June 25, 2017

St. Joseph-Ogden 2017 football schedule

St. Joseph-Ogden, under second year head coach Shawn Skinner, will try for their 27th consecutive playoff appearance this season playing against members of the newly formed Illini Prairie Conference.

St. Joseph-Ogden's Elijah Place blocks IC Catholic Prep's Robert Vitek in their first round playoff game on October 29 last fall. After making their 26th consecutive playoff appearance, the Spartans fell 49-8 to the Knights in Elmhurst. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

The Spartans open the season with a home game against St. Thomas More with a mission to avenge last season's 27-26 nail-biter loss. Then, in week three SJO goes on a brutal 3-game binge facing football powerhouse Bloomington Central Catholic at home, followed by a trip to Tolono for their annual rivalry game against Unity and closing the uphill portion of their schedule hosting Pontiac at home.

The three games St. Joseph-Ogden games you don't want to miss are BCC at home, Unity on the road and the regular season finale against Monticello. Below are the dates and times for the upcoming 2017 season.

2017 St. Joseph-Ogden Football Schedule
Aug 25 - 7:00 -- Home vs St. Thomas More
Sep   1 - 7:00 -- Away at Rantoul
Sep   8 - 7:00 -- Home vs Bloomington Central Catholic
Sep 15 - 7:00 -- Away at Unity
Sep 22 - 7:00 -- Home vs Pontiac
Sep 29 - 7:00 -- Away at Prairie Central
Oct   6 - 7:00 -- Home vs Illinois Valley Central
Oct 13 - 7:00 -- Home vs Stanford Olympia
Oct 20 - 7:00 -- Away vs Monticello

Featured SJO Football Galleries
10-29-16 St. Joseph-Ogden vs IC Catholic
08-29-15 SJO vs Winnebago
11-15-15 SJO vs Central Catholic
11-01-14 St Joseph-Ogden vs Erie-Prophetstown

Monticello Sages 2017 football schedule

The Sages were a steamroller for the first 12 games of the 2016 season including victories over seven programs with 5-5 or better records. The season came to an end after 48-6 semifinal playoff loss to eventual state champion IC Catholic.

Center Alec Gallagher snaps the ball against IC Catholic Prep. It was the Sages last football game as a member of the Okaw Valley Conference. Starting in 2017, Monticello and the five members of the OVC became plank members of the new 10-team Illini Prairie Conference.

Monticello kicks off the 2017 season in the new Illini Prairie Conference on the road at Stanford Olympia. It won't be until Week 3 before the team will play their first game at home when they host St. Thomas More. From that week on the Sages will rotate a home away schedule until the regular season and senior night finale against rival St. Joseph-Ogden.

2017 Monticello Football Schedule
Aug 25 - 7:00 -- At Stanford Olympia
Sep 1   - 7:00 -- At Illinois Valley Central
Sep 8   - 7:00 -- Home vs St. Thomas More
Sep 15 - 7:00 -- At Rantoul
Sep 22 - 7:00 -- Home vs Bloomington Central Catholic
Sep 29 - 7:00 -- At Unity
Oct 6   - 7:00 -- Home vs Pontiac
Oct 13 - 7:00 -- At Prairie Central
Oct 20 - 7:00 -- Home vs St. Joseph-Ogden

Featured Monticello Football Galleries
11-21-16 Monticello vs IC Catholic Prep
09-19-15 Monticello at Unity
10-05-12 Monticello vs Unity

June 10, 2017

Griffins advance to state softball title game

Christine Malito and teammate Alex Storako embrace
June 9, 2017 - Peoria, IL - Lincoln-Way East's Christine Malito and teammate Alex Storako embrace after their semifinal state softball game against Marist. The Griffins defeated the RedHawks 2-0 to advance to Saturday's Class 4A title game. See more photos from both the Class 3A and 4A semifinal games in our photo archives here . . . (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

May 24, 2017

Overcome evil with good

by Glenn Mollette, Guest Commentator

President Donald Trump has renamed terrorists from monsters to losers. I agree.

People such as 22 year old Salmon Abedi who contrive to inflict such a heinous act as the carnage he recently inflicted in Manchester, England, is the worst of pathetic world losers. Abedi joins now a long list of scum who are so disconnected from rational thinking and healthy emotions that they are filled with hatred resentment of normal life loving people who simply want a night out on the town such as an Ariana Grande concert.

In the case of Alyssa Elsman of Portage, Michigan, it was just a fun walk in New York City. She was heinously killed in Times Square most recently by Richard Rojas who also injured 21 other pedestrians in a killing spree that he hoped would end in his death by the police. He is another sad loser who took a vibrant girl's life.

These losers of the world spend too much of their lives locked away in their private rooms staring at a computer contriving and discovering how to completely waste their lives by gaining world recognition by killing innocent people. Instead of getting a real life by mowing grass, building a real career, serving in the military or serving humanity they internally seethe inside to destroy or maim a few human beings.

I understand that all human beings have struggles and issues but there is a depravity that some hideous, crazy losers unfortunately stoop to in trying to make them feel momentarily better.

The list of losers has sadly grown to the point we can no longer find the space to write about or identify all the names. From around the world now there are people young and old who maniacally and successfully brought about school killings, theater shootings, church murders and concert massacres.

While the national news informs us well of the bad news and the hideous people who are making it happen we must not forget that most of the world is still filled with good people.

As we face Memorial Day weekend in America we remember all the good people serving in our military. We remember the many, many men and women who fought valiantly for our country because they were decent, strong and good moral people. Many of us go to the cemetery this time of year and remember not only our military heroes but moms and dads, grandparents, children and siblings and friends who have preceded us in death. We remember them and we miss them.

I often have the pleasure of attending the Hinkle reunion during Memorial weekend. My mother was a Hinkle. Last year I was taking pictures of my sister's daughter who smiled into the camera. She appeared to be feeling good and doing well. Since that occasion she has passed on. We will miss her at this reunion. We will miss her and a lot of other people who have passed on over the years. They were all good people. Looking back they were part of group that must be classified as winners. They lived good lives. They were good neighbors. They worked hard and contributed to society. They made America great.

Last weekend a taxi driver from South Africa gave me a ride and was so thrilled to be working in America. He was a nice guy. A college student working weekends at a hotel helped me with my bags. He's from Sudan and was an articulate hard working kind young man happy to be working in America. They are winners.

I don't understand the radical evil hatred that permeates a person to end his or her life and the lives of others. They dramatically need a changed way of thinking - a different mind and a different heart. So many are so immersed in such hatred, radicalized we call it, there is no turning back for them.

What can we do? Try to impact the world around us with good. Be not overcome with evil but overcome evil with good. Be alert. There are poisonous vipers in the world and they intend to hurt somebody. You aren't going to change them.

I've always believed in hope. However, I do believe a person can reach a mental/emotional state where they are beyond the help and influences of sane reasonable people. These people are lost. President Trump called them losers.

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 or organization.

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.


May 21, 2017

Quincy's Schutte earns two state medals

May 20, 2017 - Charleston, IL - Quincy's Maggie Schutte and Prairie Ridge's Samantha Fisher share smiles during the awards ceremony for the Class 3A Pole Vault at Saturday's IHSA State Track & Field Finals. Schutte qualified for three other state track events including the triple jump, 110-meter high hurdles and 300-meter low hurdles. She tied for 9th in the pole vault with Fisher and 3rd in the 300-meter hurdle event. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

Photo Galleries
Thursday Class 1A Preliminaries

Friday Class 2A/3A Preliminaries

Saturday State Finals Gallery

May 16, 2017

Stevenson's Shi brings home badminton title

It has been 12 years since a freshman has been crowned state champion at the IHSA badminton state finals. In the 41 years that the underappreciated sport has been part of the high school association's state championship series there have been just three. Saturday afternoon, Stevenson High School's Esther Shi became the fourth first-year prep athlete to ascend to the top of the podium.

