November 2022

SOCCER SUPERSECTIONAL – Peoria Notre Dame’s Kayden Hudson (7) scores the game-winner on Marmion Academy goalkeeper Adam Ozsvath on a header late in their Class 2A soccer supersectional Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022 at Sterling High School in Sterling. The Irish will play in the 2A state semifinals at 1 p.m. Friday at Hoffmann Estates High School.
SOCCER SUPERSECTIONAL – Peoria Notre Dame’s Thatcher Hogan heads the ball over Marmion Academy’s Jordan Peinado in the first period of their Class 2A soccer supersectional Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022 at Sterling High School in Sterling. The Irish advanced to the state semifinals with a 1-0 victory.
SOCCER SUPER-SECTIONAL – Peoria Note Dame’s Kayden Hudson (7) celebrates with fans and teammates after PND’s 1-0 victory over Marmion Academy in the Class 2A soccer supersectionals Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022 at Sterling High School in Sterling. Hudson scored the game-winner on a header over the Marmion goalkeeper late in the match.
SOCCER SUPERSECTIONAL – Peoria Notre Dame goaltender Dillon Bare raises the Class 2A supersectional plaque Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022 as the Irish celebrate their 1-0 victory over Marmion Academy and a berth in the state semifinals this weekend at Hoffman Estates High School.

PEORIA VS. KANKAKEE – Kankakee’s Zyon Turner grabs Peoria High’s Eli McFadden by the jersey on a kickoff return in the first half of their Class 5A second-round playoff game Friday, Nov. 4, 2022 at Peoria Stadium. Peoria advanced with a 48-21 victory.
PEORIA VS. KANKAKEE – Peoria High’s Eli McFadden breaks up a pass intended for Kankakee’s Zyon Turner in the first half of their Class 5A second-round playoff game Friday, Nov. 4, 2022 at Peoria Stadium. Peoria advanced with a 48-21 victory.

KEITH URBAN – Country pop star Keith Urban and his band perform Friday, Nov. 4, 2022 at the Peoria Civic Center.
KEITH URBAN – Guitarist Nathan Barlowe, left, and Keith Urban sing together as they perform with drummer Terence Clark, background, on Urban’s latest world tour “The Speed of Now” on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022 at the Peoria Civic Center.

STATE CROSS-COUNTRY – A pack of runners make their way up the course during the Class 1A state girls cross-country race Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022 at Detweiller Park in Peoria.
STATE CROSS-COUNTRY – Washington freshman Sophia Ramirez, facing, shares a hug with sophomore Olivia Nordhielm after their Class 2A state girls cross-country race Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022 at Detweiller Park in Peoria. In the background is Olivia’s sister, senior Sophia Nordhielm. The Panthers finished third as a team, with Ramirez as the Panthers’ top finisher in 11th place. Olivia Nordhielm was 29th and Sophia Nordhielm was 75th.
STATE CROSS-COUNTRY – Rain pours down on the lead pack of runners in the Class 1A boys state cross-country meet Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022 at Detweiller Park in Peoria.
STATE CROSS-COUNTRY – Belvidere North players and coaches celebrate their second-place finish in the Class 2A boys state cross-country meet Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022 at Detweiller Park in Peoria.

BRADLEY VS. UW-PARKSIDE – Young Bradley fans hold their hands out for high-fives from Bradley players during introductions before the start of the Braves’ season opener Monday, Nov. 7, 2022 against UW-Parkside at Carver Arena.
BRADLEY VS. UW-PARKSIDE – Bradley’s Ja’Shon Henry, middle, knocks the ball away from UW-Parkside’s Rasheed Bello in the first half of the Braves’ season opener Monday, Nov. 7, 2022 at Carver Arena. The Braves defeated the Rangers 93-59.
BRADLEY VS. UW-PARKSIDE – Bradley’s Malevy Leons, right, makes a move under the basket past UW-Parkside’s Colin O’Rourke in the second half of the Braves’ season opener Monday, Nov. 7, 2022 at Carver Arena. The Braves defeated the Rangers 93-59.

LJ Presley, 2, occupies herself with a cellphone as her mom Megan votes Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022 at Five Points Washington in Washington.

KOE WETZEL – Country rock star Koe Wetzel brings his unique style of music to the Peoria Civic Center on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022 in Peoria.
KOE WETZEL – Guitarist Michael Odis Parrish of country rock musician Koe Wetzel’s band smokes a cigar while performing Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022 at the Peoria Civic Center.
KOE WETZEL – Guitarist Shyloh Powers performs with country rock musician Koe Wetzel on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022 at the Peoria Civic Center.
KOE WETZEL – Country musician Ben Burgess performs one of his “murder ballads” as one of the opening acts for Koe Wetzel on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022 at the Peoria Civic Center.
KOE WETZEL – Country musician Kolby Cooper, right, and guitarist Paul Oliger perform together during Cooper’s set Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022 at the Peoria Civic Center.

