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Friday Frenzy Highlight Zone: 11/30

Sat, 12/01/2018 - 00:18
Welcome to the one and only Friday Frenzy! Gordon Voit and Noah Newman kick off the basketball season with games all across the viewing area! [VIDEO FOUND ON FACEBOOK]
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Should the IHSA scrap football conferences?

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 01:53
Should the IHSA do away with its current free form conference system for football and instead implement eight-team districts featuring teams of the same size classifications? That's one of the items on the IHSA's agenda as it votes this December. Join the conversation on Facebook! ?? FOR VIDEO PLEASE VISIT "GORDON VOIT -- WAND SPORTS" ON FACEBOOK! ?? Steve Soucie of the Northwest Herald tackles the many factors of the complex situation
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217 native Blake Hance leads Northwestern to Indianapolis

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 01:10
EVANSTON -- When Northwestern hits the turf at Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Field on Saturday against Ohio State, the Wildcats will be relying heavily on one of the 217 area code's finest. Jacksonville native Blake Hance graduated from JHS in 2014 after a standout career in football, basketball and baseball. He used that athleticism and versatility to develop into the starting left tackle for Northwestern. Pair that with the extra bulk of going from a 240-pound tight end to...
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Clinton's Workman signs with Western Illinois

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 01:03
CLINTON -- The Maroons track and field program added to its distinguished alumni list on Wednesday when standout thrower Claudia Workman signed with Division-I Western Illinois. What is Claudia's dream career? Could she one day be working at WAND? Click the video to find out!
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Hero of the Week: Nick Allegretti, Illinois

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 00:37
Join WAND's Gordon Voit every Wednesday for Hero of the Week, where Voit puts the spotlight on a member of the community who is demonstrating unusual character on and off the field! EVANSTON -- Illinois captain, emotional leader and run-blocker-in-chief Nick Allegretti wins this week's award for the character he showed throughout his career, and particularly for how he handled his last moments in an Illini uniform. Join Gordon Voit for a look at Allegretti's special day, including h...
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Jordan Caroline shines in return to home state

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 02:13
CHICAGO -- It was a week to remember for Champaign native Jordan Caroline, whose return to his home state on Tuesday included a convincing 79-65 win over host Loyola, 15 points and 6 rebounds plus his own personal cheering section of family members who made the trip to Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood. In this WAND interview, Jordan joins Gordon Voit to discuss why his No. 5 Wolf Pack's Sweet 16 rematch against Loyola is so important, his visiting family, how he's added to his game...
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Illini comeback falls short at Notre Dame

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 22:13
SOUTH BEND, IN -- Notre Dame held off Illinois 76-74 after Trent Frazier's potential game winning three-pointer rimmed out as time expired.
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Tupper's Take: What to make of Lovie Smith's extension

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 22:08
Less than 24 hours after Illinois wrapped up its season with a loss at Northwestern, athletic director Josh Whitman announced a two year extension for Lovie Smith that would keep him in Champaign through 2023.
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Illini shoot their way past Mississippi Valley State

Sun, 11/25/2018 - 22:11
CHAMPAIGN -- Admittedly tired from a long week in Maui, the Illini lived by the three Sunday, hitting a program record-tying 16 three-pointers in a 86-67 victory over Mississippi Valley State. 
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Lovie Smith extended through 2023

Sun, 11/25/2018 - 22:04
CHAMPAIGN -- Josh Whitman made it clear he's all in on Lovie Smith - giving his head coach a two year extension that would keep him in Champaign through 2023.
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Decatur Turkey Tournament Saturday Highlight Zone

Sat, 11/24/2018 - 22:26
DECATUR - It's a three-peat for Bolingbrook.The Raiders won the 49th annual Decatur Turkey Tourney with a thrilling 90-88 win over Southeast in the championship game Saturday night. 
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3A CHAMPIONSHIP: Monticello gets payback against Byron

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 23:52
CHAMPAIGN -- Monticello outlasted Byron 24-20 in a super physical 3A title game, clinching its first ever state football championship.
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2A CHAMPIONSHIP: GCMS tops Maroa-Forsyth once again

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 23:47
CHAMPAIGN -- In a game that was much closer than the final score indicates, Gibson City Melvin Sibley defeated Maroa-Forsyth in the 2A state championship game for the second year in a row, 35-16.
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Maroa-Forsyth, Monticello, GCMS prepare for State

Thu, 11/22/2018 - 22:33
CHAMPAIGN -- In less than 24 hours, three local football teams will be fighting for the chance to hoist the state championship trophy. In this WAND whiparound, Gordon Voit previews the Class 2A final as well as the Class 3A final. Class 2A Maroa-Forsyth (13-0) vs. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (13-0) 1 p.m. scheduled kickoff at Memorial Stadium in Champaign [VIDEO PREVIEW] Class 3A Monticello (13-0) vs. Byron (13-0) 4 p.m. scheduled kickoff at Memorial Stadium in Champaign [VIDEO PREVIEW]
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Hero of the Week: Volunteers of Turkey Tournament

Thu, 11/22/2018 - 01:56
Join WAND's Gordon Voit every Wednesday for Hero of the Week, where Voit puts the spotlight on a member of the community who is demonstrating unusual character on and off the field! DECATUR -- It takes tens of thousands of dollars, countless hours and a legion of volunteers to make the economy-boosting Decatur Turkey Tournament happen each year. As we head into Year 50 of the tournament, Gordon Voit celebrates the people who work hard behind the scenes! [FOR VIDE...
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Decatur Turkey Tournament Zone

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 02:34
The 2018 Decatur Turkey Tournament is underway at Stephen Decatur Middle School! Stay with WAND for updates, highlights and the tournament schedule. Tournament Preview Day 1: MacArthur 57, Thornton 54 (VIDEO: Highlights and Interview with Kaeden Lawary) Bolingbrook 93, Dunlap 53 Day 2: Mt. Zion vs. Southeast, 6 p.m. Eisenhower vs. Peoria High, 7:30 p.m.
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Tupper's Take: Lovie Smith's future, Illini in Maui preview

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 17:05
Mark Tupper joins Noah Newman in studio for another edition of Tupper's Take! On the latest edition the guys discuss the future of Illini football. 
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M-F, GCMS, Monticello facing familiar foes at state

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 15:47
CHAMPAIGN -- Maroa-Forsyth, GCMS, and Monticello are very familiar with their opponents in the upcoming state championship games. Maroa-Forsyth and GCMS will face each other for the 2A title for the second year in a row. Last year the Falcons edged the Trojans 36-32. Monticell...
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Eastern Illinois parts ways with Kim Dameron

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 20:43
CHARLESTON -- Eastern Illinois will have a new head football coach next season. Athletic Director Tom Michael announced Sunday that Kim Dameron's contract will not be renewed. 
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Saturday Frenzy Highlight Zone: Semifinals

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 00:09
1A: Camp Point Central 35, Argenta-Oreana 22 2A: Maroa-Forsyth 16, St. Teresa 14 2A: GCMS 14, Eastland 7 3A: Carlinville 14, Monticello 40 4A: Rochester 42, Bishop Mac 52
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