Category: Illinois

I called up my good friend and awesome photographer Ted Connolly Thursday night about meeting up to take some photo’s and catch up on old times in  Bath, IL population 350 for the 10th annual event. Well when I arrived around 9:00 a.m. the town had already tripled in size. Today was the start of the 10th annual Redneck Fishing Tournament on the backwaters of the Illinois River. The event was started by Betty DeFord, manager of the Boat Tavern. There were around 40 boats entered for 1st session. Each boat pays a $ 50.00 entry fee and is required to have a current 2014 fishing license. The men and women dress-up in various outfits and have fun while trying to eradicate the Asian Silver Carp. Hope that you like my snaps of the tournament and if you get the chance put it on your calendar for next year. Be sure to check out Ted’s awesome photo’s at http://tedconnolly.smugbug.com.

-Bob

Friday’s Class 4A state semifinal clash between Southwest Suburban Blue Conference rivals Orland Park Sandburg (24-15) and Lincoln-Way East (27-11) at EastSide Centre was dominated by Eagles senior pitcher Sarah Herold. She limited the Griffins to four hits in the 5-1 victory as Sandburg advances to the IHSA state title game Saturday against Gurnee Warren (28-9). Herold gave up four hits, struck out six and walked one, and also added three hits of her own. The only run was unearned in the fifth and came on an RBI single by Alana Selvaggio bringing home Nicole O’Donnell. Junior first baseman Katie Krzus led the Eagles with three hits including a two-run homer and 4 RBI’s.

-Bob

Some photo’s from Thursday nights inaugural event to raise money for a great cause.  Thanks to all of the vendors and sponsors who helped make this event a success. Funds From the Heart Foundation provides funding to individual families and/or businesses within communities that are in need of long-term disaster relief. The effects of disasters look different within each community. Our Mission is to raise funds that will be used to meet needs in the rebuilding of communities affected by disaster, both domestic and international. By working with city officials, business owners, and locals within each affected area, we assess each situation to see how we can best help.

-Bob

Top ranked Manteno High School beat the East Peoria Red Raiders 4-2 in the IHSA Class 3A Supersectional at Illinois State University Monday evening. The Red Raiders (32-5) led 2-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth, that’s when the Panthers (38-1) struck for three runs off three hits and two East Peoria errors. Manteno senior pitcher Brooke Stulga and Western Illinois University recruit retired the final 14 EP batters. She tossed a three hitter, walked none and struck out three. Junior third baseman Taylor Kellum provided all of the Raiders offense with a two-run homer in the top of the first inning. Manteno faces Sterling High School at Eastside Centre in the State semifinals at 12:30 p.m. Friday afternoon.

-Bob

The Rock Island Alleman softball team late rally stuns Monticello 7-5 in the Illinois High School Class 2A state semifinal game Friday afternoon at EastSide Centre. The Pioneers advance to state title game against Teutopolis Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Rock Island Alleman (31-6) scored 4 runs in the bottom of the fifth inning on the strength of senior Mackenzie Sanchez‘s grand slam off of Monticello Sages (30-5) senior Chrissy Gadbury.

-Bob

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