• Urbana's Luke Luffman celebrates his second straight state wrestling title. The 2A 220-pound winner will be wrestling on campus many more times -- he's an lllinois commit.

    State Wrestling: Three local athletes win, many place

    Congratulations to the many wrestlers from the WAND viewing area who represented the 217 area code at State! In all, 75 athletes made it to the State Farm Center, with 31 advancing to the quarterfinals, seven making the finals and three taking home first place! Complete list:  

  • 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.

  • Curtis Graham comes to Eisenhower after serving as head coach at Normandy High in St. Louis for two seasons and working at virtually all levels of the East St. Louis development program, including nine years as an assistant coach.

    Eisenhower introduces new coach Graham

    DECATUR -- Curtis Graham, the ninth head football coach in Eisenhower school history, was introduced to players, staff and the media on Friday. Graham shared about his experiences coaching at various levels in the St. Louis area, including learning as a coach and player at the vaunted East St. Louis program and serving as head coach at Normandy High in the city of St. Louis for the past two seasons.
  • Friday Frenzy Highlight Zone: 2/16

    Join WAND's Gordon Voit and Noah Newman as they bring you a thrilling night of high school basketball in Central Illinois! From MacArthur's win over No. 1 Southeast to a Top 10 battle in 4A to conference spoilers in the CIC and Apollo, it was a jam-packed night all across the 217 area code!
  • 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...

  • Champaign's State Farm Center is once again playing host to the state wrestling meet.

    State Wrestling: Local athletes advance to quarterfinals

    State wrestling preliminaries concluded on Thursday at Champaign's State Farm Center, with the following WAND area wrestlers advancing to the Round of Eight. Complete brackets and results: IHSA 2A 106 Garrett Chrisman (Glenwood) vs Dean Hamiti (Joliet Catholic) 2A 113 Justin Cardani (Champaign (Centennial) vs Tristan Daugherty (Peoria (Notre D) 2A 120 Evan Husko (Wauconda) vs Kooper Loehr (Mt. Zion)...
  • Monticello's Tatum McCall posted 27 points and the No. 3-seeded Sages edged No. 1 seed St. Joseph-Ogden 41-40 in overtime at the Iroquois West Sectional Championship.

    Updated Girls High School Playoff Picture

    1A Notes Okaw Valley 51, Tri-County (Shiloh) 43 (North Clay Sectional Championship) The Lady Timberwolves continue to make history at every turn -- this time securing the program's first-ever sectional championship behind 32 points from Drury-bound guard Paige Robinson. The senior racked up 15 points in a fourth-quarter comeback against statewide No. 4 Tri-County. Madison Vogel added 9 points. What's next: Okaw Valley, a No. 2 seed, will take on Cinderella story Meridian (M...
  • Scott Godfrey led Warrensburg-Latham to its first back-to-back playoff seasons since 2001 and 2002.

    Warrensburg-Latham's Godfrey takes head coaching job at Bloomington High

    WARRENSBURG -- Scott Godfrey has already orchestrated one foundation-level rebuild in his young coaching career. Now he'll try to do the same at the 6A level. Godfrey tells WAND's Gordon Voit that he has accepted the head football coaching position and a physical education job at Bloomington High School. He will begin relocating his family there over the next few months but will remain as a teacher and boys varsity track and field coach at Warrensburg-Latham through the spring s...
  • Okaw Valley's Natalie Jeffers and the Timberwolves are in their first Sectional Championship in school history.

    Girls High School Basketball Playoff Picture

    Gordon Voit and WAND Sports catch you up on the many storylines brewing in the girls basketball playoffs. 1A Notes Okaw Valley vs. (4) Shiloh, 7 p.m. Thursday (North Clay Sectional Championship) The Timberwolves' historic season continues with a matchup against No. 1 seed Shiloh. Not only is this the first time in program history that Okaw Valley has reached the sectional final, it's also the first time the program has reached the sectional, period. Okaw Valley, the No. 2 s...

