July 31, 2014

Throwback Thursday: 2011 Cross Country

After taking a short vacation we are back with our Throwback Thursday feature. This week, we are highlighting our 2011 cross-country season coverage. Leading off this blog post is a photo of former St. Joseph-Ogden High School track and cross-country standout Chelsea Blaase. As a senior she won the IHSA state meeting with a record breaking time of 17:12 in the Class 1A race at Detweiller Park.

Some athletes just don't know when to stop breaking records. Blaase, who went on to run for the Tennessee and has earned All-SEC recognition, broke the Volunteers' 10,000m record at the Stanford Invitational back in April. What makes the feat all the more amazing is it was the first time she ran the race for UT. Read more about her achievements at the college level here.

SJO's Chelsea Blaase
November 5, 2011 - East Peoria, IL - St. Joseph-Ogden's Chelsea Blaase runs near the front of the pack on the first loop around the course at Detweiller Park during the 2011 Class 1A girls' state cross country race. 311 runners qualified for IHSA state finals race on Saturday morning. Blaase went on to set a new Class 1A record taking the championship title with a time of 17:12. Follow this link to see more photos from this race.

Tim Easton
November 5, 2011 - East Peoria, IL - Monticello's Tim Easton looks over his shoulder to see if another runner will catch him as runs to the finish line during the 2011 Class 1A boys state cross country finals on Saturday morning. He finished in 29th place overall with a time of 15:42 to help the Sages take third in the team standings at this year's meet. Check out more photos from the Class 1A state title race here.

Belvidere North's Will Crocker and East Moline United's Tyler Rasso
November 5, 2011 - East Peoria, IL - Belvidere North's Will Crocker tries stay ahead of East Moline United's Tyler Rasso on the first loop around the course at Detweiler Park during the 2011 Class 2A state cross country race. Crocker finished in 16th place at 15:08 behind Rasso who finished in 15th place overall with a time of 15:07.

Leah Hutchison from Cumberland.
October 29, 2011 - Forsyth, IL - Leah Hutchison runs at the 2011 St. Teresa Cross Country sectional meet at Decatur's Hickory Point Golf Course. The Cumberland freshman clocked in at 18:43 to finish in 16th place overall. More photos from the meet are here.

Spartans' Landon Vowels
September 3, 2011 - Chrisman, IL - St. Joseph-Ogden's Landon Vowels runs his first lap around the course at the 2011 Cow Chip Classic. Despite heat indices in the upper 90s, nearly 100 runners gave their all competing for team and individual titles. See 40 more photos from our archives from Vowels' running career here.

St. Thomas More's Theresa Welle
August 30, 2011 - Oakwood, IL - St. Thomas More's Theresa Welle runs the course at the 2011 Kickapoo Kickoff Klassic cross country meet. Running a 20:55.0, Welle finished fourth in the girls' race. The Sabers finished in fourth place with a score of 94 points at the ten school meet. View more photos from the race here.

Unity's Scott Woodard
September 3, 2011 - Chrisman, IL - Unity's Scott Woodard pushes himself on his last loop around the course as he runs during this year's Cow Chip Classic. Woodard finished 4th to help the Rockets to a 2nd place team finish. See more than 600 photos from the 2011 Cow Chip Classic here.

Grant Nykaza running at state
November 5, 2011 - East Peoria, IL - Beecher's Grant Nykaza runs during the 2011 Class 1A boys state cross country meet. 314 runners qualified for IHSA state finals race on Saturday morning. He finished in second place overall with a time of 14:37. See our collection of photos of Nykaza competing in cross-country and track in our archives.

July 29, 2014

Non-Disparagement Clause Creeping Into Wedding Vendor Contracts

The devil is in the details; read your wedding contract carefully, especially the fine print.

Before seal the deal with that wedding planner who had great reviews on two or three websites or that photographer who rocked your world with their stunning photography, you might want take a real close look at some of the terms, conditions and yes, penalties hidden in their service agreement.

With their online persona exposed to the world, more and more wedding vendors are including language to their service agreement that will forbid you to post negative comments and reviews about the inferior service they may have provided. Any comments you post could subject you to fines or a lawsuit for thousands of dollars.

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Photographers, reception halls, mobile disc jockeys and cake designers are following in the footsteps of other independent professionals by adding "Non-Disparagement" clauses to their service contracts. The sole purpose of this clause is to keep clients from damaging, warranted or not, their business reputation online.

Jeff Guyer penned an article on the DIY Photography website describing a meeting with a potential client, a bride seeking his services for her upcoming wedding. A former attorney, Guyer was shocked when she showed him a contract from another photographer that stated:

"Client further agrees that they will not disparage Photographer, or post any negative comments, reviews, feedback, complaints, insults, or other counter-productive content about Photographer or services provided in any online forum, chat room, or message board, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, and The Knot."

In this day and age of online reviews, one can bet their sweet bippy that any company or service provider that includes this language in their contract either has had issues in the past or expects them in the future. A vendor that is attentive, provides gold standard service and takes pride in their reputation will likely omit such language from their contractual agreements.

July 21, 2014

Leave Your Swagger At Home

July 19, 2014

Hit By Pitch

Shooting sports is all about timing. Some days you get lucky and other days you get really lucky.

