September 28, 2015

Great Kiermaier catch

Eight days ago we did a blog post featuring photos of Tampa Bay Rays' Kevin Kiermaier from his collegiate baseball career playing for Parkland College. This morning, our editor happened to find this video of the former Cobra star making this unbelievable catch over the wall robbing Orioles' Manny Machado of much needed home run at Camden Yards.

September 9, 2015

Attacking referees is not tolerable

The Illinois High School Association released a statement yesterday regarding an incident in Texas where two high school football players intentionally hit, one helmet first, an official working their game in San Antonio, TX.

The play captured by video and posted to YouTube below shows two football players from John Jay High School plowing into back judge Robert Watts. Several news outlets report that the action was in retaliation for two teammates that were ejected earlier from the game on two separate plays.

It is not the first time an incident like this has happened in the Lone Star state. Back 2008, another video clip, unearthed Sports Day HS, shows a similar attack on a high school football referee.

"The video of a player maliciously taking a running start to level an unsuspecting official followed by a second player piling on have rightfully been played endlessly on TV and social media," said IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson. "Obviously these are actions that are not tolerable in any walk of society, but they represent an even more dangerous perspective on how we as a society view and treat the individuals who govern our games."

Texas, like Illinois, is one of 23 states that under the law that treats an assault on a game official as a criminal offense. The two students and an assistant coach have reportedly been disciplined by the school district while local law enforcement investigates the incident. The victim has retained legal counsel while the results are awaited by all sides involved in the violent act.

The IHSA response came after a photo from a parent depicting a referee and a coach's son from Monticello was forwarded to the Anderson. The photo was shot by Ann Wildman, mother of the Sages' starting quarterback.

"The photo from Monticello is a great representation of who IHSA officials are at their core," he said in the statement. "They are members of communities, who officiate to remain connected to the games that they often played and coached. They love the game and enjoy being around it. They sacrifice time away from family and friends to give back, and most find more value in the comradery than the modest game check they receive."

Setting a precedent that will haunt us down the road

by Glenn Mollette, Guest Commentator

If you take a job for the government then you should abide by the rules of the job. If you don't agree with the rules then you should resign.

When the government as in Kim Davis' case makes allowances for her to exercise her religious convictions then that "seems" to be a good thing. After all we are a country of religious opinions across the board and we don't want to violate people's religious convictions.

However, if you work for Caesar then you have to follow Caesar's rules.

Here is something from the Bible, Mark chapter 12:13: "Then they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Him in order to trap him in a statement. (This is referring to Jesus).

They came and said to Him, "Teacher, we know that you are truthful and defer to no one; for you are not partial to any, but teach the way of God in truth. Is it lawful to pay a poll-tax to Caesar, or not? "Shall we pay or shall we not pay?" But he, knowing their hypocrisy said to them, "Why are you testing me? Bring me a denarius to look at. They brought one. He said to them, "Whose likeness and inscription is this?

And they said to him, "Caesar's. And, Jesus said to them, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's." And they were amazed at him." (Mark 12: 13 - 17).

I don't think anyone should have to do something if they have moral or religious objections. However, if you are taking money from Caesar aka the government then there are some expectations. Actually, I've never worked a job that did not have expectations, guidelines and requirements, whether I liked them or not.

Personally, I would not officiate a wedding ceremony for a gay couple. This doesn't mean that I am opposed to equal rights. I am for equal rights and the equal rights of gay people. However, I don't personally support gay marriage.

On the other hand, if I worked as a justice of the peace or in a governmental capacity I would feel like I had three choices: Perform the ceremony, resign or let someone else carry out the function. Essentially this is what U.S. District Judge David Bunning has agreed to do for Kim Davis in allowing her deputies to grant the licenses.

Kim Davis has made her point. She has adamantly taken her stand for Christ.

In no way has she backed down from what she says she believes. She has called attention to the importance of religious beliefs and Christian convictions. If she now tries to circumvent the clerk's office from granting licenses she has gone too far and should resign. People from Asia, India and the Middle East are flooding this country. Eventually these people will begin to hold public office. They too have religious opinions and they aren't all Christian views.

Setting a precedent for not having to obey the law today will come back to haunt us down the road.

Glenn Mollette is the author of American Issues: Every American Has An Opinion. He is also the author of other books including Fitness Is A Mind Game, The Adventures of Russell Walter and Spiritual Chocolate: Inspirational Delights for the Heart. You can hear him each Sunday night on XM radio 131 at 8 EST. Follow Glenn Mollette on Facebook here.

DISCLAIMER: This article is the sole opinions of the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of PhotoNews Media. We welcome comments and views from our readers. 

September 7, 2015

Introducing our game day print collection

Starting this fall PhotoNews Media has added something new for athletes, parents and fans to display. Game Day Prints are 12x18 mini-posters featuring our best photos of outstanding athletes from the sporting events we cover. Show your team spirit, remember great moments and immortalize special game performances with PhotoNews Media's best photos on your wall.

Check out the latest game day prints here: PhotoNews Game Day Prints. Here are three samples from the St. Joseph-Ogden home football game against Clifton Central.

Jake Pence, SJO

Dusten Walsh from St. Joseph-Ogden

Clayton Holzinger

September 3, 2015

Play semi-pro hoops this winter

Don't miss your chance to play for the 2015 MPBA CHAMPIONS, Champaign Swarm Professional Basketball!! MPBA player combine/officials clinic registration is now open!!

Posted by Champaign Swarm Professional Basketball on Thursday, September 3, 2015