February 26, 2017

Unity Lady Mustangs carry off 2nd place trophy


February 25, 2017 - Normal, IL - Unity's Claire Rabe, Jordan Hildebrand and Lindsey Fuller carry off their team's second place trophy after the Class 1A championship awards ceremony on Saturday. The Lady Mustangs fell in an emotional heartbreaker at the IHSA Girls State Basketball Finals to the Annawan Bravettes, 45-42. See the game photos that didn't make the paper here: Saturday State Championship Gallery. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

Lady Panthers finish fourth in the state


February 25, 2017 - Normal, IL - Central-Southeast captains Megan Lee, Kolby McClelland, Alaina Vance and Brianna Hildebrand come forward to accept their team's fourth-place trophy during the Class 2A third-place game awards ceremony at the IHSA Girls State Basketball State Finals. The Lady Panthers fell 47-42 to the St. Edwards Lions bringing home this year's fourth place trophy. Follow this link to see more photos from the game on Saturday. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

February 25, 2017

Vance and the Lady Panthers play for third on Saturday

Aliana Vance taking her shot at state

February 24, 2017 - Normal, IL - Camp Point Central/Southeast's Alaina Vance takes a second half shot over Byron's Meghan McCarey during their Class 2A semifinal at the IHSA Girls State Basketball Finals. The Lady Panthers fell 53-37 in a highly physical contest to the Tigers on Friday. CSE will play St. Elgin on Saturday for the third place trophy. Vance contributed 5 points to the team's effort on the scoreboard. Click here to see 20 more photos from the game of Vance and her teammates. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

February 24, 2017

Bravettes advance to title game on VanHyfte coattails


February 24, 2017 - Normal, IL - Annawan's Jayde VanHyfte goes up for a first quarter shot contested by Harvest Christian Academy Alyssa Iverson in their Class 1A semifinal. Behind VanHyfte's game-high 29 points and 19 boards, the Bravettes advance to Saturday's title game after a 51-42 win over the Lions to face Mendon Unity. See 12 more photos from the game in our state basketball gallery here . . . (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

Unity reaches state title game

Kaylee Kuhn dribbles the ball

February 24, 2017 - Normal, IL - Unity's Kaylee Kuhn dribbles the ball across the half court line during their Class 1A semifinal at the IHSA Girls State Basketball Finals on Friday. The Lady Mustangs defeated the Warriors from Calhoun 42-34 to advance to the title game against Annawan on Saturday. In addition to a team-high four steals, Kuhn finished the game with 8 points and 3 rebounds. Find more photos from the game in our state basketball gallery here . . . (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

February 20, 2017

Seven sweet photos from state wrestling

This past weekend we covered over 170 wrestlers competing at the IHSA Individual Wrestling State Finals for our newspaper partners around the state. See more than 300 additional photos from the weekend in our galleries from our coverage of the toughest athletes in high school sports from all three days at this year's state tournament in our photo archives here: 2017 State Wrestling Galleries. Here's a look six sweet photos from our collection that we know wrestlers love to see.

Lockport Township's Trevell Timmons celebrates his victory
Lockport Township's Trevell Timmons celebrates his victory over Marmion Academy's Nate Jimenez after their 160-pound Class 3A championship match at the IHSA Individual State Wrestling Finals on Saturday. The Porters' senior won the bout, 5-3. Click here to see our photo collection of Timmons.

Providence Catholic's Cole Smith throws Marmion Academy's Brad Gross
Providence Catholic's Cole Smith throws Marmion Academy's Brad Gross during their 152-pound Class 3A championship semifinal match. Gross lost the bout 14-1, but went on to finish third after beating Huntley freshman David Ferrante by sudden victory, 4-2.

Downers Grove South's Sergio Villalobos
Downers Grove South's Sergio Villalobos celebrates his victory over New Trier's Jake Lowell after their third-place match. Villalobos won the bout, 4-1.

