December 15, 2019

Ty Pence scores 17 in SJO's home loss to Tri-Valley

Freshman starter Ty Pence takes a shot against Tri-Valley
Ty Pence takes a shot over a Tri-Valley player during St. Joseph-Ogden's home game against the Vikings on December 14, 2019. Despite Pence's 17 point output, the Spartans dropped the non-conference contest 66-64. See another 150 photos from this game in the St. Joseph-Ogden vs Tri-Valley contact sheet. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

December 13, 2019

Looking for gift with international flavor? Try World Harvest

Whether you are looking for a tasty stocking stuffer or a last minute gift for a co-worker or a friend, add a bit of international flavor to recipient of you holiday kindness.

World Harvest, located at 306 West Springfield Avenue in Urbana, is the home of some of the world's finest international and gourmet foods. In addition to organic local meat and produce available at the store, sharing space with Strawberry Fields fresh baked bread, pastries, salads and sandwiches are available daily. You will find ingredients and spices from the Europe, Mexico, the Mediterranean, the Middle East and Asia to give you next international dish authentic flavors.

In this article, we are featuring nine gift ideas to fit any budget from the hundreds of other gifts to shop from at World Harvest.

Boska Fondue Set

This stylish fondue set is made from earthenware and wooden frame with modern stainless steel. With a burner, base and six fondue forks, the set is supplied with everything you need to make your first cheese or chocolate dip right away. The heat of the burner can be regulated with the handy flame distributor, so that your fondue does not burn. The pan is dishwasher safe for quick post-party clean up. $69.99

Kuchen Meister Marzipansollen
Stollen is a traditional sweet, fruit filled bread, usually made with candied fruit, raisins and marzipan filling, that is staple celebrating German holidays. It can be toasted or microwaved before serving and eaten with honey, jam or butter. Have a slice with the first cup of coffee in morning or serve as a light desert. $9.99

Panettone Classico
Panettone is an Italian sweet bread loaf, originally from Milan, according to Wikipedia. It typically available around the Christmas and New Year holidays not only in Italy but throughout the southern Europe and parts of South America. Like Stollen, it is made with raisins as well as candied orange, citron, and lemon zest. It can be served as a snack or dessert with butter or chocolate for those wanting a more decadent experience. $8.99

Quality Street

This tin of individually wrapped Milk and Dark Chocolates, Toffees and Fruit Cremes is great to have around the home for guest or at the office when you work buddy stops by your desk. First manufactured in England in 1936, the Nestle company ships these around the world. $20.99

Harvest of Saffron

Referred to as 'red gold', saffron is the world's most expensive spice. The wholesale price of saffron can be any where between $1000 to $5000 per kilogram depending on the quality. It is a must have for dishes like paella and bouillabaisse. Many will tell you for that to have a truly authentic Spanish or Italian taste, you need to add a bit of saffron to the dish as you prepare it. World Harvest carries several varieties in different sizes to impress guests with your next Italian or Spanish influenced meal. $109

This Illinois-shaped cutting board is made from Bamboo fibers. Durable and knife-friendly - they don't dull knives with repeated use - this is would be great in the kitchen or to serve snack on at your next tailgage. $18.95

Hamlet Chocolate
Beautifully made sea shell shaped chocolates filled with hazelnuts and other natural flavors, these mouthwatering Belgian delights just need wrapped or a quick bow and ribbon if you are looking for a last minute gift for the chocolate lover in your life. $6.99

A is a traditional home-made dessert in Croatia. Bajadera is a popular treat made of layered nougat with almonds, hazelnuts or walnuts. $14.99

Walkers Rich Fruit Pudding

Walkers Rich Fruit Plum Pudding is a traditional treat for the holiday season in the United Kingdom. Made with raisins, sultanas, candied peel, mixed spices, syrup, milk and wheat, it tastes great warmed out of the microwave or toaster oven. You can drizzle brandy or whiskey over it and light it on fire for a memorable finish to your Christmas dinner. $17.99

Sports Wrap: Chian Scott leads Urbana in win over Monticello

Scott leads Tigers to non-conference win

Chian Scott scored 17 points to lead the Urbana girls basketball team past Monticello, 62-45. Along with 14 points from Raevyn Russell, the Tigers also saw double-digit scoring Kynzee Boastick with 14 points and 17 rebounds. Urbana hosts Peoria Notre Dame on Saturday in a conference matchup scheduled to tip off at 4pm.

Spartans fall to T-Town

St. Joseph-Ogden could only muster four points in the fourth quarter in their 48-31 road loss to Teutopolis last night. Sophomore Ella Armstrong led the SJO with nine points and 2x Class 1A state champion long jumper Atleigh Hamilton chipped in six.

Other scores from around the area

Champaign Central 57 - Centennial 32
Salt Fork 41 - Armstrong 28
Villa Grove-Heritage 63 - Blue Ridge 30

December 10, 2019

Tigers drop non-conference home game to Unity

Sariah Townsend-Cooper brings the ball down the court
Urbana's Sariah Townsend-Cooper brings the ball down the court in the Tigers' home game against Unity. The sophomore guard contributed six points as UHS fell 59-49 in the non-conference varsity game against Rockets. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

Box Score
Urbana 16 9 14 10 - 49
Unity 19 16 6 18 - 59


Urbana: Ziniera Edwards 2, Gabrielle Mboya-Meta 2, Eleana Scott 3, Raevyn Russell 4, Sariah Townsend-Cooper 6, Kynzee Boastick 7 and Chian Scott 25.

Unity: Chloee Reed 15, Allyson England 2, Taylor Henry 8, Maddie Reed 6, Elyce Knudsen 24 and Martina Miebach 4.

December 9, 2019

Chance Izard wins tournament MVP

The St. Joseph-Ogden basketball team is off to an undefeated start this season. It wasn't by luck that happened. It was by Chance as a matter of fact.

