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High School Football Bubble Watch

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 00:04
The ninth and final week of the high school football season is here! Week 9 of the Friday Frenzy features a number of matchups with major playoff implications. [Update: Class 1A complete. Classes 2A-6A to be posted here soon.] CLASS 1A Eligible Cerro Gordo-Bement (5-3) Situation: Broncos are right on projected fence for playoff points (37) and need a win over Villa Grove-Heritage (4-4) to guarantee a spot. Central A&M (5-3) Situation: With 34 playoff points, the Raiders a...
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Hero of the Week: Demirjian Family

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 01:05
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! CHAMPAIGN -- First the Demirjian family paved the way for coach Mike Small's Illinois golf program to have the top indoor facility in the country. Now the Soy City family is turning its sights on a soccer and track complex. Demirjian Park will feature brand new facilities for the two programs, which...
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St. Teresa soccer makes first-ever sectional championship game

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 00:52
CHAMPAIGN -- Leave it to the program's youngest-ever coach to break decades of history. St. Teresa's 23-year-old soccer coach Davis Wegmann and his uber-talented roster raced past Uni High 4-1 on Wednesday in the Class 1A sectional semifinals at Judah Christian. In doing so, the Bulldogs earned their first ticket to the sectional finals in program history. [FOR VIDEO PLEASE VISIT FACEBOOK] Senior Luichi Caceres was the star of the match for St. Teresa and recorded a ...
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Alumni Tuesday: Decatur Public Schools HOF class

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 01:21
Meet the members of the Decatur Public Schools Hall of Fame's Fall 2018 induction class in this week's edition of Alumni Tuesday! Please enjoy this transcript from the class' induction ceremony at halftime of the MacArthur-Eisenhower football game on Saturday at Millikin's Lindsay Field!   Terry Cook Terry Cook is a 1984 graduate from Stephen Decatur High School. A three year varsity starter, named All-Turkey Tournament team his junior and senior year, a leading scorer an...
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St. Teresa soccer eyeing trip to state

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 20:36
DECATUR -- MacArthur graduate Davis Wegmann has been engulfed in the central Illinois soccer world during his 23 years on this planet.  In his first year as St. Teresa head coach, he says his Bulldogs could go down as one of the best teams to come out of the Decatur area. The numbers don't lie. St. Teresa is 18-2-3
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Hall of Fame EIU coach Bob Spoo passes away

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 11:50
CHARLESTON, Ill. (WAND) - Hall of Fame Eastern Illinois University coach Bob Spoo has passes away.
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Frenzy in 90: week 8

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 22:00
The penultimate week of the high school football season is complete. Several teams will be looking to lock up playoff spots in the final week of the season. 
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State golf recap: Charleston, St. Anthony win state titles

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 21:56
It was a banner weekend for central Illinois at state golf - both St. Anthony and Charleston took home state titles. The Bulldogs captured the 1A team title, beating out 2nd place Riverdale by six strokes. The Trojans successfully defended the 2A title with a dramatic one stroke win over Benton. 
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Spack shaves mustache after Illinois State blows out Southern Illinois

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 21:45
NORMAL -- Head coach Brock Spack made a promise to his team Saturday. Beat Southern Illinois by at least 35 points, and he'd shave his mustache. Illinois State (5-1) won by 35 and then some, clobbering the Salukis 51-3 on homecoming. Spack lived up to his word, shaving his mustache off before heading to the postgame press conference. 
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Illinois falls 46-7 to Purdue in spoiled homecoming

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 20:59
CHAMPAIGN -- Illinois' beleaguered roster has been through just about everything under the Big Ten sun, but Saturday's 46-7 loss at home to Purdue on Homecoming has to rank among the most surprising. The Illini (3-3, 1-2) gave up 611 yards (404 in the first half) and an astonishing 46 straight Purdue points (3-3, 2-1) after an AJ Bush touchdown on the third overall drive of the game gave Illinois a 7-0 lead. Illinois' high-powered run attack was held to just...
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MacArthur rolls Eisenhower in Soy City Braggin' Rights

