August 27, 2015

We contribute to the fame of the deranged


by Glenn Mollette, Guest Commentator


WDBJ-TV Virginia television reporters Alison Parker and Adam Ward were executed while doing their jobs. They were good people who were successful at what they did and loved their work.

The insane ex-reporter who murdered them on live television killed himself. There are reports of some wacky manifesto and a faxed message to ABC about his state of mind. His state of mind was pure craziness. Obviously, he needed psychiatric help. We can be thankful that a policeman did not have to kill him. However, it might have been best if a policeman could have killed this murderer before he gunned down Parker and Ward. I wonder what the newsfeed would be today if a policeman could have shot the idiot before he took two innocent lives?

The killer's name is all over the news and all over the Internet. You know his name well already. He is now famous. He is famous for taking two innocent lives and destroying families and breaking the hearts of millions of people. There needs to be a media agreement that the names of such people are never mentioned on television or printed in the media. This evil murderer is now reaping what he had hoped for and that is all the fame and deranged glory he could never earn on the merits, hard work and skills that he did not possess.

We shouldn't post video clips or show pictures of the horrific beheadings carried out by ISIS. When we do we are giving them what they so desperately crave - attention. The more attention ISIS receives, the more they seem to be fueled.

I realize what I am suggesting isn't going to happen. I affirm the first; people want to know and I know that television, radio and print report the news and the news includes names. The bad people always make the news.

If we left the evil people out of the news, then names like John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley Jr. or Charles Manson would not be so widely written about.

This is the day of social media and worldwide communication technology. A word, a post and horrific actions are seen around the world often moments after they happen. As in the murder of these two young journalists, the murderer did everything he could to make sure he received as much attention as possible by even posting his own video clip online.

Identities of bad people will be reported. However, whenever we have the chance as reporters, editors or columnists we ought to find a way to not add more fame to the deranged individuals who sought it so horrifically.

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Glenn Mollette is the author of American Issues: Every American Has An Opinion. He is also the author of other books including Fitness Is A Mind Game, The Adventures of Russell Walter and Spiritual Chocolate: Inspirational Delights for the Heart. You can hear him each Sunday night on XM radio 131 at 8 EST. Follow Glenn Mollette on Facebook here.

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Five wild photos of Brandon Wildman

With the prep football season set to kick off on Friday we were looking for a cool player to feature to kick off this year's season. As a junior, Monticello quarterback Brandon Wildman led the Sages to a 7-4 record last fall. Here are five photos from his game against St. Joseph-Ogden last fall. Despite his best effort, the Sages fell 29-22 in an exciting, edge-of-the-seat gridiron battle. Monticello will host St. Joseph-Ogden this season on September 25th. See more photos of Wildman from the St. Joseph-Ogden game on iphotonews.com here.


Brandon Wildman

Brandon Wildman carries the ball for his team during the the Sages away football game against the Spartans back on September 26th. Monticello fell in an exciting high school game against St. Joseph-Ogden, 29-22.


Brandon Wildman

Wildman throws a pass during first half action for the the Sages'.


Quarterback Brandon Wildman

With an incoming SJO lineman from his blind side, Brandon Wildman looks to throw a long pass.


Brandon Wildman tackled at SJO

Wildman is pulled down by a solo St. Joseph-Ogden defender.



Wildman is hit hard by St. Joseph-Ogden's Brandon Sparks.


August 23, 2015

100 new photos added last week

The march continues as we move forward repopulating our photo gallery. Before the reconstruction began our online archive contained more than 54,000 photos going back as far as 2002. Doing a little math and figuring we could add an average of 30 photos a day, it looks like it will be right around six years before all the images that were once available 24/7 will be back online.

Here's a look at some of the latest photos as well as some of our incredibly awesome fine art sports prints that designer Clark Brooks created in years past added to the PhotoNews photo gallery last week.

St Charles North's Chris DeSilva running at state track

May 24, 2008 - Charleston, IL - St. Charles North's Chris DeSilva celebrates at the finish line after running the anchor leg of the championship race of 4x800m relay at the IHSA State Track and Field meet on Saturday. DeSilva and the North Stars sqaud won the title with 7:45.97 finish. See more photos of DeSilva here . . .


