January 29, 2015

Rockets To Honor Senior Players Tonight

Here's a little somethang we threw together this morning to honor Rebecca Maxwell, Hannah Stone and Paige Sappenfield, seniors who will be recognized at tonight's final home game of the season for the Unity Rockets. Head over to the game at the Rocket Center tonight and check out the awesome commemorative senior posters created by designer Clark Brooks to celebrate their career with the Unity Rockets.



January 28, 2015

Swarm Sting The Windy City Groove


December 20, 2014

Rice's Shot Gives Illini Nice Win

Illinios' Rayvonte Rice made the shot that legends always seem to do as time expired at this year's annual Bud Light Braggin’ Rights against Missouri Tigers. Rice, who finished with 19 points, hit a three-pointer as time expired. The bucket gave the Fighting Illini and head coach John Groce their second consecutive Braggin' Rights victory after a 62-59 final.

In video below, you can see Rice bring the ball down the court and then take advantage of the Mizzou defense switching coverage on him.



Years before he put on the Orange & Blue, the PhotoNews covered Rice's prep career. Here are some of the 20 photos, including a sampling from his brief career as a prep football player, found our archives.

Rayvonte Rice
March 6, 2009 - Champaign, IL - Chargers' Rayvonte Rice dribbles the ball down the court in the Champaign Central regional title game. Centennial defeated Central 70-61 to advance to a Tuesday night sectional game against Springfield Southeast. Rice finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds. See more photos of Rice in our collection . . .


Rayvonte Rice slams a one-handed dunk
January 31, 2010 - Bloomington, IL - Centennial's Rayvonte Rice slams a one-handed dunk during second half action in the large school title game at the State Farm Classic basketball tournament. The Chargers had an extra reason to celebrate New Year's Eve after winning the championship game 46-25 over Rockton-Hononegah in their first-ever tournament appearance. The victory also capped a year for the Charger program which did not lose basketball game in the 2009 calendar year. Rice, who finished with a game-high 14 points, was a unanimous choice for the All-Tournament team.


Rayvonte Rice cuts down the game net
March 6, 2009 - Champaign, IL - Centennial guard Rayvonte Rice cuts down the net after the Chargers defeated host Champaign Central 70-61 in their regional title game. Centennial advanced to a Tuesday night sectional game against Springfield Southeast. Rice finished with a double-double, 17 points and 12 rebounds in the post-season win. See more photos here . . .


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.