August, 2010 Archives

Last night was special as I had the pleasure to spend time with and capture some lifetime memories of my friend Payton McSimov. Pete “Mr. Baseball” Vonachen greeted everyone in the main office and quickly presented Payton with an official league baseball & Pro-model bat to get autographed by the team. We were then escorted to the team locker room where all of the players and coaches were extremely courteous as they posed for pictures and autographed his gifts. One of my favorite shot’s is of Payton, his father Chad, his grandfather Ralph Sutton and Pete Vonachen posing for a photo on the bench before the game. He had the opportunity to play catch with Peoria Chiefs catcher Luis Flores on the field and visit in the dugout with the payers again before the start of the game. Before he left the field he stood next to Chiefs manager Casey Kopitzke during the National Anthem. He left the field to make his way up to his reserved box seat’s. They were located directly behind the Chiefs dugout. After all the pre-game activities it was time to relax with his family and “big brother” Bradley Basketball star Sam Maniscalco. Then he sat back to watch his favorite team while dining on chicken strips, french fries and ice cold lemonade. You can’t beat fun at the old ballpark and to see the smile it brought to his face was absolutely priceless!

-Bob

Payton McSimov, Easter Seals Kid

The first international player for the ICC women’s soccer team scored the team’s first goal of the season Saturday. Paula Prpich of Bogata, Columbia, scored her first of two goals at 19:19 on a feed from Melanie Young to spark the Cougars to an 8-0 win over Lincoln College at Eastside Centre. There next opponent is Heartland Community College on September 1st.

-Bob

The Bradley University Volleyball team opened its new home with a bang, sweeping in-state foe Western Illinois University before a school record crowd of 1,752 fans.  Freshman Allie Falter (Lincoln, Neb./Lincoln Pius X) notched 10 kills and five blocks, while hitting at a .412 clip and sophomore Madelyn Ervin (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy) tallied a team-best 11 kills to help highlight the victory for the Braves.

-Bob

Blanchard, MI native Henry Wiles continued his domination Sunday at the Peoria Motorcycle Club winning the 62nd annual TT Grand Nationals. Henry won his seventh race overall at PMC and his sixth consecutive Peoria TT. The win ties Wiles for third place all-time in Peoria TT victories with Bart Markel and Chris Carr who finished 10th on Sunday has 13 Peoria TT wins. Henry also closed in on Carr’s record of eight consecutive wins (1988-95).
-Bob

Henry Wiles who displays the National #1 placard on Kawasaki motorcycle continued his dominance Sunday at the Peoria Motorcycle Club. Wiles had the fastest qualifying time of 27.541 seconds, won the Dash for Cash race and then smoked the field in the 25-lap AMA Grand National Peoria TT Championship. Jared Mees finished second and Sammy Halbert was third. #95C JD Beach won the AMA Pro Singles Championship.

-Bob

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