Illinois holds a five shot lead after 36 holes at the Boilermaker Invitational.
Parkland baseball defeated #6 Heartland 6-4, 8-5. Parkland softball falls to Lincoln Land 3-1 and 12-4.
Monticello senior outfielder Nick Stokowski, a Parkland commit, is having a big senior season. He's a big reason why the Sages are out to a 13-4 start this season.
The Illinois baseball team defeated Penn State 6-3. The Illini men's tennis team defeated Minnesota 5-1. The Illini softball team lost to Purdue 11-0.
Monticello baseball improved to 13-4 after defeating Unity 6-0.
Urbana Seniors Tanner Russell and Conner Gremer have the Tigers out to a good start this season. They are both committed to play baseball at Parkland too.
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.
Baseball, softball and soccer scores
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.
Illinois basketball recruit Chatrice White will get the opportunity of a lifetime Wednesday night when she suits up in the McDonald's All-American Game (6:00 pm, ESPNU). White is just the second Illinois women's recruit ever to be named a McDonald's All-American, and she talked with WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten about the honor and the chance to play with the best in the country.
The Illinois baseball team will get a rare opportunity Wednesday night. Weather permitting, they are scheduled to play against Missouri at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. It has become nearly an annual tradition for the Illini and Tigers, but the players will tell you it never gets old. This will be the fourth time in the last five years they have played at the home of the St. Louis Cardinals, and head coach Dan Hartleb wants his team to enjoy the moment.
St. Thomas More sophomore Tori McCoy is the 2014 WCIA girls basketball player of the year. McCoy credits her father Tim for her success. Matt Wettersten has more on that special father-daughter relationship.
Former Illini assistant basketball coach Jay Price talks about this week in college basketball.
Illinois senior gymnast Amber See helped the Illini get a two-seed at NCAA Regionals for the first time in school history. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns has more on what she means to the team.
Maroa-Forsyth junior quarterback Jack Hockaday committed to the University of Iowa Saturday.
The Eastern Illinois football team is looking for a new offensive identity this spring under first-year head coach Kim Dameron.
The Illinois baseball team beat Purdue 6-2 Saturday afternoon at Illinois Field in Champaign.
The Mahomet-Seymour baseball team swept Urbana in a doubleheader Saturday morning, 15-3, 27-3.
The Illinois women's tennis team beat Penn State 6-1 Saturday morning at Atkins Tennis Center in Champaign.
Illinois senior Alex Booker is leading the Illinois softball team this season with a .418 batting average, which ranks 5th in the Big Ten Conference.
Purdue rallied to score three runs in the eighth inning to beat Illinois 4-3 Friday afternoon at Illinois Field.
Ryan Cubit was named the director of football student-athlete development Friday. Cubit is the son of Illinois offensive coordinator Bill Cubit.
The Illinois baseball program has had a number of successful brothers over the years - most recently Josh, Justin and Jordan Parr. But a new pair of brothers have found their way into the starting lineup this year. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns has more on Reid and Ryne Roper, and the instant chemistry they brought to the U of I infield.
URBANA, Ill. - The Illinois softball team (16-10) is off to a good start. Terri Sullivan's squad is six games over .500, and they are coming off a doubleheader split with No. 16 Missouri on Wednesday. Illinois will travel north to face No. 15 Minnesota for a three-game series starting Friday. It's a young Illini team learning as they go. They only have two seniors on the team, and Sullivan is pleased with their progress so far.
CHARLESTON, Ill. - Eastern Illinois athletic director Barbara Burke is leaving the university to become the new deputy athletic director and chief operating officer at Tulane University. Burke has served as athletic director at EIU since 2008. During her tenure the football program reached the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs, and the Panthers won three OVC Commissioner's Cups, which recognize outstanding all-around athletic success. Burke will start her new job at Tulane in April.
CHARLESTON, Ill. - Whichever quarterback is named the starter at Eastern Illinois will have big shoes to fill after All-American and Walter Payton Award winner Jimmy Garoppolo graduated. And while the competition to replace him is only beginning, WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten takes a look at New Mexico State-transfer Andrew Manley, who is hoping to be the guy.
Illinois baseball beats Illinois State 6-1. Illini softball splits doubleheader with No. 16 Missouri.
One of the nation's top basketball recruits narrowed his list of schools on Wednesday. Lancaster, Texas five-star power forward Elijah Thomas lists Illinois among his Top 10 schools. The other nine schools on that list are: USC, Florida, Memphis, Oregon, SMU, Oklahoma State, UNLV, Ohio State and Texas. Thomas, who is listed at 6' 9'', 250 lbs, is ranked No. 9 in the Class of 2015 in the latest Rivals.com rankings.
The spring sports season has just barely begun, but some Major League scouts have already been watching SJO's Hunter Hart. He has a bright future, but as WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten sports, first the Spartans' senior pitcher is hoping to lead his talented team another school-record season.
A new era officially began Tuesday at Eastern Illinois as the Panthers held their first spring football practice. All-Americans Jimmy Garoppolo and Erik Lora are gone, and they also have a new head coach. Kim Dameron replaces Dino Babers, who left to become the new head coach at Bowling Green.
