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
The Illinois basketball team is headed back to Georgia this weekend. Sunday afternoon's game against Auburn will be their second game of the week in Atlanta. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns has been there all week and has more on how they're turning the page after their first defeat.
Illini win 25-22, 25-21, 25-16
An extended look at Illinois-signee Michael Finke in action against Central.
The Illinois volleyball team will start it's NCAA Tournament run Friday night when they host Morehead State in the first round. Illinois is the No. 13 seed and could play at home all the way until the Final Four.
Four-star quarterback Jack Beneventi (Lisle, Ill - Benet Academy) verbally committed to Iowa Thursday night, picking the Hawkeyes over Illinois.
Girls & boys basketball, wrestling scores
It has been an unbelievable season so far for the Eastern Illinois football team, but they say it won't mean a thing if they fail to make a deep playoff run. The Panthers get their chance to take that first step Saturday when they host Tennessee State, and WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten has more on what lies ahead for them this weekend.
The Illinois basketball team is moving forward after their first loss of the season Tuesday night, and head coach John Groce says there is no panic within the locker room. It might be easy to overreact after Illinois blew a 12-point lead in the final nine minutes of a 67-64 loss to Georgia Tech, but Groce says it all came down to a lack of execution. That is something he is hammering home in practice this week in hopes that they don't make the same mistakes again.
For the first time this year the Illinois men's basketball team will try to bounce back from a loss. It was a tough one Tuesday night losing in the final seconds at Georgia Tech. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns was with the Illini in Atlanta and has more on where the team goes from here.
The Illinois women's basketball team tried to do what the men could not - and that is beat Georgia Tech in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Like the men, though, the women ran out of gas losing 93-69 to the Yellow Jackets. Illinois guard Sarah Hartwell, who transferred to Illinois from Georgia Tech, scored 9 points in her return to Atlanta. Illinois (5-3) hits the road on Saturday against Colorado.
The Illinois men's golf team is moving up again in the national rankings. The final coaches poll of the fall season was released today, and the Orange and Blue are ranked No. 6 in the country. That is up from No. 14, where they were in the preseason.
The Fighting Illini led a 12-point second-half lead slip away en route to a 67-64 loss at Georgia Tech in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. After trailing by 3 points at halftime, Illinois fought back to open up a 12-point advantage with 9:00 to go in the game. But the Yellow Jackets (6-3) closed the game on a 19-4 run to hand the Illini their first loss of the year.
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.
One big coaching chance a lot of fans are anticipating is that of defensive coordinator Tim Banks. Illinois ranked 110th (out of 123) in entire FBS in total defense, 104th in scoring defense, and 3rd-to-last in takeaways.
Illinois football coach Tim Beckman will return next season, Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas confirmed to WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten Monday morning. Thomas gave Beckman a vote of confidence, despite his 6-18 record in two seasons.
Illinois Director of Athletics Mike Thomas tells WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten that Tim Beckman will coach the Illini next season. Here is the entire interview as he gives his opinion and analysis on the state of the Illinois football program.
Illinois junior Rayvonte Rice was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday. The Centennial grad averaged 21 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals in a pair Illinois victories over UNLV and IPFW. Aside from the numbers, Rice's impact was huge. He made some key baskets down the stretch against UNLV and clinched the IPFW game with a late steal.
The Illinois volleyball team will host the first and second round games of the NCAA Tournament at Huff Hall. Illinois plays Morehead State Friday. The winner will play the winner of Louisville and Marquette Saturday. The Illini also host the NCAA Regional at State Farm Center.
The Illinois football team finished the second year under Tim Beckman 4-8 (1-7). He insists the Illini are getting better.
SHG defeated Montini 38-28 to win the state championship.
The Illinois football team fell at home to Northwestern 37-34 in the final game of the season. The Illini finish the season 4-8 (1-7). Nathan Scheelhaase did set a new Illinois record for total career yards in the contest.