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 20:40
DECATUR -- No punches are held in Soy City Braggin' Rights. The last time the crosstown rivalry between MacArthur and Eisenhower wasn't lopsided was 2012, when MacArthur eked out a 14-6 win over Eisenhower. Since then it's been a series of alternating blowouts, and on Saturday afternoon at Millikin's Lindsay Field MacArthur continued the tradition. The Generals pasted the Panthers 61-14 for a second straight win in the series. MacArthur led 48-6 at the half thanks to touchdown...
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Demirjian family, Illini break ground on state-of-the-art facility

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 02:05
CHAMPAIGN -- The "Park" part of "Demirjian Park" was chosen for a reason. The Demirjian family of Decatur wants its gift of $7 million to the University of Illinois to lift up the whole community, not just the 125 student athletes it will boost. It'll provide state of the art soccer and track facilities, plus offer a place for community-wide events and what they call a "region-wide" boon. Visit Facebook for a full 15-minute look at the school's celebrat...
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Friday Frenzy Highlight Zone: Week 8 (10/12)

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 00:15
Welcome to the new and improved Friday Frenzy! Week 8 featured nearly 20 games all across Central Illinois! HIGHLIGHTS: Click through the four videos in the player above for all the highlights! SCORES: Click the scoreboard attached to this article! Video 1 Central Illinois Conference Sangamo Conference Fans of the Week: Mike Lee, Sangamon Valley Video 2 Apollo Conference Little Okaw Valley: Northwest Cheerleaders of the Week: Southeast Spartans Video 3 Cen...
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Friday Frenzy Preview: Week 8

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 01:25
The Friday Frenzy is new and improved! Join Gordon Voit and Noah Newman for more games, three weekly awards and more! The show has expanded to five programming blocks and now starts at 10:10 p.m.! ST. TERESA LEADS STATE IN SCORING TAYLORVILLE RACES OUT TO 7-0 START   Week 8 October 12 Apollo Effingham (H.S.) at Mattoon Mahomet (M.-Seymour) at Lincoln Mt. Zion at Taylorville Big Twelve Bloomington (H.S.) at Peoria (H.S.) Champaign (Central) at Normal (Community ...
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Hero of the Week: Brown, Dudek, Gilkey

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 23:16
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! This week's honoree is a trio of local football players who are demonstrating what it means to "suffer well". Illinois' Dre Brown and Mike Dudek have dealt with nine combined years of injury-plagued seasons. Eastern Illinois quarterback Scotty Gilkey is dealing with elbow surgery himself, in add...
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Undefeated Argenta-Oreana boasts elite defense, too

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 00:54
ARGENTA -- When you put up 42 points a game (often times in one half, before the JV squad takes over) it's easy to get a reputation for being driven by offense. But that's not the full story for No. 8 Argenta-Oreana. The Bombers 'D up' too, giving up just 11.2 points per game. Head coach Steve Kirk and senior Skylar Peterson share their thoughts on how the Bombers' defense is a major reason for their 7-0 record. Kirk says that it went from the team's greatest question mark befo...
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Alumni Tuesday: Eisenhower graduates help make history

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 00:35
Do you ever wonder what happened to your favorite Friday Frenzy star who went on to the next level? Now you don't have to! Join WAND's Gordon Voit every week for Alumni Tuesday, when he will profile a different local athlete who is now at the college level and beyond. First they helped Eisenhower reach the playoffs in back-to-back seasons, now they're helping their college programs reach new heights. For lineman Dejour Bradford (Eureka) that meant earning a playoff berth fo...
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Tupper's Take: Rutgers review, Purdue preview

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 22:41
For the first time in the history of Tupper's Take the guys are breaking down a Big Ten football win!  Mark Tupper and Noah Newman react to the team's first conference win in 700 days, and also look ahead to Purdue. 
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Payton offers unique perspective on Bears hot start

Sun, 10/07/2018 - 20:01
DECATUR -- WAND news caught up with Jarrett Payton at the Community Leaders Breakfast Tuesday. The WGN/CLTV anchor, and son of legendary Bears running back Walter Payton, had plenty to say about Chicago's 3-1 start. 
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Rochester rolls past Springfield in pivotal CS8 battle

Sat, 10/06/2018 - 21:29
SPRINGFIELD -- The Leonard sweep wasn't in the cards for the Senators. Derek Leonard's Rochester Rockets rolled past Springfield H.S. 61-24, a week after the Senators stunned Sacred Heart Griffin. 
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