May 24, 2016

Robbins 8th In The Mile At State

Liberty's Katelyn Robbins.
May 19, 2016 - Liberty's Katelyn Robbins runs the second lap of her race during the Class 1A 1600-Meter Run during Thursday's preliminary competition at the Illinois High Association State Track Finals in Charleston. Robbins, a freshman, qualified for Saturday's finals with a time of 5:16.36. She went on to place 8th in the championship race and was a member of the Eagles 4x800m relay that finished fifth at 9:56.77. See more photos of Robbins and other members of the Liberty track contingent here: Liberty Girls Track.

It's Time To Position Yourself Today

by Glenn Mollette, Guest Commentator

Good fishing requires positioning. Baiting your hook and dropping it in a place where there are fish is a start to successful fishing.

A salesman needs prospects and attitude. One shoe salesman was sent to Africa and called home crying, "Get me out of here! Nobody wears shoes!" Another salesman was sent and called back saying, "Send me every pair of shoes in the warehouse. I've never seen so many prospects!"

Selling requires having a product that people either need or very much want. People don't need candy but they want candy so they buy it. People don't really want to spend money on insurance but they need it. Sell what people want or need and you will sell.

Obtaining a certain job requires positioning. Becoming a schoolteacher requires college, teacher education, supervision and certification. You have to work hard and position yourself for potential opportunities.

A young man wants to be lucky in dating and maybe marriage. Yet, he may refuse to change his lifestyle. He doesn't want to hold down a job, refuses to lose twenty pounds and is rude and inconsiderate. Thus, he refuses to try to position himself for potential dating prospects.

Every facet of life requires positioning. Positioning yourself for stability, success, or a major change always requires lots of time, training, sacrifice and commitment. Nothing is guaranteed, but with positioning comes potential.

Retiring at 65 most likely requires sacrifice the 30 years prior. It doesn't always require 30 years. A friend of mine was flat broke at 50. He rented an old abandoned hamburger stand with an option to buy. He and his wife cleaned it up and worked it hard for sixteen years. They made the best food in town and averaged pocketing over $300,000 a year. They were able to retire. He knew at the age of 50 that he had to position himself if he had any chance of truly retiring.

Where do you want to be and what do you want five or ten years from now? Start positioning yourself today and in a few years it just might work. However, it never comes with a snap of the finger. A garden is produced from preparing the soil, planting, cultivating and tending to the field. In time, you will reap some kind of a harvest if you don't quit.

A lot of counties across America are hurting economically. People have left and nobody seems to be coming back to take over. The future of depressed areas begins today and it will probably take years to position these areas for economic stability. We all want it now, but we have to start today with hopes for tomorrow.

America needs to recuperate. We have debt to pay. We have an infrastructure to rebuild. There are millions of jobs that we must recapture and bring home. We have a military to strengthen and healthcare challenges. We can get to where we need to be. Getting there will take hard work and positioning ourselves to be where we need to be to accomplish what we want to do.

Dr. Glenn Mollette is a syndicated American columnist and author of American Issues, Every American Has An Opinion and ten other books. He is read in all 50 states. The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily representative of any other group, organization or this publication.

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.


Knights Take A Share Of Girls State Track Title

Coming in fifth in the 2015 team standings, Kaneland placed in the top five or better spots in all four relays at this year's Illinois High School Association's State Track and Field Finals to find themselves in a duel for the team champion trophy. After the cinders had settled and the finally tally set, the Knights and two-time champions Cahokia were deadlocked with 53 points splitting this season's 2016 team title.

Carly Elliott and Becca Richtman

Carly Elliott and Becca Richtman mug for the camera while waiting outside the gate to return to the field for the team title announcement and awards ceremony after the final race of the day. The Knights won a share of this year's state title tying with defending champions Cahokia on Saturday. See photos from Friday's preliminary competition here and Saturday's championship finals here.

