April 30, 2016

Lynford Goddard finishes Illinois Marathon 15th

Running the rain, Lynford Goddard, from Champaign IL, runs to a 15th place finish in his age group at the 2016 Illinois Marathon. He finished the race with a time of 3:19:45.

See more PhotoNews photos from this year's race in the photo archives here: 2016 Illinois Marathon photo gallery.

April 29, 2016

Flashback Friday: 2012 SJO, Momence football

While players young and old love the nostalgia of playing football under the lights on Friday nights, photographers on the other hand love the abundance of light of a day game. It doesn't matter what day as long as there is sun at their backs and plenty of action on the field. This week's Flashback Friday feature doesn't disappoint with great photos from St. Joseph-Ogden's regular season home game against Momence.

The game was supposed to be played under the lights on Friday night, but lightning forced the game to be rescheduled to the next day. Here are few of the coolest shots from the more than 180 pics added today to the PhotoNews archive you'll find here: SJO vs Momence game gallery.

SJO's Aaron Woller
St. Joseph-Ogden Aaron Woller tries to avoid a tackle attempt by Momence defender LeAnthony Reasonover. Click here to see more photos of Woller in our archives.

Spartan quarterback Dalton Walsh
Spartan quarterback Dalton Walsh looks to make a throw to a receiver downfield. Walsh completed 11 of 25 passes for a total of 201 yards against the Momence Redskins.

DeAndre Wright from Momence
Redskins' DeAndre Wright rolls out of the the pocket while looking for an open receiver.

Spartan receiver Louis Acklin
Louis Acklin and a SJO teammate celebrate a touchdown in the first half.

Connor Janes
Connor Janes stiff arms a would-be tackler from Momence during first half play of the Sangamon Valley Conference game on Saturday.

Momence's Tony Greenwood.
Momence's Tony Greenwood bobbles the ball on a pass play after he is hit by and SJO defensive back.

Spartan Linebacker Jordan Hartman
SJO's Jordan Hartman celebrates his team's conference win as heads to the sidelines to sing the SJO Fight Song after the game on Saturday against Momence. See a bunch more photos of Hartman celebrating throughout the game here.

Kollin Simpson and Austin Saindon
Kollin Simpson and Austin Saindon celebrate a big play for the Redskins late in the second half of their game against St. Joseph-Ogden.

Crete-Monee's LaQuon Treadwell drafted #23 by Vikings

LaQuon Treadwell celebrates
Crete-Monee wide receiver LaQuon Treadwell celebrates with head coach Jerry Verde to his left and teammates Travelle Smith, Kyle Lewis and quarterback Marcus Terrell during the trophy presentation after their IHSA Class 6A state title game victory. Treadwell finished the title game with 93 yards on six carries and hauled in six passes for another 85 yards. On the other side of the ball, the senior was credited with 12 tackles and picked off one Cary-Grove pass. The Warriors defeated the Trojans in a classic gridiron battle at Memorial Stadium, 33-26.

The Minnesota Vikings drafted former Crete-Monee football star LaQuon Treadwell, who led the Warriors to a state football title in fall of 2012, at #23 in the first round on Thursday. A three-year starter at Ole Miss, Treadwell opted to enter the NFL draft early and forgo his final season with the Rebels.

He made a splash his freshman year in the SEC back in 2013 when he caught 72 passes adding up to 608 yards. Coupled with his five scores he was an easy pick for the conference's top freshman player. Despite suffering a broken fibula late in his sophomore season, Treadwell went on to become a Biletnikoff Award finalist, All-American, and made the first-team All-SEC cut last season.

Last fall, Treadwell caught 82 passes for 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Rebels. His college career was one for the record books as he hauled in 202 passes for 2,393 yards and found the end zone 21 times. He finished is collegiate career as the school's all-time leader in receptions and yards in a season at 1,153.

Rolling out on a trick play, Crete-Monee wide receiver LaQuon Treadwell looks for an open eligible receiver down field.

