May 18, 2019

On this day: May 18


LaCresha Linton

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On May 18, Rock Island High School's LaCresha Linton cheers for her teammate during preliminary heat of the 4x100 relay at Illinois High School Association's 2012 Girls State Track & Field Meet. The Rocks went on to finished in a three-way tie for 18th place in the final team standings on Saturday. Click here to see more photos of the Lady Rocks track program at state.




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Rosary's Julianne Hutchison starts out on her leg of the Class 2A 4x400-Meter Relay during the IHSA State Track & Field prelims on Friday, May 18, 2018. Hutchison and her squad advanced to Saturday's title round. Follow this link to view more photos in our files from May 18. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks




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May 18, 2018 - Charleston, IL - Geneseo's Erika Furbeck sails through the air during the Class 2A Long Jump during the IHSA State Track & Field prelims on Friday. She set a new state record in the event leaping 19 feet-11.25 inches. See 20 more photos of Furbeck here: Erika Furbeck collection. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks





May 17, 2019

On this day: May 17


Liberty's Paige Knuffman

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Liberty's Paige Knuffman competes in the Class 1A Long Jump prelims during the IHSA State Track & Field on Thursday. Despite her best attempt at 15 feet, she failed to qualify for Saturday's finals. See more photos from that day at the 2017 Illinois High School Association State Track & Field Finals in our archive here: May 17 photos.

May 12, 2019

On This Day: May 12th in photos


Julia Matyjas

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New Trier's Julia Matyjas rushes the net to tap the shuttlecock over for a point during her fourth round consolation bracket match against Conant's Burcin Asilturk at the IHSA Badminton State Finals. Matyjas advanced to the next round with a 21-12, 22-20 victory on Friday, May 12, 2017. See more photos from May 12th in our files here.

May 10, 2019

Your weekend guide for May 10

ANNUAL SPRING PLANT SALE • May 10, 9am-5pm, Sola Gratia Farm, 2200 South Philo Road, Urbana. Choose from a wide selection of organically grown veggies, herbs, as well as locally sourced flowers.

SPRING USED BOOK SALE • May 10, 9am-7pm, St. Joseph Township - Swearingen Memorial Library, 201 N. Third, St. Joseph. Books, DVDs, videos, music cds, audiobooks and large print books are for sale on a donation basis. Information: Swearingen Memorial Library

WIENERS AND WINE • May 10, 5pm-9pm, Sleepy Creek Vineyards, 8254 East 1425 North, Fairmount. Buy your favorite adult beverage and they provide the hot dogs, fixings and a fire to roast them over while listening to live music. If it rains, enjoy free chili dogs inside! Kid friendly. Information: Sleepy Creek on Facebook.

PARKLAND PRIDE DRAG SHOW • May 10, 7pm-10pm, Jean Miner Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., Champaign. While the show is family friendly music during the show may contain adult language. Parking for the event will be available in Lot C4. Admission: Adults $5.00, $3.00 for ages 6-17, and free for children 6 and under.

LATIN DANCE NIGHT • May 10, 8-11pm, Urbana Dance Company, 122 W. Main Street, UNIT D, Urbana. DJ Sebastian will light up the house spinning popular salsa, bachata, merengue, and cumbia music. Free lesson from 8pm-8:30pm. Cover: $5.00 per person.

AQUILA AT WATSON'S • May 10, 10pm-1am, Watson's Shack & Rail, 211 N Neil St, Champaign. Listen the jazz fusion, neo-soul, experimental indie sounds of the five member band. Limited kitchen services. Cost: No Cover.

COMEDY WITH CHRIS SCHLICHTING • May 11, 8:30pm-10pm, C-U Comedy Club inside Soma, 320 North Neil Street, Champaign. Schlichting is a touring headliner at comedy clubs, private events, and corporate shows. He has appeared on nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Radio Show. Cost: $12.

THOMAS GABRIEL - PARADIGM OF TIME TOUR • May 11, 8pm, The City Center, 505 South Chestnut, Champaign. The oldest grandson of Johnny Cash will be performing live in Champaign. Cost: General Admission $10, Reserved Table seating $20. Information: Tickets available on EventFly.

