This is the first Throwback Thursday feature of the year. Admittedly, I put doing weekly #TBT on the back burner in order to get the new Megapics section up and rolling in January on the PhotoNews website. As soon as that was done, next thing I know we're covering the IHSA state finals for dance, cheer and wrestling. Now that those big weekends are out of the way, it is time to get back to featuring a few of the more than 53,0000 photos on central Illinois' best sports site.
Today's Throwback is a look back at the 2007-2008 basketball season, some of great action photos and a few of the awesome players from seven years ago. Names you might remember from that season were Heritage's Lindsey Nichelson and Brittney McClellan, Salt Fork's Joel Learnard, Corbin Sebens from Monticello, Unity's Dani Gooch and Ana Deters and Tuscola's Clayton Meyers.
It was a rocky season for the Unity basketball program with Zebo Zebe, one of the Rockets' leading scorers in school history. Along side a supporting cast made up of Heath Woodcock, CJ Moody, John Humer and bench full of hard-nosed ballers, the Rockets finished the season just above the .500 mark after falling in the regional title game to Bismarck-Henning in February of 2008.
Meanwhile, Unity's rival St. Joseph-Ogden Spartans depended on solid play from big man Jake Firkins and three-sport teammates Zach Becker, Michael Cessna and Tyler Johnson. Tad Worley was the agent that held the SJO together that season with his long-range shooting and ball handling in clutch moments during tight games.
Here's a look at the players and moments we captured that year. Click here to see the entire collection of photos published from the season.
December 07, 2007 - St. Joseph, IL - Zack Becker blocks a shot during St.Joseph-Ogden's home conference game against Momence. The Spartans suffered a tough loss falling 53-45 to the visiting Redskins.
February 23, 2008 - Paris, IL - Unity's Shane Woodcock sits on the bench with teammates during the last minute of their season. After a low scoring 1st quarter, Bismarck-Henning widened the lead to 9 points by halftime. The Blue Devil defense didn't allow many open looks as the Rockets fell to Bismacrk-Henning 56-42 in the Class 2A Regional final. See more photos from this game here. [Photo: Douglas Cottle/PhotoNews]
December 28, 2007 - Broadlands, IL - Salt Fork defenders Joel Learnard (3) and Jon Knoll (2) prevent Cole Judy (5) from getting a clean shot off. The Storm defeated the Hawks 58-47 and will play in the championship game. The Hawks will play for 4th. Click here for more photos from this game. [Photo: Douglas Cottle/PhotoNews]
December 29, 2007 - Charleston, IL - Unity's Heath Woodcock collides with Canton's Matt Putrich [right] while going up for a shot in the second half at the Charleston Holiday Basketball Tournament. The Rockets, who were a new entry into the annual tournament, fell 55-34. The Little Giants went on to win the 5th-place title over Paris.
November 27, 2007 - St. Joseph, IL - Rockets' Dani Gooch [left] and Spartans' Kylie Holland [right] battle for a loose ball during second half action. St. Joseph-Ogden improved to 5-0 after defeating visiting Unity 54-47. Check out nine more photos from this rivalry game here.
January 19, 2008 - Danville, IL - Bismarck-Henning's David Ingram cuts down his share of the net after winning the Vermilion County basketball title. The Blue Devils beat the Storm 57-49 Saturday evening.
December 27, 2007 - Monticello, IL - Monticello's Brent Rhodes fight for a rebound against St. Thomas More's Tyler Schwerghart  and Kristian Gallivan . The Sages, who went on to win their annual tournament for the first time since 2002, defeated the Sabers 62-54.
February 19, 2008-Rantoul, IL- Senior Greg Cannon smiles at a framed picture he received during Senior Night as his grandmother (left) and mother (right) look on. [Photo: Douglas Cottle/PhotoNews]
Click here to see the entire collection of photos published from the season. Did you play during this season? Share your fondest memory in the comment section below.