November 1, 2014

Timothy Christian Advance Past Harvard In Shootout

Last night was a chilly Halloween affair between the Harvard Hornets and the Timothy Christian Trojans. After a 1-all in regulation time and two scoreless overtime periods, the two Class 1A semifinalist went head to head in a penalty kick shootout at the IHSA State Soccer Finals last night. In a 10-9 decision, the Trojans advance to today's title game against Columbia in a North vs South battle at 5pm. Here's our coverage from last night and a story by the Northwest Herald.


October 30, 2014

Sloppy Run Fun: XC Throwback Thursday

Digging back into our archives we pulled out these not ready yet to be called golden oldies from the 2008 Paxton-Buckley-Loda Cross-Country Invitational. It had rained heavily leading up to the race leaving parts of the course ankle deep in mud and standing water. That, along with a highly competitive field of competition made for some of the best cross-country photos in our extensive archive. Check out our photo gallery with more than 58,000 images in our searchable archive. See more photos, 385 to be exact, from this race by following this link: 2008 PBL XC Invite. Here are some of our favorite images from that day.


Lauren and Jolee
September 13, 2008 - Paxton, IL - Lauren Cessna (left) and Jolee Paden show off their star glasses after running in the Paxton-Buckley-Loda Cross Country Invitational. St. Joseph-Ogden won both the boys' JV and Varsity titles. Kankakee Bishop McNamara won both girls' titles. Paden won the women's JV race and Cessna finished in second-place after the pair ran the two-mile course for the Spartans. Paden authored a running book now available on Amazon.com called the Spiritual Runner. The book features more than 100 devotional with scriptures to motivate and encourage runners to be all they can be.


Tri-Valley's Stephanie Brown
September 13, 2008 - Paxton, IL - Tri-Valley's Stephanie Brown runs a solid race at the Paxton-Buckley-Loda Cross Country Invitational. While results from the race were not available at the time the gallery was created, Brown and the Vikings later qualified for the Class 1A state race where she finished tenth overall individually and 17th in the team standings.


Paxton-Buckley-Loda's Tom Pacey
September 13, 2008 - Paxton, IL - Paxton-Buckley-Loda's Tom Pacey heads toward the finish line during the varsity race at the PBL Invite. The Panthers' marquee runner, like a large contingent of runners who ran that day, later qualified for the IHSA state finals at Detweiller Park. The All-State runner capped his season finale with a time of 15:27 and 6th overall. Click here to see more photos of Pacey during his running career.


St. Thomas More's Rachel Caulfield runs her first loop
September 13, 2008 - Paxton, IL - Making a splash as she makes her way along the course, St. Thomas More's Rachel Caulfield runs her first loop of the varsity race at the Paxton-Buckley-Loda Cross-Country Invitational.


Judah Christian's Hannah Berry
September 13, 2008 - Paxton, IL - Judah Christian's Hannah Berry and teammates run during the varsity race at the Paxton-Buckley-Loda Cross-Country Invitational. Bishop McNamara won both the Junior Varsity and Varsity team titles in the ladies races.


Newton's Angela Shamhart
September 13, 2008 - Paxton, IL - Newton's Angela Shamhart runs with the main pack during the first loop around the course at the Paxton-Buckley-Loda Cross Country Invitational.


Unity's John Ping
September 13, 2008 - Paxton, IL - Unity's John Ping runs in the two-mile JV race. Follow this link to see more PhotoNews cross-country coverage.



Our Images In Print

Today marks the start of a new feature on the PhotoNews Media blog where we'll share links to stories with our images by the top daily and weekly news organizations around the state of Illinois. While choosy mothers choose Jif, the best media outlets for Illinois high school sports coverage use PhotoNews Media photos. Enjoy some of awesome photos with stories from the best sports writers in the state. Here are five images and the stories, including our latest photo for the Dispatch-Argus from Tuesday's Class 3A state semifinal soccer game in Normal, our service provides to newspapers and other publications around the state.






October 29, 2014

The Big Picture: Our Unity Invite Commemorative Issue

While looking for links back to our magazine stand for a inquiry via our Facebook page, I stopped to look through the Big Picture issue we put out almost two years ago covering the exciting wrestling action at the Unity Invitational. If you are a wrestling fan and have a minute, take a look at the winners some of the cool match photos. If you think it looks cool on your computer screen, order your copy today.

