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Illinois State dominates Eastern Illinois in Mid-America Classic

WAND Sports - Sat, 09/08/2018 - 22:54
NORMAL -- No. 19 Illinois State compiled 582 yards of total offense en route to a 48-10 blowout win over Eastern Illinois in the 107th edition of the Mid-America Classic. 
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Friday Frenzy Highlight Zone: Week 3 (9/7/18)

WAND Sports - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 23:50
Welcome to the new and improved Friday Frenzy! Gordon Voit and Noah Newman are joined by more photographers, new correspondents, plus Band of the Week, Decatur YMCA Fan of the Week and Cheerleaders of the Week in this Friday Frenzy extravaganza! HIGHLIGHTS: Click through the four 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 3

WAND Sports - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 00:22
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.! Don't forget to submit photos of your Friday Frenzy adventures! Whether you're tailgating or watching from the stands, send your pictures to Gordon Voit's Facebook page to be featured on the show. WEEK 3 SCHEDULE MT. ZION @ EFFINGHAM (GAME OF THE WEEK) T...
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Cam Thomas leaves Illinois football program

WAND Sports - Thu, 09/06/2018 - 14:49
CHAMPAIGN -- Sophomore quarterback Cam Thomas has left the Illinois football program for "personal reasons" according to a release from the university. 
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ISU, EIU set for 107th Mid-America Classic

WAND Sports - Thu, 09/06/2018 - 14:41
NORMAL -- Eastern Illinois and Illinois State will square off Saturday in the 107th edition of the Mid-America Classic. It's the oldest FCS rivalry in the state, and 14th oldest in the country. The Redbirds won last year's meeting 44-13, and lead the all time series 55-42-9. 
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Hero of the Week: Fowler Connell, Danville

WAND Sports - Thu, 09/06/2018 - 00:44
Join WAND's Gordon Voit every Wednesday where he puts the spotlight on a member of the community who is demonstrating unusual character on and off the field! DANVILLE -- As he nears Year 70 as a Central Illinois sportswriter and radio commentator, 94-year-old Danville legend Fowler Connell isn't slowing down. The Kansas City native and Navy veteran moved to Champaign after his stint in the Pacific. He worked for just shy of four years in Champaign before moving east to Danville....
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Local golf pros play 72 holes for the kids

WAND Sports - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 01:10
DECATUR -- 18 holes of golf is a significant undertaking when temperatures are north of 90 degrees. Imagine playing 72 holes. That's what Country Club of Decatur golf professional Steve Orrick and a group of his colleagues from across Central Illinois did on Tuesday for the first annual "Birdies for Charity" event. They played 36 holes twice, with a lunch break in between -- all to raise money for Children's Hospital of Illinois in Peoria, Boys and Girls Club of Decat...
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Alumni Tuesday: Shaquez Bond (Utah State)

WAND Sports - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 00:54
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. For the debut segment, Voit puts the spotlight on former MacArthur star Shaquez Bond, who made a major splash for the Utah State football team this past week in his Division-I debut at Michigan State. Shaquez...
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Tupper's Take: Reacting to Dudek's injury, player suspensions

WAND Sports - Mon, 09/03/2018 - 21:49
CHAMPAIGN -- Mike Dudek has played his last game for the Fighting Illini. The wide receiver suffered a season ending knee injury during the Kent State game Saturday. It's the third season-ending knee injury he's suffered since the end of his freshman year in 2014. 
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Hansen emerges as defensive force in Illini opener

WAND Sports - Sun, 09/02/2018 - 21:41
CHAMPAIGN -- Your national leader in tackles for loss after the first week of college football? Jake Hansen. The sophomore linebacker tied a program record with 6 TFL's in Illinois' 31-24 win over Kent State Saturday. 
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Illinois rides second-half comeback to beat Kent State in opener