  • Lincoln's bench cheers on the Railers as they take down No. 8 Bloomington (4A) on the road 53-45.

    Tuesday Night Highlight Zone: 2-13

    Join Gordon Voit on a wild ride through Tuesday night in high school basketball, only in this edition of WAND Sports! Buckle up for a journey spanning the 4A-rattling upset by Lincoln, to MacArthur's emotional win for coach Ron Ingram, to Eisenhower's close win against U High, to strong showings from the red-hot trio of St. Joseph-Ogden, St. Anthony and Teutopolis (combined wins: 67)! Video Highlights Eisenhower 56, U High 50 MacArthur 62, Sacred Heart-Griffin 36 Lincoln 53, No. 8 Bl...
  • Jarod Oldham finished second in the MAC in assists (5.3 per game) his senior season for the University of Buffalo.

    Jarod Oldham returns to Decatur to make a difference

    DECATUR -- Jarod Oldham has checked virtually every box you can check as a basketball player: a star at Eisenhower, a star for Division-I Buffalo, a pro player overseas in Cyprus, tutored by one of college basketball's great point guards in Bobby Hurley, and a Division-I staff member. The list goes on and on. But Oldham's goal through all of that accolade-earning? Just get back to Decatur so he can start changing lives. The 2010 Eisenhower graduate is doing just that as head coach o...
  • Curtis Graham comes to Eisenhower after two years as head coach at Normandy High in St. Louis and a long stint as an assistant and player at East St. Louis.

    Eisenhower hires Curtis Graham as head football coach

    DECATUR -- The East St. Louis to Decatur pipeline worked for MacArthur High School when it hired Cordell Ingram as a teacher and coach, then later as a principal. Now Eisenhower is hoping it'll pay similar dividends for its football program. The school announced on Tuesday that it has hired lifetime East. St. Louis Flyer Curtis Graham as its head coach. Graham most recently served as head coach for Normandy High School in St. Louis the past two seasons, and before that he coached in...
  • 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!
  • Austin O'Donoghue, 14, is the first Lincoln wrestler in school history to qualify for the state meet.

    History made as sectional wrestlers qualify for State

    LINCOLN -- Among the dozens of local wrestlers to qualify for the state individual meet, 14-year-old Lincoln freshman Austin O'Donoghue stands out as a true history maker. The 126 pounder had an emotional end to his semifinal match, securing the victory and erupting in celebration as a section filled with his family members cheered loudly. O'Donoghue achieved something that no freshman in the storied Lincoln wrestling program has ever done: he punched a ticket to State. Hear fr...

  • 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

  • Lincoln head coach Neil Alexander is honored on Friday night in Effingham after picking up his 800th career win. He sits at No. 5 in the all-time Illinois rankings.

    Friday Frenzy Highlight Zone: 2-9

    What a night! From coach Neil Alexander's 800th career win for Lincoln and the Railers locking up the Apollo Conference title to MacArthur and Eisenhower picking up wins in Springfield to Shelbyville knocking off St. Teresa in overtime on the road, it was a jam-packed Friday across Central Illinois! Click the videos above to watch highlights of your favorite teams, and see the scoreboard attached to this article for every local score! Video 1 Shelbyville 64, St. Teresa 63 (OT) Centr...
  • 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. 

  • Tarise Bryson (left) and Arthur Young join Mike Wilder on the MacArthur bench. All three played at the college level after high school careers in Macon County.

    Tough Love: MacArthur assistants give back to Decatur

    DECATUR -- After a scorching-hot eight-game win streak, MacArthur head coach Ron Ingram is quick to deflect praise. He'd rather talk about his three assistant coaches: Tarise Bryson, Mike Wilder and Arthur Young. Not only are all three former college basketball players, but all three are Decatur born and bred. That lends them an extra degree of credibility when dealing with the kids, and the result is an uncommon level of mentorship between player and coach. "Coming in, he was...
  • 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). 

  • Monticello's Dylan Thomas gets congratulated by his father after signing with Illinois on Wednesday.

