August, 2013 Archives

After hitting .467 in the opening set and taking an early lead in the match with a 25-17 first-set win, Bradley couldn’t keep pace with a hot-hitting UT-Martin team which rallied for a 17-25, 25-16, 26-24, 25-19 victory against the Braves to wrap up the 2013 CEFCU Classic Saturday night at Renaissance Coliseum. UT-Martin (2-1 overall) claimed the CEFCU Classic title on a tie-breaker with the win over Bradley (2-1 overall). Senior Amy Angelos hit .429, while tying for match-high honors with 15 kills to lead the Braves and fellow senior Lauren Zerante added 24 digs in the first setback of the season. Bradley raced out to a 4-1 lead in the first set and led by as many as nine points (19-10) in the opening stanza en route to a convincing 25-17 victory. The Braves hit .467 in the first set, collecting 16 kills with just two hitting errors. Angelos notched four of her team-best 15 kills in the first set and also had four digs to help highlight the win.Bradley plays eight of the next nine matches on the road, traveling to Omaha, Neb., next weekend for the Omaha Marriott Classic. The Braves open tournament play Friday at 4 p.m. against Southern Utah and will face both SIU Edwardsville (10 a.m.) and tournament-host Omaha (5 p.m.) on Saturday. Click here to view more photo’s.

-Bob



Freshman midfielder Alex Garcia registered his first career point and the team’s active career scoring leader Wojciech Wojcik added to his numbers as the duo combined for the only goal of the first day at The Hotels at Grand Prairie Classic, lifting host Bradley University (1-0-0) to a 1-0 victory against the University of New Hampshire (0-1-0) in the tourney nightcap Friday night at Shea Stadium. The Braves extended its winning streak in season-openers to 12 games and improved to 11-0-0 all-time in Shea Stadium season openers. Garcia fired a shot from the top of the 18 and the ball was deflected to Wojcik, who slotted a 15-yard shot across the goal mouth inside the right post for the game-winner at 58:31. Bradley senior goalkeeper Brian Billings made seven saves to earn his 14th career shutout. Though the Wildcats outshot its host, 22-14, Billings was not challenged most of the night.  He made one sliding save on a tight shot at the near post in the 66th minute, then flicked another close-range shot, a header from his goalkeeping counterpart Travis Worra, over the cross bar inside the game’s final 10 seconds. Hosting the fifth annual The Hotels at Grand Prairie Classic, Bradley will try for its first-ever championship in the event when the Braves host Massachusetts in the tourney finale at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

-Bob


I spent a day in the pits and on the track photographing  Sikeston, MO sprint car MOWA two-time champion Jerrod Hull . Traveled to the track with Jerrod, wife Nicole and their six-year-old son Jett along with long time friend Rick Leeman to LaSalle Speedway for a evening of racing. Jerrod has a tremendous and loyal group that helps him prepping the car, cleaning it, and getting the proper race set-up on his sprint car for a tough night of dirt track racing. Hope you enjoy the photo’s and you can click here to view more.

-Bob


Bill Balog claimed his third straight Bill Waite Jr. Memorial race in the 30 lap main event was part of a sweep in which he captured his heat race and established a new series track record (10.475 seconds) in qualifying. All of this was accomplished against a stellar field which showcased the best talent from both the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints and the Midwest Open Wheel Association (MOWA). A showing of 42 drivers made for one impressive sprint car event which played out before a near capacity crowd. To reach victory tonight Balog had to fight past a determined Scott Neitzel. On lap 20 of the 30 lap contest Balog managed to work by Neitzel in lapped traffic and then held onto the top spot earning his 13th win of the season. The victory, Balog’s 58th in IRA competition, pushed him just a bit closer to Joe Roe’s all-time win mark of 61. Mike Reinke managed to fend off two-time MOWA champion Jerrod Hull for the final podium spot as the pair waged a race long war for the third position. In doing so Reinke sealed an IRA sweep of the top three spots.

