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Friday Frenzy Preview: Week 1

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 00:17
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.! Don't forget to submit photos of your Friday Frenzy adventures! Whether you're tailgating or watching from the stands, send your pictures to Gordon Voit's Facebook page to be featured on the show.   WEEK 1 SCHEDULE TRI-VALLEY @ ST. TERESA (GAME OF THE WEEK) SPRINGFIELD...
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Gordon Voit's Top 3 moments from 'Two-a-Days'

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 22:44
From Division-I athletes to powerful life lessons, the WAND Sports team saw it all this summer in its 30-plus training camp visits around local high school football! Click the video above for sports director Gordon Voit's Top 3 moments from 'Two-a-Days', including stops in Meridian, St. Teresa, Sacred Heart-Griffin, Argenta-Oreana and Shelbyville! The message? Let's remember what's truly important this football season.
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WAND Two-a-Days: Riverton

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 22:17
It's time for WAND Two-a-Days! Gordon Voit and Noah Newman preview two high school football teams a day every day until the season kicks off on August 24th! RIVERTON -- Can the Riverton Hawks reach the playoffs for the first time since 2009? That's the ultimate goal for the program as head coach Joe Stevens begins his second year as head coach. Last season Riverton fared 1-8 in a grueling Sangamo Conference. The Hawks ranked 10th in the 10-team league in points s...
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How Illini receivers have had to adjust in new offensive scheme

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 21:29
CHAMPAIGN -- The Illinois football roster boasts 15 receivers, each of which is learning offensive coordinator Rod Smith's brand of up-tempo offense for the first time. That prompts a number of questions as the Illini close the fan friendly portion of training camp and start Week 1-specific preparations behind closed doors. Namely: Who will get the most snaps? Which of the breakout candidates have cracked the rotation? How does Smith's new scheme change things for the returners? Doe...
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WAND Two-a-Days: Williamsville

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 01:01
It's time for WAND Two-a-Days! Gordon Voit and Noah Newman preview two high school football teams a day every day until the season kicks off on August 24th! WILLIAMSVILLE -- Sustained excellence. That's what Williamsville is under head coach Aaron Kunz, who has racked up nine or more wins in eight of the past nine seasons. That pesky ninth year? The Bullets still made the playoffs. This season the Bullets lose all-state QB Justice Ferrier, WR Joseph Mitchell and a han...
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WAND Two-a-Days: Lincoln

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 00:30
It's time for WAND Two-a-Days! Gordon Voit and Noah Newman preview two high school football teams a day every day until the season kicks off on August 24th! LINCOLN -- The Railers don't need reminding that it's been since 1984 that the program last made the playoffs. This year that could change. Head coach Matt Silkowski is in his third year at the helm of the program, and the team has momentum after increasing its win total from 1-8 to 3-6. This year Lincoln wi...
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WAND Two-a-Days: Clinton

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 21:50
CLINTON -- The Maroons are having the time of their lives under new head coach Chris Ridgeway. The longtime assistant has created a fun environment in practice, and his players are buying in. Ridgeway is also working with one of the more experienced rosters in the CIC. 
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WAND Two-a-Days: Cumberland

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 21:41
CUMBERLAND -- The Pirates have plenty of pieces back from last year's Little Okaw Southeast championship team. 
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WAND Two-a-Days: Taylorville

Sun, 08/19/2018 - 16:38
TAYLORVILLE -- The Tornadoes have plenty to be excited about as they get set to play on their brand new turf.  For starters they return one of the most prolific passers in the area in senior quarterback Brandon Odam. 
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WAND Two-a-Days: Sangamon Valley

Sun, 08/19/2018 - 16:29
NIANTIC -- The Sangamon Valley Storm are looking to surprise some people in what should be a very tough LOVC Northwest division. Head coach Michael Lee's squad will featured a balanced offensive attack. 
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WAND Two-a-Days: Charleston

Sat, 08/18/2018 - 21:13
CHARLESTON -- The Trojans went through some growing pains in 2017 (0-9) with only 8 seniors on the roster.  The encouraging news is numbers are up in Charleston, and head coach Tyler Hanner has a big class of 20 seniors leading the way. 
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WAND Two-a-Days: Mattoon

