September, 2011 Archives

The Peoria Rivermen took the ice at Carver Arena for the first this season in an exhibition matchup with the Chicago Wolves. Peoria rallied from down 2-0 to tie the game only to fall 3-2 on Kevin Connauton’s second goal of the night. Chicago’s Adam Polasek let a one-timer rip from the right point that rang off the post midway through the first period, but at the end of the frame neither team was able to find the back of the net. With 4:03 remaining in the first Matt Clackson for Chicago and Peoria’s Kyle Hagel engaged in the game’s only fight. The Rivermen tied the game at 2-2 just 6:04 into the third period on a power-play goal from T.J. Hensick. Hensick’s wrister from the top of the right circle found a way between the arm and body of Karel St. Laurent. Danny Syvret and Jake Allen earned assists on the play.

-Bob

I was privileged to be asked to capture images at Oak Ridge Sportsman’s Club in Mackinaw of the 10th Annual Lyle Finch Memorial Claybird Classic. Throughout his career, Lyle Finch was not only known as a successful businessman, but as a highly respected leader in the construction industry. He is also fondly remembered as a loyal friend, an avid outdoorsman, and owner of the Rice Pond Duck Preserve in Chillicothe, IL.  In his honor, the Lyle Finch Memorial Claybird Classic was created. It was another fantastic event hosted by Doug and Diane Oberhelman. The proceeds from the event helps benefit the children of Easter Seals.

-Bob

I spent this morning taking some snap shots at the Peoria Rivermen training camp at Owens Center. The practice was very fast paced as the players went through various drills and game situations. The Rivs have a roster of veterans from last years team, and head coach Jared Bednar and his staff are looking forward to the upcoming season. Opening night is Saturday October 8, 2011. Click here to view the schedule.

-Bob

Terry McCarl led from green to checker to claim the Monster Energy ™ Sprint Car Series stop at the 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa on a cool Saturday night and winning $ 4,000.00 for his effort. McCarl started outside row one, while pole-sitter and dash winner, Jordan Goldesberry, trailed the veteran early on.  By lap five, Jerrod Hull, Austin Johnson and Lynton Jeffrey completed the top five. With seven laps down in the 25-lapper, Kody Kinser came to a stop on the frontstretch, bringing the caution flag.  The restart put McCarl out front with some clean air.  Jeffrey shot by Johnson for fourth with ten laps in the books, and Smith was on the move from 12th to sixth. Danny Smith earned hard-charger honors for his third place run.  “Starting twelfth, this was a good finish,” he said.  “I moved the wing way back on the last restart, and we got too tight.  The last four laps, I didn’t have anything for the two guys in front of me.” A special thanks to Jeff and Amy Laue for hosting a tremendous night of racing for myself, all of the fans along with the racers and their crew members. See you next year.

Monster Energy™ Sprint Series Main Event (started), 30 laps: 1. 55, Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA (2) 2. 65, Jordan Goldesberry, Springfield, IL (1) 3. 4, Danny Smith, Chillicothe, OH (12) 4. 12H, Jerrod Hull, Sikeston, MO (3) 5. 12, Lynton Jeffrey, Prairie City, IA (6) 6. 35, Jimmy Hurley, Springfield, IL (9) 7. 14, Joey Moughan, Springfield, IL (5) 8. 84, Ben Wagoner, Emden, IL (7) 9. 44, AJ Bruns, Lincoln, IL (17) 10. 77u, Chris Urish, Elkhart, IL (8) 11. 83, Korey Weyant, Springfield, IL (16) 12. 98, JC Bland, Springfield, IL (18) 13. 10s, Jeremy Standridge, Springfield, IL (13) 14. 52F, Logan Faucon, Elkhart, IL (20, pr.) 15. 81, Austin Johnson, Shakopee, MN (4) 16. 49, Josh Schneiderman, West Burlington, IA (11) 17. 4K, Kody Kinser, Bloomington, IN (14) 18. 1m, Jim Moughan Jr., Springfield, IL (19, pr.) 19. 23, Robbie Standridge, Springfield, IL (10) 20. 51J, Ryan Jamison, Mediapolis, IA (15). Lap Leader: McCarl 1-20. Bulldog/DMI Hard Charger: Smith. Quick Qualifier: Terry McCarl. Dash for Cash (started, 6 laps): 1. Jordan Goldesberry (4) 2. Terry McCarl (6) 3. Jerrod Hull (3) 4. Austin Johnson (5) 5. Joey Moughan (1) 6. Lynton Jeffrey (2)

-Bob

Beloit College scored a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns to break open a close game and defeat Knox College in Midwest Conference play 34-20 Saturday at the Knosher Bowl. Dillon Hess ran in a 4-yard touchdown with 12:09 to play and Raymond Thomas capped off the day’s scoring with a 3-yard run as Beloit (1-3, 1-2 MWC) outscored the Prairie Fire 13-0 over the final 15:00 and earned its first win of the season. The Prairie Fire took a 7-0 lead when sophomore quarterback Drew Diaz scored on a 5-yard run at the 11:06 mark of the second quarter and junior Doug Lillibridge connected on the PAT.  The lead could have been bigger, but Lillibridge missed a pair of first quarter field goals after Knox drove into the red zone on its first two possessions of the game.

Diaz completed 17-of-38 passes for 204 yards.  He also carried the ball eight times for 64 yards.  Senior running back Luke Northam added 53 yards rushing on eight carries as the Fire ground game piled up 236 yards. Brian Maughn was 23-of-33 for 359 yards and two touchdowns for the Bucs and Derek Carrier caught both of the TD passes and finished with seven catches for 153 yards. Zach Draus led the Beloit run game with eight carries for 71 yards.

-Bob

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