MARY MAGDALENE • May 11, 7pm, The Art Theater, 126 West Church St, Champaign. Free-spirited Mary Magdalene flees an arranged marriage finding refuge and a sense of purpose in a radical new movement led by the charismatic, rabble-rousing preacher named Jesus. Admission: Student $8.50, Adult $10.00, Senior Citizens $8.25. Information: Additional showtimes.

SPRING SUCCULENT WREATH MAKING WORKSHOP • May 12, 1pm-2pm, Riggs Beer Company, 1901 South High Cross Road. Urbana. Have fun on Mother's Day with Farmer Holly as she leads a class in crafting custom wreaths on grapevine frames in the cozy confines of Riggs Brewery. For kids ages 10+ and adults. Cost: $30 per person. Information: Website

RAFIKI • May 12, 2:00pm and 7:30pm, The Art Theater, 126 West Church St, Champaign. "Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives." Two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety. Admission: Student $8.50, Adult $10.00, Senior Citizens $8.25. Information: Additional showtimes.

Harmon, McDaniel advance to state


Unity long distance runner Jordan Harmon
Unity's Jordan Harmon runs in the Class 2A 3200-Meter Run at IHSA State Track & Field Finals in Charleston back in May of 2017. Now a senior, Harmon once again qualified to run in the state title race and earned a spot in the preliminary race for the one-mile event a week from today. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Jordan Harmon extended her final prep running season one more week after qualifying for the IHSA State Track & Field Finals starting on May 16. The Unity senior long distance specialist finished second in the 3200-Meter Run at last night's sectional meet hosted by the Rockets.

Clocking in at 11:23.92, she ended her race between sectional title winner Olivia Rosenstein, from Urbana, and Olney's Cameron Hough, who placed third.

Harmon advanced to state in a second event as well.

Crossing the finish line ahead of Monticello's Alyssa McPike (3rd) and Rachel Koon (4th), she finished second in the 1600-Meter Run stopping the clock at 5:17.84. Rosenstein, who beat her in the longer run, held on to win the event with a time of 5 minutes, 13.86 seconds.

Also advancing to the finals in Charleston from Unity, who finished sixth in the final team standings with 36 points, was junior shot putter Aliyah McDaniel. She earned a second place sectional finish with her best put of 39 feet-11 inches.


April 30, 2019

On this day: Lawson runs a rainy race


On this day in April back in 2016, Ben Lawson, from Champaign, IL, runs to a 68th place finish in his age group at the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon. Despite the non-stop rain and chilly temperatures during the event, he finished the race with at 4:15:51. More than 1,400 runners braved Mother Nature's spring elements to finished their race. See more photos from the 2016 race here . . . (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)



April 29, 2019

Kirui finishes 3rd at Illinois Marathon


Anthony Kirui runs to a third place overall finish
April 27, 2019 - Urbana, IL - Anthony Kirui, from Minneapolis, MN, runs to a third place overall finish at the 2019 Illinois Marathon. He finished third out of 694 male competitors with a time of 2:19:06 at this year's race. See more PhotoNews coverage of the 2019 race here: Illinois Marathon photo gallery. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)



End the hate


by Glenn Mollette, Guest Commentator

Hate showed its ugly face again.

Last Saturday at Congregation Chabad in Poway, California, a community about 22 miles north of San Diego, wearing sunglasses, John Earnest, a 19-year-old student at California State University San Marcus, pointed his automatic rifle at Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein.

"I couldn't see his eyes. I couldn't see his soul," Goldstein shared in a news report.

Earnest, who had just shot a close family friend, 60-year-old Lori Kaye, took aim at Rabbi Goldstein and then shot off one of the Rabbi's index finger on one hand and then severely wounded the other.

The gunman killed Kaye and wounded three others - including an 8-year old girl and uncle who was visiting from Israel.

Reports indicate the gun jammed and an off duty armed border patrol agent, who had been invited by Rabbi Goldstein to always attend armed as a precaution, chased after the shooter.

Earnest is also suspected in setting fire to an Escondido California mosque on March 25th.

We must all individually do our part to eliminate this hate filled ugliness from our society. There has been far too much of it as of late.

