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.
WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten and Bret Beherns preview Illinois' Big Ten Tournament opener against Michigan.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Jack Rettig hit a free throw with :14 left to lift Mahomet-Seymour to a 50-49 win over MacArthur in the sectional semifinal Wednesday night. The Bulldogs advance to face Lanphier in the sectional championship Friday night at 7:00 p.m. at Centennial High School.
BOYS BASKETBALL CLASS 2A SUPERSECTIONAL St. Teresa 56 BCC 35 CLASS 1A SUPERSECTIONAL Casey-Westfield 40 Mounds (Meridian) 51 CLASS 3A SECTIONAL SEMIFINAL Lanphier 44 Glenwood 42
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Pat McInerney drove home three runs and Reid Roper plated a pair as Illinois beat Chicago State 7-3 in their home opener Tuesday at Illinois Field. Rob McDonnell earned the win, striking out four over six shutout innings.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illini get their last chance to make a good impression on the NCAA selection committee this weekend, and their postseason fate hangs in the balance. They could go to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years - or head back to the NIT for the second straight season. It all depends on how they perform this weekend.
CHARLESTON, Ill. - Eastern Illinois announced Tuesday they have accepted an invitation to play in the CollegeInsider.com postseason tournament - or the CIT. It is a 32-team bracket made up of teams from outside the "power five" conferences. Eastern is 17-14 this year; it is just their second winning season since 2001.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Former Illinois quarterback Aaron Bailey has found a new football home. Bailey will enroll at Northern Iowa this fall, and he will be eligible to play immediately for the Panthers next season. Bailey announced last month he was transferring at the end of this semester. The former four-star recruit played sparingly in two years at Illinois. Last season he played in only five games, totaling 238 yards and two touchdowns.
CHAMPAIGN, ILL. (UI Release) –The Big Ten All-Conference teams and individual award winners were announced Monday. Illinois senior Nnanna Egwu was selected to the Big Ten All-Defensive Team, while senior Rayvonte Rice and sophomore Malcolm Hill were honorable mention All-Big Ten picks.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illinois basketball team is either just in or just out of the NCAA Tournament depending on which projection you look at. Either way it's not a comfortable position to be in heading into the Big Ten Tournament later this week. The Illini didn't do themselves any favors over the weekend when they squandered a 13-point lead in a loss at Purdue. It left them at 9-9 in the Big Ten, needing at least one - maybe two - wins in the Big Ten Tournament to have a shot at the Big Dance. That all starts with a game against Michigan Thursday.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - An Illinois freshman brought home a Big Ten title over the weekend. Redshirt freshman Isaiah Martinez dominated the 157 pound weight class at the Big Ten Championships, running his record to 30-0. Martinez was back on campus Monday showing off some of his hardware.
DECATUR, Ill. - The St. Teresa Bulldogs are one win away from a trip to state, and they will get a chance to punch their ticket to Peoria Tuesday night in the supersectional against Bloomington Central Catholic. The Bulldogs practiced on the court at Millikin to get used to play in a bigger venue. They'll play at the University of Illinois-Springfield Tuesday, looking for their first trip to state since 1986. To get there, they will have to beat a BCC team that beat them earlier this season.
Illinois head coach John Groce said his team has to 'play better' after a 63-58 loss at Purdue Saturday. The loss means the Illini will be the eight-seed at the Big Ten Tournament in Chicago.
After sitting out the first half of the season, St. Teresa senior Christian Williams' college stock continues to rise. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard has multiple Division 1 offers but he's holding out for now, hoping to hear back from more schools before committing.
Former Parkland College baseball player Kevin Kiermaier is on track to become the Tampa Bay Rays opening day right fielder next month. The Indiana native had a .263 average with 10 home runs in 108 games in his first full major league season in 2014.
Illinois led by as many as 13 points in the first half but Purdue came storming back in the second to beat the Illini 63-58 Saturday afternoon at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette.
Illinois players are not shying away from the magnitude of Saturday's regular season finale at Purdue. Several players have called it the 'biggest game of the season.'
St. Teresa beat St. Joseph-Ogden 49-35 to win the Class 2A Maroa-Forsyth sectional final Friday night while Mahomet-Seymour knocked off rival Centennial 75-59 to win the Class 3A M-S regional final.
The 9th ranked Parkland men's basketball team opens Region 24 tournament play Friday at 4:00. Parkland is the second-seed in the tournament. "These guys believed in one another and were unselfish and have sacrificed and usually when that happens you tend to win more games than you lose. I've seen us play at a really, really high level. We've played together and I think if we can do that for three days this weekend, we have a great shot at going to nationals," said Parkland head coach Anthony Figueroa.