Daniel Garza, from Mexico, hits a forehand

August 14, 2015 - Urbana, IL - Daniel Garza, from Mexico, hits a forehand return during his quarterfinal match against Ramkumar Ramanathan at the Car-X Futures of Champaign tennis tournament. Garza was eliminated from the Elite 8 in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4. Click here to see more from our collection of photos from the tournament.


Jackie Dugan winds up for a pitch

June 8, 2008 - East Peoria, IL - Knights' pitcher Jackie Dugan winds up for a pitch during the third inning at the Class 4A state softball tournament. The Lincoln-Way Central won the school's first softball title after defeating Barrington 4-1 Saturday evening at Eastside Centre. Check out more pitcher Jackie Dugan here . . . [Photo: PhotoNews/Clark Brooks]


Rockets' Taylor Black

Commissioned as a Senior Night gift by parents, this 16x20 football poster of Taylor Black was created to celebrate his career as a member of the Unity 2011-2012 varsity football team. The Rockets were the Okaw Valley Black Conference title and finished the season with a record of 11 wins and 2 losses. Follow this link to see more PhotoNews sports posters.



May 24, 2008 - Charleston, IL - Exhausted from running a record pace, Burlington Central's Ryan Phebus finishes the 800-Meter Run at the IHSA State Track and Field meet Saturday. The senior finished 5th with a time of 1:54.57. See three more photos of Phebus at state here . . .


Jake Oltean

Commissioned as a Senior Day gift, this 24x30 poster was created in May of 2008 celebrates the senior season of Jake Oltean as team manager for the 2007-08 St. Joseph-Ogden basketball team. Coached by Brian Brooks, the team finished the season with 21 wins and 7 losses. Oltean was a three-sport manager also running the show behind the scenes for the SJO football and baseball programs. Any one who contributes to a team's success can have a fine art sports poster created to honor their participation during a season or career. Check the other new posters we added to iphotonews.com this week . . .


Sycamore senior Derek Campbell

May 24, 2008 - Charleston, IL - Sycamore's Derek Campbell runs with the pack during the 3200m run finals at the IHSA State Track and Field meet Saturday. Campbell, a senior, finished 32nd overall with a time of 10:10.98 in the Class 2A race. See a couple of more photos of Campbell from the race here . . .


Senior Elijah Medlyn

Commissioned as a gift from his parents to commemorate his varsity football season, this 20x24 football poster of Champaign Central lineman Elijah Medlyn was created to celebrate his career as a member of the Maroons' 2014 football squad. Currently, this the first and only fine art sports print ever designed for Central football senior. In the months ahead we will be adding more photos from Medlyn's final season for the Maroons to his collection on iphotonews.com.



May 23, 2008 - Charleston, IL - St. Charles East's David Arends gives his all in the 4x800m relay at the IHSA State Track and Field meet Friday. The Saints finished fifth in the preliminary heat and advanced to Saturday's finals thanks Arends effort on the anchor leg. Search our photo gallery for more photos of the Saints and Arends here . . .


Burlington Central's Dan Hagberg

May 24, 2008 - Charleston, IL - Burlington Central's Dan Hagberg hits a hurdle while as he nears the finish line during the 110-Meter High Hurdles at the IHSA State Track and Field meet Saturday. Hagberg, a senior, clocked in at 15.03 to end his prep career in the race with an 8th place finish in the title race. See three more photos of Hagberg hurdling at state . . .


Unity coach Bill Ipsen

This 16x20 fine art sports print of Unity head basketball coach Bill Ipsen was commissioned by the team to celebrate his coaching success with the Rockets and a talented senior class that won the conference title and a 2012 regional title. The PhotoNews maintains a gallery of area coaches. It is a little sparse right now as we rebuild the gallery, but you will be able to find plenty of pics here in the months and years to come.



Commissioned as a Senior Night gift from his parents, this 20x24 football poster of three-sport athlete Austin Whitlock - one of our editor's favorite designs incidentally from this season - was created to celebrate his career as a member of the St. Joseph-Ogden varsity football team. The Spartans finished the season as Okaw Valley Conference co-champions and with a record of 10-2. Click here to view the newest SJO fine art prints that were added this month.


