He is only a few games into high school career, but St. Thomas More's Doug Wallen is already emerging as one of the area's bright young stars. WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten has more on how Wallen is hoping to take himself, and more importantly his team, to new heights this season.
It was one of the most thrilling games in the history of the Central/Centennial basketball rivalry. Here is bonus video and interviews of the game - where Central defeated Centennial 80-79 in triple overtime.
Boys basketball highlights & results
An extended look at Illinois-signee Michael Finke in action against Central.
SULLIVAN -- An area high school has plenty to celebrate.
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.
Boys High School Soccer scores and highlights.
Maroa-Forsyth's Jack Hockaday added a football offer from Nebraska Tuesday night. He also has offers from Indiana and Iowa. Hockaday is a two-way star for the Trojans, but most schools see him playing defense at the next level.
Mahomet-Seymour's Colton Anderson wins the Friday Football fever play of the week with this amazing catch.
Charleston Freshman Lauren Chappell wins state golf. Also, highlights from boys state golf and SJ-O's 48-26 win in football.
All the best highlights and moments from Week 8 of Friday Football Fever
Georgetown-Ridge Farm-Chrisman (4-3) needs at least one more win to qualify for the postseason. The Buffaloes host Bismarck-Henning (7-0) Friday on Senior Night, and as WCIA 3's Bret Beherns reports, it will be a bittersweet night for one senior who is dedicating the game to someone special
Mahomet-Seymour will play for a Corn Belt title against undefeated Normal U-High Friday night. A win would give the Bulldogs (7-0, 6-0) their first outright conference championship since 2005. Mahomet-Seymour has the league's best defense, but the Pioneers (7-0, 6-0) have the conference's best offense.
Bismarck-Henning is already in the playoffs with a perfect 7-0 record, but reaching the playoffs and advancing are two different things. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns has more on the Blue Devils' double-digit winning streak and their motivation to keep it going.
Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman head football coach Josh Cavanaugh is back on the sideline this week after serving a two-game suspension. The district would not give a reason for the suspension, only calling it a "personnel matter."
Boys High School soccer Regionals: St. Thomas More defeats Judah Christian 3-2. St. Joseph-Ogden defeats Uni-High 2-1.
The voting on the Friday Fever Facebook page was too close to call - so we're calling it a tie for the play of the week. See the plays in the video 1. Unity's Taylor White game-clinching interception vs. Monticello. 1 of his 3 INTs on the night. 2. Centennial's Jeremiah Peoples kickoff return touchdown to help the Chargers beat Springfield.
All the best highlights and moments from Week 7 of Friday Football Fever - in 90 seconds.
High School football scores and highlights
Unity hosts undefeated Monticello this week in our Friday Football Fever Spotlight Game. It is a big game for both teams but especially for Unity, who is still looking for its first marquee win of the year. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns has more on the Rockets and their big shoes to fill.
Monticello travels to Unity for a big Okaw Valley Black matchup Friday night. It's a game that could have conference title implications, and as WCIA 3's Bret Beherns reports, it's exactly where Sages head coach Cully Welter wants to be.
STM's Nick Hess won the Twin City boys cross-country title, while Central wins the team crown. On the girls side, Uni-High's Annemarie Michael leads her Illineks to the team title.
Cerro Gordo-Bement is in the driver's seat in the LOVC race. The Broncos beat Villa Grove-Heritage Friday night to remain the only undefeated team in the conference. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns has more on two of the biggest reasons for CG-B's success this season.
All the best moments from Week 6 of Friday Football Fever
Highlights and scores from week six of the high school football season.
Centennial def. Urbana 25-14, 25-19
High school football fans across the state know all about the tradition of St. Joseph-Ogden football. Now, twin brothers Ryan and Dylan Koss are hoping to further than tradition, while at the same time continuing their family's legacy. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns reports.
St. Thomas More is just two wins away from becoming playoff eligible for the seventh straight year, and one of the biggest contributors to their success is one of their youngest players, Josh Parker. WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten reports on this freshman's early success.
Cerro Gordo-Bement will host Villa Grove-Heritage Friday night in a matchup of the only two LOVC teams without a conference loss. The winner will be in the driver's seat for the LOVC championship. The Broncos have crushed their opponents this year, averaging more than 40 points per game, but this Friday night they'll face their toughest test yet.
