How Illinois landed Ayo

WAND Sports - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 01:38
Click the video above to hear from Ayo Dosunmu, his father Quam Dosunmu and Morgan Park/Mac Irvin Fire coach Nick Irvin on how Illinois' coaching staff made an effective pitch to the five-star point guard and his inner circle. 0:00 - 0:26 Nick Irvin on the plan given by the Illinois coaching staff, Chin Coleman and the proximity to Chicago 0:28 - 0:53 Quam Dosunmu on the Illinois coaching staff, Brad Underwood's track record and the proximity to Chicago 0:53 - 2:08 Ayo Dosunmu on t...
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Playoff preview: St. Teresa (3A)

WAND Sports - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 00:39
The countdown to the state football playoffs is underway! WAND Sports previews a different team each day leading up to Friday and Saturday's slate of first round games. St. Teresa (3A) (4) St. Teresa (8-1) vs. (13) Marshall (6-3) 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Teresa Offense: 42.2 points per game Defense: 17.3 points per game Conference play: 8-1 in Central Illinois Conference (2nd) Last year: No. 2 seed Bulldogs reached 1A state championship game (fell to No. 2 se...
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Playoff preview: Maroa-Forsyth (2A)

WAND Sports - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 00:29
The countdown to the state football playoffs is underway! WAND Sports previews a different team each day leading up to Friday and Saturday's slate of first round games. Maroa-Forsyth (2A) (4) Maroa-Forsyth (8-1) vs. (13) Illini West (Carthage) (6-3) 2 p.m. Saturday at Boyd Field in Maroa Offense: 42.3 points per game Defense: 17.3 points per game Conference play: 8-1 in Sangamo (2nd) Last year: No. 5 seed Trojans reached 2A state championship game (fell to No. 4 seed Deer Creek-Mac...
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Tupper's Take: Putting the Minnesota loss in perspective

WAND Sports - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 20:44
Mark Tupper of the Herald & Review joins Noah Newman for another edition of "Tupper's Take". Mark and Noah put the Minnesota loss in perspective, and discuss whether or not Illinois has any shot of putting No. 5 Wisconsin on upset alert.
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Illinois State knocks off No. 4 South Dakota

WAND Sports - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 23:52
Click the video above for highlights and postgame reactions from No. 24 Illinois State's 37-21 win over No. 4 South Dakota! + Defensive end Jason Harris (7 tackles) and receiver Spencer Schnell (193 yards, 2 TD) talk about how the Redbirds managed to end their two-game slide + The win was the team's highest ranked since December 2014 (No.1 New Hampshire)
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SELECTION SATURDAY: Local playoff pairings

WAND Sports - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 20:18
The stage is set for the high school football playoffs.
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Eisenhower football coach Drew Wagers resigns

WAND Sports - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 02:00
DECATUR -- Eisenhower head coach Drew Wagers' season-culminating loss at Sacred Heart-Griffin Friday is also his last with the Panther program. Wagers has resigned after completing his fifth year at the head of the program. In that time he helped resuscitate the Panthers back into relevance. His teams went 18-31, with a 14-win stretch in 2015 and 2016 that included two 5A playoff berths and a 2-2 postseason record. Prior to his arrival, Eisenhower won four games in eight years. This...
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Friday Frenzy Highlight Zone: Week 9

WAND Sports - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 00:58
Welcome to the new and improved Friday Frenzy! Gordon Voit and Noah Newman are joined by more photographers, correspondents Evan Collins and Caryn Eisert plus we introduce Band of the Week, Fan of the Week and Cheerleaders of the Week! PLAYOFF OUTLOOK AFTER WEEK 9 IN (TEAMS THAT PICKED UP A SIXTH WIN TO CLINCH A GUARANTEED SPOT) Fisher (6-3) (Beat LeRoy 44-18) Paxton-Buckley-Loda (6-3) (Beat Dwight 53-0) Villa Grove-Heritage (6-3) (Beat ALAH 44-7) Mahomet-Seymour (6-3) (Beat Macom...
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Five-star recruit Dosunmu chooses Illini at Chicago ceremony

WAND Sports - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 01:03
This wasn't your grandfather's commitment ceremony. On Thursday night Chicago five-star basketball recruit Ayo Dosunmu announced he was choosing Illinois at the uber chic Jordan flagship store on State St., a swanky second-floor venue that routinely hosts professional signing ceremonies. In front of a large gathering of family, friends, teammates and media members, the 6-foot-4 point guard became the first five-star prospect to choose the Illini in more than a decade -- going b...
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Hero of the Week: Alexa Cunningham and Lincoln soccer

