March, 2012 Archives

Bradley capitalized on three Evansville errors to post a 6-0 win in the second game of a Missouri Valley Conference doubleheader against the Purple Aces Saturday afternoon at Laura Bradley Park, after Evansville took the opener 5-1. Sophomore Madeline Lynch-Crumrine scattered four hits over six and one-third innings in the nightcap in addition to going 2-for-3 with a run and RBI to help the Braves snap a five-game game losing skid.  Lynch-Crumrine pitched 8.1 scoreless innings in the two games and earned the win in the circle in the second game. Sophomore catcher Bailiegh Basham hit a two run home-run in the second game for the Braves. Game One Box Score, Game Two Box Score.

-Bob

Bradley University freshman Ahmed Albitar won in his first career match at No. 1 singles and the Braves (8-10) breezed by Chicago State (0-16) with a 7-0 dual-match decision Friday afternoon at the David Markin Tennis Courts. Chicago State used only five players in Friday afternoon’s match, so the Braves began the day with a 1-0 lead and needed to win just one doubles match for a 2-0 advantage.  Albitar teamed with sophomore Hamish Weerasinghe to quickly secure that second point as the Braves duo cruised to an 8-0 win at No. 2 doubles. After Kevin Keiner earned a 6-0, 6-3 win at No. 5 singles, Arthur Romanet secured the team victory minutes later with a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 4 singles.  The straight-set victories continued for the Braves with Weerasinghe claiming a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 3, Albitar with a 6-4, 6-3 triumph at No. 1 and concluding with Ashton Kalhorn‘s 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 2.  Justin Abrams was credited with a default victory at No. 6 singles.

-Bob

I spent a couple of days photographing some of the beautiful young children at the Crittenton Centers and Crisis Nursery located at 442 West John Gwynn Jr. Avenue in downtown Peoria, IL. The facility is under the leadership of Cindy Fisher, and her loving staff of employee’s and volunteers nurture over 60 young children daily. Hope you are moved by some of the photo’s to make a donation to to the facility.

-Bob

The Peoria Rivermen fired 43 shots on goal but only scored once in their 2-1 loss to the Hamilton Bulldogs Sunday at Carver Arena before 6,319 fans.Hamilton scored the first goal of the game at 6:39 of the second period. Travis Novak took a wrist shot from between the circles that snuck underneath Jake Allen and slowly rolled across the goal line. The goal was the first in the career of Novak who joined the Bulldogs from St. Cloud State last week. The Rivermen tied the affair with 3:58 remaining in the period thanks to Jonathan Cheechoo’s 21st goal of the year. Cheechoo stole the puck in the slot and backhanded the puck past the outstretched right pad of a sprawled out Robert Mayer. Mayer finished the game with 42 saves and the game’s first star while Allen made 32 saves in the losing effort. Click here for Box Score.

-Bob

Monroe College (31-6) captured its second straight national championship on Saturday in the NJCAA Division II women’s basketball finals at Lorene Ramsey Gymnasium, with a 78-73 victory over Lake Michigan (30-5). Breauna Rivoli-Johnson finished with a game-high 27 points, shooting 10-for-13 from the field with five three point shots for the Lady Indians. Jasmine McRoy iced the game for the Mustangs, knocking down a pair of free throws with 1.4 seconds remaining to seal the victory for Monroe. Aivah Parham scored 22 and McRoy added 21 points for the Mustangs, who shot 43.1 percent from the field. “I think this year was tougher than last year,” said Monroe coach James Robinson. “I couldn’t have come to the national tournament with a better group of girls. I am so proud of them.”

-Bob

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