Matt Daniels

Matt Daniels

Wednesday's prep highlights: Smith sparks Danville at home

In boys' basketball

Cissna Park 42, St. Anne 20. A day after experiencing a tough nonconference loss at state-ranked Teutopolis, Cissna Park rebounded with a convincing nonconference win. Keegan Boyle sank four three-pointers to account for all of his game-high 12 points for the Timberwolves (22-3), while Christian Stadeli finished with 10 points.

Tuesday's prep highlights: Sheen hits 1,000 career points, Tigers win

In boys' basketball

Arcola 53, Blue Ridge 37. The host Purple Riders won in Little Okaw Valley Conference Northwest action as Myles Roberts (18 points) and Kaleb Byard (11 points) led the way for Arcola (10-17). Nick Burrowscored 13 points for Blue Ridge (12-14).

Friday's prep highlights: Tuscola third at CIC Tourney

In boys' basketball

Central Illinois Conference Tournament

Tuscola 43, St. Teresa 35. Jalen Quinn just missed out on a double-double with a game-high 20 points and eight rebounds to key Tuscola (14-9) to a third-place game win in Warrensburg. Jacob Kibler added nine points for the Warriors.

GCMS star Barnes accepts walk-on offer from Illini

GIBSON CITY — Minutes before he played a basketball game Friday night, the public found out about Bryce Barnes’ football future.

And then he put his phone away for the night.

The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley senior took to Twitter in revealing he’ll play college football at Illinois, joining coach Lovie Smith’s program as a preferred walk-on.

UI men's tennis warming up against Duke

Hear more from Dancer 10:30 a.m. Saturday on WDWS.

CHAMPAIGN — Playing outside at the NCAA Championships is the ultimate end game for Illinois men's tennis.

That possible trip to Orlando, Fla., would happen in late May, when warm weather is on everyone's minds.

Tuesday's prep highlights: Orcutt's late bucket seals SJ-O win

In boys basketball

Central Illinois Conference Tournament

Central A&M 54, Tuscola 32. The fourth-seeded Warriors trailed 19-14 at halftime before the top-seeded Raiders pulled away for a semifinal game win in Warrensburg. Jalen Quinn (11 points) led Tuscola (13-9).


Prep sports are waiting for a winter warm-up

Waiting for a winter warm-up

Freezing cold temperatures have put the area high school sports scene to a halt, with no events set for today and only a handful on Tuesday night, including St. Thomas More at Unity boys' basketball (right). But here are four items of note to get you through the bitter cold:


Eagles starting to hit their stride

RANTOUL — Hayden Cargo saw the crowds grow.

And the attention increase.

Growing up in Rantoul and watching the Eagles' boys' basketball team play well, Cargo knew it was the must-have ticket in town during the bitter cold of winter.

Thanks to the efforts of Cargo and other Eagles, it's becoming that way again this basketball season.

Saturday's prep highlights: GCMS boys win McLean County/HOIC Tournament

In boys' basketball

McLean County/HOIC Tournament

Illini's Davis is chasing lofty goals for this season, and beyond

CHAMPAIGN — A year ago, Jon Davis had never run a mile in less than four minutes.

Now, the Illinois junior and pride of Oakwood High School has accomplished the feat twice.