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Alumni Tuesday: Eisenhower graduates help make history

WAND Sports - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 00:35
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. First they helped Eisenhower reach the playoffs in back-to-back seasons, now they're helping their college programs reach new heights. For lineman Dejour Bradford (Eureka) that meant earning a playoff berth fo...
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Tupper's Take: Rutgers review, Purdue preview

WAND Sports - Mon, 10/08/2018 - 22:41
For the first time in the history of Tupper's Take the guys are breaking down a Big Ten football win!  Mark Tupper and Noah Newman react to the team's first conference win in 700 days, and also look ahead to Purdue. 
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Payton offers unique perspective on Bears hot start

WAND Sports - Sun, 10/07/2018 - 20:01
DECATUR -- WAND news caught up with Jarrett Payton at the Community Leaders Breakfast Tuesday. The WGN/CLTV anchor, and son of legendary Bears running back Walter Payton, had plenty to say about Chicago's 3-1 start. 
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Rochester rolls past Springfield in pivotal CS8 battle

WAND Sports - Sat, 10/06/2018 - 21:29
SPRINGFIELD -- The Leonard sweep wasn't in the cards for the Senators. Derek Leonard's Rochester Rockets rolled past Springfield H.S. 61-24, a week after the Senators stunned Sacred Heart Griffin. 
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Friday Frenzy Highlight Zone: Week 7 (10/5)

WAND Sports - Sat, 10/06/2018 - 00:16
Welcome to the new and improved Friday Frenzy! Week 7 featured nearly 20 games all across Central Illinois! HIGHLIGHTS: Click through the three videos in the player above for all the highlights! SCORES: Click the scoreboard attached to this article! Video 1 Apollo Conference Little Okaw Valley -- Northwest Fans of the Week: LSA's Jackson Allen, Kholbe Leaks and Briley Housh Video 2 Central State 8 South Central Conference Cheerleaders of the Week: LSA Vide...
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Jarrett Payton visits Decatur

WAND Sports - Fri, 10/05/2018 - 01:31
DECATUR -- The stories were endless on Thursday as the son of the Chicago Bears' most beloved player of all time spoke in the city where the Bears were originally founded. [FOR VIDEO PLEASE VISIT "GORDON VOIT -- WAND SPORTS" ON FACEBOOK] Jarrett Payton, the son of Hall of Fame running back and Chicago icon Walter Payton, is an accomplished football player himself, having played at Miami and in the NFL. He's far from just "the son of Walter" -- he's grow...
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Friday Frenzy Preview: Week 7

WAND Sports - Fri, 10/05/2018 - 00:41
The Friday Frenzy is new and improved! Join Gordon Voit and Noah Newman for more games, three weekly awards and more! The show has expanded to five programming blocks and now starts at 10:10 p.m.!    8-Man Football Hebron (Alden-H.) [Coop] at Milford [Coop] Rockford (Christian Life) [Coop] at Champaign (Judah Christian) Apollo Charleston at Effingham (H.S.) Mahomet (M.-Seymour) at Mt. Zion Mattoon at Taylorville Big Twelve Danville (H.S.) at Normal (Communi...
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Hero of the Week: 'Veterans and Friends' golf

WAND Sports - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 00:21
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! DECATUR -- Dale Jones felt the nudge, so he started Veterans and Friends. Now after establishing the golf group that brings veterans, people with disabilities and their friends together, Dale Jones feels the nudge again. Jones has expanded Veterans and Friends to certify Boy Scouts, help run tournaments...
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Alumni Tuesday: Albert Okwuegbunam (Missouri)

WAND Sports - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 00:13
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. In Week 5, we profile Sacred Heart-Griffin graduate Albert Okwuegbunam, a tight end for Missouri who has become one of the most dangerous weapons in the SEC. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound target has 13 career t...
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Tupper's Take: Making changes during bye week

WAND Sports - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 21:46
The Illini will look to bounce back from back-to-back losses when they return from the bye week at Rutgers Saturday. Illinois is favored by 3.5 points. Illini expert Mark Tupper stops by the studio to talk about the bye week, and what needs to change for Lovie Smith's squad Saturday. Also offensive coordinator Rod Smith comments on the quarterback situation - click the video above to watch! 
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Mr. Basketball chooses Ohio State over Illinois, Missouri

