September 29, 2014

IHSA To Skip Hearing After Being Denied A Voice

Tuscola Warriors Serves Up Whooping To Give Coach 200th Win

Photo coverage by sports photographer Douglas Cottle from Tuscola's huge road win over Central A&M are now available for viewing and purchase. Congratulations to Rick Reinhart for achieving a career milestone. The Warriors defeated the Raiders 52-22 as head coach Rick Reinhart reached his 200th career win.

Homecoming! Normal West vs Danville

Selected photos by sport photographer Alan Look from IHSA Boys Football Homecoming game between the Danville Vikings and the Normal Community West Wildcats in Normal, IL on September 26, 2014.

September 26, 2014

General Assembly Headbutts IHSA?

The House’s Elementary and Secondary Education Committee, chaired by Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, D-Aurora, announced earlier this week that the second of three hearings will be held at 4 p.m. Oct. 3 at South Shore International High School on the Southeast Side. Absolutely perfect timing in this case if you happen to be a politician who does not want supporters for your opposition to show up. Supporters of the IHSA, hundreds who will be participating in or administering high school football games around the state on that Friday, will be unable to attend.

Chicago Sun-Times sports writer Mike Clark asks rhetorically in a opinion piece today, "... how the Legislature had time to fit investigating the IHSA onto a calendar already full of pressing issues: pension reform, chronic deficits and tax rates among them. It speaks to the dysfunction of Springfield that a body disinclined to have serious discussions of urgent problems would instead spend time looking into an alleged plagiarism incident at the IHSA Scholastic Bowl."

This timing of the meeting is like a boxer who can't stand toe-to-toe with his opponent and headbutts (or perhaps makes a snack out of the other fighter's ear) when they can't win fairly, with honor or skill. They resort to shenanigans, as in this case, hoping to walk away with a win. Read Clark's article on round two of the Illinois General Assembly vs. the Illinois High School Association via the link below.

So, what would be really cool?

If a three or four football games were rescheduled by mutual supporters of the IHSA and played on the following Saturday. There is still time to make the arrangements. Athletic directors, administrators, and the student-athletes - a wonderful field trip for government classes, worth 50 points of extra credit toward an upcoming exam, to see our state's political process at work - could then attend the hearing at South Shore International. One could only imagine the look on the hearing panel's faces when six school buses roll into the parking lot an hour or so before the meeting.

September 23, 2014

Track Illinois High School Football Scores With IPS App

September 18, 2014

Central vs Urbana, Maroons Beat Tigers On Gridiron

September 12, 2014 - Urbana, IL - Central's Elijah Medlyn blocks Urbana's Michael Martinez during first quarter action of their Big 12 Conference game. The Maroons went on to defeat the Tigers, 44-26. Central improved to 3-0 on the season while Urbana falls to an 0-3 start.

Urbana's Patrick Beckman, son of University of Illinois head coach Tim Beckman, looks to pass for the Tigers against visiting Champaign Central. Click here to see more photos from this game here.

Maroons' Montrel Moore is wrapped up by Tigers' Jaleen Jones in their game at Urbana.

Urbana's Jaleen Jones bobbles a punt during second quarter action against Central.

Demetrius Jackson, Jaimin Carter, Moaso Bumba, Broderick Warren, Rolan Jones and Jaleen Jones lead their Urbana football team on to the field at the start of their home game against Champaign Central. Central improved to 3-0 on the season while Urbana falls to an 0-3 start. Click here to see more photos from this game here.

Maroons' Jamal Stovall attempts a pass on a two-point conversion in Champaign Central's road game at Urbana. Despite the failed pass attempt, the Maroons defeated the Tigers, 44-26.

Click here to see more photos from the Central at Urbana regular season game. Use the search box to find more photos of your favorite player or team on

September 16, 2014

New Photo Gallery! Central Football At Urbana

September 14, 2014

Oakwood's Jon Davis Celebrates Two-Peat At PBL Invite

Oakwood harrier Jon Davis is once again king of the course winning the PBL Invite for a second straight year. The junior could be the first three-peat winner in 2015. The ranked Unity Rockets won the team title beating St. Joseph-Ogden (second place) by 14 points and host Paxton-Buckley-Loda by 33.

Jon Davis runs to first place ... AGAINSeptember 13, 2014 - Paxton, IL - Oakwood cross-country star Jon Davis checks to see where the rest of the pack is behind him while running at the 2014 Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School Cross-Country Invitational on Saturday. Davis won the varsity race for a second straight year with a time of 15:57.

Follow this link to see photos from Saturday's race from PhotoNews Media here: Link to photo gallery!