St. Charles East's Justin Benjamin
St. Charles East's Justin Benjamin tires to fend off an attack by Huntley's Josh Stenger during their 120-pound Class 3A preliminary match. Benjamin won the bout, 5-3.

Quincy's Tyree Williams celebrates
Quincy's Tyree Williams celebrates his first round sudden victory over Evanston's Ramin Abraham after their 220-pound Class 3A preliminary match. Willams advanced to the next round after his 3-1 clutch win.

Fabian Lopez tries to escape
DeKalb's Fabian Lopez tries to escape out of a hold by West Aurora's Isaac Jacquez during their 120-pound Class 3A championship quarterfinal match. Lopez rolled to a 10-1 major decision on his way to a second place finish at this year's state tournament.

Mercer County's Justin Carey and Illiana Christian's Isaac Lyzenga
Mercer County's Justin Carey and Illiana Christian's Isaac Lyzenga give their all to put the other on the mat during their 182-pound Class 1A championship quarterfinal match . Up in points in the second period, Carey suffered an injury that contributed to his unlikely defeat against Lyzenga on Friday.

Looking for pictures of a specific athlete or from a particular meet for your scrapbook, family album or to display in your home or office? We would be happy to search our image archive which goes back as far as 2002. Go here to request an archive search to see what photos we have in our collection available for personal and editorial use: Archive Search Request. Use the search request to see additional photos from each of the matches highlighted above if you can't find the images you are looking for in our online archive here.

February 13, 2017

It's on! Wrestling week 2017

Later this week 28 wrestlers in each of three divisions will leave it all on the mat in search of a coveted state wrestling title at the State Farm Center on the University of Illinois campus. More than 600 wrestlers will shoot, twist, reverse and takedown opponents in hopes of securing one of the two championship match spots. The excitement, anticipation and all the nervous energy makes "Wrestling Week" one of, if not the most memorable week in a high school wrestler's career.

To keep that competitive fire burning, below are six pictures from the more than 900 images shot during the preliminary round for our news media partners during the 2015 installment of the IHSA Individual Wrestling State Finals. Be sure follow us on Instagram and Twitter (@photonewswire) this week for more action from our vast image archives as well as coverage starting Thursday evening from this year's title chase for 42 future state champions.


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Downers Grove North senior EJ Phillips (14-5) goes head-to-head with Hersey's Tyler Cooke (35-8) during their Class 3A first round match in the 285-pound division back in 2015. Their heavyweight match at the IHSA state wrestling tournament was decided by sudden victory witth Cooke prevail in an epic 6-4 finish. (PhotoNews File Photo)


Hononegah's Blake Zalapi adjusts his goggles - the coolest ones we saw on the mat this season ...okay may be ever in the sport - during his 220-pound preliminary bout in the IHSA Class 3A bracket on Thursday. Zalapi, a sophomore with an impressive 38-9 record, scored a 11-3 major decision over Rock Island junior Daveonta Jackson. (PhotoNews File Photo)


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Plainfield South's Eric Johnson looks for a shot in on Prospect's James Ford during their first round match at the 2015 IHSA state wrestling tournament on Thursday. Johnson, a junior with an impressive resume of 43 wins and 3 losses, pinned Ford in the second period at 4:22. He would go to win his next two bouts before falling in the title match to Hinsdale South's Joshua King to finish as the 220-pound runner-up. (PhotoNews File Photo)


Harper High School senior Taylor Shaw struggles to escape a pin by Erie-Prophetstown's Jared Cole during their 145-pound first round match at state wrestling in 2015. It took Cole, who eventually medaled at 5th place, just 2:56 to tech fall Shaw in their Class 1A meeting. (PhotoNews File Photo)


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Herscher wrestler Luke Morales shoots in for a single-leg takedown on Wilmington's Austin Headrick during their Class 1A 138-pound first round match at the 2015 IHSA state wrestling meet. Headrick advanced to the next round after 5-1 decision over Morales and later fought back in the back bracket to finish in 5th place. (PhotoNews File Photo)


