Athletics & Recreation

SIU Salukis

For the first time in school history, the Saluki men's golf team is ranked the number one team in the country according to the Golfweek rankings.

SIU's rating is 67.90. Campbell University is second at 68.11 followed in the top five by Indiana, Missouri and Bowling Green.


A southern Illinois man just took part in his 18th PGA Championship.

But, last week's tournament at Bellerive Country Club was extra special for Jesse Barge, the retired PGA Professional and Director of Golf Operations at Kokopelli Golf Club in Marion.


A southern Illinois man had one of the best views of Tiger Woods' electrifying performance Sunday at the PGA Championship in St. Louis.


The former sports editor of the Chicago Tribune, who's credited with creating the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also came up with the idea for another unique sports event. WSIU contributor Pete Peterson has the story.

You can also hear Pete deliver essays and commentaries throughout the year with his series Reading Baseball.

SIU Salukis

SIU has a new Director of Track and Field and Cross Country.

Saluki Athletics Monday welcomed Ohio State associate head coach Rosalind Joseph to Carbondale.

A theatrical and punk rock venture in Champaign–Urbana has become an empowering part of the arts scene there.


A former Saluki has broken the American hammer throw record for the third time in under a month.

DeAnna Price reclaimed the mark to win the USATF Outdoor Championships this past weekend in Des Moines, Iowa.


Two former SIU hammer throwers seem to be making the chase for the American record a personal competition.

Six days after DeAnna Price set the record, Saluki Hall of Famer Gwen Berry reclaimed her record with an opening throw at a meet in Poland Friday.

SIU Salukis

Two SIU baseball players and one Saluki signee have been drafted in the 2018 Major League Baseball draft.

News Gazette

Former SIU-Carbondale Director of Athletics Paul Kowalczyk is retiring.

According to the Daily Illini, the current University of Illinois athletics department administrator is retiring effective August 31 following more than 30 years working in collegiate athletics.


Carbondale native Wan Kuzain Wan Kamal is making an impression with his new professional soccer club in MLS. WSIU's Brad Palmer has more on his story.

WSIU InFocus: SIU Pitcher Brad Harrison

May 23, 2018

The SIU baseball team received a boost in the pitching rotation this season from sophomore left-hander Brad Harrison.  WSIU's Patrick Codo has more on Harrison's increased role on the mound.

As Illinois celebrates its bicentennial year, WSIU Radio contributor Pete Peterson looks back at the history of the state's professional hockey and basketball teams and the joy they have brought to fans, especially over the past three decades.

SIU Salukis

SIU-Carbondale Monday named its first women's soccer head coach in school history.

Grant Williams will lead the newly created program as it prepares for competition in the fall of 2019 and entry into the Missouri Valley Conference in 2020.

Decades ago, deer hunters were required to add blaze orange to their wardrobe to cut down on hunting accidents.

As the law stands, hunters using firearms must wear 4-hundred square inches of blaze orange clothing, along with a blaze orange hat... but lawmakers are considering a new fashion choice: blaze pink.

Missouri State Bears

Missouri State has a new men's basketball coach, who grew up in Saluki country.

The school introduced 33-year-old Dana Ford Thursday.

SIU Salukis

SIU guard Marcus Bartley is on the Academic All-America Division I basketball team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

The St. Louis University transfer is a sports administration major with a 4.0 GPA. Bartley was named a third team all-academic team member.

SIU Salukis

SIU men's basketball legend Darren Brooks was formally inducted into the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame Friday morning during a ceremony in St. Louis.

The St. Louis native is the only player in Valley history to win the league's top player and Defensive Player of the Year honor two times, sweeping the awards in 2004 and 2005.

RealClear Sports

Rivalries in sports can increase pressure on coaches and players, but they might be felt strongest by fans.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson - a Pittsburgh native - tells us why he hates the City of Brotherly Love's sports teams.

Reading Baseball: Christmas Edition

Dec 15, 2017

Another holiday gift-giving season is upon us.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us about a book that could be perfect for a baseball fan on your shopping list.

Marion To Host Colt Pony League World Series

Oct 30, 2017
WSIU/Kevin Boucher

For the last 47 years the Colt Pony League World Series has been  held in Lafayette, Indiana.  But starting in August, the World Series will be held in Marion.

The goal of a new online game is to "make learning fun." Brain Snort is the brain child of two men at Knox College in Galesburg, and was officially released in May. 

Jennifer Fuller, WSIU

When you think of a water park, you likely picture children splashing and having a good time. That’s true for Carbondale’s Super Splash Park, but there’s more to it than that.

SIU Football Recruit Killed in Indianapolis Shooting

May 24, 2017

An Indianapolis high school Football star who'd signed with SIU has died after a shooting earlier this month in his hometown.

Conservationists working to make Cahokia Mounds in Collinsville a unit of the National Park Service say they will continue their efforts under the new administration of President Donald Trump.

Staffers with the nonprofit HeartLands Conservancy had hoped that former President Barack Obama would declare Cahokia Mounds a national monument before leaving office on Friday, but that didn't happen.

Ed Weilbacher, vice president of HeartLands, says an executive order by Obama would have fast-tracked the process, but he said the effort will continue. He noted that local congressional leaders support the possibility of legislative action to bring the site into the national park system.

USA Today

A Minneapolis TV station says former Saluki football assistant coach Tracy Claeys has been fired as head coach at the University of Minnesota.

Pioneer Press

Media reports say former SIU, Northern Illinois and Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill is about to get back into coaching.

The Missouri Development Finance Board is considering whether to award $40 million dollars in tax credits to St. Louis for a potential Major League Soccer stadium.

Otis Williams from the St. Louis development board made the request official Thursday. If approved, the incentives would be spread out over two years.

USA Today

When the Cubs celebrate their win Friday with a parade in Chicago, it'll be on World Champion Chicago Cubs Day in Illinois.  Governor Bruce Rauner just issued a proclamation making the designation official.

The Cubs winning the World Series is bigger than baseball" Rauner said in a statement.  "This is a celebration for past and present fans along with all the Cubs' legends who never gave up hope.”

The Cubs' victory also means that some of Illinois' top politicians are due for some brews.