December 3, 2013 - Champaign, IL - After a lackluster contest against the MacArthur Generals earlier in the evening, the Central wrestling team went on to celebrate their second dual meet victory of the season. The Maroons battled to victory in six matches and picked up three forfeits en route to a 60-22 win over the Eisenhower Panthers at Combes Gym on Tuesday night. Read the PhotoNews recap.
November 18, 2013 - Washington, IL - It was a typical Sunday afternoon in Washington, IL, for resident Wendy Custis. Just days earlier she welcomed a new grandchild to the family and was waiting for her husband Tim, to come home from the church they attended but drove to separately.
About 15 minutes after he arrived home and changed out of his dressed clothes, phone messages alerted the couple that there was tornado warning for Tazwell County. Tim went to get an update from the television in the basement while Wendy waited upstairs near the front door for an 83 year-old friend who had called earlier planning to drop off a few things at their house.
Follow the link to read the entire story of one family’s experience from the EF-4 tornado that passed through Washington.
St. Joseph, IL - PORTA quarterback Dalton Milliron looks to for an open receiver during his team’s first round Class 3A IHSA football playoff game against St. Joseph-Ogden. The Spartans defeated the Bluejays 43-25 ending their season after an impressive turnaround from 0-9 a year ago to 6-4. Follow this link to see all 83 photos from this game. Use the share tools to share your favs on tumblr, facebook and more.
Earlier this week, we made game predictions on all 48 first round games in this year’s IHSA state football playoffs from Class 1A, 2A and 3A. Nine of the 48 football games in the first round were played Friday night at various locations around the state.
Following game updates with the illinoisprepscores.com app, we closed the evening out with an impressive 8-1 record. With 40 games to be played on Saturday, here is a summary on our opening night prognostications for the 2013 football playoffs.
We didn’t have to use coin flips or a crystal ball to pick this week’s winners for the Illinois High School Association Class 3A football playoff first round games that will happen around the state starting on Friday.
Is it a coincidence this year that if your town ends with ‘ville’, your football team went 9-0? Carterville, Greenville, Williamsville, all from the southern half of the state, along with Winnebago from the north are the four teams entering the playoffs with undefeated records.
Follow the link to read our predictions for all 16 Class 3A playoff contest starting this weekend.
With Class 1A out of the way, we turn our attention to predicting this week’s Class 2A IHSA football games. Eastland-Pearl City, Clifton Central and Mercer County are just three of the teams we picked to advance this week from the 16 games that will played starting Friday evening.
Our first round predictions for Class 2A include:
#8 Luther North (5-4) at #1 Eastland-Pearl City (9-0) Head coach Randy Asche and the Wildcatz wrap this game up early with a near perfect defensive effort. Kickoff: Sat., Nov. 2, 1:00 pm
#5 Newman Central Catholic (8-1) at #4 Fieldcrest(8-1) In a battle of two 8-win gladiators, NCC the obvious choice. They’ve been there done that in the past. Kickoff: Sat., Nov. 2, 2:00 pm
Follow the link to read all 16 game predictions for the 2013 IHSA state football championship series.
The field for the 2013 IHSA Class 1A football championship series is set. The top 32 teams will open play starting with three contests this Friday evening at 7pm. The remaining teams in the bracket will play on Saturday with the expectation of advancing to the next round. Below, in red, are the teams we believe have the best chance of advancing to the second round of this year’s post season action. Follow link to read our predictions for week one of the playoffs.
Tonight it is the battle of the Saints, St. Joseph-Ogden vs St. Thomas More. We picked a winner. See who …. Use the comment section below list your winners for tonight’s Sangamon Valley Conference football games.
The Comet goalie held an aggressive St. Joseph-Ogden soccer team scoreless in Oakwood’s season home season opener on August 26. Turner is PhotoNews Media’s first ever player of the week. Five other players received honorable mentions. Follow the link below to see who we also recognized.
September 17, 2013 - The Illinois High School Association took another small step forward on implementing what amounts to a punishment for schools that consistently shine in post-season competition. At the most recent board meeting, the topic of implementing a success factor, or as the state’s sports administration is now call it, a “Tradition Factor” was discussed. Read more….
Aaron Cantwell, who threw nine TDs his junior year, returns at the quarterback position for the Redskins. St. Joseph-Ogden will be without their starting senior signal caller. See our game predictions for week 1 of IHSA football.
PhotoNews 2013 Sangamon Valley Conference volleyball preview
Both Watseka and St. Thomas More are strong contenders in what looks to be a knock down drag ‘em out of a season for the last conference crown with the current roster of schools. St. Thomas More and St. Joseph-Ogden will join the Okaw Valley Conference in 2014. Meanwhile, Dwight will join the remaining schools in the conference realignment. Can Paxton-Buckley-Loda repeat a 7-0 conference finish for a second consecutive title?
With a little help from two-time women’s champion Jacqui Giuliano, Tom Gelsthorpe, Jordan Trump and this year’s overall champion Jake Mahaffey, we put together a list of the top ten reasons for marathoners to sign up for the next Mahomet Half Marathon.
August 4, 2013 - Once upon a time, there were three high school sports fans searching for football scores and updates on Friday night.
The three guys, who also happened to be web developers, as well as their family and friends, follow the Mid-Illini Conference. They would call, text or email score updates from each from the games they happened to be at. A year ago this past June, it hit them: They should develop a smartphone app for that.
[Link to app] Graphic courtesy of Illinois Prep Scores Instead of culling through Facebook and Twitter feeds for scores and updates or sending text messages to each other, the three came up with a better way to communicate to each other.
