Three new images cracked the PhotoNews top ten most-viewed last month. Here's a look at the new photos and other top seven photographs other that our fans viewed last month.
November 19, 2016 - Monticello, IL - Caleb Hanson looks for an open receiver during his team's playoff game against IC Catholic Prep. In their deepest postseason run since the 90s, the Sages battled defiantly against the Knights to a 48-6 loss in their Class 3A final.
Entering the top ten for the first time, this photo of SJO's Jordan Brooks as steps up to accept his All-Tournament award after his team's Leader Classic title game on Wednesday evening on December 21, 2016, quickly rose to the top of the stack. St. Joseph-Ogden won the game by way of a 84-71 victory with the help of Brooks, who was named to the All-Tournament team, contributed 18 points, 12 from four three-pointers. See more great photos from the Spartans' holiday tournament game against Olympia here.
This pregame photo from St. Joseph-Ogden's Senior Day game against St. Thomas More dropped a few spots from #5 in November. Jake Pence and father Todd clap for a fellow senior and his parents during the recognition ceremony prior to the first pitch. The Spartans later rolled to a 11-0 victory in 5 innings over the Sabers. The win sealed SJO's title as the Okaw Valley Conference baseball champions on Tuesday, May 3, 2016.
Despite dropping three spots on the December list, this shot of St. Joseph-Ogden's Andrea Coursey looking on while Kate Bigger attempts a kill against the Althoff Catholic Cursaders in their Class 2A semifinal on Friday remained in the top ten. After dropping the first game 10-25, the Spartans battled to a 25-18, 25-8 finish on November 11, 2016, punching their ticket to the title game against the winner of the second semifinal between Latin and Eureka. See more photos from our state volleyball coverage here . . . Photo: PhotoNews\Clark Brooks
Monticello's Jeffrey Wileaver and IC Catholic Prep's Robert Vitek battle for domination in the trenches of their playoff game on Saturday in this photo that was #3 on our list last month. In their deepest postseason run since the 90s, the Sages battled defiantly against the Knights to a 48-6 loss in their Class 3A final. In case you missed them, check out the complete game gallery here . . .
Moving up four spots from #9 previously, this moving photo of St. Joseph-Ogden's Kylie Michael and Bree Trimble hugging after their team's semifinal victory over Althoff Catholic on Friday captures an emotional moment from the close-knit Spartan squad and eventual Class 2A runner-up.
Making its debut in the top ten, this photo of Unity's Bobby Goodnight, Thanasi Pyle and Judah Welch running out on the field before the start of their non-conference home game against Red Hill on September 24 exploded up the list of more than 500 new photos added to our online archive in December. The Rockets went on to pick up their third win of the season after a 49-7 victory over the Salukis on Saturday. Check out more of the photos in the game gallery here.
November 19, 2016 - Monticello, IL - Monticello's Riley Austin tries to get away from IC Catholic Prep's Jim Kenneally and tackle ball carrier Jordan Rowell during first quarter play. In their deepest postseason run since the 90s, the Sages battled defiantly against the Knights to a 48-6 loss in their Class 3A final. This photo drop one spot from its position in the November top ten.
The fastest rising photo last month in our online archive was this image of former St. Joseph-Ogden athlete Drew Arteaga. Now an assistant coach for Westville, he talks with junior Dalton Dalby during a time out in their Leader Classic holiday basketball tournament match-up on December 16. Both teams scored exactly half of their points in each half of the game as Arteaga' alma mater iced his visiting Tigers, 62-38.
#1 Most-viewed photo for December 2016
This photograph with Westmont's Kyle Casper concentrating on making his way to the finish line last May while running the Class 1A 110-Meter High Hurdles at the Illinois High Association's Track and Field State prelims remains at the top for a second consecutive month. There are more than 1,700 track and field photos currently on display in our photo gallery. Here's where you can find them: track & field photos.