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.
Friday Football fever plays of the week.
The Parkland volleyball team is 42-2, conference champions, and the top-ranked team in the country.
WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten talks with former Centennial Chargers Michael Finke and Rayvonte Rice.
Decatur LSA's Hunter York wins the Class A state golf finals while Centennial takes fourth in 2A. Charleston's Lauren Chappell won the Class A girls golf state finals to claim her second straight state title.
High School soccer scores and highlight.
Former NBA coach and current ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy had high praise for Illini basketball coach John Groce.
Friday Football Fever in 90 seconds week 8.
Highlights and scores from Friday Football Fever on 10/17.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Sergio McClain always knew his dad was one-of-a-kind. "I've never met anybody like that that has taken life by the horns and yanked them off," he said. Wayne McClain was a fighter to the very end, and he waited until his final days to tell his family he had been battling lung cancer. His son Sergio found out when he overheard the doctors tell his dad that the cancer was terminal, and he was running out of time.