Rockets advance in three events at state track

Unity's Ashlyn Denney hands off the baton to teammate Arianna Pruitt-LeFairve while competing in the 4x400 Relay at the Illinois High School Association Track & Field State Finals. The Rockets' time of 4:10.38 qualified the squad for the Class 2A finals in Charleston on Saturday. Unity will have an entry in two other events, including the 4x800 Meter Relay and Kayla Nelson in the 200-Meter Dash. See more Unity Rocket photos from state.
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Urbana finishes 5th in relay prelims, squad gets a shot at the state title

May 20, 2022 - Charleston, Illinois - Tiarra Townsend-Cooper takes the baton from teammate Syniyah Quenga during their heat in the 4x200 Meter Relay at the IHSA Girls Track & Field Finals preliminaries. The Tigers' relay squad finished 5th overall in the prelims with a time of 1:44.97 and advance to Saturday's finals. Quenga, a freshman, will also represent Urbana in the 200-Meter Dash finals. See more photos from the girls' state track meet.
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SJO basketball coaches earn IBCA accolades

Coach Kiel Duval goes over the Spartans' game plan during their home game against Cissna Park last November. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks. Normal -- SJO basketball head coaches Drew Arteaga and Kiel Duval will be recognized as coaches of the year at the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association annual luncheon today at Redbird Arena. The two St. Joseph-Ogden award winners are among a class of 185 Illinois basketball coaches selected this season.

How much are life and freedom worth?

Most of us have wondered about life beyond the grave. Many today are in search of life before the grave. Given what many people traditionally believe about heaven, eternity and life beyond, it would certainly seem very valuable to think about a life beyond. However, what about life here?. The...

With Arms Open Wide benefit concert at the Rose Bowl

The Slavic Reference Service at the University of Illinois will be hosting a benefit concert on Saturday at the Rose Bowl Tavern in downtown Urbana. Starting at 1pm, the concert will feature local bands from a wide range of styles and genres for three and a half hours. Admission is free.

Guest Commentary: Your past plays a part of where you are today

Carrying baggage is exhausting. When traveling we often pack more than we need. When making a trip it’s always easier to travel light. Life is a trip. The longer we live the more we seem to pack and try to carry. Our mind has so many shelves, drawers and spaces for luggage of all shapes and sizes. We have this giant closet inside our brains that we fill up throughout life.

SJO baseball streak continues with win over Pontiac

St. Joseph -- Taylor Voorhees is tagged out on a play at second base by a Pontiac player in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Spartans secure their 17th win of the season after defeating the Indians in the Illini Prairie Conference game 7-1 at Meier Field on Thursday. See more photos from this game.

Late surge pushes SJO past Chargers in road game

St. Joseph-Ogden's Avian Gerdes dives back to first base to avoid a pick-off attempt during SJO's road game against Centennial. After light rain during the early innings and three runs across the final four of the ballgame, the Spartans pulled out a 4-1 win over the host Chargers. Gerdes made it back to the bag avoiding the tag and later left on base during his pinch-run appearance. See more photos from this game.

For night owls the pandemic may have improved sleep habits

Many so-called night people feel that, when it comes to society’s expectations about when the workday should start, they drew the short straw. Research shows that “night owls” are hard-wired to sleep later, yet 9-to-5 work schedules force them to battle their physiology and wake up early. Research also has shown that conventional timetables leave them vulnerable to physical and mental health issues.

The Sentinel 2021-22 Boys All-Area Basketball Team

Andrew Beyers goes for a layup between Rantoul seniors Angel Soto and Avontay Anderson (left) during second half action. Beyers, named to this year's Sentinel All-Area basketball team, and the St. Joseph-Ogden basketball team rolled over the visiting Eagles in their Illini Prairie conference game back on February 8, 74-54. Sentinel All-Area First Team.

SJO wins non-conference meeting against the Chargers

CHAMPAIGN -- Spartans' Luke Landrus tags out a Centennial baserunner on a run-down in the bottom of the sixth inning. Up 3-1, St. Joseph-Ogden tacked on one more run in the top of the seventh to beat the Chargers 4-1 on the road Friday afternoon. Landrus made it to the first on both trips to the plate for SJO and scored once in the non-conference contest that went the distance. The Spartans improved to 14-2 (4-1, Illlini Prairie) on the season. See more photos from this game.

Urbana Park District summer theater auditions April 22-23

URBANA -- Tryouts for the Urbana Park District's summer theater program will be April 22-23. This year's musical production of Newsies, will be performed at Parkland College for four days starting on July 21. Performers between the ages of 6 and 20 are welcome to sign up for auditions. Youth...

Guest Commentary: We need to control our tongues

In a civil, polite society we shouldn’t run around slapping comedians, politicians, radio or television personalities, or musical performers. The list goes on and includes everyone. Will Smith’s stunt of slapping comedian Chri Rock at the 2022 Oscars was a bad idea. It was only by the grace of God and mainly the grace of Chris Rock that Smith was not arrested or sued. Before this is all over, Rock could still take him to court. At this point in time, it doesn’t seem likely.

Prep Sports Notebook: Brazelton hurls 2-hit shutout

ST. JOSEPH -- Hayden Brazelton pitched a complete game shutout earning the win in St. Joseph-Ogden's 15-0 win over visiting Lisle on Saturday. The senior ace allowed two hits and no runs over four innings. In addition to striking out 11 Lions, he scored three times for the Spartans. Tyler...

No foolin', Ochs picks up first win of the season

St. Joseph-Ogden pitcher Caleb Ochs unloads a pitch during St. Joseph-Ogden's home baseball game against St. Thomas More. Ochs recorded 38 strikes out of the 57 pitches he tossed in his five innings on the bump on April 1 to earn his first win of the season. The Spartan blanked the Sabers on a chilly Friday afternoon in the conference matchup, 9-0. See more photos from this game.

Good for the heart, golfers have a significantly lower death rate

DALLAS -— While golfing was once known as the game of kings, the American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, says you don’t have to be royalty or a professional player to reap health benefits from hitting the links at your local golf course. Research presented at the Association’s International Stroke Conference in 2020 found that regularly golfing – at least once per month – lowered the risk of death, especially among older adults.