    WAND Signing Day 2018 Coverage

    WAND celebrates the athletes across the 21-county viewing area who have signed to play sports in college! Join Gordon Voit  and Co. on this special National Signing Day show, as they visit 10 area high schools. Then like Gordon Voit - WAND Sports on Facebook for bonus content! Also check back soon for a complete list of every high school athlete in our viewing area who has signed to play at the next level! We are busy compiling the information. If your school isn't on the list i...

  • Millikin sophomore Zach Fisher ranks fifth in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (.506).

    Monticello's Fisher torching nets for Millikin

    MONTICELLO -- Sages basketball fans have the memory burned in their brains: "Zach Fisher.... for three!" The sharpshooter gave the PA announcer a vocal workout over and over ... and over and over in his Monticello career, burning nylon from long range to the tune of 21.8 points per game in his senior season. Fisher's adjustment to the college game was smooth, even by his standards. As a freshman last season he led the Big Blue in scoring at 10.2 points per game (despit...
  • St. Teresa's Beau Branyan reacts to hitting two game-sealing free throws for the Bulldogs on Tuesday night against CIC foe Tuscola.

    Tuesday Night Highlight Zone: 2-6

    Who said Tuesdays can't be fun? Join WAND's Gordon Voit as he takes us through an action-packed night of high school basketball from Vandalia to Lincoln and everywhere in between! + Lincoln is one game away from the Apollo Conference title after stifling Mt. Zion 37-23 + St. Teresa wins a physical, low-scoring thriller 39-37 against Tuscola thanks to a flurry of clutch baskets in the final four minutes plus two free throws from center Beau Branyan + LSA gets revenge on Okaw Valley fo...
  • 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.

  • Lovie Smith said that what made Brian Urlacher a bona fide first-ballot Hall of Fame linebacker was more than just an across-the-board complete skill set, but the ability to know where every player was supposed to be on the field at all times.

    Lovie Smith gives effusive praise of Brian Urlacher

    CHAMPAIGN -- Illinois head coach Lovie Smith is famous for his allergy to all things pertaining to hyperbole.

    That's why when he praises someone effusively, you know it's sincere. This week the former leader of the Bears did just that when recalling what made his former captain and All-Pro linebacker Brian Urlacher special.

  • 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.

  • Junior college transfer Elijah Henry (Evanston, Ill.) has burst onto the scene in his first year with the Big Blue, leading the team with 16.1 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.

    Millikin showing signs of turnaround under Scherer

    DECATUR -- This season is all about building for Millikin and its first-year head coach, Mark Scherer. That's why this past week's pair of wins over in-state rivals Wheaton and North Park meant much more than just talking points in recruiting meetings -- it was a sign that things are heading up. The Big Blue (10-10, 3-8 CCIW) started off just 1-8 in the competitive CCIW, but a 94-75 win over Wheaton and an 80-63 win over North Park were evidence that the team's work is starting to p...
  • Okaw Valley senior Paige Robinson and her 21 points per game are a big reason for the Timberwolves' 24-5 regular season record.

    Okaw Valley cruises into playoffs behind red-hot seniors

    BETHANY -- The numbers are eye-popping for Okaw Valley ace Paige Robinson: 21 points per game, 40 points in a game last month and a gaggle of colleges recruiting her to join their programs. The Drury-bound senior has been a major reason the Timberwolves took home the Little Okaw Valley Northwest title this season with a 24-5 record. But she's just one piece to the puzzle. Okaw Valley has had contributions all across the board, from Robinson to fellow senior wing Natalie Jeffers, who ...
  • The Mt. Zion Red Rowdies get hyped during the Braves' 55-51 win over first-place Mahomet-Seymour on Friday night in Mt. Zion.

