• Decatur power lifter Jason Carson's two bench press gold medals from the League of Champions exposition in Tinley Park this past weekend.

    Decatur's Swansen, Carson pick up hardware

    A pair of Decatur's heaviest hitters brought hardware home to the Soy City recently. Elite bodybuilder Autumn Swansen picked up her fourth top 10 finish at the Olympia event in Las Vegas. She finished ninth place in the physique category. Powerlifter Jason Carson took home two gold medals (open, master's divisions) in the bench press at the League of Champions exposition in Tinley Park, Ill. With the wins he earned an invitation to the world competition in Las Vegas and will have a s...
  • Alumni Tuesday: Nathan Harman and Amir Brummett (NIU)

    Do you ever wonder what happened to your favorite Friday Frenzy star who went on to the next level? Now you don't have to! Join WAND's Gordon Voit every week for Alumni Tuesday, when he will profile a different local athlete who is now at the college level and beyond. In Week 4, we put the spotlight on former Monticello all-state linebacker Nathan Harman and MacArthur all-state quarterback Amir Brummett. The two former Friday Frenzy stars are at Northern Illinois now, and e...
  • Tupper's Take: Welcome back basketball!

    Illini expert Mark Tupper stops by the studio ahead of Tuesday's first basketball practice of the season.  Mark and Noah Newman discuss the big recruiting weekend that was for Brad Underwood.

  • Kendall Gill meets with Illini, talks to recruits

    CHAMPAIGN -- Flyin' Illini legend Kendall Gill was back on campus over the weekend for the Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The former 5th overall NBA pick met with the team, and also three top 50 recruits who were on campus (Terrence Shannon, EJ Lidell, Oscar Tshiebwe). 

  • Howard: "I have the ultimate confidence in Lovie"

    CHAMPAIGN -- The Illini turned in a perplexing performance Friday night against Penn State. They led the 10th ranked Nittany Lions 24-21 in the 3rd quarter, but would go on to lose 63-24 after surrendering a whopping 42 unanswered points to close the game. 

  • 21 legends inducted into Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame

    CHAMPAIGN -- Twenty-one Illinois legends were inducted into the Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame during a special ceremony at the State Farm Center Saturday.  

  • Friday Frenzy Highlight Zone: Week 5 (9/21)

    Welcome to the new and improved Friday Frenzy! Gordon Voit and Noah Newman are joined by more photographers, new correspondents, plus Band of the Week, Decatur YMCA Fan of the Week and Cheerleaders of the Week in this Friday Frenzy extravaganza! HIGHLIGHTS: Click through the four videos in the player above for all the highlights! SCORES: Click the scoreboard attached to this article!

  • Volleyball: St. Teresa, Maroa-Forsyth pick up Thursday wins

    In this quick trip to a pair of local volleyball games, St. Teresa sweeps visiting Clinton 2-0 while Maroa-Forsyth takes care of Sangamo Conference foe PORTA/A-C Central in two sets! [For video please visit Facebook at "Gordon Voit -- WAND Sports"!]
  • Friday Frenzy Preview: Week 5

    Week 5: September 21-22 8-Man Football Milford [Coop] at Champaign (Judah Christian) Apollo Mahomet (M.-Seymour) at Mattoon Mt. Zion at Charleston Taylorville at Lincoln Big Twelve Bloomington (H.S.) vs. Urbana (H.S.) at U of I - Memorial Stadium (Sat.) Champaign (Centennial) vs. Peoria (Notre Dame) at U of I - Memorial Stadium (Sat.) Champaign (Central) at Peoria (Richwoods) Central Illinois Decatur (St. Teresa) at Moweaqua (Central A & M) Macon (Meridian) at Sullivan [S.-Ok...

  • Meridian head coach Micah Sheppard (left) is now the boss of his dad, Dennis Sheppard (right) in a role reversal from their time at Eisenhower.

    Hero of the Week: Micah and Dennis Sheppard, Meridian

    Join WAND's Gordon Voit every Wednesday for Hero of the Week, where Voit puts the spotlight on a member of the community who is demonstrating unusual character on and off the field! MACON -- Meridian head coach Micah Sheppard calls one of his assistants something that no one else can: Dad. [FOR VIDEO PLEASE VISIT "GORDON VOIT -- WAND SPORTS" ON FACEBOOK!] Dennis Sheppard is a valued member of his son Micah's staff not just because of their mutual trust, but because of Den...
  • Jason Carson, 45, is preparing for the League of Champions Super Show & Fit Expo Powerlifting meet in Tinley Park this weekend.