WAND Sports - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 19:35
Illinois' streak of landing Mr. Basketball ends at one. Reigning state player of the year EJ Liddell announced that he'll be attending Ohio State over Illinois and Missouri on Monday night at a restaurant party attended by his family and friends. Liddell's arrow appeared to point to the Buckeyes down the stretch of his recruitment, but Illinois fans had hoped that coach Brad Underwood could convince Liddell to stay in state like he did 2016 winner Mark Smith. The explosive 6-f...
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Stepina throws 4 TD's in Millikin win, volleyball hosts midseason showcase

WAND Sports - Sun, 09/30/2018 - 21:35
DECATUR -- It was a busy weekend for Millikin athletics. The volleyball team hosted some of the top programs in the country for a midseason showcase event. The football team picked up a bounceback win over Augustana, 28-27.
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Central edges Danville in Big 12 showdown

WAND Sports - Sat, 09/29/2018 - 20:29
CHAMPAIGN -- Champaign Central edged Danville 33-22 in a game with major playoff implications Saturday.
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Friday Frenzy Highlight Zone: Week 6 (9/28)

WAND Sports - Sat, 09/29/2018 - 00:01
Welcome to the new and improved Friday Frenzy! Week 6 featured nearly 20 games all across Central Illinois! HIGHLIGHTS: Click through the three videos in the player above for all the highlights! SCORES: Click the scoreboard attached to this article!
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Friday Frenzy Preview: Week 6

WAND Sports - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 23:53
The Friday Frenzy is new and improved! Join Gordon Voit and Noah Newman for more games, three weekly awards and more! The show has expanded to five programming blocks and now starts at 10:10 p.m.! [FOR VIDEO PLEASE VISIT "GORDON VOIT -- WAND SPORTS" ON FACEBOOK!] 8-Man Football Jacksonville (Illinois School for the Deaf) at Hebron (Alden-H.) [Coop] (Sat.) Apollo Effingham (H.S.) at Mahomet (M.-Seymour) Lincoln at Charleston Mattoon at Mt. Zion Big Twelve C...
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Hero of the Week: Emily Short (Decatur)

WAND Sports - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 00:34
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! DECATUR -- There's nothing fair about a 9-year-old growing more tumors than she has years of her life. But that's what Decatur's Emily Short was up against two years ago when doctors discovered she had kidney cancer -- and 10 tumors to prove it. Now after a two-year battle that took her away from school...
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Decatur's Swansen, Carson pick up hardware

WAND Sports - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 00:14
A pair of Decatur's heaviest hitters brought hardware home to the Soy City recently. Elite bodybuilder Autumn Swansen picked up her fourth top 10 finish at the Olympia event in Las Vegas. She finished ninth place in the physique category. Powerlifter Jason Carson took home two gold medals (open, master's divisions) in the bench press at the League of Champions exposition in Tinley Park, Ill. With the wins he earned an invitation to the world competition in Las Vegas and will have a s...
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Alumni Tuesday: Nathan Harman and Amir Brummett (NIU)

WAND Sports - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 23:48
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. In Week 4, we put the spotlight on former Monticello all-state linebacker Nathan Harman and MacArthur all-state quarterback Amir Brummett. The two former Friday Frenzy stars are at Northern Illinois now, and e...
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Tupper's Take: Welcome back basketball!

WAND Sports - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 20:40
Illini expert Mark Tupper stops by the studio ahead of Tuesday's first basketball practice of the season.  Mark and Noah Newman discuss the big recruiting weekend that was for Brad Underwood.
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Kendall Gill meets with Illini, talks to recruits

WAND Sports - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 20:35
CHAMPAIGN -- Flyin' Illini legend Kendall Gill was back on campus over the weekend for the Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The former 5th overall NBA pick met with the team, and also three top 50 recruits who were on campus (Terrence Shannon, EJ Lidell, Oscar Tshiebwe). 
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