Three Illinois freshmen are making a big impact for the third-ranked Illini men's tennis team. Aleks Vukic, Toshiki Matsuya and Aron Hiltzik have all been in the lineup this season and have a combined 28-6 dual record.
DANVILLE, Ill. - Gehrett Sargis and A J Tesoriero each tallied a goal for Danville, and Matt Anthony brushed away 47 shots as the Dashers beat Watertown 2-1 to force a decisive game five in the FHL's Commissioner's Cup finals.
DECATUR, Ill. - Nearly two weeks have passed since St. Teresa's loss in the state title game. The wound in still fresh for senior Christian Williams. The thoughts of what could have been still linger as they often do in defeat.
DANVILLE, Ill. - The Danville Dashers lost to the Watertown (NY) Wolves 5-2 Wednesday night in game three of the FHL finals. Danville falls behind 2-1 in the best of five series. They'll try to stay alive in game four Thursday night in Danville.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Lexi Wallen is no stranger to big stages. The three-sport standout played in the state basketball finals twice, helping St. Thomas More to a runner-up finish in 2013 and a state title in 2014. But this weekend Wallen will perform on one of the world's most prestigious stages - Carnegie Hall.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illinois baseball team raced out to a 9-1 lead and never looked back as they avenge an earlier loss to Kent State with a 9-4 victory. Rob McDonnell (W, 2-1) picked up the win on the mound for the Illini, who improve to 18-5-1 this season.
ST. JOSEPH, Ill. - There may not be anyone who knows the St. Joseph-Ogden pitching staff better than catcher Chase Gadau. The three-year starter has been on the receiving end of several Division-I and Major League Baseball prospects. It's something the senior takes a lot of pride in.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois' NCAA champion Isaiah Martinez is up for another national award. Martinez is a finalist for the Hodge Trophy, which is basically the Heisman Trophy of college wrestling. He is one of four finalists and the only freshman on the list.
CHARLESTON, Ill. - Dylan Chatman hit six three-pointers for Eastern Illinois, but it wasn't enough as they fell to Evansville 83-68 in the second round of the CIT. The Panthers finish the season 18-15.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illinois men's basketball team is heading overseas this summer. The university announced Monday that John Groce and his team will embark on a trip to Europe, spending ten days in Belgium and France. Groce says the team will play three or four games during the overseas tour, which takes place August 9-19.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illinois women's gymnastics team has qualified for the NCAA Regional. They learned Monday they will compete at the Morgantown, W.Va. Regional as the No. 14 overall seed. Illinois is coming off a second-place finish at the Big Ten Championships, where they put up a school-record score.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - As Illinois basketball fans look back at how the season ended, the most common question asked is, "What happened?" How could a team play its two worst games of the season in the final two games - with its season on the line?
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois redshirt freshman Isaiah Martinez has brought a national championship back to campus. Martinez won the NCAA championship at 157 pounds over the weekend in St. Louis. He is the first freshman to finish a season undefeated and win a national title since Iowa State's Cael Sanderson did it back in 1999. Martinez (35-0) is the first undefeated Illini wrestler since Matt Lackey in 2003.
TUSCOLA, Ill. - Tuscola high school officially has a new football coach. Longtime assistant coach Andy Romine was approved as the Warriors' new head coach at a school board meeting Monday. Romine takes over for Rick Reinhart, who resigned and then took the head coaching job at Collinsville High School.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois junior Kevin Duchene was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week Monday after his stellar performance Friday against South Florida. Duchene struck out eight batters in seven innings. He allowed just two hits and no earned runs. Duchene is now 3-1 on the season with a 0.67 ERA.
EIU plays Evansville in the CIT Monday night. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns talked with Panthers' head coach Jay Spoonhour.
bigstagehoop.com's Derek Piper talks with Matt Wettersten about the Illini season, what's to come, and future recruits.
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met for their regularly scheduled March meeting on Saturday, March 21 at the Marriott Pere Marquette in Peoria. The Board reviewed the host proposals for the IHSA Boys & Girls Basketball State Final tournaments as a part of the agenda, unanimously voting to renew the current state final site contracts at Illinois State University’s Redbird Arena in Normal (Girls), and Carver Arena in Peoria (Boys), respectively, from 2016-2020. “We have built strong traditions in Normal and Peoria,” said Wauconda High School Principal & IHSA Board President Dan Klett. “There is incredible support from the venues, communities and volunteers for both of these tournaments. We were grateful to have excellent alternatives, but it was clear to our Board that remaining at Redbird Arena and Carver Arena were the best options for the IHSA and its member schools.” The IHSA received Boys Basketball hosting proposals from the University of Illinois to host at the State Farm Center in Champaign, and for the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates to host the Class 3A & 4A weekend of the tournament. Bradley University’s Renaissance Coliseum in Peoria was the only other proposal for the Girls Basketball State Finals. “We are appreciative of the impressive proposals we received from the Renaissance Coliseum, Sears Centre, and State Farm Center,” said Klett. “We had thoughtful dialogue reviewing each site proposal.” Redbird Arena has hosted the IHSA Girls Basketball State Finals since 1992, while the first Boys Basketball State Finals were contested in Peoria in 1996.