Earlier this year on March 15 in New Zealand, 50 people were killed by a shooter at two mosques in Christchurch. The attacks began at the Al Noor Mosque and then continued at the Linwood Islamic Centre. Fifty people were killed and fifty more injured.

On October 27 last year, the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh was attacked. During the Shabbat morning services 46-year-old shooter Robert Gregory Bowers killed eleven people and injured seven others.

On a horrific day in November of 2017, 26 year-old Devin Patrick killed 26 people and wounded 20 others at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

A few months earlier on September 24 in the same year, Emanuel Kidega Samson was charged with killing a woman and wounding six others at Brunette Chapel Church of Christ in Nashville, Tennessee.

Remember the headlines from June 17, 2015, when 21-year-old Dylann Roff murdered nine African Americans? Senior pastor and South Carolina Senate member Clementa C. Pinckney was among those who lost their life during a prayer service at the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston in South Carolina. Three victims survived.

In Nigeria it's difficult to keep up with the massive numbers of churches that are being burned in the western African country and the number of Christians slaughtered.

For too long there has been hatred between all religions.

However, these terrorist acts aren't being carried out by people of faith. They are coming from the mentally-ill filled with hate. Hate in whatever form it appears is always ugly and often people are hurt.

We have to stop the hate.

We have to stop it in politics, social media, entertainment and religion. Hate consumes the soul, lashes out in ugliness and leaves severe wounds, scars and takes precious lives.

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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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April 27, 2019

From our files on April 27


Matthew Robeck runs the Illinois Marathon
Back on this day in 2013 Matthew Robeck, from St. Louis, MO, waves at the camera on his way to a 202nd place overall finish at the 2013 Illinois Marathon. With nine miles to go and 17 already behind him, he completed the course with a time of 3:30:01. At 7a this morning another hoard of 2,000-plus running enthusiasts made their way around marathon and half-marathon course winding through the streets of Champaign-Urbana. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)



April 26, 2019

April 26: Picture of the Day


Marengo's Anna Walsweer takes a selfie
June 10, 2017 - Peoria, IL - Marengo's Anna Walsweer and mother, Joni, pose for a state champion selfie at Saturday's IHSA Softball State Finals. The Indians defeated the East Peoria Raiders 2-0 to win this year's Class 3A state title. View more photos from the 2017 state softball tournament here . . . (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)



April 25, 2019

April 25: Picture of the Day


Eli Pannell
February 14, 2019 - Champaign, IL - Fulton's Eli Pannell (left) wrestles Lisle's Kevin Paz during their 220-pound first round match at the IHSA Individual State Wrestling Finals. Pannell pinned Paz in the second period of their bout and went on to win the Class 1A title in his weight class. He finished the individual season with a perfect record of 44 wins and zero losses (Photo: PhotoNews/Clark Brooks)



April 24, 2019

April 24: Picture of the Day


Khalil Saunders celebrates with his team
November 25, 2016 - Champaign, IL - IC Catholic's Khalil Saunders celebrates with his team after their Illinois High School Association Class 3A championship game against Carlinville. The Knights blanked the Cavaliers 43-0 to win this year's title. See more photos from this game here . . . (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)



April 22, 2019

We have to live defensively and be prepared to react offensively


by Glenn Mollette, Guest Commentator

Eight hundred people were either killed or injured by a terrorist group last weekend in Sri Lanka. A Holy weekend and a place of worship became a grisly, heinous massive murder scene.

What must America do detour another massive world attack?

We can't stop. We can't rest. We have to figure this out and no one yet has come up with a cure for this terrorism cancer that is eating away at our planet.

With cancer it's vital to find where it is and eliminate it by either surgery or treatment. Terrorism is harder to find than cancer.

Terrorists pop up often without warning. Although sometimes there are warnings as was reported in Sri Lanka but were ignored.

An 18-year-old traveled to Colorado last week and bought a pump action shotgun. There was a massive hunt for her because of her suspected plans of trying to pull off a school shooting. She ended up taking her own life but her infatuation with the Columbine 20-year anniversary and mass school shootings did not go unnoticed.

You cannot ignore warnings. The warning signs of cancer or terror is never to be taken lightly. You have to respond because both are lethal. Often even when you respond, either can gain the upper hand and take your life. Yet, we have to err on the side of caution and fight back to at least having a chance to survive.