With a share of the crown to take back to Maple Park High School, Saturday's win was the first state championship for the school since the spring of 1987 and 1988 when the ladies' track team earned back-to-back Class A titles.

The quartet composed of Nicole Sreenan, Carly Bartholomew, Sarah Daley, and sophomore Jamie Martens brought home the only single event state title winning the 4x400m relay. The victory in the final event of the day gave Kaneland 10 points for the tie with the Lady Comanches.

At one point Springfield Southeast threatened to move into first but with Martens on anchor maintaining the cushion built earlier, the squad shaved more than four seconds off their qualifying time of 4:00.37 a day earlier, clocking in at 3:56.15.

Both Bartholomew and Martens ran in the 2015 title race that brought home a second place finished.

Noelle Espino runs strong at State

Noelle Espino runs a strong pace in her race during the Class 2A 4x800-Meter Relay prelims on Friday. Espino and her relay squad advanced to Saturday's finals after placing first in their heat with a time of 9:43.16.

Carly Elliott and Lizzie Rupkey

Carly Elliott gives her all to beat Monticello's Lizzie Rupkey across the finish line in the championship 2A 4x200-Meter Relay on Saturday. The relay squad placed 4th in the championship race with a time of 1:43.42. Monticello finished 5th in the race at 1:43.57.

The lightning fast Sreenan, a junior who won runner-up titles in the 400m Dash and the 100m Dash adding 16 points toward the team title, also ran anchor for the 4x100m Relay squad. She finished the race with a burst the last 50 yards after sophomore teammate Shanya Hurston, Allie Heinzer and junior Carly Elliott kept the Knights' in position for a second place finish at 48.30.

Heinzer added another individual award to her collection. Last year she finished third running twice the distance in the 400m Run finals. Clocking at 24.88, the senior placed fourth in the shorter 200m Dash.

Finishing a mere two seconds behind the championship squad from Rich South, Heinzer, Bartholomew, Martens and Elliott teamed up to finish fourth in the 4x200m relay. Concluding their race with a time 1:43.42, the foursome was just three seconds shy of the Class 2A record set by Springfield Southeast in 2013.

In the first relay race of the day Daley teamed up with fellow junior Becca Richtman along with seniors Noelle Espino and Brianna Bower to run a 9:46 in the 4x800m Relay. Their combined effort beat out teams from Dunlap (6th), Mattoon (7th), Rochester, Freeburg in ninth, Mahomet-Seymour, 11th place Charleston and Metamora (12th).

With junior Maddie Keifer eliminated from both the high jump and triple jump on the first day, Lexie Guerra and Sydney Davidson were the only two members of the Knight's state qualifiers to advance to the finals in the field events. Guerra finished 8th with her best vault of 10'9" inches and Davidson placed 12th overall at 10'3".

Allie Heinzer

Allie Heinzer explodes with a burst of speed as she rounds the turn in the Class 2A 200-Meter Dash prelims on Friday. She advanced to Saturday's finals after placing second in her heat with a time of 25.01.

Kaneland pole vaulter Lexie Guerra

Kaneland's Lexie Guerra attempts to clear the bar at 10'3" in the Class 2A Pole Vault. She went on to finish 8th in this year's finals. See more photos of the Kaneland Knights competing a state here...

May 16, 2016

Badminton's big bashers

This weekend was the 40th installment of the Illinois High School Association's state badminton championships. Ninety-six players, 32 singles and 64 doubles specialists, gathered in Charleston to battle for this year's state championship titles. Here's a look at some of the state's top high school players smashing, slicing and stabbing their way through tough matches vying for a coveted state title.

Rei Uemaki hits an overhead
Oak Park-River Forest's Rei Uemaki hits an overhead smash during her quarterfinal match against Hinsdale South's Judy Yang. Uemaki, who went on to finish in fifth place, fell 21-13 and 21-8 to the eventual state champion on Saturday. Visit later this week for more photos and coverage from this year's state tournament.

