Mahomet-Seymour senior Sarah Van WIngerden will play soccer at Wheaton College next year. She earned an Army ROTC scholarship to help pay for college.
Boys track and field sectionals; girls soccer regional highlights
Highlights and results from the Class 2A and 3A girls state track and field preliminaries in Charleston
Baseball highlights & scores
Highlights and results from Day 1 of the girls state track and field championships in Charleston
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Former Illinois assistant coach Jay Price has been hired as the new girls basketball coach at St. Thomas More. Price replaces Chris Mennig, who parted ways with the school while under a financial investigation by the FBI and IRS. Price coached at Illinois under Bruce Weber for nine seasons.
Baseball, softball and soccer scores
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois High School Association executive director Marty Hickman was under the microscope Tuesday as a House committee began it's hearings, looking into the organization that oversees nearly all high school sports and activities in the state. The House's Elementary and Secondary Education committee met Tuesday at the state capitol in Springfield. Hickman was there, along with other IHSA administrators and some members of their board. While the IHSA is a private, not-for-profit company, the committee says it has the right to investigate because the IHSA deals so closely with public schools, who receive state funding.
St. Thomas More senior track runner Brendan Remington runs to honor his younger brother Luke who died from Lukemia four years ago. He also raises money to help fight cancer.
St. Thomas More head coach Steve Rear won his 200th career game with the Sabers Monday. STM defeated Arthur Lovington 7-0 in their regional opener.
Highlights from the SJ-O sectional
URBANA -- People around the world are remembering a beloved high school teacher.
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - The Danville boys track and field team finished second at the Big 12 championships Thursday night. Johnny Leverenz led the way for the Vikings with three conference titles (4x8, 800m, 1600m)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - High school girls track and field sectionals start Thursday across the state, and Central senior Ranija Turner will try to qualify for her third state meet. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns has more on the senior and her unexpected journey to becoming one of the school's all-time best throwers.
MAROA, Ill. - The new Okaw Valley Conference won't begin play until this fall, but the league may already have to look for a replacement for one of its member schools. The Sangamo Conference, a league based in the Springfield area, has invited Maroa-Forsyth to join the conference starting in 2016. The Maroa-Forsyth school board still has to approve the move before it becomes official.
The PBL boys, Monticello boys and Oakwood girls won their conference track and field titles.
Lanphier senior Larry Austin, Jr. verbally committed to play basketball at Xavier University Saturday afternoon. The 6-foot-2 guard originally signed with Tennessee but reopened his recruitment once Cuonzo Martin left for Cal.
Tuscola sophomore Anna Watson is pacing the Warriors this season. The shortstop broke the school record for steals earlier this year and has a team leading .675 batting average.
SIDELL, Ill. - For the last three decades Gary Hansgen has led the Salt Fork baseball team to more than 300 wins. At the end of this season Hansgen will retire. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns has more on the longtime coach and how the school recognized him Friday afternoon.
SOFTBALL Maroa-Forsyth 6 Tuscola 2 SOCCER Charleston 3 Mahomet-Seymour 2
DANVILLE -- Next school year, a group of lucky freshmen will enroll in a new program at Danville High School.
SJO edges Clifton Central and St. Thomas More for SVC girls track and field championship. Central baseball doubles up Charleston 6-3.
DANVILLE, Ill. - The boys state track and field meet is less than a month away, and Danville's Johnny Leverenz will be one guy looking to defend his state title. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns has more on the senior's standout season with the Vikings.
SJO named its softball Field after longtime coach Randy Wolken Saturday afternoon after the Spartans swept two games from Momence 5-1, 12-0.
BASEBALL Central 8 Centennial 4 Urbana 7 Danville 6 SOFTBALL LeRoy 20 St. Thomas More 2
Update: 10:05 pm VILLA GROVE -- Hard work paid off for a group of students. They made an alcohol awareness video which won a statewide contest.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee has granted Lanphier's Larry Austin Jr. a release from his National Letter of Intent. Austin will now find another place to play his college basketball. He signed with Tennessee in the fall, but head coach Cuonzo Martin left to become the new head coach at California. Now Austin will get a chance to sign with another school. The Lanphier point guard had more than a dozen offers including Illinois, Missouri, Memphis and Kansas State.
ST. JOSEPH, Ill. - St. Joseph-Ogden softball coach Randy Wolken became the first coach in IHSA history to win 900 games after his Spartans beat Fisher 9-5 Tuesday night. CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Central baseball team improved to 19-1 on the season with a 3-1 home victory over rival Centennial.
URBANA -- The Urbana High School track is no longer just for students.
BASEBALL: Monticello 11 Maroa-Forsyth 4 SOFTBALL: Monticello 19 Central A&M 1
Monticello baseball improved to 13-4 after defeating Unity 6-0.
Urbana Seniors Tanner Russell and Conner Gremer have the Tigers out to a good start this season. They are both committed to play baseball at Parkland too.
Centennial scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the seventh on a passed ball to beat Urbana 1-0 Thursday night in Champaign.
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.