December 29, 2016

New pics on Instagram

Late last night or early this morning, depending on your perspective, we added a couple of shots from this week's State Farm Classic. Here a look at some of the memorable photos from this week's coverage.

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December 26, 2016

Ten totally awesome wrestling shots from '06

Just before Christmas photos from our prep wrestling coverage back in 2006 were ported over to their new location in the PhotoNews Stacks. While I thought we had an awesome collection of images from 2004, browsing through the 2006 archive I began to think otherwise.

Starting with Seth Milks' roaring celebration after his first IHSA state title victory. The Indians' freshman sensation would go on to win three more state titles for a perfect high school four-peat career. Then there are a couple of artsy shots without the aid of photoshop that offer up a different perspective of the winter sport. 2006 was the first year that the Illinois High School Association honored a female official, Janice Strand, with the opportunity to scrambled around the mat calling out points in the male dominated, testosterone fueled sport.

Along with a couple of great facial expressions, there's a couple of good 'ole blood and gut images from that year in the main galley with more than 400 photographs from the regular and postseason.

Surprisingly, while it seems like yesterday, it's hard to believe that a decade has past and the boys featured below are quickly approaching the age of 30. Grab a coke or a cup of coffee, have a seat and check out the photos below along with almost 1,000 other high school wrestling photos and memories from more than a decade of covering the sport in East Central Illinois.

Dakota's Seth Milks celebrates his 9-4 decision

February 18, 2006 - Champaign, IL - Dakota's Seth Milks celebrates his 9-4 decision over Tolono Unity's Dustinn Brown in the 103 pound Class A finals at the IHSA state wrestling meet finals Saturday.

 

Daniel Rolando wrestling Mitch Kresca in Big 12 wrestling action

January 25, 2006 - Champaign, IL - Maroons' Mitch Kresca [right] and Chargers' Daniel Rolando tangle for grip advantage at center mat. Kresca nearly missed a loss to Rolando thanks to an escape in the last 19 seconds of the match. Rolando could not get the takedown in time to increase his already record-breaking performance career pins this year. Champaign Central beat crosstown rival and host Centennial 34-23.

 

Tim Hill wrestles Ryan Beasley

Spartans' Tim Hill (top) leans back on the arm of Urbana's Ryan Beasley in an attempt to roll him to his back. Hill outscored Wright 8-4 in the 171 lb. class match. Hill won all three of his matches for the day as St. Joseph-Ogden swept the Urbana Quad Meet Saturday, December 6, 2003, beating Urbana 57-4, Danville 50-23, and Warrensburg-Latham 72-6.

 

Joe Peters wrestles Josh vonBehren at regionals

February 4, 2006 - Tolono, IL - St. Joseph-Ogden's Joe Peters [right] goes head to head with Unity's Josh vonBehren at the Tolono regional tournament Saturday. Peters finished second in the 215-pound division after beating vonBehren 7-4 and losing to Westville's Seth Moody by pin in the championship match. Moody, vonBehren and Peters all advanced to this Saturday's sectional meet at Stanford Olympia.

 

Clint Peak wrestles Billy Gallo

February 4, 2006 - Tolono, IL - SJO's Billy Gallo looks for an opening while wrestling against Oakwood's Clint Peak at the Tolono regional tournament Saturday. Gallo, who finished the day at 34-2 and with the 160-pound title, beat Peak by major decision 18-2. Gallo advanced to sectional competition in the upcoming weekend.

 

Jeremy Godina and Adam Gleixner wrestle at state

February 17, 2006 - Champaign, IL - Joliet's Jeremy Godina [left] tries to peel the hand of Schaumburg's Adam Gleixner off his neck at the IHSA State Wrestling Tournament Friday. Gleixner beat Godina in a close 2-1 match in the Class AA preliminary round.

 

Spartans Mike Nix and Chargers' Cameron Pickett do battle on the mat

January 10, 2006 - St. Joseph, IL - In his 125lb weight class match against Spartans Mike Nix, Chargers' Cameron Pickett tries to fight off a choke. Picket lost by two points in a close match with Nix. The St. Joseph-Ogden wrestling team beat visiting Champaign Centennial 42-23 to remain undefeated. It was the Chargers first loss of the season.

 


February 25, 2006 - DeKalb, IL - Referee Janice Strand, of Oak Forrest, looks for a pin at the IHSA State Team Dual Wrestling tournament Saturday. Strand became the first female referee to officiate at a boys' state wrestling tournament.