Mahomet-Seymour and Centennial will play Friday night at 7:00 in the Regional finals. The Chargers won the prior meeting between the two teams earlier this season. "They're a very good basketball team. Obviously they got us earlier in the year. Coach Lavin does a great job and they've got good players. It's not as much about pay back. It's us playing well. We want to be sound defensively. They have a lot of good offensive weapons. We want to take care of the basketball and rebound - just the basics that have got us to this point," said Mahomet-Seymour head coach Chad Benedict.
Illinois plays at Purdue Saturday in a key game for both teams. "It's going to be a battle. My guess is it will be a championship-type intensity level coming from both teams. We look at it as an opportunity like I'm sure they do too. I'm sure Matt would tell you, just like I would, it's great to be playing for those type of things this time of year. It beats the alternative," said Illinois head coach John Groce.
Rayvonte Rice scored a game high 23 points in the final home game of the Champaign native's career as Illinois beat Nebraska 69-57 Wednesday night at State Farm Center.
The Parkland women's basketball team crushed Lincoln 85-25 Wednesday night in the opening game of the Region 24 tournament in Champaign.
Highlights and scores from March 4, 2015
High School basketball scores and highlights.
The Illinois men's basketball team plays Nebraska Wednesday night in a key game for the Illini. John Groce and his wife Allison are expecting their third child any day.
The Parkland women's basketball team is ranked #1 in the country and they are the #1 seed in this week's region 24 tournament.
Monticello and SJO will play for the third time this season Wednesday night at the Class 2A Maroa-Forsyth boys basketball sectional. The teams split their previous meetings this season, with each team winning on its home court.
The Westville boys basketball team won its first regional title in 21 years last Friday. Now the Tigers will look to upset state-ranked St. Teresa in the sectional semifinals.
The Central A&M girl's basketball team capped off a dream season Saturday afternoon, winning the Class 1A state title. For Raiders head coach Tom Dooley and his daughter Ryan, a junior guard, the championship was especially meaningful.
Former Illinois standouts Jack Ingram and Roger Powell Jr. returned to Illinois Saturday night to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the 2005 Final Four team that won a school record 37 games.
With two games to play in the regular season, Illinois appears to be in control of its own NCAA tournament destiny. Illini head coach John Groce praised his team's toughness and execution after Saturday night's 86-60 win over Northwestern, saying it was one of Illinois' best performances of the season.
Illinois scored early and often and buried Northwestern 86-60. The Illini needed a win and got it in a big way to improve their record to 18-11 and 8-8 in the Big Ten. Five Illini scored in double figured. Rayvonte Rice had a game-high 19 points. Illinois hosts Nebraska on Wednesday.
The Central A&M girls basketball team won the state championship Saturday. The Raiders beat Calhoun 51-41. Iroquois West took fourth place after losing to Prophetstown 45-28.
The Illinois women's basketball team wrapped up the regular season with a 72-60 win over Michigan on Senior day. Freshman Chatrice White had a team season-high with 30 points. The Illini earn a bye in this week's Big Ten Tournament.
Highlights and scores from Full Court Friday on Regional Final Friday.
WCIA 3's Bret Beherns gives an inside look at the Orange Krush as they traveled to watch the Illini play at Iowa.
The Falcons play Shelbyville at dual team state Saturday.
Aaron White scored 29 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead Iowa over Illinois 68-60. Rayvonte Rice scored 20 points, while Ahmad Starks scored 19 in a losing effort.
Argenta-Oreana beats St. Thomas More 86-74 in boys regional basketball. The bombers will play Monticello for the regional title Friday.
Senior managers from the Central and Urbana basketball teams got to suit up and play. They both made the most of their senior nights.
High School basketball and wrestling scores and highlights
Iroquois West beat Harvest Christian Academy 74-64 and Central A&M topped Astoria 69-51 to advance to the Class 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday night.
Illinois lost to Michigan State Saturday 60-53. Malcolm HIll scored 17 points, while Rayvonte Rice added 15 in a losing effort. Illinois shot just 28.8% from the field and made just two out of sixteen three-point field goals. The Illini fall to 17-10 (7-7)
SJO's Wesley Kibler became the school's first ever state wrestling champ after winning the Class 1A 195 title Saturday. Shelbyville's Adam Hudson won the 160 1A state title to cap an undefeated season.
The Illinois women's basketball team rallied from a 13 point deficit to beat Purdue 47-46 Saturday.
Highlights and reaction from the IHSA state wrestling semifinals
High School basketball scores and highlights.