Best of 2022: Sports

My top ten favorite sports photos of 2022. Not necessarily the best photos and certainly not the best action shots, but each is a singular moment that I think captures some of the spirit and spectacle of competition that makes sports so vital and necessary. Why do we compete? This is why.

Here are my top ten favorite news photos of 2022: https://www.mattdayhoff.com/best-of-2022-news/ and here’s a larger gallery of favorites on pjstar.com: Matt Dayhoff: Favorite photos of 2022

The Bradley bench tries to help an official with an out-of-bounds call in the first half Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022 at Carver Arena in Peoria. The Braves routed the Beacons 79-55 in the regular-season finale.
Peoria’s Jamere Fuller (55) and his teammates run through mist created by fire extinguishers as they take the field against Manual on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022 at Peoria Stadium.
Freeport Aquin senior Hanna Pizzolato cries tears of joy as she hugs her teammates after their victory over Springfield Lutheran for the Class 1A volleyball state title match Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022 at CEFCU Arena in Normal.
Steamboat Hall of Fame inductee Dan Gray sticks out his tongue playfully at well-wishers near the finish line of the 2022 Steamboat Classic 15K race Saturday, June 18, 2022 in downtown Peoria. Close on his heels is RC Outfitters owner and longtime Peoria running advocate Adam White.
Peoria High’s Malachi Washington celebrates a touchdown against Decatur MacArthur in the first half of their Class 5A first-round playoff game Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022 at Peoria Stadium. The Lions advanced with a 62-14 victory.
The Illini Bluffs Tigers mob teammate Lilly Hicks (6) after her walk-off RBI in the ninth inning gave the team a 1-0 victory over Casey-Westfield in the Class 1A state softball title game Saturday, June 4, 2022 at the Louisville Slugger complex in Peoria.
Peoria’s JM Piotrowski leaps onto teammate Brandon Rumble after his tie-breaking goal gave the Rivermen a 2-1 lead over the Quad City Storm in the third period of their SPHL semifinal Saturday, April 23, 2022 at Carver Arena in Peoria.
Tuscola’s Lia Patterson, facing, hugs teammate Alyssa Williams after the pair finished second and first respectively in the 200-meter dash during the Class 1A State Track and Field Championships on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at Eastern Illinois University. The victory all but sealed Tuscola’s overall team victory.
Pekin Community High School football players work on their tackling skills on the official opening day of high school football practice Monday, Aug. 8, 2022 across central Illinois.
Peoria Rivermen defenseman Dale Deon plants a kiss on head coach Jean-Guy Trudel’s face as the team exits the Peoria Fire Department ladder truck they rode on in a parade Friday, May 6, 2022 through downtown Peoria. The team joined hundreds of fans for a celebration of their Southern Professional Hockey League championship at the Peoria Civic Center.

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