During the Illinois High School Association Class 6A state title game against Cary-Grove at Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University Illinois, Treadwell racked up 93 yards on six carries and hauled in six passes for 85 yards. Also play defense during the game, the senior was credited with 12 tackles and picked off one Cary-Grove pass to help the Warriors defeat the Trojans in an exciting gridiron battle, 33-26. Click here to see more photos of him from the game.

April 27, 2016

U of I offers free class to high school students

The Global Reach Area Studies Program is offering a free 4 week class for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors this summer on the Urbana campus at the University of Illinois.  Feeding Africa: Systems Perspectives on Sub-Saharan Food Security will meet  two hours a day, three days a week giving students with an interest in agriculture, African studies and/or nutrition the opportunity to learn about the agricultural history and accomplishments in Ghana and South Africa. The class will also appeal to students who are considering a career in health care, international studies, science, engineering and media relations.

With the exception of a $42 in materials fee and transportation fees for a field trip, the class is offered at no charge to students who apply before the final deadline on May 2, 2016. Students who wish to receive college credit for the class can opt to do so by paying the course credit fee.

The class will meet from July 5 to July 28 and will conclude with students producing podcast, blogs social media campaigns that will be distributed as a final product.

Interested students and parents can find more information on the official website for the Center for African Studies as well as fill out the application online here.

April 23, 2016

Collect and share your favorite PhotoNews photos

One of the cool features of the new PhotoNews image archive is the ability to make and save Lightboxes of your favorite photos on our site. Registered users can even have multiple lightboxes to separate by games, players, events or anyway that floats their boat. The lightbox system has several handy built-in features which we'll discuss below.

When you click on the thumbnail to view a photos right above the image you will see a gray button that says "Add to Lightbox". Put the cursor over the button it will turn blue signalling the image can be added to a lightbox. Click the button and the image will be saved to your personal collection.

To save the collection you must create an account if you don't already have one. It's free and there are no fees to worry about. Once your account is activated and you will need to log in and that's when you can enjoy the real power of our the new photo archive system. To view the images in your lightbox look under the PhotoNews logo and find the word "Lightboxes". Click it and you will go to the album page displaying all the images you added to your collection.

Rename your lightbox
If you are going to make multiple lightboxes, the first thing you will want to do is name them in a way you can keep track of them.

It's really easy. Simply put the cursor over the title of the lightbox and it will turn yellow. Click on it, change the name to whatever you like and then click save. Boom! Done. You are on your way to becoming a pro user!

Share your lightbox with others
Whenever you want to share your lightbox with family and friends, click the green share button above the thumbnail photos in your album.

A new dialog box will open where you will choose the collection you want to share, enter the email address you want to send an invitation to and, if you want, add a personalized message. You can also allow the person you are forwarding the lightbox to interact with the images you have stored. You can give them permission to "invite others" to your lightbox and/or allow them to "remove, rate, sort and comment on images". Click the "Share Lightbox" button and off an email goes to the friend or relative with the invitation to view the lightbox.

Share individual photos fast
Do you need to create a lightbox to share our photos? Not at all.  Above the large view of each photo, seen after you click on the thumbnail, in the row of tools above the photo you will find share buttons for Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and more.  PhotoNews visitors are welcomed to use these easy methods to share our great images 24/7.

In the next article about our lightbox system we'll show you how to manage the photos in your collection.

April 22, 2016

#TBT: Sages End Spartan Football Season

This week's Throwback Feature looks back at the best photos from St. Joseph-Ogden's first-round playoff game against Monticello back in 2011. Led by the power running of Ryan Donohue, the Sages powered their way past the Spartans in 42-14 finish.

There are more than 90 photos in the game gallery to see and share using the social media tools on every page. Follow this link to see all the photos in the archive: Monticello vs SJO football playoff game. Here's nine great photos from the game that made our editor's choice.

Blake Hoveln
St. Joseph-Ogden quarterback Blake Hoveln looks to throw the ball during first quarter action against Monticello.