The Big Picture .::. The Unity Wrestling Invitational

Big Picture: The Big Picture .::. The Unity Wrestling Invitational

This version of the Big Picture Unity Invitational wrestling meet features St. Joseph-Ogden's Austin Upton and 37 wrestlers who competed at the 2012 Unity Invitational. The 43rd installment of the event attracted wrestlers from 13 schools to compete for medals and championship recognition... Click on the title or cover to preview the entire issue.


Moline Hopes Dissapate With Semifinal Loss To Ironmen

Yesterday, we covered the state semifinal soccer match between the Moline Maroons and the Normal Community Ironmen. The host Ironmen won the contest after two second half scores to end the Maroons' Cinderella season, 2-1. Below is the link to the story by veteran sports writer Daniel Makarewicz at the Dispatch-Argus, the Quad Cities #1 source for prep sports news. You can find even more exciting game photos from PhotoNews Media here.


October 27, 2014

Spartan Pride Series Set For SJO Basketball


October 26, 2014

September's Top Ten PhotoNews Photos

Almost 3,000 photos were viewed on our website last month. We shot football, cross-country and volleyball during the month and out of the 10 most popular photos only one team that did not have maroon as one of its school colors made it into the top ten. Coincidentally, every football team that dresses in maroon uniforms represented on this list made the 2014 football playoffs.

Remember, there are more than 58,000 photos on the PhotoNews website to see, read and share. Click here to get started and search for your favorite athlete or team.


Number 10

Marion quarterback Izak Baker
September 6, 2014 - Champaign, IL - Marion quarterback Izak Baker unloads a pass over Chargers' David Bramlett in the fourth quarter. After 19-13 halftime lead, Centennial went on to score 23 unanswered second half points en route to a 42-13 home win. The Chargers improved to 2-0 on the season while the Wildcats, who have made nine straight playoff appearances, drop to 0-2. Click here to see more photos from this game.



Number 9

Colton Reed
September 6, 2014 - Tolono, IL - With a wide grin on his face, Unity's Colton Reed tosses the ball to the official after scoring a second half touchdown on a screen play. The Rockets picked up their second win of the season after cruising past the Titans, 42-16. Reed finished the game with 34 yards rushing and three receptions good for 115 yards on Saturday. Link to more photos from this game.



Number 8

Quarterback Taylor White
September 6, 2014 - Tolono, IL - Quarterback Taylor White makes another complete pass for Unity. White was 8-for-11 passing capping the day with 216 yards in the air. He also carried the ball 10 times tallying 75 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Rockets picked up their second win of the season after cruising past the Titans, 42-16.



Number 7

SJO volleyball picture
August 28, 2014 - St. Joseph, IL - Karlie Baker, Jordan Ehmen and Kylie Michael celebrate a point for the Spartans during game 2 against Bismarck-Henning. St. Joseph-Ogden won their season home opener, 25-11 and 25-19, over the visiting Blue Devils. SJO improves to a 2-0 record in early season play. Click here to see more game coverage.



Number 6

Unity fans
September 6, 2014 - Tolono, IL - Unity fans watch their team dominate the visiting Titans on Saturday. Hundreds of spectators watched the Rockets pick up their second win of the season after cruising past Monmouth-Roseville, 42-16. The game was played on Saturday after inclement weather postponed the game on Friday.



Number 5

SJO fans
August 29, 2014 - St. Joseph, IL - SJO fans cheer during their home game against the Panthers on Friday. St. Joseph-Ogden went on to defeat visiting Paxton-Buckley-Loda in their season home opener, 27-7. See and share photos from this game here.



Number 4

Quarterback Eli Oltean
August 29, 2014 - St. Joseph, IL - St. Joseph-Ogden quarterback Eli Oltean runs the ball in for a touchdown from three-yards out in the first quarter. SJO went on to defeat the visiting Paxton-Buckley-Loda Panthers in their season home opener, 27-7. More photos from the game are here.



Number 3

Unity QB White looks to pass
September 6, 2014 - Tolono, IL - Unity's Taylor White rolls out looking for an open receiver. The Rockets picked up their second win of the season after cruising past the Titans, 42-16. White was 8-for-11 passing capping the day with 216 yards in the air. He also carried the ball 10 times tallying 75 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Link to more photos from this game.



Number 2

Elijah Medlyn
September 12, 2014 - Urbana, IL - Maroons' Elijah Medlyn waits to snap the ball during Champaign Central's road game at Urbana. The Maroons defeated the Tigers 44-26 in regular season Big 12 Conference action on Friday. Central improved to 3-0 on the season while Urbana falls to an 0-3 start. Click here to see more game photos.



