The Illinois baseball team found a Sasquatch statue a few weeks ago at junior outfielder Will Krug's house. They took it with them and have carried it to every game since.
Centennial scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the seventh on a passed ball to beat Urbana 1-0 Thursday night in Champaign.
Illinois sophomore golfer Thomas Detry was named to the 10-man Palmer Cup team Thursday. The Belgium native will represent Team Europe in June in England.
CHARLESTON, Ill. - Former Central and Centennial star Corvon Butler is coming home. Butler announced on Twitter Wednesday night he has signed with Eastern Illinois. Butler played one year at North Carolina A&T, then redshirted last season at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, Ill. Butler will join Jay Spoonhour's squad at Eastern Illinois, and he will have three years of eligibility remaining. Butler averaged 14 points and seven rebounds per game as a senior at Central.
URBANA, Ill. (UI Release) - The University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, in partnership with Nike, today introduces a new brand and identity system that sets the visual direction for Fighting Illini Athletics for years to come. The updated identity provides a fresh look for one of the most storied brands in all of intercollegiate athletics.
Urbana, Ill. (UI Release) – The University of Illinois carried a one-run lead into the top of the seventh inning, but clutch hitting by DePaul led to four unearned runs, as the Blue Demons came from behind to top the Illini, 5-3.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois first baseman David Kerian is one of only five players on the roster from outside the state, but the transition hasn't slowed him down. In fact, as WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten reports, Kerian has emerged as one of the top hitters for an Illini team looking to get back to the NCAA Tournament.
BASEBALL: ISU 6 Illinois 2 (F)
URBANA, Ill. - The Illinois women's gymnastics team hit the road for Birmingham, Ala. Tuesday night, where they will compete at the NCAA Championships for the fourth time in the last six years. Illinois is the No. 11 seed, and they are coming off a second place finish at regionals. They have already made school history by becoming the first team to go to the NCAA Championships in back-to-back years, but they want even more this weekend.
SOCCER: Mahomet-Seymour 4 Danville 0
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois coaches John Groce, Tim Beckman and Matt Bollant helped raise money for Coaches vs. Cancer at a dinner and auction in Champaign. The featured speaker was former Illini football player and New York Giants lineman Dave Diehl. Last year the event helped raise $20,000.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Former Illinois gymnastics coach Yoshi Hayasaki has been chosen for induction into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame. He will be one of six inductees later this summer. Hayasaki coached the Illini men for 33 years, winning a national championship and National Coach of the Year honors in 1988. He helped Illinois win six Big Ten championships and was a four-time Big Ten Coach of the Year. Hayasaki will be inducted into the Hall of Fame August 22 during the P&G Gymnastics Championships in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Champaign, Ill. - Champaign-native Rayvonte Rice was named the team's Most Outstanding Player at the Illinois basketball banquet Monday nigh at the I-Hotel in Champaign. Rice led the team in scoring and ranked eighth in the Big Ten with nearly 16 points per game. The Centennial grad and Drake transfer carried his team offensively, scoring in double figures 31 times. Rice was also near the Top 10 in the league in rebounding and sixth in the conference in steals.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Central baseball team is off to a perfect 15-0 start, and leading the way is the team's ace Alec Altmyer. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns has more on the senior and his journey to becoming one of the area's best pitchers.
St. Thomas More's Mike Plecki signed to play baseball at Illinois Wesleyan, and Danville's Denzel Smith will play basketball at Wabash Valley.
High School and college scores and highlights.
The Blue team defeated the orange team 38-7 in the Illinois football spring game. Bret Beherns has more on the quarterback battle.
Latest: 10:02 pm CHAMPAIGN -- People can't believe what happened at a high school Friday.
For just the second time in program history, the Illini baseball team wins on back-to-back 1-0 shutouts. Illinois defeated Michigan 1-0 making it six wins in a row for the Illini.
ARCOLA, Ill. - In an era where many high school athletes specialize in just one sports, Arcola's Taylor Edwards plays four sports. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns has more on the Purple Riders' junior and her commitment to be the best in everything she does.
URBANA, Ill. - The Illinois softball team is searching for consistency. They have lost six of their last seven games, but they've shown they can compete with anybody. Two of their last three wins have come against Top 20 teams, and now they will take their game on the road this weekend when they visit Wisconsin.
Baseball, softball highlights and scores
URBANA, Ill. - The Illinois men's gymnastics team begins competition at the NCAA Championships Thursday afternoon. By the end of the weekend they could claim their second national title in three years. Illinois rose one spot to No. 5 in the national rankings heading into NCAA's, but head coach Justin Spring expects a Top 3 finish or better. Last year in the team finals, Illinois put up it's worst score of the year en route to a sixth place finish. Spring expects a much better performance this weekend.
All eyes have been on the quarterbacks this spring, but another group that might be just as important to Illinois' success is the wide receivers group. The Illini lost their top three receivers to graduation, but WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten has more on some new faces that are opening eyes this spring.