Stevenson's Esther Shi hits an overhead shot
May 13, 2017 - Charleston, IL - Stevenson's Esther Shi hits an overhead shot during championship match against Naperville North's Emma Lin. Shi, a freshman and the #1 seed, won this year's title with a 21-13, 21-11 victory over Lin. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

Shi, the #2 seed, never took her foot of the throttle in the title match rushing to a 21-13, 21-11, victory over Naperville North freshman Emma Lin. Scoring eight of the first 10 points in the opening game and forcing Lin to work against a nine point deficit most of the second game, the Patriots' singles specialist finished her first state outing with a 6-0 record.

Not one of her adversaries posted more than 25 points total against her in the two-day tournament.

After Shi secured her individual title, duo May Ling and Jenny Yang took the floor with a shot at becoming doubles champions. After knocking off challengers from Lake Park, Lyons Township, Naperville North, Fremd and Matea Valley on their way to title match on Friday. Earning second place points toward the team score Saturday, the pair fell 21-17, 21-13 in their afternoon bout against Neuqua Valley's Joyce Chen and Shrinithi Venkatesan.

In addition to her runner-up medal, Lin's runner-up performance helped the Huskies secure third-place in the team race. Neuqua Valley was this year's second place finisher in the overall school standings.

May 13, 2017

Freaking fast Frankie Izard leads SJO to sectional title

She runs like lightning. Blink and she's over there. Blink again and she gone. If Barry Allen was indeed a real life, oxygen breathing high school student right now, St. Joseph-Ogden's Frankie Izard would be his dream date for prom.

St. Joseph-Ogden's Frankie Izard strains to pull ahead of Camp Point Central's Zakila Wiskirchen and Chicago Christian's Rylei Jackson during the finals heat of the 100-Meter Dash during the 2016 IHSA Girls State Track Finals. Izard finished 7th in the race with a time of 12.64. The Spartan junior will return to state next weekend with another chance to medal in the event. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/ Clark Brooks)

Izard, the Spartans' marquee sprinter use to be fast. Now, she is even faster. Taking the top spots in both sprint events at the St. Joseph-Ogden Class 1A sectional and grabbing another first place title with the programs 4x100 relay squad, the junior led the Spartans to this season's sectional title.

What a difference a year makes. Having shaved more than .15 second off her 2016 state qualifying time in the 100-meter dash, she is even more of blur on the track turning in a 12.56, just .13 off last year's top mark off 12.43.

In the 200-meter event, she beat teammate Maclayne Taylor over the finish line by hair with a time of 26.62. Taylor, on her hip, stopped the clock at 26.69.

Later, Izard once again teamed up with Abbey Mizer and Zea Maroon, from last year's state 4x100 title squad, along with newcomer Taylor Maclayne to capture her third gold medal with a time of 49.9.

SJO also enjoy first place finishes in both hurdles races. 100-meter hurdle specialist Park Francisco, who finished fourth in her previous state appearance, won the sectional race crossing the finish line at 15.36. Maroon took first in the 300m hurdles ahead of Francisco and Bismarck-Henning's Emily Meidel.

May 12, 2017

96 smashing badminton players to battle for state titles

Badminton players from 56 Illinois schools will start their journey for this year's state titles at Eastern Illinois University today. 96 players, 32 singles specialist and 32 doubles pairs will go head-to-head to day in the annual double elimination tournament at the Lantz Building courts.

New Trier's Julia Matyjas hits the shuttlecock back over the net during game one against Fremd's Jenny Li at the 2016 IHSA State Badminton Finals on Saturday, May 14. Matyjas, who returns to this year's state finals, advanced to the consolation bracket after falling 21-8, 21-10 to Li. Click here to see our photo coverage from past state badminton tournaments . . .

Last year's singles champion Judy Yang, who also has two runner up titles to her name, enters the tournament as a third-fourth seed behind Naperville North's Emma Lin, Easter Shi from Lincolnshire. The Hinsdale South senior defeated Neuqua Valley's Lauren Ho in dramatic fashion, 25-23, 22-20 for the 2016 title.

Joyce Chen and Shrinithi Venkatesan, representing the perennial front-running Neuqua Valley girls program, return to the state finals as the number one doubles duo. The pair lost last year's title match to teammates Eva Chen and Sophia Li in a bittersweet loss, 21-12, 21-16, that helped the Wildcats to the 2016 team trophy.

Neuqua Valley along with Hinsdale South and Naperville North return as top seeds for this season's team title.

Below are the opening round pairings for both singles and doubles matches today.