It was no surprised when St. Joseph-Ogden guard Chance Izard was lucky enough to be selected as this year's Most-Valuable-Player by participating coaches at the Toyota of Danville Classic.

MVP Chance Izard Izard, who had a season high 24 points in his team's final tournament game against Watseka, was also responsible for five of the team's 11 steals in that game. Over the first five games this season, the senior has tallied 93 points for an average of 18.6 per game. He put up a career-high 25 points in SJO's 74-39 win over Schlarman Academy.

From the free throw line Izard drained 10 of 16 attempts. After a lukewarm 4-and-9 start over the first three games this season, he has not missed a free throw in his last two outings, making all six attempts.

Payton Cain also received well-deserved recognition from coaches.

The senior guard finished the tournament with 42 point over four days. Not a frequent visitor to the charity stripe, Cain was 2-for-4 on free throws.

Members of this year's Toyota of Danville all-tournament team are listed below.

2019 All-Tournament Team:
Emmanuel Garcia Camilo, Notre Dame de La Salette
Jamal Taylor, Schlarman Academy
Conner Curry, Watseka
Cale Steinbaugh, Georgetown-Ridge Farm
Ian Rogers, Cissna Park
Payton Cain, St. Joseph-Ogden

All-Tournament Team MVP:
Chance Izard, St. Joseph-Ogden

December 8, 2019

Urbana rolls Manual, 62-47

Urbana's Raevyn Russell fires a shot
Urbana's Raevyn Russell takes a shot over Manual's Malaya Williams in the second half. The Tigers rolled to a 62-47 win over the Rams at home on Saturday. Russell finished with a career-high 21 points and 10 rebounds in the Big 12 victory. Read game story on the Tri-Town Tribune. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

Box Score
Urbana 13 15 13 21 - 62
Manual 9 12 11 15 - 47

Urbana: Sariah Townsend-Cooper 6, Kynzee Boastick 4, Raevyn Russell 21, Chian Scott 30 and Ziniera Edwards 1.

Manual: Maryonna Williams 2, Nakya Boyd-Anderson 2, King 8, Emieria Brownlee 10, Malaya Williams 12 and Tanaya Mack 13.

December 7, 2019

Spartans pick up third win of the season

Ty Pence goes up for a shot against Cissna Park
Spartan Ty Pence floats above the paint on a second half shot against Cissna Park during their Toyota of Danville Classic game on Friday. Pence notched his first varsity double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds to help the Spartans defeat last season's Class 1A state runner-up Timberwolves, 65-49. SJO moves to 3-0 on the season. See eight more photos from this game on The Sentinel. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

October 27, 2019

SJO, Monticello return to 3A playoff list, Beardstown and Princeton are top seeds

Special 2018 State Champion Art for the Monticello Sages
The Sages of Monticello, last year's Class 3A state champions, and St. Joseph-Ogden earned spots in the southern half of this year's IHSA football playoff bracket. The two programs make up a five-team contingent from the Illini Prairie Conference that have shots at a 2019 state football title.

The Spartans, who fell on the road to the Sages two nights ago in their conference finale by way of a 35-6 decision, make their second consecutive appearance in the Skinner era on the heels of a 5-4 regular season finish. SJO will travel to Williamsville on Saturday to face the Bullets at 1pm.

It will be the second meeting in playoff history between the two programs. SJO currently owns the series 1-0.

At 6-3, Monticello's win on Friday secured the program's fourth place conference finish behind Illinois Valley Central, Unity and Prairie Central. The Sages also will hit the road, travel to DuQuoin to face the 8-1 Indians.

Beardstown (9-0) and Princeton (8-1) are the top two seeds in this year's Class 3A football playoff bracket.

Here is a look at the first round matchups that will be played this weekend. Official kickoff times will be released sometime late Monday afternoon.

Game 1 — #16 Poplar Grove (North Boone) (5-4) at #1 Princeton (8-1), TBA
Game 2 — #9 Spring Valley (Hall) (6-3) at #8 Peotone (6-3), TBA
Game 3 — #13 Seneca (5-4) at #4 Farmington (7-2), TBA
Game 4 — #12 Chicago (Carver) (6-2) at #5 Paxton (P.-Buckley-Loda) (7-2), TBA

Game 5 — #15 Rock Island (Alleman) (5-4) at #2 Byron (8-1), TBA
Game 6 — #10 Chicago (Harlan) (6-2) at #7 Durand [Du-Pec Coop] (6-3), TBA
Game 7 — #14 Lisle (Sr.) (5-4) at #3 Wilmington (8-1), TBA
Game 8 — #11 Chicago (Dunbar) (6-2) at #6 Eureka (7-2), TBA

Game 9 — #16 Newton (5-4) at #1 Beardstown (9-0), TBA
Game 10 — #9 Quincy (Notre Dame) (6-3) at #8 Greenville (7-2), TBA
Game 11 — #13 Alton (Marquette) (5-4) at #4 Fairfield (9-0), TBA
Game 12 — #12 West Frankfort (Frankfort) (6-3) at #5 Breese (Mater Dei) (8-1), TBA

Game 13 — #15 St. Joseph-Ogden (5-4) at #2 Williamsville (9-0), 1 pm
Game 14 — #10 Monticello (6-3) at #7 DuQuoin (H.S.) (8-1), TBA
Game 15 — #14 Virden (North Mac) (5-4) at #3 Vandalia (9-0), TBA
Game 16 — #11 Carlinville (6-3) at #6 Mt. Carmel (8-1), TBA

Class 4A IHSA football pairings are set, Unity Rockets earn #4 seed

The 32 teams and brackets are set for Illinois High School Association 2019 postseason for Class 4A. Locally, Scott Hamilton's Rockets in Tolono are the largest school in Champaign County to advance in this year's playoffs. Entering the postseason with one loss, Unity earned a first round home game on their new turf at Hicks Field against former Okaw Valley rival Clinton. Kickoff is slated for 2pm on Saturday.

