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.

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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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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 . . .



2012 running gallery is back!

Que Broadnax runs to a first place finish.
Decked out in her 4th of July running outfit, Que Broadnax, from Rantoul, IL, runs to a first place finish in the 60 & over division at the Freedom 5K on July 4th back 2012. Yesterday, we added more than 2,000 photos from seven road races we covered from that year in the 2012 running gallery re-released yesterday. Check out photos from the Illinois Marathon, the St. Joseph 5K and more. Broadnax, who coached cross country at Rantoul Township High School, went on to finished 113th overall with a time of 25:28. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

March 29, 2017

Wayback Wednesday: 7 races from '12

With the annual Illinois Marathon, Champaign-Urbana's queen of area road racing, just a mere three weeks down the road, we published more than 2,000 photos in our online archive today from races we covered back in 2012. The seven galleries feature runners, both local and from far away, who were captured competing in the events like the Illinois Marathon, the Mahomet Half Marathon, the annual 4th of July Freedom 5K and other races held in Champaign County.

In this week's Wayback Wednesday feature set five years ago, here are ten photographs of winners, local favorites and visually fun photos from re-released PhotoNews Media curated collection.


Beau Barber and Dean Meyer go all out

August 11, 2012 - St. Joseph, IL - With 15 yards to go, Beau Barber (left) and Dean Meyer go all out as they approach the finish line at the 2012 St. Joseph 5K. Barber, who held on to his ultra thin lead, crossed over a split second ahead of Meyer. Barber was 30th while Meyer finished 31st in their Chariots of Fire like sprint to the finish line.


 Peter Kemboi, from Hebron, KY, runs during the 2012 Illinois Marathon

April 28, 2012 - Champaign, IL - Turning the corner at Logan and Neil Street in Champaign, Peter Kemboi, from Hebron, KY, runs during the 2012 Illinois Marathon. He finished the 26.2 mile course at 2:29:30 to place third out of the 1,137 men who ran this year's race. Kemboi finished third overall.


Ryan Root, from Champaign, IL, runs in the Freedom 5

July 4, 2012 - Urbana, IL - Ryan Root, from Champaign, IL, runs in the Freedom 5K. Root finished first overall with a time of 15:29. The former Centennial distance runner knocked nearly 45 seconds off his 2011 winning time for the overall champion title. Click here to discover more photos of Root in our files.


Julia Williams runs to a first place finish

August 18, 2012 - Mahomet, IL - Julia Williams runs to a first place finish in the Women's 25-29 age division at the 2012 Mahomet Half Marathon. Williams crossed the finish line 21st overall with a time of 1:30:27.0.


Jeremy Pennington and JD Leman head for the viaduct on Logan Street at the Illinois Marathon

April 28, 2012 - Champaign, IL - Jeremy Pennington and JD Leman, both from Oak Park, IL, and another runner maintain a loose pack as they head for the viaduct on Logan Street between the 13th and 14th mile markers of the 2012 Illinois Marathon course. Pennington, who finished 36th, and Leman, at 37th overall, both clocked in at 3:01:05. In its third installment the marathon and sibling half marathon attracted more than 8,000 runners and supporters to the twin cities for the weekend.


Alexander Lo runs to a fourth place finish at the Mahomet Half Marathon

August 18, 2012 - Mahomet, IL - Alexander Lo runs to a fourth place finish in the Men's 40-44 age division at the 2012 Mahomet Half Marathon. Lo crossed the finish line 40th overall with a time of 1:40:46.3. Proceeds from the race go to help operate the Mahomet Area Youth Club.



June 23, 2012 - Gifford, IL - Connor Millar, of Thomasboro, runs to a second place finish in the men's 20 to 29 year-old division at the 2012 Gifford Community Celebration 5K. Millar finished third overall. Millar, a graduate from Rantoul Township High School, won the inaugural race four years earlier.


Marty Williams runs to a first place at the annual MAYC race.

August 18, 2012 - Mahomet, IL - Rounding the corner near the high school stadium and track, Marty Williams runs to a first place finish in the Mens' 40-44 age division at the 2012 Mahomet 5K. Williams crossed the finish line sixth overall with a time of 18:43.8.