Jacob Williams
Monticello's Jacob Williams explodes through a huge hole in the Spartan defense on his way to a first down for the Sages.

Lineman Tyler Wright
SJO's Tyler Wright blocks during a first half play while playing offensive line for the Spartans.

Sages' football fans cheering
Monticello fans cheer after their team earns another first down on a crucial play.

Running back Chase Patton
Spartan tailback Chase Patton carries the ball to a first down during the second quarter.

Ryan Donohue
Ryan Donohue tosses the ball back to officials after scoring a first quarter touchdown for the Sages. Click here to see 13 more photos of Donohue in the PhotoNews media archives.

SJO's Austin Hedrick
Austin Hedrick turns on the speed after finding running room around the Monticello defense. The junior was a two-sport athlete that also excelled in wrestling.

Student fans cheering
Student fans chant S-J-O during a timeout on the field. Despite their best efforts to cheer their team on, the Spartans came up short losing 42-14.

Ben Wilson and Cam Ackerson
SJO's Cameron Ackerson tries to rush by Monticello's Ben Wilson during a first half play.

Cruise over to our photo archive and see more photos from the St. Joseph-Ogden vs Monticello football game.

Spotting 7 runs to U-High, SJO unable to pull off upset

Dalton Parker
Purdue baseball commit Dalton Parker watches his hit sail past the infield on a shot yielding a double in St. Joseph-Ogden's road game at Duffy Bass Field against Normal University High. After spotting U-High seven runs by the end of the third inning, Parker, who did not pitch in the game, and the Spartans fell 13-3 to the Pioneers in their non-conference game on Saturday. See 40-plus more photos from game in today's new gallery: SJO vs Normal U-High.

April 20, 2016

SJO stuff Tri-Valley at Duffy

Colton Carr
Colton Carr puts the ball in play for the Spartans in his team's road game against Tri-Valley. See more great photos of Carr in action.

Colton Carr and Mason Coon delivered two hits a piece to pace St. Joseph-Ogden's ten hits in their 12-5 decision over Tri-Valley in their non-conference game at Duffy Bass Field on Saturday. SJO put six runs on the board in the first three innings as they cruised over the Vikings on a beautiful 80º April afternoon on the Illinois State University campus.

Colton Hale picked up the pitching win with only two strike-outs for the Spartans who improved to 15-3 on season and lead the Okaw Valley race for the conference title.

Box Score
St.Joseph-Ogden     402 051 x - 12 10 1
Tri-Valley                   101 111 0 -   5   7 2

Mason Coon from SJO
St. Joseph-Ogden's Mason Coon takes a huge cut at the ball at the plate.

Kohlten Johnson
Shortstop Kohlten Johnson makes a catch midway into the Spartans' game against Tri-Valley. Click here to see more photos of the senior three-sport athlete in the PhotoNews archives.

Check out the game gallery - SJO vs Tri-Valley at ISU - and the 40 photos from of the Spartans' road baseball game at ISU.

They have a name, the Illini Prairie Conference

Beginning the fall of the 2017-2018 school year, almost 16 months from this week, the remaining teams from the Corn Belt Conference and five-team Okaw Valley Conference will merge and become the ten team Illini Prairie Conference.

The result of Bloomington Central Catholic, Olympia, Pontiac, Prairie Central and Illinois Valley Central from the Corn Belt, along with Champaign St. Thomas More, Monticello, Rantoul, St. Joseph-Ogden and Unity from the Okaw Valley will create what many have discussed as the formation of downstate Illinois' premier 3A-4A high school athletic conference.

BCC and SJO will be in the same conference, the Illini Prairie in 2017
Bloomington Central Catholic tacklers bring down St. Joseph-Ogden running back Ty Brown during their IHSA Class 3A quarterfinal football game last November. The two schools along with eight others will make up the Illini Prairie Conference in 2017.