We have to fight terrorism in America and fight it on every front. This is a poisonous viper that is breeding faster than it can be killed or imprisoned. Terrorism has become a deadly disease rampantly moving across our planet and we are having a very difficult time finding a cure.

The one thing we cannot do is be passive. We can't be at ease thinking it will not happen to our church, school or any other place. We have to live defensively and be prepared to react offensively. Refusal to acknowledge this reality will bring more regret and sorrow.

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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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On this day in 2017


On this day in April of 2017, Howard Chueh runs to a 63rd place finish in the Mens 25-29 division during the 2017 Illinois Marathon. The Carbondale man and Taiwan native, finished the race at 04:12:20. He crossed the finish line 597th overall out of the more than 1,200 competitors who finished the race. See more photos from the 2017 Illinois Marathon or use the handy search tool on this page to search our archives for Illinois Marathon from other years. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)



Lauren Ferraro dumps a cup of water over her head
Lauren Ferraro dumps a cup of water over her head as she runs to a 15th place finish in the Womens 30-34 division at the Illinois Marathon on April 22, 2017. The Saint Louis, MO, native finished the race at 3:43:51 good for a 309th overall finish. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)



Dan Johnson, from Palatine, IL, runs to a 10th place finish in the Mens 20-24 division during the 2017 Illinois Marathon. He crossed the finish line at 3:22:57 to earn a 137th overall finish out of the 1,216 runners who completed the race. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)



Paul Hyink, from St. Joseph, MI, runs to a 6th place finish in the Mens 40-44 division. He finished 75th overall with the time of 3:10:49. See more photos from the 2017 Illinois Marathon or use the handy search tool on this page to search our archives for Illinois Marathon from other years. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)



April 22, 2017 - Champaign, IL - Francesco Arato runs to a first place finish for the Mens Overall Masters title at the 2017 Illinois Marathon. The Bolingbrook, IL, runner finished the race at 2:38:49. As in his previous year (2016) performance at the marathon, he was 8th overall. Arato also ran the 2014 race where he finished third in his division and 13th overall. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)



April 21, 2019

On this day in April in 2018


SJO baseball player Tyler Slagley
On this day in 2018, senior Tyler Slagley takes a swing at an Illinois Valley Central pitch during St. Joseph-Ogden's home Illini Prairie Conference game on Saturday, April 21, 2018. The Spartans won the conference contest, 5-2. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)



April 9, 2019

Champaign County electronics recycling event on May 18

Online registration opened yesterday for this year's Champaign County Electronics Collection Event to be held on May 18. As in previous years, the event will take place at Parkland College, located at 2400 W. Bradley Ave in Champaign.

Champaign County plus 18 cities and villages within the county are working together to make the annual May event happen. Only residents from Bondville, Champaign, Fisher, Gifford, Homer, Ivesdale, Ludlow, Mahomet, Ogden, Rantoul, Royal, Sadorus, Savoy, Sidney, St. Joseph, Thomasboro, Urbana, and Unincorporated Champaign County are eligible to drop off unwanted or non-functioning electronics.

Organizers (as of this article) are waiting to confirmation from village and city administrators from Foosland, Broadlands, Longview, Pesotum, Philo, and Tolono for their participation. As of today, unless otherwise stated on the official website, if you live in one of these communities, you will not be allowed to register/participate at this time.

To minimize wait times and lines, online registration is required for the event. Approximately 5-7 days before the event individuals that signed up online will receive a postcard will serve as a 'ticket' to drop off items. For those who did not receive their postcard before the event or leave it behind, you can show your confirmation email/text at the entrance on your smart device or laptop.

Follow this link to the registration portal. Simply click on an available time to start the registration process. Expect to receive your postcard within two weeks after submitting the form.

Eligible individuals with postcards may dispose up to four televisions of any make or model. Organizers do not consider computer monitors as a TV. Up to seven items per postcard can be left at the event. Small items can be bundled or put into a small box and counted as one item.

