August, 2014 Archives

UNLV won the 2014 Hotels at Grand Prairie Classic on the shoulders of a historic effort by forward Salvador Bernal, who registered three goals and an assist in a 4-3 win against host Bradley (1-1-0) Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. Bernals’s heroics came after Bradley stormed to a 2-0 lead 19 minutes into the game and the Braves opened the door to the rally by surrendering two penalty kicks. Bernal’s first goal came in the run of play, pulling the Rebels to within 2-1 by popping Kevin Partida‘s counter attack flank service off the right post and into the net at 34:20. He converted his first penalty kick attempt at 41:19 to forge a 2-2 halftime tie. The Braves grabbed the early lead when forward Christian Okeke worked the right flank, before feeding Cody Lofgren in a dangerous area. Lofgren’s blast deflected back to the top of the penalty area, where Andrew Brown collected the ball and curled in a shot over UNLV keeper Ryan Harding just 6:31 into the game.

All-Tournament Team
UNLV: Salvador Bernal (MVP), Connor Coletti, Kyle Mellies, Irvin Somera
Western Illinois: Armel Kouassi, Ben Fiddes, Yves Dietrich
Bradley: Andrew BrownChristian Okeke
San Jose State: Kyle O’Mahoney, Johnathan Colunga

-Bob


The Bradley University volleyball team hosted a intra-squad scrimmage Saturday afternoon at the Renaissance Coliseum. The Braves enter the 2014 season under the leadership of head coach Jenny Maurer in her fourth year. Maurer’s team returns 10 letterwinners, including four starters, from last year’s squad which had the most wins (13) and highest Missouri Valley Conference win total (7) at Bradley since 2005.  After tying for sixth in the Valley standings last year, the Braves feature a young, but experienced roster in 2014. Madison Kamp (Orland Park, Ill./Chicago Christian) is the lone senior on the team, marking the first time since 2004 that Bradley has less than two seniors.  Kamp, who averaged 1.83 kills per set over the final six matches of the 2013 season, earned MVC All-Tournament honors after tallying 10 kills and four blocks against Southern Illinois in Bradley’s first MVC Tournament contest since 2005. Junior Jessie Tulacka (Westmont, Ill./Downers Grove North) is the top returning attacker for the Braves, after she averaged 2.31 kills per set as a sophomore and is the team’s active career kills leader.  She helps headline a group of five juniors. Sophomore Melissa Hoerber (Fulton, Mo./Fulton) was second in the Valley in aces per set and was the first freshman to lead the team in aces since 2009. The Braves welcome three freshmen to the roster Jamie Livaudais, Afton Sobasky and Taylor Thiele

-Bob

Bradley University refused to let its record crowd go home disappointed, rallying for a 2-2 draw against the defending national champion and preseason No. 1 team, Notre Dame, in front of 3,099 fans Tuesday night at Shea StadiumJust when it seemed the visiting Irish took the life out of the crowd with a go-ahead goal in the 79th minute, the Braves netted its second equalizer of the night on Christian Okeke‘s toe poke inside the right post at 84:09. The fifth annual Danny Dahlquist Memorial Game was billed as the “Battle of Champions” and the exhibition lived up to the hype, despite its exhibition status.  While Notre Dame is the defending national champion, Bradley is the defending Missouri Valley Conference Tournament champion. As a preseason exhibition, and after the two teams also played a reserve game earlier in the evening, no overtime was played Tuesday.  Notre Dame earned a 1-0 victory in the 60-minute reserve game on the strength of Jon Gallagher‘s 52nd-minute goal.

-Bob






















The Peoria Chiefs yielded seven runs in the third inning in an 11-3 loss to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on Saturday night before 6,111 fans. The Chiefs record is 24-24 in the second half and 61-56 overall. Wisconsin got on the board first with seven runs in the third inning against Arturo Reyes. Johnny Davis led off with a bunt single and Chris McFarland followed with a double that Vaughn Bryan misplayed to allow Davis to score. Michael Ratterree walked before Reyes got the first out. Clint Coulter was the next hitter and he crushed his 18th home run to left field to open up a 4-0 Timber Rattlers lead. Taylor Brennan walked in front of consecutive singles by Dustin DeMuth and Steven Halcomb to load the bases. Jose Pena doubled off the wall in left to score two runs and Steve Sabatino relieved Reyes. Sabatino’s first batter was Davis, who hit a sacrifice fly to left to end the scoring in the inning at 7-0 Wisconsin. The Chiefs lost at home on a Saturday for the first time this season and their record is 8-1. The five-game series concludes Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

-Bob

I spent the afternoon visiting and photographing some of the instructors and children at former Bradley University and NBA star Mitchell J.J. Anderson‘s all-star basketball camp. Mitchell has given back to the community by holding a free week long basketball camp for underprivileged boys and girls ages 8 thru 14 since 1997. The camp has numerous coaches and volunteers that make this a huge success. Mitchell brings in several speakers for the kids during the week, and OSF Medical Center nurses gave all of the campers health physicals and eye screenings free of charge. They also learn about the importance of education, hygiene, and good nutrition

-Bob

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