    'Tadow's Love Affair': The story of a man and his bench

    DECATUR -- It's not a career. It's a love affair. Powerlifter Jason Carson, also known as "Tadow", has a special relationship with the bench press. It's taken him all around the world and yielded him a basement full of trophies. But his experiences have amounted to much more than a list of accomplishments, it's his lifestyle. As he prepares for the League of Champions Super Show & Fit Expo Powerlifting meet this weekend in Tinley Park, Carson invites WAND's G...

  • Tupper's Take: South Florida reaction, Penn St. preview

    The Illini kick off the Big Ten portion of their schedule Friday night against 10th ranked Penn State.

  • Illini show progress against South Florida

    CHICAGO -- Moral victories don't show up in the stat sheet, but there's no doubt the Illini achieved one Saturday against South Florida. They failed to make South Florida pay for all their mistakes and penalties, which ultimately cost them the game. However, they put up a much better fight against the Bulls than they did last year (47-23 loss).

  • Freshman quarterback MJ RIvers (left) is consoled by graduate transfer AJ Bush moments after the Illini offense's attempt at a game-winning drive came up short on Saturday at Soldier Field.

    Illinois loses heartbreaker to South Florida

    CHICAGO - The good news: Illinois kicker Chase McLaughlin had an enormous day. The bad news: Illinois kicker Chase McLaughlin had an enormous day. The senior from Texas hit a career-high four field goals against South Florida on Saturday and proved that he's among Illinois' top weapons offensively. But the fact McLaughlin was called on so frequently was what made it bad news as well. Illinois just flat-out couldn't finish drives. After a first-quarter touchdown run of 43 yards...
  • Eastern Illinois drops home opener against Indiana State

    CHARLESTON -- Indiana State got the best of Eastern Illinois for the first time since 2004 in a shootout, 55-41.  Panthers quarterback Johnathan Brantley stuffed the stat sheet throwing for 443 yards and 4 touchdowns. He connected with Alex Hollins for his first three touchdowns. Eastern Illinois falls to 0-3, and will look to bounce back next Saturday at home against Tennessee State. 
  • Friday Frenzy Week 4 features four Top 10 matchups and more than a dozen more key games! Join WAND"s Gordon Voit and Noah Newman for all the highlights!

    Friday Frenzy Highlight Zone: Week 4 (9/14)

    Welcome to the new and improved Friday Frenzy! Gordon Voit and Noah Newman are joined by more photographers, new correspondents, plus Band of the Week, Decatur YMCA Fan of the Week and Cheerleaders of the Week in this Friday Frenzy extravaganza! HIGHLIGHTS: Click through the four videos in the player above for all the highlights! SCORES: Click the scoreboard attached to this article!

  • Friday Frenzy Preview: Week 4

    The Friday Frenzy is new and improved! Join Gordon Voit and Noah Newman for more games, three weekly awards and more! The show has expanded to five programming blocks and now starts at 10:10 p.m.! Is the Week 4 slate the best in decades? With four Top 10 matchups and rivalries galore, it very well could be! [FOR VIDEO PLEASE VISIT "GORDON VOIT -- WAND SPORTS" ON FACEBOOK!] WEEK 4 SCHEDULE (9) SHG @ SOUTHEAST EISENHOWER @ (8) GLENWOOD ARCOLA @ ALAH (5) ST. T...
  • Millikin takes down Augustana in CCIW opener

    DECATUR -- Millikin's volleyball team will start the CCIW onslaught with momentum after coming from behind to beat visiting Augustana in five sets on Wednesday night at the Griswold Center. ?The Big Blue fell in the first set 25-13, but then won the next two before dropping the fourth set narrowly 25-23. Millikin won the deciding set convincingly 15-6. Gabrielle Coulthard, Marissa McElroy and Emily Seegmiller each racked up 12 kills to lead head coach Debbie Kiick's crew. Rose ...

  • Ken Leonard is two games away from the all-time wins record in Illinois high school football history.

    Hero of the Week: Ken Leonard, Sacred Heart-Griffin

    Join WAND's Gordon Voit every Wednesday where he puts the spotlight on a member of the community who is demonstrating unusual character on and off the field! SPRINGFIELD -- Whether it's two weeks from now against Rochester (and his son Derek), three weeks from now or four weeks from now, Sacred Heart-Griffin head coach Ken Leonard will eventually become the state of Illinois' all-time leader in wins. You don't expect to find that man hustling around his school's athletic comple...
  • Decatur's Swansen overcomes obstacles on way to fourth Miss Olympia

    DECATUR -- Did you know one of the world's elite bodybuilders lives right here in the Soy City? [FOR VIDEO PLEASE VISIT "GORDON VOIT -- WAND SPORTS" ON FACEBOOK!] Autumn Swansen overcame one of her most difficult years of training to qualify for a fourth straight Miss Olympia competition, which hits Vegas this weekend. Her roll of sponsors is increasing -- with Muscle Egg still anchoring -- and the Decatur Athletic Club member isn't showing any signs of slowing down at age...

