Tupper's Take and today the guys are talking hockey. There are some new developments in the quest to bring division one hockey to the University of Illinois.

  • Illini drop series finale with Iowa

    CHAMPAIGN -- Iowa scored four unanswered runs to beat No. 22 Illinois, 4-2 in the series finale Sunday. The game was moved up three hours to beat the incoming snow. Illinois (17-7, 4-2) scored their only two runs in the first inning on RBI singles by Michael Massey and Doran Turchin.

  • Junior wing Milik Yarbrough is averaging 18.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.

    MVC Newcomer of the Year Yarbrough returning to ISU for final season

    NORMAL -- The Illinois State men's basketball team got some really good news this weekend - their best player is coming back. Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Year Milik Yarbrough has announced that he will not enter the 2018 NBA Draft. "I want to spend my final season at Illinois State developing so that I can have a long and successful professional career," Yarbrough said. "More importantly, I feel like I have unfinished business here at ISU.

  • Spillane continues red-hot tear for Illini

    CHAMPAIGN -- Just when you think Bren Spillane is about to cool off, think again. The Illini junior went 4-5 with two homeruns in Saturday's 13-12 win over Iowa. Over the last 10 games Spillane is batting .676 with 11 homers, and 23 RBI's.

  • Tupper's Take: Remembering "The Comeback"

    On the thirteenth anniversary of "The Comeback", Mark Tupper shares his most memorable stories from covering the game. The guys also discuss Michael Finke's decision to transfer from Illinois.

  • Lucas plans to transfer from Illinois

    CHAMPAIGN -- Sophomore point guard Te'Jon Lucas announced he's transferring from Illinois. "After sitting down with my family and support team I have decided to reopen my recruitment and transfer from the University of Illinois," Lucas said via Instagram Monday. "I want to thank both coach Groce and coach Underwood's staff

  • Michael Finke transferring from Illinois

    CHAMPAIGN -- Illini junior forward Michael Finke announced he will transfer. "Competing for the Fighting Illini and earning a degree from Illinois was always a dream of mine growing up in Champaign," Finke said Monday. "We've decided that I will seek a new school where I can earn a Masters degree and compete for my final year of college eligibility and Illinois will not renew my scholarship. I will forever be an Illini at heart."

  • Loyola mania takes over Chicago

    CHICAGO -- Sister Jean and the Loyola Ramblers received a hero's welcome in their return to the Windy City Sunday. Fans packed Gentile Arena to celebrate the team's first Final Four appearance since 1963. WAND was there to capture the mania

  • Five-star quarterback Isaiah Williams chooses Illini

    ST. LOUIS -- Five-star ATH/QB Isaiah Williams committed to the Illini Friday, becoming the program's highest ranked recruit since 2007. The Trinity Catholic junior is 5-foot-10, 160 pounds and is the top-ranked player in Missouri for ...

  • Hartleb confident as red-hot Illini head into Big Ten play

    CHAMPAIGN -- The 24th ranked Fighting Illini baseball team is officially one of the hottest squads in the country. After overcoming a four run deficit in Wednesday's 12-7 win over CSUN, the Illini (12-5) have now won eleven of their last thirteen games.

  • Tupper's Take: March madness, spring ball

    Mark Tupper of the Herald & Review stops by for another edition of Tupper's Take! The guys break down the brackets, and discuss where the UMBC-Virginia game ranks among the all time great upsets. Plus - Mark shares his biggest takeaway from Illini spring ball.

  • Southeast reflects on historic run, looks forward to bright future

    PEORIA -- Emotions were running high for the Southeast boys basketball team after coming up short in the 3A title game to Morgan Park. The Spartans were able to put an historic run in perspective, and keep their spirits high knowing most of the team will be back next season.

  • Charleston wins St. Teresa Tournament championship

    DECATUR -- Charleston kicked off its season with three straight wins to capture the St. Teresa Tournament championship. After falling behind 1-0 to St. Teresa in the title game, the Trojans answered back quickly with two goals to take the lead. They'd go on to win 3-2.

