Category: Peoria

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

A scoreless game was finally broken in the sixth inning when Ronald Castillo flipped a single into shallow centerfield to score Mason Katz from second base with two outs, as the Peoria Chiefs won the home opener at Dozer Park 1-0 over the Dayton Dragons on Tuesday night. With the win it moves the Chiefs to 3-2 on the young season with five games left in the home stand. The Chiefs finally broke through in the sixth. Junior Morillo, who started on the mound for Dayton, came out of the game with an apparent injury prior to a full count pitch to Katz, and was replaced by Daniel Wright. After throwing ball four, Wright balked Katz to second, and Carson Kelly flew out deep to left for out number two. Castillo blooped a single to center, and Katz scampered home with the game’s only run. This was Peoria’s first 1-0 home opener win, since 1998 against Burlington. RHP Arturo Reyes (1-0, 9.00) will make the start for Peoria while Dayton will start RHP Nick Travieso (0-0, 3.00) at 6:30 pm Wednesday.

-Bob

A few images from the weekend’s  Original March Madness and host of the IHSA Class 3A & 4A boys State basketball finals held at Carver Arena in Peoria, IL. Congratulations to Class 3A champions Chicago Morgan Park High School (24-6) led by Josh Cunningham (13 pts.), Lamont Walker and Charlie Moore with 12 points each, defeated the Lincoln Railers (34-3) 59-49 led by junior sharpshooter Gavin Block. In the Class 4A  championship game Whitney Young (28-5) held on to beat a tough opponent from Lisle Benet Academy (25-8) 46-44. The game had several high profile athletes. The Dolphins had three Division one college players on the floor, Jahlil Okafor, Paul White and Miles Reynolds. The Redwings  were led by Sean O’Mara and Collin Pellettieri.

-Bob

Peoria, Illinois’ native son and NBA star point guard Shaun Livingston of the Brooklyn Nets to raise money for his Foundation and Peoria Area Elite Basketball Saturday night at the Packard Plaza. The 2004 Journal Star Large School Boys Basketball Player of the Year from Peoria High graciously spent time shaking hands and talking to the overflow crowd. Shaun won back-to-back Class AA IHSA state championships and was the 4th pick in the NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers.  Shaun teamed up with department store Target and donated $6,500 worth of gift cards to Washington families affected by the November tornado. “This is really a great way for me to come back and give back to the kids” Livingston said. “I just want to be able to inspire our youth and to set a good example” Here are few images from the event. Click here to view more images that are available to purchase.

-Bob



Freshman Tyler Davis scored his first career goal 4:44 into the first overtime period, lifting Bradley (2-0-0) to its first-ever championship in the fifth annual The Hotels at Grand Prairie Classic with a 1-0, overtime victory against Massachusetts (0-1-1) Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. Sophomore midfielder Andrew Brown triggered the scoring play with a throw from the far flank. Senior forward Wojciech Wojcik flicked the throw into the 6-yard box, where freshman forward Christian Okeke took possession and managed to get turned for a shot that bounced off a defender. The ball fell to Davis, who kept his shot low through traffic and just beyond Minutemen goal keeper Nick Ruiz reach. Wojcik, who also scored Bradley’s game-winner in Friday’s 1-0 win against University of New Hampshire, was named The Hotels at Grand Prairie Classic Most Valuable Player. He was joined on the all-tournament team by Braves goalkeeper Brian Billings and back Jason Coon and Johnny Contreras, a trio that spearheaded 185 minutes of scoreless defense on the weekend.

-Bob



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