Sat, 08/18/2018 - 21:08
MATTOON -- The Green Wave are looking to bounce back from their first losing season (2-7) in six years. Head coach Troy Johnson believes he has a group more than capable of getting back to the playoffs. 
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WAND Two-a-Days: Cerro Gordo-Bement

Sat, 08/18/2018 - 00:37
It's time for WAND Two-a-Days! Gordon Voit and Noah Newman preview two high school football teams a day every day until the season kicks off on August 24th! CERRO GORDO -- Year Two of the Nick Walker is all about returning a swagger to the Cerro Gordo-Bement program. The team plays music throughout practice. The alternate jerseys are in the mix. Star RB Brady Greenwood sports a metallic golden visor. The results of the improved vibes on campus have already begun tric...
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WAND Two-a-Days: Shelbyville

Sat, 08/18/2018 - 00:31
It's time for WAND Two-a-Days! Gordon Voit and Noah Newman preview two high school football teams a day every day until the season kicks off on August 24th! SHELBYVILLE -- Losing the state's all-time career scoring leader hurt. Yes, QB Turner Pullen put up more points in a Shelbyville uniform than any player in the history of Illinois high school football. This year's alpha dog was scheduled to be former Freshman All-America receiver Kentrell Beck, now a junior, but the b...
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WAND Two-a-Days: Monticello

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 00:34
It's time for WAND Two-a-Days! Gordon Voit and Noah Newman preview two high school football teams a day every day until the season kicks off on August 24th! MONTICELLO -- The Sages have made the playoffs in every single year of the Cullen Welter Era. They're nine for nine should be easily cleared for year 10 of the streak. Monticello loses more than a half dozen key contributors to graduation, including LB/FB Nathan Harman (Northern Illinois) and WR/CB Dylan Thomas (Illino...
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WAND Two-a-Days: Millikin offense

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 01:00
It's time for WAND Two-a-Days! Gordon Voit and Noah Newman preview two football teams a day every day until the season kicks off on August 24th! DECATUR -- Expectations are high for the Millikin Big Blue this season, which has made head coach Dan Gritti's job to stoke his team's fire this offseason as it stays vigilant against complacency. The squad is coming off of a strong 7-3 season and returns virtually every offensive contributor, including QB Nicco Ste...
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WAND Two-a-Days: Pana

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 00:20
It's time for WAND Two-a-Days! Gordon Voit and Noah Newman preview two high school football teams a day every day until the season kicks off on August 24th! PANA -- The Panthers' visibility is increasing. Literally. Stay tuned for a feature story on Pana's brand new jumbotron! It's an unmistakable addition to Brummett Stadium that will feature messages from around the community, including a WAND shout-out from Gordon Voit and Noah Newman.  The Panthers' literal visib...
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WAND Two-a-Days: Warrensburg-Latham

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 01:01
It's time for WAND Two-a-Days! Gordon Voit and Noah Newman preview two high school football teams a day every day until the season kicks off on August 24th! WARRENSBURG -- New faces abound at Warrensburg-Latham. Gone are record-setting speedsters Dionte and Diondre Lewis, who have moved on to Millikin's football program. In their place step the likes of QB Nate Hayes and RB Davis Brumbaugh, plus WR Tanner Dawson who will start after not playing football since sixth g...
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WAND Two-a-Days: Newton

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 00:37
It's time for WAND Two-a-Days! Gordon Voit and Noah Newman preview two high school football teams a day every day until the season kicks off on August 24th! NEWTON -- 10, 11, 9. That's the amount of wins the Newton Eagles have in each of the past three seasons. Head coach Jason Fulton has quietly established a 3A powerhouse in Jasper County, and this year the Eagles should land in that same 9-plus win category. Click the video for a Repking Media interview with Fulton plu...
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WAND Two-a-Days: Sullivan-Okaw Valley

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 21:09
SULLIVAN -- Jeff Myers takes over as head coach of the Sullivan-Okaw Valley Redskins. It's a homecoming of sorts for Myers, a 34-year central Illinois native who spent time coaching in Florida. 
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