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Hononegah's Fernie Silva dumps Moline's Daniel Terronez to the mat during their Class 3A 145-pound match at the 2015 IHSA state wrestling tournament. Silva, with a deceptive record of 18-2, advanced after a 15-4 major decision over the Maroons' Terronez on Thursday. (PhotoNews File Photo)


Looking for pictures of a specific athlete or from a particular meet for your scrapbook, family album or to display in your home or office? We would be happy to search our image archive which goes back as far as 2002. Go here to request an archive search to see what photos we have in our collection available for personal and editorial use: Archive Search Request. Use the search request to see additional photos from each of the matches highlighted above if you can't find the images you are looking for in our online archive here.

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February 12, 2017

Ten crucial, must see photos from state wrestling

This Thursday will be the 80th installment of the Illinois High School Association's individual state wrestling championship and ninth year the have sponsored the season finale as a three-class event. More than 600 competitors, fans and spectators will fill the seats at the State Farm Center for the three-day event.

To celebrate the IHSA's milestone as well as the hard work and dedication of athletes from around the state who rose to be some of the top competitors in their sport, PhotoNews Media is adding dozens of photos from our past coverage of the annual state tournament. Below are ten totally lit action photos from our collection of more than 3,000 images shot at the 2012 championships shared on Instagram this morning.


Rock Island's Lucas Rusk drives the face of Lemont's Mark Kirkman into the mat during their 160-pound match in the Class 2A division prelims at the 2012 IHSA state wrestling meet. In an exciting finish Kirkman eventually prevailed via a 10-6 victory over Rusk. Kirkman, a senior, went on to finish 4th place overrall on Saturday. (PhotoNews File Photo)\



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Mercer County wrestler Zach Nelson positions himself for a single leg takedown on Monmouth-Roseville's Gage Hedges during their first round 152-pound bout at the IHSA state wresting meet in 2012. Nelson, who toyed with Hedges on his way to a 16-3 major decision, went on to finish the individual season finale in second place and an impressive 42-1 junior year record. (PhotoNews File Photo)



Erie's Dlan Deshane pounds his fist into the mat after his match against Joliet Catholic Academy's Nick Collofello (not pictured). Deshane suffered a 3-1 loss in overtime to end his bid for a 2012 state title. The loss help drive the senior through the wrestleback bracket to 4th place finish. Collofello, also a senoior, went on finish in sixth-place. (PhotoNews File Photo)



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Mattoon's Ryan Paige (34-7) tries to keep from being throw for a takedown during his 220-pound Class 2A first round match against Bowen's Dequence Goodman (34-1). Working his way back to the top, Goodman went on to finish with the weight class' bronze medal after a successful campaign through the back half of the bracket at the IHSA Individual Wrestling State Finals in 2012. (PhotoNews File Photo)



Lockport 113-pounder Austin Strzelcyk tries to escape from Sandburg senior Jim Panozzo during their preliminary match at the 2012 IHSA Individual State Wrestling Finals on Thursday. After defeating Panozzo in a 4-3 decison, Strzelcyk went on to finish in fifth place in his sophomore year state appearance. (PhotoNews File Photo)



Quincy Notre Dame junior Gage Stephens reacts after his disappointing first round loss to Carterville's Gabe Bartok (not pictured). Pinned at 3:53, Stephens was eliminated from the 138-pound bracket and the 2012 IHSA Individual Wrestling State Finals. (PhotoNews File Photo)



Bloomington's Stephon Rudicil tries to pin Fenger wrestler Darrius Flowers during their 182-pound prelim match at the 2012 IHSA state wrestling meet on Thursday. Rudicil, who went on to win the silver medal in the Class 2A division weight class, held on to stick Flowers at 2:25. (PhotoNews File Photo)



Geneseo's Oliver Newton dumps Highland wrestler Dustin Rosborough to the mat during their 2012 IHSA state meet preliminary match on Thursday. Newton went on to secure a pin for the win on Rosborough at 1:47 and advance to the next round. The senior went on to finish his final prep IHSA state tournament in 5th place a few days later on Saturday. (PhotoNews File Photo)



