DECATUR, Ill. (WAND-TV) -- For St. Teresa sophomore running back Darion Alexander, there is more to life than playing football.
Creating a beat he can live his life to is his real mission, and he's doing that by playing the drums while earning recognition for his talents at the same time.
Two local central Illinois teams will be playing for a state championship on Friday.
Unity in 3A and Sacred Heart-Griffin in 4A.
DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) -- The second day of the Decatur Turkey Tournament was full of action.
MacArthur taking on Bolingbrook's JV squad.
High school boys basketball is back in action!
Tons of local games happening including two at the Decatur Turkey Tournament! Check out the highlights.
DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) -- Former MacArthur Star Darius Adams is giving back to the community!
Today, the current pro basketball player, handed out turkeys to anyone who drove by his food drive.
MT. PULASKI, (WAND-TV) -- The Warrensburg-Latham Boy's Basketball team, under the direction of Head Coach Vic Binkley, entered Monday night's matchup with Edinburg on the verge of making history.
DECATUR, IL. (WAND-TV) -- Soccer in central Illinois has had an interesting history, starting with some popularity, disappearing for a while, and now, reappearing as today's youth begin to take part in the sport once again.
Local author Mike Motor tells the story of how soccer is starting to get popular again in his new book, The Big Reboot: 100 Years of Soccer in Decatur, Illinois.
(WAND-TV) -- The semifinal round of the IHSA football playoffs took place today across the state of Illinois as three different teams from central Illinois took place in games.
The St. Teresa Bulldogs traveled to take on Nashville, falling late in the game 37-35. The Unity Rockets hosted Mt. Carmel and came out on top 28-21, earning a spot in next week's state finals, as Central A&M hosted Carrollton and fell 28-14.
(WAND-TV) -- The original Friday Frenzy returns for another action-packed show as the WAND Sports team brings you coverage of everything from the Leonard Bowl 2.0 to the weekly segment of our WAND Athlete Of The Week.
(WAND-TV) -- It's WAND's Athlete of the Week!
Each week, our WAND Sports Team puts the spotlight on a local high school athlete who is excelling not only as an athlete, but as a student and a community member!
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) -- There's not a more intriguing matchup in the state this week than Sacred Heart-Griffin taking on Rochester.
It's the Leonard Bowl 2.0 and it's our WAND Matchup of the Week. More >>
Tempe, AZ (WAND) -- Over the weekend in Tempe, Arizona, the Millikin women's triathlon team finished second in the country for Division III.
Just eight points behind Trine for first place. More >>
The IHSFCA announced their All-State high school football teams today.
See who made the list. More >>
(WAND-TV) -- Girl's basketball across central Illinois is ramping up as teams from across the state compete in the early games of the 2021 season. More >>
CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, (WAND)- Illinois head coach Bret Bielema tested positive for COVID-19, he announced Tuesday. More >>
DECATUR, IL. (WAND-TV) -- It's Monday which means Illini Expert Mark Tupper joins WAND Sports Anchor Evan Abramson for another edition of Tupper's Take.
In this week's edition, Mark Tupper discusses the recent news of Illini Defensive Coordinator Ryan Walters getting a contract extension that will keep him with the Illini through 2024. More >>
(WAND-TV) -- After starting the season 2-0, the Illini Men's Basketball team will head to take on Marquette as Kofi Cockburn serves the last of his three-game suspension.
Slated for a Monday matchup with the Golden Eagles, the Illini will look for their third win of the year as they look for veterans like Jacob Grandison and Trent Frazier to continue stepping up. More >>
CHAMPAIGN, IL. (WAND-TV) -- Just a week after taking down a top-25 opponent on the road in Minnesota, Illini Defensive Coordinator Ryan Walters agreed to a contract extension that will keep him with the Illini through 2024, per an Illini Athletics Communications press release. More >>
DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) -- Believe it or not., high school basketball in the state of Illinois is back!
Teams started practicing this week including MacArthur and Eisenhower! More >>
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) -- College basketball is officially back!
Illini opened up their regular season at home taking on Jackson State. More >>
CHAMPAIGN, IL. (WAND-TV) -- Less than 24 hours remain until the Illini take on Jackson State in the first game of the 2021-22 men's basketball season.
Hear from Coach Brad Underwood on a variety of topics surrounding this game. More >>
SPRINGFIELD, IL. (WAND-TV) -- After putting up 94 points in their last matchup against Rock Island in the first round of the IHSA playoffs, the Springfield Senators are preparing for their next matchup against No. 1 seeded Lemont. More >>
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) -- The Illini are moving past their 20-14 loss against Rutgers and are preparing to travel to Minnesota.
The Gophers are 6-2 while the Illini sit at 3-6. More >>
Macon's own Brian Snitker is a World Series Champion!
He managed the Atlanta Braves to their first title since 1995. More >>
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) - Illini basketball star Kofi Cockburn will miss the first three games of the 2021-22 season, the school announced. More >>
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND-TV) -- The Illini (3-6) fell to Rutgers (4-4) on Saturday afternoon as the Illini struggled to put up points in both the third and fourth quarter.
The Illini only put up 107 yards on the ground against Rutgers after putting up 357 last week against Penn State. More >>
DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) -- On Saturday, the Millikin women's basketball team will start their season with an exhibition game against SIU.
Today, the Big Blue were picked to win the CCIW. This comes after the team was ranked 22nd nationally by D3hoops.com. More >>
PANA, Ill. (WAND) -- On paper, Pana is perfect.
But don't tell that to them. The Panthers believe there's still a lot of improvements to be made. More >>