Cindy Tang hits overhead smash
Hinsdale Central's Cindy Tang hits overhead smash in her match against Stevenson's Ashley Richardson during their consolation round match. Richardson defeated Tang after three games, 21-19, 17-21, 21-19.

Neuqua Valley's Eva Chen
Eva Chen hits a big smash during her doubles match against Hinsdale South's Jacque Cameli and Caroline Lee. Chen along with partner Sophia Li earned the victory in two games, 21-7, 21-9. The Neuqua Valley duo later went on to win this year's doubles title.

Red Devils' Angela Li
Hinsdale Central's Angela Li keeps the shuttlecock in play during her state semifinal doubles match against Hinsdale South's Jacque Cameli and Caroline Lee. Li and partner Lana Millman fell, 17-21, 21-13, 21-9.

Metea Valley's Moriah Gau
Metea Valley's Moriah Gau reaches out to keep the point going on a smash from Stevenson's Ashley Richardson during their consolation quarterfinal bout. Gau fell, 21-19, 21-17, to Richardson.

Julianna Rylko at state badminton
Wheaton Warrenville South's Julianna Rylko tosses here racquet after making an error during her quarterfinal match against Oak Park-River Forest's Rei Uemaki. Rylko fell 21-19, 21-13 to Uemaki.

Maya Trinka fell after three hard-fought games
Oak Park-River Forest's Maya Trinka attacks a short, drop shot from New Trier's Julia Matyjas during their quarterfinal meeting. Trinka fell after three hard-fought games, 21-16, 17-21, 21-18.

Naperville Central's Surya Nair
Naperville Central's Surya Nair prepares to hit a shot back over the net during her semifinal match against Neuqua Valley's Lauren Ho. Nair, who went on to place third at this year's tournament, fell after two games 21-15, 21-12.

Grace and Julia Monti eliminated
Julia Monti attacks a shot from Lockport Township's doubles pair for a put-away smash during their consolation bracket quarterfinal match. Monti and twin sister Grace were eliminated after a tough 21-16, 21-19 loss to Porters' duo Jessica Miller and Haley Egelhof.

Visit the PhotoNews later this week. See additional photo and recap from this year's state finals on Wednesday.

May 15, 2016

April 2016 photo catalog

Here is a listing of events photographed during April 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

Thomas Auen runs to a 12th place finish at the Illinois Marathon
April 30, 2016 - Champaign, IL - Thomas Auen, from Pocatello, ID, runs to a 12th place finish in his age group at the 2016 Illinois Marathon. He finished the race with a time of 3:25:32. Despite miserable weather conditions, more than 1,400 runners finished this year's race.

March 2016

04-15-16 • Illinois Mens Tennis vs Michigan State
04-16-16 • St. Joseph-Ogden Baseball vs Normal U-High
04-16-16 • St. Joseph-Ogden Baseball vs Tri-Valley
04-16-16 • Unity Baseball vs Hoopeston Area
04-17-16 • Unity Baseball Media Day
04-19-16 • St. Joseph-Ogden Baseball Media Day
04-19-16 • St. Joseph-Ogden Baseball vs Rantoul
04-20-16 • Unity Baseball vs St. Thomas More
04-22-16 • Unity Invitational Track Meet
04-23-16 • St. Joseph-Ogden Baseball vs Olympia
04-25-16 • St. Joseph-Ogden Baseball vs Fisher
04-29-16 • Unity Baseball vs Prairie Central
04-30-16 • Illinois Marathon

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

Brant Hoveln puts the ball in play for St. Joseph-Ogden in their road game.
April 16, 2016 - Normal, IL - Brant Hoveln playing in St. Joseph-Ogden's road game at Duffy Bass Field against Normal University High. SJO fell victim to the Pioneers 13-3 in their non-conference game on Saturday. (Photo: PhotoNews/Clark Brooks)

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May 13, 2016

Rockets win OVC track title

Without a doubt, Unity dominated boys side of the Okaw Valley Conference meet earlier this week. The Rockets, who earned back-to-back titles, collected 11 of the 18 possible titles from Tuesday meet at Hicks Field and finished with a team score just shy of 200 with 194 points.