Seneca wrestler Alex Valentine reacts while onsite medical staff evaluates an injury to his shoulder during his preliminary match against Camp Point Central's Jonah Coggeshall (not pictured). Valentine, who went on to finish in 5th place overall in the 145-pound division, won the bout after Coggershall was disqualified in the match. (PhotoNews File Photo)



Coal City freshman Cody Minnick tries to escape a hold by Erie's Brandon McCullough during their Class 1A 106-pound match Thursday afternoon. Minnick, who went on to place fifth overall, went on to defeat McCullough by major decision, 9-1. (PhotoNews File Photo)



Looking for pictures of a specific athlete or from a particular meet for your scrapbook, family album or to display in your home or office? We would be happy to search our image archive which goes back as far as 2002. Go here to request an archive search to see what photos we have in our collection available for personal and editorial use: Archive Search Request. Use the search request to see additional photos from each of the matches highlighted above if you can't find the images you are looking for in our online archive here.

February 11, 2017

11 football galleries from 2012 are back

The PhotoNews football collection grew by several hundred photos today after the 2012 collection that was displayed on our old site just went live this morning. During that season we covered games with St. Thomas More, Unity, SJO, Carterville, Momence, Crete-Monee and several other teams we covered that season. Got a minute or two? Grab a soda and check out the hundreds of photos in 11 galleries here: PhotoNews 2012 Football Collection.

The photos in the collection is just the tip of the iceberg of the more 6,000 high school football photos we shot that season. If you are looking for a player or game from that year and don't see in the published collection, request an Archive Search. Below you'll find some of our more memorable photos from the season.

Logan Sehie and Tyler Crowl

November 17, 2012 - Tolono, IL - Logan Sehie and Tyler Crowl point toward Memorial Stadium where the Unity Rockets will be playing for the Class 3A title. The Rockets defeated the Comets 56-21 to advance to the championship game on November 23. See more photos from the game here in the Unity vs Greenville football galley.

SJO's Louis Acklin

August 31, 2012 - St. Joseph, IL - Spartans' Louis Acklin celebrates a touchdown in the end zone with teammates. St. Joseph-Ogden High School defeated visiting Carterville 50-14 to go up 2-0 for the season. In two games, the Spartans have outscored opponents 117-42. Check out the rest of the photos here from SJO's home game against the Lions.

St. Thomas More's Chris Bequette

October 19, 2012 - Champaign, IL - St. Thomas More's Chris Bequette and teammates wrap up a Rantoul ball carrier. STM went on to win the non-conference game picking up their 5th win of the season with a 48-6 victory. There are 100 more photos from the Senior Night game in our collection. Follow this link to see more . . .


August 24, 2012 - Tolono, IL - Lights from the press box and a few security lights were all the illuminated the Hicks Field late in the second quarter. A transformer circuit failed knocking out power to the field lights. An hour later the game resumed and Unity went on to win 59-6 over the visiting Meridian Hawks. You will want to see all the photos from this game in our collection here...

Spartans' Dalton Walsh

September 28, 2012 - St. Joseph, IL - St. Joseph-Ogden's Dalton Walsh unloads a second half pass against the Sabers of St. Thomas More. The Spartans, who went on to a perfect finish in conference play, narrowly escaped a loss to the Sabers with 27-20 victory in their regular season game on Friday night. Click here for more photos of Walsh and the 2012 Spartans.

Micah Johnson, Mitch Negangard and Gage Bolt

November 23, 2012 - Champaign, IL - Unity's Micah Johnson, Mitch Negangard and Gage Bolt hoist their team's runner-up trophy after the Class 3A title game. The Rockets fell 42-12 to Aurora Christian to earn the Unity football program's fourth runner-up trophy. Some of the photos from the game are here. Fill out an Archive Search Request (link on the left side of this page) to find the player(s) you want to see more photos of today.

