December 1, 2016

November's top ten photos on iphotonews.com

Good bye November. It was great while you lasted. Thanks for not being to terribly cold or wet.

After covering golf, volleyball, cross-country and a ton of football, several photos cracked the top ten of our all-time list of most popular photos. Here's a look at the list of our most-popular photos.


Number 10

SJO senior Dalton Parker

May 3, 2016 - St. Joseph, IL - Dalton Parker and parents enjoy a moment of recognition before the start of St. Joseph-Ogden's Senior Day Game against St. Thomas More. The Spartans later rolled to a 11-0 victory in 5 innings over the Sabers. The win sealed SJO's title as the Okaw Valley Conference baseball champions on Tuesday. Parker, the team's star pitcher and a senior, went on to play baseball at Purdue University. View the entire gallery from that day here.


Number 9

SJO's Kylie Michael and Bree Trimble hug at state volleyball

November 11, 2016 - Normal, IL - St. Joseph-Ogden's Kylie Michael and Bree Trimble hug after their team's Class 2A semifinal victory over Althoff Catholic on Friday. After dropping the first game 10-25, the Spartans battled to a 25-18, 25-8 finish punching their ticket to tomorrow's title game against the winner of the second semifinal between Latin and Eureka. It took a mere eight hours for this viral photo to leap into our gallery's top ten list. All the photos from the game are posted here: SJO vs Althoff. Photo: PhotoNews\Clark Brooks


Number 8

St. Joseph-Ogden's Jannah Mullen celebrates a point for the Spartans

November 11, 2016 - Normal, IL - St. Joseph-Ogden's Jannah Mullen celebrates a point for the Spartans in their Class 2A semifinal against Althoff Catholic on Friday. After dropping the first game 10-25, the SJO battled to a 25-18, 25-8 finish punching their ticket to tomorrow's title game against the winner of the second semifinal between Latin and Eureka. Mullen contributed one ace and three digs in the victory. See more photos of SJO at state. Photo: PhotoNews\Clark Brooks


Number 7

Caleb Hanson looks for an open receiver

November 19, 2016 - Monticello, IL - Caleb Hanson looks for an open receiver during his team's playoff game against IC Catholic Prep. In their deepest postseason run since the 90s, the Sages battled defiantly against the Knights to a 48-6 loss in their Class 3A final. This photo and more than a dozen other photos from this Saturday afternoon contest quickly rose to the top of the PhotoNews most-viewed list of images. If you haven't seen them yet, go here to view the entire game gallery.


Number 6

Murray State commit Eli Oltean, a three-sport athlete, at bat.

This game photo of Eli Oltean during the Spartans' road contest against Tri-Valley back on April 16 in Normal has been in the top ten for more than five months. The game, played at Duffy Bass field on the campus of Illinois State University, saw state-bound SJO rolled to a 12-5 win over the Vikings. Oltean, the team's starting catcher and a three-sport athlete at St. Joseph-Ogden, is now of the Murray State football program. There are 40 more photos from the game you ought to see, too.


Number 5

Jake and Todd Pence at St. Joseph-Ogden's Senior Day.

Photos from St. Joseph-Ogden's Senior Day game against St. Thomas More on May 3 was a popular gallery. Here, Jake Pence and father Todd clap for a fellow senior and his parents. Later, the Spartans blasted by the Sabers to a 11-0 victory after 5 innings. The win sealed SJO's title as the Okaw Valley Conference baseball champions on Tuesday. Pence, a three-sport athlete, was a key figure in one of St. Joseph-Ogden's most successful boys' athletic year with a football semifinal runner-up, a state basketball title and runner-up in the Class 2A state tournament. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Number 4

SJO's Andrea Coursey and Kate Bigger

November 11, 2016 - Normal, IL - With teammate St. Joseph-Ogden's Andrea Coursey looking on, Kate Bigger attempts a kill on the Althoff Catholic Cursaders in their Class 2A semifinal on Friday. After dropping the first game 10-25, the Spartans battled to a 25-18, 25-8 finish punching their ticket to tomorrow's title game against the winner of the second semifinal between Latin and Eureka. (Photo: PhotoNews\Clark Brooks)


Number 3


November 19, 2016 - Monticello, IL - Monticello's Jeffrey Wileaver and IC Catholic Prep's Robert Vitek battle for domination in the trenches of their playoff game on Saturday. In their deepest postseason run since the 90s, the Sages battled defiantly against the Knights to a 48-6 loss in their Class 3A final. More playoff photos are here.


