MAHOMET, Ill. - Mahomet-Seymour is enjoying one of the best postseason runs in school history. The Bulldogs are in the supersectional for the first time since 1995, and now they are just one win away from the state's final four.
DECATUR, Ill. - St. Teresa star Christian Williams announced Monday he has verbally committed to play at Iowa next season. Williams chose the Hawkeyes over offers from Bradley and Illinois State. He averaged 19 points and eight rebounds per game, leading St. Teresa to a runner-up finish at the state tournament.
Chicago Uplift defeated St. Teresa 53-47 in the IHSA Class 2A State Basketball Finals.
PEORIA, Ill. - St. Teresa built a double-digit first half lead they would never relinquish in a 50-39 state semifinal win over Rockridge. Christian Williams led the way with a game-high 19 points as St. Teresa moves into the state championship game against Chicago (Uplift) Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Mahomet-Seymour survived another close game, edging Lanphier 71-70 in the championship of the Centennial sectional. The Bulldogs advance to face Althoff in the supersectional Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. at the Prairie Capitol Convention Center.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Jack Rettig hit a free throw with :14 left to lift Mahomet-Seymour to a 50-49 win over MacArthur in the sectional semifinal Wednesday night. The Bulldogs advance to face Lanphier in the sectional championship Friday night at 7:00 p.m. at Centennial High School.
BOYS BASKETBALL CLASS 2A SUPERSECTIONAL St. Teresa 56 BCC 35 CLASS 1A SUPERSECTIONAL Casey-Westfield 40 Mounds (Meridian) 51 CLASS 3A SECTIONAL SEMIFINAL Lanphier 44 Glenwood 42
DECATUR, Ill. - The St. Teresa Bulldogs are one win away from a trip to state, and they will get a chance to punch their ticket to Peoria Tuesday night in the supersectional against Bloomington Central Catholic. The Bulldogs practiced on the court at Millikin to get used to play in a bigger venue. They'll play at the University of Illinois-Springfield Tuesday, looking for their first trip to state since 1986. To get there, they will have to beat a BCC team that beat them earlier this season.
After sitting out the first half of the season, St. Teresa senior Christian Williams' college stock continues to rise. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard has multiple Division 1 offers but he's holding out for now, hoping to hear back from more schools before committing.
St. Teresa beat St. Joseph-Ogden 49-35 to win the Class 2A Maroa-Forsyth sectional final Friday night while Mahomet-Seymour knocked off rival Centennial 75-59 to win the Class 3A M-S regional final.
Mahomet-Seymour and Centennial will play Friday night at 7:00 in the Regional finals. The Chargers won the prior meeting between the two teams earlier this season. "They're a very good basketball team. Obviously they got us earlier in the year. Coach Lavin does a great job and they've got good players. It's not as much about pay back. It's us playing well. We want to be sound defensively. They have a lot of good offensive weapons. We want to take care of the basketball and rebound - just the basics that have got us to this point," said Mahomet-Seymour head coach Chad Benedict.
Highlights and scores from March 4, 2015
Monticello and SJO will play for the third time this season Wednesday night at the Class 2A Maroa-Forsyth boys basketball sectional. The teams split their previous meetings this season, with each team winning on its home court.
The Westville boys basketball team won its first regional title in 21 years last Friday. Now the Tigers will look to upset state-ranked St. Teresa in the sectional semifinals.
The Central A&M girl's basketball team capped off a dream season Saturday afternoon, winning the Class 1A state title. For Raiders head coach Tom Dooley and his daughter Ryan, a junior guard, the championship was especially meaningful.
The Central A&M girls basketball team won the state championship Saturday. The Raiders beat Calhoun 51-41. Iroquois West took fourth place after losing to Prophetstown 45-28.
Highlights and scores from Full Court Friday on Regional Final Friday.
The Falcons play Shelbyville at dual team state Saturday.
Argenta-Oreana beats St. Thomas More 86-74 in boys regional basketball. The bombers will play Monticello for the regional title Friday.
Senior managers from the Central and Urbana basketball teams got to suit up and play. They both made the most of their senior nights.
High School basketball and wrestling scores and highlights
Iroquois West beat Harvest Christian Academy 74-64 and Central A&M topped Astoria 69-51 to advance to the Class 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday night.
SJO's Wesley Kibler became the school's first ever state wrestling champ after winning the Class 1A 195 title Saturday. Shelbyville's Adam Hudson won the 160 1A state title to cap an undefeated season.
Highlights and reaction from the IHSA state wrestling semifinals
High School basketball scores and highlights.
