February 24, 2019

Crowe leads SJO in state semifinal loss

Peyton Crowe dribbles her way to the paint
St. Joseph-Ogden's Peyton Crowe dribbles down the baseline past Teutopolis' Olivia Niemerg. Crowe, who was named to IBCA's All-State Second Team and will play for the Parkland Cobras in the upcoming season, led the Spartans in scoring with 10 points and nine rebounds. She was one of two Spartan players who reached the 1,000 career scoring mark this season. See more photos of Crow and the Spartans from this game here: St. Joseph-Ogden vs Teutopolis state semifinal basketball game. (Photo: PhotoNews/Clark Brooks)



January 29, 2019

Nine teams win state dance trophies

Thirty-six dance teams, 12 per class, from around the state competed for a state trophy in one of three divisons at the IHSA Competitive State Finals on last Saturday.

Joliet Catholic Academy, who made their second ever state final appearance in program history, won this year's Class 1A title. The Angel Dance Team earned a score of 95.68 to rise above six-time qualifier and second place finisher Morris. Montini's Broncettes placed third taking home another state trophy to sit next to their third place award from 2018.

Lake Zurich's hip-hop routine won the Class 2A title beating Deerfield (2nd) and state dance perennial powerhouse Geneva, who finished third.

In Class 3A, Naperville North earned a score of 95.42 to win the Class 3A championship trophy. Stevenson (93.94) placed 2nd and Lake Park (93.72) finished third.

Here's a look at ten of our favorite photos from the championship round on Saturday.

York dance team member performs at state
A member of the York dance team performs with her team during the IHSA Competitive Dance Finals. The Dukes finished 8th in the final Class 3A team standings. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


St. Anthony dancer
A member of the St. Anthony dance team performs with her team in the Class 1A competition. The Bulldogs finished 10th. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Ben Reinkemeyer does a leap during Lake Forest's performance on Saturday. The Scouts finished in fourth place in the two-day competition. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Centralia dance team
Members of the Centralia dance team perform on Saturday. The Orphans' finished 4th in this year's Class 1A division. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Fenton dance team
Members of the Fenton dance team gather during their entertaining, zombie inspired hip-hop routine. The Bison squad finished 6th in the Class 2A division. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Lincoln-Way West dance team member performs with her team
A member of the Lincoln-Way West dance team gets her lean on while dancing with her squad. The Warriors finished 12th in this year's Class 2A division. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Mundelein dance team performs at state
A member of the Mundelein dance team performs with her team. The Mustangs finished 8th in Class 2A. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Dancers from Maine South
Dancers from Maine South perform on Saturday. South finished 4th in Class 3A. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Lake Zurich wins championship dance title
Lake Zurich dancers strike a pose during their routine. The Bears won this year's title with the highest score across three classes at 97.42. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Mundelein's Katelyn Ponce floats in the air during a leap. The Mustangs' dance squad finished 8th in this year's Class 2A standings. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)




Follow this link to see our entire collection of dance photos in our online archive today.

January 25, 2019

Top Ten: The best from 1A state dance

Thirty Class 1A high school dance teams from around the state descended on to Grossinger Motor Arena in Bloomington to compete a championship state trophy.

Twelve squads performing hip-hop or lyrical routines advanced to Saturday's championship round.

Morris finished the first day of competition with the best score from the judges with a 93.22. The other 11 teams competing on Saturday will be Clinton, Joliet Catholic Academy, Burlington Central, Montini, Highland, Centralia, Villa Grove, Genoa-Kingston, Unity, Jacksonville, and St. Anthony.

Here is a look at our favorite photos from the small school competition.

Montini dance team
Members of the Montini dance team perform during 2019 IHSA Competitive State Dance Finals. The squad can now take aim at winning a state title after qualifying for the finals. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Genoa-Kingston dance
A member of the Genoa-Kingston dance team performs a leap during her squad's routine. The team will compete again on Saturday for a shot at this year's state title. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Somonauk dance team
A member of the Somonauk dance team performs during 2019 IHSA Competitive State Dance Finals. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


A member of the Unity dance team performs with her team during 2019 IHSA Competitive State Dance Finals. The Rockettes advanced to Saturday's title round. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Aurora Central Catholic dance
A member of the Aurora Central Catholic dance team performs leap during her team's routine. Despite a very good performance, the squad failed to advance to the finals. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Villa Grove Dance Team
A Villa Grove Dance Team fan competes in the Dad's Dance-Off during a break in the action at the 2019 IHSA Competitive State Dance Finals. The Devilettes were one of a handful of Hip-Hop teams that advanced to Saturday's finals. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Pinckneyville dance team
Members of the Pinckneyville dance team perform their routine for the judges on Friday. The team failed to qualify for Saturday's championship round. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Burlington Central dance team
Members of the Burlington Central dance team perform a leap during 2019 IHSA Competitive State Dance Finals. The squad advanced to Saturday's finals as one of the top 12 teams in Class 1A. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


January 25, 2019 - Bloomington, IL - Members of the Rich East dance team perform their Hip-Hop routine. They did not advance to the finals on Saturday. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Centralia dance team
Members of the Centralia dance team perform to a Jackson 5/Michael Jackson inspired routine. Their routine, which nearly took down the house, earned a top 12 score and a spot in the championship round on Saturday. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)



See more photo coverage from Friday's semifinal competition here.