  • Darius Adams will play for the Flying Tigers this season on a 1-year contract, he confirms to WAND Sports.

    Alumni Tuesday: Darius Adams signs new contract

    Do you ever wonder what happened to your favorite Friday Frenzy star who went on to the next level? Now you don't have to! Join WAND's Gordon Voit every week for Alumni Tuesday, when he will profile a different local athlete who is now at the college level and beyond. In Week 2, we put the spotlight on former MacArthur star Darius Adams, who just signed a 1-year contract to rejoin the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. Adams shares why Decatur is ...

  • Tupper's Take: WIU reaction

    CHAMPAIGN -- Illinois wide receiver Edwin Carter will miss the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury on a touchdown catch during Saturday's win over Western Illinois. 

  • Rivers shines in Illini debut

    CHAMPAIGN -- MJ Rivers didn't look like a true freshman Saturday night, leading the Illini to a 34-14 victory over Western Illinois. The Frisco, Texas native was ready for his big moment when AJ Bush Jr. went down with an injury in the first quarter. 

  • Junior safety Stanley Green scores a touchdown in the third quarter of Saturday night's win over Western Illinois. He scooped up a blocked punt (swatted by Dawson DeGroot) and helped give the Illini a 24-7 lead.

    Illinois overcomes another slow start to beat Western Illinois

    CHAMPAIGN -- The pregame point spread looked like a typo. In its second game of the season Illinois was just a seven-point favorite, on its home field, against an FCS opponent (albeit a strong one) in Western Illinois. Early on it looked like the oddsmakers knew something that media members and fans didn't, as the Leathernecks drove 75 yards for a touchdown on the first possession of the game. However, the Illini (2-0) were able to overcome Western Illinois (0-2) for the 34-14 ...
  • Illinois State dominates Eastern Illinois in Mid-America Classic

    NORMAL -- No. 19 Illinois State compiled 582 yards of total offense en route to a 48-10 blowout win over Eastern Illinois in the 107th edition of the Mid-America Classic. 

  • Friday Frenzy Highlight Zone: Week 3 (9/7/18)

    Welcome to the new and improved Friday Frenzy! Gordon Voit and Noah Newman are joined by more photographers, new correspondents, plus Band of the Week, Decatur YMCA Fan of the Week and Cheerleaders of the Week in this Friday Frenzy extravaganza! HIGHLIGHTS: Click through the four videos in the player above for all the highlights! SCORES: Click the scoreboard attached to this article!

  • Friday Frenzy Preview: Week 3

    The Friday Frenzy is new and improved! Join Gordon Voit and Noah Newman for more games, three weekly awards and more! The show has expanded to five programming blocks and now starts at 10:10 p.m.! Don't forget to submit photos of your Friday Frenzy adventures! Whether you're tailgating or watching from the stands, send your pictures to Gordon Voit's Facebook page to be featured on the show. WEEK 3 SCHEDULE MT. ZION @ EFFINGHAM (GAME OF THE WEEK) T...

  • Cam Thomas leaves Illinois football program

    CHAMPAIGN -- Sophomore quarterback Cam Thomas has left the Illinois football program for "personal reasons" according to a release from the university. 

  • ISU, EIU set for 107th Mid-America Classic

    NORMAL -- Eastern Illinois and Illinois State will square off Saturday in the 107th edition of the Mid-America Classic. It's the oldest FCS rivalry in the state, and 14th oldest in the country. The Redbirds won last year's meeting 44-13, and lead the all time series 55-42-9. 

  • Fowler Connell, 94, is in his 69th year covering local sports in the 217 area code.

    Hero of the Week: Fowler Connell, Danville

    Join WAND's Gordon Voit every Wednesday where he puts the spotlight on a member of the community who is demonstrating unusual character on and off the field! DANVILLE -- As he nears Year 70 as a Central Illinois sportswriter and radio commentator, 94-year-old Danville legend Fowler Connell isn't slowing down. The Kansas City native and Navy veteran moved to Champaign after his stint in the Pacific. He worked for just shy of four years in Champaign before moving east to Danville....
  • Tupper's Take: Reacting to Dudek's injury, player suspensions

    CHAMPAIGN -- Mike Dudek has played his last game for the Fighting Illini. The wide receiver suffered a season ending knee injury during the Kent State game Saturday. It's the third season-ending knee injury he's suffered since the end of his freshman year in 2014. 