Unity's Jared Routh blocks St. Joseph-Ogden's Payton Cain during their regular season Illini Prairie Conference game back in September. After dropping their opener to Illinois Valley Central, the Rockets put together eight consecutive victories to earn the #4 seed in their first ever Class 4A appearance. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

Here is a look at the other Class 4A pairings and locations for this weekend. Official times for the games below will be available late Monday afternoon.

Game 1 — #16 Chicago (Phoenix) (3-4) at #1 Coal City (9-0), TBA
Game 2 — #9 Chicago (Agricultural Science) (6-2) at #8 Kewanee (H.S.) (6-3), TBA
Game 3 — #13 Chicago (Clark) (5-3) at #4 Wheaton (St. Francis) (8-1), TBA
Game 4 — #12 North Chicago (5-4) at #5 Genoa (G.-Kingston) (8-1), TBA

Game 5 — #15 Chicago (Urban Prep/Bronzeville) (4-5) at #2 Richmond (R.-Burton) (9-0), TBA
Game 6 — #10 Manteno (5-4) at #7 Marengo (7-2), TBA
Game 7 — #14 Chicago (Sullivan) (5-3) at #3 Elmhurst (IC Catholic) (8-1), TBA
Game 8 — #11 Dixon (H.S.) (5-4) at #6 Stillman Valley (8-1), TBA

Game 9 — #16 Taylorville (5-4) at #1 Chillicothe (Illinois Valley Central) (9-0), TBA
Game 10 — #9 Murphysboro [Coop] (7-2) at #8 Bethalto (Civic Memorial) (7-2), TBA
Game 11 — #13 Clinton (6-3) at #4 Tolono (Unity) (8-1), 2 pm
Game 12 — #12 Kankakee (McNamara) (6-3) at #5 Paris (8-1), TBA

Game 13 — #15 Roxana (5-4) at #2 Columbia (9-0), TBA
Game 14 — #10 Fairbury (Prairie Central) (7-2) at #7 Olney (Richland County) (7-2), TBA
Game 15 — #14 Breese (Central) (5-4) at #3 Effingham (H.S.) (8-1), TBA
Game 16 — #11 Salem (7-2) at #6 Benton (8-1), TBA

5A football pairings are out, Sterling and Mt. Zion earn top seeds

The 32-team bracket is set for this year's Illinois High School Association Class 5A football championships. Sterling and Mt. Zion, both with undefeated regular season records, are the division's top two seeds. Boylan Catholic, also 9-0 in regular season play, and Rochester (8-1) are the #2 seeds in this year's postseason standings.

Here is a look at the pairings and locations of the upcoming contests this weekend. Official times will be available late Monday afternoon.

Game 1 — #16 Chicago Heights (Marian) (5-4) at #1 Sterling (H.S.) (9-0), TBA
Game 2 — #9 Glen Ellyn (Glenbard South) (6-3) at #8 Chicago (St. Rita) (6-3), TBA
Game 3 — #13 Burbank (St. Laurence) (5-4) at #4 Country Club Hills (Hillcrest) (8-1), TBA
Game 4 — #12 Oak Park (Fenwick) (5-4) vs. #5 Chicago (Payton) (8-0) at TBA, TBA

Game 5 — #15 Chicago (Hyde Park) (5-3) at #2 Rockford (Boylan Catholic) (9-0), TBA
Game 6 — #10 Aurora (Marmion Academy) (6-3) vs. #7 Chicago (Amundsen) (7-1) at TBA, TBA
Game 7 — #14 Evergreen Park (5-4) at #3 Sycamore (H.S.) (8-1), TBA
Game 8 — #11 Elmwood Park (6-3) at #6 Lombard (Montini) (7-2), TBA

Game 9 — #16 Decatur (MacArthur) (5-4) at #1 Mt. Zion (9-0), TBA
Game 10 — #9 Joliet (Catholic Academy) (6-3) at #8 Morton (7-2), TBA
Game 11 — #13 Peoria (Notre Dame) (6-3) at #4 Kankakee (Sr.) (8-1), TBA
Game 12 — #12 Mascoutah (6-3) at #5 Carbondale (H.S.) (8-1), TBA

Game 13 — #15 LaSalle (L.-Peru) (5-4) at #2 Rochester (8-1), TBA
Game 14 — #10 Highland (6-3) at #7 Cahokia (H.S.) (7-2), TBA
Game 15 — #14 Troy (Triad) (6-3) at #3 Marion (H.S.) (8-1), TBA
Game 16 — #11 Springfield (Sacred Heart-Griffin) (6-3) at #6 Morris (7-2), TBA

Prairie Ridge, East St. Louis earn #1 seeds, Class 6A IHSA pairings set for this weekend

The bracket for Class 6A is set with the top 32 teams in the division for this year's IHSA state championship football series. Here is a look at the pairings and locations of the upcoming contests for this weekend. Official kickoff times will be available late Monday afternoon.