 

SJO's Mark Gones wind regional title

February 4, 2006 - Tolono, IL - With bloody flowing down his face, St. Joseph-Ogden wrestler Mark Gones has his arm raised by the referee after winning first place at the Tolono regional tournament Saturday. Gones, who has only suffered two losses this season, easily defeated Shelbyville's Luke Dunaway by technical fall 24-9 to win this year's 152-pound regional title. It was the junior's 35th win of the season.

 

Rockford Lutheran's Steve Andrukaitis

February 17, 2006 - Champaign, IL - Rockford Lutheran's Steve Andrukaitis takes down Reed-Custer's Bryan Lenig at the IHSA State Wrestling Tournament Friday. Andrukaitis beat Lenig 17-7 on his way to a fourth-place state finish.

 

This is just a small sample of more than 400 awesome memories in our photo archive. Check out the entire collection in the 2006 Wrestling Gallery.

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December 25, 2016

The face of effort

Wrestling is the one high sport where every muscle fiber needs to work in concert to dominate your opponent or to avoid defeat by the dreaded pin. When the mind and body are working together above their peak level that effort is involuntarily transmitted to the face of the athlete. You'll see some players stick out their tongues, brows furrow matching that of a Shar Pei or display their own signature facial expression when giving their all. The look can last a long as it takes for the athlete to finish the stressful task. Most of the time grimace lasts but a second.

In today's republished gallery, we take a look at some of the best facial expression from wrestlers in our photo collection from 2005. After you looked these great photos below, mosey over to the complete gallery here and check out more great pictures from the year in the iphotonews.com online image archive.

Bismarck-Henning JV wrestler is on the wrong end of a crossface

January 18, 2005 - St. Joseph, IL - Wrestling action between the Junior Varsity squads of St. Joseph-Ogden and Bismarck-Henning's. The Spartans won six of the eight matches to beat the Blue Devils at home Tuesday night.

 

Jesse Grice uses his superior strength

December 3, 2005 - St. Joseph, IL - Spartan big man Jesse Grice [top] uses his superior strength attempting to pin Vikings' Travis Abbott while referee Bill Billman watches for the shoulder touch. St. Joseph-Ogden swept all three opponents; Urbana [63-15], Warrensburg-Latham [65-11], and Danville [70-9] in their first quad wrestling meet of the 2005-06 season. Grice later pinned Abbott in the second period for the win.

 

Spartans' Billy Gallo and Chargers Ryan Gones wrestle at a meet.

January 11, 2005 - Champaign, IL - Spartans' Billy Gallo and Chargers Ryan Gones wrestle for the 144 lb weight class honors. Gallo won the match 4-1 to help SJO knock off the final of the three Champaign-Urbana Class AA squads. Class A St. Joseph-Ogden edged out a solid victory over Champaign Centennial 42-33.

 

Spartans' Mickey Speckman takes a shot to the face from Morton's Eric Prichard.

January 14, 2006 - Urbana, IL - Spartans' Mickey Speckman takes a shot to the face from Morton's Eric Prichard at the Urbana Tigers Wrestling Invitational Saturday. The top three places went to Glenbard East [203.00 points], St. Joseph-Ogden [194.50 points], and Rock Island [183.50] out of the tournament's 15 team pool. Prichard beat Speckman 15-8 for the third-place award.

 

Spartans' Cody Hill attempts to pin Tigers' Caleb Blaney

December 3, 2005 - St. Joseph, IL - Spartans' Cody Hill attempts to pin Tigers' Caleb Blaney. Hill later got the win by pin over Blaney in the second period. St. Joseph-Ogden swept all three opponents; Urbana [63-15], Warrensburg-Latham [65-11], and Danville [70-9] in their first quad wrestling meet of the 2005-06 season.

 

St. Joseph-Ogden's Lukas Graves tries to turn the head of Storm's Tyler Hansen

November 22, 2005 - St. Joseph, IL - St. Joseph-Ogden's Lukas Graves [top] tries to turn the head of Storm's Tyler Hansen during their 125 weight-class match. Graves, a sophomore, outscored Hansen 19-2. The Spartans won their season home opener against visiting Salt Fork 61-9.

 



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2004 wrestling gallery added to the PhotoNews Stacks

Whether it was the frontend or backend of the year, probably one of the best eras to cover wrestling in central Illinois started back in 2004. Area teams were uber competitive with three or more marquee grapplers on their squad. A few programs, like St. Joseph-Ogden and Monticello, had a female wrestler on their roster, too.

