June, 2013 Archives

Pekin High School graduate Nathan Taphorn scored 15 points to lead his South team to a 152-142 victory at the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-Star game Saturday night at the Shirk Center on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University. Malcolm Hill of Belleville East was the leading scorer for the South with 26 points. Former Edwardsville Tigers star Garret Covington added 20 points and was the team MVP. Kendrick Nunn of Class 4A state champion Chicago Simeon had 21 points for the North and team mate Jaylon Tate added 18 points and was named the team MVP.

-Bob



Images from Saturday’s Morton Community Bank  Cycling Classic. Competitors race thru the downtown streets for 75 minutes, at times reaching speeds of 30 mph on the front straightaway and 35 mph on the back. The Cycling Classic was the final event of six in determining the Illinois Cup, which recognizes the top riders and teams through a points system based on there finish.

-Bob

LA CROSSE, Wis. — For some reason, said Brandon Palaniuk, he felt the bass were going to bite for him Thursday, the kickoff of the Diet Mountain Dew Mississippi River Rumble presented by Power-Pole. Palaniuk, the first of 99 Bassmaster Elite Series pros to come to the scales, had just weighed what later proved to be the largest bag of the day: 18 pounds, 4 ounces. But the magic happened for Palaniuk, who at 25 already has a 2012 Elite win on his record as well as the 2010 B.A.S.S. Nation Championship title. He secured a 2-pound, 4-ounce lead over Kevin Hawk of Guntersville, Ala., in second place with 16-0. Third place was taken by John Crews of Salem, Va., with 15-7. In fourth place was Clifford Pirch of Payson, Ariz., with 14-11. Rounding out the Top 5 was the 2012 Bassmaster Rookie of the Year, Brandon Card of Caryville, Tenn. Card had 14-9.

-Bob

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Josh Frye, a 6-foot-7 right-hander from Long Beach State, pulled himself together and overcame a three-run first inning to guide the LaCrosse Loggers past the Eau Claire Express 5-3 in front of 3,209 fans at Copeland Park. They had three runs already on the board and runners on second and third with no outs when Frye found a way to escape, getting three harmless outs. Frye went five innings for the win, allowing three runs on seven hits with six strikeouts. Relievers Brooks Kriske, Joel Effertz and Craig Caufield (four saves) held Eau Claire to one hit over the final four innings. La Crosse got a run in the bottom of the first when the first two batters reached against Will Kenny, and with two outs, Kevin Zak hit a ball to deep shortstop that was played into an error, scoring Mike Nadratowski. Johnny Bekakis and Max McDowell had two-out RBI hits in the second to tie it 3-3, knocking Kenny out of the game. The Loggers made it 5-3 in the third against Jake Cole when Connor Teykl drilled a two-run triple into the right field corner.

-Bob

I finally decided to make the 120+ mile drive from P-Town to Danville on Thursday to visit there historic baseball stadium built in1946. It is the home of the Danville Dans, a member of the Prospect League. The Dans were hosting the Hannibal Cavemen in a doubleheader on a warm beautiful spring day in the Midwest. I had the pleasure of visiting before the game and viewing photo’s and memorabilia in the office of Jeanie Cooke, managing partner and local historian of the stadium. Some of the all-time baseball greats such as Pee Wee Reese, Jackie Robinson and Satchel Paige have played on this historic field. The stadium was the backdrop for the 1992 movie biography “The Babe” about Major League Baseball legend Babe Ruth. I had great time stepping back in time and capturing some images of baseball history. On a side note the Dans won both games of the double-header, 7-6 and 6-5 in 6 hours and 15 minutes ending on Friday morning.

-Bob

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