Merger talks began after Normal University High announced it was leaving the Corn Belt in January to join the Central State Eight starting the 2017 season. Meanwhile, Eureka had already make plans to move to the Heart of Illinois and Mahomet-Seymour jumped the Corn Belt ship to join the Apollo. Maroa-Forsyth, the smallest school in the Okaw, decided shortly after St. Joseph-Ogden, Unity, Rantoul and St. Thomas More joined the conference to migrate to the Sangamo.

The initial concern voiced when the merger talks were announced was the issue of travel between SJO to IVC, which would be a little over two hours by bus between schools. However, athletic directors and coaches, who are enthusiastic about the new conference, plan to use Saturdays and neutral game sites as often as possible to minimize time on the road for student-athletes and fans.

Unity Sweeps Hoopeston Area In Twin Bill

Kyle Cooper's home run in Game 1 gave Unity a huge boost on their way 2-game victory over visiting Hoopeston Area on Saturday. Combined with a great effort from pitcher Bobby Barnard, who struck out 14 batters holding the Cornjerkers scoreless the first six innings, and a Cooper's long ball, Unity squirreled away runs to win game, 9-2.

The Rockets kept their foot on the scoring pedal winning Game 2, 11-1, behind the pitching of Zach Spencer. The junior threw a three-hitter to complete the sweep.

Jeremy Gallivan
Unity's Jeremy Gallivan slides into home plate. Earlier in Game 1 he was the first on both teams to cross home plate successfully. Check out more photos of Gallivan . . .

Hoopeston Area's Logan Walder
Hoopeston Area's Logan Walder hauls in a Unity fly ball.

Unity's Kyle Cooper
Rockets' Kyle Cooper congratulated by Derek Stevens and teammates after a home run during Game 1. Click here to see 13 more photos of Unity's Cooper in our archives.

Bobby Barnard pitching
Unity pitcher Bobby Barnard unloads a pitch late in Game 1 against the Cornjerkers on a beautiful day in Tolono. The Rocket hurler tossed 14 strike outs during his six innings on the hill.

See 60 more photos from the game in the game gallery here: Unity vs Hoopeston Area.

to a 9-2

April 16, 2016

Illini Whip Spartans, 4-0

The Illinois men's tennis team improved to 16-7 on the season and 7-1 in Big Ten play after hosting Michigan State University on Friday, 4-0. The victory notched the eighth consecutive victory for the Illini who have not lost since March 22 against #18 Kentucky at the time.

The Fighting Illini jumped out to 1-0 lead after securing the doubles point for the eighth time in the last nine matches over the Spartans. MSU was looking for a win after losses to Wisconsin and Minnesota in the previous week.

Illini tennis player Aron Hiltzik
Aron Hiltzik hits a forehand shot Michigan State. Hiltzik picked up both the singles victory over Michael Dube and a doubles win with partner Aleks Vukic over Spartans' Mac Roy and Jasper Koenen.

Illini dynamic duo Brian Page and Julian Childers won their third straight match putting a 6-0 bagel on Billy Shisler and Ivan Rakic at #3 doubles. Later, Jared Hiltzik and Pengxuan Jiang defeated Michael Dube and Colin Harvey, 6-1, to give the Orange and Blue the doubles point.

With three nationally-ranked singles competitors on the roster, it didn't take long for Illinois to win the first of two matches this weekend.

Aron Hiltzik, ranked #70 nationally, extended his winning streak to eight matches after rolling over Spartans' Michael Dube, 6-2, 6-2.

Fighting Illini's Brian Page
Brian Page keeps the ball in play during a long second set rally against Ivan Rakic in the Illinois men's tennis team's home match against Michigan State. Page, a senior, defeated Ivan Rakic, 6-4, 6-2, and won his doubles match with Julian Childers over Billy Shisler and Rakic.

On the first 80º day of the year and only the second outdoor match for the Illini, #4 ranked Aleks Vukic pummeled MSU's Mac Roy on the #1 singles court, 6-2, 6-4. The win keeps Vukic's conference record unblemished at 6-0 in Big Ten play.