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - John Groce said Tuesday he will continue to explore the possibility of adding another transfer this offseason, even though right now they don't have any available scholarships. Groce has already been in contact with multiple transfers since Illinois' season ended. Some are fifth-year transfers who could be eligible next season. Others would be transfers will multiple seasons of eligiblity. Groce said it's not a done deal that they will add another player, but he is leaving open that possibility.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Fans hoping for a decision on Illinois' starting quarterback after Saturday's spring game might have to wait a little longer. Head coach Tim Beckman said Tuesday he might wait until fall camp begins before he names a starter. By all accounts, Oklahoma State-transfer Wes Lunt has looked great all spring, and he performed well in Friday's scrimmage at SHG. Lunt seems to still have the inside track on the starting job. Senior Reilly O'Toole and sophomore Aaron Bailey are still getting their opportunities to win that job, and that competition might continue for the next several months before the coaching staff makes a final decision.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Centennial point guard Dedric Byrd announced Tuesday he will play basketball at Rend Lake College in Ina, Illinois. Byrd was a senior this past season for the Chargers, and he led the team with 4.2 assists per game. Byrd will join a very successful Rend Lake program that won the NJCAA National Championship in 2013.
URBANA, Ill. - The Illinois men's gymnastics team will go for it's second national title in three years this weekend when they compete at the NCAA Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich. The orange and blue are ranked sixth in the country, and WCIA 3's Bret Beherns has more on one of the biggest keys to their success.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - There is still no word yet on when Illinois ace Kevin Duchene will be back on the mound. Duchene hasn't pitched in nearly a month because of a strained left forearm. Head coach Dan Hartleb is being cautious with his ace, who is 2-1 with a 1.70 ERA. Even without Duchene, the rest of the staff has stepped up. Their 2.80 team ERA is second best in the Big Ten. They're coming off a weekend sweep at Northwestern, where the Illini pitchers allowed only two runs in three games.
Illinois sophomore pitcher Ryan Castellanos is looking up to his big brother Nick, who is the Detroit Tigers' starting third baseman and the team's top prospect.
Former Illinois basketball assistant coach Jay Price weighs in on whether the Illini will look to add another player to next year's team.
Nebraska scored eight runs in the second inning to beat Illinois 12-3 in five innings Sunday afternoon at Eichelberger Field in Urbana.
The Illinois men's tennis team beat Michigan 5-2 Sunday afternoon at Atkins tennis center in Urbana.
The Parkland softball and baseball teams both won games Sunday afternoon in Champaign.
Illinois football signee Malik Turner watched the Illini practice at SHG Friday night, where he played his high school ball.
Mahomet-Seymour senior Grant Gula gave up his junior season to learn how to become a firefighter. Now he's back with the team, helping the Bulldogs to an 8-0 start.
SJO beat Teutopolis 2-1 in both games of their doubleheader Saturday while Central beat Sullivan 11-1 and 14-0 to improve to 11-0 this season.
The Illinois softball team split with 20th-ranked Nebraska Saturday afternoon, beating the Cornhuskers in game one 11-4 and losing in game two 9-4.
Highlights and reaction from Friday night's Illinois football scrimmage at Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield.
The Monticello baseball team beat GCMS 11-1 Friday afternoon in Monticello.
URBANA, Ill. - The No. 11 Fighting Illini men's tennis team moved its Big Ten record to 4-2 after a dominant 6-1 win over the visiting Michigan State Spartans Friday afternoon at the Atkins Tennis Center. More impressively, the Orange and Blue remain undefeated at home, now with an 8-0 mark.
The Illinois baseball team will send Ryan Castellanos to the hill against Northwestern Saturday in Evanston. Castellanos is the only pitcher in the country to have thrown at least 27 innings without issuing a single walk. Castellanos (3-1, 3.33 ERA) has helped anchor a pitching staff, which has the second best ERA in the Big Ten.
We're a little more than a week away from the spring game, and there has been no decision yet on who will be Illinois' starting quarterback this fall. Wes Lunt, Aaron Bailey and Reilly O'Toole are all still splitting up the reps in spring practice. Offensive coordinator Bill Cubit has said all along he will be patient with this group before making a decision.
Centennial senior basketball star Michael Finke and junior quarterback Jimmy Fitzgerald, who have both committed to play their respective sports at Illinois, are taking their skills to a different setting this spring. WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten takes an inside look.
Michael Finke has had a target on his back ever since he committed to Illinois over a year ago. He was the focus of opposing defenses his entire senior season - and all he did was take his game to a whole new level. The Centennial senior is the 2014 WCIA 3 area boys basketball player of the year. Finke was named an IBCA All-State selection after averaging nearly 20 points and 10 rebounds per game as a senior. He did it while shooting better than 55% from the field. Finke led the Chargers to an outright Big 12 title. He finished fourth on Centennial's all-time career scoring list and second in school history in rebounds.
CHAMPAIGN - Illinois is playing some pretty good baseball lately. They have won six of their last seven games. Their only during that span was by one run. The Illini will start a series at Northwestern Friday as they look to keeping things rolling.
Normal, Ill. – The Fighting Illini bats came alive this evening, as the Orange and Blue collected 10 hits, including three home runs, to cruise past Illinois State, 7-4. Sophomore Allie Bauch led off the game with a solo home run. Jenna Mychko ripped a solo shot to start the fourth, then Bauch knocked a two-run dinger later in the inning to put the Illini ahead 5-0 and back Brandi Needham in the circle. With the win, Illinois improves to 17-13, while the Redbirds sink to 12-20.
Baseball, softball, girls soccer scores
NORMAL, Ill. – The Panther baseball team dropped a non-conference contest at Illinois State, 9-4, on Tuesday afternoon in the Redbirds home opener at Duffy Bass Field. EIU falls to 7-21 on the year.