Game 1 — #16 Grayslake (North) (5-4) at #1 Crystal Lake (Prairie Ridge) (8-1), TBA
Game 2 — #9 Lake Villa (Lakes) (6-3) vs. #8 Chicago (Simeon) (6-1) at TBA, TBA
Game 3 — #13 Chicago (St. Ignatius) (5-4) at #4 Cary (C.-Grove) (7-2), TBA
Game 4 — #12 Chicago (Mather) (6-2) at #5 Antioch (7-2), TBA

Game 5 — #15 Crystal Lake (South) (5-4) at #2 Deerfield (H.S.) (7-2), TBA
Game 6 — #10 Riverside (R.-Brookfield) (6-3) vs. #7 Chicago (Kenwood) (7-1) at TBA, TBA
Game 7 — #14 Lake Forest (H.S.) (5-4) at #3 Belvidere (North) (7-2), TBA
Game 8 — #11 Crystal Lake (Central) (6-3) at #6 Maple Park (Kaneland) (7-2), TBA

Game 9 — #16 Chicago (Morgan Park) (5-3) at #1 East St. Louis (Sr.) (9-0), TBA
Game 10 — #9 Rock Island (H.S.) (7-2) at #8 Dunlap (7-2), TBA
Game 11 — #13 Washington (6-3) at #4 Oak Lawn (Richards) (8-1), TBA
Game 12 — #12 Palos Heights (Shepard) (6-3) at #5 Peoria (H.S.) (8-1), TBA

Game 13 — #15 Danville (H.S.) (6-3) at #2 Chatham (Glenwood) (9-0), TBA
Game 14 — #10 Springfield (H.S.) (7-2) at #7 Lemont (H.S.) (7-2), TBA
Game 15 — #14 Midlothian (Bremen) (6-3) at #3 Crete (C.-Monee) (9-0), TBA
Game 16 — #11 New Lenox (Providence Catholic) (6-3) at #6 Normal (Community West) (7-2), TBA

Class 7A football pairings set, Mt. Carmel and Nazareth earn top two seeds

Mt. Carmel earned the number one seed for this year's Class 7A football postseason. The Caravan and 31 team kickoff their title run starting Friday for this year's Illinois High School Association football championship series. Here is a look at the pairings and locations of the upcoming first round contests this weekend. Official start times will be available late Monday afternoon.

Game 1 — #32 Blue Island (Eisenhower) (5-4) at #1 Chicago (Mt. Carmel) (9-0), TBA
Game 2 — #17 Lisle (Benet Academy) (6-3) at #16 Carol Stream (Glenbard North) (6-3), TBA
Game 3 — #25 New Lenox (Lincoln-Way West) (5-4) vs. #8 Chicago (Phillips) (7-1) at TBA, TBA
Game 4 — #24 Burbank (Reavis) (6-3) at #9 Normal (Community) (7-2), TBA

Game 5 — #29 Rockford (Auburn) (5-4) at #4 Arlington Heights (Hersey) (8-1), TBA
Game 6 — #20 Lake Zurich (6-3) at #13 Tinley Park (Andrew) (7-2), TBA
Game 7 — #28 Moline (H.S.) (5-4) at #5 Villa Park (Willowbrook) (8-1), TBA
Game 8 — #21 Lansing (Thornton Fractional South) (6-3) at #12 Yorkville (H.S.) (7-2), TBA

Game 9 — #31 Libertyville (5-4) at #2 LaGrange Park (Nazareth Academy) (9-0), TBA
Game 10 — #18 Pekin (6-3) at #15 Harvey (Thornton) (7-2), TBA
Game 11 — #26 South Holland (Thornwood) (5-4) at #7 Batavia (7-2), TBA
Game 12 — #23 Fox Lake (Grant) (6-3) at #10 Rockton (Hononegah) (7-2), TBA

Game 13 — #30 Chicago (Lincoln Park) (5-3) at #3 Rolling Meadows (9-0), TBA
Game 14 — #19 DeKalb (6-3) at #14 Mt. Prospect (Prospect) (7-2), TBA
Game 15 — #27 Downers Grove (North) (5-4) at #6 Des Plaines (Maine West) (8-1), TBA
Game 16 — #22 Wheaton (W. Warrenville South) (6-3) at #11 Machesney Park (Harlem) (7-2), TBA

Class 8A football bracket is set, Minooka and Linclon-Way East are top pair

The bracket for this season's Class 8A football championship is set with the top 32 teams in the state's largest school division. Here is a look at the pairings and locations of the first round contests this upcoming weekend. Official times will be available late Monday afternoon after coaches and athletic directors solidify start times.

Game 1 — #32 Joliet (West) (4-5) at #1 Minooka (9-0), TBA
Game 2 — #17 St. Charles (East) (7-2) at #16 Edwardsville (H.S.) (7-2), TBA
Game 3 — #25 Oswego (East) (5-4) at #8 South Elgin (8-1), TBA
Game 4 — #24 Chicago (Brother Rice) (5-4) at #9 Bartlett (8-1), TBA

Game 5 — #29 Plainfield (East) (5-4) at #4 Gurnee (Warren) (9-0), TBA
Game 6 — #20 Plainfield (North) (6-3) at #13 Palatine (Fremd) (7-2), TBA
Game 7 — #28 Elgin (H.S.) (5-4) at #5 Oswego (H.S.) (8-1), TBA
Game 8 — #21 Bolingbrook (6-3) at #12 Hinsdale (Central) (8-1), TBA

Game 9 — #31 Downers Grove (South) (5-4) at #2 Glen Ellyn (Glenbard West) (9-0), TBA
Game 10 — #18 Wilmette (Loyola Academy) (6-3) at #15 Park Ridge (Maine South) (7-2), TBA
Game 11 — #26 Chicago (Taft) (5-3) at #7 Huntley (8-1), TBA
Game 12 — #23 Chicago (Marist) (5-4) at #10 Lombard (Glenbard East) (8-1), TBA

Game 13 — #30 Plainfield (South) (5-4) at #3 Frankfort (Lincoln-Way East) (9-0), TBA
Game 14 — #19 Barrington (6-3) at #14 Niles (Notre Dame) (7-2), TBA
Game 15 — #27 Chicago (Curie) (5-3) at #6 Flossmoor (Homewood-F.) (8-1), TBA
Game 16 — #22 Hoffman Estates (Conant) (6-3) at #11 Naperville (Neuqua Valley) (8-1), TBA

October 22, 2019

More than 6,000 pounds of meat recalled

Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) released a statement that more than six thousand pounds of ready-to-eat pork sausage and turkey patty products produced in George's Prepared Foods' Caryville, Tennessee facility is subject to recall after a small quantity tested positive for Salmonella.