Future All-American Chelsea Blaase runs at the 2012 SJO 5K.

August 11, 2012 - St. Joseph, IL - Improving on her 2011 finish, Chelsea Blaase, who won both state cross country and track titles this past academic year, runs to a 16th place overall finish at the 2012 St. Joseph 5K. It took Tennessee recruit 19:32 to complete the course to best her 21st overall finish in 2011. Proceeds from the event are donated to the St. Joseph Junior High and St. Joseph-Ogden High School Cross-Country programs where she was a standout athlete.


John Davidson runs to a 87th place finish at the St. Joseph 5K

August 11, 2012 - St. Joseph, IL - With 15 yards to go, John Davidson runs to a 87th place finish at the 2012 St. Joseph 5K. It took Davidson just 24:53 to complete the course. Proceeds from the event are donated to the St. Joseph Junior High and St. Joseph-Ogden High School Cross-Country programs.

Want to see more?

Use the links to below to visit the gallery of each of the races below. You can also search to see if we have photos of a specific runner by name using the gallery search box located in the upper-right hand corner of this page.

  • 04-28-12 Illinois Marathon
  • 06-23-12 Gifford 5K
  • 07-04-12 Freedom 5K
  • 07-07-12 Firecracker 5K
  • 08-11-17 St. Joseph 5K
  • 08-18-12 Mahomet Half Marathon
  • 08-18-12 Mahomet 5K


  • Looking for photos from a race we covered in the past 15 years for your scrapbook, family album or to display in your home or office? We would be happy to search our offline image archives for you. 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.

    March 18, 2017

    Brad Underwood takes over Illinois basketball program

    A little more than an hour ago, University of Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman announced his replacement for head basketball coach John Groce. The Illini Nation will now welcome former Oklahoma State head Brad Underwood back to another coaching position in the Land of Lincoln, this time a 150 or so miles east of his last stint in the state and as the leader of Fighting Illini basketball program.



    Underwood was an assistant with Western Illinois University's Jim Kerwin in Macomb for 10 years from 1993-2003.

    Ten years after leaving the Leathernecks, Underwood was hired as head coach of Stephen F. Austin in April of 2013. In his debut season as a head coach he captured the Southland Conference regular season championship with perfect 18-0 record in conference play.

    Coaching in his one and only one season with the Cowboys, the 53 year-old left the program with a 20-13 record with his team finishing in fifth-place in the conference standings. OSU exited the postseason NCAA tournament after a 92-91 loss to the Michigan Wolverines.

    "Brad's teams play a fast, aggressive style and show unyielding toughness. They have a tremendous energy that I believe will ignite the Orange Krush and our fans to once again make State Farm Center one of the most intimidating venues in all of college basketball," said Whitman in a statement released on FightingIllini.com. "Off the court, Brad builds strong, personal relationships with his student-athletes. His winning combination of strong Midwest values and tenacious work ethic are a perfect fit for our community and the Illini Nation."

    Whitman will reportedly pay Oklahoma State's buyout fee of $3 million to secure his newest coaching hire's release from a five-year, $6.3 million deal. Underwood is expected to more than double his salary with at $3 million a year contract with Illinois.

    Underwood, who will go from wearing orange and black to orange and blue, will face several challenges including in-state recruiting and satisfying fans hungry for more W's against ranked opponents than Groce could manufacture in his quest to put Illinois back on the national hoops limelight.

    Groce was let go after producing dismal 95-75 record in his five tremulous seasons on March 11.

    Despite the rocky road that lies ahead, Underwood is anxious to get the work on his tenure.

    "Coaching basketball at the University of Illinois is a once-in-lifetime opportunity," Underwood said. "I want to thank Josh Whitman for the opportunity to join the Fighting Illini family and look forward to working with him to build a championship program. I can't wait to get started with our team. Next season can't get here fast enough for me!"

    Underwood will officially be introduced as the head coach this coming Monday at the State Farm Center.