    Friday Frenzy Highlight Zone: 2-2

    Join WAND's Gordon Voit and Noah Newman as they bring you high school basketball games from all across Central Illinois! At the Bank of O'Fallon Shootout, MacArthur (15-7) picks up its eighth straight win in double overtime 76-71 against Jennings, a team ranked No. 6 in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's small school rankings. The Generals' Armon Brummett (Bradley basketball commit) led the way with 34 points, while his twin brother Amir (NIU football signee) had 22 points. Elsewhere in ...
  • 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.
  • Tri-City/Sangamon Valley senior Aubrey Hunt is introduced before Thursday night's game against Athens. The multi-sport star signed to play softball at Illinois Central College at halftime of the JV game.

    Thursday Night Highlight Zone: 2-1

    The theme for Thursday night's WAND highlights is Senior Night! From Tri-City/Sangamon Valley picking up its 20th win to St. Teresa racing past Warrensburg-Latham to red-hot Effingham continuing its winning ways, to many more scores across the area, seniors were front and center!
  • Mt. Pulaski's 1976 Class A state championship banner hangs in the Toppers' gym.

    Mt. Pulaski chasing history in red-hot season

    MT. PULASKI -- The great Ed Butkovich led Mt. Pulaski to its one and only state basketball championship in 1975-76, a magical season in which the Toppers went 29-2 behind hallowed names like Jeff Clements, David Thompson, Jeff Anderson and Dave Welch. Since then, the program has earned just two trips to State, both under Butkovich (1976-77 and 1983-84), and just one regional championship since 1998-99. Translation: it's been a while since the Toppers have recaptured that glory. But ...
  • Offensive coordinator Rod Smith has a track record of success running spread offenses with dual-threat quarterbacks. "I think the hardest skill to do in football is tackle a skill kid in open field ... so we're going to try to get guys out in space."

    How will 'The Smiths' merge offensive identities?

    CHAMPAIGN -- Illinois head coach Lovie Smith is known for run-heavy offenses featuring a balanced, traditional approach, at least to Bears fans. So what happens when you mix an offensive mind at coordinator that helped groom the likes of explosive dual-threat forces Denard Robinson (Michigan), Pat White (West Virginia) and emerging superstar Khalil Tate (Arizona)? That's a question on the minds of many Illini fans, who are enticed by Rod Smith's history of eye-popping numb...

  • Meridian sophomore forward Jacob Jones scored 18 points in the Hawks' second round win over Tuscola and 19 points in their opening round win over Central A&M.

    No. 5 seed Meridian claws way to CIC finals

    TUSCOLA -- It's been a topsy-turvy week at the Central Illinois Conference Tournament at Tuscola High's gym. The presumed favorite, No. 1 seed Shelbyville, has lost twice including once to the field's lowest seed, the host No. 8 Warriors. Then there's No. 5 seed Meridian, a team that's gone 3-5 against CIC foes and 0-4 in official regular season CIC games but caught fire and knocked off No. 4 seed Central A&M plus red-hot No. 8 seed Tuscola to reach the finals. This we...
  • St. Teresa's Isaiah Bond gets back on defense after laying in a basket on Tuesday night in the Bulldogs' win over Clinton in the CIC semifinals.

    St. Teresa, Meridian punch tickets to CIC Tournament finals

    TUSCOLA -- The finals of the Central Illinois Conference tournament are set after No. 1 seed St. Teresa knocked off No. 3 seed Clinton 54-36 and No. 5 seed Meridian overcame a late Tuscola push to escape the No. 8 seeded Warriors 54-51 on Tuesday night in their home gym. St. Teresa was buoyed by Isaiah Bond and Manny Green's 18 points apiece, while Clinton's Seth Westfall had 13 points. Meridian was led by junior Garrett Meisenhelter's 22 points, while sophomore Jacob Jones contribu...
  • 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

    CHAMPAIGN --

  • 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!
  • HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHT ZONE: Friday

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

  • HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHT ZONE: Thursday

    The holiday madness continues for basketball teams across central Illinois.

  • HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHT ZONE: Wednesday

    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! 

  • Underwood after United Center loss: "I'm a bad loser"

    CHICAGO -- Saturday's loss to New Mexico State followed an all too familiar script for Brad Underwood's young Fighting Illini squad.

