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Friday Frenzy: Special guests help preview state semifinals

Sat, 11/17/2018 - 01:41
Nearly 10 minutes of coverage from every angle imaginable! The Friday Frenzy went extra LIVE as Gordon Voit welcomed St. Teresa legend Justin Brinkoetter (Class of '96) and Maroa-Forsyth legend Luke Hockaday (Class of '07) in studio to preview the "Macon County Super Bowl" between their two alma maters! Noah Newman joins the show with a jam-packed preview of the local teams in the 1A and 3A semifinals! VIDEO: State 2A semifinals: Maroa-Forsyth (12-0) at St. ...
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Hero of the Week: Reilly Fitzpatrick, Maroa-Forsyth

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 00:34
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! FORSYTH -- It might be the busiest leg in the state. Maroa-Forsyth's undefeated 48-point-per-game offense has a secret weapon named Reilly Fitzpatrick, and Reilly is in charge of capping off all those touchdown drives. The senior is believed to be the highest-scoring female football player in Illin...
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All-State football teams announced by IHSFCA

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 17:31
The Illinois High School Football Coaches Association has released its all-state teams in Classes 1A through 8A, and several local players made the cut! For a complete list including 7A and 8A visit the IHSFCA on Twitter.
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Macon's Brian Snitker named NL Manager of the Year

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 02:34
Macon, Ill. native Brian Snitker can now add another line to his growing resume as a 41-year employee of the Atlanta Braves organization: National League Manager of the Year. Snitker earned 17 first place votes to runner-up Craig Counsell's 11. He led a young Braves roster (90-72) to the postseason for the first time since 2013 and earned the National League East crown. He is only the second manager in franchise history to win Manager of the Year, with the other being...
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Dosunmu's 25 powers Illinois; Illinois State edges CSU

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 01:50
Central Illinois played host to a pair of college basketball games on Tuesday night as Illinois and Illinois State both took on non-conference foes. VIDEO: Georgetown 88, Illinois 80 Illini freshman Ayo Dosunmu scored a game-high 25 points and four others posted double figures but Patrick Ewing's Hoyas pulled away late for an 88-80 win in Champaign in the Gavitt Tipoff Games. VIDEO: Illinois State 75, Chicago State 71 Illinois State's Milik Yarbrough posted 24 points, 9 rebounds and...
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Tupper's Take: Georgetown preview

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 22:09
Illinois faces its first big test of the season when it welcomes in Georgetown Tuesday as part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games.
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St. Teresa volleyball wraps up historic season

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 21:38
NORMAL -- St. Teresa swept Grayville (25-20, 25-15) Saturday in the Class 1A Third Place match, clinching the best finish in program history.
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Saturday Frenzy Highlight Zone: Playoff Round Three

Sat, 11/10/2018 - 22:41
The third round of the playoffs featured nine games with local implications! Saturday Scores 4A: (3) Kankakee (McNamara) 42, (10) Effingham 35 4A: (4) Rochester 64, (1) Taylorville 26 3A: (6) Williamsville 21, (2) Carlinville 35 3A: (1) Monticello 63, (13) Greenville 21
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High School Football Playoffs: Quarterfinal Previews

Sat, 11/10/2018 - 01:38
Your complete guide to local playoff football games! The November 11th quarterfinals feature nine games with local ties. Class 1A (1) Argenta-Oreana @ (13) Central A&M (3) Triopia @ (2) Camp Point Class 2A (3) Tuscola @ (2) Maroa-Forsyth (1) GCMS @ (5) Sterling (1) St. Teresa vs. (12) Tri-Valley Class 3A (1) Monticello vs. (13) Greenville (6) Williamsville @ (2) Carlinville Class 4A (4) Rochester @ (1) Taylorville (3) Bishop McNamara @ (10) Effingham Visit the IHSA ...
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Hartsburg-Emden, Pleasant Plains advance to state volleyball finals

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 17:57
NORMAL -- Two teams in the WAND coverage area will play for state volleyball championships Saturday. Pleasant Plains beat St. Thomas More (25-22, 15-25, 26-24) in the 2A semifinals.  Hartsburg-Emden swept St. Teresa (25-17, 25-14) in the 1A semifinals.
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Playoff Preview: Argenta-Oreana can make history against Central A&M