    Underwood Coaching Experience

    2016-17 - Head Coach, Oklahoma State University
    2013-16 - Head Coach, Stephen F. Austin State University
    2012-13 - Associate Head Coach, University of South Carolina
    2011-12 - Associate Head Coach, Kansas State University
    2007-11 - Assistant Coach, Kansas State University
    2006-07 - Director of Operations, Kansas State University
    2003-06 - Head Coach, Daytona Beach (Fla.) Community College
    1992-2003 - Assistant Coach, Western Illinois University
    1988-92 - Head Coach, Dodge City (Kan.) Community College
    1986-87 - Graduate Assistant, Hardin-Simmons University

    March 11, 2017

    St. Anthony Survives In OT To Win Program's First State Title

    Head coach Cody Rincker told reporters today was the best birthday he's experienced.

    "Other than the first one, (it's) right up there," he said after St. Anthony survived an overtime scare to win the Class 2A state basketball title. "Very nice. I couldn't ask for much better."


    St. Anthony head coach Cody Rincker
    March 11, 2017 - Peoria, IL - St. Anthony head coach Cody Rincker yells instructions to players in the fourth quarter of their Class 1A championship game against Okawville. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

    Three of his players delivered double digit scores to gift wrap the team's 49-46 win over Okawville at Carver Arena. Drew Gibson, a member of the trio, put the red, white and blue bow on Rincker's first state title at St. Anthony in the form of two clutch free throws with three seconds left in OT. The senior made six of his eight shots from the line, the last two were crucial.

    "We've been working for this all year," said Gibson. "All the hard work we put in eventually paid off."

    Gibson finished the contest with 14 points as did junior Alex Beesley in his 34 minutes on the floor. Adam Levitt rounded out the top three scorers with 12 points and a team-high 6 rebounds.


    St. Anthony's Adam Levitt takes a shot in the fourth quarter during their Class 1A championship game against Okawville. The junior finished the game with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

    Down by seven at the half, Okawville's Noah Frederking turned up the heat in the second half. The 6-4 senior help chisel away at the Bulldogs' lead with an impressive game-high 20 point effort. The Rockets end the season with the runner-up trophy and a 32-4 record.


    Box Score

    Okawville
    Noah Frederking 9-14, 1-2, 7-9, 7, 26; Kirklen Meier 0-1,0-1,0-0, 1, 0; Josh Madrid 0-0, 0-0, 0-0, 0, 0; Caleb Frederking 1-4, 0-1, 0-1, 2, 2; Shane Ganz 4-7, 0-1, 1-4, 1, 9; Payten Harre 1-2, 1-2, 0-0, 2, 3; Luke Hensler 2-4, 2-4, 0-0, 5, 6; TEAM 17-32, 4-11, 8-14, 21, 46

    St. Anthony
    Drew Gibson 4-14, 0-2, 6-8, 5, 14; Alex Beesley 6-10, 1-1, 1-1, 4, 14; Cade Walsh 1-5, 1-3, 0-0, 2, 3; Alex Deters 2-2, 1-1, 1-2, 2, 6; Adam Levitt 6-7, 0-0, 0-1, 6, 12; Jack Nuxoll 0-3, 0-1, 0-0, 0, 0; Brandon Runge 0-0, 0-0, 0-0, 0, 0; TEAM 19-41, 3-8, 8-12, 23, 49

    March 5, 2017

    Geneva wins state basketball title in Class 4A thriller

    Down by one point with 8 seconds on the game clock, Stephanie Hart rebounded a missed layup by teammate Margaret Whitley in the paint despite furious attempts by Edwardsville defenders Kate Martin, Criste'on Waters and Rachel Pranger, all trying to knock the ball out of grasp. Propelling the ball upwards in frantic desperation shot, the ball bounced off the rim and then plummeted through the net to give the Geneva Vikings a 41-40 edge.