Making the deepest postseason run of any area team, St. Joseph-Ogden behind a stable of young, talented wrestlers, advanced to and fell 35-33 to Orion at the IHSA sectional meet after plowing through their season with ease.

Below is a quick peek at some of our favorite photos from the 2004 gallery we posted on Christmas eve. See more than 140 photographs featuring great area wrestlers like Ben Gorman, Shane Watson, Billy Gallo, Aaron Gones and more in the republished gallery here.

Spartans' Ben Gorman in action at the Urbana Invitational.

January 17, 2004 - Urbana, IL. - Spartans' Ben Gorman in action at the Urbana Invitational. Gorman took first place honors in the 160 wt. class for the second year in the row. 16 schools from around the state competed at the annual tournament. Area School results: 2nd-. Normal West, 4th- St. Joseph-Ogden, 5th- Champaign Centennial, 9th- Urbana, and 15th Westville.

 

SJO's Casey Buss cross-faces Central's Steve Tillman.

December 2, 2004 - St. Joseph, IL - SJO's Casey Buss cross-faces Central's Steve Tillman during their 171 lb. junior varsity match Thursday night. Buss pinned Tillman as St. Joseph-Ogden, an IHSA Class A school, beat class double-A wrestling powerhouse Champaign Central for the first time in the program's history with a decisive 45-22 victory.

 

Monticello's April Hansen tries to roll Salt Fork opponent Tyler Hansen for a pin.

February 8, 2004 - Tolono, IL - Monticello's April Hansen [right] tries to roll Salt Fork opponent Tyler Hansen for a pin. Dick lost to Hansen who went on to take fourth-place in the 119 wt. class. With no separate girls wrestling division many area youth females must wrestle against males for a chance to compete for regional and state titles in the sport. Area Team Results: 1. St. Joseph-Ogden, 2. Monticello, 3. Unity, 4. Oakwood, 5. Salt Fork.

 

Dusty Roy puts Tim Dick on his back

February 8, 2004 - Tolono, IL - Spartans' Dusty Roy (left) puts Monticello's Tim Dick on his back during their bout for third-place honors at the conference regional wrestling meet in Tolono, IL.. Roy emerged victorious over Dick in a 7-4 decision in the 112 lb final to take the award. Area Team Results: 1. St. Joseph-Ogden, 2. Monticello, 3. Unity, 4. Oakwood, 5. Salt Fork.

 

Kyle Hewerdine takes a second cross-face from Tony Galardy.

January 13, 2003 - St. Joseph, IL. - Spartans' Kyle Hewerdine takes a second cross-face from Chargers' Tony Galardy (in blue). Galardy out muscled Hewerdine for a 4-2 win in their 215 lb. weight class match. The St. Joseph-Ogden wrestling squad beat Champaign Centennial High School at home Tuesday night 46-22.

 



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December 24, 2016

Snapback from the 2015 State Farm Holiday Classic

We're just days away from covering this year's installment of State Farm Holiday Classic in Bloomington-Normal and thought we'd share a few of our best photos, many that didn't make it into print in a local newspaper, from the 2015 tournament. Want to see more photos that what's featured from the tournament? Follow this link to see the entire take made available by our wire service for newspapers around the state. Follow @photonewswire on twitter and instagram to see Classic photos from next week's action.

 

Tanner Stuckman gets a hand in the face

December 31, 2015 - Bloomington, IL - Quincy Notre Dame's Tanner Stuckman gets a hand in the face while trying to make a second half pass by Bloomington Central Catholic's Aubrey Reis during their State Farm Holiday Classic championship game. The Raiders went on to win this year's title with a 60-50 victory. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

 

Annawan's Jayde Van Hyfte battles for a loose ball

December 29, 2015 - Normal, IL - Annawan's Jayde Van Hyfte battles for a loose ball during their State Farm Holiday Classic game against Bloomington Central Catholic. The Bravettes fell in a thriller 61-56 to the Lady Saints. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

 

Johnny Ray hugs teammate Jacob Mayfield

December 31, 2015 - Bloomington, IL - Johnny Ray hugs teammate Jacob Mayfield after Quincy Notre Dame's State Farm Holiday Classic championship victory over Bloomington Central Catholic. The Raiders won this year's title with a 60-50 victory. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

 

Quincy Notre Dame's Jacob Mayfield comes up with a loose ball

December 29, 2015 - Normal, IL - Quincy Notre Dame's Jacob Mayfield comes up with a loose ball in their State Farm Classic game against BishopMcNamara. QND advances in the winner's bracket after knocking off the Fightin' Irish, 68-61. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