1. Emma Lin (Fr.), Naperville (North) vs. Grace Chantos (Sr.), Villa Park (Willowbrook)

2. Mary Grace Mutia (Jr.), Addison (A. Trail) vs. Mary Xu (Sr.), Arlington Heights (Hersey)

3. Julia Matyjas (Sr.), Winnetka (New Trier) vs. Julia Bautista (Jr.), Elk Grove Village (E.G.)

4. Rose Clement (Jr.), Palatine (H.S.) vs. Linnea Dierksheide (Jr.), Elmhurst (York)

5. Lauren Ho (Jr.), Naperville (Neuqua Valley) vs. Grace Cook (Jr.), Hinsdale (Central)

6. Susan Zhou (Sr.), Downers Grove (South) vs. Emma Hardy (Jr.), St. Charles (East)

7. Cassie Ruettiger (Sr.), New Lenox (Lincoln-Way West) vs. Iris Xu (Jr.), Aurora (Metea Valley)

8. Ruthie Silberman (Jr.), Deerfield (H.S.) vs. Erin Jang (Jr.), Glenview (Glenbrook South)

9. Judy Yang (Sr.), Darien (Hinsdale South) vs. Emma Boyd (So.), Buffalo Grove

10. Veronika Khazanovska (Sr.), McHenry vs. Annie Carmody (Sr.), Oswego (East)

11. Emily Bian (Sr.), Roselle (Lake Park) vs. Katie Materick (So.), LaGrange (Lyons)

12. Allie Schweigert (Sr.), Bradley (B.-Bourbonnais) vs. Laura Stallter (Sr.), Downers Grove (North)

13. Jenny Li (So.), Palatine (Fremd) vs. Melissa Chen (Jr.), Naperville (Central)

14. Marie Mendoza (Jr.), Wheeling vs. Jalyn Baumgartner (Sr.), New Lenox (Lincoln-Way Central)

15. Ashley Richardson (Sr.), Lincolnshire (Stevenson) vs. Burcin Asilturk (Jr.), Hoffman Estates (Conant)

16. Ivy Flores (So.), Lansing (Thornton Fractional South) vs. Jiayi Huang (Sr.), Northbrook (Glenbrook North)

17. Claire McLoone (So.), Buffalo Grove vs. Emily Gorczynski (Jr.), Lake Forest (H.S.)

18. Annie Zhou (Sr.), Naperville (Central) vs. Arthi Cunkari (Sr.), Naperville (Neuqua Valley)

19. Liza Henn (Sr.), Park Ridge (Maine South) vs. Mia Ko (Sr.), Orland Park (Sandburg)

20. Julie Mills (Jr.), Wheaton (North) vs. Cindy Tang (So.), Hinsdale (Central)

21. Jenna Franzen (Sr.), Lockport (Twp.) vs. Megan Spencer (Jr.), St. Charles (East)

22. Danielle Kennedy (Sr.), Bradley (B.-Bourbonnais) vs. Maggie Tierney (Sr.), Downers Grove (North)

23. Lily Morris (So.), Palatine (H.S.) vs. Hanna Konrath (So.), Villa Park (Willowbrook)

24. Serena Zhang (So.), Mt. Prospect (Prospect) vs. Kellie Liu (Fr.), Palatine (Fremd)

25. Caroline Christopher (Sr.), Winnetka (New Trier) vs. Christine Moravek (Jr.), LaGrange (Lyons)

26. Sunaina Addanki (Sr.), Hoffman Estates (Conant) vs. Julianna Rylko (So.), Wheaton (W. Warrenville South)

27. Lauren Oda (So.), Elk Grove Village (E.G.) vs. Simin Rajwany (Jr.), Darien (Hinsdale South)

28. Savannah Cornejo-Garcia (Sr.), Carol Stream (Glenbard North) vs. Vaishali Manoharan (Jr.), Aurora (Waubonsie Valley)

29. Sara Chen (Jr.), Northbrook (Glenbrook North) vs. Peyton Nielsen (Sr.), New Lenox (Lincoln-Way West)

30. Vivian Cui (Sr.), Tinley Park (Andrew) vs. Clara Duan (So.), Naperville (North)

31. Annisia Thounsavath (Jr.), Elgin (H.S.) vs. Laura Hyink (Jr.), Elmhurst (York)

32. Emily McClanahan (Jr.), Glenview (Glenbrook South) vs. Esther Shi (Fr.), Lincolnshire (Stevenson)

Doubles 1. Joyce Chen (Jr.), & Shrinithi Venkatesan (Jr.), Naperville (Neuqua Valley) vs. Athena Kakolires (Sr.), & Kasia Czepiel (Jr.), Addison (A. Trail)

2. Kelynn Brummel (Jr.), & Grace Michel (Jr.), Plainfield (South) vs. Taylor Fanella (Sr.), & Gabby Macenis (Jr.), Downers Grove (South)

3. Shirley Cao (Jr.), & Kaitlyn Lu (Fr.), Lincolnshire (Stevenson) vs. Jane Chun (Sr.), & Priyanka Patel (So.), Hoffman Estates (H.S.)

4. Joyce Zheng (Jr.), & Kathy Zheng (Fr.), Naperville (Central) vs. Emma Helsel (Jr.), & Audrey Treadwell (Jr.), St. Charles (North)

5. Angela Li (Sr.), & Lana Millman (So.), Hinsdale (Central) vs. Elana Ferris (Sr.), & Catherine Gray (Jr.), Bradley (B.-Bourbonnais)

6. Ryan Largosa (Jr.), & Paityn Schabes (Sr.), Glen Ellyn (Glenbard South) vs. Brooke Gorski (Sr.), & Megan Kalinowski (Sr.), Des Plaines (Maine West)

7. Brooke Buranosky (Sr.), & Ellie Wilson (Sr.), Deerfield (H.S.) vs. Helene Collin (Jr.), & Alyse Mommer (Sr.), DeKalb

8. Fatima Medina (Jr.), & Jackie Lopez (Jr.), Lansing (Thornton Fractional South) vs. Tess Fallon (So.), & Holly Fessler (So.), Winnetka (New Trier)

9. Megan Gamber (Sr.), & Katie Jarosz (Sr.), Buffalo Grove vs. Vivian Xu (Sr.), & Ariana O'Connell (Fr.), Barrington

10. Alexis Duda (Sr.), & Mary O'Brien (Sr.), Lockport (Twp.) vs. Katie Cooper (Sr.), & Catherine Meredith (Sr.), Mt. Prospect (Prospect)

11. Glyn He (Sr.), & Taylor Zhou (Fr.), Naperville (North) vs. Zoe Meyer (Sr.), & Hannah Kearney (Jr.), Wheaton (W. Warrenville South)

12. Jodie McLennan (Sr.), & Sophia Kics (Jr.), Palatine (H.S.) vs. Kate Bodensteiner (Jr.), & Jasmine Caro (Jr.), Palatine (Fremd)

13. Annie Bedalov (Sr.), & Natalie White (Jr.), Downers Grove (North) vs. Gabriela Bascunan Simone (Jr.), & Maria Krunic (Sr.), Oak Park (O.P.-River Forest)

14. Elena Sgarbossa (Sr.), & Jessica Spitalli (Sr.), Roselle (Lake Park) vs. Christina Li (Sr.), & Ally Rosenbaum (Jr.), Northbrook (Glenbrook North)

15. Irin Abraham (Sr.), & Grace Mazzocco (Sr.), Elmhurst (York) vs. Nikita Varshney (Jr.), & Vyshnavi Nukasani (So.), Aurora (Metea Valley)

16. Ashley Deckelman (Sr.), & Jenna Bostick (Sr.), Flossmoor (Homewood-F.) vs. Kaitlyn Hurka (Fr.), & Imani Williams (Sr.), Darien (Hinsdale South)

17. Anna Brady (Sr.), & Susannah Browning (Jr.), Downers Grove (North) vs. Jenna Gallichio (Jr.), & Samantha Reed (Jr.), Elmhurst (York)

18. Reed Fazel (Sr.), & Anne Hruska (Jr.), Evanston (Twp.) vs. Gabby Yordanova (Sr.), & Sarah Katz (Jr.), Buffalo Grove

19. Bailey Ekstrand (Jr.), & Sam Katsikas (Sr.), Lombard (Glenbard East) vs. Lauren Abbattista (Sr.), & Nika Belova (Fr.), Lake Forest (H.S.)

20. Evelina Kozyra (So.), & Hannah Wang (So.), Schaumburg (H.S.) vs. Samantha Ortiz (Sr.), & Kamila Czyszczon (Jr.), Palatine (H.S.)

21. Emily Ripp (Jr.), & Becca Ricker (Sr.), Frankfort (Lincoln-Way East) vs. Margo Farley (Jr.), & Mary Andersen (Jr.), Wheaton (North)

22. Colleen Stanford (Jr.), & Katherine Ponzi (Sr.), Mt. Prospect (Prospect) vs. Aishwarya Katiki (Sr.), & Avni Limdi (Sr.), Naperville (Neuqua Valley)

23. Bhavana Bheem (Sr.), & Divya Gudur (Sr.), Hoffman Estates (Conant) vs. Morghann Furr (Jr.), & Jessica Sterna (Sr.), Lockport (Twp.)

24. Tina Guo (Sr.), & Helen Hu (Sr.), Hinsdale (Central) vs. Nitya Nagarajan (So.), & Allison Yu (Sr.), Aurora (Metea Valley)

25. Clara Kochanski (Sr.), & Esther Park (Sr.), Park Ridge (Maine South) vs. Saadiqa Hafiz (Sr.), & Ena Rizvic (Sr.), Hoffman Estates (H.S.)

26. Halley Bergen (So.), & Maeve Heflin (Jr.), Oak Park (O.P.-River Forest) vs. Grace Chen (Sr.), & Kathleen Nie (So.), Naperville (North)

27. Gwen Grodek (Sr.), & Lauren De La Rosa (Jr.), LaGrange (Lyons) vs. Sarah Ko (Sr.), & Brianna Mitchell (Sr.), Naperville (Central)

28. Christina Mazzucchi (Jr.), & Christine Rainey (Sr.), Roselle (Lake Park) vs. May Ling (Sr.), & Jenny Yang (Fr.), Lincolnshire (Stevenson)

29. Christina Moy (Jr.), & Rhea Shah (So.), Glenview (Glenbrook South) vs. Elsa Barron (Sr.), & Kathryn Holy (Sr.), Wheaton (W. Warrenville South)

30. Alison McKenney (Sr.), & Kavisha Baxi (Sr.), Downers Grove (South) vs. Frances Romero (Sr.), & Cassie Cintron (Jr.), Lansing (Thornton Fractional South)

31. Holly Trapp (Jr.), & Hui Zhu (Jr.), DeKalb vs. Claire Pomey (Sr.), & Priya Deshmukh (Jr.), Darien (Hinsdale South)

32. Sarah Lucchesi (Sr.), & Melissa Powers (Sr.), Plainfield (South) vs. Hannah Chen (So.), & Sharon Wu (Fr.), Palatine (Fremd)

May 10, 2017

300 new photos added to the Illinois Marathon gallery

Tom Gelsthorpe runs his leg of the relay race
April 22, 2017 - Champaign, IL - Tom Gelsthorpe runs his leg of the Illinois Marathon for his team. Earlier he finished 2nd in the mens 35-39 division in the 10K race. Gels' Belles won the mixed team race with a time of 3:18:30. See more photos from the 2017 Illinois Marathon here...