Crete-Monee's Nyles Morgan waits for the snap

November 24, 2012 - Champaign, IL - Crete-Monee's Nyles Morgan waits for the snap during second half action against Cary-Grove in their Illinois High School Association Class 6A state title game. Morgan, playing at inside linebacker, finished the title game with eight solo tackles, four assists and a pair of forced fumbles. The Warriors went on to win the 2012 championship with a 33-26 victory over Trojans. More photos of Morgan are here . . .



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February 10, 2017

Flashback Friday: Unity vs Pana

Last week we shared 15 photos on Instagram from the 2012 Unity football playoff game against Pana. To celebrate this week's #flashbackfriday hashtag, here's a look at our five of our favorite photos that were never published previously from that game.

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Unity quarterback Justin Deters finds running room through the porous Pana defense during their first round playoff game on October 27, 2012. Deters and the Rockets pounded the Panthers out of the playoffs with 46-8 victory on a beautiful fall afternoon in Tolono. View more than 600 additional Unity football photos here. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


With Unity's Kameron Heath on his heels, Pana running back Ian Kirk turns up field on a running play. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


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Loyal Pana student fans watch their team play against Unity in their first round playoff game on October 27, 2012. The Panthers were no match for the Rockets in their 46-8 season-ending loss on Saturday.


Unity's Mitch Negangard celebrates another touchdown in the second half to help the Rockets to a 46-8 first round playoff victory over Pana. (Photo: PhotoNews/Clark Brooks)


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Pana receiver Dexter Holley tries to haul in a pass during his team's road IHSA playoff game against Unity. Holley couldn't hold on to the ball to make the play as the Panthers were eliminated from the postseason by way of decisive 46-8 loss to the Rockets. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


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February 9, 2017

We have to get ourselves back to feeling better


by Glenn Mollette, Guest Commentator


Years ago I heard a story about a butterfly that was tirelessly working to break from its cocoon. A man observed the struggling butterfly for several minutes. Feeling sorry for the soon to be flying beautiful creature, he took his pocketknife and slit the cocoon to assist its freedom. The butterfly fell out of the cocoon and flapped its wings a couple of times and died. The man's good intentions crippled and killed the butterfly preventing its own natural progression of development that would lead to its soaring through the air.

Often it's pressure, hard work and struggle that enables us to develop our internal fortitude to push forward, hang on and succeed in life. Such fortitude comes with ups and downs, pressures and failures. Eventually we develop the internal muscles and a spirit to walk on our own two feet and even to soar like the butterfly.

Muhammad Ali the famous boxer is remembered for his saying that he would float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. Ali's ability to float like a butterfly came from years of strenuous workouts and punishment to become the greatest athlete of all time.

Joy, laughter and celebration come at the end of a hard day's work. Our greatest feelings of triumph come after a long period of work and struggle to finally realize an accomplishment or a success. Throughout life I have heard over and over that where there is no pain there is no gain.

I remember my dad buying a small record player when I was a kid. He bought a dozen or so records to go with it. We wore those records out. Another day came when he bought a big stereo record player that was also worn out over the years. He would work in a coal mine all week but he and my mother and another couple would often sing for two to three hours on the front porch of our house. Two to three times a week they would sing in church. Mom and Dad worked tirelessly throughout the week but at the end of the week they wanted to cut loose and sing and many churches gladly received them.

Singing and dancing comes from the soul. There has to be an internal emotion that is within the heart that desires to leap out in joyful expression. In other words you have to want to do it and feel like doing it. I am not sure how many people today feel so good that they want to sing and dance and celebrate living. Too many no longer have even a faint hum or occasional shuffle. Many Americans no longer have a twinkle in their eyes.

Many of us watch the news and we see a lot of unhappiness. We see a lot of rancor and critical, degrading talk on social media. There is too much unhappiness.