Andrew Warnes and Getch Eisenmenger running at the OVC conference meet
Unity's Andrew Warnes and Getch Eisenmenger lead the pack around the turn on the first lap of the 800m Run. The pair finished one-two respectively at 1:57:27 and 2:00:54. Click here to see more photos from the meet.

St. Joseph-Ogden finished in second place with 132 points and Rantoul rounded out the top three places with 94 points.

The Rockets won gold medals in the Shot Put, Long Jump, High Jump, 4x100m Relay, 300m Hurdles, 110m Hurdles, 3200m Run, 1600m Run, 800m Run, 400m Run, and the 100m Dash.

Unity's Stephen Migut won title in both hurdles events and Jayden Kaiser added three more conference titles to his name winning the 100m Dash, 400m Run and 4x100 Relay.

"It was my third time running it this year," said Kaiser. It was also the third time he ran the 400m race as well. "I just try to do my best every time."

Andrew Warnes won both the 800m Run and 1600m event in two solid performances. The senior clocked a 1:57:27 in the shorter of the two distances and crossed the finish line 4:26.94 from the mile run's top spot.

As expected the Rockets wrapped up the final distance event with a win by Dawson Dodds in the 3,200m Run. The senior two-miler was challenged by St. Joseph-Ogden's Justin Phillips all the way to the end of the race.

Dawson Dodds at the end of the 3,200m run
Unity's Dawson Dodds crosses the two-run finish line at the OVC conference meet on Tuesday.

"The first mile or so was pretty easy," Dodds explained. The steady breeze out of the west presented a challenge, but nothing he couldn't handle with the rest of the pack behind he and Phillips. "The second mile I found the strength to carry on with the group around me."

From there the pack separated with Phillips leading until the final turn with Dodds on his heels. The Unity senior surged past the Spartan front-runner with a hard kick to the finish line crossing at 9:54.42, 21 seconds off his P.R. of 9:33.

Unity's Steven Migut
Unity's Steven Migut runs to a first place finish in the 110m hurdles.

Spartans finished second
SJO's Brennan Guido takes the baton from 4x400 squad-mate Matt Knipfer in the final race of the day. The Spartans finished second with a time of 3:34.79. Check out 175 photos from Tuesday's conference meet here: OVC Boys Track photo gallery.

DeShawn Buford runs 100m Dash
Flanked by St. Joseph-Ogden's Sean Barber and Nate Phillips, Rantoul's DeShawn Buford (center) runs to a first place finish in his heat of the 100m Dash. He finish 4th overall after two heats with a time of 11.57.

May 8, 2016

Local runners make strides at the Illinois Marathon

Moments ago the last of the photos from this year's Illinois Marathon were added to the PhotoNews image library. We'll close out this year's coverage with pictures of Champaign-Urbana are runners we were lucky enough to capture along the course.

Champaign's Michelle Norman
Running down Country Lane just past the 24 mile marker, Michelle Norman runs to a 48th place finish in her age group. She finished the race with a time of 4:29:16.

Benjamin Price
Benjamin Price grabs a quick drink on his way to a 2:51:05 time and seventh place finish in his age group.

Heidi Carmichael makes faces.
Cruising down Armory Street with about two miles to go in her race, Heidi Carmichael makes faces at the camera. She crossed the finish line 29th in her age group.

Robert Butler
Mahomet's Robert Butler runs a steady stride as he runs the course along Country Lane in Champaign. He crossed the finish line in sixth place in his age group at 3:10:44.

Rigoberto Torres
Rigoberto Torres, from Saint Joseph, passes Kerry Moran along the course on his way to a 34th place finish in his age group at 3:33:39.