BASEBALL S. Florida 1 #18 Illinois 13 (F) SOFTBALL #15 Minnesota 14 Illinois 2 (F)
PEORIA, Ill. - Illinois recruiting target Marcus LoVett scored a game-high 45 points on 20-for-27 shooting in a state semifinal loss Friday afternoon. LoVett's 45 points are a new Class 3A state tournament record. He holds offers from Illinois, Kansas, St. John's and others.
CHARLESTON, Ill. - When Jay Spoonhour took over the Eastern Illinois basketball program three years ago, he had a vision. He wanted to take the Panthers to the postseason. And while the CIT is far from the NCAA Tournament - it's a start.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In less than 24 hours we will know if the IHSA boys state basketball tournament is coming back to Champaign. The IHSA Board of Directors will vote Saturday whether to keep the state finals in Peoria - or move it to Champaign or Hoffman Estates.
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - The Parkland Women's Basketball team played a nearly perfect second half as they broke away from a one point half time lead to defeat Chesapeake College of Maryland 99-71. A balanced attack was the key as all five starters finished in double figures. The Cobras (34-1) will advance to the Final Four with an 8:00 game on Friday night against Monroe College.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois Field will have a brand new addition when the Illinois baseball team takes the field against South Florida this weekend. A new video board and scoreboard sits just outside the right field wall. The 36'x19' board is not functional yet, but they hope to have it up and running later this season.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Sophomores Jacqui Grant and Taylor Gleason have left the Illinois women's basketball program and will transfer at the end of the spring semester, the University of Illinois announced Thursday night.
Update: 10:24 pm, 3/19/15, Thursday UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- The NCAA Tournament is off to an exciting start for many fans despite on team being noticeably absent.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - On paper Central head coach John Staab knows this is the most talented team he's ever had. Staab has a lineup full of talent including several division one prospects. Junior Jake Snider headlines that list; the second baseman is already committed to play at Louisville. Senior Connor Mapes will play his college ball at Illinois State. Luke Beesley and Nick Brunson will go JUCO. All four anchor a potent lineup that remains unchanged from a year ago.
BASEBALL Prairie State 0 Parkland 7 (F)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Phil Swartz, Zach Dorner and Alec Barger combined for a five inning no-hitter as Central shut out Kankakee 12-0 in the Maroons' season opener.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Parkland softball team lost both games of a doubleheader to South Suburban Wednesday afternoon. The Cobras dropped game one 8-4 and then lost game two 7-3. Parkland falls to 7-5 on the season.
BASEBALL LU-Belleville 1 Illinois 7 (F)
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - It was an end to the season to forget for the Illini, and it culminated here Tuesday night in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois will have a wrestler in all ten weight classes at this week's NCAA Championships in St. Louis. Two-time defending national champion Jesse Delgado will go for a third straight title at 125 pounds. Zane Richards is ranked No. 5 at 133 pounds. Jackson Morse is ranked No. 9 at 165 pounds, and Isaiah Martinez is the No. 1 seed at 157 pounds. The freshman is undefeated and the favorite for a national championship.
SOFTBALL North Dakota State 3 Illinois 0
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Illinois surrendered an early 20-0 run and never recovered in a 79-58 loss to Alabama in the first round of the NIT. Malcolm Hill led all scorers with 20 points off the bench. Illinois finishes the season 19-14.
BOYS BASKETBALL Althoff 79 Mahomet-Seymour 49
WCIA 3's Bret Beherns reports with a LIVE interview with Mahomet-Seymour head coach Chad Benedict.
WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten reports on the Illini LIVE from their NIT opener in Tuscaloosa.
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.
Aaron Bennett, Matt Wettersten and Bret Beherns recap the Illini season, look ahead to their NIT draw, and break down some of the issues facing the program.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illini left Monday afternoon for Tuscaloosa, Alabama as they get set to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide Tuesday night in the first round of the NIT. The players spoke to the media Monday, saying they are disappointing they didn't make the NCAA Tournament, but that they will have no problem getting motivated for the NIT.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - There is no quarterback controversy at Illinois this spring. Wes Lunt is the guy and that comes with responsibility. "I think just taking more accountability on and off the field," Lunt said of his increased leadership role. "Just trying to do everything right and try and be a leader."
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.
The Illinois basketball team got a 3-seed in the NIT and will play 6-seed Alabama Tuesday night at 8:00 central time. The game will be televised on ESPN. Illinois is 19-13 this season. Alabama is 18-14. The game will be played at Alabama because of ongoing renovations to State Farm Center. The winner of that game plays the winner of Miami (FL) and NC Central.
Chicago Uplift defeated St. Teresa 53-47 in the IHSA Class 2A State Basketball Finals.
The #19 Illinois baseball team evened the series with Southern Illinois at 1-1 with a 6-2 win Saturday. The team's will meet in the rubber match Sunday.
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.
COLLEGE BASEBALL Southern Illinois 2 Illinois 0
CHICAGO, Ill. - In a game that was a must-win for Illinois, John Groce's team put forth what he called one of their worst efforts of the year in a 73-55 loss to Michigan in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament. Illinois fell behind 14-2, rallied to take a 19-17 lead, only to fade down the stretch in a loss than essentially eliminates Illinois from NCAA Tournament contention.