  • Tupper's Take: Leron Black turning pro

    CHAMPAIGN -- Illinois' leading scorer Leron Black announced earlier this week that he will forgo his final season of eligibility and turn pro. Mark Tupper of the Herald and Review joins Noah Newman in studio to discuss what this means for Brad Underwood and company moving forward. 
  • SPRING BALL: RBs adjusting to new system

    CHAMPAIGN -- It's no secret, new offensive coordinator Rod Smith likes to run the ball - his Arizona Wildcats averaged over 46 carries per game last year. That's good news for Junior Reggie Corbin, sophomore Ra'Von Bonner, and freshman Jakari Norwood who have been eating up most of the carries this spring. Bonner says he played in a similar system in high school

  • Lanphier's Rose taking talents to Parkland

    SPRINGFIELD -- Former Lanphier basketball star Yaakema Rose recently announced he's transferring to Parkland College in Champaign. Rose is happy to be returning to central Illinois after spending one season at Ranger College in Texas.

  • Dosunmu excited to play in Jordan Brand Classic

    CHICAGO -- Five-star Illini commit Ayo Dosunmu is one of 25 high school seniors in the country selected to play in the Jordan Brand Classic. The Morgan Park senior will become just the third Illini to play in the prestigious game

  • SPRING BALL: New DL coach Clark bringing high energy approach

    CHAMPAIGN -- Illinois not only has one of the youngest teams in the country, It also has one of the youngest coaches. First year defensive line coach Austin Clark is just a few years removed from his playing days at California. The 27-year old is bringing a high energy, hands on approach to practice.

  • Tupper's Take: Kane picks Illinois

    Mark Tupper of the Herald & Review joins WAND sports director Gordon Voit in studio for another edition of Tupper's Take! The guys break down Brad Underwood's newest recruit, and Mark shares his favorite to win the NCAA tournament.

  • Southeast beats Lanphier again, captures sectional championship

    Click the video above for highlights and postgame reaction from Southeast's sectional championship win over Lanphier. DECATUR -- Anthony Fairlee scored 11 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, helping Southeast beat Lanphier 51-42 in the Decatur Eisenhower sectional championship game Friday.

  • Tupper's Take: Mark Smith transferring from Illinois

    2017 Illinois Mr. Basketball Mark Smith has announced he's transferring from Illinois. Mark Tupper of the Herald & Review joins Noah Newman in studio to break down the news. The guys also discuss whether or not more players might follow suit.

  • Central A&M set for super-sectional showdown with Goreville

    MOWEAQUA -- Central A&M lost to Shebyville in a CIC tournament consolation game on January 29th. They haven't lost a game since. Head coach Rob Smith's Raiders are in the midst of a ten game winning streak heading into Tuesday's super-sectional showdown with Goreville at SIU Arena.

  • Loyola tops Illinois State, heading to NCAA's for first time in 23 years

    ST. LOUIS -- Loyola-Chicago has earned the Missouri Valley's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament after beating Illinois State in the conference tournament finals, 65-49.

  • Illinois State, Loyola set to meet in MVC finals

    ST. LOUIS -- Illinois State won a thriller over Southern Illinois, 76-68 in overtime of the Missouri Valley Conference semifinals Saturday. The Redbirds will meet Loyola-Chicago in the finals, after the top-seeded Ramblers beat Bradley 62-54 in the first semifinal.

  • Tupper's Take: March 2nd

    The first season of the Brad Underwood era came to a close with a loss to Iowa in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament Wednesday.  Mark Tupper of the Herald & Review joins Gordon Voit in studio to put the season in perspective. Click the video above to see how many games Mark thinks the Illini will win next season! 
  • Tupper's Take: Big Ten Tournament preview

    Mark Tupper and Noah Newman have a lot to talk about on the latest edition of Tupper's Take. The guys break down the win over Rutgers, and also discuss whether or not the Illini can make a run in the Big Ten Tournament.

  • Illinois coach Brad Underwood brought a 109-27 career record into Friday night's season opener against Southern University.

    Illinois downs Rutgers in regular season finale

    PISCATAWAY, NJ -- The Illini picked up their first true road win, beating Rutgers 75-62 in the regular season finale Sunday. Michael Finke led the way with 19 points off the bench.

  • STATE BASKETBALL: Okaw Valley takes fourth

    NORMAL -- An historic season for Okaw Valley came to a close with a 46-31 loss to Lebanon in the 1A third place game Saturday.