Shirley Lemay
Checking out the course ahead, Shirley Lemay eventually went on to finish her race at 4:23:18.

Ben Davis stays focus.
Ben Davis stays focus on his run as cruises along Country Lane in Champaign. Davis finished 10th in his age group with a time of 3:08:52.

Teresa Davenport runs Illinois Marathon
With two miles to go in her race, Teresa Davenport looks up road at the runners and course ahead. She crossed the finish line at 4:27:13 for a 42nd place finish in her age group.

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May 7, 2016

10 intense looks from the '12 girls state track meet

There are more than a dozen or so links, likely made by couch potatoes, talentless wannabee athletes and fans, all never amounting to anything more than just average in the sport of their choice, routinely make fun of the expressions captured on camera by high-level athletes. It's that look caught at just right moment on camera when those of us summon that extra bit of physical power needed to move faster, pound out one more rep or take that next painstaking stride closer to the finish line.

State champion Erica Dynes at state track
Wethersfield's Erica Dynes flies to the finish line in the Class A 100-m dash on Saturday. Dynes, a senior and four-time state qualifier, won the 2012 title clocking a 12.10 in her final race of her prep career.

Olympians and professional athletes do it. College players do it. Anyone competing at an elite level will have their facial expression undergo X-Men like metamorphosis to something uncanny when the difference between winning and losing is that one extra ounce of strength, that burst of energy to victory. When the intensity of the moment calls for it, serious athletes who push their bodies and mental abilities to their limits routinely make "The FACE".

"The FACE" isn't something to laugh about, but a moment to be admired because it usually happens only when an athlete is performing outside of their comfort zone somewhere way above 120%. Here's a look at nine other athletes from the 2012 state track & field meet in Charleston, who gave their all in pursuit of a high school state title.

Pole vault specialist Loren Brooks
St. Joseph-Ogden's Loren Brooks tries to clear the bar in the Class 1A pole vault. The sophomore vaulter failed to make the finals with her best attempt clearing 8 feet-6 inches on Thursday.

SJO's Rachel Ballard
Pulling ahead of CICS/Longwood's Briyanna Desrosiers and Sesser-Valier's Chelsea Miller, St. Joseph-Ogden senior Rachel Ballard runs to a second place finish in her heat of the Class 1A 100-m dash. Ballard qualified for Saturday's finals with a time of 12.62. When the dust settled from the weekend, Ballard placed 3rd in the 200-m Dash, 4th in the 100-m Dash, won the triple jump title and finished 6th in the long jump. Her efforts helped the Spartans finish third in the overall team standings with 46 points.

Kewanee Wethersfield's Karissa Roman takes the baton running anchor in the Class 1A preliminary heat for the 4x400 relay. Roman and her squad came up short in their attempt to reach the finals with their time of 4:08.32.

Romeoville High School's Latasha Fizer runs her leg of the Class 2A 4x200 relay at the 2012 IHSA state track & field meet. Thanks to her effort, her squad advanced to the finals with a time of 1:42.71 and clocked a 1:42.32 on day later to take 5th at state.

Woodstock Marian's Danielle Flynn throws the shot in the Class 2A shot put at the 2012 IHSA state track & field meet. The freshman's best throw of 33 feet-3 inches was a little more than four feet short of what she need to make the finals on Saturday.

Kankakee Senior High School's Tyjuana Eason competes in the Class 2A 4x200 relay at the IHSA state track & field prelims on Friday. She and her squad advanced to the finals clocking a 1:44.35 time around the track.