WAND Sports - Sat, 09/01/2018 - 17:46
CHAMPAIGN -- A chorus of boos wasn't in the pregame script. The suspension of five players (three of whom were projected starters) was, head coach Lovie Smith shared after the game. The damage: starting safety Bennett Williams, tight end Louis Dorsey and defensive back Nate Hobbs were all held out of Saturday's season-opening 31-24 win over Kent State, while receiver Carmoni Green and defensive lineman Deon Pate were suspended as well. Smith said the players had violated unspec...
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Friday Frenzy Highlight Zone: Week 2 (8/31)

WAND Sports - Sat, 09/01/2018 - 00:34
Welcome to the new and improved Friday Frenzy! Gordon Voit and Noah Newman are joined by more photographers, new correspondents, plus Band of the Week, Decatur YMCA Fan of the Week and Cheerleaders of the Week in this Friday Frenzy extravaganza! 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 2

WAND Sports - Fri, 08/31/2018 - 01:07
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.! Don't forget to submit photos of your Friday Frenzy adventures! Whether you're tailgating or watching from the stands, send your pictures to Gordon Voit's Facebook page to be featured on the show. [FOR VIDEO PLEASE CLICK HERE] WEEK 2 SCHEDULE GLENWOOD @ SACRED HEART-G...
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Hero of the Week: Shannon Roberts, MacArthur

WAND Sports - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 00:18
DECATUR -- It only takes about five minutes of watching a MacArthur General football practice and you're hooked. The player wearing practice jersey No. 5 won't stop talking to his teammates -- whether helping get them going at the beginning, picking them up after a mistake or keeping things loose. He instantly becomes your favorite player. Shannon Roberts may face developmental disabilities that his teammates don't have to deal with, but it doesn't stop him from contr...
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Frenzy Preview: Neighbors Argenta-Oreana, Monticello rise in polls

WAND Sports - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 01:24
Class 1A (8) Argenta-Oreana (1-0) vs. Meridian (0-1) 7 p.m. Friday in Argenta + Last week the Bombers (enrollment: 284) posted a statement 40-7 win on the road at Robinson, a school with nearly double Argenta-Oreana's enrollment + QB Josh Williams reached the 200-yard plateau on the ground, while senior RB Makhi Stanley topped 100 yards + This week the Bombers are debuting their brand-new athletic complex -- featuring a new turf field, track and pavilion entrance + Last week...
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Tupper's Take: Illini a sleeper?

WAND Sports - Mon, 08/27/2018 - 21:30
It's time for another edition of Tupper's Take with our Illini expert Mark Tupper! Mark stops by the studio to discuss whether or not Noah Newman is crazy for predicting the Illini will make a bowl game this year.
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Illini name AJ Bush starting quarterback

WAND Sports - Mon, 08/27/2018 - 21:25
CHAMPAIGN -- On Monday Lovie Smith confirmed what everyone already knew - AJ Bush will be the starter in Saturday's opener against Kent State.
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EIU's Dameron excited to face off against alma mater

WAND Sports - Sun, 08/26/2018 - 16:30
CHARLESTON -- Eastern Illinois is gearing up for its season opener next Saturday at Arkansas, and it will be a special homecoming for head coach Kim Dameron.
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EIU could play two quarterbacks in season opener

WAND Sports - Sat, 08/25/2018 - 21:56
CHARLESTON -- Eastern Illinois had a quarterback competition of their own this summer, and it appears two guys have separated from the pack. Head coach Kim Dameron says he expects Johnathan Brantley and Harry Woodbery to both play next Saturday at Arkansas.
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Friday Frenzy Highlight Zone: Week 1 (8/24)

WAND Sports - Sat, 08/25/2018 - 01:00
Welcome to the new and improved Friday Frenzy! Gordon Voit and Noah Newman are joined by more photographers, new correspondents, plus Band of the Week, Decatur YMCA Fan of the Week and Cheerleaders of the Week in this Friday Frenzy extravaganza! Click through the four videos in the player above for all the highlights! Part 1 MacArthur 8, Springfield High 6 Rochester 35, Southeast 8 SHG 42, U High 0 CS8 Scoreboard: Glenwood 41, Lanphier 0, Jacksonville 14, Eisenho...
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