This week, 350 new images to the PhotoNews 2017 Illinois Marathon photo gallery. In our most recent update you'll find photos of runners hailing from around the country we captured running between the 23rd and 24th mile of the race. There is a photo of Indiana's Cheryl Gray running to a 5th place finish in the Womens 50-54 division, Dan Johnson, from Longmount, CO from the Mens 60-64 division and several photos of first place finisher Janet Burgess from Claremore, OK, who won the Womens 60-64 title with a time of 04:09:33, running a strong race at mile 24.

Hundreds of competitors from around the world, like Mizuki Sugimoto, who clocked in at 3:19:38, ran this year's race. There are several photos of the Japanese runner cruising toward the 24th mile marker in our latest update as well as a cool photo of Costa Rican Abel Chinchilla on his way to 4:09:40 finish.

Closer to home, we included almost 100 photos of area runners from this year's race. Check out the photos of St. Joseph's John Lubinski, Aaron Schwartz-Duval from Urbana and Mahomet's Tonya Nunn, who took home third-place in the Womens Masters category.

Below are just some of the runners we happened to photograph running the 26.2 mile course. See more photos from the race here . . .

Lauren Ferraro dumps a cup of water over her head
Lauren Ferraro, from Saint Louis, MO, dumps a cup of water over her head as she runs to a 15th place finish in the Womens 30-34 division. She crossed the finish line at 3:43:51.

Bloomington's Gary Savage racing in the 2017 Illinois Marathon
Bloomington's Gary Savage, Jr., runs to a 16th place finish in the Mens 40-44 division during the 2017 Illinois Marathon. Completing his run at 3:21:50, he finished this year's race 128th overall out of 1,216 competitors on Saturday.

Elpidio Vilchez
Elpidio Vilchez runs to a 2nd place finish in the Mens Overall Masters division. The Chicago, IL, native finished the race at 02:48:59 and 14th overall out of 1,216 competitors on Saturday.

Julia Ordzowialy keeps a steady pace
With a little more than three miles to go, Julia Ordzowialy keeps a steady pace on her way to a 2nd place finish in the Womens 35-39 category. The Chicagoan was 87th overall out of 1,216 runners stopping the clock at 03:13:50.

May 8, 2017

Begging is everywhere in America

by Glenn Mollette, Guest Commentator

My wife and I visited New York City a couple of days recently. We were walking through Times Square and masses of people on a Saturday night after a show when someone called out to us for money. "Will you please give me a couple of dollars I am hungry," came the first plea.

I barely heard this out of my right ear, as we were moving forward with the crowds. I hadn't really noticed this guy as I was trying to watch where we were going, not trip on someone or the sidewalk while trying to enjoy the lights and sounds of Times Square.

People begging for money have become a common sight in America. I see it in Cincinnati, Nashville, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Baltimore, Seattle, Portland and well you get the picture...begging is everywhere in America to some extent. There is no American that can hand money to every beggar they pass on the street. My wife and I try on occasions to help people. We've seen mothers with their babies on the street begging. We've seen families on the street begging. We've seen Veterans on the street begging. We have passed people and then gone back with a few dollars if we had it to give.

Last Saturday night I was more attuned to walking with my wife and trying to enjoy a brief NYC visit. For some reason this beggar in NYC tuned in on me when I did not turn my head and look at him or respond.

He moved toward me, got in my face and yelled at me, "You are a S.O.B. and I hope that you choke on your food tonight."

I looked at him for just a moment. He was a very angry man obviously from the Middle East. I don't know if he was from Syria, Yemen or who knows but definitely Middle East. My wife and I moved forward. I wasn't scared but it's irritating to be accosted for money when someone is calling my mother the B word. I was happy that I had not given that man a penny.

I understand that people get desperate and hungry. I understand poverty is rampant in this nation. I understand people are victims of unfortunate circumstances. I do believe we should help people and I've tried throughout my life to always be involved in charitable projects. I don't feel sorry for people who feel they are entitled to harass, accost and literally try to rob people. Thieves and robbers who break into people's houses rationalize that they need stuff and however they can get it is justifiable in their minds.

What I am seeing more and more in America's cities is what I've seen in Africa, Turkey and other foreign countries, which is harassment, begging and pleading.

Our tour group was warned about leaving the ancient city of Ephesus in Turkey back in 2005. Our guide told us the people would beg vehemently for anything you have. Do not even make eye contact with them we were told. Sure enough it was a mob who did everything but try to take our wallet and purses. They literally got in our faces and begged, pled and cried for anything we might give them.

I've seen this same demeanor in other parts of the world. More and more of these people are coming to America and more of them will end up on our streets and prowling our neighborhoods. Taking a carefree, delightful stroll down Michigan Avenue in Chicago, a leisurely walk through Times Square or most any major American city has changed. We've always had the poor and needy. However, we are now facing a different attitude and in reality a frightening mentality that does not mind getting in your face to get some of your money or whatever else they feel possessed to try to take.

Finally, everywhere I go in America people are working from every nationality around the world. From hotels, to restaurants, to taxi drivers to vendor people are working and I can't understand anything they say. They do seem to work hard and seem to be happy to be in America. I am happy for these people if they are legal, but I do wish I could understand what they are saying.

If you run into a guy in Times Square calling you a S.O.B. and wishing for you to choke on your food please do what I did not have the presence of mind to do. Remember, hindsight is always 20/20.

Tell him about all the Internationals working all over America. Tell him he can work a real job to. If he doesn't want to do that to please do us all a favor and go back to where he came from.

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 or organization.

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.


April 25, 2017

Tuscola runner wins womens title at the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon

Rachael Brewer runs to a 1st place finish

April 22, 2017 - Champaign, IL - Rachael Brewer runs to a 1st place finish in the Womens division during the 2017 Illinois Marathon. The Tuscola, IL, native and Illinois State University graduate finished the race at 02:47:26. She crossed the finish line 13th overall out of 1,216 competitors on Saturday. See more Illinois Marathon photos in our image library. Search by name, city or official time. Can't find who you are looking for? Submit an archive search request. See the link on the left for details.

Mars runs out of this world, finishes 9th at Illinois Marathon

David Mars runs the Illinois Marathon

April 22, 2017 - Champaign, IL - David Mars runs to a 1st place finish in the Mens 35-39 division during the 2017 Illinois Marathon. The Mount Sterling, OH, native finished the race at 02:41:10. He crossed the finish line 9th overall out of 1,216 competitors on Saturday. See more photos from this year race in our web gallery here . . .

April 22, 2017

Area runners finish near the top at the Illinois Marathon

Last year, after winning the Illinois Marathon's 5K race, (John) Ryan Thompsen gave one of, if not the best, post-race interview in the history of mankind. It took a minute before the newscaster caught on to the Star Wars references Thompsen used to describe his motivation and race experience in the since deleted video by the local television station that aired it. The deadpan delivery was classic.

John Ryan Thompsen runs to a 4th place finish
Ryan Thompsen runs last few steps of the 23rd mile of his race during the 2017 Illinois Marathon. Thompsen finished in 4th place overall at 2:23:08. See more photos from this year's marathon run here . . . PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

The Force was with Thompsen in his marathon debut on Saturday. The former St. Joseph-Ogden high school cross country and track stand out and former North Central College distance specialist, led the area residents to the finish line with a fourth place overall finish in the 26.2 mile race. Averaging 5:51 per mile, Thompsen crossed the finish line at 2:33:08 and was first out of 78 men in the 20-24 age division.

