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Fast-rising St. Teresa prospect Branyan inks with SIU

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 00:54
DECATUR -- Beau Branyan's recruitment is a lesson in patience. Despite being pressured to sign with the handful of Division-II schools that were hot on his trail, the 265-pound lineman kept his recruitment open. Then the Division-I offers began pouring in starting on November 17 with Morehead State, then preferred walk-on spots at Iowa and Illinois, and more scholarship offers to Southern Illinois and Southeast Missouri State. Branyan chose the Salukis, and on Wednesd...
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MacArthur's Amir Brummett signs with NIU in emotional ceremony

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 00:17
DECATUR -- Central Illinois football and basketball fans are used to seeing MacArthur star Amir Brummett soar for jaw-dropping dunks and break off 80-yard runs on the football field. But at his signing on Wednesday, the focus was on his mother and his gratitude for her sacrifices as she raised four kids by herself. As Brummett made his commitment to Northern Illinois official with the flick of a pen, it became very clear that the range of emotion on display was the real st...
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MacArthur's Amir Brummett signs with NIU in emotional ceremony

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 00:17
DECATUR -- Central Illinois football and basketball fans are used to seeing MacArthur star Amir Brummett soar for jaw-dropping dunks and break off 80-yard runs on the football field. But at his signing on Wednesday, the focus was on his mother and his gratitude for her sacrifices as she raised four kids by herself. As Brummett made his commitment to Northern Illinois official with the flick of a pen, it became very clear that the range of emotion on display was the real st...
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Redbirds tip Flames in final non-conference tuneup

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 01:17
NORMAL -- Illinois State's non-conference slate will go down as one of the most unusual, at times bizarre, in program history. From injuries and absences to wins over two SEC opponents to frustrating losses, it was a wild ride, one that head coach Dan Muller predicted back in the team's preseason media day. He knew it'd be an at times rocky journey, with an already-green roster at partial strength and a highly challenging gantlet of games. The Redbirds are still far from f...
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Redbirds tip Flames in final non-conference tuneup

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 01:17
NORMAL -- Illinois State's non-conference slate will go down as one of the most unusual, at times bizarre, in program history. From injuries and absences to wins over two SEC opponents to frustrating losses, it was a wild ride, one that head coach Dan Muller predicted back in the team's preseason media day. He knew it'd be an at times rocky journey, with an already-green roster at partial strength and a highly challenging gantlet of games. The Redbirds are still far from f...
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Decatur's Acree makes incredible climb into national spotlight

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 00:28
DECATUR -- On any given day at the Crossfit Enhance gym, you might see Casey Acree doing Olympic rings, lunges with heavy weights or an unseemly amount of crunches. He spends up to 12 hours a day at the gym as an instructor and as an athlete training for the national stage. But what makes the former multisport star at Sangamon Valley High special isn't his 2016 national championship at the Wodapalooza competition in South Florida -- it's his attitude in the face of what others would...
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Decatur's Acree makes incredible climb into national spotlight

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 00:28
DECATUR -- On any given day at the Crossfit Enhance gym, you might see Casey Acree doing Olympic rings, lunges with heavy weights or an unseemly amount of crunches. He spends up to 12 hours a day at the gym as an instructor and as an athlete training for the national stage. But what makes the former multisport star at Sangamon Valley High special isn't his 2016 national championship at the Wodapalooza competition in South Florida -- it's his attitude in the face of what others would...
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Young MacArthur squad picks up win over 3A runner-up Rochester

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 00:43
DECATUR -- MacArthur has accrued an 8-3 record this season under first-year head coach Mike "Dubb" Williams, and on Monday night the Generals picked up their most important win to date. The Generals overcame a 22-13 deficit at the end of the first quarter and knocked off defending Class 3A runner-up Rochester by a final score of 55-52. The Rockets are now 7-5 on the season, 3-3 in Central State Eight play. MacArthur is now 2-3 in conference.
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Young MacArthur squad picks up win over 3A runner-up Rochester

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 00:43
DECATUR -- MacArthur has accrued an 8-3 record this season under first-year head coach Mike "Dubb" Williams, and on Monday night the Generals picked up their most important win to date. The Generals overcame a 22-13 deficit at the end of the first quarter and knocked off defending Class 3A runner-up Rochester by a final score of 55-52. The Rockets are now 7-5 on the season, 3-3 in Central State Eight play. MacArthur is now 2-3 in conference.
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No. 3 Lanphier embracing new DNA of selflessness

