CHARLESTON, Ill. - Former Central and Centennial star Corvon Butler is coming home. Butler announced on Twitter Wednesday night he has signed with Eastern Illinois. Butler played one year at North Carolina A&T, then redshirted last season at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, Ill. Butler will join Jay Spoonhour's squad at Eastern Illinois, and he will have three years of eligibility remaining. Butler averaged 14 points and seven rebounds per game as a senior at Central.
SOCCER: Mahomet-Seymour 4 Danville 0
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Central baseball team is off to a perfect 15-0 start, and leading the way is the team's ace Alec Altmyer. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns has more on the senior and his journey to becoming one of the area's best pitchers.
St. Thomas More's Mike Plecki signed to play baseball at Illinois Wesleyan, and Danville's Denzel Smith will play basketball at Wabash Valley.
ARCOLA, Ill. - In an era where many high school athletes specialize in just one sports, Arcola's Taylor Edwards plays four sports. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns has more on the Purple Riders' junior and her commitment to be the best in everything she does.
Baseball, softball highlights and scores
Baseball, softball and soccer scores
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Centennial point guard Dedric Byrd announced Tuesday he will play basketball at Rend Lake College in Ina, Illinois. Byrd was a senior this past season for the Chargers, and he led the team with 4.2 assists per game. Byrd will join a very successful Rend Lake program that won the NJCAA National Championship in 2013.
ST. JOSEPH -- There will be a big change to graduation at St. Joe-Ogden High School. Not everyone will be able to go.
Illinois football signee Malik Turner watched the Illini practice at SHG Friday night, where he played his high school ball.
Mahomet-Seymour senior Grant Gula gave up his junior season to learn how to become a firefighter. Now he's back with the team, helping the Bulldogs to an 8-0 start.
SJO beat Teutopolis 2-1 in both games of their doubleheader Saturday while Central beat Sullivan 11-1 and 14-0 to improve to 11-0 this season.
The Monticello baseball team beat GCMS 11-1 Friday afternoon in Monticello.
Centennial senior basketball star Michael Finke and junior quarterback Jimmy Fitzgerald, who have both committed to play their respective sports at Illinois, are taking their skills to a different setting this spring. WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten takes an inside look.
Michael Finke has had a target on his back ever since he committed to Illinois over a year ago. He was the focus of opposing defenses his entire senior season - and all he did was take his game to a whole new level. The Centennial senior is the 2014 WCIA 3 area boys basketball player of the year. Finke was named an IBCA All-State selection after averaging nearly 20 points and 10 rebounds per game as a senior. He did it while shooting better than 55% from the field. Finke led the Chargers to an outright Big 12 title. He finished fourth on Centennial's all-time career scoring list and second in school history in rebounds.
Baseball, softball, girls soccer scores
St. Thomas More sophomore Tori McCoy is the 2014 WCIA girls basketball player of the year. McCoy credits her father Tim for her success. Matt Wettersten has more on that special father-daughter relationship.
Maroa-Forsyth junior quarterback Jack Hockaday committed to the University of Iowa Saturday.
The Mahomet-Seymour baseball team swept Urbana in a doubleheader Saturday morning, 15-3, 27-3.
The spring sports season has just barely begun, but some Major League scouts have already been watching SJO's Hunter Hart. He has a bright future, but as WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten sports, first the Spartans' senior pitcher is hoping to lead his talented team another school-record season.
Lincoln got a late three from Gavin Block to surge past Rockford Lutheran 45-42 in the IHSA Class 3A state semifinals Friday afternoon in Peoria. Block led the Railers (34-2) with 16 points. Joey Olden added 10. Lincoln will face Morgan Park in the state championship game Saturday at 2:00 pm
SPRINGFIELD -- Lincoln is headed to the state basketball tournament for the first time since 2007 after beating Cahokia 40-37 in the Class 3A Springfield super-sectional Tuesday night. Although the Railers say they're excited for the opportunity, their focus is a state title.
Centennial senior basketball player Jasmine Kyler signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her career at Roosevelt University Wednesday afternoon.