  • Schlarman girls basketball wins first ever state championship

    NORMAL -- Schlarman Academy captured its first ever girls basketball state championship with a dominating 53-31 win over Stockton in the class 1A title game Saturday. Janiah Newell led the way for Schlarman (32-1) with 17 points.

  • Tupper's Take: Illinois-Purdue recap

    On the latest edition of Tupper's Take, Mark and Gordon Voit discuss the home finale against Purdue.

  • Edwards (PUR) slams home 2 of his career-high 40 points

    Edwards' career night propels Purdue past Illinois in home finale

    CHAMPAIGN -- Carsen Edwards scored a career high 40 points, helping No. 9 Purdue spoil Illinois' home finale, 93-86. Edwards becomes the first Boilermaker to score 40 points since Glen Robinson in 1994.

  • Illinois' Brad Underwood will take on Purdue for the first time in his head coaching career when the Illini welcome the No. 9 Boilermakers to the State Farm Center on Thursday night.

    Illinois works to neutralize No. 9 Purdue's size advantage

    CHAMPAIGN -- Illinois is hoping that Purdue's trip to the State Farm Center on Thursday night will be more than just a detour on the other side of the famed Beef House restaurant. Beef is the reason Purdue is a 10-point favorite on the road -- coach Matt Painter's squad has more of it than it knows what to do with. There's 7-foot-2 headliner Isaac Haas (5.5 rebounds per game), 7-foot-3 Matt Haarms (2.4 blocks per game), 6-foot-8 Vince Edwards (14.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg) and a host of c...
  • Okaw Valley, Schlarman, Teutopolis advance to state

    On a jam packed super-sectional Monday, three teams in the WAND viewing area punched their tickets to state. In 1A, Okaw Valley used a 16-0 run in the first half to pull away from Mounds (Meridian), 46-38. The Timberwolves were led by Paige Robinson with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Natalie Jeffers chipped in 14 points, and Hope Ruppert grabbed 7 rebounds. Okaw Valley will face Stockton in the semifinals Friday at 11 am.  Elsewhere in 1A, Danville Schlarman beat Annawan 43-3...
  • Memorial Stadium to host four high school games next season

    CHAMPAIGN -- High school regular season football is coming to Memorial Stadium. The following games will be played at the University of Illinois on Saturday, September 22nd: Peoria Notre Dame vs. Centennial  (10 AM) Olympia vs. Tolono Unity  (1 PM) Bloomington vs. Urbana  (4 PM) St. Thomas More vs. Rantoul  (7 PM) Tickets will be sold for five dollars on game day at doors on the west side of the stadium. Parking will be free, with lots opening up at 8:30 AM. Gra...
  • Career day for Black propels Illinois past Nebraska

    CHAMPAIGN -- Leron Black scored a career-high 28 points, helping Illinois deal a blow to Nebraska's NCAA tournament hopes, 72-66.

  • PREPS HOOPS: MacArthur makes big statement, Yokley honored in Warrensburg

    The final act of the 2017-2018 IHSA boys basketball regular season continues to deliver the goods. On Friday MacArthur upset No. 1 Southeast, handing the Spartans their first loss in 16 games. Elsewhere in Macon County, longtime Warrensburg-Latham statistician Todd Yokley was honored during an emotional pregame ceremony. Yokley was recognized for his years of service, and recent induction into the IBCA Hall of Fame.

  • State Wrestling: Local grapplers advance to state finals

    State wrestling continued Friday with quarterfinals, semifinals, and wrestlebacks at Champaign's State Farm Center, with the following WAND area wrestlers advancing to the state championship matches. Complete brackets and results: IHSA 1A 106 Cale Horsch (GCMSF) vs. Monte Gregory (E.P.-Gridley) 1A 145 Trey Hild (PORTA) vs. Zach Haley (QND) 1A 220 Cody Miller (Bismarck-Henning) vs. Maverick McPeek (Dakota) 2A 113 Justin Cardani (Centennial) vs. Joey Cape (Washington) 2A 182 Arno...