St. Thomas More swept Cissna Park in straight sets Tuesday night in Champaign.
GCMS' Aaron Thomason's bobbling TD catch vs. PBL wins the fan vote on Facebook.com/WCIAFever
The Urbana boys soccer team raced out to a 4-0 halftime lead against Mahomet-Seymour and never looked back on their way to a 7-0 home win Monday night.
Central A&M Miles Neilson, GCMS' Aaron Thomason & OAP's Skyler Slade. Vote at Facebook.com/WCIAFever
All the best moments and highlights from Week 5 of Friday Football Fever - in 90 seconds.
Scores and highlights from week five of the high school football season.
Centennial beat MacArthur and Central beat Eisenhower in straight sets Thursday night in Champaign.
Friday's game between Charleston at Mattoon will be all about Coles County bragging rights, but it will also be about bragging rights for one family. But that isn't the only motivation Mattoon's Jacob Wagner had for getting back on the field. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns reports.
The Centennial volleyball team went on the road Wednesday night and was swept by Springfield. The Senators win it in straight sets 25-20, 25-14.
Charleston junior Myles Decker broke the single game school record for yards and attempts in his first career varsity start.
DANVILLE -- Big Brothers - Big Sisters in Vermilion County is giving students a boost.
Congratulations to Clifton Central's Logan Podowicz for winning our Play of the Week honor for Week 4 of Friday Football Fever. Podowicz's bobbling TD catch vs. SJ-O won the fan vote at Facebook.com/WCIAfever
Highlights and scores from part three of Friday Football Fever from 9/20.
Highlights and scores from part two of Friday Football Fever from 9/20.
Scores and highlights from part one of Friday Football Fever on 9/20.
Watseka used a big second set comeback to top St. Thomas More in three games 16-25, 29-27, 25-20 Thursday night.
The Watseka Warriors are off to a slow start this year, but there is still time to put together a run to the postseason. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns has more on how a connection between brothers could be their key to success.
PBL head football coach Jeff Graham gave up a lot to return to the sidelines. Bret Beherns has more on Graham's second stint as Panthers coach.
We've got a monster matchup between a couple of the state's No. 1 teams on Friday when the Unity Rockets welcome in the Maroa-Forsyth Trojans. Both teams reached the state title game last year, and both have picked up right where they left off. Something will have to give when they take the field in Tolono Friday night. Both Unity and Maroa-Forsyth have been virtually untested through three weeks, though Tuscola gave Unity a game in Week 2. The Rockets are No. 1 in Class 3A. Maroa-Forsyth is No. 1 in Class 2A, setting up a titanic clash this weekend. "These are the type of games you want to play in and you want to coach in and you want to be a part of," said Unity head coach Scott Hamilton. "We've done a lot of things with our program over the last 5, 10, 20 years that have put us in situations like this. If you don't like playing in big games like this, you're probably in the wrong area." It may be the biggest matchup state-wide Friday night, but the Rockets say this game won't define their season. Hamilton said they'll use this game as preparation for the postseason. His players are keeping things in perspective as well. "It's exciting for a No. 1 against No. 1," senior Tyler Crowl said. "But it's just like us against Meridian. It's just another team. It's just football." You can bet it won't feel like just another football game, though, on Friday night. Unity is averaging nearly 45 points per game, while Maroa-Forsyth averages 43 points per game. The Trojans are led by all-state quarterback Jack Hockaday. "It never hurts to have a Division I quarterback who is being recruited by the Big Ten all over," Hamilton said. "And a really good set of skill position guys to go along with him, and a great linebacker in the middle. My guess is me whining about that isn't going to change anything. Those kids are still going to show up on Friday." Unity and Maroa-Forsyth will kick off at 7:00 pm Friday night at Hicks Field in Tolono.
CG-B's Sean Reed with the touchdown-saving interception --or-- Salt Fork's Garrett McFadden's long touchdown vs. Westville. To vote, go to Facebook.com/WCIAfever and leave a comment under the story. We'll announce the winners Tuesday at 6:00 pm
Pleasant Plains won the Mahomet-Seymour Invitational Saturday.
All the best moments from Week 3 of Friday Football Fever