June, 2011 Archives

I was up on campus at Bradley University to get some shot’s at new head basketball coach Geno Ford’s basketball camp. It was held in the new air conditioned Renaissance Coliseum. The kids were taught dribbling, passing, rebounding and shooting instruction during the morning sessions and then played tournament games in the afternoon. For more information on next years camp contact Chris Braun at 309-677-2668 or send e-mail to cabraun@bradley.edu.

-Bob

Trying to decide on what to have for dinner I grabbed my camera bag equipped with my Canon 1D Mark IV bodies along with my awesome  85mm f/1.2L35mm f/1.4L lenses. Now you are probably wondering why I would take my photo equipment to go eat, well I wanted to get some shot’s of piano legend Jimmy Binkley while enjoying the best burger in town at Sky Harbor Steakhouse. A longtime friend and former baseball team mate Daryl Klusendorf and his family operate one of the best restaurant’s in Peoria. Treat yourself to a fabulous evening of fine food and listening to a true Peoria icon. Trust me when I say you will have the time of your life. Jimmy entertains on Wednesday and Saturday nights from 7-11pm.

-Bob

The McDonald’s 20th annual underclass team coached by Pekin High Schools Larry Davis won 9-4 in the opener at O’Brien Field. Zach Wilson (Peoria Heights) picked up the win. Bryce Paxson (Stark County), Alec Skender (Metamora), and Connor Flanagan (Notre Dame) all recorded two hits apiece in the win. Limestone southpaw Joben Barnes was the losing pitcher for the blue team. Delavan’s T.J. Carter blasted a towering two-run homer over the left field wall in the top of the first inning. proceeds from the games will be donated to The Ronald McDonald House Charities.

-Bob

Michigan Pro Jared Mees held off Brad Baker of Chehalis, WA and Rob Pearson of Morton, IL to capture the All-Star Nationals Flat Track main event at the Peoria Motorcycle Club. The win was Mees’ fourth in the last three weeks. Here are the results from the other classes at Thunder Valley on Sunday. Mikey Martin of Acampo, CA won the Pro Singles race, Galesburg rider Mike Caves won the Vintage Twins main event and Cole Anderson of Cambridge, MN took the 450 Amateur race.

-Bob

Jared Mees won the Expert Singles division in the All-Star National Flat Track Series event, besting 19 year-old Brad Baker and seven-time Grand National champion Chris Carr. Matthew Weidman of Westerlo, N.Y. was fourth and Rob Pearson of Morton was fifth. Michael Avila of Madera, Calif., won the Pro Singles race over Dustin Cassidy of Walnut and Adam Bushman of Oak Creek, Wis. Richard Kent of Galesburg beat Tony Watkins of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and his brother, Lance Kent, to win the Veteran 30-plus race.
Brandon Shelstad of Gillette, Wyo., won both the 450 Open Amateur and 450 Amateur classes. Steven Sandoval of Abingdon was second in both races. Fourteen-year-old Molly Terry of Creve Coeur won the 250 Amateur class over Cody Kent of Galesburg. Jim Monegan of Twisp, Wash., who is 67 years old, won the Open Vintage race and 41-year-old Marc Noreuil of Delavan won the Open Quads event.

-Bob

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