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Maroa-Forsyth makes 10th semifinal appearance since 2004

WAND Sports - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 00:51
MAROA -- Under Josh Jostes the Maroa-Forsyth football program has reached 10 state semifinals since 2004. This year the Trojans are back again as a No. 4 seed in 2A. Their Final Four opponent? Same as last year: Shelbyville, which comes in as a No. 6 seed in the teams' 1:30 p.m. Saturday matchup in Shelbyville. Running back Deondre Gregory is the hottest name for Maroa-Forsyth (11-1) heading into this weekend's matchup. The senior was named All-State after racking up 1,502 rushing y...
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Shelbyville roars into semifinals thanks to secret weapons

WAND Sports - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 02:36
SHELBYVILLE -- Head coach Bill Duckett's No. 6-seeded Rams strike the fear of a No. 1 seed into opponents thanks to a first-class offense. High-powered Shelbyville has averaged 47.3 points per game this season with superstar quarterback Turner Pullen at the helm. The senior's final season and overall career haven't just been elite -- they've been all-time, as in history-making. Pullen has 66 total touchdowns this season (40 passing, 26 rushing) to go with 65 two-point conversions. W...
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Champaign's Tim Finke chooses Grand Canyon University

WAND Sports - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 01:33
CHAMPAIGN -- The decision is over. Prized Central senior Tim Finke is headed to Grand Canyon University. The versatile 6-foot-6 wing announced his decision on Tuesday via Instagram with the caption "I always wanted to be a part of something special. I found it here. To God be the glory. I’m home. #GoLopes??." Finke fielded offers from the likes of Ohio State, Notre Dame, USC and his hometown school Illinois -- nearly two dozen major college offers in all. His ranking...
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Tuesday Night Girls Basketball Highlight Zone

WAND Sports - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 01:09
Take a tour through the area in Tuesday night girls high school basketball! Game 1 takes us to Bethany, where recent Drury University (the No. 7-ranked program in Division II) signee Paige Robinson, fellow senior Natalie Jeffers and junior guard Bella Benning help Okaw Valley to a 67-50 win over Kaelee Stockton and Meridian. Okaw Valley moves to 2-0 on the season. Game 2 features a clash between Jolene Bueker, Marianna Hemmen and the Teutopolis Wooden Shoes at home against Josie Gru...
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Tupper's Take: Breaking down first two games of Underwood era

WAND Sports - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 22:48
CHAMPAIGN -- The Brad Underwood era is off to a 2-0 start after the Illini knocked off Southern and UT-Martin over the weekend. Mark Tupper of the Herald & Review joins Noah Newman to break down the action, and discuss the biggest surprise of the first week of the season.
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Tupper's Take: Breaking down first two games of Underwood era

WAND Sports - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 22:48
CHAMPAIGN -- The Brad Underwood era is off to a 2-0 start after the Illini knocked off Southern and UT-Martin over the weekend. Mark Tupper of the Herald & Review joins Noah Newman to break down the action, and discuss the biggest surprise of the first week of the season.
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St. Thomas More takes 2A title, WSS runner-up in 1A

WAND Sports - Sun, 11/12/2017 - 00:34
Click the video above for highlights from Windsor-Stewardson-Strasburg's 1A state championship match against 40-1 Payson Seymour, plus a celebration of St. Thomas More's 2A title. In the 2A third place game, Newton fended off a talented Quincy Notre Dame squad in a three-game win. For complete statewide scores from Redbird Arena, visit the IHSA website.
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Saturday Frenzy Highlight Zone: Playoff Quarterfinals

WAND Sports - Sun, 11/12/2017 - 00:25
Welcome to a special edition of the "Saturday Frenzy"! Gordon Voit and Noah Newman bring you the quarterfinals of the IHSA playoffs! 
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Illinois steamrolls Southern in Underwood's debut

WAND Sports - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 00:05
Click the video above for highlights and postgame reactions from Illinois head coach Brad Underwood after his team's 102-55 win over Southern University in the season opener on Friday night at the State Farm Center. Storylines + Graduate transfer Mark Alstork (Wright State) and junior Aaron Jordan lead the Illini with 17 points apiece + Redshirt junior Leron Black and redshirt sophomore Kipper Nichols each post 14 points + Illinois shoots 50.8 percent from the floor (19 percent from ...
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Local stars propel Millikin into NCAA Tournament