 

Rock Island's C.J. Neville takes the ball to the hole

December 30, 2015 - Bloomington, IL - Rock Island's C.J. Neville takes the ball to the hole in the overtime period of their State Farm Holiday Classic semifinal game against Zion-Benton. The Rocks prevailed in an overtime thriller over Zee-Bees, 63-60. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

 

Annawan's Jayde Van Hyfte goes up for a shot

December 29, 2015 - Normal, IL - Annawan's Jayde Van Hyfte goes up for a shot in the fourth quarter during their State Farm Holiday Classic game against Bloomington Central Catholic. The Bravettes fell in a thriller 61-56 to the Lady Saints. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

 

Markiya Williams passes the ball

December 31, 2015 - Bloomington, IL - Markiya Williams passes the ball inside during Rock Island's State Farm Holiday Classic championship game against North Lawndale. The Lady Rocks fell short on New Year's Eve falling to the Phoenix, 42-39. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

 

Rock Island's C.J. Neville dunks the ball

December 29, 2015 - Normal, IL - Rock Island's C.J. Neville dunks the ball in their game against North Chicago. The Rocks rolled easily to a 67-47 win over the Warhawks on Tuesday. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

 

Johnny Ray goes up for a shot over Bloomington Central Catholic's John Hayes

December 31, 2015 - Bloomington, IL - Johnny Ray goes up for a shot over Bloomington Central Catholic's John Hayes in Quincy Notre Dame's State Farm Holiday Classic championship game. The Raiders went on to win this year's title with a 60-50 victory. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

 


December 21, 2016

It's Wayback Wednesday and baseball 2005

This is our first Wayback Wednesday feature ever on iphotonews.com. We'll kick this one off with photos from our 2005 baseball coverage. Below is a look at some of our favorite photos from the season. Follow this link to see all nine galleries published in our Stacks section earlier today.

 Ben Gorman heads for first base

April 26, 2005 - St. Joseph, IL - Spartans' Ben Gorman heads for first base after a bunt that drops in front of the plate. St. Joseph-Ogden beat visiting Monticello Tuesday night 10-1. Gorman, who pitched the entire game, improved his record on the mound to 4-2. The senior hurler notched 13 strike-outs against the Sages. See more photos from the game here in the SJO vs Monticello game gallery.
 

 
Trojan catcher Shawn Robertson holds on to the ball

March 18, 2005 - Champaign, IL - Trojan catcher Shawn Robertson holds on to the ball after making a tag as he is tripped up by SJO base runner trying to make it to home plate. St. Joseph-Ogden falls 4-7 in their five inning season opener to Armstrong-Potomac. The game was called early on account of darkness. Check out 12 more action photos in the gallery here.
 

 
Pekin's Caleb Vogel bobbles a ground ball

June 18, 2005 - Champaign, IL - Pekin's Caleb Vogel bobbles a ground ball during game two against Champaign. Post 44 and Champaign split their doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Centennial Field. Champaign won game one 11-0 while Pekin rallied in the 6th inning to a 6-3 victory. See more photos . . .
 

 
Jason Johnson pitching for his American Legion team.

June 23, 2005 - Tolono, IL - Former St. Joseph-Odgen baseball player Jason Johnson winds up for a pitch for the Philo Aces. Danville hurt host Philo 22-1 at the Unity High School baseball diamond Thursday evening in their regular season match up. See 24 more photos published that year here . . .
 

 
Unity baseball

April 23, 2005 - Tolono, IL- Rockets' pitcher Dane Paul [middle] trips over first baseman Jesse Wassom before colliding with catcher Clint Schwartz [right] on an attempt to catch a GCMS foul ball. Tolono Unity could not heat up enough in winter-like conditions to hold off visiting Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley in their 22-9 loss Saturday morning. The meeting of the two teams was slated to be a twin bill but below 40's temperatures and strong winds out of the north, along with windchills dipping into the lower 30's, forced the game to a single-nine inning game. See 14 more photos from the game here . . .
 

 
Brendon Watson slides under the tag

June 23, 2005 - Tolono, IL - Danville's Brendon Watson slides under the tag by Aces' catcher Jake Mathis. Danville hurt host Philo 22-1 at the Unity High School baseball diamond Thursday evening in their regular season American Legion baseball match up. There 23 more great images from this game here: Danville vs Philo American Legion Baseball Game.
 

