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Santa Claus represents Illini, North Pole for a good cause

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 23:34
CHAMPAIGN -- Kids from all over the Champaign-Urbana and Rantoul area decorated ornaments, "wrapped" some of their friends with streamers and tinsel, drank hot chocolate and listened to music on Saturday afternoon alongside some of their favorite Illini student-athletes. The Christmas extravaganza at the ARC on campus came as a part of the Big Brothers-Big Sisters chapter that many of the local heroes volunteer in. But on Saturday, one hero stood out from the rest of the c...
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Short-handed Redbirds fall to Murray State, 78-72

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 21:11
NORMAL -- Milik Yarbrough's game-high 30 points weren't enough to propel the injury riddled Redbirds past Murray State, as the Ohio Valley powerhouse left Redbird Arena with a 78-72 win.
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Short-handed Redbirds fall to Murray State, 78-72

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 21:11
NORMAL -- Milik Yarbrough's game-high 30 points weren't enough to propel the injury riddled Redbirds past Murray State, as the Ohio Valley powerhouse left Redbird Arena with a 78-72 win.
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Tupper's Take: Illinois fighting 'morgue' disease; preparing for UNLV

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 01:03
On this edition of Tupper's Take, the Herald and Review's Mark Tupper joins WAND's Gordon Voit to discuss Illinois coach Brad Underwood's frustration with the team's energy plus the Illini's Saturday night showdown with high-powered UNLV!
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Tupper's Take: Illinois fighting 'morgue' disease; preparing for UNLV

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 00:59
On this edition of Tupper's Take, the Herald and Review's Mark Tupper joins WAND's Gordon Voit to discuss Illinois coach Brad Underwood's frustration with the team's energy plus the Illini's Saturday night showdown with high-powered UNLV!
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Friday Frenzy Highlight Zone: 12/8

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 00:25
Join Gordon Voit and Noah Newman as they whip around the area for a flurry of boys high school basketball games! No. 1 seed St. Teresa leads the show with a Macon County Tournament championship win over No. 2 seed Central A&M by a score of 54-42, while Lincoln takes down Apollo Conference contender Effingham 63-43 behind senior guard Isaiah Bowers' 1,000th career point. Mt. Zion also honors its 1,000-point scorer, Jonah Smith, who reached the plateau in the playoffs last season. ...
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Friday Frenzy Highlight Zone: 12/8

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 00:25
Join Gordon Voit and Noah Newman as they whip around the area for a flurry of boys high school basketball games! No. 1 seed St. Teresa leads the show with a Macon County Tournament championship win over No. 2 seed Central A&M by a score of 54-42, while Lincoln takes down Apollo Conference contender Effingham 63-43 behind senior guard Isaiah Bowers' 1,000th career point. Mt. Zion also honors its 1,000-point scorer, Jonah Smith, who reached the plateau in the playoffs last season. ...
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Local faces abound in IBCA Hall of Fame induction class

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 02:24
The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame has announced its 2018 class and it will have a few familiar names for sports fans in the WAND viewing area. Longtime Warrensburg-Latham statistician Todd Yokley will be inducted in the "Friend of Basketball" category. He is in his 23rd year helping another Hall of Famer, Vic Binkley, and has put together the Central Illinois Conference website for 14 years. Argenta-Oreana legend Karen Bloch has earned an induct...
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Local faces abound in IBCA Hall of Fame induction class

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 02:24
The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame has announced its 2018 class and it will have a few familiar names for sports fans in the WAND viewing area. Longtime Warrensburg-Latham statistician Todd Yokley will be inducted in the "Friend of Basketball" category. He is in his 23rd year helping another Hall of Famer, Vic Binkley, and has put together the Central Illinois Conference website for 14 years. Argenta-Oreana legend Karen Bloch has earned an induct...
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Shelbyville's Pullen shatters all-time scoring record

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 00:52
SHELBYVILLE -- Tens of thousands of players have put on a football helmet in the state of Illinois. None of them have scored more than Turner Pullen. The Shelbyville Ram is the No. 1 all-time leader in career points scored, as confirmed by the IHSA this week. In his final game of a prolific career, Pullen passed former Rockford Lutheran running back James Robinson for the No. 1 spot. Robinson posted 948 points in his career from 2012-15, Pullen finishes with 962 points -- ...
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Shelbyville's Pullen shatters all-time scoring record

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 00:52
SHELBYVILLE -- Tens of thousands of players have put on a football helmet in the state of Illinois. None of them have scored more than Turner Pullen. The Shelbyville Ram is the No. 1 all-time leader in career points scored, as confirmed by the IHSA this week. In his final game of a prolific career, Pullen passed former Rockford Lutheran running back James Robinson for the No. 1 spot. Robinson posted 948 points in his career from 2012-15, Pullen finishes with 962 points -- ...
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Season preview: St. Teresa Bulldogs

