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
Highlights and scores from Full Court Friday on 1/30
ARCOLA, Ill. - It would be easy to let her 700 wins define Nancy Stiff's career, but that's not how the longtime Arcola coach wants it. "This number is all about the kids," she said. Last week Stiff became just the fourth girls coach in Illinois history to win 700 games. She has spent her entire 42-year career at Arcola. The Purple Riders' gym is even named after the hall of fame coach, but none of that matters to Stiff. She wants to be known as a coach who cares more about her players than wins and losses.
Boys basketball, wrestling, swimming
St. Thomas More beats Maroa-Forsyth 51-28 to improve to 6-0 in Okaw Valley Conference
High School basketball scores and highlights
MAHOMET, Ill. - Mahomet-Seymour wrestling coach Rob Ledin won his 300th career dual meet Thursday night as the Bulldogs beat Central 54-21.
ARGENTA, Ill. - Taylor Edwards scored a game-high 27 points to lead Arcola to a 52-38 win over ALAH in the LOVC Northwest division championship game. The win was also the 700th victory in the long career of Purple Riders head coach Nancy Stiff. Arcola advances to face Hutsonville-Palestine in the LOVC Tournament championship Saturday night in Arthur.
Boys, girls basketball; wrestling
MOWEAQUA, Ill. - In a season full of expectations the Central A&M girls basketball team has lived up to the hype. The Raiders are 20-0 and ranked third in the state's Class 1A poll. They have dominated nearly every opponent with their high-powered offensive attack and full court press defense. In one game earlier this year they had a 43-0 lead at halftime. "Winning is always fun," said senior guard Kaley Hennings. "You always want to have good competition and just to be able to go out there everyday and give it our all is fun."
Boys, girls basketball
It's long been said officials only get noticed when they make a bad call. And it's true. Any good referee will tell you it's not about them, and it shouldn't be. But the future of high school athletics could be in the balance of the men and women who wear those zebra shirts.
Local basketball scores and highlights
High School basketball scores and highlights.
Wallen (2,000), Comerford (1,000) and Stoller (1,000) all reach scoring milestones Thursday night
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Thursday will be Wayne McClain Day in Champaign in honor of the former Central coach and Illinois assistant who died of cancer late last year. The St. Thomas More girls basketball team, led by McClain's good friend Jay Price, plan to pay tribute. During the Sabers conference game against Monticello Thursday night, a portion of the gate proceeds will be donated to the Wayne McClain Pipeline Foundation. Both teams will also wear pink to honor the late coach. "It was devastating to me when he passed away," Price said. "I thought this was a good way for me to be able to honor his memory and to help his foundation and to let our girls know sort of like what's come before them and what kind of people have helped coach high school basketball. He was a great person, and I miss him every day, and I'm excited that we can do something to honor him." All the festivities start Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. at St. Thomas More. The varsity game tips off at 7:30 p.m.
Boys basketball, girls basketball, wrestling
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - If you only judged players by their height, Terrion Howard might not measure up as just 5' 3'' tall. "It's funny to me," Howard said of the criticism. "Most people don't think I can do what I do. I know what I'm capable of. I don't take offense to it. I don't think about it." He isn't short on game. Centennial's senior point guard tries to get his teammates involved. He also scored 33 points in a game earlier this season. "Quickness. Protecting the ball," Howard said, listing his strengths. "I have to box out. People get offensive rebounds off me, and I need to make sure that doesn't happen."
WATSEKA, Ill. - Watseka athletic director Barry Bauer preaches balance to the teams he coaches, and if there is one coach qualified to talk about balance - it's Bauer. The Watseka athletic director is in his first year coaching the girls basketball team. He took the job in part to spend more time with his daughters Taylor and Madison. Then in July the boys basketball coach left; he was asked to take over that team as well. Bauer accepted, and needless to say it has been a busy couple months. "I wouldn't recommend it," Bauer said of his busy schedule. "It's been a lot of work, a lot of time but I'm so grateful because I really enjoy the group I have, both the boys and girls."
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - The individual state wrestling tournament will stay in Champaign for at least five more years. The Illinois High School Association announced Monday it has extended the agreement with State Farm Center through 2020. The IHSA also announced the state finals for boys golf (Bloomington-Normal, Decatur), softball (East Peoria) and competitive cheerleading (Bloomington) will stay at their current sites for five more years.
The Centennial Chargers finished the game on a 17-0 run to beat rival Central 66-48.
Highlights and scores from Full Court Friday on 1/9.
Boys & girls basketball, wrestling
ST. JOSEPH, Ill. - One of the state's best football coaches says he has one year left in him. St. Joseph-Ogden coach Dick Duval told WCIA 3's Bret Beherns next season will be his last on the sidelines for the Spartans before he retires. Duval has coached 27 years at SJO, leading the Spartans to 24 straight playoff appearances.
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - IHSA member schools rejected a proposal Tuesday that would have eliminated conferences in high school football. The proposal would've moved the sport toward a regional or district model. Schools overwhelmingly voted in favor of keeping the current conference system. Only 35% of schools voted to change it. The proposal called for schools to be divided into regions based on enrollment, and it would have meant a lot more travel for some area schools.