Salmonella symptoms usually start 12 to 72 hours after the contaminate food has been eaten. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever. While most people recover in four to seven days without treatment, death may occur with older people, infants, or those with compromised immune systems.

As of today there has not been any reported illness attributed to the listed products. George's issued a statement on their website confirming the recall.

The contaminated product packaged under the Great Value brand name may have been distributed to Walmart Stores after their third-party cold storage facility inadvertently shipped the meat products.

If you purchased these items you are urged not to eat them and return it to the place of purchase for a refund or exchange, or thrown away immediately.

"FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers' refrigerators or freezers or both," the agency announced in Friday'statement. "Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase." Here are the packaged goods recalled :

Product Name: Great Value Original Breakfast Turkey Patties 24.92oz
UPC: 0007874212373 Best If used By Date: 10/24/2019 EST Number: 2260T

Product Name: Great Value Fully Cooked Original Pork Sausage Patties 35.6oz
UPC: 0007874203062 Best If used By Date: 11/05/19 EST Number: 2260T

Product Name: Great Value Fully Cooked Original Pork Sausage Patties 35.6oz
UPC: 0007874203062 Best If used By Date: 11/03/19 EST Number: 2260T

Product Name: Great Value Original Pork Sausage Patties 24.9oz
UPC: 0007874202095 Best If used By Date: 10/16/19 EST Number: 2260T

September 16, 2019

Sturdy SJO defense nearly shutout Central Catholic

St Joseph-Ogden football
Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

With Brayden Weaver providing protection, St. Joseph-Ogden's Crayton Burnett hands off the ball to Keaton Nolan during his team's home game against Bloomington Central Catholic on Friday, September 13. Held to just 155 total yards, it was a very unlucky day for the Saints who could only muster just ten first downs against a maturing SJO defense. All three SJO players scored once to lead SJO past BCC, 18-7. Weaver finished the game with 104 yards on 17 carries while Nolan led all ball carriers with a game-high 107 yards on 20 carries. The Spartans take their 3-0 record to Hicks Field to face longtime rival Unity (2-1) this Friday. See all the photos from the game here . . . (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

September 11, 2019

Central Maroons beat SJO, Struck leads Heritage over Arcola

Sports Wrap: September 11

SJO falls at home to Central
The St. Joseph-Ogden volleyball team picked up their second loss of the season after a 2-0 loss to visiting Champaign Central.

Katelyn Berry led the Spartans with seven kills and four digs in the non-conference match up. Jenna Albrecht contributed another five as the program's record moves to 4-2 on the season. Lacey Kaiser buoyed the team at the net with three blocks.

The Spartans host the Oakwood Comets tonight for another non-conference match before heading to the Mahomet-Seymour tournament this weekend.

Struck leads Heritage in 2-0 decision over Arcola
Bri Struck tallied six kills and five digs as 9-2 Heritage picks up another win after beating host Arcola, 25-13, 25-21. Olivia Sorensen contributed 11 assists and five aces.

Olympia drop straight sets to IVC
Junior Kaitlin Dean recorded 9 kills on the road at Illinois Valley Central but it wasn't enough for Olympia to blast by the Lady Grey Ghosts. The Spartans fell in Illini Prairie Conference action in straight sets, 25-10, 25-22.

Kaelyn Leverson delivered 18 assists over two sets. Bella Dickhut contributed 5 kills.

The Spartans next match is at home against Decatur MacArthur on Thursday.

Second half slide nips soccer team
Freshman keeper Hunter Ketchum had six saves in the Spartans' 2-0 loss to Fisher-GCMS at home last night. Bunnies Ethan Kasper scored the only two goals in the non-conference contest. His second came on a penalty kick less than ten yards from the posts.

SJO had a plethora of runs that could have resulted in scores, but could not put the ball in the net.

"I feel like we just lacking one part," said senior Kolton Batty. He is optimistic about the rest of the season and the current record is part of the process of maturing as a team. "Its just mental. I know we are a better team than we are."

The Spartans drop to 1-5-1 and play Oakwood at the Cornjerker Classic in Hoopeston on Friday. Match time is set for 4pm.

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Wayback Wednesday: Illini lacrosse fall to Michigan State

Illinois' Michael Grisko [7] races across the field looking for an open teammate to pass the ball despite opposition from Spartans' Derek Baynton from behind during their match in Urbana on March 31 in 2007. The Fighting Illini fell in their home lacrosse opener 10-8 to visiting Michigan State. The club team record drops to 4-7 on the season and Grisko delivered a single goal in their third consecutive loss.

Left: Illinois' Stephen Black [35] celebrates his first goal of the day with teammate Nate Prescott [37] during second half action against the Spartans. Right: Joe O'Malley passes the ball to a teammate during second half action. The Illinois sophomore contributed a single goal during the contest. See more photos from this match back in 2007 here: Illinois vs Michigan State lacrosse gallery.

Spartan long-stick Chris Zolkower [6] goes down while trying to maintain possession of the ball during fourth quarter action. Zolkower and visiting Michigan State Saturday afternoon handed the Illini their seventh loss on the season. Click here to view PhotoNews Media's complete collection of lax photos in our online archive today.

September 10, 2019

Three-Mile Tuesday: Glimpse back the inaugural Illinois Marathon

Every week we'll try to highlight runners and moments from road and cross country races three miles or longer that we have collected over the past decade and half. We kick off what we will be a regular weekly series on as time allows with a look back at the 2009 Marathon.

