Category: Sports

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

Senior guard Walt Lemon Jr.flirted with a double-double in a balanced showing by the Bradley men’s basketball team during the annual Red-White Scrimmage Friday night at Renaissance Coliseum. Lemon shared game-high scoring honors with 12 points, while adding nine assists, three steals and three rebounds in the full 24 minutes of action, all for the White team. Senior forward Tyshon Pickett also scored 12 points and grabbed four rebounds, also playing exclusively for the White squad. Sophomore guard Omari Grier added 11 points and freshman guard Jordan Swopshire 10 to complete the double-digit scoring, while sophomore guard Ka’Darryl Bell finished with nine points in his public return to the court following last year’s late-season shoulder surgery. After losing each of the first two 8-minute periods by a combined 35-26 score, Lemon sparked the White team to a strong finish by outscoring the Red 19-4 in the final period for a final 45-39 score. Lemon, Pickett, fellow senior Jordan Prosser and Auston Barnes played the entire scrimmage in White, while Mason AlwanDarrion HarrisMike Shaw and Nate Wells played exclusively for Red.Chris Blake, Grier, Swopshire and Stefan Zecevic saw action on both sides, while sophomore point guard Anthony Fields did not play due to an ankle injury.

-Bob


Jerrod Hull (#12) from Sikeston, MO. edged Don Droud Jr. (#71) by four hundredths of a second to win Saturday’s 28th Annual Tom Knowles Memorial at Spoon River Speedway. It was the second year in a row that the defending MOWA champion and current point leader has won the event. Hull led at the outset from the pole position he earned by winning the Dash from row three. Geoff Dodge (#66) settled into second ahead of Droud. By the halfway mark, the leaders were in heavy traffic and Dodge closed on Hull. On lap 16, the lapped machine of Bret Tripplett slowed and Hull made heavy contact with him causing nose wing damage. Dodge made contact as well, as Droud avoided the incident. All would continue on a restart that saw Hull ahead of Dodge, Droud, AJ Bruns (#44) and Ben Wagoner (#84).

MOWA Sprint Series Main Event - 25 laps: 1. 12, Jerrod Hull, Sikeston, MO (1) 2. 71, Don Droud Jr., Lincoln, NE (6) 3. 66, Geoff Dodge, Colorado Springs, CO (2) 4. 65, Jordan Goldesberry, Springfield, IL (13) 5. 22, Robbie Standridge, Springfield, IL (9) 6. 99w, Korey Weyant, Springfield, IL (10) 7. 3Y, Scott Young, Union Grove, WI (12) 8. 44, AJ Bruns, Athens, IL (8) 9. 23, Jimmy Light, West Springfield, PA (19) 10. 10s, Jeremy Standridge, Springfield, IL (7) 11. 84, Ben Wagoner, Emden, IL (4) 12. 35, Jimmy Hurley, Springfield, IL (15) 13. 7, Critter Malone, Speedway, IN (5) 14. 77u, Chris Urish, Elkhart, IL (18) 15. 53H, Matt Harms, Lacon, IL (3) 16. 2K, Ryan Kempin, House Springs, MO (11) 17. 96, Nathan Charron, Lincoln, IL (14) 18. 9, Paul Nienhiser, Chapin, IL (17) 19. 22T, Bret Tripplett, Lincoln, IL (16) 20. 6R, Ryan Bunton, Morton, IL (20). Lap Leaders: Hull 1-25.

Brad Kuhn (#57) of Avon, Ind., found a fast outside line and drove to victory, the 21st of his career in the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series. Kuhn started fourth in the 30-lap feature on the three-eighths mile high-banked track and led the final 17 for his second POWRi win of the season. He finished three car lengths in front of Zach DaumDavey Ray finished third, Tyler Robbins was fourth and local favorite Jake Blackhurst finished fifth. Evan Fink from Glasford, IL (#1F) dominated and won the late model feature.

-Bob

I went down to O’Brien Field to photograph the next to last home game of the season of the Peoria Chiefs. Looking to shoot some behind the scenes stuff of the crowd rather than the game, after nearly six months of shooting baseball over the summer. Hope you enjoy the snapshots as I get ready for fall season.

-Bob

The newest head coach in Bradley University women’s basketball history already has helped the program make history. Michael Brooks a member of the Braves’ staff for the program’s first two postseason tournament appearances, has been named Bradley’s eighth women’s basketball head coach, according to an announcement Friday afternoon by Director of Athletics Dr. Michael Cross. “The fact that Michael Brooks has been involved in the first two postseason appearances in Bradley women’s basketball history is no accident,” said Cross.  “He has strong knowledge of the game, is an excellent judge of talent, is a strong communicator and has the respect of his student-athletes.  He is a caring individual who is committed to upholding the mission and values of the Department of Athletics.  I’m looking forward to working with him to build upon our recent success to even greater heights.” A native of Omaha, Neb., Brooks is married to the former Andi Sutherland, who was an assistant coach with the Braves during the 2004-05 season and served as the Director of Basketball Operations in 2003-04.  The couple has a four-year old daughter: Britain.

-Bob

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