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College Highlight Zone: ISU, EIU pick up conference wins

WAND Sports - Sat, 02/03/2018 - 22:04
Illinois State and Eastern Illinois protected home court successfully Saturday. The Redbirds downed Evansville 75-71, while the Panthers upset Tennessee Tech 79-71.
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College Highlight Zone: ISU, EIU pick up conference wins

WAND Sports - Sat, 02/03/2018 - 22:04
Illinois State and Eastern Illinois protected home court successfully Saturday. The Redbirds downed Evansville 75-71, while the Panthers upset Tennessee Tech 79-71.
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Millikin showing signs of turnaround under Scherer

WAND Sports - Sat, 02/03/2018 - 02:37
DECATUR -- This season is all about building for Millikin and its first-year head coach, Mark Scherer. That's why this past week's pair of wins over in-state rivals Wheaton and North Park meant much more than just talking points in recruiting meetings -- it was a sign that things are heading up. The Big Blue (10-10, 3-8 CCIW) started off just 1-8 in the competitive CCIW, but a 94-75 win over Wheaton and an 80-63 win over North Park were evidence that the team's work is starting to p...
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Millikin showing signs of turnaround under Scherer

WAND Sports - Sat, 02/03/2018 - 02:37
DECATUR -- This season is all about building for Millikin and its first-year head coach, Mark Scherer. That's why this past week's pair of wins over in-state rivals Wheaton and North Park meant much more than just talking points in recruiting meetings -- it was a sign that things are heading up. The Big Blue (10-10, 3-8 CCIW) started off just 1-8 in the competitive CCIW, but a 94-75 win over Wheaton and an 80-63 win over North Park were evidence that the team's work is starting to p...
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Okaw Valley cruises into playoffs behind red-hot seniors

WAND Sports - Sat, 02/03/2018 - 01:51
BETHANY -- The numbers are eye-popping for Okaw Valley ace Paige Robinson: 21 points per game, 40 points in a game last month and a gaggle of colleges recruiting her to join their programs. The Drury-bound senior has been a major reason the Timberwolves took home the Little Okaw Valley Northwest title this season with a 24-5 record. But she's just one piece to the puzzle. Okaw Valley has had contributions all across the board, from Robinson to fellow senior wing Natalie Jeffers, who ...
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Okaw Valley cruises into playoffs behind red-hot seniors

WAND Sports - Sat, 02/03/2018 - 01:51
BETHANY -- The numbers are eye-popping for Okaw Valley ace Paige Robinson: 21 points per game, 40 points in a game last month and a gaggle of colleges recruiting her to join their programs. The Drury-bound senior has been a major reason the Timberwolves took home the Little Okaw Valley Northwest title this season with a 24-5 record. But she's just one piece to the puzzle. Okaw Valley has had contributions all across the board, from Robinson to fellow senior wing Natalie Jeffers, who ...
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Friday Frenzy Highlight Zone: 2-2

WAND Sports - Sat, 02/03/2018 - 00:50
Join WAND's Gordon Voit and Noah Newman as they bring you high school basketball games from all across Central Illinois! At the Bank of O'Fallon Shootout, MacArthur (15-7) picks up its eighth straight win in double overtime 76-71 against Jennings, a team ranked No. 6 in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's small school rankings. The Generals' Armon Brummett (Bradley basketball commit) led the way with 34 points, while his twin brother Amir (NIU football signee) had 22 points. Elsewhere in ...
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Friday Frenzy Highlight Zone: 2-2

WAND Sports - Sat, 02/03/2018 - 00:50
Join WAND's Gordon Voit and Noah Newman as they bring you high school basketball games from all across Central Illinois! At the Bank of O'Fallon Shootout, MacArthur (15-7) picks up its eighth straight win in double overtime 76-71 against Jennings, a team ranked No. 6 in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's small school rankings. The Generals' Armon Brummett (Bradley basketball commit) led the way with 34 points, while his twin brother Amir (NIU football signee) had 22 points. Elsewhere in ...
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Tupper's Take: Ohio State preview

WAND Sports - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 23:48
Mark Tupper of the Herald & Review joins WAND sports director Gordon Voit for another edition of Tupper's Take! The guys break down the upcoming matchup with No. 17 Ohio State, and Mark gives a special shout out to one of his favorite Illini.
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Tupper's Take: Ohio State preview

WAND Sports - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 23:48
Mark Tupper of the Herald & Review joins WAND sports director Gordon Voit for another edition of Tupper's Take! The guys break down the upcoming matchup with No. 17 Ohio State, and Mark gives a special shout out to one of his favorite Illini.
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Thursday Night Highlight Zone: 2-1

WAND Sports - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 01:43
The theme for Thursday night's WAND highlights is Senior Night! From Tri-City/Sangamon Valley picking up its 20th win to St. Teresa racing past Warrensburg-Latham to red-hot Effingham continuing its winning ways, to many more scores across the area, seniors were front and center!
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Thursday Night Highlight Zone: 2-1

