The Mahomet-Seymour baseball team beat Urbana 12-2 in five innings Saturday afternoon while Central short-gamed Pontiac 10-0 at McKinley Field in Champaign.
DECATUR, Ill. - Nearly two weeks have passed since St. Teresa's loss in the state title game. The wound in still fresh for senior Christian Williams. The thoughts of what could have been still linger as they often do in defeat.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Lexi Wallen is no stranger to big stages. The three-sport standout played in the state basketball finals twice, helping St. Thomas More to a runner-up finish in 2013 and a state title in 2014. But this weekend Wallen will perform on one of the world's most prestigious stages - Carnegie Hall.
ST. JOSEPH, Ill. - There may not be anyone who knows the St. Joseph-Ogden pitching staff better than catcher Chase Gadau. The three-year starter has been on the receiving end of several Division-I and Major League Baseball prospects. It's something the senior takes a lot of pride in.
TUSCOLA, Ill. - Tuscola high school officially has a new football coach. Longtime assistant coach Andy Romine was approved as the Warriors' new head coach at a school board meeting Monday. Romine takes over for Rick Reinhart, who resigned and then took the head coaching job at Collinsville High School.
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met for their regularly scheduled March meeting on Saturday, March 21 at the Marriott Pere Marquette in Peoria. The Board reviewed the host proposals for the IHSA Boys & Girls Basketball State Final tournaments as a part of the agenda, unanimously voting to renew the current state final site contracts at Illinois State University’s Redbird Arena in Normal (Girls), and Carver Arena in Peoria (Boys), respectively, from 2016-2020. “We have built strong traditions in Normal and Peoria,” said Wauconda High School Principal & IHSA Board President Dan Klett. “There is incredible support from the venues, communities and volunteers for both of these tournaments. We were grateful to have excellent alternatives, but it was clear to our Board that remaining at Redbird Arena and Carver Arena were the best options for the IHSA and its member schools.” The IHSA received Boys Basketball hosting proposals from the University of Illinois to host at the State Farm Center in Champaign, and for the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates to host the Class 3A & 4A weekend of the tournament. Bradley University’s Renaissance Coliseum in Peoria was the only other proposal for the Girls Basketball State Finals. “We are appreciative of the impressive proposals we received from the Renaissance Coliseum, Sears Centre, and State Farm Center,” said Klett. “We had thoughtful dialogue reviewing each site proposal.” Redbird Arena has hosted the IHSA Girls Basketball State Finals since 1992, while the first Boys Basketball State Finals were contested in Peoria in 1996.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In less than 24 hours we will know if the IHSA boys state basketball tournament is coming back to Champaign. The IHSA Board of Directors will vote Saturday whether to keep the state finals in Peoria - or move it to Champaign or Hoffman Estates.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - On paper Central head coach John Staab knows this is the most talented team he's ever had. Staab has a lineup full of talent including several division one prospects. Junior Jake Snider headlines that list; the second baseman is already committed to play at Louisville. Senior Connor Mapes will play his college ball at Illinois State. Luke Beesley and Nick Brunson will go JUCO. All four anchor a potent lineup that remains unchanged from a year ago.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Phil Swartz, Zach Dorner and Alec Barger combined for a five inning no-hitter as Central shut out Kankakee 12-0 in the Maroons' season opener.
BOYS BASKETBALL Althoff 79 Mahomet-Seymour 49
WCIA 3's Bret Beherns reports with a LIVE interview with Mahomet-Seymour head coach Chad Benedict.
MAHOMET, Ill. - Mahomet-Seymour is enjoying one of the best postseason runs in school history. The Bulldogs are in the supersectional for the first time since 1995, and now they are just one win away from the state's final four.
DECATUR, Ill. - St. Teresa star Christian Williams announced Monday he has verbally committed to play at Iowa next season. Williams chose the Hawkeyes over offers from Bradley and Illinois State. He averaged 19 points and eight rebounds per game, leading St. Teresa to a runner-up finish at the state tournament.
Chicago Uplift defeated St. Teresa 53-47 in the IHSA Class 2A State Basketball Finals.
PEORIA, Ill. - St. Teresa built a double-digit first half lead they would never relinquish in a 50-39 state semifinal win over Rockridge. Christian Williams led the way with a game-high 19 points as St. Teresa moves into the state championship game against Chicago (Uplift) Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Mahomet-Seymour survived another close game, edging Lanphier 71-70 in the championship of the Centennial sectional. The Bulldogs advance to face Althoff in the supersectional Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. at the Prairie Capitol Convention Center.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Jack Rettig hit a free throw with :14 left to lift Mahomet-Seymour to a 50-49 win over MacArthur in the sectional semifinal Wednesday night. The Bulldogs advance to face Lanphier in the sectional championship Friday night at 7:00 p.m. at Centennial High School.
