• Ryan Frazee represented Decatur in the 106-pound division on Saturday night at the Spring Sting. He fell to Wellston, Mo.'s Kwelis Lark.

    Spring Sting draws boxers to Decatur from near and far

    DECATUR -- The Soy City hosted 17 amateur boxing bouts on Saturday night at the Skywalker Sports Complex, with fighters coming from as far away as Rockford, Chicago, St. Louis and of course Central Illinois. They ranged in age from 10-year-old Ryan Frazee of Skywalker Boxing Club in Decatur to grown men, but the theme was constant: good sportsmanship and a spirit of amateurism. Click the video above for some of the sights and sounds on Saturday night!
  • Illinois State, Eastern Illinois wrap up spring camp

    WAND gets into the spring football spirit with this trip to two training camps plus a high school coach who was so excited that he slapped on the pads himself! Illinois State spring scrimmage + Who benefits most from the spring game? + Senior QB Jake Kolbe and senior LB Zackary Mathews share their memories of their first spring experience Eastern Illinois spring scrimmage + How installing the Air Raid offense under new OC Scott Parr has affected the offensive line + Senior OL Aaron ...
  • Aubrey Hunt is the Tri-City/Sangamon Valley all-time leader in home runs as well as points, rebounds and assists in basketball.

    TCSV slugger Hunt smashes four school records in two sports

    BUFFALO, ILL. -- On the volleyball court, Tri-City/Sangamon Valley's Aubrey Hunt is a terror at middle hitter. She has the All-Conference credentials to prove it. Most players can only dream of reaching her level. For her, though? It's probably her third best sport. This week Hunt set the all-time TCSV mark for career home runs, and her team is a perfect 15-0. In short: she mashes. This winter she also wrapped up a prolific basketball career in which she sealed program highs in car...
  • Garrett Hayden signs his letter of intent to play football at Monmouth College. The 260-pounder has a passion for reading books and will major in history.

    Voracious reader Hayden signs with Monmouth

    CLINTON -- Senior lineman Garrett Hayden is officially a member of Monmouth College football's recruiting class after the 6-foot, 260-pound lineman signed with the Fighting Scots on Friday. There he'll join former Maroon Alec Cooley and a host of other Central Illinois products. But what makes Hayden special isn't his strength or his size, but his smarts. The future history major is a voracious reader and shares about his unusual passion for reading in this WAND video.  
  • 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. 

  • Gym owner Rodney Walker and local promoter Jordan Maxey are teaming up to produce this year's Spring Sting. Doors open at 7 p.m. on Saturday night at the Skywalker Sports Complex in Decatur.

    Decatur set to pack house for Spring Sting

    DECATUR -- Up to a thousand boxing fans from all across Central Illinois and as far away as Louisiana will cram Skywalker Sports Complex this Saturday night. On the card: 17 amateur bouts. It's become an annual tradition for gym owner Rodney Walker and his partner-in-crime Jordan Maxey, a fighter himself who also trains others around Central Illinois. For the duo, the night is about much more than just boxing. Others post their wishes that the Soy City would have more things to do....
  • St. Teresa's John Bryles (Quincy football) and Maddie Snow (Millikin volleyball) signed with their respective colleges on Wednesday in Decatur. Photo courtesy St. Teresa.

    St. Teresa's Bryles, Snow sign to play in college

    DECATUR -- A pair of St. Teresa standouts made their college commitments official on Wednesday morning. Volleyball star Maddie Snow signed her letter of intent to join the Millikin Big Blue. She plans on majoring in nursing. John Bryles will join a host of other area football standouts in the Quincy football program. His intended major will be either athletic training or physical therapy. The defensive lineman contributed more than 130 tackles his senior season to go with 12 tackles...
  • MacArthur sprinters Ronald Reed (left) and Marshaun Cook each finished Top 15 in the 60-meter dash at the lllinois Top Times meet this March. Reed won the race with a time of 6.82 seconds in the finals.

    MacArthur track squad out to prove it's one of Illinois' best

    DECATUR -- MacArthur's track team might not be the biggest in Central Illinois, or even Macon County. But the Generals have a chip on their collective shoulder and they're out to prove that the crew is worthy of being feared. The program's strength is its sprinters, headlined by indoor state champion Ronald Reed. The senior took home the 60-meter title with a time of 6.82 seconds in the finals. Joining him on the relay teams is a rotating cast that includes 60-meter Top 15 finisher ...
  • Eisenhower senior Chauncey Wulf shows his 6-foot-8 wingspan, which helped him earn Second Team All-Tournament at nationals in Kentucky this past weekend.

