September, 2013 Archives

Just when it appeared Bradley was going to hold one of the nation’s top scoring teams scoreless in regulation for the first time this season, #6 Cal State Northridge (8-1-0) headed home the game-winner with just 1:02 remaining for a 1-0 road victory against the Braves (4-3-1) Saturday night at Shea Stadium. Bradley outshot the Matadors 20-15 on the night and had the better chances in the second half with a 10-5 advantage, but the Braves could not find the back of the net. The best chance came in the 67th minute when Tyler Davis ripped a shot from outside the penalty area that was deflected to a wide open Grant Bell on the right side of the area. Bell had a 1-v-1 opportunity versus Northridge keeper Adam Hobbs, who came through with one of his four saves on the night to preserve the shutout. The Matadors made Bradley pay for its missed opportunities in the 89th minute when Yarden Azulay sprang Beto Velasquez for a run down the right flank.  Velasquez carried the ball to the end line and sent a left-footed service to the front of the goal, where Tanner Snedigar leaned in over a Bradley defender to nod home the winner at 88:58.

-Bob


The Fightin’ Titans opened its home football season with a 14-7 nonconference win over Hope College before a “Family Day” crowd of 2,600 on Saturday, at Tucci Stadium. Illinois Wesleyan improved to 3-0 and will open College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin play next Saturday at Millikin. Hope lost for the first time this season and is 3-1. All the scoring was in the first half. The Flying Dutchmen opened the scoring with 05:17 to go in the first quarter when Shawn Jackson rushed in from 24 yards out. Evan Finch added the kick to put the Dutch ahead, 7-0. The Titans answered with a touchdown pass from senior Rob Gallik to sophomore Artie Checchin with 1:45 to play in the first quarter, ending a nine-play, 71-yard drive that took 3:24. Sophomore Michael Kelley‘s kick tied the score at 7-7. The final TD of the game came with 10:36 to go in the second quarter when Gallik found senior Taylor Dee on a 5 yard pass to end a 72 yard, six-play drive that consumed 2:43. Gallik completed 22 of 38 passes for 227 yards and two TDs, hitting senior Alex Garvey for eight balls and 105 yards. Checchin made four grabs for 18 yards and senior Tate Musselman had three grabs with 41 yards. Senior T.J. Stinde had 129 yards on 17 carries with a long of 49 yards and Devonte Jones rushed for 16 yards on 11 carries.

-Bob

I was once again privileged to be asked to photograph the 12th Annual Lyle Finch Memorial Claybird Classic at the Oak Ridge Sportsman’s Club in Mackinaw, IL. 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. Thanks to all of the shooter’s who help raise $285,000 at the event. The proceeds from the days event helps benefit the children of Easter Seals. A number of the kids and President and CEO Steve Thompson wanted to express there love of Easter Seals and say thank you for supporting them on this special day.

-Bob


Limestone (11-2-1) battled the Washington Panthers on Tuesday night in Bartonville to a three set victory 20-25, 26-24, 25-22 to remain undefeated in the Mid-Illini Conference. The Rockets and Metamora are both 5-0. Limestone, which had beaten the Panthers 17 days ago in three sets, led 21-16 thanks to a kill from Heather Robinson (14 kills, 14 assists, two blocks). Washington (13-6, 4-1) responded with a 4-0 run, cutting the match to 21-20. In that stretch, the Panthers got points from Zoe Wetherell (block), Michelle Escue (ace), a hitting error and a block by Jessica Learned (11 kills, four blocks). Sophomore Bailee Dunne (25 digs) served three of her match-high seven aces in a five-point run. Senior Marissa Boyer with 19 assists were a match-high for Limestone. McKenna Weaver added 16 digs for the Rockets while Washington got 17 digs from sophomore outside hitter Hannah Heinz.

-Bob


The Bradley University Volleyball team will hosted a free youth clinic following Sunday’s Missouri Valley Conference game against Drake at Renaissance Coliseum. Prior to the game the Braves Fun Zone featured a face painting for all children (ages 5-14) in attendance.  The post-game clinic was an hour long and featured various skill instruction from third-year Bradley head coach Jenny Maurer and her team for all the boys and girls in attendance. Hope you enjoy some of my photo’s of the kids having fun from the instructional clinic. Click here to view more photo’s.

-Bob


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