"We created a tool for fans to update scores," said John Ingles, web and graphic designer for the app. "It is for the fans by fans."
Dad’s Day Weekend on the University of Illinois campus will kickoff with a new event on Friday evening. The first annual Dad’s Day 5K, sponsored by UIUC Army Reserve Officers Training Corp at the University of Illinois, will be held September 27. Sanctioned by the Road Runners Club of America, the race will also be one of the RRCA Illinois state cross-country championships this year. Follow link to read the complete story.
As of today, we have more than 80 photos from last Saturday’s annual Shriner All-Star Game. Featured are top high school players like Logan Gigl (Clifton Central), Mitch Negangard (Unity), Alex Jefferson (Normal West), Austin Butler (Herrin), Dustin Haake (Tuscola) and more. Follow this link to see the latest photos added to the gallery.
On an atypical, cool July morning, two-tenths of a second separated the first and second place finishers at this year Freedom 5K. Running a sub-15 minute time, Ryan Root edged out Jake Mahaffey at the finish line to win his third consecutive title at the annual Fourth of July race. With the victory, he became the only male finisher to win back-to-back-to-back titles at the event. Follow link to read more!
Six recent area graduates will join 82 other football players from around the state to play in the Illinois High School Shrine Game at Illinois Wesleyan University on Saturday. Players from four different football programs in the Okaw Valley Conference and two from the Sangamon Valley Conference will play one final prep game at the 39th installment of the annual summer All-Star game. Follow link to read more …
Photojournalist discuss trials and tribulations going after copyright infringement
"Another advantage to using a lawyer is it gets the guilty party’s attention. I’ve gone both routes (with and without a lawyer). The recouped fees tend to be lower and the hassle higher when I’ve done it alone," writes photographer Yunghi Kim in a article for the National Press Photographers Association.
Kim, an established conflict photojournalist, has seen her work used without permission around world. Her blog post at the link below, details her experience in curtailing unauthorized use of her images and collecting both usage fees and damages from copyright infringement of her work.
The PhotoNews' top ten highlights from the 2013 IHSA state track & field meet
May 20, 2013 - This past weekend, we spent three days at O’Brien Field covering girls’ state track. With more than 80 track and field programs to watch, we created a list, in no particular order, we think were the top ten highlights from the 41st year of the state championship program run by the Illinois High School Association. There were some incredible performances, moments and athletes at this year’s meet. Here are our top ten memories below.
Sprinter Aaliyah Brown enjoyed a perfect state final Saturday. With her impressive burst of speed, the Lincoln-Way East’s senior won four state championship medals in 3A representing the Griffins. A four-time state-qualifier, Brown won her fourth state medal in the 100-meter dash. She was just one hundredth of second off the state record time by held by Waubonsie Valley’s Morolake Akinosun (2012, finals) and Morgan Park’s Alexandria Anderson at 11.41. The Texas A&M bound sprinter was also a member of the 100 and 200-meter relay squads that also placed first in the large school division.
See our other highlights from the IHSA girls’ state track meet here: LINK
Unity’s Bailey Reifsteck hits her neck and shoulders on the padding after her pole snapped during a pole vault attempt at the 2012 IHSA state meet on Saturday. Reifsteck medaled in 8th place with her best attempt at 10’ 03”.
New Trier’s Audrey Mang makes a play at the net in her consolation semifinal match against teammate Jillian Lurie at the IHSA state badminton finals on Saturday. Follow link to read, see and share this photo.
Naperville Central’s Alisa Liu keeps the shuttle in play during her semifinal match against Thornton Fractional South’s Emma Adcock at the IHSA state badminton finals on the Eastern Illinois University campus.
May 11, 2013 - Charleston, IL - It was a perfect weekend of badminton for Lyons Township High School sophomore Stephanie Lin. After six consecutive singles victories, the #6 seed was crowned state champion at the 2013 IHSA state badminton finals on Saturday afternoon. The win was not only an exciting achievement for Lin, but a first for the Lion’s badminton program as well. Lin became the first player to win a state medal in the program’s participation in the sport.
May 11, 2013 - Charleston, IL - Downers Grove North’s Emily Planek lunges forward to return the shuttle across the net during her match against Emily Cai and Yein Lee with partner Emily Buhle on Saturday. Follow the link to read and see more …
May 11, 2013 - Charleston, IL - Marissa Mangala reacts to her state title win with Reavis partner Denna Zayed after their doubles match against Thornton Fractional South’s Shannon Pollard and Jenna Pasko. Mangala/Zayed defeated the Pasko/Pollard, 13-21, 22-20, 21-18 at this year’s IHSA tournament at Eastern Illinois University. Follow the link to see the photo.
New hub for Illinois high school football prospects
The PhotoNews would like to give every high school football player in the state of Illinois with the desire to play at the college level more exposure. The primary goal of this service and the information it provides is to help each player’s recruiting experience. Read more…
Hellings, Hajny champions at Allerton Half Marathon
HApril 6, 2013 - Monticello, IL - Over 220 half marathoners gathered just outside of Monticello, IL, on April 6 to compete in the inaugural Allerton Trail race on a beautiful spring morning.
Mingled in with 10K runners at the starting line, their race would take them through winding trails on the 1,517 picturesque acres of Robert Allerton Park. Up steep hills, around statues and through the various gardens of the grand estate billed as one of the Seven Wonders of Illinois by the Illinois Bureau of Tourism, runners from as far away as Winnebago, IL and Perrysville, IN.