Thursday, April 10, 2014

#TBT: Unity vs Driscoll

Brett Garrett runs the ball on a kick return.
November 20, 2004 - Addison, IL - Rockets' Brett Garrett runs the ball back on a kick return. Garrett gained about 15 yards before being tackled near the 35 yard line. Tolono Unity lost to the eventual 2004 Class 3A state football champions Driscoll Catholic, 28-7. More photos from this game for today's Throwback Thursday.

Throwback Thursday: Welcome Home

Father of Ed Nieves waits patiently
May 4, 2006 - Urbana, IL - The father of Eduardo Nieves waits to welcome his son home at the national guard armory. Nieves, a member of the 2nd Battalion - 130th Infantry who returned from an 11 month deployment in Iraq, was greeted by his family and girlfriend Thursday. See more photos from this Throwback Thursday edition here.

Throwback Thursday: Pauli Carmen

Pauli Carman sings a love ballad
August 27, 2005 - Urbana, IL - Tons O Fun Band's Pauli 'Champaign' Carman sings a love ballad at the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival. The annual festival includes crafts and food vendors, two sound stages, and activities for kids of all ages. This year thousands of residents and visitors from around the state were on hand to enjoy the festivities. In the 80's Carman had a top ten single, 'How About Us' with his band named after Urbana's neighboring city Champaign. See more photos from the Sweetcorn Festival here.

April 10: This Day In PhotoNews Photos

Another installation featuring some of the great photos of area athletes in action shot on this day in years past. Click here to see our April 10th gallery on

John Gruber in action
April 10, 2011 - Champaign, IL - Illinois' John Gruber uses his body to shield a Michigan State defender away from the ball during fourth quarter action of their non-conference game Sunday afternoon. The University of Illinois lacrosse club team fell 12-11 in sudden death to visiting Michigan State. The team wore pink uniforms as part of their breast cancer awareness and fundraising effort over the weekend.

Hannah Bowen
April 10, 2010 - St. Joseph, IL - St. Joseph-Ogden softball player Hannah Bowen, who committed to Oklahoma State University earlier this year, enjoys the Spartans' victory over Clifton Central with teammates during her junior year. In just two years, Bowen has amassed an impressive prep career. She has averages 57.5 stolen bases per year, drove in a state single season record of 97 RBI and enters her senior year with a .560 batting average. This year she struck out just 3 times in 149 trips to the plate.

Illinois Marathon photo
April 10, 2009 - Champaign, IL - Rebecca Franks, of Bloomington, IL, picks up her registration materials at the Illinois Marathon Expo Friday afternoon. Franks, running her second half marathon in two weeks, is training for the upcoming Ironman Wisconsin. Read, see and share photos from the 2009 Illinois Marathon here.

Connor Millar
April 10, 2007 - St. Joseph, IL. - Rantoul's Connor Millar pushes himself to the finish of he 800 meter run at St. Joseph-Ogden high school. Having already won the 3200 meter run earlier in the afternoon, Millar captured the 800 with a time of 2:13:16. [M. J. Peters/PhotoNews]

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

April 9 : Today In Photos

Throughout the years we've taken great photos of area athletes in action. Here is a look back at some our favorites shot on this day in years past. Click here to see our April 9th gallery on

Ashley Runck
April 9, 2005 - St. Joseph, IL - Bulldogs' Kendra Bell tags Spartans' Ashley Runck on a squeeze between second and third. St. Joseph-Ogden swept Mahomet-Seymour 9-0 and 3-2 in their Saturday doubleheader. Runck was out on the play.

Ben Yates
April 9, 2005 - Champaign, IL - Chargers' Ben Yates [21] smacks Warriors' Sam Schild with his forearm after Schild's relentless defense knocked the ball from Yates' possession. Waubonsee Valley High School beat Champaign Centennial, 13-5.

Mike Cessna
April 9, 2008 - Urbana, IL - Spartans' Mike Cessna fires a pitch in their non-conference road game against the Tigers. Urbana beat St. Joseph-Ogden, 10-9.

Click here to view 80 photos we've published through years taken on April 9th.

To Stream Or Not To Stream, That's What's Questioned In Resolution

In Springfield yesterday, by a narrow 55-51 margin, state representatives in the Illinois decided to compel the Illinois High School Association, a non-profit corporation, to appear before a committee to assess the feasibility of transferring, forcibly taking over their function in offering state championship tournaments. The hearings, that could begin sometime this summer, gives representatives with axes to grind and pitch forks to sharpen, ample of time to gather firewood and locate a suitable stake to roast representatives from the IHSA.

The "witch-hunt", as one observer called it in a post on a sport-related website and as we will explain later, is all for naught. Since we don't have a canine or equus ferus caballus in this dog and pony show, we'll give you the straight poo, or from at least from where we sit, the real skinny on what's going on. high school soccer House Resolution 895 isn't really about the Illinois State Board of Education taking over the IHSA's function in administering championship series for high school sports. There is much more going on than what meets the eye for the more than casual bystander.

Back on March 5, State Representative Chapa LaVia submitted a resolution calling for what amounts to an investigation into how the ISHA ... (read the commentary here)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Just Stop: State Representative Paints Target On IHSA

What started as thoughts on his personal Facebook page about Illinois House Bill 895, Illinois High School Association employee Matt Troha, who is the organization's media liaison, granted the PhotoNews permission to republish his reaction, his defense of his so-called "regal" employer and the inaccuracies in statements made by the state representative who has instigated a call for the state to "investigate" and "takeover" a private, non-profit business.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Marty Hickman Interview About HR 895 And Takeover By Illinois