    Decatur's Chauncey Wulf wins national All-Tournament honors

    DECATUR -- Last week an interview with Eisenhower senior wheelchair basketball star Chauncey Wulf caught fire like few other stories have at WAND Sports, with over 100 shares on Facebook alone. In it Wulf demonstrated his ability to do pull ups while still strapped in to his chair, and talked about his state championship with the Peoria Wildcats. After leading the Wildcats to the national tournament in Kentucky this past weekend, Wulf can now add to his list of accolades: All-Tournam...

  • Danville seniors Julian Pearl (left) and Caleb Griffin teamed up for the Viking football and basketball team this past year, and will both play football for Illinois this fall.

    Danville's Pearl, Griffin fired up about Illini football rebuild

    CHAMPAIGN -- The 35 miles between Danville High School and Champaign's Memorial Stadium will make for a quick trip home to do free laundry for Vikings Julian Pearl and Caleb Griffin. But their individual commitments to Illinois' football program had little to do with convenience, as tempting as the laundry bonus is. "It's a movement, you know?" said Pearl, a 6-foot-7 future defensive end with a 7-foot wingspan. "It's kind of contagious. You see one guy going, you see ...
  • 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.

  • Honoring Mark Tupper

    Tune in to this special edition of Tupper's Take, in which the Fighting Illini athletic department honors Mark Tupper after his announcement that he's retiring as executive sports editor of the Herald & Review after 44 years at the newspaper. He shares his plans to continue covering the Illini, plus he discusses Illinois' six-member recruiting class now that it's finalized. How have the Illini added size to the lineup? What does Brad Underwood have to say about class balance in r...

  • MacArthur's Ray Neal, Jr. drives during the first annual Skywalker All-Star Basketball Game on Friday in Decatur.

    New tradition begins at Skywalker all-star night

    DECATUR -- It was a night celebrating the past, present and future of Central Illinois basketball on Friday at the Skywalker Sports Complex in the Soy City. Gym owner Rodney Walker hosted the first-ever Decatur area all-star evening, which featured 3-point contests, boys and girls games, plus a dunk contest. Players made their way to Eldorado St. from all over the area -- Chatham to Cumberland, Bloomington to Pana, Taylorville to Bethany and of course a heavy dose of players from Dec...
  • Marquez Beason (right) is the No. 55 prospect in the country in the Class of 2018 according to 247 Sports' composite rankings.

    1-on-1 with Top 60 recruit Marquez Beason

    CHAMPAIGN -- WAND kicks off its "Illini Car Wash" series by going 1-on-1 with blue chip Dallas recruit Marquez Beason, whose commitment sent ripples across the national recruiting world. In this interview, Beason tells WAND's Gordon Voit about the pitch Illinois made to him, what position he expects to play in Champaign, plus the future psychology major psychoanalyzes Voit. For a full interview with the prized recruit, visit "Gordon Voit -- WAND Sports" on F...

  • MacArthur's Armon Brummett (left) and Eisenhower's Stephon Bobbitt joke around during the 2017 Decatur Boys and Girls Club Alumni Game.

    Decatur set to host two community basketball games Friday

    DECATUR -- Soy City basketball fans have two options to get their fix on Friday night, with players from past, present and future coming together to celebrate the sport and its renaissance in Decatur. BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB ALUMNI GAME What: Former Boys and Girls club attendees putting on a show for the next generation Where: Boys and Girls Club of Decatur (859 North Jasper St) When: Friday, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. (club members may arrive at 3 p.m.) For more information call (21...
  • Cayden Brilley signs to play hockey and golf at McKendree University, with his family and coaches standing by.

    Five-sport star Cayden Brilley signs with McKendree

    DECATUR -- It almost seems impossible, but Cayden Brilley did it. The St. Teresa standout managed to letter in five sports in his time on campus -- basketball, hockey, golf, cross country and track. For most of the school year, that meant practicing or playing games with two teams on the same evening then finishing his schoolwork before crashing. On Wednesday Brilley signed with McKendree University, where he will play both hockey and golf. Click the video to hear from Cayden on ho...
  • Armon Brummett (left) signs with Bradley for basketball. His twin brother Amir signed with Northern llinois for football back in December.