Kazuhiro Tatsuzawa, from Champaign, IL, takes water from aid station volunteer Carmelita Phillips, of Westville, IL, while running in the inaugural 2009 Illinois Marathon on April 11, 2009. Tatsuzawa finished 895 out of 1,571 competitors in the mens half-marathon division. He completed his 13.1 mile run one hour, 54 minutes and 23 seconds. See more 2009 Illinois Marathon photos here. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

Roy Witty
Left: Roy Witty, from Chicago, IL, raises his hands as he crosses the finish line. He finished the 26.2 mile course at 2:38:09. Right: Kathleen Krzystofiak, from Naperville (on the right), receives a hug after finish her run first ever Illinois Marathon half marathon race. Krzystofiak ran the 13.1 mile course and finished with a time of 2:27:17. (Photos: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

Bloomington resident Mandy Borge holds a sign while waiting for a friend to pass her by along the half and full marathon course. Over 9,000 runners competed in the first installment of the Illinois Marathon in Champaign last weekend. See more photos from the 2009 race here or use the search box on the right hand side of this page to search our archives by name, event, date or city. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

September 9, 2019

Memory Monday: Going faster at the Cow Chip Classic pasture

Despite heat indices in the upper 90s, runners gave their all competing for team and individual titles at Chrisman's Cow Chip Classic on September 3, 2011. Monticello's Steve Schroeder stays ahead of St. Joseph-Ogden's Zeke Elkins and the rest of the pack during the first mile and a half of their race. Schroeder took this year's Number One Flight title beating his own record time set last year by nine seconds at 15:23. Elkins finished third for the Spartans at 16:06. See more photos from the race here: 2011 Cow Chip Classic. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

Chris West wipes sweat from his face Leah Hutchison runs
Left:Tuscola cross country runner Chris West wipes sweat from his face as he runs the last 100 yards of the Open race at the Cow Chip Classic. Right: Cumberland's Leah Hutchison runs to a fourth place finish at Cow Chip Classic. Hutchison, a freshman, finished in fourth place with a time of 20:50. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

Chelsea Blaase running in the Cow Chip Classic
September 3, 2011 - Chrisman, IL - St. Joseph-Ogden head cross country coach Jon Jamison attempts to squirt water on runner Chelsea Blaase as she runs during the 2011 Cow Chip Classic. Blaase, a senior, finished the race at 19:19. Later at the cross country season finale, Blaase won the Class 1A title finishing the course Detweiller Park at 17:12. Then, in the following spring track season, Blaase won the Class 1A state 3200m title and she finished second in the mile race. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

Rockets' Caleb Wood runs the last 100 yards Elizabeth Wortman
Left: Rockets' Caleb Wood runs the last 100 yards of the Open race at the Cow Chip Classic. Due to extreme, unseasonably hot temperatures the three-mile race was cut in half. Right: St. Anthony cross country runner Elizabeth Wortman runs the course at the 2011 Cow Chip Classic. Wortman, a senior, took third at this year's race with a time of 20:40. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

Runners from St. Joseph-Ogden, St. Thomas More and St. Anthony start the open race at the 30th running of Chrisman's Cow Chip Classic's. Unfortunately, team results were not yet available at the time when this photo was first published on See more great memorable race photos here: 2011 Cow Chip Classic. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

Rockets trounce the Indians, SJO golfers play at Viking Invite

Sports Wrap: September 6

Rockets pick up win number one
Bouncing back after a heartbreaking opening 21-20 loss to Illinois Valley Central, the Unity Rockets blank visiting Pontiac, 41-0.

Unity triggered the running clock to start the second half as all six of their TDs were scored before halftime. The Indians started four sophomores and a freshman on offense, and another pair on defense due to injuries sustained by veterans already this season.

The Rockets (1-1) travel to Prairie Central to take on the undefeated Hawks.

Miller's defensive TD buoys SJO over Rantoul
Jaden Miller picked up a high bouncing ball and ran it into the end zone for a needed 6 points after a Rantoul punt was deflected off one of their own linemen. The senior defensive lineman's quick action help St. Joseph-Ogden defeat the host Eagles 22-8 on Friday.

"Freaking awesome," grinned Miller after the game. "First touchdown ever in high school. It sealed the game away."

Less than two weeks earlier, he said one of the things he would liked to accomplish this season was to post a defensive score for the Spartans. Earlier in the game, his younger sibling Coby scored a touchdown on a 15-yard run on the first play of the second quarter. Jarrett Stevenson plunged into the end zone on the two-point conversion to tie the score at 8-all.

Jarrett Stevenson led SJO with 99 yards rushing on 19 carries. Coby Miller chipped in 39 more to the help the St. Joseph-Ogden chalk up just 216 yards in the Week 2 Illini Prairie Conference contest.

The Spartans will host Bloomington Central Catholic on Friday at the SJO Sports Complex. The Saints (0-2), who start the season with back-to-back losses, fell in a one-point decision to Pontiac in their season opener and dropped their second league match to Prairie Central, 28-21.

Grimsley leads Spartans at the Viking Invitational
Payton Grimsley led the Spartans with 92 at last Friday's Viking Invitational held at the Turtle Run Golf Course in Danville.

Riley Myren shot a 96 and was chased by Joe Acton's 101 and Jacob Kern's 106. Jack Robertson finished they meet with a 121 and Maddux Carter left the course after recording 124 strokes.

The St. Joseph-Ogden squad competed against eighteen teams for top honors. Normal Community, which carded a 305 to take the this year's team title, finished six strokes ahead of runner-up Edwardsville. The young SJO team finished in 16th place.

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September 8, 2019

Rantoul suffers tough homecoming loss to SJO

Rantoul's Luke Zech carries the football
Rantoul's Luke Zech carries the football during second half action against the St. Joseph-Ogden (2-0) football team on Friday. The Eagles dropped to 0-2 on the season after a heartbreaking homecoming, Illini Prairie Conference loss, 22-8. Zech was responsible for 57 of RTHS' 161 yards on the ground against SJO. Zech and the Eagles will try to bounce back this Friday for their first win of the season when they take on the Olympia Spartans on the road. See more photos from the game here: SJO football vs Rantoul.

Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

September 4, 2019

Sports Wrap: Burnett pounds 9 kills in 2-0 win over M-S

Luke Stegall runs to a sixth place finish in the Male 14 to 18 division at the 2019 SJO 5K. Stegall, a sophomore, finished in seventh place at the Doc Acklin Invite on Saturday to help the SJO boys cross country team win this year's team title. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)
Sports Wrap: August 31

Varsity volleyball beats Bulldogs
Kennedi Burnett pounded nine kills and a pair of digs to help the Spartans to a Labor Day weekend win on the road at Mahomet-Seymour on Saturday. Emily Bigger was credited with 21 assist in the 2-1 non-conference victory. SJO rolled over the Bulldogs in straights 25-16, 25-12 largely due Lacey Kaiser, who played a solid defensive game responsible for five of the 20 recorded Spartan digs. After their opening loss to St. Teresa, St. Joseph-Ogden is enjoying a three-game win streak after improving to 3-1 in early season play.

Plotner leads SJO at Doc Acklin Invite
Senior Jillian Plotner finished in third place overall at the 4th Annual Doc Acklin Invite in Paris on Saturday. Scoring points toward the team title Plotner, along with teammates Hannah Rajlich, Ava Knap, Ashlyn Lannert and Ally Monk tallied 34 points. SJO finished second behind Marshall, who finished the race with 28 points and ahead of Teutopolis with 98.

Plotner clocked in at 18:35.2 and Monk, the final scoring member, finished 11th overall at 21:11.7.

Other Spartan harriers running in the program's first race of the season were Hope Rajlich, Kailyn Ingram, Kendra Riddle, Hanna Eastin, Addie Allen, Malorie Sarnecki, Sidney Davis, Taryn Sexton, Teagan Miller and Izzy Sexton.

Spartans first at XC Invite
Brandon Mattsey and Eric Poe finished one-two to help the SJO boys cross country team to a first place finish at the Doc Acklin Invite on Saturday, August 31. Elijah Mock, Luke Stegall and Charlie Mabry were rounded out the top five scoring finishers to help the St. Joseph-Ogden place ahead of Marshall (second place), Cumberland (third) and Effinginham, who finished fourth.

Also representing SJO on Saturday in the race was Braden Clampitt, Lukas Hutcherson, Ethan Blackburn, Logan Wolfersberger, Taddy Pettit and Zach Dahman.

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Eight new galleries this week

September 1, 2019

St. Joseph-Ogden wins 2019 opener

St. Joseph-Ogden linebacker Sam Wesley and teammate Payton Cain try to bring down St. Thomas More ball carrier Braylon Peacock during their Illini Prairie Conference season opener on Friday. After giving up an early touchdown in the first quarter, the Spartans rallied back to win at home, 36-8. See more photos from this year's Battle of the Saints here . . . (PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

August 30, 2019

SJO rolls over Carlyle for a cause

Huge catch by Dakota Hicks
This #Flashback Friday goes back to the 2009 football season. Receiver Dakota Hicks leaps for a catch on the two yard line. The senior then stretched over the goal line to pile on another six points in the Spartans' rout over Carlyle that year. The Spartans went on to finish the season, 8-3. Click here to see all 41 photos from that game a decade ago. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

Cody Bohlen kicks PAT
Left: Cody Bohlen kicks an extra point for the Spartans. The win was extra special and dedicated to the wife of athletic trainer Casey Hug who recently underwent surgery for breast cancer. Players' helmets bore pink ribbons while many had pink shoe laces. Coaches and staff wore pink shirts and hats to show their support. Donations taken at the gate and proceeds from the 50/50 drawing were earmarked to help cover treatment costs. Right: Bock takes a hand off from Blake Hoveln during first quarter action. (Photos: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

Jack Bock carries the ball for the Spartans
The explosive Jake Bock is slowed down by a Carlyle tackler during the Spartans' home game on October 17. The St. Joseph-Ogden football team posted their 6th win of the season after a impressive 41-7 win over the visiting Indians. The victory clinched the program's 19th consecutive IHSA playoff appearance. Bock ran for 165 rushing yards and tallied two touchdowns for SJO. Click here to see all 41 photos from that game a decade ago. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

August 28, 2019

IPC soccer teams suffer non-conference losses

Sports Wrap: August 27

Soccer team level record at 1-all
Junior midfielder Zach Ohlsson was credit with an assist on Unity's only goal in their 8-1 non-conference loss to St. Teresa. Jackson Biddle's second half score was all the Rockets could deliver on their new turf field on Tuesday leveling their season record at 1-1. Tomorrow Ohlsson and the Rockets travel to Oakwood for another early season non-league match at 4:30 p.m.

Edgar Onate scored three goals and was credit with a pair of assist for the Bulldogs. Ethan Spain finished the evening off with two goals and an assist against the Rockets.

Soccer suffers road loss
Keeper Mason Behrens fended off 9 of 12 shot on his goal in the SJO soccer team's 3-0 loss to Hoopeston on Tuesday. Senior Zac Seeley was unable to find net after booting three of the six SJO shots on the Cornjerker goal. Freshman Will Page played all 80 minutes in the team's first loss of the season. The Spartans look to bounce back against Uni-High tomorrow in their home opener at 4:30 p.m..

Volleyball falls 2-1 to St. T
After taking the first set 25-23, the St. Joseph-Ogden varsity volleyball team dropped the next pair, 25-15 and 25-21 in their home opener against St. Teresa. The Spartan play next at Mahomet-Seymour on Saturday. Match time is scheduled for noon.
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August 27, 2019

Letters: We need to admit we have a culture problem

In 2016, there were 11,004 gun homicides in the United States. Additionally, 10,497 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. Why do leftists demonize guns but are silent when it comes to alcohol's role in DUI deaths?