He finished just 11 minutes behind the overall champion Teferi Bacha Regasa. The Morristown, NJ, runner pulled away from Terre Haute based runner Kenneth Kosgei in the last two miles clocking in at 2:22:18. Kosgei finished second overall at 2:24:07. Third place went to Arturs Bareikis who was over the line at 2:30:56.

The next local runner to cross the finish line at Memorial Stadium was Urbana's Alan Zhou. Seventh overall and first in the Mens 19 & under division, he finished at 2:38:46.

Rachel Brewer wins women's title at Illinois Marathon Thirteenth overall, Rachel Brewer, from Tuscola, won the women's side of the race with a time of 2:47:26. The Illinois State University alumni was also first out of the 450 women who finished this year's race and was 13th overall.

While there was not a male from Champaign in the top 100 marathon finishers, Urbana was well-represented at the top.

Leon Dean, Eduardo Ledesma, Dalmau Reig-I-Plessis and Michael Davis turned times faster than three and half hours or better.

Dean was 52nd overall at 3:04:34 and was 10th in the Men's 25-29. Ledesma was not far behind at 3:05:27 good for 55th overall and third in the Men's 40-44 age group. Reig-I-Plessis strolled over the finish line 15th in the 25-29 age group and 64th overall at 3:08:05.

A little more than three minutes later Michael Davis completed the course at 3:11:31, good for 80th place overall and 15th place in 35-39 age division.

In addition to Brewer, four other area women finished the Illinois Marathon in the top 100. Allison Gibson and Lisa Zyga, both from Champaign, along with Tessa Hanlon and Tonya Nunn, both from Mahomet, also were top-3 finishers in their respective age groups.

Gibson finished first in the Women's 20-24 category at 3:13:35. Hanlon finished nearly eight minutes behind Gibson to take the bronze medal in their division.

Zyga beat 61 runners from her age group to the finish line at 3:19:54 in the Female 30-34 division. Meanwhile, Nunn took home a third-place medal after her 3:25:10 time in the Women's Masters category.

April 21, 2017

May 2010 photo catalog

Here is a listing of events covered by PhotoNews Media during the month of May in 2009. See if any of the photos on this list have been published yet by browsing our photo archive here: PhotoNews Media Photo Archive. Search by school, school nickname, date or athlete's name.

St. Joseph-Ogden's Ben Knipfer winds up for a pitch

May 4, 2009 - Oakwood, IL - St. Joseph-Ogden's Ben Knipfer winds up for a pitch against host Oakwood early Monday evening. Thanks to seven first inning runs, the Comets roll over the visiting Spartans, 11-0 in five innings.

May 2009

05-02-09 • Centennial Soccer vs Beecher
05-02-09 • Centennial JV Baseball vs Normal West
05-04-09 • St. Joseph-Ogden Baseball vs Oakwood
05-05-09 • Centennial Soccer vs Central
05-07-09 • St. Joseph-Ogden Softball vs Paxton-Buckley-Loda
05-09-09 • Driscoll vs Schlarman Baseball
05-09-09 • Driscoll vs Tuscola Baseball
05-09-09 • St. Joseph-Ogden vs Schlarman Baseball
05-09-09 • St. Joseph-Ogden vs Schlarman Softball
05-09-09 • St. Joseph-Ogden vs Tuscola Softball
05-11-09 • Sangamon Valley Conference Meet
05-12-09 • St. Joseph-Ogden SB-home vs St. Thomas More
05-14-09 • St. Joseph-Ogden SB-away vs St. Thomas More
05-16-09 • Unity Sectional Track Meet
05-18-09 • News-Gazette Honor Roll Meet
05-19-09 • Central vs Centennial Soccer Regional
05-19-09 • Mahomet-Seymour Soccer vs Danville Regional Match
05-19-09 • St. Joseph-Ogden Softball vs Georgetown-Ridge Farm
05-28-09 • Boys State Track
05-21-09 • Girls State Track

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

Trey Ballard watches his fly ball go up

May 2, 2009 - Champaign, IL - Champaign Centennial JV baseball player Trey Ballard watches his fly ball go up in the second game of their doubleheader. The Chargers fell 18-8 after six innings to visiting Normal West.

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.

April 18, 2017

We need help fast

by Glenn Mollette, Guest Commentator

The new medical insurance premium for my wife and I will be just a few dollars shy of $2,000 per month for 2017. This amounts to a total of $24,000 for the year. Should either of us have a serious illness or medical procedure then our out of pocket expense will be $11,000. Therefore we could potentially be out $35,000 in medical expenses in one year. I hope we aren't but the potential is always there. Of course, that would be better than a $100,000 medical expense or being shoved into bankruptcy because of medical bills. It is easy in today's world to rack up several hundred thousand dollars in medical expenses.

President Trump appears to be moving fast on his promises. I hope he acts fast on affordable health care because it's killing me.

I continue to hear from people who have achieved Social Security disability status. They were declared disabled by a doctor and were eventually legally approved. This not only means a nice monthly check from Social Security but it means medical care provided by the American taxpayers. Sadly, there are lots of reports of people who have obtained crooked attorneys with connections to crooked doctors who know a crooked Judge who help them get approved for disabled Social Security. I'm for anybody that is truly disabled to have this help from the American taxpayers. It's bad for America when people lie and fake an illness to get a disability check. Unfortunately when the government is writing checks multitudes line up to get their share whether they deserve it or not.

If I live a few more years I can apply for a full Social Security check and I will have Medicare. We will only have to pay for my wife's medical insurance for a little while and thus life will go on. The point is that most of us are feeling the pain of health insurance costs. Mr. President we need help fast.

Hospitals and doctors have been gouging the government and insurance companies for a long time. For years the government and insurance companies have paid it but things are changing some. Insurance companies are no longer paying for everything or paying the full price they are being charged. One doctor recently told me that he has to bill the insurance company about three times more than he would normally charge a patient to just receive close to the amount he needs for a procedure.

While our new government leadership is supposedly working on a plan to fix medical care they need to fix the rising cost of a college education. Too many college graduates are racking up $60,000 to over $100,000 in debt with horrendous interest rates being charged by some lending institutions. Colleges know they have a gravy train. Thousands of students across the country who meet the conditions can receive $5,815 in government money paid directly to their college of choice. Colleges then tack on thousands of dollars more that families or the students often have to borrow. Colleges in turn build bigger buildings and incur more debt that in turn requires more and more tuition from struggling students and families.

Many federally funded colleges pay big salaries. One college President in Kentucky made about $400,000 a year at a tiny private Christian college. That's not that huge as some Presidents today are making close to a million dollars a year. What is interesting is that his Board of Trustees promised him this same salary package upon his retirement for the rest of his life plus medical insurance, an apartment, a car and even his cell phone. Where does this money come from? The money comes from federal grants that we the taxpayers pay and from struggling students who rack up big debts so that a retired college President can receive almost $400,000 a year and additional perks for the rest of his life. Sadly, a lot of academic institutions are crumbling across this country. There are numerous cases of campuses closing and being sold to bigger institutions or closing altogether.

Average Americans can't handle what we are being handed in medical and college costs. We need help fast.

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 or organization.

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.


Look what David did

Last fall, we started having a little fun by randomly picking a name and doing a search through the PhotoNews image gallery to feature the best photos we had of people with that name. The first name that came to mind was Rick, but we didn't do a good job of making great images of anybody name Rick. Yes, we will work harder on that for 2017.

The next name to try was David and we had a winner. Here are seven Davids competing from various sporting events we've covered in years gone by. You will find all of them here: All the Davids on iphotonews.com.

David Robinson runs in the 2016 Illinois Marathon
April 30, 2016 - Champaign, IL - Running down Country Lane just past the 24 mile marker, David Robinson, from Chicago, IL, runs to a 47th place finish in his age group at the 2016 Illinois Marathon. He finished the race with a time of 4:17:49. More than 1,400 crossed the finish line rain-soaked race.