Items accepted for this year's event include TVs, computers, computer monitors, printers, typewriters, electronic keyboards, facsimile machines, VCRs, DVD players/recorders, portable digital music players, video game consoles, electronic mice, scanners, digital converter boxes, cable receivers, satellite receivers, small scale servers, accessory computer/monitor speakers, ink & toner cartridges, extension cords, surge protectors, computer cables, microwaves, holiday string lights, all phones and accessories, digital cameras/mini cams, uninterrupted power supplies, backup batteries, chargers for portable devices, and computer networking equipment including switches, routers, hubs and modems.

The following items will not be accepted: Wooden, metal, or plastic stereo speakers; units or items that contain liquids; items that contain freon such as AC units and dehumidifiers; freezers, refrigerators and dishwashers; small appliances including but not limited to blenders, coffee makers, toasters; lamps, vacuum cleaners, fans, cash registers, thermostats and thermometers; light bulbs, fluorescent bulbs or tubes; smoke or carbon monoxide detectors; and loose alkaline batteries.

Unless there is severe weather during the collection time, rain or shine (or snow), the event will go on as planned. Thunder and lightning activity will not cancel the event. Inclement weather may slow things down, but past experience has shown the additional wait time to be minimal.

For more information visit the official 2019 electronics recycling page. You may also send email inquiries to recycling@champaignil.gov or call 217-403-4780 or 217-384-2302.


April 8, 2019

A little hug, Biden's not shook up


by Glenn Mollette, Guest Commentator

Joe Biden has received bad publicity lately.

Several women have stepped forward saying the former Vice-President of the United States hugged them too long or made them feel uncomfortable when he touched them.

Biden recently released a video on social media attempting to address the allegations. Stating he hears what the women are saying, he never intended to invade anyone's space or make anyone feel uncomfortable.

We've all seen Biden on television hugging, touching, kissing and in some instances it seemed like groping. However, according to Biden he has just been a caring, compassionate man trying to show affirmation to these who have cried foul about his physical maneuvers.

It will be impossible to derail Biden accusing him of hugging, touching or kissing people on the cheek or the head. It's wrong to push ourselves on anyone.

Apparently Biden's "victims" didn't appreciate Biden's lingering touches. However, this won't keep him from the democratic nomination for President.

People make mistakes in interpreting how to respond to people in social scenarios.

One church I used to attend most of the people wanted to hug me every Sunday, and most of them wanted me to hug them.

Sometimes it can be overkill.

Kenny Rogers said, "Know when to hold them and know when to fold them."

I guess that might apply to hugging, kissing and touching. There will always be people you don't want to hug. There will be people you don't want touching or hugging you.

People have to back off and not make hugging a ritual that ends up offending someone who may like you personally but doesn't like hugging in general.

Dolly Parton has been criticized and the center of lot of rumors all her life.

"People love to talk but sometimes that's your best publicity. I don't care what they say as long as they don't hurt other people I love," she once said.

I am sure Joe Biden did not want his name elevated in the media quite the way it has been recently.

For better or worse his name has been in the news every day. No one wants negative accusations. Six months from now the accusations that he may have invaded other's space a bit too much will be in the past. Joe will probably be shaking hands more and hugging a lot less.

When the smoke has cleared next year, Biden will be the Democrat Party nominee.

There will probably be more people coming forward who will have something negative to say. In the end will negative allegations hurt Biden or any of the candidates?

Or, is negative publicity better than no publicity?

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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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ISU professor seeks Illinois prep athletes for survey

Scott Pierce, a professor in the Department of Kinesiology & Recreation at Illinois State University, is administering a survey as part of a research study on how high school athletics influence personal development.

"As a student-athlete, you will have the opportunity to complete a survey to help us understand how to best create positive experiences for student-athletes like yourself," Pierce explains on the introductory page to the survey found here.

The IHSA Student Advisory Committee is encouraging student-athletes around the state to complete a survey to help further a better understanding of the many benefits of participating in high school athletics.

As a bonus students responding to the survey will have the chance to win one of four $50 Amazon gift cards.

Pierce's work primarily focuses on youth psycho-social development through sport. His research includes "an emphasis on how psychological skills are developed to assist sport performance, and how, why and under what conditions life skills are developed in sport and transferred to other life domains."

