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

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

On Sunday I packed up my camera gear and headed south to Lewistown, Il to meet up with master photographer Ted Connolly to take in the Carson & Barnes circus. It was a fantastic two hour performance featuring acrobats, animals and  athleticism by all of the performers. Here are few of my photo’s from the day.

-Bob


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