  • Lanphier, Springfield pick up wins in Decatur doubleheader

    DECATUR -- Lanphier and Springfield High both picked up wins in the Soy City Saturday night.

  • Rochester's Baker picks Southern Illinois

    ROCHESTER -- One of the most prolific passers in central Illinois high school football history is headed to Carbondale. "Excited to say I'm officially committed to Southern Illinois University", Rochester senior Nic Baker announced on Twitter Monday night.

  • Illini chatter: Underwood's squad preparing for 'big boy' games, Henson faces tough decision

    CHAMPAIGN -- The Illini are preparing to face two of their biggest non-conference challenges of the season - 'big boy' games as head coach Brad Underwood describes them. Illinois will face New Mexico State this Saturday at the United Center, followed by Missouri next Saturday in the annual Braggin' Rights game at the Scottrade Center.

  • Tupper's Take: Another "signature loss", and the latest on Black's injury

    Mark Tupper of the Herald & Review joins WAND's Noah Newman for another edition of Tupper's Take. The guys break down another tough road loss at UNLV, and also discuss the latest on Leron Black's injury.

  • Mason resigns as Maroa-Forsyth volleyball coach

    MAROA -- Sarah Mason resigned as Maroa-Forsyth head volleyball coach Monday. "Coach Mason put countless hours into growing the Maroa-Forsyth volleyball brand across the state", principal Brice Stewart and athletic director Phil Applebee said in a press release.

  • Brad Underwood's first regular season loss comes at the hands of Wake Forest in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge in an 80-73 tilt in Winston-Salem.

    Illini tie program record for fouls in loss to UNLV

    LAS VEGAS -- Trent Frazier had a career night, scoring 16 points, but it wasn't enough for the Illini as they lost to UNLV 89-82 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday night. Illinois' 36 fouls tied for the most in program history (36 vs. Arizona, 3/25/2001), and it resulted in a whopping 48 free throws for UNLV.

  • Short-handed Redbirds fall to Murray State, 78-72

    NORMAL -- Milik Yarbrough's game-high 30 points weren't enough to propel the injury riddled Redbirds past Murray State, as the Ohio Valley powerhouse left Redbird Arena with a 78-72 win.

  • St. Teresa, Meridian dominant on first day of Macon County tournament

    CERRO GORDO -- St. Teresa and Meridian stole the show on day one of the Macon County tournament at Cerro Gordo High School. The Bulldogs beat Sangamon Valley 74-33, while the Hawks knocked off Argenta-Oreana 82-63.

  • Tupper's Take 12/4: Breaking down first week of Big Ten hoops

    On the latest edition of Tupper's Take featuring Mark Tupper of the Herald & Review, the guys break down Illinois' first two Big Ten games.

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

    Illini comeback falls short against Maryland

    CHAMPAIGN -- For the second game in a row the Illini came up short in an overtime thriller, falling to Maryland 92-91 in the Big Ten home opener Sunday.

  • Postgame reaction: Underwood, Lucas reflect on loss to Northwestern

    ROSEMONT -- The Illini will look to bounce back from a tough loss to Northwestern when they welcome in Maryland Sunday at 7 pm CT.

  • CONFERENCE SHAKEUP: 15 schools withdrawing from Little Okaw

    Arcola, Argenta-Oreana, Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond, Bement, Blue Ridge, Cerro Gordo, Cumberland, LSA, Kansas, Oakland, Okaw Valley, Sangamon Valley, Shiloh, Villa Grove, and Heritage have provided letters to withdraw from the Little Okaw Valley Conference after the 2019 school year.

  • Tupper's Take: Making sense of Illini transfers

    CHAMPAIGN -- Six players announced they are transferring from the Illini football program this week. WAND's Gordon Voit and Herald & Review's Mark Tupper make sense of it all in the latest edition of Tupper's Take

  • Decatur native Darius Adams currently leads the Chinese Basketball Association with 40.6 points per game.

