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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

The Peoria Manual Rams won its season opener, using 16 points from senior Javon Lee and 12 points from sophomore Devonte Keeton to defeat the Marquette Catholic Blazers from Michigan City (Ind.) , 54-42, in the third and final game of the Team Works National Classic portion of the Tournament of Champions Wednesday in Washington, IL. “They’re a team we knew could shoot the ball and we did a good job defending,” Manual coach Derrick Booth said. “We’re glad to get that first game under our belt.”

-Bob


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 9th annual event. Well when I arrived around 11:00a.m. the town had already tripled in size. Today was the start of the 9th 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 2013 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

LA CROSSE, Wis. — For some reason, said Brandon Palaniuk, he felt the bass were going to bite for him Thursday, the kickoff of the Diet Mountain Dew Mississippi River Rumble presented by Power-Pole. Palaniuk, the first of 99 Bassmaster Elite Series pros to come to the scales, had just weighed what later proved to be the largest bag of the day: 18 pounds, 4 ounces. But the magic happened for Palaniuk, who at 25 already has a 2012 Elite win on his record as well as the 2010 B.A.S.S. Nation Championship title. He secured a 2-pound, 4-ounce lead over Kevin Hawk of Guntersville, Ala., in second place with 16-0. Third place was taken by John Crews of Salem, Va., with 15-7. In fourth place was Clifford Pirch of Payson, Ariz., with 14-11. Rounding out the Top 5 was the 2012 Bassmaster Rookie of the Year, Brandon Card of Caryville, Tenn. Card had 14-9.

-Bob

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Freshman LHP Brent Stong gave Bradley 7.0 strong innings and senior LF Mike Tauchman was 2-for-4 with a double, run scored and RBI, but Evansville (23-33) staved off elimination in the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Championship when Kevin Kaczmarski launched a 3-run, walk-off home run, lifting the Purple Aces to a 4-3 win in Wednesday’s second round at Duffy Bass Field. The loss ends the Braves season at 17-32 and Tauchman, the Joe Carter MVC Player of the Year, will have to wait and see if his school-record .425 season batting average stands up as the nation’s best through the remainder of the postseason. Stong limited Evansville to one run on four hits in his longest outing of the season, 7.0 innings, then gave way to fellow freshman Elliot Ashbeck to start the eighth. Ashbeck (0-2) worked a perfect eighth, but ran into trouble with one out in the ninth. After surrendering a single to No. 8 hitter, shortstop Shain Showers, Ashbeck walked No. 9 hitter Andy Lasher before Kaczmarski lined his game-winning blast over the right-field wall.

-Bob

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