  • Tupper's Take: Coaching legend Kerans retiring after 32 seasons

    Millikin head coach Lori Kerans announced she is retiring after 32 seasons. Few people know the local legend as well as Mark Tupper of the Herald & Review. Mark stopped by the studio to offer some unique perspective on the Hall of Famer's career

  • Sectional Monday Scoreboard

    Several local teams punched tickets to the sweet sixteen in the 1A and 2A sectionals Monday. Also several local squads advanced on the first night of big school regionals. Check out the scores below! 1A SECTIONALS Schlarman Academy 66, St. Teresa 37 Altamont 59, Okaw Valley 69 Lexington 52, Cissna Park 38 Hume (Shiloh) 57, Oblong 46 2A SECTIONALS Marshall 41, Sullivan 45 Teutopolis 60, Mt. Carmel 39 Watseka 32, Monticello 54 St. Joseph-Ogden 61, Peotone 46 3A REGIONALS MacArthur 6...
  • D.Y.H.A. presents American Cancer Society with check, celebrates senior class

    DECATUR -- Senior Night was extra special for the Decatur Youth Hockey Association, as it presented the American Cancer Society with a check for $20,655.48 (money raised from the Decatur hockey alumni games). Six seniors were also honored 

  • Jimmy Football: A look back at Garoppolo's EIU days

    Jimmy Garoppolo, a kid from Rolling Meadows with zero big school offers out of high school, recently signed the richest contract in NFL history with the San Francisco 49ers. Noah Newman takes a look back at Garoppolo's Eastern Illinois days, and how then head coach Dino Babers foreshadowed his stardom - click the video above to watch!
  • Saturday Night Highlight Zone

    Saturday's loaded basketball schedule lived up to the hype! Finals: MacArthur 59, Lanphier 62 Mt. Zion 51, Eisenhower 60 St. Teresa 42, Monticello 57 Teutopolis 51, Danville 86 Central A&M 72, Mattoon 66

  • Tupper's Take: Wisconsin recap, Penn State preview

    Mark Tupper and Gordon Voit have plenty to talk about on the latest edition of Tupper's Take. The guys break down a disappointing loss to Wisconsin, and also look ahead to Sunday's showdown with Penn State. 

  • Wisconsin, Happ down Illinois 78-69

    CHAMPAIGN -- Ethan Happ poured in 27 points, 8 assists, and 6 rebounds helping WIsconsin beat Illinois, 78-69. The win snaps a five game losing streak for the Badgers, and extends their winning streak over Illinois to thirteen.  Trent Frazier kept the Illini within striking distance, scoring a career high 32 points (third most by a freshman in program history). 

  • Tupper's Take: Ohio State recap

    On the latest edition of Tupper's Take Mark Tupper and Noah Newman discuss Illinois' latest heartbreaker in Columbus.

  • Saturday Night Highlight Zone

    The Champaign Central Maroons put on a show for the home crowd, slicing through a stingy Glenwood defense for a 68-50 win.

  • College Highlight Zone: ISU, EIU pick up conference wins

    Illinois State and Eastern Illinois protected home court successfully Saturday. The Redbirds downed Evansville 75-71, while the Panthers upset Tennessee Tech 79-71.

  • Tupper's Take: Ohio State preview

    Mark Tupper of the Herald & Review joins WAND sports director Gordon Voit for another edition of Tupper's Take! The guys break down the upcoming matchup with No. 17 Ohio State, and Mark gives a special shout out to one of his favorite Illini.
  • Illinois puts on a show for Deron Williams, rolls past Rutgers

    CHAMPAIGN -- With three-time NBA all star Deron Williams sitting courtside, the Illini ran Rutgers (12-12, 2-9) out of the building, 91-60. Trent Frazier helped the Illini build a 41-22 lead with five three pointers in the first half.

  • Shelbyville, Warrensburg-Latham victorious at CIC's Monday

    TUSCOLA -- Shelbyville and Warrensburg-Latham picked up wins in the CIC consolation bracket Monday. The top seeded Rams bounced back nicely from a first round upset, beating Central A&M 86-77. In the second consolation game of the night Warrensburg-Latham took care of Sullivan, 58-44.
  • Tupper's Take: Deron Williams returns for Jock Jams, Rutgers

    Mark Tupper and Noah Newman discuss what the return of Deron Williams to campus this week will mean for the current Fighting Illini. The guys also discuss where Williams ranks among the all time Illini greats. 