WAND Sports - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 01:43
The theme for Thursday night's WAND highlights is Senior Night! From Tri-City/Sangamon Valley picking up its 20th win to St. Teresa racing past Warrensburg-Latham to red-hot Effingham continuing its winning ways, to many more scores across the area, seniors were front and center!
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Mt. Pulaski chasing history in red-hot season

WAND Sports - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 00:49
MT. PULASKI -- The great Ed Butkovich led Mt. Pulaski to its one and only state basketball championship in 1975-76, a magical season in which the Toppers went 29-2 behind hallowed names like Jeff Clements, David Thompson, Jeff Anderson and Dave Welch. Since then, the program has earned just two trips to State, both under Butkovich (1976-77 and 1983-84), and just one regional championship since 1998-99. Translation: it's been a while since the Toppers have recaptured that glory. But ...
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Mt. Pulaski chasing history in red-hot season

WAND Sports - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 00:49
MT. PULASKI -- The great Ed Butkovich led Mt. Pulaski to its one and only state basketball championship in 1975-76, a magical season in which the Toppers went 29-2 behind hallowed names like Jeff Clements, David Thompson, Jeff Anderson and Dave Welch. Since then, the program has earned just two trips to State, both under Butkovich (1976-77 and 1983-84), and just one regional championship since 1998-99. Translation: it's been a while since the Toppers have recaptured that glory. But ...
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How will 'The Smiths' merge offensive identities?

WAND Sports - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 23:19
CHAMPAIGN -- Illinois head coach Lovie Smith is known for run-heavy offenses featuring a balanced, traditional approach, at least to Bears fans. So what happens when you mix an offensive mind at coordinator that helped groom the likes of explosive dual-threat forces Denard Robinson (Michigan), Pat White (West Virginia) and emerging superstar Khalil Tate (Arizona)? That's a question on the minds of many Illini fans, who are enticed by Rod Smith's history of eye-popping numb...
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How will 'The Smiths' merge offensive identities?

WAND Sports - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 23:19
CHAMPAIGN -- Illinois head coach Lovie Smith is known for run-heavy offenses featuring a balanced, traditional approach, at least to Bears fans. So what happens when you mix an offensive mind at coordinator that helped groom the likes of explosive dual-threat forces Denard Robinson (Michigan), Pat White (West Virginia) and emerging superstar Khalil Tate (Arizona)? That's a question on the minds of many Illini fans, who are enticed by Rod Smith's history of eye-popping numb...
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No. 5 seed Meridian claws way to CIC finals

WAND Sports - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 22:56
TUSCOLA -- It's been a topsy-turvy week at the Central Illinois Conference Tournament at Tuscola High's gym. The presumed favorite, No. 1 seed Shelbyville, has lost twice including once to the field's lowest seed, the host No. 8 Warriors. Then there's No. 5 seed Meridian, a team that's gone 3-5 against CIC foes and 0-4 in official regular season CIC games but caught fire and knocked off No. 4 seed Central A&M plus red-hot No. 8 seed Tuscola to reach the finals. This we...
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No. 5 seed Meridian claws way to CIC finals

WAND Sports - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 22:56
TUSCOLA -- It's been a topsy-turvy week at the Central Illinois Conference Tournament at Tuscola High's gym. The presumed favorite, No. 1 seed Shelbyville, has lost twice including once to the field's lowest seed, the host No. 8 Warriors. Then there's No. 5 seed Meridian, a team that's gone 3-5 against CIC foes and 0-4 in official regular season CIC games but caught fire and knocked off No. 4 seed Central A&M plus red-hot No. 8 seed Tuscola to reach the finals. This we...
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St. Teresa, Meridian punch tickets to CIC Tournament finals

WAND Sports - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 01:11
TUSCOLA -- The finals of the Central Illinois Conference tournament are set after No. 1 seed St. Teresa knocked off No. 3 seed Clinton 54-36 and No. 5 seed Meridian overcame a late Tuscola push to escape the No. 8 seeded Warriors 54-51 on Tuesday night in their home gym. St. Teresa was buoyed by Isaiah Bond and Manny Green's 18 points apiece, while Clinton's Seth Westfall had 13 points. Meridian was led by junior Garrett Meisenhelter's 22 points, while sophomore Jacob Jones contribu...
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St. Teresa, Meridian punch tickets to CIC Tournament finals

WAND Sports - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 01:11
TUSCOLA -- The finals of the Central Illinois Conference tournament are set after No. 1 seed St. Teresa knocked off No. 3 seed Clinton 54-36 and No. 5 seed Meridian overcame a late Tuscola push to escape the No. 8 seeded Warriors 54-51 on Tuesday night in their home gym. St. Teresa was buoyed by Isaiah Bond and Manny Green's 18 points apiece, while Clinton's Seth Westfall had 13 points. Meridian was led by junior Garrett Meisenhelter's 22 points, while sophomore Jacob Jones contribu...
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