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Eastern Illinois hires Adam Cushing as head football coach

WAND Sports - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 21:10
CHARLESTON -- Northwestern assistant Adam Cushing has been hired as the new head football coach at Eastern Illinois. Cushing spent the past 15 years on the Northwestern staff, including 13 under head coach Pat Fitzgerald. He's currently the offensive line coach
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Illinois fends off UNLV for third win of season

WAND Sports - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 19:22
CHAMPAIGN -- "You guys ever play golf?" Illinois head coach Brad Underwood greeted reporters at the postgame press conference with an analogy from the links. He left the court at the State Farm Center with a 77-74 win over UNLV on Saturday afternoon, and with it a feeling like he had just hit his tee shot into the woods, taken a penalty stroke then holed out with two strokes. The message was clear: sloppy or not, a par is a par. The Illini (3-7) made some key mistakes incl...
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Friday Frenzy Highlight Zone: 12/7

WAND Sports - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 00:34
Welcome to the one and only Friday Frenzy! Gordon Voit and Noah Newman kick off the basketball season with games all across the viewing area! [VIDEO FOUND ON FACEBOOK]
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Thursday Night Highlight Zone: 12/6

WAND Sports - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 00:29
WAND brings you a trio of key games from Thursday night's slate of basketball games! [VIDEO] + Macon County Boys Basketball Semifinals + MacArthur vs. U High (girls)
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Illinois, Illinois State, Millikin fall in Wednesday action

WAND Sports - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 00:57
Central Illinois' college basketball teams fared 0-4 on Wednesday night, with two of those losses coming at home and two in the city of Chicago. WAND has highlights of Illinois, Illinois State and Millikin. + Illinois falls to No. 19 Ohio State 77-67 + Illinois State rolled by UIC 94-75 + Millikin loses to visiting Elmhurst 74-62 + Illinois Wesleyan drops barn burner to Wheaton 90-88
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Hero of the Week: Taylorville Tornadoes spring into action

WAND Sports - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 00:46
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! TAYLORVILLE -- When an array of tornadoes hit the Christian County area last week, Ryan Brown knew something had to be done. The boys basketball coach texted wrestling and football coach Lee Mateer, and rallied a large group of students from all across the Tornadoes athletic department and beyond. They ...
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Taylorville helps heal community; MacArthur and Eisenhower also pick up wins

WAND Sports - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 01:27
In this Tuesday slate of highlights, Taylorville decides to host its Apollo Conference clash with Charleston despite the town's storm damage, while MacArthur tops U High and Eisenhower rolls Rochester. Plus scores from the Macon County Tournament in Maroa! Tune in to WAND during Wednesday's 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts to see the Taylorville boys basketball team featured for Hero of the Week!
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Alumni Tuesday: Seven Sassano, Dartmouth

WAND Sports - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 01:10
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. Seven Sassano was the first female basketball player to notch 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in Eisenhower history, and now she's taking that scrappiness to the Ivy League for the Dartmouth rugby program. The...
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Tupper's Take: Nebraska review, Ohio State preview

WAND Sports - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 22:40
Mark Tupper joins Noah Newman in studio for another edition of Tupper's Take! The guys react to Illinois' Big Ten opening loss at Nebraska. And Noah makes a bold prediction about the upcoming Ohio State game that leaves Mark speechless. 
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Capital City Showcase highlights

WAND Sports - Sun, 12/02/2018 - 22:22
SPRINGFIELD -- There was wall to wall ball at the Bank of Springfield Center Saturday in the annual Capital City Showcase. 
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Friday Frenzy Highlight Zone: 11/30

WAND Sports - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 00:18
Welcome to the one and only Friday Frenzy! Gordon Voit and Noah Newman kick off the basketball season with games all across the viewing area! [VIDEO FOUND ON FACEBOOK]
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Should the IHSA scrap football conferences?

WAND Sports - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 01:53
Should the IHSA do away with its current free form conference system for football and instead implement eight-team districts featuring teams of the same size classifications? That's one of the items on the IHSA's agenda as it votes this December. Join the conversation on Facebook! ?? FOR VIDEO PLEASE VISIT "GORDON VOIT -- WAND SPORTS" ON FACEBOOK! ?? Steve Soucie of the Northwest Herald tackles the many factors of the complex situation
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217 native Blake Hance leads Northwestern to Indianapolis

WAND Sports - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 01:10
EVANSTON -- When Northwestern hits the turf at Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Field on Saturday against Ohio State, the Wildcats will be relying heavily on one of the 217 area code's finest. Jacksonville native Blake Hance graduated from JHS in 2014 after a standout career in football, basketball and baseball. He used that athleticism and versatility to develop into the starting left tackle for Northwestern. Pair that with the extra bulk of going from a 240-pound tight end to...
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Clinton's Workman signs with Western Illinois

WAND Sports - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 01:03
CLINTON -- The Maroons track and field program added to its distinguished alumni list on Wednesday when standout thrower Claudia Workman signed with Division-I Western Illinois. What is Claudia's dream career? Could she one day be working at WAND? Click the video to find out!
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Hero of the Week: Nick Allegretti, Illinois

WAND Sports - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 00:37
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! EVANSTON -- Illinois captain, emotional leader and run-blocker-in-chief Nick Allegretti wins this week's award for the character he showed throughout his career, and particularly for how he handled his last moments in an Illini uniform. Join Gordon Voit for a look at Allegretti's special day, including h...
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Jordan Caroline shines in return to home state

WAND Sports - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 02:13
CHICAGO -- It was a week to remember for Champaign native Jordan Caroline, whose return to his home state on Tuesday included a convincing 79-65 win over host Loyola, 15 points and 6 rebounds plus his own personal cheering section of family members who made the trip to Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood. In this WAND interview, Jordan joins Gordon Voit to discuss why his No. 5 Wolf Pack's Sweet 16 rematch against Loyola is so important, his visiting family, how he's added to his game...
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Illini comeback falls short at Notre Dame

WAND Sports - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 22:13
SOUTH BEND, IN -- Notre Dame held off Illinois 76-74 after Trent Frazier's potential game winning three-pointer rimmed out as time expired.
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Tupper's Take: What to make of Lovie Smith's extension

WAND Sports - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 22:08
Less than 24 hours after Illinois wrapped up its season with a loss at Northwestern, athletic director Josh Whitman announced a two year extension for Lovie Smith that would keep him in Champaign through 2023.
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Illini shoot their way past Mississippi Valley State

WAND Sports - Sun, 11/25/2018 - 22:11
CHAMPAIGN -- Admittedly tired from a long week in Maui, the Illini lived by the three Sunday, hitting a program record-tying 16 three-pointers in a 86-67 victory over Mississippi Valley State. 
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Lovie Smith extended through 2023

WAND Sports - Sun, 11/25/2018 - 22:04
CHAMPAIGN -- Josh Whitman made it clear he's all in on Lovie Smith - giving his head coach a two year extension that would keep him in Champaign through 2023.
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