December 5, 2014

Our State Volleyball 1A All-Tournament Team Announced

Yesterday, we released our commemorative edition of Game Day Review featuring our Class 1A All-Tournament Team from the 2014 IHSA State Volleyball Finals last month. Inside the 40 page edition, there are stats, great photos, quotes and more. Click on the cover below to preview, download or order your copy.


Congratulations to our members of our first-team which includes Iman McGary (Keith Country Day), Addison Stoller (Cissna Park), Annie Wehrheim (Woodlawn), Samantha Hasselbring (Cissna Park), Alex Nunez (Keith Country Day), Lexi Knake (Cissna Park), Zoe Nunez (Keith Country Day), Ryann French (Woodlawn) and Lexi Strange (Hartsburg-Emden).

Second-Team: Anna Kaeb (Cissna Park), Hallie Hill (Woodlawn), Taytum Murdock (Woodlawn), Arriana Hoerbert (Hartsburg-Emden), Ali Lipton (Keith Country Day), Alanah Chelf (Woodlawn), Adreanna Vetter (Hartsburg-Emden), Lexy Pedtke (Woodlawn) and Kaylee Beekman (Hartsburg-Emden).

Honorable Mention: Jordan Detmers (Hartsburg-Emden), Emily Walder (Cissna Park), Regan Witzel (Woodlawn), Ava Patterson (Hartsburg-Emden), Ashley Holm (Cissna Park) and Samantha Muehling (Cissna Park).

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.