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 00:13
SPRINGFIELD -- Lanphier has established itself as a program powered by some of the state's headlining stars, from Andre Iguodala to Larry Austin, Jr. to last year's do-it-all point guard Yaakema Rose, Jr. This year the Lions boast a Division-I bound point guard in Cardell McGee, but talent alone isn't the reason head coach Blake Turner's squad is 8-0 and ranked No. 3 in the state in Class 3A. No, there's something different about this year's team, and it caught Turner's attention im...
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No. 3 Lanphier embracing new DNA of selflessness

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 00:13
SPRINGFIELD -- Lanphier has established itself as a program powered by some of the state's headlining stars, from Andre Iguodala to Larry Austin, Jr. to last year's do-it-all point guard Yaakema Rose, Jr. This year the Lions boast a Division-I bound point guard in Cardell McGee, but talent alone isn't the reason head coach Blake Turner's squad is 8-0 and ranked No. 3 in the state in Class 3A. No, there's something different about this year's team, and it caught Turner's attention im...
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Underwood after United Center loss: "I'm a bad loser"

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 21:35
CHICAGO -- Saturday's loss to New Mexico State followed an all too familiar script for Brad Underwood's young Fighting Illini squad.
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Underwood after United Center loss: "I'm a bad loser"

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 21:35
CHICAGO -- Saturday's loss to New Mexico State followed an all too familiar script for Brad Underwood's young Fighting Illini squad.
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Illinois drops United Center game with NMSU

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 00:15
CHICAGO -- Illinois once won 18 games in a row at the United Center between December 2001 and March 2007. Since then the program has gone 6-9 between Big Ten tournament games and the annual December non-conference showcase game -- a record that took a hit on Saturday with a 74-69 loss to New Mexico State. It's a critically important game for the team -- a Chicago homecoming of sorts for the thousands of alumni in the metro area -- and on Saturday the Illini erased a 15-point first h...
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Illinois drops United Center game with NMSU

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 00:15
CHICAGO -- Illinois once won 18 games in a row at the United Center between December 2001 and March 2007. Since then the program has gone 6-9 between Big Ten tournament games and the annual December non-conference showcase game -- a record that took a hit on Saturday with a 74-69 loss to New Mexico State. It's a critically important game for the team -- a Chicago homecoming of sorts for the thousands of alumni in the metro area -- and on Saturday the Illini erased a 15-point first h...
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Lanphier, Springfield pick up wins in Decatur doubleheader

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 22:32
DECATUR -- Lanphier and Springfield High both picked up wins in the Soy City Saturday night.
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Lanphier, Springfield pick up wins in Decatur doubleheader

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 22:32
DECATUR -- Lanphier and Springfield High both picked up wins in the Soy City Saturday night.
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High-powered Danville heals community through hoops

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 01:54
It's been a time of waiting for the Danville community. Waiting to make sense of the shooting near Champaign Central High School after a recent game. Waiting to see if the act of violence is an isolated incident or perhaps more. Waiting to see if the school's cancelled home games will have lasting effect on the teams themselves. What's not up for speculation is the role head coach Ted Houpt's squad has played in helping heal the community. This year's Vikings are big, physical, and...
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High-powered Danville heals community through hoops

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 01:54
It's been a time of waiting for the Danville community. Waiting to make sense of the shooting near Champaign Central High School after a recent game. Waiting to see if the act of violence is an isolated incident or perhaps more. Waiting to see if the school's cancelled home games will have lasting effect on the teams themselves. What's not up for speculation is the role head coach Ted Houpt's squad has played in helping heal the community. This year's Vikings are big, physical, and...
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Friday Frenzy Highlight Zone: 12/15

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 00:35
From a 100-point Lanphier outburst to 28 points from Eisenhower freshman RJ Walker to three overtime finishes, it was a wild night on the basketball courts of the 217 area code! Join Gordon Voit and Noah Newman for every game and score in this edition of the Friday Frenzy! (Games in bold are featured in the show as video highlights.)   Arcola 36, Neoga 35 Bloomington 79, Champaign Central 76 (OT) Central A&M 52, Okaw Valley 25 Cerro Gordo-Bement 69, DeLand-Weldon 30 Dieter...
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