Number 2

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In another photo from Monticello's home playoff game against IC Catholic, Sages' Riley Austin tries to get away from Knights' Jim Kenneally to tackle ball carrier Jordan Rowell in the first quarter. Only 30 views separate the #2 and #3 spots on this month's list.


#1 Most-viewed photo for November 2016

Westmont's Kyle Casper

May 26, 2016 - Charleston, IL - Westmont's Kyle Casper concentrates on making his way to the finish line before the competition while running in the Class 1A 110-Meter High Hurdles at the Illinois High Association's Track and Field State prelims on Thursday. There are more than 1,700 track and field photos currently on display in our photo gallery. Here's where you can find them: track & field photos.



November 29, 2016

The best photos of Jordan

Just for fun we did a search in the PhotoNews online photo archives with the first few first names that popped in our heads. Earlier we tried Lauren and followed that one up with a search on the name Jordan.

The Jordans we've photographed over the years are football players, track stars, long distance runners, golfers and baseball players. Here's a few sweet photos and memorable moments of them from our image archive. See the complete search results here.


Jordan Rowell carries the team's championship trophy.
November 25, 2016 - Champaign, IL - IC Catholic's Jordan Rowell carries the team's championship trophy after their Illinois High School Association Class 3A award ceremony. The Knights blanked the Cavaliers 43-0 to win this year's title. The team victory gave Rowell tenth IHSA state medal. With one season yet to run, the senior and Northern Illinois University football commit, will have a chance to add even more to his nine state track medallions. Follow this link to view 23 more photos of Rowell playing football and competing at state track in our photo archives. (Photo: PhotoNews/Clark Brooks)


Trico pitcher Jordan Lodge winds up for a pitch
June 6, 2014 - East Peoria, IL - Trico pitcher Jordan Lodge winds up for a pitch in the second inning during her team's state semifinal game against Amboy. The Lady Pioneers defeated the Lady Clippers 6-1 to advance to Saturday's Class 1A title game at Eastside Centre. Trico went on to place as the 2014 runner-up after a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Altamont. (Photo: PhotoNews/Clark Brooks)


Jordan Birkhaug competes in the Class 3A 4x200-Meter Relay
May 27, 2016 - Charleston, IL - Batavia's Jordan Birkhaug competes in the Class 3A 4x200-Meter Relay during Friday's preliminary competition. The Battling Bulldog relay squad, that also featured sophomores Reggie Phillips and Jeremiah Evers along with junior Charles McMarrow (all not pictured), finished seventh in their heat at the IHSA State Track & Field Finals. (Photo: Douglas Cottle/PhotoNews)


Qualifiying for the state meet, Jordan Harmon runs to a 5th place overall.
October 31, 2015 - Forsyth, IL - Staying ahead of teammate Nicole Bagwell and University High runners Arielle Summitt and Annemarie Michael early in their race, Rockets' Jordan Harmon runs to a 5th place overall finish at the Decatur Class 1A cross-country sectional on Saturday. Harmon's outstanding performance helped Unity tie with Urbana University High for first place team trophy. Both advance Saturday's state final at Detweiller Park in Peoria on November 7.


Urbana's Jordan Holler runs Illinois Marathon.
April 30, 2016 - Jordan Holler, from Urbana, IL, runs to a 34th place finish in his age group at the 2016 Illinois Marathon. He finished the race with a time of 3:59:28. More than 1,400 runners finished this year's annual race 26.2 mile race through the twin cities of Champaign-Urbana. Browse more than 600 other photos of runners braving the rainy conditions here. (Photo: PhotoNews/Clark Brooks)


Jordan Hartman celebrates during his team's football game
September 7, 2012 - St. Joseph, IL - St. Joseph-Ogden's Jordan Hartman celebrates during his team's football game against Momence. After a rain delayed affair, the Spartans picked up a home win defeating the Redskins in Sangamon Valley Conference play, 34-6. See more photos of Hartman and more than a dozens of other Jordans excelling in their chosen sport by following this link.