One of my all-time favorite softball photos is this one below of St. Joseph-Ogden shortstop Taylor Freeman slammed by a pitch in the Spartans road game against Villa Grove back in 2007 during their regional semi-final game. I have a few dozen other shots where batters were hit by a pitch in the PhotoNews Media archives, but this is the only one where the ball is still on the skin and you can clearly see the facial expression of the athlete upon impact. In the other shots, the ball has already made contact with the batter and fallen to the ground or is shown suspended in the air away from the athlete's body.

SJO softball player Taylor Freeman hit by a pitch
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May 16, 2007 - Villa Grove, IL - Shortstop Taylor Freeman takes a pitch on the arms in the Spartans' regional softball game against the Blue Devils. St. Joseph-Ogden beat Villa Grove 6-0 to advance to Saturday's title game against Hoopeston Area.

Freeman, who graduated as one of the top base stealers in the state, dusted herself off and took her position at first base. If memory serves me correctly, the three-sport standout - she was a member of both the varsity volleyball and basketball squads at SJO - then exacted revenge against the Blue Devils stealing second and later third base in the shutout.

This is, as they say, a one in a million shot. The way it looks right now, I will have shoot around another 700,000 shots to get another clean shot like this.

~ Clark

July 17, 2014

Busy Basketball Season

Back in 2007 we shot a ton of basketball games. In fact, we have 29 basketball galleries, more than 700 photos online from that season. Relive the blood, sweat and magic from that year in our gallery here on iphotonews.com. Use the share tools next to each photo to share your favorites on Facebook and Twitter any time, 24/7.

Momence vs SJO
December 7, 2007 - St. Joseph, IL - Spartans' Jake Firkins fight for position with Redskins' Trishten Roberson [right] during second half action of St.Joseph-Ogden's home conference game against Momence. SJO fell 53-45 to the Redskins. See more photos from this Sangamon Valley Conference game here.

January 5, 2008 - Tolono, IL - Senior guard Corbin Sebens looks to pass inside against St. Elmo. Monticello trailed most of the game but brought on their full court press in the 4th quarter. The Sages were able to create turnovers and make the shots down the stretch as they defeated St. Elmo 73-70 in dramatic fashion at the Kesslers Shoot-Out. Check out Sebens, who is today a golf professional and coach, and the Sages in more photos here.

Brent Rhodes fight for a rebound
December 27, 2007 - Monticello, IL - Monticello's Brent Rhodes fight for a rebound against St. Thomas More's Tyler Schwerghart [10] and Kristian Gallivan [22]. The Sages, who went on to win their annual tournament for the first time since 2002, defeated the Sabers 62-54. See more photos from the game here.

Lauren Grubb from Unity
December 26, 2007 - Normal, IL - Rockets' leading scorer Lauren Grubb goes up for two at the State Farm Holiday Classic. The Rockets fall in their opening game 54-33 to Metropolis Massac County. Grubb finished with at 10 points.

Bria Olson playing basketball
December 26, 2007 - Normal, IL - Spartans' Bria Olson turns to pass the ball to an open teammate at the State Farm Holiday Classic. St. Joseph-Ogden fell in their tournament opener to Camp Point Central/Augusta SE 51-32. Olson chipped in 2 points in the loss. Follow this link to check out more photos.

Rocket basketball player Heath Woodcock
December 16, 2007- Champaign,IL - Unity's Heath Woodcock goes up for a lay up despite a block attempt by a CPCI player. The Rockets beat the Timberwolves 46-35 at the Shootout at the Hall Saturday night. Click here to see more photos from this game.

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'08 Spartan Classic #TBT

This week's Throwback Thursday feature is from the 2008 Spartan Classic. The race, sponsored by St. Joseph-Ogden High School, brings hundreds of runners mostly from central Illinois together to run through the streets of St. Joseph, IL, and to race glory. Check out the complete gallery from the '08 race on www.iphotonews.com for more race photos by clicking here.

Drew Blaase placed 11th-place overall
September 27, 2008 - St. Joseph, IL - St. Joseph-Ogden's Drew Blaase stretches his stride running to an 11th-place overall finish at this year's Spartan Classic Cross-Country meet. The host Spartans finished the meet in third-place with 129 points, just three out of first-place.

Will Feeney
St. Thomas More's Will Feeney runs in this year's Spartan Classic Cross-Country meet. Bureau Valley won the meet with Urbana Uni-High finishing second. The host Spartans placed 3rd in the team standings at this year's meet.

Tom Pacey running to first place
Tremont's Parker Thompsen and Paxton-Buckley-Loda running star Tom Pacey run in this year's Spartan Classic Cross-Country meet. The Panthers ran to a 21st-place team finish behind Pacey, who went on to win the race.

Tevis Mott runs in this year's Spartan Classic
Tevis Mott runs in this year's Spartan Classic Cross-Country meet. Bureau Valley won this year's meet with a team score of 126 points. More race photos are here. Did you run in this race but didn't find your photo? Leave us your name in the comment section below and we'll post it if we have one of you competing in this race.

July 8, 2014

Rockford paper stands by the IHSA

All About This Saturday's Illinois Shrine Game