 
Chargers' Matt Moore slides to second

May 3, 2005 - Champaign, IL - Chargers' Matt Moore slides to second on a steal attempt from first base. Moore, who was safe on the play thanks to an overthrown ball from the Tigers' catcher, slides by visiting Urbana 6-5 in the first of their two Big 12 Conference meetings. The two teams will face each other again on May 5 with Urbana playing host to the Chargers.
 

 
Kiel Duval whips a pitch across the plate against the Chargers

March 29, 2005 - St. Joseph, IL - St. Joseph-Ogden senior Kiel Duval whips a pitch across the plate against the Chargers. Champaign Centennial beat the Spartans 6-1 in their five inning match up. Follow this link to check out the entire 2005 baseball gallery collection.

 

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December 11, 2016

February 2016 photo catalog

Here is a listing of events photographed during February of 2016. See if any of the photos on this list have been published yet by browsing our photo archive here: PhotoNews Media Photo Archive

Cam Reifsteck tries to get the ball around SJO's Ty Brown

St. Joseph-Ogden in prevailed in an overtime thriller on the road against the Unity Rockets, 76-67. A month later the Spartans would be crowned Class 2A state champions at the Illinois High School Association Final Four tournament in March. Above, Cam Reifsteck tries to get the ball around SJO's Ty Brown. See all 75 game photos here in the SJO - Unity game gallery.



February 2016


02-03-16 • Unity vs Maroa-Forsyth
02-05-16 • St. Joseph-Ogden vs Unity
02-05-16 • IHSA State Cheer Prelims
02-06-16 • IHSA State Cheer Finals
02-08-16 • St. Joseph-Ogden Cheer Media Day
02-08-16 • St. Joseph-Ogden Dance Media Day
02-18-16 • Thursday State Wrestling Prelims
02-19-16 • Friday State Wrestling
02-20-16 • Saturday 3rd 5th Match
02-20-16 • Saturday State Finals
02-26-16 • State Basketball Central/Southeastern vs Byron
02-27-16 • State Basketball Central/Southeastern vs St Joseph
02-27-16 • State Dual Wrestling


While there are still many, many months to be added, follow this link to see the entire PhotoNews event catalog.


2016 State Cheer photo

February 6, 2016 - Bloomington, IL - Providence Catholic's Bridget Fudala and Nikki Glynn carry the team 2nd place team trophy to where their fans can get a closer look after the awards ceremony at the IHSA Competitive Cheer State Finals on Saturday. The Celtics brought home the runner-up trophy in the Large Team Division competition. Browse our online archive for more photos from the state high school cheer championships or submit a photo search request today. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)



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Big Picture 2016 state cross country editon is out

Our commemorative 2016 state cross country edition is now available. Inside, you will find recaps from all six races, complete results and photos of more than 70 athletes who competed at this year's IHSA state cross country meet.

Below are sample pages from the 54 page edition. The issue is available in print and as an instant download. Follow this link to preview the entire edition here and order your copy today.











One of the best kept secrets about our special editions is you can order your copy of this Big Picture magazine with your favorite photo from inside on the cover. For small up-charge, we'll move things around a bit inside and put new a cover featuring you or a runner from your school to create a personalized copy for your scrapbook, coffee table or collection of memorabilia from this season's finale. Want to know if we can create a personalized copy for you or your team? Send us a quick message via our contact page.

December 6, 2016

Tuesday morning portfolio

The top daily and weekly newspapers in the state offering best sports coverage of their area high school athletics rely on PhotoNews Media to assist in bringing their readers high-quality photo coverage of their players and teams. Below, is a collection of recent published photos and the stories that went with them you'll find around the web.


See the images you missed and more great photo coverage in one of these two photo archives:
 
Friday state volleyball gallerySaturday state volleyball gallery


 


It was incredibly beautiful day and Clark Brooks made some awesome photos from the state title game between Somonauk and Goreville. Follow the link to the gallery and enjoy the memorable moments he captured.

 


Looking for more of our photos from this year's Illinois High School Association state golf tournament? Grab a coke, a piece of apple pie and check out the photos on the other end of these four links below.
 
Friday 1st Round Boys PhotosFriday 1st Round Girls Photos
Saturday 2nd Round Boys Gallery
Saturday 2nd Round Girls Gallery


 



 



 


 
Nice article, right? Here's a link to more than 260 other runners who competed at this year's state cross country meet in November.
 
Every once in a while we come across an photo and article from the past that is still found by Google's search engine. Here's one from the QCOline and another from Lockport Legend.
 

 



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.