Category Archives: Local Sports

IHSA girls basketball state finals this weekend in Bloomington-Normal

IHSA girls basketball state finals this weekend in Bloomington-Normal

By Neil Doyle NORMAL – Around 15,000 fans are expected to travel to the Twin-Cities this weekend for the Illinois High School Association girls basketball state finals. This is the first year all classes are competing on the same weekend as the games will take place at Illinois State University’s Redbird Arena. According to the…MORE

High school basketball scores March 1

High school basketball scores March 1

By Neil Doyle BLOOMINGTON – Boys high school basketball sectional semifinals started Tuesday night. Class 4A: Normal Community beat Moline 61-44. The Ironmen will face Quincy in the sectional finals Friday night in Collinsville. Class 2A: Central Catholic got a win 58-46 over Auburn. The Saints will face the winner of Maroa Forsyth and Quincy…MORE

Girl’s high school basketball scores Feb. 28

Girl’s high school basketball scores Feb. 28

By Neil Doyle BLOOMINGTON – It was the super sectional round Monday night in girl’s high school basketball with teams advancing to the state semifinals. Class 2A: U-High lost to Quincy Notre Dame 30-28. Fieldcrest beat Chicago Noble 43-30 and the Knights advance to the state semis and face Winnebago Thursday morning at Redbird Arena.…MORE

High school basketball scores Feb. 23

High school basketball scores Feb. 23

By Neil Doyle BLOOMINGTON – Boys high school basketball regional semifinals started Wednesday night. Class 4A: Normal Community 60 Pekin 25 Class 3A: Morton 51 Bloomington 45; Champaign Centennial 50 Normal West 48 Class 2A: Central Catholic 65 Olympia 55; U-High 51 Riverton 44; Warrensburgh-Lathem 49 Tri-Valley 38; Prairie Central 53 Iroquois West 48; Seneca…MORE

High school basketball scores Feb. 22

High school basketball scores Feb. 22

By Neil Doyle BLOOMINGTON – Girls high school basketball scores and boys regional play Wednesday night. Girls IHSA Sectionals Normal Community 66 Joliet West 35 Ridgeview 48 Mt. Pulaski 43 Fieldcrest 56 PBL 33 St. Joseph-Ogden 58 Prairie Central 48 Boys IHSA Regional games Wednesday, Feb. 23 Normal Community vs. Pekin Normal West. Champaign Centennial…MORE

IHSA dual team and girls wrestling state finals this weekend in Bloomington-Normal

IHSA dual team and girls wrestling state finals this weekend in Bloomington-Normal

By Neil Doyle BLOOMINGTON – The IHSA girls wrestling and boys dual team wrestling state finals will take place this weekend in the Twin-Cities. According to the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the two-day event is expected to draw about 4,000 people to the area, with an estimated direct economic impact of $308,000. This…MORE

Dan Muller steps down as Redbird coach; Brian Jones to serve as Interim Coach

Dan Muller steps down as Redbird coach; Brian Jones to serve as Interim Coach

By Jake Fogal BLOOMINGTON-Following an announcement that Illinois State men’s basketball head coach Dan Muller would not return for the 2023 season, Muller has decided to step down from his head coaching position immediately. “After an emotional day yesterday, and more time to talk to my players about this difficult situation, I have decided to…MORE

Redbird coach Dan Muller will not return after 2022 season

Redbird coach Dan Muller will not return after 2022 season

By Jake Fogal BLOOMINGTON-Following 10 seasons that saw highs and lows, Illinois State Athletic Director Kyle Brennan has notified Redbird men’s basketball head coach Dan Muller that he will not return for the 2023 season. “Announcing a head coaching change during a season is a difficult decision I don’t take lightly, especially with a coach…MORE

Voice of Illinois State Redbirds Dick Luedke announces retirement

Voice of Illinois State Redbirds Dick Luedke announces retirement

By Jake Fogal BLOOMINGTON-After 41 years in the broadcasting booth, Twin Cities resident Dick Luedke has called his final shot. Illinois State’s verbal documenter of men’s basketball and football joined the Scott Miller Show Friday morning to make his official announcement. “I am going to retire after a long time as the radio play-by-play broadcaster…MORE

ISU-Evansville men’s game postponed

ISU-Evansville men’s game postponed

By Neil Doyle NORMAL – The Illinois State University men’s basketball team has had another game postponed as the team will not play this Sunday against Evansville most likely due to COVID-19. According to a news release, ISU determined the team is “unable to compete” and the game has been postponed. The conference will attempt…MORE

Blogs

Labor Day – Expanding voting rights for all

By Mike Matejka Because of COVID, there is no Labor Day Parade this year.  It’s always a great event for our everyday workers to march proudly down the street and enjoys the festive crowd. If there had been a parade, this year’s Labor Day theme was to be “150 years of struggle: your right to vote.” …

Is federal mobilization the answer?

By Mike Matejka As President Donald Trump threatens to send federal marshals into Chicago, over the objections of Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, recall another Illinois Governor who protested the incursion of armed federal personnel into the city.   Those federal troops, rather than calming, escalated the situation, leading to deaths and violence. Illinois poet Vachel Lindsay…

In these troubled times, to my fellow white Americans

By Mike Matejka Our nation is at a unique watershed in human relations. African-Americans have been killed too many times in the past before George Floyd, but the response to this man’s death is international and all-encompassing. I was a grade-schooler during the Civil Rights 1960s. I watched Birmingham demonstrators hosed and the Selma – Montgomery…

Workers’ Memorial Day – Remember those whose job took their life

Looking around our community, when we say employer, most will respond to State Farm, Country, or Illinois State University.   We too often forget those who are building our roads, serving our food, or our public employees. COVID-19 has made us more aware of the risk.  Going to work every day for some people means…