    Decatur's Darius Adams tearing up CBA

    CHINA -- The hits keep on coming for MacArthur graduate Darius Adams. First it was Chinese Basketball Association Finals MVP, then FIBA Champions Cup MVP. Now Darius Adams finds himself statistically on top of the league that boasts the most former NBA players of any overseas. Adams' social media handle is @Mr_MakeItLukEZ and he's done just that this season, leading the league with 40.6 points per game to go with 6.5 assists (5th), 6.8 rebounds and 2.4 steals (T-4th). He's shoot...
  • Eastern Illinois drops overtime thriller at Marquette

    MILWAUKEE, WI -- Eastern Illinois had Marquette on the ropes, but the Golden Eagles eventually prevailed in overtime, 86-83. .

  • Watson, Megginson transferring from Illinois

    CHAMPAIGN -- Illinois junior linebacker Tre Watson, and sophomore offensive lineman Gabe Megginson announced they are transferring from the program.

  • STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS: Putting historic weekend in perspective

    DEKALB -- It was a banner weekend for central Illinois high school football. Five teams in the WAND coverage area competed for state championships at Huskie Stadium Friday. Rochester took home its 7th championship in 8 years, while GCMS captured its first title in program history.

  • Season wrap up: Looking ahead to year three of Lovie Smith era

    CHAMPAIGN -- The numbers don't lie. 8 true freshman started against 22nd ranked Northwestern. 31 players started for first time in 2017. The result: 10 straight losses to end the season. The reality: Illinois is in full fledged rebuilding mode.

  • Bolingbrook repeats as Turkey Tourney champion

    DECATUR -- For the second year in a row Bolingbrook downed Eisenhower to win the Decatur Turkey Tourney championship, 72-49.

  • Northwestern hands Illinois 10th straight loss in season finale

    CHAMPAIGN -- No. 22 Northwestern captured the Land of Lincoln Trophy with a 42-7 win over Illinois in the regular season finale.

  • Illini down NC Central, improve to 6-0

    CHAMPAIGN -- The Illini improved to 6-0 with an 83-76 win over North Carolina Central Friday night at the State Farm Center. After trailing 35-34 at the break, the Illini outscored NC Central 52-38 in the second half.

  • Eisenhower, Bolingbrook advance to Turkey Tourney championship

    DECATUR -- The stage is set for championship night at the 48th annual Decatur Turkey Tourney - Bolingbrook will defend its title against Eisenhower Saturday night at 7:30 in a rematch of last year's title game.

  • Tupper's Take: Breaking down busy Monday for Illini football

    CHAMPAIGN -- Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman made two big announcements Monday - Dick Butkus is getting a statue, and the Missouri-Illinois football series is returning. Mark Tupper of the Herald & Review joins Noah Newman in studio to break down the news.

  • Bello making most of opportunity with Cleveland Browns

    B.J. Bello's path to the NFL was a remarkable one. The Lincoln Way West grad transferred from Illinois to Illinois State with just one year of eligibility left. He made the most of it, establishing himself as a legitimate NFL prospect after a monster senior season with the Redbirds. Bello signed with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent.

  • Decatur native Christian Williams led St. Teresa to the 2015 Class 2A state championship game.

    Christian Williams transferring to Indiana State

    CHAMPAIGN -- Former St. Teresa Bulldog and Iowa Hawkeye Christian Williams is transferring to Indiana State. The Decatur native announced his decision on Twitter Sunday night.

  • Illini pull away from Marshall to improve to 4-0

    CHAMPAIGN -- The Underwood era is off to a 4-0 start after the Illini pulled away from Marshall in the second half Sunday, 91-74. Leron Black and Kipper Nichols led the way with 17 points each.

  • Tupper's Take: Breaking down first two games of Underwood era

    CHAMPAIGN -- The Brad Underwood era is off to a 2-0 start after the Illini knocked off Southern and UT-Martin over the weekend. Mark Tupper of the Herald & Review joins Noah Newman to break down the action, and discuss the biggest surprise of the first week of the season.
  • PLAYOFF PREVIEW: Four teams from Sangamo still alive including Maroa

    One of the biggest storylines from the high school football playoffs so far has been the success of the Sangamo conference.