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 03:08
Class 1A Quarterfinals (1) Argenta-Oreana @ (13) Central A&M 1:30 p.m. on Saturday in Moweaqua [VIDEO: FACEBOOK] ARGENTA -- The Bomber football team has already made school history, posting 11 wins for just the third time ever. If they are to get to the 12-win threshold and shatter the record set by the 1976 and 1986, they'll have to go through a red-hot Central A&M team that is also having a historic moment. The Raiders haven't hosted a quarterfinal game since 2001, when t...
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Illinois dominates Evansville in season opener

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 01:42
CHAMPAIGN -- In all phases, it was a dominant performance. The Illinois offense shot 56.3 percent and the defense limited Evansville to 37.7 percent shooting -- while forcing 26 turnovers. The Illini led by as many as 42 and won the season opener 99-60 on Thursday night at the State Farm Center. Aaron Jordan scored a game-high 19 points for the Illini to go with 7 rebounds. Highly touted freshman guard Ayo Dosunmu filled the stat sheet with 18 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steal...
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Hero of the Week: Sister Jean, Loyola

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 01:10
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! CHICAGO -- Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt became an international celebrity during Loyola's magical run to the Final Four last spring. Now that the Ramblers are launching their campaign to return to the Final Four, Sister Jean is back in the spotlight. As Gordon Voit reports, it's how he noticed her handli...
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Playoff Preview: Central A&M prepares for Argenta-Oreana

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 00:42
Class 1A Quarterfinals (1) Argenta-Oreana @ (13) Central A&M 1:30 p.m. on Saturday in Moweaqua MOWEAQUA -- It's been since 2001 that Central A&M got to host a quarterfinal playoff football game. One Raider from that squad in particular can rattle off every single detail from that 26-18 win over Northwestern (Sciota): the scoring drives, the weather conditions, you name it. He's now the head coach and his name is Brent Weakly. In this WAND preview, Weakly and senior lin...
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Catching up with Xavier Bishop

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 17:04
CHICAGO -- Not too long ago Xavier Bishop was stuffing the stat sheet for Lanphier High School - now he's doing it for UMKC.  The Springfield native enjoyed a breakout year as a sophomore, starting 28 games, and leading the team in scoring with 11.6 points per game.  Bishop begins his junior season on a big stage at Loyola-Chicago
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Tupper's Take: Illini sink the boat

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 22:00
Can Lovie Smith and the Illini make it two wins in a row at Nebraska? Mark Tupper joins Noah Newman in studio to discuss
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FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: Elite 8 game times set

Sun, 11/04/2018 - 22:06
Thirteen high school football teams in the WAND coverage area are still alive in their quest for a state title. 
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Saturday Frenzy Highlight Zone: Playoff Round Two

Sat, 11/03/2018 - 20:40
Several football teams in the WAND coverage area are headed to the elite 8! 
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Illini show off new faces against Illinois Wesleyan

Sat, 11/03/2018 - 01:50
CHAMPAIGN -- There were storylines galore at Illinois' exhibition opener on Friday night, with eight new Illini faces for fans to see and a cast of former Friday Frenzy stars suiting up for visiting Illinois Wesleyan. Don't miss WAND's extended five-minute coverage of Illinois' 83-67 win over Illinois Wesleyan! [FOR VIDEO PLEASE VISIT "GORDON VOIT -- WAND SPORTS" ON FACEBOOK!]
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On to State: Four local volleyball teams punch their ticket

Sat, 11/03/2018 - 01:44
Local volleyball fans will have plenty to watch for at the state volleyball tournament in Normal, as four teams in the 217 area code secured a spot in Friday night's super-sectional action. WAND brings you highlights and scores! COMPLETE INFORMATION FOR STATE TOURNAMENT VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS Class 1A St. Teresa beats Routt Catholic, 2-1 Hartsburg-Emden beats Flanagan-Cornell, 2-0 Class 2A Pleasant Plains beats Eureka, 2-1 St. Thomas More beats Seneca, 2-0 Class 3A Althoff Cat...
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