WAND Sports - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 22:05
LINCOLN -- Our Hero of the Week segment introduces us to Alexa Cunningham, and shows how the Lincoln soccer team has rallied behind the five-year old in her fight against cancer.
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Decatur Turkey Tournament Schedule 2017

WAND Sports - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 01:18
Click the accompanying photo for a complete schedule of the 2017 Team Soy Capital Decatur Turkey Tournament! Teams attending: Eisenhower MacArthur Champaign Central Bolingbrook Thornton Peoria High Southeast Mt. Zion Dates: November 21-25
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Tupper's Take: Processing 'The Rutgers Game'

WAND Sports - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 00:19
Click the video above to hear the Herald and Review's Mark Tupper discuss Illinois' disappointing loss to Rutgers on Saturday and what it means going forward. Plus, Lovie Smith confirms injury concerns to a handful of the top Illini contributors.
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Illini react to Mike Epstein's devastating injury

WAND Sports - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 00:58
Illinois true freshman Mike Epstein (foot) will miss the remainder of the season, head coach Lovie Smith announced after Saturday's loss to Rutgers. The Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. native had provided one of the lone sparks for the struggling Illini offense, with 6.1 yards per carry and a team-high 346 rushing yards to go with four total touchdowns. Click the video above to hear from Epstein's replacement Ra'Von Bonner on how he's helped Epstein cope with the devastating news...
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Local stars shine at state golf

WAND Sports - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 23:56
From Bloomington to Decatur, it was a banner day for the state's best golfers in the finals this weekend.
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College football roundup: SIU stuns ISU, EIU and Millikin win thrillers

WAND Sports - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 23:52
It was another wild college football Saturday for some of central Illinois' top programs. Southern Illinois stunned 15th ranked Illinois State on homecoming in Carbondale, Eastern Illinois won another double overtime thriller at Murray State, and Millikin came from behind to beat Augustana on the road.
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Rutgers overpowers Illinois on home turf

WAND Sports - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 23:12
Click the video above for complete highlights and postgame interviews with Lovie Smith and running back RaVon Bonner following Illinois' 35-24 loss to Rutgers on Saturday. Storylines + Illinois drops to 2-4 on the season, 0-3 in Big Ten play; Rutgers improves to 2-4, 1-2 in conference + Head coach Lovie Smith announces that true freshman running back Mike Epstein (foot) is out for the season + Illinois' run defense allows 274 rushing yards on 47 carries (5.8 yards per carry) to a st...
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Friday Frenzy Highlight Zone: Week 8

WAND Sports - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 01:34
 Welcome to the new and improved Friday Frenzy! Gordon Voit and Noah Newman are joined by more photographers, correspondents Evan Collins and Caryn Eisert plus we introduce Band of the Week, Fan of the Week and Cheerleaders of the Week! Click through the five videos in the player above for all the highlights! Part 1 Game of the Week: Argenta-Oreana 36, LSA 22 (Evan Collins reports from Decatur) Arcola 34, Sangamon Valley 0 LOVC Scoreboard: Cerro Gordo-Bement 20, Arthur-Lovingto...
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Friday Frenzy Preview: Week 8

WAND Sports - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 00:13
The Friday Frenzy is new and improved! With more games, three weekly awards and two field correspondents, the show has expanded to five programming blocks and now starts at 10:05 p.m.! Join Gordon Voit and Noah Newman as they preview some of the top games leading up to Week 8's kickoff. Don't forget to submit photos of your Friday Frenzy adventures! Whether you're tailgating or watching from the stands, send your pictures to WAND's Facebook page to be featured on the show. ...
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Hero of the Week: Nokomis stars serve in military

WAND Sports - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 00:35
Tune in every Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. for the WAND Sports Hero of the Week! Learn about the athletes in our viewing area who are making an impact on and off the field! This week it's Nokomis seniors Ben Marley and Hunter Arndt, who are serving in the Air Force National Guard in addition to starring on the football field. NOKOMIS -- It's about enriching a family legacy. A practical way to pay for college. Most of all, a chance to serve their country. This week's Heroe...
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Okaw Valley golf team enjoys historic season

WAND Sports - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 21:30
BETHANY -- The Okaw Valley golf team wrapped up an historic season at the Bismarck-Henning sectional Monday. They placed seventh as a team, but have nothing to hang their heads about after finishing with a program best 23-2 record. 
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