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 01:08
Under eighth-year head coach Tom Noonan St. Teresa has won 20 or more games five times, and the Bulldogs went 18-10 in one of the other seasons. This year's team is primed to build on a 20-7 season with virtually the entire core returning. Fourth team All-State pick Isaiah Bond is back as the alpha scorer in Noonan's offense, and fellow senior Manny Green will join him in the Bulldog backcourt again. Up front St. Teresa is anchored by 265-pound football star Beau Branyan along with a...
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Season preview: St. Teresa Bulldogs

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 01:08
Under eighth-year head coach Tom Noonan St. Teresa has won 20 or more games five times, and the Bulldogs went 18-10 in one of the other seasons. This year's team is primed to build on a 20-7 season with virtually the entire core returning. Fourth team All-State pick Isaiah Bond is back as the alpha scorer in Noonan's offense, and fellow senior Manny Green will join him in the Bulldog backcourt again. Up front St. Teresa is anchored by 265-pound football star Beau Branyan along with a...
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Illini scrape past Austin Peay to end skid

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 00:29
CHAMPAIGN -- It wasn't pretty, but it did the trick. Illinois (7-3, 0-2) turned the ball over 25 times and trailed 28-26 at the half to Austin Peay (2-5 against Division I competition this season) but a surge in the late second half propelled the Illini to a 64-57 win over the Governors on Wednesday night at the State Farm Center. In doing so, coach Brad Underwood's squad ended a three-game losing streak. Michael Finke led the Illini with 17 points and 8 rebounds, while Leron Black ...
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Illini scrape past Austin Peay to end skid

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 00:29
CHAMPAIGN -- It wasn't pretty, but it did the trick. Illinois (7-3, 0-2) turned the ball over 25 times and trailed 28-26 at the half to Austin Peay (2-5 against Division I competition this season) but a surge in the late second half propelled the Illini to a 64-57 win over the Governors on Wednesday night at the State Farm Center. In doing so, coach Brad Underwood's squad ended a three-game losing streak. Michael Finke led the Illini with 17 points and 8 rebounds, while Leron Black ...
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Semifinals set for Macon County Tournament; Lincoln, Monticello pick up wins

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 02:01
Seeding for early-season basketball tournaments can be as precise as shuffling a deck of cards and hoping they're in the right order, but the organizers of the Macon County Boys' Basketball Tournament are 4-for-4. No. 1 seed St. Teresa, No. 2 seed Central A&M, No. 3 seed Warrensburg-Latham and No. 4 seed Meridian all advanced in Monday and Tuesday's quarterfinal play, a chalky Final Four that promises to produce quality basketball in the final two rounds. On Tuesday night, ...
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Semifinals set for Macon County Tournament; Lincoln, Monticello pick up wins

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 02:01
Seeding for early-season basketball tournaments can be as precise as shuffling a deck of cards and hoping they're in the right order, but the organizers of the Macon County Boys' Basketball Tournament are 4-for-4. No. 1 seed St. Teresa, No. 2 seed Central A&M, No. 3 seed Warrensburg-Latham and No. 4 seed Meridian all advanced in Monday and Tuesday's quarterfinal play, a chalky Final Four that promises to produce quality basketball in the final two rounds. On Tuesday night, ...
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Illini freshman Williams draws rave reviews from Underwood

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 01:11
CHAMPAIGN -- Illini coach Brad Underwood is not one to mince words, nor is he one to give empty praise. So when he says things like "Da'Monte Williams is one of the best listeners for a freshman that I've been around in a long time," you know the guard is in rare air. The first-year from Peoria has proved doubters wrong by earning 17.8 minutes per game to go with the rave review from Underwood (full transcript below). Some said his knee injury would make him less...
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Illini freshman Williams draws rave reviews from Underwood

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 01:11
CHAMPAIGN -- Illini coach Brad Underwood is not one to mince words, nor is he one to give empty praise. So when he says things like "Da'Monte Williams is one of the best listeners for a freshman that I've been around in a long time," you know the guard is in rare air. The first-year from Peoria has proved doubters wrong by earning 17.8 minutes per game to go with the rave review from Underwood (full transcript below). Some said his knee injury would make him less...
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St. Teresa, Meridian dominant on first day of Macon County tournament

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 22:41
CERRO GORDO -- St. Teresa and Meridian stole the show on day one of the Macon County tournament at Cerro Gordo High School. The Bulldogs beat Sangamon Valley 74-33, while the Hawks knocked off Argenta-Oreana 82-63.
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