August, 2011 Archives

Photo’s taken today at Mt. Hawley Country Club of the 3rd annual Tee it up for the Troops golf classic. There several speakers along with military personal and veterans, sky diver delivering the flag to a purple heart recipient,and a special fly over by Jeff Green. Last year, the event raised close to $250,00.00. More than 640 golfers played at three different golf courses. The event co-chairs were Dr. Frank Benningfield and Jeff Kolbus.

-Bob

Promoter Curt Mottaz upped the ante at Peoria Speedway’s “Season Championships” events Saturday night as he offered each front-row starter in all 5 classes the chance to make additional money with the “Front Row Challenge”. The front-row starters in each division were guaranteed starting money plus a bonus to start the feature from the back and were paid for each car they passed on the track. 3 of the 5 divisions accepted the offer, making for a terrific night of racing. In one of the best races of the season, Steve Lance Jr., Jason Jaggers and Billy Drake put on a line-swapping, side jobbing 30 lap feature.. John Gardner was on the pole, but chose to take the front-row challenge and a guaranteed $350 to start, along with $40 for each car passed. Gardner moving to the back allowed Mike Mullvain and Gerry Reeder to occupy the front row as Mullvain jumped to the lead at the start. Jaggers followed Mullvain on the bottom for 2nd. Erik Bruce won his 3rd straight UMP Modified feature, leading flag-to-flag. Bruce survived 5 caution periods but was never seriously challenged. Ray Bollinger had a rough night, dropping out of both the heat race and feature, but nudged Mark Johnson for the Track Championship for the Modifieds. Jack Siegel lead all 15 laps of the Limited Late Model feature, cementing his Track Championship.

-Bob

Bradley served up eight aces and limited Nebraska-Omaha to a .138 attack percentage as the Braves improved to 2-0 on the season with a 25-13, 25-20, 25-23 victory against the Mavericks Saturday morning at Renaissance Coliseum to open the second day of play at the CEFCU Classic. Junior Madelyn Ervin matched a career-high with three aces and sophomore Alise Tupuritis tallied a match-high 11 kills to help pace the Braves, who opened the season with a 2-0 record for the third consecutive year.

-Bob

It was a hot, humid night for the beginning of the 2011 IHSA football season. The Dunlap Eagles topped the Chillicothe Grey Ghosts 18-13 at Taylor Field. Dunlap was led by senior quarterback Connor Currier who passed for 220 yards, and senior all-state WR/LB Nick Mangieri with 101 receiving yards and double-digit tackles on defense.

-Bob

It was Hockey night at O’Brien Field with HOF’er Denis Savard and Chicago Blackhawks national anthem singer Jim Cornelison. Savard retired in 1997, after his second stint in Chicago following stops in Montreal and Tampa Bay, with 1,338 points, which is 28th on the all-time NHL scoring list. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000. It was also Bradley University’s Presidents Night Out at the ballpark with Joanne Glasser throwing out a ceremonial pre-game first pitch followed by an outstanding rendition of the National Anthem.

-Bob

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