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WAND Two-a-Days: AL-AH

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 21:01
ARTHUR -- The AL-AH Knights have new uniforms, new helmets, and for the first time in 14 years - a new coach. But in many ways they'll still look similar to last year, with the entire line on both sides of the ball returning.
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WAND Two-a-Days: Arcola

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 20:39
ARCOLA -- Year two of the Nick Lindsey era is underway as the Purple Riders look to make the playoffs for the fifth straight year. The Riders have the size up front to punish opposing teams in the Little Okaw.
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WAND Two-a-Days: Effingham

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 20:30
 EFFINGHAM -- The Flaming Hearts are coming off a breakthrough season in which they won nine straight games and advanced to the 4A playoffs for the first time in the Brett Hefner era. Hefner's squad will look a lot different this season. 15 starters graduated
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WAND Two-a-Days: Rochester

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 21:26
ROCHESTER -- The Rockets are reloading for another long run at a state championship - which would be their eighth in nine years. Head coach Derek Leonard's squad will have to get it done with a different cast of characters for the most part this season.
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WAND Two-a-Days: Sacred Heart-Griffin

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 18:32
SPRINGFIELD -- Sacred Heart-Griffin is poised for another dominant season in the Central State Eight. The Cyclones are loaded with one of the most talented rosters in the state. They feature several three year starters who were key contributors in the 2016 state championship run - like Eastern Illinois commit Gran...
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WAND Two-a-Days: Central A&M

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 17:27
MOWEAQUA -- The Central A&M Raiders broke a four year playoff drought last year. This year's squad will have a different feel on offense with basketball star Connor Heaton playing quarterback.
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WAND Two-a-Days: Mt. Zion

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 01:48
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! MT. ZION -- Two years ago the Mt. Zion Braves boasted Division-I talent in Illinois State-bound quarterback Brandon Price and receiver Charles Kuhle. This year's squad might not have the same kind of breakaway speed, but head coach Patrick Etherton says his team has a different kind of talent: advanced mental apti...
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One central Illinois town considering becoming a train quiet zone

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 15:20
LINCOLN, Ill. (WAND) - Lincoln city officials are seeking the public's opinion on becoming a quiet zone.
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WAND Two-a-Days: Meridian

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 01:57
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! MACON -- Meridian might not be a favorite in the Central Illinois Conference this season, but that hasn't put a damper on practice this offseason. Quite the opposite in fact, as second-year head coach Micah Sheppard has the Hawks focused on not just building short-term success but a sustainable machine that will produc...
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WAND Two-a-Days: Argenta-Oreana

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 01:08
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! ARGENTA -- Most Big Ten schools covet 4.45 speed in their backfield. The Argenta-Oreana Bombers have it, and 3,500 yards to back it up. Junior Makail Stanley's ascendance to a household name took another step up when he ran a blistering time of 4.45 second in the 40-yard dash at the Blue-Grey Football All-Am...
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WAND Two-a-Days: Tuscola

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 01:09
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! TUSCOLA -- One point. That's all that separated Tuscola from a Class 1A state championship this past November in a 21-20 loss to Lena-Winslow. The Warriors countered with the number 96 this offseason, as in 96 percent weight room participation. Head coach Andy Romine's squad is deep, huge up front, talented and m...
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WAND Two-a-Days: LSA

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 00:22
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! DECATUR -- LSA's program has been around for less than a decade, and already the Lions are working toward a fourth straight trip to the playoffs. Fifth-year head coach Craig Bundy's team brings back the core of its 7-3 team from a season ago -- including QB Mike Fiala, WR/MLB Grant Karsten, TE/DE Beaux Boehm and a mass...
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WAND Two-a-Days: St. Teresa

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 00:25
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! DECATUR -- Can St. Teresa get back to the state championship game in 2018? The Bulldogs are armed and dangerous this season, perhaps even more loaded than when they made it there in 2016 in Class 1A. Last season they were moved up to Class 3A and fell in a close second-round game with Carlinville. The team's elit...
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WAND Two-a-Days: Maroa-Forsyth

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 00:07
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! MAROA -- Can the Trojans make an eighth state championship game in Josh Jostes' 19th season as head coach? Things are looking up for Maroa-Forsyth in 2018: QB Ian Benner is back after throwing for 25 touchdowns and rushing for nearly 1,000 yards as a 15-year-old sophomore. WR Noah Holthaus is the lone returning starter...
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WAND Two-a-Days: Eisenhower

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 01:31
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! DECATUR -- Year One under new head coach Curtis Graham is officially underway. [FOR VIDEO PLEASE VISIT "GORDON VOIT -- WAND SPORTS" ON FACEBOOK!] The Panthers are working to build their program back up to playoff caliber and beyond under the first-year coach and native of East St. Louis. This year they'll lo...
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WAND Two-a-Days: MacArthur

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 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! DECATUR -- Mission accomplished. Now it's time to wipe the memory clean. MacArthur rebounded from back-to-back 1-8 seasons in a big way last season: rattling off an 8-3 record and handing off Sacred Heart-Griffin an ultra-rare regular season loss. The Generals then made it to the second round of the Class 5A ...
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Springfield's Malik Turner making name for himself at Seahawks camp

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 00:10
SEATTLE -- Springfield native Malik Turner has traded the 217 area code for the 206, but it's business as usual for the talented receiver. The 2014 Sacred Heart-Griffin graduate and 2018 Illinois graduate is nearing his 10th training camp practice with the Seattle Seahawks. Despite being one of 14 receivers on hand, Turner has made appearances in every single training camp recap video that the team has posted. Wearing the No. 8 jersey, Turner can be seen making an over-the-shoulder ...
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Armon Brummett hits ground running at Bradley

Sun, 08/05/2018 - 22:24
DECATUR -- Fall classes haven't even started yet, and already MacArthur graduate Armon Brummett has had a wild ride at Bradley University. Literally. The all-state basketball and football star got his first airplane experience when the Braves basketball team flew to Europe for its summer tour. There they rode bikes in London, took a rafting tour around Amsterdam and played a handful of local teams. In this WAND interview, Armon discusses his trip abroad plus what it's been like adju...
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Lewis Jackson hosts 'Back to School Bash' for the kids

Sat, 08/04/2018 - 23:59
DECATUR -- Saturday belonged to the kids. But it was the grown men who stole the show. Former Purdue and Eisenhower guard Lewis Jackson and a cast of contributors from around the community helped give out 300 backpacks to children in the community, children who then were treated to a trio of showcase games (high school, college and pro) at the Panthers' home gym. The contributors ranged from former NFL fullback Brit Miller to local restaurants, car dealerships, community outreac...
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Tupper's Take: Illini basketball summer recap

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 22:13
CHAMPAIGN -- Summer workouts are in the books for the Illini men's basketball team. Mark Tupper stops by the studio with his big takeaways from the summer session
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