The last two games for Illinois have come down to the final seconds, but John Groce's squad continues to find ways to win. The same was true Friday night as Illinois held off IPFW 57-55 at State Farm Center. Illinois led for much of the first half, but IPFW went on a 12-0 run to take command and take a 35-27 lead into halftime. As Illinois came out for the second half, Tracy Abrams and Rayvonte Rice put the team on their backs and the defense stepped up. Abrams scored 12 of his 15 points over the final 20 minutes. Rice scored a game-high 17 points, and came up with the biggest defensive stop of the game in the final seconds. Illinois improves to 7-0 on the year.
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.
Illinois will not play in a bowl game for the second straight season. The Illini had opportunities but couldn't win six games.
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.
The Illinois volleyball team swept Northwestern 3-0 Wednesday night at Huff Hall.
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.
Illinois junior Rayvonte Rice scored a career high 25 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and even had four steals to lead the Illini past UNLV 61-59 Tuesday night in Las Vegas.
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.
Tonight's Illinois basketball game vs. UNLV will air LIVE at 9:45 pm on CBS Sports Network. Here's how to find it:
Ohio Valley Conference champion Eastern Illinois took home two of the four major 2013 postseason OVC football awards while Eastern Kentucky and Tennessee State won the other two in voting conducted by league head coaches and sports information directors. Eastern Illinois senior quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was named Offensive Player of the Year while his head coach, Dino Babers, was named the OVC Roy Kidd Coach of the Year for the second-straight year.
The Illinois senior class will play it's last game with the Illini football team this Saturday against Northwestern. Nathan Scheelhaase will be one of those seniors getting ready for his last game, and as WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten reports, Scheelhaase will have one last chance to cap off his storied career.
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.
Former Illini Jereme Richmond was sentenced Monday to three years in prison after he was convicted of harassing a witness. This comes after an incident back in April when Richmond threatened his probation officer. Since leaving Illinois, the former Mr. Basketball has faced numerous weapons charges, drug charges and probation violations. The Lake Co. Assistant State's Attorney told the Chicago Sun-Times it's possible Richmond could get out of jail in 18 months or less.
The Illinois basketball team will play it's first road game of the season Tuesday night at UNLV. It will be a big test for a young team playing it's first game away from home. It will be a new kind of adversity they haven't seen yet this year, and they will be leaning on their upperclassmen to lead the way.
University of Illinois senior wide receiver Steve Hull (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Monday for his performance in the Fighting Illini’s Big Ten victory at Purdue on Saturday.
Eastern Illinois is heading to the FCS playoffs as the number two overall seed. The Panthers will play the winner of Butler-Tennessee State in the second round December 7th at 1 p.m. in Charleston.
Illinois snapped its 20-game BIg Ten Conference losing streak with a 20-16 win at Purdue Saturday. Illiniboard.com writer Robert Rosenthal sits down to talk about the victory and what's next for the Illini.
Illinois snapped a 20-game Big Ten Conference losing streak with a 20-16 win over Purdue at Ross-Ade Stadium Saturday afternoon.
St. Joseph-Ogden is heading to the Class 3A state football finals after beating Greenville 44-21 Saturday afternoon.
Illinois used a 22-2 run to finish the game and finish off Chicago State 77-53 Friday night at State Farm Center. Jon Ekey led all scorers with 19 points. Joseph Bertrand, Tracy Abrams and Rayvonte Rice added 12 apiece for Illinois (5-0).
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.
The No. 2 Parkland volleyball team beat No. 3 Johnson County (Kan.) 25-22, 25-19, 20-25, 25-21 Friday evening in the NJCAA national semifinals. The Cobras (52-2) advance to Saturday's national championship game, where they will face No. 1 Cowley County (34-4) at 5:30 pm CT.
The Illinois soccer team erased a pair of two-goal deficits to rally past No. 7 Portland 4-3 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Illinois' rally send the game into overtime, where Jannelle Flaws scored the game-winner, her 25th goal of the year. That ties her for the NCAA lead. Illinois advances to the Sweet 16, where they will face Boston College Sunday at 1:00 pm in Lincoln, Neb.