August 20, 2015

Best of the Car-X Futures

The Car-X Futures of Champaign tennis tournament held at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Center featured a lot of 32 highly talented athletes from as far away as Mexico, India and Great Britain. The six-day event starting on August 8th, ended with the number four seed Kevin King as the tournament's inaugural champion.

King was well-rewarded for his efforts. After defeating Nathan Pasha in his opening match, he knocked off local favorite and recent University of Illinois alum Tim Kopinski in straight sets for a showdown with Junior French Open winner Tommy Paul. Prevailing after his three-setter with Paul, King faced Brit Richard Gabb the title match and clearly dominated play on his way to a 6-3, 6-1 victory.

King's championship bounty included 27 USTA ranking points, a check for $2,160 and a beautiful Smith & Bradley watch created just a few dozen miles away from the tournament site.

Below are eight of our favorite photos and links to more from PhotoNews Media's coverage of the $15,000 Futures event.


Sanam Singh lines up a backhand

Sanam Singh lines up a backhand shot during his Car-X Futures of Champaign match on Wednesday. After dropping his first set, Singh surged back to a third set victory 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-2 over Northwestern University junior Konrad Zieba. Check out more photos of Singh here.


Richard Gabb hits a backhand

Richard Gabb hits a backhand shot during his championship match against #4 seed Kevin King at the Car-X Futures of Champaign tennis tournament. Gabb fell in his bid to win the inaugural tournament title falling 3-6, 1-6 on Sunday afternoon. For his effort he earned 15 points in the USTA standings and $1,272 in prize money. See seven more photos in this gallery.


Alex Rybakov hits the ball back across the net

Alex Rybakov prepares to slice the ball back across the net in his quarterfinal tennis match against Richard Gabb. The left-hander pushed his British opponent to three sets falling 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-3 at the Car-X Futures of Champaign tournament. Find more tournament pictures of Rybakov on our photo gallery.


Daniel Garza hits a leaping forehand winner

Daniel Garza hits a leaping forehand winner during his quarterfinal match against Ramkumar Ramanathan at the Car-X Future of Champaign tennis tournament. Garza was eliminated from the Elite 8 in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4. See 10 more great photos of Garza in action.


Ramkumar Ramanathan chases down a ball in the ad court.

Ramkumar Ramanathan chases down a ball in the ad court during his match against Daniel Garza at the Car-X Futures of Champaign tennis tournament. Ramanathan battled back from a 1-4 second set to pick up a 6-3, 6-4 win over Garza Friday afternoon at the Atkins Tennis Center on the University of Illinois campus. He will face Kevin King in a semifinal match on Saturday.


Tommy Paul playing at the Car-X Futures of Champaign tennis tournament

Tommy Paul, winner of this year's French Open Juniors, lunges for wide forehand shot from the other side of the net in his quarterfinal match against #4 seed Kevin King. Paul fell in his bid for a semifinal spot after an exciting three set contest 6-1, 2-6, 7-6(8) to King. See eight more photos of Paul in action here ...



Kevin King reacts after hitting the ball long in the second set during his quarterfinal match against fellow American Tommy Paul at the Car-X Future of Champaign tennis tournament. King defeated Paul, after splitting the first two sets 6-1 and 2-6, in an exciting third set comeback for a final score of 7-6(8). See 12 more photos of King in action from this match and his title match effort.



Konrad Zieba hits a blazing forehand shot in his match against Sanam Singh at the Car-X Futures of Champaign tennis tournament. Zieba forced a third set decision falling 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-2, to Singh on Wednesday. See more of Zieba's match photos ...


August 16, 2015

First Car-X Futures of Champaign champion crowned

Kevin King shakes hands with tournament director Christine Stromberg

With huge smile on his face, Kevin King shakes hands with tournament director Christine Stromberg (left) after winning the inaugural Car-X Futures of Champaign tennis tournament title on Sunday. King celebrated his 6-3, 6-1 victory over Great Britain's Richard Gabb with a check for $2,160, a new watch and 27 USTA points on Sunday afternoon. See more photos of King and other players from the Car-X Futures of Champaign tennis tournament.