If you have questions about your right as a participant, please contact the Research Ethics and Compliance Office at Illinois State University (309-438-5527) or via email at rec@IllinoisState.edu. Parental permission is required in order complete the survey and participate in the study.


15 years ago today


Raymond Tucker makes a call while umpiring
Umpire Ray Tucker makes a call during Champaign Central's home game against St. Joseph-Ogden in their non-conference game back in 2005. Forty-two photos capturing the action 15 years ago today were reintroduced to our online archive. View all the photos from the baseball game here: Central vs SJO. (File Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)



February 24, 2019

Crowe leads SJO in state semifinal loss

Peyton Crowe dribbles her way to the paint
St. Joseph-Ogden's Peyton Crowe dribbles down the baseline past Teutopolis' Olivia Niemerg. Crowe, who was named to IBCA's All-State Second Team and will play for the Parkland Cobras in the upcoming season, led the Spartans in scoring with 10 points and nine rebounds. She was one of two Spartan players who reached the 1,000 career scoring mark this season. See more photos of Crow and the Spartans from this game here: St. Joseph-Ogden vs Teutopolis state semifinal basketball game. (Photo: PhotoNews/Clark Brooks)



January 29, 2019

Nine teams win state dance trophies

Thirty-six dance teams, 12 per class, from around the state competed for a state trophy in one of three divisons at the IHSA Competitive State Finals on last Saturday.

Joliet Catholic Academy, who made their second ever state final appearance in program history, won this year's Class 1A title. The Angel Dance Team earned a score of 95.68 to rise above six-time qualifier and second place finisher Morris. Montini's Broncettes placed third taking home another state trophy to sit next to their third place award from 2018.

Lake Zurich's hip-hop routine won the Class 2A title beating Deerfield (2nd) and state dance perennial powerhouse Geneva, who finished third.

In Class 3A, Naperville North earned a score of 95.42 to win the Class 3A championship trophy. Stevenson (93.94) placed 2nd and Lake Park (93.72) finished third.

Here's a look at ten of our favorite photos from the championship round on Saturday.

York dance team member performs at state
A member of the York dance team performs with her team during the IHSA Competitive Dance Finals. The Dukes finished 8th in the final Class 3A team standings. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


St. Anthony dancer
A member of the St. Anthony dance team performs with her team in the Class 1A competition. The Bulldogs finished 10th. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Ben Reinkemeyer does a leap during Lake Forest's performance on Saturday. The Scouts finished in fourth place in the two-day competition. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Centralia dance team
Members of the Centralia dance team perform on Saturday. The Orphans' finished 4th in this year's Class 1A division. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Fenton dance team
Members of the Fenton dance team gather during their entertaining, zombie inspired hip-hop routine. The Bison squad finished 6th in the Class 2A division. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Lincoln-Way West dance team member performs with her team
A member of the Lincoln-Way West dance team gets her lean on while dancing with her squad. The Warriors finished 12th in this year's Class 2A division. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Mundelein dance team performs at state
A member of the Mundelein dance team performs with her team. The Mustangs finished 8th in Class 2A. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Dancers from Maine South
Dancers from Maine South perform on Saturday. South finished 4th in Class 3A. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Lake Zurich wins championship dance title
Lake Zurich dancers strike a pose during their routine. The Bears won this year's title with the highest score across three classes at 97.42. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Mundelein's Katelyn Ponce floats in the air during a leap. The Mustangs' dance squad finished 8th in this year's Class 2A standings. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)




Follow this link to see our entire collection of dance photos in our online archive today.

January 25, 2019

Top Ten: The best from 1A state dance

Thirty Class 1A high school dance teams from around the state descended on to Grossinger Motor Arena in Bloomington to compete a championship state trophy.

Twelve squads performing hip-hop or lyrical routines advanced to Saturday's championship round.

Morris finished the first day of competition with the best score from the judges with a 93.22. The other 11 teams competing on Saturday will be Clinton, Joliet Catholic Academy, Burlington Central, Montini, Highland, Centralia, Villa Grove, Genoa-Kingston, Unity, Jacksonville, and St. Anthony.

Here is a look at our favorite photos from the small school competition.