  • Oakwood native Jon Davis runs sub-four minute mile

    CHAMPAIGN -- Illini sophomore Jon Davis is on his way to going down as one of the best long distance runners in program history. The Oakwood native became the 498th American to run a sub-four minute mile, clocking in at 58.46 seconds at the Illini Classic on Saturday.

  • Tupper's Take: Illini snap Big Ten losing streak

    For the first time in the history of Tupper's Take the Illini are victorious in the Big Ten!  Mark Tupper of the Herald and Review and WAND sports director Gordon Voit break down the win over Indiana, and discuss what it means for the team moving forward. 

  • Illini get first Big Ten win against Indiana, 73-71

    CHAMPAIGN -- Illinois picked up its first Big Ten win of the Brad Underwood era, 73-71 over Indiana Wednesday. Trent Frazier and Leron Black led the way with 19 points a piece, helping Illinois snap a six-game losing streak. 

  • No. 6 Michigan State overpowers Illinois


  • Tupper's Take: the tweet heard 'round the world

    Mark Tupper of the Herald & Review is back from his road trip to Wisconsin to break down the Madison meltdown. It's the latest edition of Tupper's Take

  • Offers starting to pour in for Shelbyville's Pullen

    SHELBYVILLE -- Shelbyville quarterback Turner Pullen is coming off a record breaking season on the gridiron, and the offers are starting to come in. Pullen tweeted out Saturday that he's picked up an offer from McKendree, and preferred walk on offers from Illinois State and Eastern Illinois.

  • Highlight Zone: Saturday Madness

    High school basketball fans across central Illinois got a taste of March Madness Saturday. Several tournaments were going on across the area - from Litchfield to Springfield, WAND was there to capture the action.

  • Illinois State drops key Missouri Valley matchup at Indiana State

    TERRE HAUTE, IN -- In a pivotal conference matchup between two teams jockeying for position in the middle of the Missouri Valley, Indiana State dominated Illinois State, 84-54. Indiana State (10-10, 5-3) sprinted out to a 42-27 lead at halftime and never looked back.

  • Tupper's Take: Illini offensive coordinator search concludes

    Lovie Smith's search for Garrick McGee's replacement is over - Rod Smith has been named the team's new offensive coordinator. Mark Tupper and Gordon Voit tell you everything you need to know about the hire in the latest edition of Tupper's Take. Click the video above to watch!
  • History in Underwood's favor when it comes to 0-6 Illini

    CHAMPAIGN -- Brad Underwood finds himself in the exact same position as last year: 0-6 in conference play. The first year Illini coach can only hope history repeats itself, starting tomorrow night at Wisconsin. In his first year at Oklahoma State, his Cowboys would catch fire after an 0-6 start and go on to make the NCAA tournament.

  • Tupper's Take: Football chat, update on Lovie Smith's OC search

    On the latest edition of Tupper's Take Mark offers his perspective on a blazing hot start for the sport of football in 2018. The guys also have the latest on Lovie Smith's search for a new offensive coordinator.

  • Cardinals Caravan rolls through Decatur

    DECATUR -- A cavalcade of baseball stars were on hand for the Cardinals Caravan at the Decatur Hotel and Conference Center Monday. Luke Voit, Alex Reyes, Sam Tuivailala, Dakota Hudson, and Ray King signed autographs and answered questions from hundreds of fans.

  • Illinois head coach Brad Underwood has been vocal about his team's turnover struggles, and on Wednesday against Austin Peay the Illini committed 25 of them.

    Illini hoping for complete performance at Nebraska

    CHAMPAIGN -- One good half, one bad half. That pretty much sums up the Big Ten season for Illinois so far, and it's why they're all alone in last place. The Illini (10-8, 0-5) are hoping to change that, and put together 40 minutes of quality basketball at Nebraska (12-7, 3-3) Monday at 8 pm CT. Trent Frazier and Brad Underwood talked about their latest setback against Iowa - click the video above to watch.
  • Southern Illinois rallies past Illinois State

    CARBONDALE -- Southern Illinois erased a 14-point deficit in the second half to beat Illinois State, 74-70 on Saturday. Armon Fletcher scored a game-high 26 points for the Salukis, while Phil Fayne led the Redbirds with 24 points.