A lot of unhappiness comes from the world of religion. Where did religious entities and many churches ever get the idea that good religion means an unhappy, joyless person? A lot of Middle Eastern religious groups are all about people being glum and joyless. This is probably why some groups don't want to hear much about Jesus who told funny stories and was the life of the party.

A lot of America's problems started on April 21st, 1964 when President Lyndon Johnson declared his war on poverty. He came to Martin County, Kentucky and sat on Tom Fletcher's porch while the media captured the iconic picture that put a face on President Johnson's war on poverty. I was in Inez that day, just a child and clueless as to what it was all about. President Johnson's idea that federal dollars handed out to millions of people would solve America's poverty problems sounded good to many but it has failed. Tom Fletcher never got out of poverty nor have forty percent of the people in Martin County especially since coal mining is now essentially over in the region.

Waiting on a government check, food stamp allotment and government medical assistance does not bring much happiness to America's fifty million people living in poverty. Today the face of poverty can be found in any town in America and it's still as bleak as it was in 1964.

People must have work to do. A daily job, some work, a real paycheck, and a life to live gives meaning and from meaning is a feeling of purpose and happiness. When we feel good about ourselves we hum and sing a little, dance a little and celebrate a little.

We have to get ourselves back to feeling better. It starts with our thinking followed by our deeds and that develops our lifestyles and our destinies. Please, let's start now. Sow a good thought. Reap a good act. Sow a good act. Reap a happier lifestyle. Sow a good lifestyle. Reap a better destiny.

We can change the direction of our nation but it begins with you and me and inside the head of every American.

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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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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.


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February 7, 2017

Dodds 14th Annual Indoor Tournament to be held February 17-19

While you won't get a chance to knock Stan Wawrinka or Rafa out title contention, this year's 14th Annual Indoor Tournament will be held February 17-19 at the Dodds Tennis Center in Champaign. It will be a lot cheaper serving bombs and ripping forehand winners to the corners here than flying to Rotterdam to play in the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament held the same week.

Open to competitors of all ages, the Indoor Tournament features six division for juniors players and 12 adult divisions. The entry fee for singles player is just $30 and $40 for doubles competitors. Entry forms (download yours here) must be received by the Champaign Park District no later than 5pm on February 14.

Yuri Sohn, who is also the head teaching pro at Dodds, explained The Indoor Tournament was created years ago to give surrounding area high school boys match play practice leading into their upcoming high school season. Now expanded event offers the opportunity for men, women and doubles players of all ages to gauge their level of play with a new spring season on the horizon.

"(For) adults and juniors alike a great opportunity to test their skills in a tournament setting at a very affordable price indoors during the winter,” Sohn said. “You will gain valuable experience in competing under pressure that is unique to a tournament."

Every player will be guaranteed at least two matches. Tournament scoring will be no-ad for main draw matches with third set tiebreakers. Consolation matches will use no-ad scoring and play an eight game pro set.

With dozens of leagues year round in Champaign-Urbana, the tournament does draw its share of seasoned players from the Champaign-Urbana and the surrounding area, but provides a great learning experience for players just getting their feet wet in competitive tennis.

"This particular tournament is perfect for first timers because it is not USTA sanctioned," Sohn said. "You may not have to compete against the hardened tournament players that are chasing points for rankings."

The draws will be announced on the champaignparks.com website after 5pm on Thursday, February 16. Interested players can download the entry form at https://champaignparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Indoor-Tournament-2017-fillable.pdf

February 6, 2017

Our 12 really cool state cheer photos from Instagram

The field of competition for this year's IHSA Competitive Cheerleading State Finals was its strongest ever and so was the sheer number of fans who came to support their teams this year. At one point during the morning prelims on Friday the competition was delayed to allow fans, who lined up for literally blocks around US Cellular Coliseum, to pass through security checks to see their team compete.

Through out the two-day event there were millions of other memorable moments and photo opportunities that couldn't go by without a shutter snap or two. Here is a look at 12 awesome PhotoNews photos we shared on Instagram with our followers. If you haven't already, follow us on Instagram on @PhotoNewsWire today.