    Members of the Geneva girls' basketball team pose for photos while celebrating with their championship trophy on Saturday evening. The Vikings won their first state title in program history after defeating Edwardsville in an exciting, down to the wire Class 4A thriller, 41-40. Click here to see and share 30 more photos in the PhotoNews Media gallery ... Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks



    With two second to go, the Vikings called a time out before Edwardsville could take their turn to in-bound the ball. The effort by the Tigers failed, thanks to senior Grace Loberg snagging a last second steal, to secure Geneva with their first girls basketball state championship trophy.

    Loberg and Hart, a junior guard, led the Vikings' to the title win with 17 and 11 points respectively. Loberg finished the final game of prep career with a game-high 4 steals and lead her team with 9 rebounds. Hart chipped in 5 rebounds and 3 steals in her 32 minutes on the floor.

    Edwardsville captain Makenzie Silvey led her team with 17 points of her own and was hit three out of seven of her shots beyond the arc. She was the only Tiger shooter to sink treys out the team's 12 attempts. Junior Rachel Prenger capped the season with a double-double of elevens, both in scoring and boards.

    Box Score:

    GENEVA
    Madeline Yelle 2-4, 0-0, 1-1, 2, 5; Grace Loberg 7-13, 0-0, 3-5, 9, 17; Brianna Borkowicz 1-3, 1-2, 0-0, 1, 3; Margaret Whitley 0-10, 0-4, 2-2, 1, 2; Stephanie Hart 4-9, 1-4, 2-3, 5, 11; Lindsay Blackmore 0-0, 0-0, 0-0, 0, 0; Madison Mallory 1-4, 0-3, 1-1, 3, 3; Emma Harkleroad 0-1, 0-0, 0-0, 0, 0. Team: 15-44, 2-13, 9-12, 24, 41.

    EDWARDSVILLE
    Rachel Pranger 3-8, 0-0, 5-6, 11, 11; Myriah Haywood 1-2, 0-0, 0-0, 2, 2; Criste'on Waters 0-1, 0-0, 0-0, 3, 0; Makenzie Silvey 6-13, 3-7, 2-3, 5, 17; Kate Martin 2-12, 0-5, 0-0, 2, 4; Quierra Love 3-3, 0-0, 0-0, 3, 6; Jaylen Townsend 0-0, 0-0, 0-0, 2, 0. Team: 15-19, 3-12, 7-9, 34, 40.




    March 2, 2017

    Would kind people please stand up


    by Glenn Mollette, Guest Commentator


    I'm missing people.

    In recent years I have eulogized my wife's father's funeral as well as her mother's funeral this past January. This weekend I will do the funeral service for my mother-in-law from my first marriage. My first wife died in 2002.

    My mother and father have passed on, along with all of my aunts and uncles, with the exception of one living aunt - Lucille. This reminds me that I hope to see her at the family reunion in May.

    Recently my sister's daughter who lived beside my Kentucky home passed, after a lifelong battle with diabetes, at the age of 53.

    One of my dear friends died a couple of years ago from cancer and another dear friend is apparently suffering from dementia and unable to communicate much anymore. I miss laughing with these guys. I keep trying to make new friends. However it seems like my old friends are dying off quicker than I can make new friends.

    I miss my childhood pastor who used to brag on me and always had a good word. I missed an old paper editor who brought me into the fold and mentored my writing. Of course they are both dead now.

    I miss my high school basketball coach who was a star player himself. He was so gifted at cussing us out at halftime and telling us everything we had done with the basketball except actually playing with it. He also knew how to extend a compliment, encourage and point out the good that he saw in others and me. I miss that guy.

    When I go to my old home church the people I see now are a handful of people who are about my age. There is the exception of Mug and Ilene. They seemed like old people when I was a kid and the last time I was in church on a Wednesday night they were there in attendance. Ilene used to pick me up for church and Mug did some nice things for me as well. I hope I see them for a long, long time.

    And then there is Miss Southard. I was her pastor fifteen years ago. My wife and I go to see her every couple of months. She is filled with vigor and personality. At the age of 95 she still drives, gardens and greets at church. She is independent and has lived in her home for the last fifty or so years. She is filled with gladness and kindness. She never misses a beat to embrace us. Love us and say good things to us both.

