Former Bradley basketball player and NBA player Roger Phegley talks with the Journal Star's Dave Reynolds about his stellar career and how the game has changed since he played in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
It's not just the world's fastest four-mile road course or the toughest 15K track that make the Steamboat Classic a special event. It's the Peoria hospitality and longtime super volunteers. Today we talk great memories and history with Martha Reese and Leo Vandervlugt, who will be inducted into the Steamboat Classic Hall of Fame for their decades of contributions.
The Morton Potters are fresh off a 16-8 Elite Eight win over Stillman Valley to become the third Mid-Illini team in five years to reach the IHSA Class 3A State Finals. Senior pitchers Logan Peterson and Vinni Massaglia and head coach Jesse Crawford join sportswriter Aaron Ferguson to discuss their postseason run, the trials and tribulations, strength of schedule and much more.
The D.A. Points Junior Open golf tournament is coming to Pekin Country Club in July, bringing in some of the nation's best young players. We wanted to know more, so we're talking with Ryan Flanagan, Midwest director for the American Junior Golf Association, and Scott Phegley, a former AJGA participant who is serving as the marketing coordinator for the tournament.
Pekin native D.A. Points joins us to talk about the AJGA D.A. Points Junior Open that he has landed for the Pekin Country Club in July. And we also get him going about his friendship with the comedian Bill Murray and highs and lows of playing on the Tour.
One of the Peoria area's most storied basketball coaches, Chuck Buescher spent 25 years coaching basketball at Peoria Central High School and garnered two consecutive state titles in 2003 and 2004. After retiring from Peoria High, he spent two years as an assistant basketball coach at his alma mater Bradley University under head coach Jim Les. Coach Buescher shares some his memories, and his thoughts on basketball, past and present, with Journal Star sports writer Dave Reynolds.
Daily Fantasy Sports has had a quick rise and is a popular form of fantasy sports. It can be free, but often includes buy-ins for tournaments to try and win money and prizes.
Rod Beard of the Detroit News is one of the pioneers of incorporating daily fantasy sports in his line of work, covering the Detroit Pistons. He explains his experience of daily fantasy sports, the community and what he's learned about it.
With the NBA Conference Finals in full swing, Beard offers his take on the...
Joe Dalfonso joins the Journal Star's Dave Reynolds to chat about his time as the sports information director for Bradley University and his work as a press conference moderator fo the Missouri Valley Conference and then NCAA.
Longtime high school baseball coach Jerry Rashid joins sports writer Aaron Ferguson on the latest edition of the Sportswriters podcast to discuss the transition from high school to college, hardships of recruiting at the Division-III level, his time in high school baseball and what he's heard from Cleveland Indians pitcher Zach McAllister.
So, the IHSA boys state basketball tournament returns to Peoria for another weekend, this one with the Class 3A and 4A championships representing the big schools. We bring in Michael O'Brien of the Chicago Sun-Times, since six of the eight teams are from Chicagoland, to break down what to watch. And then we venture into the problems plaguing tournament attendance. After 23 years in Peoria, is it time for the tournament to move elsewhere? Why? Why not? And if so, where?
We're at Carver Arena for the first weekend of the Illinois boys state basketball championships -- trademarked as "America's Original March Madness." We talk with the IHSA's Matt Troha about a major change to student cheer sections, and we try to pick who's going to win the Class 1A and 2A titles by the time it's over Saturday night.
With the Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball tournament tipping off Thursday, we talk with MVC commissioner Doug Elgin about the Arch Madness event, the state of the league, Loyola's chances for an NCAA at-large bid, the Valley's stance on the CBI and CIT postseason tourneys, potential expansion and more.
Heading into the final weekend of the regular season, only three things are settled regarding Arch Madness, aka the Missouri Valley Conference tournament: 1 - Loyola is the No. 1 seed; 2 - Bradley will play in the 4-5 game, and 3 - Evansville and UNI will meet in the 8-9 play-in game. Otherwise, everything is up in the air. So we talk it out with Todd Golden, who covers Indiana State for the Terre Haute Star-Tribune. The Sycamores have a chance to avoid the play-in round if they can win at...
The most certain route to a college basketball scholarship begins through participation on an AAU team. Gavin Sullivan, the director of the Illinois Irish AAU basketball program, discusses the process for a prospective teenage player to become a part of the Irish program. Some players are recruited, but anybody can try out. And the tryouts are coming up soon.
With the Bradley-ISU rivalry scheduled for Part 2 Wednesday night in Peoria, we try to sort out what's going on with both teams coming off lopsided losses. Jim Benson of the Bloomington Pantagraph joins the discussion, which ventures off to other fun places and memories in college basketball.
Two-thirds through the conference season, six games left. Loyola is alone in first, while UNI and Valpo are separating themselves at the bottom. But the rest of the Missouri Valley basketball race is clear as mud. So we try to cut through the mess with veteran basketball journalist Harry Schroeder from valleyhoopsinsider.com.