Montini dance team
Members of the Montini dance team perform during 2019 IHSA Competitive State Dance Finals. The squad can now take aim at winning a state title after qualifying for the finals. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Genoa-Kingston dance
A member of the Genoa-Kingston dance team performs a leap during her squad's routine. The team will compete again on Saturday for a shot at this year's state title. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Somonauk dance team
A member of the Somonauk dance team performs during 2019 IHSA Competitive State Dance Finals. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


A member of the Unity dance team performs with her team during 2019 IHSA Competitive State Dance Finals. The Rockettes advanced to Saturday's title round. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Aurora Central Catholic dance
A member of the Aurora Central Catholic dance team performs leap during her team's routine. Despite a very good performance, the squad failed to advance to the finals. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Villa Grove Dance Team
A Villa Grove Dance Team fan competes in the Dad's Dance-Off during a break in the action at the 2019 IHSA Competitive State Dance Finals. The Devilettes were one of a handful of Hip-Hop teams that advanced to Saturday's finals. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Pinckneyville dance team
Members of the Pinckneyville dance team perform their routine for the judges on Friday. The team failed to qualify for Saturday's championship round. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Burlington Central dance team
Members of the Burlington Central dance team perform a leap during 2019 IHSA Competitive State Dance Finals. The squad advanced to Saturday's finals as one of the top 12 teams in Class 1A. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


January 25, 2019 - Bloomington, IL - Members of the Rich East dance team perform their Hip-Hop routine. They did not advance to the finals on Saturday. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Centralia dance team
Members of the Centralia dance team perform to a Jackson 5/Michael Jackson inspired routine. Their routine, which nearly took down the house, earned a top 12 score and a spot in the championship round on Saturday. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)



See more photo coverage from Friday's semifinal competition here.

January 24, 2019

7 Illini Prairie Conference photos from Rantoul's road game at SJO

SJO head coach Kevin Taylor was able to put every player on his varsity squad on the floor Monday night in his team's home conference game against Rantoul.

"It helps when someone get hot early like Peyton Crowe," he said. "Then we can spread the floor out."

The St. Joseph-Ogden girls basketball team picked up their 20th win of the season behind Crowe's 20-point game-high performance. Seven other SJO player also contributed offensively and everyone had a hand in smothering the Eagles shots in the 63-24 victory.

Myejoi Williams led the Eagles scoring effort with a team-high 9 points. Seniors Courtney Sutherland and Emma Mihaly each contributed a solo trey to round out the the top three scorers from Rantoul.

Here's seven photos from Monday's milestone win for the Spartans. Follow this link to see more photos from the game in the SJO vs Rantoul gallery.

Payton Jacobs wrestles the ball away from a Rantoul player
Spartan Payton Jacobs wrestles the ball away from Rantoul's Myejoi Williams. Jacobs came off the bench to finish the night with 8 points for SJO. (PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Ella Armstrong goes up for a shot against Rantoul
St. Joseph-Ogden's Ella Armstrong goes up for a shot in front of Rantoul's Myejoi Williams during in the second half. The Spartans defeated the visiting Eagles to pick up their 20th win of the season with a 63-24 win on Monday. (PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


SJO's Maclayne Taylor dribbles the ball away from Rantoul's Emma Mihaly
Maclayne Taylor dribbles the ball away from Rantoul's Emma Mihaly during first half action of their home game on Monday. Taylor finished the game with 7 points. (PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Rantoul's Hannah Kelley tries to wrestle the ball away St. Joseph-Ogden's Taylor Barnes
Rantoul's Hannah Kelley tries to wrestle the ball away St. Joseph-Ogden's Taylor Barnes during their regular season Illini Prairie Conference game. (PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Angela Palmer looks for an open teammate
Keeping the ball away from Rantoul's Litzy Hernandez, St. Joseph-Ogden's Angela Palmer looks for an open teammate to pass the ball during second half action. (PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Maclayne Taylor guards Rantoul's Jada Mosley
Maclayne Taylor guards Rantoul's Jada Mosley during their Illini Prairie Conference game. Taylor finished with 7 points on the night. (PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


St. Joseph-Ogden's Hannah Dukeman makes a pass in their home game against Rantoul. The junior contributed 9 points in the SJO victory. (PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)



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