July 21, 2014

Leave Your Swagger At Home

July 19, 2014

Hit By Pitch

Shooting sports is all about timing. Some days you get lucky and other days you get really lucky.

One of my all-time favorite softball photos is this one below of St. Joseph-Ogden shortstop Taylor Freeman slammed by a pitch in the Spartans road game against Villa Grove back in 2007 during their regional semi-final game. I have a few dozen other shots where batters were hit by a pitch in the PhotoNews Media archives, but this is the only one where the ball is still on the skin and you can clearly see the facial expression of the athlete upon impact. In the other shots, the ball has already made contact with the batter and fallen to the ground or is shown suspended in the air away from the athlete's body.

SJO softball player Taylor Freeman hit by a pitch
©2007 PhotoNews
May 16, 2007 - Villa Grove, IL - Shortstop Taylor Freeman takes a pitch on the arms in the Spartans' regional softball game against the Blue Devils. St. Joseph-Ogden beat Villa Grove 6-0 to advance to Saturday's title game against Hoopeston Area.

Freeman, who graduated as one of the top base stealers in the state, dusted herself off and took her position at first base. If memory serves me correctly, the three-sport standout - she was a member of both the varsity volleyball and basketball squads at SJO - then exacted revenge against the Blue Devils stealing second and later third base in the shutout.

This is, as they say, a one in a million shot. The way it looks right now, I will have shoot around another 700,000 shots to get another clean shot like this.

~ Clark

July 17, 2014

Busy Basketball Season

Back in 2007 we shot a ton of basketball games. In fact, we have 29 basketball galleries, more than 700 photos online from that season. Relive the blood, sweat and magic from that year in our gallery here on iphotonews.com. Use the share tools next to each photo to share your favorites on Facebook and Twitter any time, 24/7.

Momence vs SJO
December 7, 2007 - St. Joseph, IL - Spartans' Jake Firkins fight for position with Redskins' Trishten Roberson [right] during second half action of St.Joseph-Ogden's home conference game against Momence. SJO fell 53-45 to the Redskins. See more photos from this Sangamon Valley Conference game here.

January 5, 2008 - Tolono, IL - Senior guard Corbin Sebens looks to pass inside against St. Elmo. Monticello trailed most of the game but brought on their full court press in the 4th quarter. The Sages were able to create turnovers and make the shots down the stretch as they defeated St. Elmo 73-70 in dramatic fashion at the Kesslers Shoot-Out. Check out Sebens, who is today a golf professional and coach, and the Sages in more photos here.

Brent Rhodes fight for a rebound
December 27, 2007 - Monticello, IL - Monticello's Brent Rhodes fight for a rebound against St. Thomas More's Tyler Schwerghart [10] and Kristian Gallivan [22]. The Sages, who went on to win their annual tournament for the first time since 2002, defeated the Sabers 62-54. See more photos from the game here.

Lauren Grubb from Unity
December 26, 2007 - Normal, IL - Rockets' leading scorer Lauren Grubb goes up for two at the State Farm Holiday Classic. The Rockets fall in their opening game 54-33 to Metropolis Massac County. Grubb finished with at 10 points.

Bria Olson playing basketball
December 26, 2007 - Normal, IL - Spartans' Bria Olson turns to pass the ball to an open teammate at the State Farm Holiday Classic. St. Joseph-Ogden fell in their tournament opener to Camp Point Central/Augusta SE 51-32. Olson chipped in 2 points in the loss. Follow this link to check out more photos.

Rocket basketball player Heath Woodcock
December 16, 2007- Champaign,IL - Unity's Heath Woodcock goes up for a lay up despite a block attempt by a CPCI player. The Rockets beat the Timberwolves 46-35 at the Shootout at the Hall Saturday night. Click here to see more photos from this game.

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'08 Spartan Classic #TBT

This week's Throwback Thursday feature is from the 2008 Spartan Classic. The race, sponsored by St. Joseph-Ogden High School, brings hundreds of runners mostly from central Illinois together to run through the streets of St. Joseph, IL, and to race glory. Check out the complete gallery from the '08 race on www.iphotonews.com for more race photos by clicking here.

Drew Blaase placed 11th-place overall
September 27, 2008 - St. Joseph, IL - St. Joseph-Ogden's Drew Blaase stretches his stride running to an 11th-place overall finish at this year's Spartan Classic Cross-Country meet. The host Spartans finished the meet in third-place with 129 points, just three out of first-place.

Will Feeney
St. Thomas More's Will Feeney runs in this year's Spartan Classic Cross-Country meet. Bureau Valley won the meet with Urbana Uni-High finishing second. The host Spartans placed 3rd in the team standings at this year's meet.

Tom Pacey running to first place
Tremont's Parker Thompsen and Paxton-Buckley-Loda running star Tom Pacey run in this year's Spartan Classic Cross-Country meet. The Panthers ran to a 21st-place team finish behind Pacey, who went on to win the race.

Tevis Mott runs in this year's Spartan Classic
Tevis Mott runs in this year's Spartan Classic Cross-Country meet. Bureau Valley won this year's meet with a team score of 126 points. More race photos are here. Did you run in this race but didn't find your photo? Leave us your name in the comment section below and we'll post it if we have one of you competing in this race.

July 8, 2014

Rockford paper stands by the IHSA

All About This Saturday's Illinois Shrine Game

IHSA Responds To Sun-Times Piece

July 7, 2014

STM Crusader 5K Run/Walk On July 26