Brian Page won his third straight singles contest sealing the deal for Illinois. He clinched the match for the Illini on court five defeating Ivan Rakic, 6-4, 6-2, in their #5 singles matchup.

The Lllini host Michigan on Sunday in their final home match of the season.


Singles competition
1. #4 Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. Mac Roy (MICHST) 6-2, 6-4
2. #70 Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Michael Dube (MICHST) 6-2, 6-2
3. Julian Childers (ILL) vs. Jasper Koenen (MICHST) 5-7, 4-4, unfinished
4. Asher Hirsch (ILL) vs. Alexander Kim (MICHST) 6-2, 4-6, unfinished
5. Brian Page (ILL) def. Ivan Rakic (MICHST) 6-4, 6-2
6. Alex Jesse (ILL) vs. Colin Harvey (MICHST) 6-4, 4-3, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Aleks Vukic/Aron Hiltzik (ILL) vs. Mac Roy/Jasper Koenen (MICHST) 5-3, unfinished
2. Jared Hiltzik/Pengxuan Jiang (ILL) def. Michael Dube/Colin Harvey (MICHST) 6-1
3. Brian Page/Julian Childers (ILL) def. Billy Shisler/Ivan Rakic (MICHST) 6-0

April 15, 2016

March 2016 Event 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

Liberty basketball player Cole Wellman
March 12, 2016 - Peoria, IL - Liberty's Cole Wellman goes up for a shot between Woodlawn's Garrett Minks and Ross Owens in the fourth quarter. The Eagles defeated the Cardinals 57-51 in this year's IHSA state final 3rd place game on Saturday. Use the link below to find more photos from this game. (Photo: PhotoNews/Clark Brooks)

March 2016

03-08-16 • St. Joseph-Ogden vs Pleasant Plains Supersectional
03-11-16 • State Basketball: Liberty vs LeRoy
03-11-16 • State Basketball: Rockridge vs Hales Franciscan
03-11-16 • State Basketball: St. Joseph-Ogden vs Breese Central
03-12-16 • State Basketball: Hales Franciscan vs Breese Central
03-12-16 • State Basketball: Liberty vs Woodlawn
03-12-16 • State Basketball: St. Joseph-Ogden vs Rockridge

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

2016 State basketball photo
March 11, 2016 - Peoria, IL - Liberty's Daniel Mast hold gauze on his chin while being attended to by the athletic trainer during their IHSA semifinal game against LeRoy. The Eagles were held to just four points in three of the four quarters in their 48-32 loss to the Panthers on Friday. (Photo: PhotoNews/Clark Brooks)

Don't see an event you are pretty sure we have photos from in the list above or in our online archive? Looking for pictures of a specific athlete? Go here to request an archive search: Archive Search Request.

Illini's best baller moving to greener pastures

The University of Illinois women's basketball program suffered another body blow. Just after fellow Nebraskan Brooke Kissinger announced her transfer to Creighton, thechampaignroom.com is now reporting that Matt Bollant's best player Chatrice White announced her intent to transfer earlier today. White earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors averaging 18.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game this past season.

Illinois will return only five players from their 2015-16 roster that finished 9-21 overall and 2-16 in the Big Ten. With five new incoming recruits the understaffed Illini still has five scholarships available to offer for the upcoming season.

Kissinger is now the fifth athlete from Bollant's 2015-16 squad to transfer out in the past year. Alexis Smith, Jacqui Grant, Amarah Coleman and Taylor Gleason all transferred in the previous offseason and then filed a $10 million dollar lawsuit which the University settled earlier this week.

Mass transfers seem to be en vogue in college basketball these days.

At the end of March, Illinois State University announcement that six players from last season’s women's squad planned to transfer out of the Redbird program. With one year of NCAA eligibility left on the books, Sue Crump, Lindsay Smith, Stekara Hall and Kelli Tolar all decided to move on to other programs. ISU is also losing forward Zenobia Bess and guard Mackenzie Freeman who plan to finish their collegiate careers at other schools. Both Bess and Freeman have two years of eligibility that they can dedicate to their new institution.