Lincoln defeated Cahokia 40-37 in supersectionals. The Railers advance to state.
Providence-St. Mel beat PORTA 71-36 in the Class 2A third place game at Carver Arena in Peoria Saturday night. The Blue Jays finish the season with a 26-7 record.
BOYS BASKETBALL Lincoln 47 Central 30 Heyworth 57 Sesser-Valier 51 Nashville 62 PORTA 43
Lincoln beat Glenwood 48-29 Wednesday night in the sectional semifinals in Mattoon. The No. 1 Railers will face Central Friday night in the sectional championship.
The Central boys basketball team is the talk of the town Wednesday after upsetting No. 2 Lanphier Tuesday night in the sectional semifinals. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns has more on the Maroons and their remarkable turnaround this season.
At the end of the third quarter Wednesday night, Lincoln's Gavin Block came up with the steal and heaved a half-court buzzer-beater to help lead Lincoln past Glenwood 48-29.
Here's what Central head coach Wayne McClain had to say after his Maroons upset No. 2 Lanphier Tuesday night in the sectional semifinal.
Heyworth 72 St. Thomas More 62 Sessier-Valier 57 Dieterich 48 PORTA 58 Paris 49 Nashville 51 Teutopolis 45 Central 78 Lanphier 73
They are calling it "Redbird: Round Two." Less than two weeks after the St. Thomas More girls won the state title at Redbird Arena in Normal, the boys are headed to Redbird with a trip to state on the line. St. Thomas More will face Heyworth in the Class 1A Supersectional Tuesday night at 7:00 pm.
Highlights and scores from Full Court Friday on March 7th.
Here's what Twitter users are saying about tonight's regional title game between Central and Centennial at Combes Gym. Watch for highlights tonight at 10:00 on WCIA 3.
Boys sectional, regional highlights and scores
A tragic accident took the life of a wife, mother and coach. Three years later, her son Dalton Walsh has emerged as one of the senior leaders for two of St. Joseph-Ogden's top sports teams. Tonight Walsh publicly shares his story for the first time to WCIA 3's Bret Beherns.
Boys sectional, regional highlights and scores
Boys regional highlights/scores
The St. Thomas More community is still buzzing about the girls basketball team winning it's first ever state title Saturday night. Sabers' coach Chris Mennig was kind enough to let WCIA 3 mic him up for the state title game. Here's a look at our behind-the-scenes access with the state champs.
St. Thomas More girls win state semifinal game. Teutopolis and Central A&M will each play for third. PLUS boys regional and senior night highlights.
The Central A&M girls basketball team lost to Carrollton 40-38 in the Class 1A state semifinals Friday afternoon at Redbird Arena in Normal. The Lady Raiders jumped out to an early 9-0 lead, but couldn't hold it as the Lady Hawks stormed back for the win. Central A&M struggled offensively all day. They only scored 38 points, which is their second-fewest in a single game all season. The Lady Raiders (27-6) will face Lanark (Eastland) (28-6) in the third place game Saturday at 12:15 pm. The game will be televised LIVE on WCIX.
Wednesday night in Fisher's regional semifinal game vs. Tri-Point with their season on the line, down 55-53 with 2.6 seconds left, Grant Pointer took center stage. He took an inbounds pass, dribbled twice, and heaved a prayer from just inside half-court. The shot was good, and Fisher won 56-55.
Boys basketball regional highlights and scores
Fisher's Grant Pointer hit a near half-court buzzer beater to send Fisher past Tri-Point 56-55 Wednesday night. Thanks to Dave Fink and Craig Rogers for the video.
Boys basketball, wrestling highlights; girls basketball scores
The St. Thomas More girls are headed back to state for the second straight year - and after losing in the state title game last year, they're back for some redemption at Redbird. WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten has more on the Sabers and their quest for their first ever state championship.
Girls supersectional highlights, boys regional scores
High school wrestling, basketball highlights and scores
Girls postseason basketball highlights and scores
Highlights and results from the preliminary round of the boys state wrestling tournament