Moweaqua's Kaitlyn Corzine, Wethersfield's Sara Fisher and Monticello's Olivia Ness
Moweaqua's Kaitlyn Corzine clears the row of hurdles ahead of Wethersfield's Sara Fisher on her left and Monticello's Olivia Ness on her right while running in the Class 1A 100-m hurdles prelims on Thursday. Corzine, who won the heat, qualified for the finals with a time 15.68. On Saturday, she earned four state medals including 4th in 4x400 relay, 5th in the 300-m hurdles and a pair of 7th place awards in the 4x100 relay and 7th in 100-m hurdles

Rockets' Bailey Reifsteck
With a look of serenity on her face, Unity's Bailey Reifsteck concentrates on her next vault during Saturday's finals at the 2012 IHSA state track & field meet. After snapping her pole on her previous attempt at the bar, she went on to finish in 8th place with her best attempt at 10 feet-3 inches.

Huntley track star Anthonia Moore
Huntley junior Anthonia Moore crosses the finish line in the 400m dash on Friday at the 2012 IHSA state track & field meet. She advanced to Saturday title run with a time of 56.57 where she went on to finish in 8th place.

May 6, 2016

Flashback Friday: Rock Island At State

Rock Island's Mystique Thompson
Rock Island's Mystique Thompson stretches over the finish line during the preliminary heat of the 100-meter dash at Illinois High School Association's Girls State Track & Field Meet in Charleston. Competing as a sophomore in 2012, Thompson went on to finish her prep career as the Quad Cities area's leading female prep state medalist.

In addition to her collection of 12 IHSA state medals, Thompson, now a member of the Southern Illinois University track program, left her stamp in several spots in the girls' track program records. Upon graduation she held her school's best times in the 100-m Dash (12.08), 200-meter Dash (24.75), 4x100 Relay (47.42) and 4x200 Relay (1:40.42) after her senior year.

Thompson continues to break records. At the tail end of February the Saluki sophomore broke the school's 60-yard dash record. In this twitter video you can see her explode off the line and into the SIU record book clocked at 7.46. Today, she was named SIU's Most-Improved Athlete for the indoor season.

This week's Flashback Friday features the women from the Lady Rocks and their 2012 trip to the state track meet. See more photos in the 2012 state track prelim gallery and the 2012 state track finals gallery.

Thompson runs her leg of the Class 3A 4x200 relay. The Lady Rocks, who placed first in their heat, qualified for the finals with a time of 1:41.03. The following day the squad placed third running a similar time crossing the finish line at 1:41.00.

Trineisha Gray crashes into the sand on a long jump attempt during Saturday's finals. She placed 11th after her longest leap of 17 feet - 9.75 inches. The Rocks finished in a three-way tie for 18th place in the final team standings.

LaCresha Linton cheers for her teammate after her hand-off during preliminary heat of the 4x100 relay. The Lady Rocks squad advanced to Saturday's finals in the event.

Troy Jackson takes the hand off from LaCresha Linton in Rock Island's preliminary heat of the 4x100.

Unhappy at her performance, Rock Island High School's Jalea Jackson reacts while ripping off her lane number after seeing her time on the scoreboard during her preliminary heat of the 100-meter dash.

See more photos of Rock Island athletes in the prelim gallery and in the finals gallery.

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May 5, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Sabers top Spartans in barnburner

Lexi Wallen dribbles
St. Thomas More's Lexi Wallen attempts to drive around St. Joseph-Ogden's Hannah Graham into the paint during their regular season conference game. STM survived a scare defeating SJO in an intense battle 42-39 back in January of 2012. This week's Throwback Thursday feature is a new gallery with 59 photos from this game. Many of the players in the gallery photos will be graduating from college in the coming weeks and here's a look at how they looked on the court just four years ago.

SJO's Tori Master, who went on to run track at Eastern Illinois University, concentrates on play strong defense during first half action in the Spartans' road game at St. Thomas More.

Basketball coach Brian Hatfield
Spartan head coach Brian Hatfield tries, unsuccessfully, to dispute and reverse a call made against his team with referee Randy Moss.

St. Joseph-Ogden's Josey Fruhling goes up for a second half shot over STM's Lexi Wallen.

View all 59 photos here . . .