David Burleson runs to a second place finish
August 18, 2012 - Mahomet, IL - David Burleson runs to a second place finish in the Men's 40-44 age division at the 2012 Mahomet Half Marathon. Burleson crossed the finish line 32nd overall with a time of 1:37:12.0.

David Su
Scoring Central's only goal earlier in the game, Maroon's David Su outplays Charger's David Schurter on the ball in the second half. The Maroon's hold off undefeated crosstown rival and Big 12 soccer powerhouse Champaign Centennial with the game ending in a 1-1 tie.

David Holland returns to the transition area
June 3, 2006 - LeRoy, IL - David Holland returns to the transition area after biking the course during the 2006 Tri-Shark Classic Triathlon at Moraine View State Park Saturday morning. Holland finished the race with a time of 1:08:38. He/She swam the 600 yard course in 8:48, finished the 13 mile bike ride in 34:54:00, and ran a time of 22:08 in the 5K run at this year's race. The annual race draws multi-sport endurance athletes from around the state. See more Tri-Shark Tri race photos here . . .

David Dreschler hits his opening tee shot
July 10, 2005 - Savoy, IL - David Dreschler hits his opening tee shot during day two play at the University of Illinois Players Cup golf tournament. Rich Thompson and Ryan Cantrell won this year's cup after a playoff with Creg McDonald and Jamie Fairbanks.

Marquette's Davide Ferrari run hurdles at state track
May 26, 2016 - Charleston, IL - Marquette's Davide Ferrari clears his first hurdle in the Class 1A 300-Meter Int. Hurdles at the Illinois High Association's Track and Field State prelims on Thursday.

Huntley's David Ferrante puts the face of Mt. Carmel's Dillon Hoey into the mat
February 16, 2017 - Champaign, IL - Huntley's David Ferrante puts the face of Mt. Carmel's Dillon Hoey into the mat during their 152-pound Class 3A preliminary match at the Illinois High School Association opening day of the IHSA Individual State Wrestling Finals. (Photo: PhotoNews/Clark Brooks)

Click here to see photos of all the athletes name Davids in our image library today. Check back in a few months to see all the new Davids added to our huge online image library.

April 16, 2017

April 15 Rapid Rundown

Monticello grad pitches shutout
Parkland pitcher Sophie Catlin
Parkland pitcher Sophie Catlin winds up for a pitch against John Wood last month. The sophomore pitched four-hit shutout on Friday. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

Former Monticello High School standout Sophie Catlin threw a four-hit shutout and crushed her eighth home run of the season in the first inning for 2 RBI. Catlin is now 9-4 from the circle this year after the 8-0 victory in game one a doubleheader against Lewis & Clark.

She wasn't the only pummeling home runs in Friday's game. Megan Magsamen hit a two-run shot in the third inning and Maddy Shoemaker tacked on a solo homer in the fourth inning.

The hits kept coming in game two against the Blazers. Parkland' Haley Ginger was good for a two-run homer and Shelby Youngblood fenced a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning for the green and gold 'W'. The Cobras collected 10 hits including doubles from Magsamen, Shoemaker and Amber Tabeling.

Parkland coach earns 700th victory
After a back-to-back shutout over Lewis & Clark, Parkland College head coach Chuck Clutts joined the 700 Club after his team's home doubleheader on Friday. The veteran coach has led the Cobra softball team to the NJCAA national tournament seven times and while a national title has eluded the program, he has produced three National Runner-Up titles.

The Cobras are now on a 12-game win streak this season with an impressive 29-7 record. Clutts' team is ranked #13 in the NJCAA division 2 poll and in first place in the Midwest-Athletic Conferece.

Clutts' coaching record as of Friday's twin bill is 700-272-2.

Illini win softball opener at Michigan State
Fighting Illini pitcher Breanna Wonderly winds up against Purdue
Breanna Wonderly winds up for a pitch during Illinois' home game against Purdue earlier this month. The senior picked up her 14th win of the season with win at Michigan State on Friday. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

A four-run fifth inning rally at the top of the frame gave the Illini women's softball team a 6-0 lead in their series opener on the road at Michigan State. The Spartans' comeback effort fell short giving Illinois a 6-3 win in Caledonia on Friday.

Breanna Wonderly (14-9) notched another win after giving up 6 hits and striking out five of the 30 Spartan batters that came to the plate.

Meanwhile, Ruby Rivera scored twice for the Fighting Illini and tallied 3 RBI in the Big Ten Conference game.

Courting failure top-ranked Buckeyes crush Illini
Ohio State didn't pull any punches in drubbing the Illinois women's tennis team on Friday leaving no doubt why they are a top four team in college tennis this season. Despite home court advantage, the Illini fell 7-0 to the Buckeyes at Atkins Tennis Center. The Fighting Illini drop to 5-3 in the Big Ten while Ohio State remains undefeated in the conference at 8-0.

After taking the doubles point, the visitors dominated the singles half of the program thanks to a roster with five nationally ranked players. On average, the Illini players won just five games against their OSU counterparts.

Illinois' Louise Kwong faced the country's #1 college player Francesca Di Lorenzo for a second time from the service line during the match. Kwong put a long fight on the #1 court but eventually succumbed in a 6-2, 6-3 decision. Earlier, Di Lorenzo, paired Miho Kowase who is ranked 88th and the team's #3 singles player, beat Kwong and teammate Jaclyn Switkes, 6-1.

Like Kwong, Champaign native Madie Baillion lost to Kowase by the same score on court 3 after the Fighting Illini's #2 player Alexis Casati also dropped both sets 6-2, 6-3.

Engel's walk-off walk wins whips Wildcats
It was barely five minutes from becoming a two-day game when pinch hitter Tyler Engel drew a walk-off walk in the 11th inning against Northwestern at Illinois Field on Friday. His patience paid off as the Fighting Illini baseball knocked off Northwestern in the opener of their three-game series, 4-3.

Illinois center fielder Doran Turchin was good for two of his teams four runs and chipped in a RBI on 3 hits. Trent Hammond drove in two runs (Rowbottom and Turchin) in the fourth inning on a double to left center.

Joe Hoscheit led the Wildcats' effort with 2 hits and 2 RBI after five trips to the plate.

April 5, 2017

April 5 Rapid Rundown

SJO girls captures four 1st at county meet
Zea Maroon runs her leg of the 4x400m relay
Zea Maroon runs her leg of the 4x400-Meter relay during the prelim races at the IHSA Girls State Track Finals last May. Along with teammates Sam Mabry, Rylee Suits and Abbey Mizer, the foursome ran a 4:19.61 to win this year's Champaign County Meet last Saturday. Maroon also turned in a 1 minute, 2.32 second time to place second in the 400m Dash. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/ Clark Brooks)

St. Joseph-Ogden dominated the field taking the two top spots in the Girls 100m dash at the Champaign County Meet on Saturday. Frankie Izard placed first with at time of 13.26 and was followed over the finish line by teammate Aleesia Reeves. Izard also took third in the 200-Meter Dash finals.

Senior two-sport athlete Parker Francisco ran a 15.55 in the 100m Hurdles and sailed 33 feet, 1.5 inches, in the Triple Jump earning first place honors for her effort.

In the field events, Hanna Atwood, who finished second in the Class 1A Pole Vault competition last spring with a career best 11 feet, 9 inch, took home the county meet title in the event with a meet best of 10 feet, 6 inches.

Both Atwood and Francisco were on the Spartans second place 4x200-Meter relay squad.

Parkland splits Danville conference series
The Parkland softball team's bats went nuclear on their host in Danville blanketing 14 hits in the opener of their road conference game against Danville Area Community College on Sunday. The Cobras broke loose the 2-all game in the third inning plating a pair of runs to go up 4-2 on their way to a 10-2 victory.

