Girls & boys basketball, wrestling scores
Update: 10:22 pm WASHINGTON -- High school students got the surprise of their lives Wednesday.
Marcus Catchings had a career night to lead Urbana past Normal West 60-48. Catchings led the way with 15 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds. Conner Gremer scored a team-high 20 points for the Tigers. Click here for all the highlights and scores from Tuesday's action.
SHG defeated Montini 38-28 to win the state championship.
It took overtime for someone to end St. Joseph-Ogden's magical playoff run, but the Spartans ran out of magic in the state title game as they fall 43-41 in overtime to the Stillman Valley Cardinals. The game went back and forth all night long, and it came down to the final possessions in overtime. Stillman Valley scored a touchdown and completed the two-point conversion to take a 43-35 lead. SJ-O (11-3) responded with a touchdown of their own, but quarterback Dalton Walsh was sacked on his two-point conversion attempt ending the game. The Spartans fall one win short of the state title, earning their fifth runner-up finish - all under head coach Dick Duval. In Class 4A, the Rochester Rockets were held to a season-low 16 points, but they still found a way to win their fourth consecutive state title 16-8 over Geneseo. Rochester becomes the first public school in IHSA history to win four state football championships in a row.
St. Joseph-Ogden senior lineman Dylan and Ryan Koss are putting their brothers experience in state final football games to good use this week.
St. Joseph-Ogden head coach Dick Duval reflects on the Spartans' run to the Class 3A state title game.
Champaign Central lost to Brookfield Central (WI) 65-33 at the Washington Tournament of Champions Wednesday afternoon.
St. Joseph-Ogden junior running back Orion Ciota stepped in after Austin Hedrick got hurt earlier this season. Now he's one of the biggest reasons the Spartans are in the state finals.
St. Joseph-Ogden will have a chance to win it's first state football championship on Friday when the Spartans take on Stillman Valley in the Class 3A state title game in DeKalb. SJ-O started the year 2-and-2, but they have won nine games in a row, and they're feeling confident heading in after a major turnaround.
Highlights and scores from boys and girls basketball games
The Big 12 Conference is in early discussions with four Peoria high schools about the possibility of those schools joining the league. Representatives from the Big 12 met Monday with officials from Peoria High, Manual, Richwoods and Notre Dame to gauge their interest in becoming a part of the Big 12. Central athletic director John Woods stressed these are "very early talks" and there is long way to go, but the now the lines of communication have been opened. Woods says the Big 12 has been looking for new schools for several years, courting Mahomet-Seymour, Rantoul and Kankakee in the past. The conference lost Mattoon to the Apollo last year, and both MacArthur and Eisenhower are leaving for the CS8 next year. That leaves the Big 12 with only seven members, and if they could get those four Peoria schools on board it would bring that number to 11.
The Central Maroons' girls basketball team trailed Danville heading into the fourth quarter before rallying for a 45-39 victory Monday night at the Blue Star Country Classic. Central's defense held Danville without a field goal for the entire fourth quarter, as Airiana Smith led the way for the victorious Maroons with a career-high 17 points.
SPRINGFIELD -- If you drop out of high school, chances are you might take a shot at getting your GED.
St. Joseph-Ogden is heading to the Class 3A state football finals after beating Greenville 44-21 Saturday afternoon.
St. Joseph-Ogden is holding opponents to less than 20 points per game this season, but the Spartans' defense will be put to the test in Saturday's state semifinal game at Greenville. The Comets are averaging more than 50 points per game, including last week's 71-point performance.
Full list of local athletes who earned all-state honors
MATTOON -- There's a wave of generosity flowing through the high school.
Highlights and scores from Day 1 of the Blue Star Country Classic in Champaign
STM baseball star Storm Joop moving on to D-II level
On the week of the biggest football game of the season, Sacred Heart-Griffin is putting their opponent first.
St. Thomas More senior point guard Randa Harshbarger signed a letter of intent to play at Southern Indiana Monday.
Playoff football scores and highlights.
The Stewardson-Strasburg volleyball team rolled to a straight set win over New Athens 25-12, 25-23 Friday morning in Normal. The win propels the Lady Comets into tomorrow's state championship game, where they will face Rockford (Keith Country Day).
DECATUR -- Eisenhower High School is a little more than two months away from welcoming students for the spring semester.
John Groce signs Top 20 class; local athletes sign for their colleges of choice
Wayne McClain held his first practice as Champaign Central head basketball coach Monday afternoon. The longtime Illinois assistant takes over for Scott Davis, who resigned after 21 years on the job.
Football, volleyball and cross country scores and highlights.
Update: 5:05 pm, 11/8/13, Friday URBANA -- People said a final goodbye to a musical member of their family Friday.
Scores and highlights from sectional volleyball championships.
Update: 5:34 pm CHAMPAIGN -- No arrests were made after a planned sweep at two high schools Wednesday morning.
Highlights and scores from sectional volleyball action
The Centennial volleyball team lost all but one starter and nine total players from last year's state team. Eight of those players are playing college volleyball. This year the team is picking up the slack. The Chargers already won a regional title and open sectional play with momentum on Tuesday.
First round high school football scores and highlights.
Scores and highlights from the opening night of the IHSA football playoffs.
High School volleyball scores and highlights
Tigers will face Rochester in sectional final
Tuscola will face a familiar opponent in the first round of the Class 1A football playoffs. The Warriors (5-4) travel to Maroa-Forsyth (9-0) Saturday for a rematch of a week seven game the Trojans won in a blowout. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns has more on Tuscola's approach the second time around.
Highlights and results from postseason volleyball and soccer action
The high school football playoffs start this week, and we'll get a sneak peek at a future rivalry in the new Okaw Valley. St. Thomas More visits Monticello Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
Here's a list of the start times for Friday and Saturday's games.
First Round playoff match-ups from local teams.
Urbana defeats Central 1-0 to claim a regional championship
The Rochester football team is having to forfeit its win against SH-G earlier this season. The Rockets self-reported a violation of the IHSA's Amateurism by-law. A group called 'Football Moms' purchased State Championship rings for three players who couldn't afford them. Each ring cost $457, exceeding the $200 amount allotted by the IHSA. The three players and head coach Derek Leonard voluntarily sat out of last night's win. Sacred Heart-Griffin is now 9-0. Rochester is 8-1. The IHSA will determine the eligibility of the three players for post season play early next week.
All the best highlights and moments from Week 9 of Friday Football Fever
Scores and highlights from week nine of Friday Football Fever.
SPRINGFIELD -- High school students have a chance to give and receive.
URBANA -- Family and friends honored a girl who died suddenly with a school concert.
GCMS will host rival Fisher Friday night in our Spotlight Game, and as WCIA 3's Bret Beherns reports, it will be a big game for not only the players, but also for two new members of the team who have helped the Falcons in a very special way this season.
In just one year Fisher has gone from one of the worst teams in the Heart of Illinois Conference to one of the best. It is a transformation that started with a simple slogan. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns has more on the Bunnies' motto that is behind all their success this year.