Highlights and scores from Week 9 of Friday Football Fever
All the best moments from Week 9 on Friday Football Fever - in 90 seconds
VOLLEYBALL Centennial def. Danville 25-16, 25-14 Springfield def. Central 25-23, 25-18 Parkland def. Lincoln Trail 25-3, 25-11, 25-8
GIBSON CITY, Ill. - GCMS will try to get that all-important sixth win Friday night when they visit Fisher in our Friday Football Fever spotlight game. To get ready for the playoffs GCMS played both of its non-conference games this year against playoff-contending teams. One of those, Unity, beat the Falcons by 40 points. They say it wasn't necessarily a bad thing, and if they can get a win Friday and lock up a playoff spot, they'll be better off for it.
FARMER CITY, Ill. - The Blue Ridge boys soccer team will try to win the school's first ever sectional title Saturday when the Knights face St. Thomas More. In his tenth season head coach Marty Price has really turned the program around to get them to this point. As always they'll be leaning on senior Dylan Grammer, who is one of the best in the area at putting the ball in the net - and the chance to make some school history is one thing driving them into Saturday's game.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - We are learning new details about Champaign-Urbana's bid to bring the state basketball tournament back to State Farm Center. C-U tourism officials and the University of Illinois are partnering together to try to bring only the boys state tournament to town. There are no plans to bid on the girls tournament, according to Visit Champaign County CEO Jayne DeLuce.
BOYS SOCCER St. Thomas More 2 Williamsville 1 (F) Danville 2 Urbana 1 (F)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Tim Beckman said this week you will see both quarterbacks, Reilly O'Toole and Aaron Bailey, in the game this Saturday against Minnesota. It has been an up-and-down season for O'Toole, who has completed 55 percent of his passes and thrown more interceptions than touchdowns. He wants to play, but he says he is prepared to share the snaps if that helps the team win.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Friends and family got together in Champaign Wednesday to remember Wayne McClain. The Central High School basketball coach, and former Illinois assistant, was laid to rest Wednesday after he lost his battle with lung cancer and pneumonia last week. Thousands came to celebrate McClain's life at the Fluid Event Center in Champaign. They remembered the four state titles McClain helped Peoria Manual win in the mid-1990s, but his contributions to Illini basketball came to the forefront. Dozens of former Illinois players and coaches were there, including Bruce Weber, Bill Self, Deron Williams, Jerrance Howard, Marcus Griffin and others.
BOYS SOCCER Blue Ridge 1 Monticello 0 (F) Salt Fork/Westville 4 Hoopeston Area 3 (F/PK) Central 2 Centennial 0 (F)
ARCOLA, Ill. - When Zach Zehr was named head coach at Arcola two years ago the Deer Creek native knew all about the Purple Riders' rich football history. Now he is part of it. Zehr has Arcola back in the spotlight - much like the program was in the 1970s and 1980s when Steve Thomas coached the Purple Riders to double-digit wins in 11 out of 17 seasons. "For me it just goes back to other people before me," Zehr said of Arcola's football tradition. "Everybody that's still around here who were part of building all that up."
LANCASTER, Tex. - Illinois basketball fans were on edge Tuesday as five-star power forward Elijah Thomas made his college decision. The talented big man from Dallas, Tex. had a group of finalists that included Illinois, but Thomas instead announced Tuesday afternoon he is headed to Texas A&M. Thomas picked the Aggies over Illinois, Oklahoma State, SMU and LSU. He made the announcement at a press conference at his high school in Lancaster, Tex. Thomas took his official visit to Illinois last month alongside Illini-commit Jalen Coleman-Lands. Thomas is ranked among the Top 30 players in the country, but he becomes the latest recruit to turn down Illinois in the final days of his recruitment.
The Illinois football team will wear special uniforms for homecoming. They honor Red Grange, the greatest football player in Illinois history.
The Central volleyball team is hoping to make a deep post season run this year.
Bonus interviews with Tim Beckman and Bill Cubit talking about how the Illini plan to use both Aaron bailey and Reilly O'Toole against Minnesota.