  • B.C.C. doubles up St. Teresa, MacArthur downs Uni High

    DECATUR -- High school fans were treated to a pair of games in the Soy City Saturday night with St. Teresa hosting Bloomington Central Catholic and MacArthur hosting Normal University.

  • Tupper's Take: Iowa recap

    In one of the most bizarre games you'll see, Illinois blew a 20 point lead, then forced overtime on a buzzer beating three, before eventually losing to Iowa Thursday night. The loss drops Illinois into sole possession of last place in the Big Ten. Mark Tupper of the Herald & Review has plenty to say about the latest setback in the Friday edition of Tupper's Take.

  • Tupper's Take: Iowa preview

    Mark Tupper of the Herald & Review is back from his road trip to Ann Arbor for another edition of Tupper's Take. Mark joins Noah Newman to break down another disappointing loss, and preview the upcoming matchup with Iowa.

  • Illinois State hands Missouri State first MVC loss

    NORMAL -- Illinois State continued its bounce back from a tough non-conference season with a 72-68 win over Missouri State Sunday at Redbird Arena.

  • Co-op with Mt. Pulaski gives LSA football big boost

    DECATUR -- One of the youngest programs in central Illinois will get a big boost next fall when LSA joins forces with Mt. Pulaski for a football co-op.

  • Illini squander halftime lead at Michigan

    ANN ARBOR, MI -- Michigan topped Illinois 79-69 in a tale of two halves Saturday. The Illini took a 34-31 lead into the locker room after forcing Michigan into 12 first half turnovers. It was a completely different story in the second half, with Michigan outscoring Illinois 48-35.

  • Central A&M wins Macon County title in dominating fashion

    WARRENSBURG -- Central A&M captured Macon County supremacy for the 13th time, beating St. Teresa in the tournament championship game 54-23.

  • Tupper's Take: Michigan preview

    The Illini are looking for that elusive Big Ten win Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Will they get it? Check out the latest edition of Tupper's Take for the answer- as Gordon Voit and Mark Tupper of the Herald & Review break down the match up.

  • Tupper's Take: December 29th

    Mark Tupper of the Herald & Review joins Noah Newman in studio for a brand new edition of Tupper's Take. The guys reflect on the Braggin' Rights game, and preview Saturday's match-up with Grand Canyon. Also, does Mark think Illinois can make a run at the NCAA tournament? Find out in the video above!

    Several holiday tournaments wrapped up Friday night, including the St. Teresa, Eisenhower, Effingham/Teutopolis, and Pekin tournaments.


    The holiday madness continues for basketball teams across central Illinois.


    The WAND sports department is in full blown holiday hoops mode! Check out highlights from the Williamsville, Eisenhower, Vandalia, Fairfield, and Dieterich tournaments - click the video above! 
  • Illini freshman Frazier embracing the big moments

    CHAMPAIGN -- When the game is on the line the Illini have a guy who has ice water in his veins. His name is Trent Frazier. The point guard from Wellington, Florida was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week Tuesday, just a few days after helping the Illini secure Braggin' Rights for the fifth year in a row.

  • McGee out as Illinois offensive coordinator

    CHAMPAIGN -- Illinois offensive coordinator Garrick McGee and defensive backs coach Paul Williams have been released - the athletic department confirmed Tuesday.

  • Tupper's Take: Christmas edition

    Mark Tupper joins Gordon Voit from Champaign for a special Christmas edition of Tupper's Take! The guys break down the early signing class for Illinois football

  • POSTGAME REACTION: Illini capture Braggin' Rights for 5th year in a row

    ST. LOUIS -- Trent Frazier scored a career high 22 points, the Illini survived a second half Missouri surge, and Leron Black proposed to his girlfriend. The first Braggin' Rights game of the Underwood-Martin era was memorable to say the least.

  • Tuscola's Woodard signs with Oklahoma State

    TUSCOLA -- Family, friends, coaches, and teammates of Hunter Woodard packed the Tuscola High School lobby for the lineman's signing ceremony Saturday morning.

  • Tupper's Take: Braggin' Rights edition

    CHAMPAIGN -- Mark Tupper of the Herald & Review joins WAND's Gordon Voit for a special on-location edition of Tupper's Take! 

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