    Four teams from the conference are still alive in the third round: Williamsville, Athens, Pleasant Plains, and Maroa-Forsyth.

  • Lovie Smith could lead defense against Indiana

    CHAMPAIGN -- Illinois defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson is back in California after his mother unexpectedly passed away Sunday. Head coach Lovie Smith may take over defensive coordinator duties this Saturday against Indiana, if Nickerson can't make it back for the game.

  • Millikin volleyball headed to NCAA Tournament

    DECATUR -- For the third time in four years Millikin is headed to the NCAA volleyball tournament. The Big Blue earned an at large bid after a 28-7 season in which they won the CCIW regular season championship.  

  • Keyshawn Evans (left) and Phil Fayne are the only returning Illinois State players who started a game for the Rebirds last season. Evans started four, while Fayne started 34 of 35 games.

    Redbirds bring nearly brand new roster to table in 2017-18

    In this report from Media Day, Illinois State head coach Dan Muller and junior forward Phil Fayne discuss the Redbirds' almost entirely new roster, plus how the injury-plagued team is preparing for a difficult non-conference stretch that includes 2017 Final Four squad South Carolina, Nevada, Ole Miss , BYU and more. Head coach Dan Muller indentifies the team's top scoring contributors in practice as junior forward Phil Fayne (9.1 ppg in 2016), guard Keyshawn Evans (5.8 ppg), Saint Lo...

  • Playoff preview: Athens @ Argenta-Oreana

    ARGENTA -- Athens and Argenta-Oreana are set for a second round clash after dominant performances in the first round.

  • Tupper's Take: Putting the Minnesota loss in perspective

    Mark Tupper of the Herald & Review joins Noah Newman for another edition of "Tupper's Take". Mark and Noah put the Minnesota loss in perspective, and discuss whether or not Illinois has any shot of putting No. 5 Wisconsin on upset alert.

  • SELECTION SATURDAY: Local playoff pairings

    The stage is set for the high school football playoffs.

  • Hero of the Week: Alexa Cunningham and Lincoln soccer

    LINCOLN -- Our Hero of the Week segment introduces us to Alexa Cunningham, and shows how the Lincoln soccer team has rallied behind the five-year old in her fight against cancer.

  • Local stars shine at state golf

    From Bloomington to Decatur, it was a banner day for the state's best golfers in the finals this weekend.

  • College football roundup: SIU stuns ISU, EIU and Millikin win thrillers

    It was another wild college football Saturday for some of central Illinois' top programs. Southern Illinois stunned 15th ranked Illinois State on homecoming in Carbondale, Eastern Illinois won another double overtime thriller at Murray State, and Millikin came from behind to beat Augustana on the road.

  • Okaw Valley golf team enjoys historic season

    BETHANY -- The Okaw Valley golf team wrapped up an historic season at the Bismarck-Henning sectional Monday. They placed seventh as a team, but have nothing to hang their heads about after finishing with a program best 23-2 record. 

  • Martin, Hollins lead Eastern Illinois to thrilling second half comeback win over Tennessee Tech

    CHARLESTON -- After falling behind 14-3, Bud Martin and Alexander Hollins shocked the Panthers back to life, leading Eastern Illinois to a 24-23 win over Tennessee Tech Saturday night.

  • Millikin upsets Wheaton on homecoming

    DECATUR -- Millikin overcame a 21-7 halftime deficit to upset Wheaton 35-31 on homecoming Saturday night.

  • "It was a very emotional day": Spack reacts to death of friend, mentor Joe Tiller

    NORMAL -- The death of longtime Purdue coach Joe Tiller hit the college football world hard. Tiller's coaching tree is vast - it includes Illinois State head coach Brock Spack. Few were as close to Tiller as Spack was. He played for him, and coached for him at Purdue for several years.