    Armon Brummett, family reflect on maturation process at Signing Day

    DECATUR -- Armon Brummett's signing day ceremony had nothing to do with his eye-popping alley-oops, jaw-dropping touchdown catches or mind-bending buzzer beaters. In fact the focus had nothing to do with his physical gifts at all. The future Bradley Brave's signing day ceremony was all about his journey from cantankerous freshman to college-bound senior, and the growth he experienced along the way. Click the video above to hear from the MacArthur superstar, who was named All-State ...
  • Guske signs with Illinois College thanks to support from team

    VIDEO: To hear from Garrett Guske and head coach Craig Bundy, visit Gordon Voit - WAND Sports on Facebook! LSA's Garrett Guske developed a reputation in the Little Okaw Valley Conference in football and basketball for his explosive athleticism. But learning those on-field skills is second in Guske's ascent to the college ranks, with first being the help he got from his teammates and coaches in overcoming obstacles. On Tuesday he signed his letter of intent to play football for Illino...
  • Eisenhower senior Chauncey Wulf averaged 16.6 points, 11.7 rebounds and 3.8 steals this season for the state champion Peoria Wildcats.

    Decatur's Wulf wins national award, state championship

    DECATUR -- It's almost easy to lose track of Chauncey Wulf's accolades as they come streaming in. Within a matter of weeks, the Eisenhower senior won a state championship with the Peoria Wildcats, was named national player of the week by Nike and carried a No. 8 national ranking into the national tournament which is this weekend in Louisville. The bruises, cuts and callouses on his hands are the same as two years ago, when WAND first told the story of how he lost the use of his legs...

  • 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.

  • Marquez Beason is a national top 60 prospect who has been an outspoken Illini recruiter among fellow Class of 2019 members and beyond, including at Saturday's spring scrimmage.

    Prized recruits, former players add spice to Illini spring scrimmage

    CHAMPAIGN -- Rest assured, he had fun. Native Texan Marquez Beason might have needed two jackets to combat the near-freezing temperatures on the sidelines of Illinois' spring scrimmage, but the national top 60 recruit was clearly in his element -- even practicing secret handshakes with his future Illini teammates. Beason, five-star commit Isaiah Williams and a host of other recruits (both signed and unsigned) joined a former players like Isiah "Juice" Williams, J Leman, Br...
  • Lori Kerans didn't just break records as a head coach, but she won national honors as a player and even lettered in softball for three years as a student at Millikin.

    CCIW names major award after Millikin's Lori Kerans

    NAPERVILLE, Ill. – The College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) announced today the naming of two conference women’s basketball awards in honor of former Wheaton coach Beth Baker and former Millikin coach and student-athlete Lori Kerans.   Beginning in 2018-19, the CCIW Coach of the Year award will be named the “Beth Baker Coach of the Year” award, while the CCIW Most Outstanding Player award will be named the “Lori Kerans Most Outstandi...
  • Tupper's Take: Crucial weekend ahead for Illini basketball, football

    CHAMPAIGN -- On this edition of Tupper's Take, Mark and Gordon discuss an action-packed weekend on campus at Illinois, including a visit from two key basketball recruits plus the football team's open practice! What kind of impact will recent commit Tevian Jones provide? How can fans watch a workout on Saturday featuring two key basketball visitors? What will the football team be shooting for in its controlled scrimmage? These questions and more in this Friday Frenzy edition of Tupper...

  • 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. 

  • The Allegretti family poses during a recent game. Nick (blue jersey) is on track to earn his master's in accountancy this December.

    Allegretti family makes donation to Illini football center

    CHAMPAIGN -- Illinois senior captain Nick Allegretti took his commitment to helping others to a new level this December when he suited up as Santa Claus for a Big Brothers Big Sisters fundraiser on campus. "I just have a great family," he said when asked why he was donning the suit. "We've always been into giving back ... I learned from my pops, my momma, my brother." Now this spring after his parents Carl and Tammy Allegretti contributed $250,000 toward the prog...
  • 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. 

  • Junior first baseman Bren Spillane has more home runs (14) than six other inidividual Big Ten teams have as a unit.