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November 5, 2016 - Peoria, IL - Lincoln-Way East's Jordan Jacobucci runs elbow-to-elbow with Lockport Township's Jorie Beaumont during the Class 3A IHSA state cross country finals at Detweiller Park on Saturday. Jacobucci, a sophomore, sped ahead to finish at 19 minutes and 17 second in 184th place while Beaumont crossed the behind her nine seconds later in 190th at 19:26. (Photo: Chris Johns/PhotoNews)



November 28, 2016

Do you know Lauren?

Using first names only, just for fun we did a search in the PhotoNews online photo archives with the first few that popped in our heads. Why we started with Lauren, I couldn't tell you. However, in a matter of seconds, the search engine came back with 62 photos of obviously awesome athletes we've photographed with that name.

If you have stumbled on to this article days or weeks later there may be even more. Here's a look at six of our favorite photos Lauren. Check the other photos of Lauren here.


Madeline Hanley and Lauren Shultz celebrate after both scoring runs for Sanburg
Back on June 14, 2014, Eagles' Madeline Hanley and Lauren Shultz celebrate their runs after scoring in the bottom of the 4th inning during their championship softball game on Saturday. Sandburg took the lead momentarily on the scoreboard but Warren stormed back with two runs in the top of the 5th to defeat Sandburg 8-4 for the Class 4A title. (Photo: PhotoNews/Clark Brooks)


Marian volleyball start Lauren Hanlon passes the ball
Earlier this month, Marian's Lauren Hanlon makes a calm pass in their state semifinal match against Mascoutah at the IHSA State Volleyball Finals on Friday. Hanlon and the Hurricanes went on to defeat the Indians in two, 25-20,25-16. There's a great gallery of more photos from their match here. (Photo: PhotoNews\Clark Brooks)


Addison Trail's Lauren Kroll 7th at state track
Trying to beat Naperville Central's D'Jenne Egharevba and Addison Trail's Lauren Kroll on her left to the finish line, Oswego East's Morgan Harris runs her race in the Class 3A 200-Meter Dash at the IHSA Track and Field State Finals on Saturday. Harris, a senior, prevailed finishing in fifth place. Kroll clocked in at 24.99 for 7th place and Egharevba, also a senior, was eighth in the last prep race of her career. See 200 more photos from our coverage of last May's state track meet in Charleston.


Glenbard North softball players Lauren Gramann and Alex Caliva (left) celebrate.
June 14, 2014 - East Peoria, IL - Lauren Gramann and Alex Caliva (left) celebrate the Panthers third-place wind after their IHSA Class 4A game on Saturday. Glenbard North defeated Lincoln-Way East, 6-0. (Photo: PhotoNews/Clark Brooks)


Pittsfield golfer Lauren Hawley playing at state
October 15, 2016 - Decatur, IL- Pittsfield's Lauren Hawley competes during the 1A Girls IHSA State Golf Finals. Hawley, a junior, finished the two-day event with a score of 175 for a tie at 47th place. [Photo: Douglas Cottle/PhotoNews]


Lake Forest's Lauren Garriques running at state cross country meet.
November 7, 2015 - Peoria, IL - Running the last 20 yards in the Class 3A race, Lake Forest's Lauren Garriques runs during the 70th installment of the IHSA State Cross-Country Finals at Detweiller Park on Saturday. The freshman harrier finished 49th overall with at time of 17:39. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


November 22, 2016

Sages stopped At semifinals


Monticello's Jack Spence and Cole Reedy wrap up IC Catholic Prep's Jordan Rowell during second quarter action on Saturday. In their deepest postseason run since the 90s, the Sages battled defiantly against the Knights to a 48-6 loss in their Class 3A final. Rowell finished the game with 302 yards on 31 carries and four touchdowns. See more images from the game here: Monticello vs IC Catholic photo gallery.


October 30, 2016

Spartans derailed in the first around

Thomas Wimmer opens a big hole for running back Jack Fritz against ICC
Blocking IC Catholic Prep's Robert Vitek, St. Joseph-Ogden's Thomas Wimmer opens a big hole for running back Jack Fritz during first round playoff game on October 29 against IC Catholic Prep on Saturday. After making their 26th consecutive playoff appearance, the Spartans fell 49-8 to the Knights. Fritz went on to finish the game with 172 all-purpose yards. Click here to see more photos from this game.