WAND Sports - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 01:14
Click the video above to for Evan Collins' story on the Millikin volleyball team's run to the CCIW regular season championship! The Big Blue (29-7, 8-0) features local stars like Lincoln's Alora Goodey, Arthur's Emily Seegmiller and Decatur Christian graduate Meredith Artime. For video of Thursday's opening round win over Greenville in the NCAA Tournament, visit Facebook.
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Early Signing Day: Mt. Zion, Maroa-Forsyth among schools

WAND Sports - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 00:07
Click the video above for coverage from Early Signing Day! Maroa-Forsyth and Mt. Zion are among the two schools where area athletes signed on Wednesday. Mt. Zion Josie Held (Pole vault) University of Illinois DJ Johns (Baseball) Danville Area Community College Mason Jones (Cross Country-Track) Eastern Illinois Cameron Skundberg (Softball) Parkland College Jonah Smith (Baseball, Basketball) Quincy University Maroa-Forsyth Carly Mason (Volleyball) Belmont University Lucas Horve ...
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PLAYOFF PREVIEW: Four teams from Sangamo still alive including Maroa

WAND Sports - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 21:42
One of the biggest storylines from the high school football playoffs so far has been the success of the Sangamo conference.Four teams from the conference are still alive in the third round: Williamsville, Athens, Pleasant Plains, and Maroa-Forsyth.
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PLAYOFF PREVIEW: Four teams from Sangamo still alive including Maroa

WAND Sports - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 21:42
One of the biggest storylines from the high school football playoffs so far has been the success of the Sangamo conference.Four teams from the conference are still alive in the third round: Williamsville, Athens, Pleasant Plains, and Maroa-Forsyth.
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Lovie Smith could lead defense against Indiana

WAND Sports - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 21:34
CHAMPAIGN -- Illinois defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson is back in California after his mother unexpectedly passed away Sunday. Head coach Lovie Smith may take over defensive coordinator duties this Saturday against Indiana, if Nickerson can't make it back for the game.
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Lovie Smith could lead defense against Indiana

WAND Sports - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 21:34
CHAMPAIGN -- Illinois defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson is back in California after his mother unexpectedly passed away Sunday. Head coach Lovie Smith may take over defensive coordinator duties this Saturday against Indiana, if Nickerson can't make it back for the game.
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Millikin volleyball headed to NCAA Tournament

WAND Sports - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 21:41
DECATUR -- For the third time in four years Millikin is headed to the NCAA volleyball tournament. The Big Blue earned an at large bid after a 28-7 season in which they won the CCIW regular season championship.  
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Millikin volleyball headed to NCAA Tournament

WAND Sports - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 21:41
DECATUR -- For the third time in four years Millikin is headed to the NCAA volleyball tournament. The Big Blue earned an at large bid after a 28-7 season in which they won the CCIW regular season championship.  
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Central Illinois' Bruninga jumps right in with Redbirds

WAND Sports - Sun, 11/05/2017 - 23:37
Click the video above for an interview with Illinois State freshman forward Taylor Bruninga, a Mapleton native who figures to be a part of the Redbirds' rotation immediately. Bruninga averaged 33.4  points and 11.5 rebounds per game for Illini Bluffs last season and was named First Team All-State by USA Today.
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Saturday Frenzy Highlight Zone: Week 2 Playoffs

WAND Sports - Sun, 11/05/2017 - 00:42
Welcome to a special edition of the "Saturday Frenzy"! Gordon Voit and Noah Newman bring you 14 high school football games from Week 2 of the IHSA playoffs! Click through the five videos in the player above for highlights from Classes 1A - 6A! For a full scoreboard around the state, visit the IHSA website. Video 1: Class 2A (4) Maroa-Forsyth 48, (5) Eldorado 6 (6) Shelbyville 50, (3) Tri-Valley 35 (1) West Hancock 28, (8) Bismarck-Henning-Ross...
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No. 15 seed Vandalia shows strength of South Central Conference

WAND Sports - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 01:33
Click the video above for an interview with Vandalia linebacker Chandler Boyd leading up to the Vandals' second round matchup with No. 10 seed Greenville. No. 15 seed Vandalia knocked off No. 2 seed Fairfield in the first round after Fairfield went a perfect 9-0 in the regular season and three of the four teams in the Vandals' pod in 3A are from the South Central Conference, including No. 6 seed Pana.
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