    We were driving from Baltimore, Maryland to Charleston, West Virginia today and we were somewhat amazed by our drive. One guy made a point of pulling in front of us and slamming on his brakes. I guess we hadn't been driving fast enough in the fast lane for him but 76 mph was more than we should have been going. Another guy was coming up the exit ramp and I couldn't pull over to give him all the room he wanted so he just started honking and gave me the finger. This reminded me of my five mile stretch of highway that I drive a lot in Indiana where I get the finger a couple of times a week from our kind motorists in our beloved Hoosier state.

    Sadly kindness is just not in vogue today it seems and I don't like it. I still can't believe that elected political people did not have the decency and human kindness to stand up for Caryn Owens, the widow of slain Navy SEAL Ryan Owens, at President Trump's address to Congress on February 28. Regardless of your politics and however you view Trump's reasoning, there should be respect for the Owens, his widow, and all those who serve and have served.

    A lot of leadership people today are teaching us how to act and live. More and more it's all about trash talk, rude comments and crude behavior toward others. If we want kids across America to show some respect to each other and demonstrate kindness to others then it must be jump-started anew and afresh by the big people who are seen and heard throughout our country.

    I miss a lot of people from days of old who have passed on. I am especially missing those who knew and understood kindness and how to treat others. So is most of America. I know there are millions of kind people still in America. They just need to stand up.

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    March 1, 2017

    Area baseball opening day just around the corner

    We are 12 days away from opening day for the 2017 prep baseball season in central Illinois. It is fitting to create our first baseball post of the year featuring the St. Joseph-Ogden baseball team whose epic season led them to a second place finish in Class 2A. To kick off our season coverage we put 12 never before published photos from their state semifinal and championship game on Instagram earlier this week. Here's half of what you will find if you follow us @photonewswire over on Instagram.

    St. Joseph-Ogden senior Dalton Parker went the seven inning distance strucking out 11 of the 31 batters he faced. He gave up 5 runs on 8 hits in the 12-5 victory propelling the Spartans to the title game a day later. Parker, now on the pitching staff with the Purdue Boilermakers, finished his senior season with an impressive 10-1 record backed by a 0.58 ERA in 68 1/3 innings on the mound. (PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


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    Senior Kohlten Johnson sits in quiet anguish after he and his St. Joseph-Ogden teammates felt the sting of a 7-6 loss to Reed Custer in their IHSA State Baseball Final championship game. Johnson, a senior who scored one of the six runs and was a three-sport athlete for the Spartans, led the team with 1 hit and a pair of rbi to help bring home the 2016 second place trophy. (PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


    Spartans' Mason Coon pumps his fist after scoring the first of 12 runs for St. Joseph-Ogden in their state semifinal game against Murphysboro. SJO won the contest 12-5 to reach the title game thanks in part to Coon, who scored 2 runs on 2 hits and chipped in an RBI​ in the victory. (PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


    A day later after the photo above, Mason Coon holds up the ball after making a sliding catch deep in left field during the 2016 Class 2A championship game against Reed Custer. The Spartans missed capturing the coveted state championship title by one run, falling 7-6 in the bottom of the seventh. Coon is expected to provide valuable leadership in the coming season to help the Spartans on a possible consecutive trip to the IHSA state finals this June. (PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


    Spartan pitcher Dalton Parker hugs catcher Eli Oltean after their semifinal win over Murphysboro at the IHSA 2A State Baseball Finals back in 2016. Parker pitched a complete 7 innings game striking 11 of the 31 batters he faced. Oltean, a three-sports athlete now a member of the Murray State football program, lead the team with 3 hits, 5 rbi and scored once in the 12-5 victory for SJO. (PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


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    Spartan seniors Ty Brown, Garrett Grimsley, Eli Oltean and Dalton Parker step forward to receive their team's second place trophy. St. Joseph-Ogden went down fighting in a memorable heartbreaking 7-6 seventh inning loss to Reed Custer. (PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


    There are even more photos available from the 2016 Spartan baseball season. Want to see them? We would be happy to search our image archive. 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.