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.

October 26, 2016

Tigers power past Maroons to win regional title

Except for a brief four minute period Champaign Central played a strong defensive game against visiting Urbana in their Class 2A regional title game on Saturday. It was during that four minute window in the first half when the Tigers, who were the home team on the scoreboard, notched two first half goals that would put an end to the Maroon's bid for this year's title.

Bennett Anderson was the first to light up the scoreboard for the Tigers on a feed from senior Ndumiso Madela in the first half. The Tigers kept the pressure on after the restart and quickly added another assisted score by Hugo Rios-Neto off a corner kick from Pablo Diaz.

Below are our five favorite photos from Saturday's championship. See the entire photo gallery here.

Midfielder Magnus Parente dribbles the ball

Midfielder Magnus Parente dribbles the ball in Urbana's regional championship match against Central.

Omar Gomez keeps Pablo Diaz off the ball

Central's Omar Gomez keeps Urbana's Pablo Diaz off the ball during first half action on his team's home field. Diaz was credited with a first half assist in the Tiger victory.

Urbana's Ndumiso Madela dribbles the ball

Urbana's Ndumiso Madela dribbles the ball as Central's Jacob Lo moves in to challenge him for possession during the second half. Check out 20 more game photos here. Read, see and share your favorites on Facebook, Twitter and Linked-In.

Central goalkeeper Peter Wagner deflects a shot on his goal

While teammate Reynaldo Zarco and Urbana's Bennett Anderson looks on, Central goalkeeper Peter Wagner deflects a shot on his goal in the second half. Anderson delivered one of the two goals that propelled the Tigers to a sectional semifinal date against Glenwood.

Urbana's Shelbert Nance and Noah Dobson celebrate

Urbana's Shelbert Nance and Noah Dobson celebrate with their team's new regional championship trophy after defeating Champaign Central on Saturday in their IHSA soccer semifinal.
 
 
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October 21, 2016

Freelance sports writer sought

PhotoNews Media is looking for reliable freelance writers who can help us cover this fall's high school postseason sporting contests in Champaign-Urbana and Bloomington-Normal as well as playoff games and matches in and around Champaign county. We are seeking writers who know football, cross-country and volleyball to produce articles for upcoming publications.

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