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)