Mark Tupper breaks down House of 'Paign's opening round win over War Tampa in The Basketball Tournament (with a special guest appearance from ESPN's Dan Dakich) followed by a preview of the team's Sweet 16 showdown with defending champion Carmen's Crew on Wednesday.
MAROA, Ill. (WAND) -- On Friday, the IHSA announced their "Phase 4 Return To Play Guidelines" and today, local schools were out practicing.
Maroa-Forsyth hit Walter Boyd Field and went to work.
MOWEAQUA, Ill. (WAND) -- Here at WAND Sports we want to spotlight 2020 seniors in sports.
Today, we highlight Erica Corzine from Central A&M who has a message that seniors around the country should hear.
COLUMBUS, OH. (WAND) -- Illini alumni flexed their muscles early and often in their "TBT" debut.
WAND Sports' Athlete of the Week!
MT. ZION, Ill. (WAND) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health has given the green light to Stage 2 of the IHSA's return to sports. The biggest items in this new wave of guidelines: sport-specific equipment is back in, and permitted group size is larger.
The Chicago Bears and head coach Matt Nagy are hosting a series of three web clinics for youth football coaches and they are inviting Central Illinois to join in.
MOWEAQUA, Ill. (WAND) -- It's hard enough to go Division-I in one sport, let alone two.
Mark Pearson reports from Bulldog practice where the coaching staff likes what it sees early in the summer season.
The jerseys are the same color as when Malcolm Hill, Leron Black, Michael Finke and Nnanna Egwu last suited up for the Illini, but many of their lives are different.
WAND Sports is celebrating local athletes who show an entrepreneurial spirit on and off the field. If you know of a young athlete who is launching an enterprising new venture, email Gordon Voit at Gordon.Voit@wandtv.com! More >>
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) - The Atkins Group has donated more than 300 acres of real estate in southeast Urbana, highlighted by Stone Creek Golf Club, to the University of Illinois the the University of Illinois Foundation. More >>
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WAND) -- A group of Illini basketball alumni have banded together with a handful of other college basketball stars including Mike Daum (South Dakota State), Matt Mooney (Texas Tech/South Dakota) and Billy Garrett (DePaul) to form "House of 'Paign". More >>
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) -- The football coaches of the Central State 8 wanted to make a gesture of unity as the country wrestles with a multitude of issues. More >>
Illini expert Mark Tupper joins WAND's Gordon Voit to discuss how 7-foot prospect Brandon Lieb fits into Illinois' plans for this upcoming season and beyond. More >>
MAROA, Ill. (WAND) -- Recruiting during the pandemic has been quite different for high school athletes.
But it didn't phase Maroa-Forsyth's Kate Aupperle. More >>
PANA, Ill. (WAND) -- The pain was so deep it took 11 months for Trevor Higgins to be able to talk about it. More >>
NEW YORK (AP) — So, where were we? More >>
WAND Sports is spotlighting positive examples of fatherhood in sports leading up to Father's Day weekend and beyond. More >>
Tupper's Take is back! More >>
Episode 4: Herman Senor makes friend at camp
Springfield High star Herman Senor shares his experience of making a connection at basketball camp and how it launched a friendship that bridged different communities in Springfield and Pana. More >>
The Finke family is built on much more than basketball, and in this Father's Day conversation the four Finke men share about their faith, lessons learned from their dad, embarrassing stories, "Grandpa Don" aka the "Donfather" plus an update on each of their basketball careers. More >>
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAND) - One of three officers involved in the deadly shooting of Breonna Taylor will be fired, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced. More >>
ARGENTA, Ill. (WAND) -- The stories sound like something right out of Hollywood: half Huck Finn, half war film. More >>
It's a brand new segment called "Sports Brings us Together" and it's all about celebrating the many ways that sports bridges cultural, racial, language and any other kind of gap between two people. More >>
Episode 2: Karon Shelley on 0-18 lessons
His team had every reason to implode -- they were 0-18 in a two-year span, after all. But as Decatur teenager Karon Shelley shares, the Eisenhower Panther football team stayed together from start to finish. Hear about how his coaches helped build a culture of togetherness when they could have fractured. More >>
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) -- The Illini Basketball program will reap tons of benefits by the IHSA Boys Basketball State Tournament coming back to Champaign. More >>
Episode 1: Roe Skidmore, MVP George Foster and the "Honey Incident"
Decatur native Roe Skidmore shares about building a friendship with George Foster in the San Francisco Giants system in 1968. Foster would blossom into a superstar for the Reds' 1970s dynastyand was 1977 National League MVP. One day Skidmore attempted to copy Foster's pregame routine and learned a valuable lesson! More >>
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) -- The first local school to win a state championship in boys basketball was Springfield High in 1917. More >>
DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) -- More and more schools around central Illinois are beginning their summer workouts.
Today, Eisenhower and MacArthur started back up. More >>
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) - The Illinois High School Association and their Board of Directors announced the IHSA Boys State Basketball Tournament will return to the State Farm Center in Champaign for three years. More >>
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) -- Former Sacred Heart-Griffin football player Nick Broeker is making an immediate impact for Ole Miss.
Which makes a statement, since the Rebels are in the SEC, one of the best college football conferences in the country. More >>
DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) -- For the first time since 2010, Crappie USA held a fishing tournament on Lake Decatur.
And the anglers were reeling them in! More >>
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) -- Herman Senor and Herm Senor II are both Southeast basketball standouts who took their games to the college level. Herman to Coastal Carolina (in addition to getting a baseball tryout with the Cincinnati Reds) and Herm II to Quincy and even the professional basketball ranks in England. More >>
DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) -- MacArthur grad ShawnTrez Spates announced via Twitter he will be going to Western Illinois.
This will be the fourth college stop for Spates after spending time at Southern Illinois, Lindenwood and Southeastern. More >>
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND TV) -- Esports are making its way to the Central Illinois area.
In Springfield students from Southeast, Lanphier and Springfield high schools are apart of the Springfield Capitols the first E-sport team in central Illinois. More >>
LOUISVILLE, Ill. (WAND) -- The best baseball player in the world called Central Illinois' very own Reid Detmers on Wednesday evening. More >>
DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) -- Cigar smoke hanging over the field. Kids crowding parking lots to catch foul balls. Those famous wooden walls, deep green with local advertisements painted on. More >>
PEORIA, Ill. (WAND) -- Gavin Sullivan was frustrated by a lack of opportunities for basketball players in the state of Illinois. How did he know? More >>