Number 1

Brandon Trimble runs the football
August 29, 2014 - St. Joseph, IL - After breaking a tackle four yards behind him, Spartans' Brandon Trimble runs the ball for a big gain on a first quarter punt return. St. Joseph-Ogden defeated Paxton-Buckley-Loda in their non-conference battle, 27-7. Click here to see more game pictures from our coverage.



April's Most-Viewed PhotoNews Pics

While we wanted to get April's list posted a lot sooner, things have been busy with fall sports coverage the last two months. We have a moment in our busy schedule to present the eight most popular photos from this past April. Hopefully, we'll get May and June done this week before we get deep into our playoff football and cross country coverage.

What is quite interesting is only three of the eight top images seen by visitors to the PhotoNews website were from 2014. Here's a look at our top eight photos:


Number 8

Poster of Emilio Alonso
This 16x20 poster of Moline Post 246 baseball shortstop and second baseman Emilio Alonso commemorating his outstanding effort at the 2012 American Legion State Baseball Tournament in Mattoon is #8 on our list of popular photos this month. Alonso and his team finished the tournament undefeated and advance to Midland, MI, for the Regional competition back in 2012. After winning the regional title, the team advanced to the World Series for a second time in three years. See our collection of Post 246 photos here.


Number 7

-Peoria's Ricky Stringfellow battles Richmond's Grant Sutton in the 126 weight class
February 21, 2014 - Champaign, IL -Peoria's Ricky Stringfellow battles Richmond's Grant Sutton in the 126 weight class of the IHSA wrestling championships at the State Farm Center. (Photo: Darrell Hoemann/PhotoNews) See more 2014 state wrestling coverage here.


Number 6

Delavan's Justin Sieh puts the ball in the basket
January 4, 2014 - Tolono, IL - Delavan's Justin Sieh puts the ball in the basket on a fast break in his team's road game at Unity. The Panthers, after taking a week holiday, went on to enjoy a 52-39 road win in their first game of the year over the Rockets on Saturday. Follow this link to see more photos from the game.


Number 5

Richmond-Burton's Gavin Sutton wrestles Bloomington's Jack Henderson
February 21, 2014 - Champaign, IL - Richmond-Burton's Gavin Sutton wrestles Bloomington's Jack Henderson in Quarterfinal action at the IHSA Individual State Wrestling Tournament. For more state wrestling photo coverage click here. (Photo: Douglas Cottle/PhotoNews)


Number 4

We cover more than just sports! Making April's list of most-viewed photos was this image from August 1, 2009 and our photo coverage from the Urbana High School Class of 1979 reunion. Over 150 members of the class including Two and a Half Men producer Mark Roberts returned to Urbana to reconnect with old friends and classmates. The weekend activities also included a golf outing, tour of their old high school, and formal dinner on Saturday. Check out the more than 600 photos from this gathering here.


Number 3

Unity senior Jesse Wassom
November 20, 2004 - Addison, IL - While listening to Rockets' coach Scott Hamilton give the team their post-game pep talk on the 40 yard line, senior Jesse Wassom tries to hold back the tears after his last game of his prep career falling one-game short of making the state championship football game. Tolono Unity lost to the eventual 2004 Class 3A state football champions Driscoll Catholic 28-7. Click here to see more photos from the 2004 playoff heartbreaker.


Number 2

Bloomington's Austin Weltha and Rock Island's Keith Lawrence
February 14, 2013 - Champaign, IL - Wrestling action between Bloomington's Austin Weltha and Rock Island's Keith Lawrence during their 195-pound preliminary match at this year's Illinois High School Association's state individual wrestling tournament. Weltha won the match by technical 15-0 at 5:43 and went on to finish in 5th place overall. Click here to see all the matches from our 2013 state wrestling coverage.


Number 1

Our most-viewed photo for march was this one from August 21, 2010 with Elisabeth Gillham and Kristin Bartelt waving at spectators along the course as they run during the 2010 Mahomet Half Marathon. Bartelt finished in 289th place overall crossing the finish line at 2:27:00 while Gillham clocked in at 292nd with a time of 2:27:30. Over 300 runner finished this year's race. Proceeds from the half marathon and 5k race were donated to the Mahomet Area Youth Club. Click here to see more photos from the 2010 race in Mahomet.