Sportsmanship, gratitude, and even SpongeBob shine at boys state track
CHARLESTON, Illinois (WMBD) – One of the brightest spots outside of gold medals at the IHSA Boys State Track and Field Championships was a show of sportsmanship between two Central Illinois athletes. Normal Community’s Chris Taylor missed his last high jump attempt in the 3A competition, which would’ve clinched...
25 Sports High School Track and Baseball - May 27, 2023
PEORIA (25News Now) - The boys high school track season wrapped up in championship fashion for a number of Central Illinois athletes at Saturday’s IHSA State Finals meet. After winning a state title in basketball, Metamora’s Drew Tucker is now a state pole vault champion after leaping to victory in Class 2A.
Champaign Central baseball tops U-High again, wins third straight regional title
BLOOMINGTON — Put Max Quirk on the mound in a regional championship game against Normal U-High, and the Champaign Central baseball team thrives. Quirk and the Maroons added another piece of postseason hardware to the program’s history on Saturday with a 5-1 win against the Pioneers in a Class 3A Bloomington Regional title game.
Pioneers are State Champs! Overtime Goal Gives U-High 1A Title
After a scoreless 80 minutes the 1A state title game between Normal U-High and Rock Island Alleman headed to OT. With just under 4 minutes left in the first OT it was Charlise Carr who found the back of the net. The Pioneers take the 1-0 victory for their first state title.
Henry baseball team makes history with trip to Class 1A state finals in Peoria
BLOOMINGTON — A state trophy is coming home to Henry. The Mallards beat Milford, 3-2, in a Class 1A baseball supersectional Monday at Jack Horenberger Field on the Illinois Wesleyan University campus. Henry (23-6) is back at the state finals for the first time in 30 years, where it was eliminated in the state quarterfinals. ...
Let's play two! It’s opening day at the Corn Crib!
A few final touches remained Tuesday at the Corn Crib, where the Kernels Collegiate League season kicks off Thursday night with a double header featuring the Merchants and BlueCaps at 5 p.m., followed by the Bobcats against the Ground Sloths. Between the Kernel league and Normal CornBelters, baseball happens at...
Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games Come to Bloomington-Normal in June 2023
Special Olympics Illinois is bringing the Summer Games to Bloomington-Normal on June 9-11, 2023 with so many opportunities to join the inclusion revolution!. The annual Illinois State Games will be held predominately at Illinois State University with additional competition at Normal Community High School and Kingsley Junior High. We welcome...
All 92 of the football players picked for the 2023 Illinois High School Shrine Game
The 49th annual Illinois High School Shrine football all-star game is scheduled for 11 a.m. June 17 at Tucci Stadium, on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan. Tickets for the game are $10 and available at the gate. The charity event, sponsored by the Illinois Coaches Association, raises money for the Shriners Hospital for Children. Last year, the event raised $22,000.
Normal Community track star Ali Ince wins 25 Sports Athlete of the Week
(25News Now) - After another dominant performance at the IHSA State Track Finals, Normal Community’s Ali Ince has once again been named the 25 Sports Athlete of the Week. The Iron’s star junior won individual state titles in both the 400 and 800 and also anchored the Iron’s win in the 4x400 relay. Through three high school track seasons, Ince is an eight-time state champion.
Milford baseball, Le Roy softball makes history with first sectional title
CHAMPAIGN — Entering May, the Milford baseball team barely had a winning record. Then, the Bearcats lost their first two games and fell to 9-10 on the season. Boy, how the team’s fortunes have changed since then. Milford defeated host St. Thomas More 8-1 to win a Class...
ISU soccer announces 2023 schedule
Illinois State soccer announced its 2023 schedule Thursday with the Redbirds set to open the regular season against one of three Big Ten opponents on the season. The Redbirds open with back-to-back exhibition matches Aug. 6 and Aug. 12 at Purdue Fort Wayne and at home against Illinois, respectively. They...
Soccer Bullets fall in sectional final
The Normal University High Pioneers soccer team scored two goals in the first half Friday and that held up in a 2-0 Class 2A Williamsville Sectional final win over the host Bullets at Paul Jenkins Field. “I think they came out and we did not match their intensity,” admitted WHS coach Joe Fandel, whose team, with only six players above […]
Illinois State forward Seneca Knight: 'I'm one of the best all-around players in the draft'
After five years in college, Illinois State forward Seneca Knight is focused on beginning the next chapter of his basketball career and proving himself during the pre-draft process. The journey for Knight began at San Jose State. He produced his best season with the Spartans as a sophomore. That season...
Prep sports recap for May 25, 2023
PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD/WYZZ) — Junior lefty Ethan Eberle threw a one-hit shutout as Normal Community beat United Township in a class 3A baseball regional semifinal at Pekin on Thursday. Eberle had 15 strikeouts and danced around six walks. He left the bases loaded in the second inning. U-High beat host Bloomington, 13-1, in a 2A […]
Two Redbirds advance as ISU track and field competes at NCAA regional
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Women's throws led the way for Illinois State track and field as it competed at the 2023 NCAA West Regional Preliminary Round Wednesday through Saturday on the campus of Sacramento State. Mye'Joi Williams and Taylor Kesner advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship with...
Instant Reaction: Balota Talks UHigh’s Super Sectional Win
Normal U-High freshman Aubrey Balota made the goal to seal the victory in PKs for the Pioneers on Tuesday night. We caught up with her to talk about the win and heading to state.
How Peoria-area baseball teams fared in the small-school sectional finals
The Henry and Hall baseball teams advanced to the Elite Eight of the Illinois High School Association state payoffs with sectional championship victories on Saturday. Hall advanced in Class 2A, while Eureka (30-3) saw its 27-game win streak end with a loss to Bloomington Central Catholic. Henry advanced in Class 1A.
Normal U-High Soccer Talks Back To Back State Trips
The Normal U-High Pioneers are headed back to the 1A state tournament and looking for a better results with some experience and a lot of talented freshman. WMBD shared some interview footage with us from Thursday as the Pioneers prepare for Pleasant Plains in the 1A semifinal on Friday night. Channel1450 will be there to have full highlights and reaction after.
Prep Sports Recap: May 22, 2023
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“Doing it with these girls made it special.” Ali Ince reflects on winning 3 track state titles
CHARLESTON, Illinois (WMBD) – Saturday had the chance to be a memorable one for Ali Ince and Normal Community girl’s track and field. And Ali took full advantage, winning three gold medals. First in the 800, where she won the 3A state title for the second straight year, but had to recover in less than an hour for the 400.
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