Back in the Missouri Valley Conference with "Valley Views," talking the Missouri State Bears with their longtime beat reporter Lyndal Scranton. The Bears, who play at Bradley on Tuesday night, were the preseason Valley favorite, but inconsistent guard play has left them struggling on the road. Get more of the scoop.
Peoria Rivermen head coach Jean-Guy Trudel, co-owner and COO Bart Rogers, and play-by-play announcer Brad Kupiec join Journal Star hockey writer Dave Eminian for another edition of The Journal Star Sportswriters podcast.Trudel and Kupiec discuss their SPHL All-Star dream team,and Rogers joins them to share memories of that terrible but ultimately triumphant day one year ago when the Columbus Cottonmouths bus crashed on the way to Peoria.
Our Valley Views special edition focuses on Round 1 of the Bradley-Illinois State rivalry, which resumes Wednesday night at Redbird Arena in Normal. Our guest is beat reporter Jim Benson from the Bloomington Pantagraph, and in addition to the BU-ISU game, we try to figure out what’s going on in the MVC, where home teams are struggling to hold serve and a .500 record probably won’t keep you out of the dreaded play-in game at Arch Madness.
Another special Valley Views edition: SIU comes to Peoria on Tuesday night to play Bradley in a game between teams locked in a four-way tie for fourth place in the Missouri Valley race. We get the lowdown on the Salukis from Todd Hefferman, beat reporter for the Southern Illinoisan newspaper.
Before 2017 fades from memory, the Journal Star sports reporters offer up their favorite moments from the sports year, give each other some well-deserved grief — and go big and bold with predictions (and daring dreams) for 2018.
We journey back into the Valley again, talking men's hoops with Paul Oren, Valparaiso beat reporter for the Times of Northwest Indiana. After an 8-0 start, the Crusaders have lost six of seven, including their first two conference games in their debut season in the Missouri Valley. They visit Peoria to play Bradley on Wednesday night, so what can we expect to see?
With the Missouri Valley Conference basketball season underway, we start a series of weekly chats with MVC experts. Our debut guest is Clay Cunningham, UNI beat reporter for the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. He gives us the lowdown on the Panthers, what makes them tick and what has thrown them off kilter so far, as they prepare to visit Bradley on New Year's Eve for a 1 p.m. game at Carver Arena.
Eleven teams from the Journal Star-area will play in the State Farm Holiday Classic during holiday tournament week. Dave Oloffson is on the tournament committee in charge of tournament operations. He joins high school sports writer Aaron Ferguson to discuss this year's field, how teams are selected and all that is a part of the 64-team field.
The tournament runs from Dec. 27-30 and tickets can be purchased at each venue. Ticket information can be found at http://theclassic.org/tickets/.
You expect college athletes to get better as they journey from freshmen to seniors, but the real fun is watching them grow up, mature and become better people. Bobby Parker, Bradley's associate athletics director for communications, and Heather Moles, director of academic services for BU student-athletes, join us today to talk about their special program for freshmen. From handshakes to mock press conferences, they've got it covered.
A group of Peoria Rivermen share memories of Thanksgiving with Journal Star beat writer Dave Eminian, and Rivermen co-owner Bart Rogers chats about the upcoming designation of Bruce Saurs Way and a youth hockey jamboree coming to the Peoria Civic Center.
Dunlap is on the cusp of its first-ever state championship appearance in football. With titles in boys tennis, girls cross country, girls track and field and in swimming, Dunlap coaches Brett Cazalet, Teague Dentino and senior Luke Bennyhoff look to add football to the championships won in 2017.
They join preps beat writer Aaron Ferguson on the latest edition of the Sportswriters podcast to preview the Class 5A state championship game, share memories of the historic season and more.
It all comes down to this. The powerful, undefeated Dunlap Eagles meet the talented, scrappy Washington Panthers in a battle royale on Saturday for a spot in the IHSA Class 5A state game. Journal Star sports writers Aaron Ferguson and Stan Morris discuss this historic and eagerly awaited state semifinal matchup and recap the small-school season.
Bradley Braves men's basketball coach Brian Wardle joins Journal Star beat writer Dave Reynolds to discuss #themovement and the Braves' encouraging prospects for the upcoming college hoops season. Bradley opens its season on Nov. 11 against IUPUI at Carver Arena.
With the IHSA state cross country championships coming to Detweiller Park this weekend, we talk with retired hall of fame coach Bob LaCroix, who laid out the famous 3-mile course on which so much running history has been written.
For some, it's the last game of their high school careers. For others, it's a final shot at a spot in the state playoffs. Journal Star prep football writers Aaron Ferguson and Stan Morris discuss the events of Week 8, preview final Week 9 and talk playoffs in this week's Journal Star Sportswriters podcast.
College basketball tips off in four weeks. To start prepping, we check in with national basketball writer Dana O'Neil of TheAthletic.com and get her take on the bribery scandal, some ideas on how to clean up the culture and an early look at some of the storylines to watch this season.