Rain soaked Illinois Marathon went on for many

This week's Flashback Friday takes a look at the runners from last year's Illinois Marathon. At 10:15am organizers for the Illinois Marathon threw in the wet towel. Rotating drizzle and downpours, the sky continually drenched runners of the 2015 race.

Marathon Runner David Tuwei
Overall winner David Tuwei takes a drink while running to a first place finish at the 2015 Illinois Marathon. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks
Despite canceling the race, organizers left the finish line open for those souls willing to brave the elements to run the entire race. Many of the runners who passed me along the course after the 24 mile mark had no plans to let a little Midwestern shower, thunder and a random bolt of lightning spoil their race. That wasn't a good enough reason to hope on the buses that crawled along the course to pick up marathoners who called it quits. Those who plodded onward had trained their bodies not to quit. They had braved the weather this far soak and wet; there was not quitting now.

Click here to see more than 100 race photos from the 2015 installment of the Illinois Marathon in our photo archive. Did you run and want to see your photo added to our collection? Send us a note here with your bib#. Below is a preview of some of the awesome photos in the PhotoNews collection.

Illinois Marathon runner
A sentiment shared by many of those who competed in the race, a runner shows her disappointment after hearing the Illinois Marathon was canceled as she ran the last two miles of her race. The race was canceled at 10:15a to give runners time to find shelter as strong storms with heavy downpours and lightning passed through Champaign County.

John Bakalar
John Bakalar, from Carterville, IL, runs to a eighth place finish in his age group at the 2015 Illinois Marathon. If there was an award for the best hair of the race, would have been in the "running" for the title. Bakalar finished the race with a time of 3:15:52.

Kat Prush
Giving a single thumbs and a wink, Kat Prush, from Elmhurst, IL, runs down West Armory next to the Champaign Country Club golf course on her way to a 58th place finish in her age group. She crossed the finish line at 4:14:30.

James Ritter and Tim Holland running in the rain.
James Ritter, from Jerseyville, IL, and Tim Holland, from Alton, IL, flex their guns as they run side by side during one of the day's many downpours.

Liam Gascoin from New Lenox
Liam Gascoin, from New Lenox, IL, points both barrels at the camera as he runs to a third place finish in his age group at the 2015 Illinois Marathon. He finished his race with a time of 3:45:03.

St. Joseph-Ogden High School volleyball head coach Abby McDonald is all smiles as she runs her leg of her relay.

Truphena Busienei places 19th overall
Truphena Busienei, from Toluca, San Buena, runs to a 19th place overall finish. The Kenyan crossed the finish line at 2:56:35 to take second place in the women's final standings.

Steve Laning and Anando Naqui,
With Steve Laning on his heals as they round the corner at Waverly and Country Lane in Champaign, Anando Naqui, from Chicago, IL, runs to a sixth place finish in his age group at the 2015 Illinois Marathon. Laning, from Normal, IL, who beat Naqui to finish line by 20 seconds and also finished sixth in his age category, clocked in at 3:06:16, nine minutes before the race was announced officially canceled.

Runner Gregory Kempers
On his way to a time of 3:58:32, Gregory Kempers from Lincolnshire, IL, takes time to kick up his heels on his way to a 61st place finish in his age category.

Mario Garcia from Moline
Moline resident Mario Garcia runs to a second place finish in the 55-59 year-old age group. Garcia finished his race with an impressive time of 3:23:22.

Liz Coffey sixth at Illinois marathon
With less than two miles to go, Liz Coffey, from Chicago, IL, flashes a big smile with her thumbs up as runs along Country Lane on her way to a sixth place finish in her age group. Coffey stepped over the finish line at 3:22:27 in Memorial Stadium.

Want to see more photos? Visit the photo archive. Our gallery is searchable! Just enter your name and see if there is a photo of you from last year's race.