BOYS BASKETBALL CLASS 2A SUPERSECTIONAL St. Teresa 56 BCC 35 CLASS 1A SUPERSECTIONAL Casey-Westfield 40 Mounds (Meridian) 51 CLASS 3A SECTIONAL SEMIFINAL Lanphier 44 Glenwood 42
DECATUR, Ill. - The St. Teresa Bulldogs are one win away from a trip to state, and they will get a chance to punch their ticket to Peoria Tuesday night in the supersectional against Bloomington Central Catholic. The Bulldogs practiced on the court at Millikin to get used to play in a bigger venue. They'll play at the University of Illinois-Springfield Tuesday, looking for their first trip to state since 1986. To get there, they will have to beat a BCC team that beat them earlier this season.
After sitting out the first half of the season, St. Teresa senior Christian Williams' college stock continues to rise. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard has multiple Division 1 offers but he's holding out for now, hoping to hear back from more schools before committing.
St. Teresa beat St. Joseph-Ogden 49-35 to win the Class 2A Maroa-Forsyth sectional final Friday night while Mahomet-Seymour knocked off rival Centennial 75-59 to win the Class 3A M-S regional final.
Mahomet-Seymour and Centennial will play Friday night at 7:00 in the Regional finals. The Chargers won the prior meeting between the two teams earlier this season. "They're a very good basketball team. Obviously they got us earlier in the year. Coach Lavin does a great job and they've got good players. It's not as much about pay back. It's us playing well. We want to be sound defensively. They have a lot of good offensive weapons. We want to take care of the basketball and rebound - just the basics that have got us to this point," said Mahomet-Seymour head coach Chad Benedict.
Highlights and scores from March 4, 2015
Monticello and SJO will play for the third time this season Wednesday night at the Class 2A Maroa-Forsyth boys basketball sectional. The teams split their previous meetings this season, with each team winning on its home court.
The Westville boys basketball team won its first regional title in 21 years last Friday. Now the Tigers will look to upset state-ranked St. Teresa in the sectional semifinals.
The Central A&M girl's basketball team capped off a dream season Saturday afternoon, winning the Class 1A state title. For Raiders head coach Tom Dooley and his daughter Ryan, a junior guard, the championship was especially meaningful.
The Central A&M girls basketball team won the state championship Saturday. The Raiders beat Calhoun 51-41. Iroquois West took fourth place after losing to Prophetstown 45-28.
Highlights and scores from Full Court Friday on Regional Final Friday.
The Falcons play Shelbyville at dual team state Saturday.
Argenta-Oreana beats St. Thomas More 86-74 in boys regional basketball. The bombers will play Monticello for the regional title Friday.
Senior managers from the Central and Urbana basketball teams got to suit up and play. They both made the most of their senior nights.
High School basketball and wrestling scores and highlights
Iroquois West beat Harvest Christian Academy 74-64 and Central A&M topped Astoria 69-51 to advance to the Class 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday night.
SJO's Wesley Kibler became the school's first ever state wrestling champ after winning the Class 1A 195 title Saturday. Shelbyville's Adam Hudson won the 160 1A state title to cap an undefeated season.
Highlights and reaction from the IHSA state wrestling semifinals
High School basketball scores and highlights.
Highlights and reaction from the IHSA state wrestling quarterfinals
GIRLS BASKETBALL BCC 48 St. Thomas More 46 Flora 47 Teutopolis 36 Athens 42 Litchfield 38 Iroquois West 50 Cissna Park 44 Central A&M 62 Arcola 41 U-High 75 Centennial 36 Charleston 53 Mt. Zion 51 Effingham 52 Centralia 49 Rochester 63 Taylorville 29
Highlights and reaction from Day 1 of the IHSA state wrestling tournament
GIRLS BASKETBALL Centennial 48 Mahomet-Seymour 42 U-High 59 Central 25 MEN'S BASKETBALL Parkland 84 ICC 57
MAHOMET, Ill. - There's an old saying in wrestling: "You're only as good as your practice partner." For Mahomet-Seymour's David Wisehart and Hunter Crowley it rings true. Both guys have worked together in practice this season, challenging one another to get better every day. That hard work has paid off as both guys will make their first trip to state this weekend.
Girls postseason basketball, boys basketball
CHAMPAIGN - The IHSA individual state wrestling championships return to State Farm Center this weekend, and the Central Maroons will be well-represented.
Girls basketball sectionals, regionals
Dozens of Central Illinois wrestlers are headed to next weekend's state meet as sectional champions. Highlights and reaction from Mattoon, Clinton and Vandalia.
Highlights and scores from Full Court Friday 2/13.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - St. Thomas More's Michaela Ward signed Friday afternoon to play soccer at Parkland next year. Ward was a team captain and all-area selection last year, leading the Sabers to their first ever sectional championship. Central's Nick Brunson signed to play baseball at Kaskaskia. Brunson was a first team All-Big 12 selection at short stop last year, leading the Maroons to a conference championship.
Girls basketball regional championship games
Girls basketball, women's college basketball
SHELDON, Ill. - More than 40 years after he got start in coaching John Spezia is back where it all began - the old Sheldon high school gym. "It's been a long journey I guess," he said. "But it's been a fun journey."