  • Stars pack State Farm Center for inaugural Illini hall of fame induction

    CHAMPAIGN -- The University of Illinois celebrated its rich sports history with the inaugural hall of fame induction ceremony at the State Farm Center Saturday.

  • Local basketball stars gather for IBCA clinic

    MT. ZION -- A cavalcade of the top basketball minds in the state gathered at Mt. Zion High School Sunday for a special IBCA clinic. Guest speakers included Millikin coaches Lori Kerans and Mark Scherer, Augustana's Grey Giovanine, Lincoln's Neil Alexander, Eastern Illinois' Jay Spoonhour

  • North Central hands Millikin first loss

    DECATUR -- No. 5 North Central looked like one of the best teams in the nation Saturday, handing Millikin its first loss of the season 51-21.

  • Tupper's Take: USF recap, QB controversy

     Illinois head football coach Lovie Smith has a decision to make during the bye week: stick with Chayce Crouch, or roll with Jeff George Jr.  What should he do? Mark Tupper (Herald & Review) and Noah Newman (WAND TV) discuss in the latest installment of Tupper's Take. 

  • Danville native Robinson leads River Bandits to minor league championship

    Former Danville Viking Chuckie Robinson led the the Quad Cities River Bandits (Houston Astros class A affiliate) to the Midwest League Championship Saturday.

  • GAME OF THE WEEK PREVIEW: Shelbyville, Tuscola set for top ten showdown

     Few teams have been as dominant as Shelbyville and Tuscola through the first three weeks of the high school football season. The Rams (3-0) have outscored their opponents 174-19.

  • Tupper's Take: WKU recap, USF preview

    In the first installment of Tupper's Take, Herald & Review Executive Sports Editor Mark Tupper joins Noah Newman to discuss Saturday's upset win over Western Kentucky. The guys also have the latest on the status of the South Florida game.

  • POSTGAME ANALYSIS AND REACTION: Illini upset Western Kentucky

    CHAMPAIGN -- The Illini upset Western Kentucky Saturday night 20-7 to improve to 2-0 on the young season.

  • Newman, Voit try competitive nail hammering at Farm Progress Show

    DECATUR -- Morton Buildings hosted a competitive nail hammering challenge at the Farm Progress Show. WAND's Noah Newman and Gordon Voit gave it a try.

  • Lanphier dominates Southeast in Saturday matinee

    SPRINGFIELD -- Lanphier captured city bragging rights with a 44-12 win over crosstown rival Southeast Saturday.

  • RECAP: Eastern Illinois stuns Indiana State with GW TD in final seconds

    TERRE HAUTE, IN -- It's a birthday Mitch Kimble will never forget. The senior quarterback delivered a strike to Dennis Turner for the go ahead touchdown with three seconds left, giving Eastern Illinois a 22-20 win over Indiana State in the season opener Thursday night. The Panthers were in comeback mode after squandering a 16-7 halftime lead. The Sycamores scored the go ahead touchdown with 4:54 left in the 4th quarter. Indiana State missed on a 48-yard field goal, giving Eastern Il...
  • Illini excited for Dudek's return in season opener

    CHAMPAIGN -- Saturday's season opener against Ball State will be a special one for Mike Dudek. The junior wide receiver is set to play in his first game since December 26, 2014. Dudek missed the last two seasons after suffering knee injuries during spring ball in both 2015 and 2016.

  • Local legends take center stage at DPS Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony

    DECATUR --  The rich history of Decatur Public Schools athletics was on full display during the DPS Hall of Fame induction ceremony Saturday. From former Chicago Cub Roe Skidmore to former Missouri Valley Player of the Year Tarise Bryson, several local legends were enshrined.

  • Rochester impresses in season debut at Lanphier

    SPRINGFIELD -- Different cast of characters, same old high powered Rockets. Head coach Derek Leonard's offense didn't look like a unit with nine new starters, exploding for 49 first half points in a 49-12 season opening win over Lanphier Saturday.

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