Bill Waite Jr. Memorial Results:

A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 17B-Bill Balog[6]; 2. 2W-Scott Neitzel[2]; 3. 02-Mike Reinke[1]; 4. 12-Jerrod Hull[5]; 5. 9-Paul Niemheiser[4]; 6. 42-Corey Bruns[10]; 7. 23L-Jimmy Light[8]; 8. 83-Tommy Sexton[18]; 9. Robbie Standridge[15]; 10. 22T-Brett Triplett[13]; 11. 65-Jordan Goldesberry[20]; 12. 84-Ben Wagoner[14]; 13. Chris Urish[19]; 14. 23-Russel Borland[17]; 15. 53W-Bill Wirth[22]; 16. 68-Dave Uttech[21]; 17. 5J-Jeremy Schultz[9]; 18. 4K-Kris Spitz[16]; 19. 1M-Phillip Mock[3]; 20. 5-Cory Bales[7]; 21. 1MM-Jim Moughan[6]; 22. A.J. Bruns [12]. First B Feature (12 Laps): 1. 1MM-Jim Moughan; 2. 77- Chris Urish; 3. 68-Dave Uttech; 4. 3-Matt Sutton; 5. 7-Scott Uttech; 6. 53H-Matt Harms; 7. 41-Dennis Spitz; 8. 94-Brandon Thone; 9. 5H-Patrick Hayes; 10. Kenny Hayes; 11. 71-Chad Tessman; 12. 4M-Kody Kinser; 13. 70-Derrick Rossio. Second B Feature (12 Laps): 1. 44-A.J. Bruns; 2. 65-Jordan Goldesberry; 3. 53W-Bill Wirth; 4. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski; 5. 8A-Nick Alden; 6. 10S-Robbie Standridge; 7. 79-Blake Nimee; 8. 43-Jereme Schroeder; 9. 12-Michael Decker; 10. 31-John Dines; 11. 99-Jimmy Davies; 12. 38-Matt Vandervere. Heat #1 (10 Laps): 1. 17B-Bill Balog; 2. 22-Robbie Standridge; 3. 83-Tommy Sexton; 4. 2W-Scott Neitzel; 5. 38-Matt Vandervere; 6. 5H-Patrick Hayes; 7. 53W-Bill Wirth; 8. 94-Brandon Thone; 9. 70-Derrick Rossio; 10. 3-Matt Sutton; 11. 7-Scott Uttech. Heat #2 (10 Laps): 1. 23-Jimmy Light; 2. 12-Jerrod Hull; 3. 02-Mike Reinke; 4. 4K-Kris Spitz; 5. 1MM-Jim Moughan; 6. 10S-Robbie Standridge; 7. 53H-Matt Harmes; 8. 65-Jordan Goldesberry; 9. 31-John Dines; 10. 79-Blake Nimee; 11. 35-Daren Granter. Heat #3 (10 Laps): 1. 5J-Jeremy Schultz; 2. 9. Paul Niemheiser; 3. 42-Corey Bruns; 4. 23-Russel Borland; 5. 41-Dennis Spitz; 6. 3-Matt Sutton; 7. 99-Jimmy Davies; 8. 44-A.J. Bruns; 9. 14-Kenny Hayes; 10. 4M-Cody Kinser. Heat #4 (10 Laps): 1. 5- Cory Bales; 2. 22T-Brett Tripplett; 3. 84-Ben Wagoner; 4. 1M-Phillip Mock; 5. 8A-Nick Alden; 6. 68-Dave Uttech; 7. 77-Chris Urish; 8. 43-Jereme Schroeder; 9. 12-Michael Decker; 10. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski. Qualifying: (Top 10): 1. 17B-Bill Balog; 10.475 Seconds(Record) 2. 12-Jerro Hull, 10.699; 3. 9-Paul Niemheiser, 10.765; 4. 1M-Phillip Mock, 10.767; 5. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 10.812; 6. 1MM-Jim Moughan, 10.835; 7. 44-A.J. Bruns, 10.878; 8. 77-Chris Urish, 10.878; 9. 38-Matt Vandervere, 10.880; 10. 02-Mike Reinke, 10.880

-Bob



Former Montreal Canadiens enforcer Chris “Knuckles”  Nilan was the keynote speaker at the 2nd annual Peoria Rivermen Alumni Association Face Off fundraiser Thursday evening at the Lariat Club. The Rivermen alumni are a not-for-profit organization that has raised more than $20,000 in the past three years in a goal to give back to the community. Headed up by former Rivermen defenseman Luke Gruden, the alumni provide scholarships to deserving high school hockey players, help former Peoria Rivermen players and assist with area youth hockey associations. Nilan, who played eight seasons in the NHL and was part of a Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens team, was an enforcer whose career and life was portrayed in the movie “The Last Gladiators.”

-Bob


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