Playoff basketball is in full swing in Central Illinois! From the 1A sectional finals to the 3A regional finals to the IESA 8th grade champion…
It's WAND's "All-Time 5"! Which local high school has the best all-time, all-star lineup of basketball players from any era, together on one court in a tournament of 33 teams? Tune in every Wednesday at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. through March 18 as Gordon Voit announces a new group of seeds in the bracket!
Overview: Sages basketball is all about being greater than the sum of your parts. That's what you get when you have elite coaching for basically 75 years straight. From Wally Gregory in the 1940s and 50s (.714 winning percentage) to Tom Young in the 50s and 60s (.682) to Bob Trimble in the 70s and 80s (.656) to Randy Moss in the 90s (.577) to the first coach to make it to State, Kevin Roy (2017) the Sages have had incredible coaches that have helped develop that signature Sage style. Having All-Big Ten and three-time Final Four coach Harry Combes in the mix is this team's ace in the hole.
Springfield's Leonard Shanklin got the worst news a parent can get: his son had been brutally murdered. Searching for answers, he began what he calls his "spiritual journey" to church on the Capital City's West Side and eventually a peace that soothes the pain of his tragedy.