  • Hansen emerges as defensive force in Illini opener

    CHAMPAIGN -- Your national leader in tackles for loss after the first week of college football? Jake Hansen. The sophomore linebacker tied a program record with 6 TFL's in Illinois' 31-24 win over Kent State Saturday. 

  • Tupper's Take: Illini a sleeper?

    It's time for another edition of Tupper's Take with our Illini expert Mark Tupper! Mark stops by the studio to discuss whether or not Noah Newman is crazy for predicting the Illini will make a bowl game this year.

  • Illini name AJ Bush starting quarterback

    CHAMPAIGN -- On Monday Lovie Smith confirmed what everyone already knew - AJ Bush will be the starter in Saturday's opener against Kent State.

  • EIU's Dameron excited to face off against alma mater

    CHARLESTON -- Eastern Illinois is gearing up for its season opener next Saturday at Arkansas, and it will be a special homecoming for head coach Kim Dameron.

  • EIU could play two quarterbacks in season opener

    CHARLESTON -- Eastern Illinois had a quarterback competition of their own this summer, and it appears two guys have separated from the pack. Head coach Kim Dameron says he expects Johnathan Brantley and Harry Woodbery to both play next Saturday at Arkansas.

  • WAND Two-a-Days: Clinton

    CLINTON -- The Maroons are having the time of their lives under new head coach Chris Ridgeway. The longtime assistant has created a fun environment in practice, and his players are buying in. Ridgeway is also working with one of the more experienced rosters in the CIC. 

  • WAND Two-a-Days: Cumberland

    CUMBERLAND -- The Pirates have plenty of pieces back from last year's Little Okaw Southeast championship team. 

  • WAND Two-a-Days: Taylorville

    TAYLORVILLE -- The Tornadoes have plenty to be excited about as they get set to play on their brand new turf.  For starters they return one of the most prolific passers in the area in senior quarterback Brandon Odam. 

  • WAND Two-a-Days: Sangamon Valley

    NIANTIC -- The Sangamon Valley Storm are looking to surprise some people in what should be a very tough LOVC Northwest division. Head coach Michael Lee's squad will featured a balanced offensive attack. 

  • WAND Two-a-Days: Mattoon

    MATTOON -- The Green Wave are looking to bounce back from their first losing season (2-7) in six years. Head coach Troy Johnson believes he has a group more than capable of getting back to the playoffs. 

  • WAND Two-a-Days: Charleston

    CHARLESTON -- The Trojans went through some growing pains in 2017 (0-9) with only 8 seniors on the roster.  The encouraging news is numbers are up in Charleston, and head coach Tyler Hanner has a big class of 20 seniors leading the way. 

  • Quarterback Nate Hayes takes over under center for the Cardinals.

    WAND Two-a-Days: Warrensburg-Latham

    It's time for WAND Two-a-Days! Gordon Voit and Noah Newman preview two high school football teams a day every day until the season kicks off on August 24th! WARRENSBURG -- New faces abound at Warrensburg-Latham. Gone are record-setting speedsters Dionte and Diondre Lewis, who have moved on to Millikin's football program. In their place step the likes of QB Nate Hayes and RB Davis Brumbaugh, plus WR Tanner Dawson who will start after not playing football since sixth g...

  • WAND Two-a-Days: AL-AH

    ARTHUR -- The AL-AH Knights have new uniforms, new helmets, and for the first time in 14 years - a new coach. But in many ways they'll still look similar to last year, with the entire line on both sides of the ball returning.

  • WAND Two-a-Days: Sullivan-Okaw Valley

    SULLIVAN -- Jeff Myers takes over as head coach of the Sullivan-Okaw Valley Redskins. It's a homecoming of sorts for Myers, a 34-year central Illinois native who spent time coaching in Florida. 

  • WAND Two-a-Days: Effingham

     EFFINGHAM -- The Flaming Hearts are coming off a breakthrough season in which they won nine straight games and advanced to the 4A playoffs for the first time in the Brett Hefner era. Hefner's squad will look a lot different this season. 15 starters graduated

  • WAND Two-a-Days: Arcola

    ARCOLA -- Year two of the Nick Lindsey era is underway as the Purple Riders look to make the playoffs for the fifth straight year. The Riders have the size up front to punish opposing teams in the Little Okaw.