    Illini slugger Spillane named national midseason player of year

    Bren Spillane has been hot, sure. But this was a whole new level. The Illinois first baseman reached his highest mark yet on Wednesday when he was named Midseason Perfect Game/Rawlings Player of the Year. Spillane, a junior from Wheeling, Ill., has been a terror across the board for the Illini. He ranks first in the nation in slugging percentage (1.149) and OPS (1.728) while sending 14 home runs out of the park, which is tied for first and better than six individual Big Ten teams hav...
  • Johnathan Motley (left), Jaylon Banks, Harry Woodbery and incumbent starter Scotty Gilkey, Jr. will be joined by Texas freshman Qua Gray this fall in a five-way quarterback battle.

    EIU implements Air Raid offense as QBs battle for starting job

    CHARLESTON -- Head coach Kim Dameron's most eye-popping offseason addition has turned heads all spring camp. "We'll probably redshirt her," Dameron said of Lola Dameron, the four-legged 10-pound ball of fur and energy that can be seen prancing around the sidelines and testing the limits of her leash. As for non-canine additions, Dameron has had his hands full as well. The Panthers will have five quarterbacks in camp this fall when high school recruit Qua Gray (Lubbock, Te...
  • Former Central Maroon Jordan Caroline averaged 17.7 points and 8.6 rebounds as a redshirt junior at Nevada this season.

    Champaign's Caroline declares for NBA Draft

    RENO -- Jordan Caroline was a terror in the Mountain West Conference this season, leading the Nevada Wolf Pack to the Sweet 16 with 17.7 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. Now he'll try to do something that no one else has done in the history of Champaign High School basketball: make it to the NBA. Caroline took one step in that direction on Tuesday when he released a statement on Twitter announcing he will test the draft waters. "I want to say thank you to the University of Ne...

  • Tevian Jones' tweet on Tuesday announcing his commitment to Illinois. He is the fifth member of the 2018 recruiting class.

    Illini land commitment from four-star California wing

    CHAMPAIGN -- As recently as March 1st, Illinois' 2018 recruiting class stood at exactly one member, albeit a big one: five-star point guard Ayo Dosunmu. Now barely a month later, that class could check into a game as a complete unit, with five commitments in total. Head coach Brad Underwood's latest recruit is 6-foot-6 leaper Tevian Jones, a wing from California who chose Illinois over western powers Arizona, San Diego State, UNLV, Cal and Nevada. Jones hails from Culver City, ...
  • Major donations help Millikin get new baseball facility

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - A new baseball field is coming to Millikin University in Spring 2019. 

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

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

  • Illini drop series finale with Iowa

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

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

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

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

  • Spillane continues red-hot tear for Illini

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

  • Tupper's Take: Remembering "The Comeback"

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

  • Lucas plans to transfer from Illinois

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

  • Michael Finke transferring from Illinois

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

  • Loyola mania takes over Chicago

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

  • Five-star quarterback Isaiah Williams chooses Illini

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

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

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

  • Tupper's Take: March madness, spring ball

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

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

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

  • Charleston wins St. Teresa Tournament championship

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

  • Tupper's Take: Leron Black turning pro

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

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

  • Lanphier's Rose taking talents to Parkland

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

  • Dosunmu excited to play in Jordan Brand Classic

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

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

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

  • Tupper's Take: Kane picks Illinois

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

  • Southeast beats Lanphier again, captures sectional championship

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

  • Tupper's Take: Mark Smith transferring from Illinois

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

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

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

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

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

  • Illinois State, Loyola set to meet in MVC finals

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

  • Tupper's Take: March 2nd

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

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

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

    Illinois downs Rutgers in regular season finale

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

  • STATE BASKETBALL: Okaw Valley takes fourth

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

  • Schlarman girls basketball wins first ever state championship

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

  • Tupper's Take: Illinois-Purdue recap

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

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

    Edwards' career night propels Purdue past Illinois in home finale

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • State Wrestling: Local grapplers advance to state finals

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

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

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

  • Sectional Monday Scoreboard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Wisconsin, Happ down Illinois 78-69

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

  • Tupper's Take: Ohio State recap

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

  • Saturday Night Highlight Zone

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

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

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

  • Tupper's Take: Ohio State preview

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

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

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

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

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

  • Oakwood native Jon Davis runs sub-four minute mile

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

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

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

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

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

  • No. 6 Michigan State overpowers Illinois

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  • 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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