Maddy Shoemaker led the Parkland offense with four hits and 2 RBI. Megan Magsamen, Sophie Catlin, Makenna Butcher and Haley Ginger delivered two hit each. Butcher and Catlin also contributed 2 RBI in the near-shutout.

The Jaguars rallied back early in the nightcap scoring five runs on 4 hits and 2 errors in the bottom of the first inning. DACC would plate three more run on their way to a 8-3 win over the Cobras.

Down 8-1 in the top of the 5th, Shelby Youngblood crushed a hard shot over the left-center field fence for Parkland's second run of the game for Parkland. In the next frame, Brigette Belt drove in Megan Magsamen with a double down the left field line to set the final score.

Sitting at 17-5 for the season, the Cobra's return to action with back-to-back-back doubleheaders on Thursday. Chuck Clutt's might sluggers six-game weekend schedule starts with two games at Rock Valley tomorrow and then a twin bill at Spoon River on Saturday. The Snappers then travel to Champaign to finish off the four-game conference rotation start at 2pm on Sunday.

Illinois softball improves 4-1 in Big Ten
Thanks to a walk-off double in the bottom of the seventh by Annie Fleming, the Fighting Illini softball team squeaked out a 4-3 victory over Minnesota on Sunday at Eichelberger Field on Saturday. Kiana Sherlund scored twice and chipped in an RBI in the fifth inning.

Recording four strike outs, Breanna Wonderly picked up her 10th win of the season after a complete game giving up 3 runs on 7 hits in front of a little more than 600 fans in attendance.

McInerney's solo shot delivers Illini victory
Pat McInerney's 10th home run of the season couldn't have come at a better time. Illinois' starting first baseman put the ball over the left field wall for a walk-off solo home run to beat Indiana State 2-1 at home on Saturday.

McInerney and the Fighting Illini baseball team (10-16 overall, 0-3 conference) head to Ann Arbor to face the Wolverines in a three-game series starting Friday.

Anderson finish 1st in three events
Jyana Anderson runs a prelim race at state track in 2016. Now a sophomore, the Tigers' sprinter medaled three times at the Champaign County Girls Meet on Saturday. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/ Clark Brooks)

Urbana speedster Jyana Anderson won three medals - all gold - at the Champaign County Girls Meet on Saturday. The sophomore sprinter bested Rantoul's Akalah Spinks and St. Joseph-Ogden's Frankie Izard with at time of 25.93 in 200-Meter Dash. Spinks finished second at 27.04 and Izard crossed over at 27.31.

With a sub-50 second time in the 4x100-Meter Dash, Anderson along with teammates Diamonasia Taylor, Shyanee Bufford and Ayana Kelley-Weatherspoon, earned her second medal of the day after they turned in a time of 49.82. Later, the squad ran a 1:47.30 in the 4x200-Meter Dash also winning gold.

Taylor won a second gold medal after clearing 5-02 in the high jump and Lanaeja Carter won the Discus Throw with her best toss going 118 feet to round out the Tigers' top performers. Carter was followed by Mahomet-Seymour's Cassie Perry going 115 feet, seven inches in second and Centennial's Faith Ayodele earning bronze at 104 feet, four inches.

April 3, 2017

Close call sinks Maroons in '12 sectional game

Five years ago with a new head coach and their fifth consecutive regional title, the Moline baseball team was poised to make an even deeper run into postseason when they took the field against Minooka in their sectional semifinal game on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University.

The Maroons took the lead in the third inning and it looked as if they would advance to the title game nursing their three-run lead. However, in the bottom of the ninth after a pair of deadlocked innings at 3-all, the Indians' Nicholas Fleischauer scored on a single from second base ending Moline's season on a call that is likely a source of emotional pain and one for dispute for more years to come.

Nicholas Fleischauer slides at home for the win.
Safe or out? Too close to call, but umpire did and the Maroons came out on the wrong side of the call. Did Nicholas Fleischauer beat out Moline catcher Nick Runco tag? Look at the photo below. It's hard to tell from the camera angle if Fleischauer's fingertips touched the plate before or after Runco gets the tag on his shoulder.
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Moline's season may have finished 23-14 and a game shy of an elusive sectional title but the memories will live on with a few of the game photos we published on Instagram today. Here's just five of the more than 400 images that were shot during the game by photographer Clark Brooks. When you are ready to see more photos from the game submit an archive search request.

Moline senior Jake Frost holds up the ball after making a diving catch in the Maroons' state sectional semifinal against Minooka. The Maroons fell 4-3 in the 9th inning to the Indians, ending their IHSA postseason run in 2012.

Junior Dallas DeVrieze unloads a pitch late in Moline's sectional semifinal. See more baseball photos in our online archive here.

Timmy Wages claps while cheering for a teammate who makes to first.

Sophomore Braden Mosley gives a high-five to teammate Timmy Wages after scoring a run for Moline. See more baseball photos in our online archive here. Search for games or players by name or date any time. Can't find what you are looking for? Submit an archive search request.

Minooka's Nicholas Fleischauer is called safe at home while Maroons' Nick Runco holds up the ball to show he has control over the play. The 9th inning call stood punching the ticket for Indians to advance to the IHSA sectional title game.

April 2, 2017

April 2 Rapid Rundown

Parkland Split With DACC
Maddy Shoemaker scored three times in game one of Parkland College's home doubleheader against Danville Community College at home on Saturday. Amber Tabeling and Bridgette Belt each notched 2 RBI on a pair of hits to knock off the Jaguars, 7-1.

Freshman thrower Lexie Black stayed in the circle all seven innings giving up one unearned run on six hits.

The Cobras improved to 6-3 with the conference win and 16-3 overall for the season.
Parkland College softball player Maddy Shoemaker

Parkland's Maddy Shoemaker puts the ball in play against John Wood. The freshman standout has scored 24 runs in 20 game appearances for the Cobras so far this season. She has also tagged three home runs as the team approaches the midpoint of their season.

Cobra Softball Suffers Loss
A solo home run from Hannah Sheppard in the 3rd inning was all Danville Community College needed to beat Parkland College to split their road doubleheader on Saturday, 1-0.

Sophie Catlin led the Cobras with two hits and Amber Tabeling contributed one in an effort that lead to no runs for the home team.

Parkland will have a chance to avenge the loss, their fourth of the season, in less than 24 hours when the two team meet for a scheduled doubleheader in Danville on Sunday.

Illini Baseball Holds On For Win
The Fighting Illini baseball team survived a late rally by Indiana State to secure a 6-4 victory in their series opener on Friday.

Illinois' Trent Hammond and Ben Troike combined for 4 RBI, with two each, in the non-conference contest under chilly conditions in front of small, loyal home field crowd.

Down 2-0 Illini slugger Pat McInerney hit solo home run over the left center wall to put a stick on the scoreboard in the fourth inning. In the same frame Troike unleashed a shot down the right field line for triple, plating teammates Dan Rowbottom and Casey Dodge.

The Illini improved to 7-16 on the season while Indiana State stays above .500 dropping to 12-10 record.

McInerney Slams Winner
Pat McInerney hit crushed a two-run homer in the 9th inning to give the Illinois baseball team a 2-1 win and 2-0 lead in their three-game series on Saturday with the Indiana State Sycamores.

Freshman hurler Ty Webber earned his second collegiate pitching win striking out seven batters while giving up one run on four hits.

Golden Gophers Crush Fighting Illini In The 5th
The Minnesota softball team plated 10 runs in the 5th inning rolling to a 12-0 shutout over the Illinois softball team at Eichelberger Field on Friday.

Kendyl Lindaman tallied 6 RBI after hammering two home runs for the Golden Gophers in the same inning on Fighting Illini pitcher Breanna Wonderly.

Maddi Doane led the stagnant Illinois offense with team's single hit in the contest.

