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)
BOYS SOCCER Blue Ridge 1 Monticello 0 (F) Salt Fork/Westville 4 Hoopeston Area 3 (F/PK) Central 2 Centennial 0 (F)
Latest: 10:06 pm, 10/21/14, Tuesday CHAMPAIGN -- The Unit 4 School District is asking voters to put a lot of money into both high schools.
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."
The Central volleyball team is hoping to make a deep post season run this year.
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.
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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.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The boys and girls golf tournaments begin Friday morning in Bloomington-Normal and Decatur, respectively. Centennial will compete in the Class 2A boys championship in Normal. It's the second time in the last four years the Chargers have qualified for state. They finished seventh back in 2011. This time around the players say they are more prepared for what's to come.
DECATUR -- The health of a high school teacher has come into question after administrators learned the employee had recently traveled to South Africa.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - For many, Wayne McClain's legacy will be remembered by his accomplishments on the court, and there are too many to count. But his former players and colleagues didn't talk about his wins and losses on Wednesday; instead they remembered a man whose impact was felt far beyond basketball. "The kids all looked up to him as a father figure," said Dick Van Scyoc, who preceded McClain as Peoria Manual head coach and served as McClain's mentor. "Not having maybe a dad at home he was somebody they could go to and cry on his shoulder."
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The central Illinois community lost a coaching icon Wednesday. Central basketball coach, and former Illinois assistant, Wayne McClain died early Wednesday. He had been in the hospital since Friday battling pneumonia. McClain was 59 years old.
BOYS SOCCER (Class 1A regional semifinal) Judah Christian 9 St. Joseph-Ogden 1 GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Normal Community def. Central 25-21, 25-9 Normal West def. Centennial 25-14, 25-12 St. Joseph-Ogden def. Monticello 25-19, 25-17
MONTICELLO -- Those are the sounds of the award-winning Monticello Sages High School Marching Band.
OAKLAND, Ill. - Tri-County will try to clinch the outright LOVC Southeast division championship when they host Villa Grove-Heritage Friday night. The Titans (4-0, 6-1) hold a one-game lead over both VGH and Cumberland, and a win Friday night would give them their first outright conference title since 2010. Tri-County's only loss this year was a 30-14 loss at Clifton Central, but they expect Friday's game to be as tough as any all year. As for the other side of this matchup, VGH (3-1, 6-1) will try to bounce back from its first loss last week against Cumberland. The Blue Devils' goal of a conference title isn't out of reach yet, but it will take a victory at Tri-County Friday if they want a piece of that conference crown.
Highlights and results from boys & girls golf sectionals
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SJO RB/OLB Connor Janes will commit after the high school football season. It will likely come the weekend of November 29. He has offers to play at Illinois State, Eastern Illinois, Southern Illinois, Western Illinois, and Northern Illinois. He also has offers to walk on at Indiana, Purdue, Iowa, and Virginia Tech.
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MAROA, Ill. - The Okaw Valley may only have six teams, but it has been a battle each and every week. Only two conference games remain, and our Spotlight Game this week between Maroa-Forsyth at St. Joseph-Ogden will be a matchup of two state-ranked teams. WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten has more on the major implications for this week's matchup in Maroa.
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ST. JOSEPH, Ill. - Just a week before football practice started last year, SJO junior Ty Brown was working out with a few of his teammates running around the school track when he suddenly fell down. "Our last sprint we were doing, about halfway through I just felt something," Brown said. "It felt like someone kicked me in the back of the knee and I just fell down. It was probably the worst pain of my life."
Sullivan-Okaw Valley has already qualified for the playoffs this season, the Redskins could clinch a spot in the playoffs for the first time since 2001 with one more victory this season.
Vote on the Friday Football Fever Plays of the Week 6 between Maroa-Forsyth's Jack Hockaday, Cerro Gordo-Bement's Gage Fowler or Tuscola's Nick and Zach Bates.
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CLINTON, Ill. - You may not find a player more excited to be at practice than Jacob Pourchot. Pourchot has cerebral palsy. He may not be the biggest or fastest, but his passion and determination are second to none. "People at school and on the team treat me like a normal person, like I should be treated," Pourchot said. "I just love it. It's not something that's going to stop me. I wrestle. I started wrestling last year. I said 'This isn't going to stop me.' I'm going to do whatever I want. It isn't going to stop me. I'm not going to let it."
Update: 5:26 pm, 10/2/14, Thursday ILLINOIS -- Friday there will be a hearing in Chicago discussing sports.
TUSCOLA, Ill. - Tuscola coach Rick Reinhart usually doesn't take time to reflect on his teams wins. But last Friday's victory over Central A&M was different. After the final whistle blew and dozens of his former players congratulated him on his 200th career win -- the reality of becoming one of less than 75 coaches in Illinois history to accomplish the feat finally set in. "That did kind of make me sit back and say, 'Wow, that's a long time,'" he said. "And also just something that every kid I've ever coached, that's ours, not mine. It was special, it really was."
VOLLEYBALL Bloomington def. Centennial 25-21, 15-25, 25-15 Central def. Urbana 25-14, 25-10 STM def. SJO 25-21, 25-21
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- A new program at UI is meant to encourage people to be creative, but it's not for current students.
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Latest: 6:02 pm, 9/26/14, Friday DANVILLE -- One person is in custody in connection with a shooting near Danville High School.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Former St. Thomas More girls basketball coach Chris Mennig was hired Wednesday as an assistant coach for the Lawrenceville High School girls basketball program. Mennig parted ways with the school in April while under a financial investigation by the FBI and IRS.
VOLLEYBALL Central def. Normal West 25-22, 25-23 St. Thomas More def. Unity 25-22, 25-9
COLES COUNTY - Charleston's season-opening kickoff was an unfortunate sign of things to come for the Trojans. Senior running back Myles Decker, the team's best player, dislocated his kneecap making a tackle - tearing his ACL and MCL. Injuries and inexperience have plagued Charleston (1-3) this season. Longtime head coach Brian Halsey is starting six sophomores, including quarterback Ridge Boyer, who played a freshman last year. It was the only time Halsey has started a freshman quarterback in his 15 years with the Trojans.
FISHER -- An area school is getting security upgrades.
The Okaw Valley Conference is prepared to stay with only five teams when Maroa-Forsyth leaves the conference starting in the 2016-2017 school year.
VOLLEYBALL Central def. Peoria Notre Dame 25-16, 25-10 Centennial def. Richwoods 25-21, 25-23
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Emmanuel Komba has been playing soccer as long as he can remember. "I grew up and I would just play with my friends and stuff. Pick-up games in the neighborhood and other stuff," said Komba. But he's only played the last few years in the U.S. He moved here from Africa in 8th grade - seeking a better education.
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