CHAMPAIGN, IL – The 2014 Fighting Illini Caravan schedule has been announced with stops at five locations across the state of Illinois and in St. Louis throughout the month of May. The Caravan begins May 1-2 in Chicago and ends May 29-30 in St. Louis, with visits to the Quad Cities on May 8, Peoria on May 15 and Springfield on May 20 in between.
The Illinois women's gymnastics team was selected for the NCAA Regionals Monday afternoon. They will head to the Minneapolis regional as the No. 11 overall seed - and No. 2 in their regional. Illinois is coming off a fourth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships over the weekend. They have had some success recently at nationals, finishing 11th at the NCAA Championships last year.
Clemson defeated Illinois 50-49 in the second round of the NIT Saturday. Rayvonte Rice scored 15 points and Jon Ekey scored 11. Bret Beherns reports on the game while former Illini assistant coach Jay Price provides analysis on the Sunday Sports Wrap.
The Lincoln basketball team lost to Morgan Park 59-49 in the Class 3A State Finals Saturday night. The second place finish is the best in school history.
The Illinois baseball team won both games of a double header Saturday against Xavier 6-1 and 6-2. The Illini softball team split a pair of games. The Illini lost the first 10-7, but won the second 4-3 in extra innings.
Illinois 125 pound junior Jesse Delgado won his second straight NCAA title Saturday night.
The Illini hit the road again for the second round of the NIT Sunday (10:00 a.m.) at Clemson, and the players told reporters on Friday they feel fortunate to still be playing after falling behind by 17 at Boston. The Illini somehow dug themselves out of that hole and survived to play another day.
No. 1 Jesse Delgado (125) won his championship semifinal match against Northern Iowa’s No. 5 Dylan Peters 9-6 to advance to tomorrow’s final. Delgado will wrestle for his second straight national title tomorrow night on ESPN starting at 7 p.m. CT. The Illini are currently in 10th place with 37 points after two days of competition.
BASEBALL Xavier 6 Illinois 2 (F) SOFTBALL Iowa 4 Illinois 3 (F/9)
Illinois head coach John Groce and athletic director Mike Thomas were both in attendance at Carver Arena in Peoria to watch Stevenson High School point guard Jalen Brunson in the state semifinals against Whitney Young. It was a record-setting night for the four-star recruit, who scored 56 points. That set a new IHSA state tournament record. Brunson made seven 3-PT, which breaks the Class 4A state tournament record. Whitney Young won the game 75-68. After the game, Brunson gave the middle finger to Whitney Young fans. He has since issued an apology on Twitter.
Lincoln got a late three from Gavin Block to surge past Rockford Lutheran 45-42 in the IHSA Class 3A state semifinals Friday afternoon in Peoria. Block led the Railers (34-2) with 16 points. Joey Olden added 10. Lincoln will face Morgan Park in the state championship game Saturday at 2:00 pm
Future Illinois basketball players Michael Finke and Aaron Jordan were named to the Illinois All-State team Thursday.
The Parkland College softball split its home opener with DACC, winning the first game 9-1 before falling in the second game, 10-8.
The Illinois men's basketball team won its 20th game of the season Wednesday night, the fifth time in the last six years that's happened. But the Illini's 66-62 win over Boston University in the opening round of the NIT, will go down as one of the most dramatic in school history.
Down 17 points in the first half, second-seeded Illinois battled back to beat host Boston University 66-62 Wednesday night in the opening round of the NIT.
SPRINGFIELD -- Lincoln is headed to the state basketball tournament for the first time since 2007 after beating Cahokia 40-37 in the Class 3A Springfield super-sectional Tuesday night. Although the Railers say they're excited for the opportunity, their focus is a state title.
Centennial senior basketball player Jasmine Kyler signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her career at Roosevelt University Wednesday afternoon.
Lincoln defeated Cahokia 40-37 in supersectionals. The Railers advance to state.
The Illinois baseball team defeated Indiana State 8-0 Tuesday.
The Illinois basketball team has won five of its last seven games and the Illini feel they are playing their best basketball of the year right now. Illinois plays at Boston in the NIT Wednesday.
One big positive for the Illinois baseball team so far this season has been the play of their ace Kevin Duchene. His 1.70 ERA is third best in the Big Ten, but he's been even better lately. The sophomore has only allowed 2 ER in his last 23.2 IP, and he has gone the distance in two of his last three starts. Head coach Dan Hartleb calls Duchene a "special pitcher," and he credits a new pitch he has added to his increased success.
The WCIA 3 Sports Team brings you a look ahead at the NIT and a look back at the highlights from the regular season.
Former Illinois quarterback Juice Williams is joining Tim Beckman's staff, the university announced Monday. Williams will be the new Director of Alumni and Former Player Relations. It will be his job to manage all alumni and former player relations. He will also assist with on-campus recruiting. Williams led Illinois to the 2008 Rose Bowl and broke Illinois' career and single-season records for total offense.