Some big government types want new legislation severely restricting gun purchases. But it won't work.

Recently, a convicted felon walked into the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago and open fired with a rifle; another convicted felon with an extensive criminal history of weapons opened fire on Philadelphia police officers, wounding six; and a shooter, also a felon, killed a California Highway Patrol Officer.

Current gun laws did not stop these criminals who are already legally barred from possessing a firearm from using guns to attack others.

We should stop the feckless politicking and political correctness and admit that we have a cultural problem. We should look at the rise in secularization, family breakdown, drug abuse, mental illness, identity-politics and demand personal responsibility and accountability.

BTW - with the legalization of weed, the numbers of intoxicated drivers and deaths will certainly increase in the coming years, as will violence-related marijuana-induced psychosis.

Forgetting God and His ways have consequences.

David E. Smith, Executive Director
Illinois Family Institute
Tinley Park, IL

Gallery updates this week

August 16, 2019

Flashback Friday: Unity ends Macomb's 3A playoff run

Taylor Black takes the ball
Rockets' Taylor Black takes the ball from the one yard line into the end zone for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Unity defeated the visiting Bombers 35-7 in their 2011 Class 3A football playoff game. The Rockets advanced to the next round to face Aurora Christian on the road following Saturday. See all 72 photos here from the game ... (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

Chris Jackson evades a Rocket tackle
Chris Jackson evades a Rocket tackler in the first quarter with some fancy footwork. Jackson and the Macomb Bombers finished the season with an 8-4 record. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

Head coach Kelly Sears gives instructions to his players during a time out. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

Unity senior Kyle Negangard
Rockets' Kyle Negangard holds up four fingers on each hand at the end of the third quarter against Macomb. The senior scored a touchdown in the second quarter in the postseason rout. Here is the link to all 72 photos here from the game that year. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

August 13, 2019

Hopefully someone in the room will have a gun

Guest Commentary
Terrorists proved on September 11, 2001 that guns are not necessary to kill 2,753 people.

Timothy McVeigh proved that a truck load of explosives can kill 168 people and injure 680 more as well as destroy one-third of building and damaging many others in Oklahoma City.

A man with a knife killed four people and wounded two others in Los Angeles last week.

A weapon of mass destruction can be a plane, an automobile, a knife, a gun or whatever an evil person chooses to utilize at a certain moment.

By and large the weapon of choice has been an automatic weapon capable of holding a high-capacity magazine.

Whether it was Las Vegas, Columbine, Charleston, El Paso, Dayton or sadly too many other locations to name, the weapon of choice has been an automatic rifle with high-capacity bullet magazines.

A truck can kill people but normally you can hear and see a truck coming. A knife can kill people but not as many as a rifle with a magazine clip holding 70 or more bullets.

An evil person can walk into a church, theatre, Walmart or school and immediately have a couple of hundred people huddled together as a target. He doesn’t have to aim. He just points the weapon and pulls the trigger. The gun acts like a sprayer of bullets hitting people so fast that running or dodging is almost impossible.

The shooter looks for scenarios where people are trapped with limited escape door opportunities. Thus a shooter with a bullet clip of 50, 70 or more has a potential of killing many people in just a minute or less.

This is why Congress must enact background checks, strict licensing for high-powered rifles and limit the number of bullets a clip can hold at one time.

However, here is the problem: What is the magic number? My ordinary pistols hold six shells and my automatic ones hold more, so what is the magic number of bullets that Americans will be limited to in one clip?

Will it be 10 or 15 or 20? Honestly, there is no right number because a skilled marksman will still be able to kill.

The hope is that maybe the ending of one clip or emptying of one pistol would give someone a chance to tackle the monster if anyone is still alive. Hopefully, someone in the room will have a gun and be able to stop the shooter.

I’m for limiting magazine capacity but it won’t eliminate terrorism and mass shootings. It’s a Hail Mary and our Congress has to do something, but we have to do more.

Hollywood and network television has to change.

Universal Studios/NBC television is the biggest hypocrite of all. They constantly bark gun control and are negative toward the National Rifle Association yet coming out with a movie titled "The Hunt", which is supposedly about liberals hunting deplorables and killing them. This kind of junk is a huge part of the problem.

Hollywood, the music industry and video games makers must dramatically change their tone. Barney Fife in the Andy Griffith show carried a gun but he never made any of us want to kill anyone or hate people.

Guns, knives, trucks and airplanes can all kill. There are many other weapons that will kill massive numbers of people. We can’t eliminate them all. Our greatest need is a culture change.

Dr. Glenn Mollette

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.

July 5, 2019

Over 400 run Freedom 5K on Independence Day

Danbi Choi running the Freedom 5K July 4, 2019 - Urbana, IL - Danbi Choi runs down Florida Avenue in Urbana during the Freedom 5K on Thursday. Crossing the finish line at 20:41.8, she finished sixth out of 18 runners in the Female 15 to 19 division. In all more than 400 athletes participated in this year's race. See more photos from this year's race here or use the search tool in the upper right corner of this page to search for more photos. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

July 4, 2019

On this day: Wild & wet Freedom Celebration run

Runner Cathleen Willy Alex Lo
Top left: Cathleen Willy of Urbana, IL, runs in the 2009 Freedom 5K Run/Walk. Willy finished the race in 20th place overall with a time of 18:01.6. Top right: Alexander Lo of Champaign, IL, finished in 91st place overall at 21:03.7. Over 450 runners competed in the race where it rained start to finish Saturday afternoon. Below: Decked out in patriotic wear, Kathleen Jensen of Harristown IL, runs to 297th place overall with a time of 28:20.6.

Kathleen Jensen runs a race on Independence Day.

See more photos from this race by clicking here.