  • WAND Two-a-Days: Central A&M

    MOWEAQUA -- The Central A&M Raiders broke a four year playoff drought last year. This year's squad will have a different feel on offense with basketball star Connor Heaton playing quarterback.

  • WAND Two-a-Days: Sacred Heart-Griffin

    SPRINGFIELD -- Sacred Heart-Griffin is poised for another dominant season in the Central State Eight. The Cyclones are loaded with one of the most talented rosters in the state. They feature several three year starters who were key contributors in the 2016 state championship run - like Eastern Illinois commit Gran...

  • WAND Two-a-Days: Rochester

    ROCHESTER -- The Rockets are reloading for another long run at a state championship - which would be their eighth in nine years. Head coach Derek Leonard's squad will have to get it done with a different cast of characters for the most part this season.

  • Tupper's Take: Illini basketball summer recap

    CHAMPAIGN -- Summer workouts are in the books for the Illini men's basketball team. Mark Tupper stops by the studio with his big takeaways from the summer session

  • College football training camps kick off in central Illinois

    College football is back! Eastern Illinois, Illinois State, and Illinois each kicked off fall training camp Friday.

  • Illini, young players getting valuable experience at Ursula Beck

    DECATUR -- Five members of the Fighting Illini men's tennis team competed in the Ursula Beck Pro Tennis Classic. One is still standing: Aron Hiltzik. The New Trier grad advanced to the quarterfinals after beating Govind Nanda (6-4, 6-3).

  • Illini training camp preview: defense

    Mark Tupper joins Noah Newman in studio for a training camp preview of the Illini defense. 

  • Ursula Beck brings big time talent to Decatur

    DECATUR -- The 20th Ursula Beck Pro Tennis Classic gets underway Monday at Fairview Tennis Complex. The tournament has brought some big time talent to central Illinois over the past two decades. Who's the best player to ever play in the tournament? Tournament director Chuck Kuhle says it's former Illini Kevin Anderson. 

  • Countdown to kickoff: Juice Williams believes Smith, Illini are on track

      CHAMPAIGN -- We're just days away from the first practice of the Illinois football season. The Illini kick off training camp Friday in Champaign

  • Year three all about results for Lovie Smith, Illini

    VIDEO ABOVE: Nick Allegretti and Mike Dudek discuss expectations for upcoming season. CHICAGO -- Lovie Smith says his first two seasons at Illinois were about changing the culture, and year three is about results. Expectations should be higher, but tempered for the Illini this season considering they're once again one of the youngest teams in the country. They'll try to take advantage of a schedule that features six home games, and one pseudo home game at Soldier Field (vs. South F...
  • Illini leaders soaking up Chicago homecoming at Big Ten Media Days

    CHICAGO -- It's been a homecoming to remember for Chicago area natives Mike Dudek, Jamal Milan, and Nick Allegretti at Big Ten Media Days this week. The Illini trio were picked to represent the team at the 47th annual kickoff luncheon.

  • Tupper's Take: Illini training camp preview

    CHAMPAIGN -- The countdown to kickoff is on - Illini training camp starts Friday, August 3rd! 

  • Southeast hosts inaugural Springfield alumni basketball game

    SPRINGFIELD -- A cavalcade of Springfield basketball stars packed Southeast High School for the first ever Springfield alumni game Saturday night. The game was part of "Take Back the City" - a two day event aimed at uplifting the community in light of recent gun violence.

  • BONUS COVERAGE: Illini Rose Bowl reunion

    CHAMPAIGN -- There were so many great moments from the Illini Rose Bowl reunion this weekend, we couldn't fit them all into one newscast! Check out the videos above for extra content featuring: -Ron Zook on why he had to change the team schedule when they arrived at the Rose Bowl -Rashard Mendenhall on seeing Zook and his teammates for the first time in a long time -Juice Williams making his grand entrance -Zook and J Leman reflecting on the reunion weekend
  • 2007 Fighting Illini return to Champaign for Rose Bowl reunion

    CHAMPAIGN -- Ron Zook couldn't stop smiling Saturday night during his first trip to Memorial Stadium in nearly seven years. The former Illini head coach was back in town with several members of the '07-'08 Rose Bowl team for a special ten year reunion. The historic season is still fresh in their minds. Zook, J Leman, Brit Miller, Rashard Mendenhall, and Juice Williams reminisce about their run to the Rose Bowl in the video above!
  • 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.

  • 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".

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

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