Highlights and reaction from the IHSA state wrestling quarterfinals
GIRLS BASKETBALL BCC 48 St. Thomas More 46 Flora 47 Teutopolis 36 Athens 42 Litchfield 38 Iroquois West 50 Cissna Park 44 Central A&M 62 Arcola 41 U-High 75 Centennial 36 Charleston 53 Mt. Zion 51 Effingham 52 Centralia 49 Rochester 63 Taylorville 29
Highlights and reaction from Day 1 of the IHSA state wrestling tournament
GIRLS BASKETBALL Centennial 48 Mahomet-Seymour 42 U-High 59 Central 25 MEN'S BASKETBALL Parkland 84 ICC 57
MAHOMET, Ill. - There's an old saying in wrestling: "You're only as good as your practice partner." For Mahomet-Seymour's David Wisehart and Hunter Crowley it rings true. Both guys have worked together in practice this season, challenging one another to get better every day. That hard work has paid off as both guys will make their first trip to state this weekend.
Girls postseason basketball, boys basketball
CHAMPAIGN - The IHSA individual state wrestling championships return to State Farm Center this weekend, and the Central Maroons will be well-represented.
Girls basketball sectionals, regionals
Dozens of Central Illinois wrestlers are headed to next weekend's state meet as sectional champions. Highlights and reaction from Mattoon, Clinton and Vandalia.
Highlights and scores from Full Court Friday 2/13.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - St. Thomas More's Michaela Ward signed Friday afternoon to play soccer at Parkland next year. Ward was a team captain and all-area selection last year, leading the Sabers to their first ever sectional championship. Central's Nick Brunson signed to play baseball at Kaskaskia. Brunson was a first team All-Big 12 selection at short stop last year, leading the Maroons to a conference championship.
Girls basketball regional championship games
Girls basketball, women's college basketball
SHELDON, Ill. - More than 40 years after he got start in coaching John Spezia is back where it all began - the old Sheldon high school gym. "It's been a long journey I guess," he said. "But it's been a fun journey."
Girls, boys basketball
ST. JOSEPH, Ill. - It's an old sports cliche, but it's one St. Joseph-Ogden sophomore wrestler Griffin Meeker has lived by this season. Take it one match at a time. "I'm just going out there like I'm the top dog, acting like I'm a senior," Meeker said. "Just wrestling everyone as if they can beat me."
Girls, boys basketball; college basketball
CISSNA PARK, Ill. - All season Cissna Park girls basketball coach Steve Summers has been telling his team to only worry about things they can control. The second-year coach has to practice what he preaches, though, when he thinks about the Schlarman regional. "By the time it's all said and done, out of the five teams, four of them are going to have 20 wins or more," said Summers. "You got three teams in the top 10 AP playing in the same regional, and it's just crazy."
STM and M-S wrestling highlights and interviews.
High School basketball scores and highlights
RANTOUL, Ill. - A year after an injury ended his chances of making it to state as a freshman Demarius Smith-Terhune is once again in position to fulfill his dream of becoming one of the state's best wrestlers. "You really want to redeem yourself when something like that happens. It sucked," said Smith-Terhune. "I felt on fire last year. I felt like I could have gone somewhere, but this year I think I'm at a whole new level." Smith-Terhune suffered a concussion in the first match of regionals last season. Instead of dwelling on the past he's using it as motivation. The sophomore is 30-1 and the seventh-ranked wrestler in the state at 145 pounds.
TUSCOLA, Ill. - Former Tuscola football coach Rick Reinhard was hired as the new head coach at Collinsville High School Wednesday night. He confirmed the news to WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten. Reinhart had resigned his position at Tuscola, and he says Collinsville then approached him about taking the Kahoks job. Reinhart won 61 games in seven seasons with the Warriors. He led them to three state championship games and one state title. Reinhart, a Tuscola graduate, lettered for the Illinois football team in 1973. He spent three decades coaching in Southern Illinois, mainly at Fairfield and Bethalto Civic Memorial, before coming back home in 2008. “Coach Reinhart’s leadership has allowed the Tuscola Warrior football program to continue to thrive over the last seven seasons," Tuscola superintendent Michael Smith said in a statement. "He is recognized as one of the most successful football coaches in the state of Illinois over the last several years. His greatest quality is his love and dedication to the Tuscola community, school district, and our students. We wish him nothing but the best in his new position. We understand and support his decision to return to the metro east area and be closer to family.” Smith says the open position will be posted through the end of February, and they hope to have a replacement named in March. WCIA 3 reached out to Tuscola athletic director Ryan Hornaday, but he declined any further comment.
Girls, boys basketball