Parkland Baseball Win Streak Continues
The Parkland baseball team picked up a pair of wins after knocking of Lincoln Land, 10-2, and 8-5, on Saturday. With a nine-game win streak now on the books, the Cobras improved to 20-4 overall record and remain undefeated in conference play at 6-0.

Spartans Sweep Two Teams On Saturday
Marty Wright cracked a double over the head of Stillman Valley's right fielder for his second RBI of the game to put St. Joseph-Ogden up 3-0 in the third inning on Saturday. The Spartans went on to win their second game of the day 4-2 over the Cardinals. Wright and fellow senior Brant Hoveln delivered two hits and 2 RBI to help the Spartans to improve to an 8-1 record on the season.

In the earlier game against Teutopolis, senior Brant Hoveln pushed Austin Cain, who was on third from a steal, over the plate for the only run of the game in SJO's 1-0 shutout over the Wooden Shoes. Colton Hale recorded 12 strike outs from the hill in the victory on Saturday.

Illini Women Continue To Roll
The Illinois women's tennis team extended their win streak to five matches after cinching a road victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes, 5-2. The victory improves the team's conference record to 3-1 and 9-9 for the season.

Dropping the doubles point 2-1, the Fighting Illini stormed back to dominates the singles side of the match taking five out the six matches.

Louise Kwong needed three sets on the #1 singles court to put away Iowa's Elise Van Heuvelen and cement the match win for Illinois. The senior quickly recovered from the 3-6 first set loss to finish out the match 6-2, 7-5.

Like Kwong, Alexis Casati hung tough and played out a grueling three-setter slipping by the Hawkeyes #2, Zoe Douglas, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. Meanwhile, Champaign-native Madie Baillon, Jaclyn Switkes and Grace Tapak cruised to W's giving up four or fewer games in their romp over Iowa opponents.

Illinois Men Pinched In Heartbreaker
The Fighting Illini men's tennis team drop to 2-2 in Big Ten play after falling 4-3 to 33-ranked Minnesota on Friday. Their overall 9-9 record mirrors that of the women's team after the loss.

After Illinois took the doubles point, Aleks Vukic quickly dispatched Gophers' Matic Spec 6-4, 6-2, to give his team a 2-0 lead. The junior extended his win streak to 12 matches. Partnered with Vuk Budic, the pair won their doubles bout, 6-4.

Aleks Kovacevic prevailed in his three-set battle with Minnesota's Stefan Millcevic for the Illini's only other singles victory in 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

The men will face Iowa in their next home match at Atkins Tennis Center starting at noon on April 8.

March 31, 2017

Capital Hill has a lot of work to do healthcare

by Glenn Mollette, Guest Commentator

I dreamed I had come up with a solution to America's greatest problem, eliminate Congress. Unfortunately when I awakened I was in greater distress because the television was on and Congress was in session haggling. Tragically my dream awakened to America's ongoing nightmare.

Politics and Congressional gridlock has come to dominate America's way of life. American's have come to live and breathe the tension of Capital Hill through Internet and cable television. People have chosen sides or removed themselves totally from the fray to enjoy their remaining days of life.

Hold everything, now there is an idea.

Totally shut off CNN, MSNBC, Fox, NBC, all news feeds from The Washington Post and New York Times and just simply have a marvelous day! In the meantime totally unplug from Facebook, Twitter, and get away from the computer because every time you log on you are bombarded with something to incite you or suck you into the daily fray for all. Hey pal, is this really the life you dreamed of living?

My fear is if I keep my head buried in the sand that I will pull it out and ISIS will be driving down my road dragging my neighbors by their necks with a noose reserved for me. I don't want that for my neighbors or for me. I have to try to stay with it because if all Americans go on our merry way neglecting what freedoms we have left we will have no freedoms at all. So I say this to you dear friend let us not give up on doing what is right. There are little children in this country who deserve a free and safe place to live. We must stay alert and do our part every day. This doesn't mean that we don't get a little sick and tired though.

Many of us were irked last week with how the new health care bill played out. I want a new health care bill as bad as anyone, but hold the phone. Buying insurance across state lines was not part of the new proposal. If I had been there voting, then I would had to say no deal. All we have heard about for two years is the promise to reign in these insurance businesses and give Americans a chance at more reasonable, competitive insurance rates. Capital Hill still has a lot of work to do on a new healthcare bill.

Medicaid has to be fixed. Medicaid should only be for the very poor and the truly disabled. There also should be a lifetime limit on Medicaid. Healthy poor citizens should be limited to a maximum of five years on Medicaid with never more than a two-year increment of Medicaid coverage. People should have to go off a year before coming back into the system. When your five years are complete then it's over. Five years should give people enough time to move to a part of the country where they can find a sustaining job.

Also, any health care bill that hints of bailing out insurance companies will not work. They make billions and must be responsible. Bailing out banks and insurance companies will only add to America's debt and lust for more of your tax dollars.

Find some ways to relax and live the life you have dreamed about. First step is to disconnect from anything that plugs you into Congress and Capital Hill. But wait; don't stay unplugged forever because you might not have an America when you reconnect.

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 or organization.

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March 30, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Spartans take on the Hilltoppers at Busch Stadium

With lot of game cancellations due to persistent rain showers in the forecast and soggy fields everywhere, it leaves plenty of time to take a moment to look back in the PhotoNews archive and add some new images to our online gallery.

A little more than nine years ago, St. Joseph-Ogden and Schlarman Academy scheduled a regular season baseball game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis where players could enjoy the experience of playing in a Major League setting. While the athletes and fans were enjoying a beautiful April day making memories, the PhotoNews was the making images to relive on days like today.

With more than 160 images in the gallery re-posted today in the PhotoNews Stacks, below is are ten of the editor's favorite pics from the day. Follow this link to see the complete gallery here: St. Joseph-Ogden at Busch Stadium.

Brad Allen and Schlarman Jason Woodworth share a lighthearted moment before their game.

SJO head coach Brad Allen and Schlarman head coach Jason Woodworth share a light moment in the tunnels of Busch Stadium before taking the field against each in their regular season baseball game.

Schlarman pitcher Matt Chamberlain

Schlarman pitcher Matt Chamberlain fires a heater from the MLB mound of Busch Stadium at a St. Joseph-Ogden batter waiting at the plate. The Hilltoppers defeated the Spartans in exciting 19-11 battle on April 5, 2008.

Tyler Johnson puts the ball in play

St. Joseph-Ogden slugger Tyler Johnson puts the ball in play in SJO's non-conference baseball game against Schlarman Academy.

The bus ride there

SJO fans heading to watch the Spartans and the Hilltoppers baseball game at Busch Stadium watch movies on the way down to Busch Stadium.

Cameron Welch sends the ball deep

Cameron Welch sends the ball deep on a shot that put him on base for the Spartans early in the game against Schlarman. See more photos here . . .

While watching the Cardinals play on the field below SJO's Dana Pyburn enjoys a ballpark favorite, Cracker Jacks. Pyburn and his St. Joseph-Ogden teammates later took the field squaring off against the Hilltoppers of Schlarman Academy.

Spartan three-sport athlete Zach Becker displays perfect pitching form while hurling smoke over the plate at Hilltoppers batters.

Spartans' Kyle Swisher puts a no-glare strips

Spartans' Kyle Swisher puts a no-glare strips under the eyes of teammate Drew Artega. The two JV players were getting ready for St. Joseph-Ogden's baseball game against Schlarman Academy.

Hannah Hogan and Morgan Davis share a couple of great smiles

SJO track athletes and cheerleaders Hannah Hogan and Morgan Davis share a couple of great smiles in the warm sunlight pouring into the stands at the stadium.

Spartans' Eli Marlow holds a runner on first base, ready to make a throw to second if needed in SJO's game against the Hilltoppers. St. Joseph-Ogden fell to Schlarman 19-11 at their game Saturday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo.. See more photos here . . .