STATE VOLLEYBALL – IVC Grey Ghosts fans cheer on their team during their Class 2A volleyball state semifinal against Genoa-Kingston on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 at CEFCU Arena in Normal.
STATE VOLLEYBALL – IVC’s Kenna Wollard (14) tries to put the ball past Genoa-Kingston’s Kaitlin Rahn (6) and Alivia Keegan in the second set of their Class 2A volleyball state semifinal Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 at CEFCU Arena in Normal.
STATE VOLLEYBALL – IVC’s Lizzy Short (21) tries to block a shot from Genoa-Kingston’s Alayna Pierce during their Class 2A volleyball state semifinal Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 at CEFCU Arena in Normal.
STATE VOLLEYBALL – IVC’s Kenna Wollard, right, and Alexia Webb dive for a Genoa-Kingston spike in the first set of their Class 2A volleyball state semifinal Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 at CEFCU Arena in Normal.
STATE VOLLEYBALL – Young Springfield Lutheran fans Courtney Krohe, 10, at far right, and Averie Kirk, 11, cheer on the Crusaders as the battle Norris City in the Class 1A volleyball state semifinals Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 at CEFCU Arena in Normal.
STATE VOLLEYBALL – Springfield Lutheran’s Makenna Cox, right, spikes the ball over Norris City’s Hollan Everett, left, and Bree Vollman in the Class 1A volleyball state semifinals Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 at CEFCU Arena in Normal.
STATE VOLLEYBALL – Springfield Lutheran’s Makenna Cox (14), Anna Schleyhan (5), Madelyn Cox (12), and Hope Carroll celebrate their rally to win the first set over Norris City in the Class 1A volleyball state semifinals Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 at CEFCU Arena in Normal.
STATE VOLLEYBALL – Fans of the Tayloville Lady Tornadoes show their support during their Class 3A volleyball state semifinal against Nazareth Academy on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 at CEFCU Arena in Normal.
STATE VOLLEYBALL – Taylorville’s Robyn Odugbesan puts the ball over Nazareth Academy’s Emily Risley during their Class 3A volleyball state semifinal Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 at CEFCU Arena in Normal.
STATE VOLLEYBALL – Nazareth Academy’s Emily Risley (14) reacts to scoring a point against Taylorville during their Class 3A volleyball state semifinal Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 at CEFCU Arena in Normal.
STATE VOLLEYBALL – All eyes are on Taylorville’s Olivia Woodward as she bumps the ball on a Nazareth Academy serve late in the second set of their Class 3A volleyball state semifinal Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 at CEFCU Arena in Normal.
STATE VOLLEYBALL – Freeport Aquin head volleyball coach head coach Robyn Stovall and the Lady Bulldogs celebrate a point against Springfield Lutheran during the Class 1A volleyball state title match Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022 at CEFCU Arena in Normal.
STATE VOLLEYBALL – The Aquin Lady Bulldogs break into dance after the trophy presentation Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022 at CEFCU Arena. The Bulldogs defeated Springfield Lutheran for the Class 1A volleyball state title.
STATE VOLLEYBALL – 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.

STATE FOOTBALL QUARTERFINALS – The Pekin student section cheers on the Dragons as they battle the Lake Zurich Bears in the Class 7A football state quarterfinal on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022 in Pekin.
STATE FOOTBALL QUARTERFINALS – Pekin’s Cameron Hodgson (4) upends Lake Zurich’s Danny Vuckovic, blocking his punt in the first half of their Class 7A football state quarterfinal game Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022 in Pekin.
STATE FOOTBALL QUARTERFINALS – Pekin wide receiver Bo Benassi, left, and quarterback Luke Goss celebrate Benassi’s touchdown reception against Lake Zurich in the first half of their Class 7A football quarterfinal Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022 in Pekin.
STATE FOOTBALL QUARTERFINALS – Pekin senior lineman Dakota Taylor sits dejected on the bench after a two-point conversion against Lake Zurich failed in the final seconds of the Dragons’ Class 7A football state quarterfinal game Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022 in Pekin. The Dragons fell 29-27.
STATE FOOTBALL QUARTERFINALS – A pair of Pekin players console each other after the Dragons’ 29-27 loss to Lake Zurich in the Class 7A quarterfinals Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022 in Pekin.

BRADLEY VS. EASTERN MICHIGAN – Bradley’s Connor Hickman, right, knocks the ball away from Eastern Michigan’s Emoni Bates in the first half Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022 at the Peoria Civic Center. The Braves dismantled the Eagles 89-61.
BRADLEY VS. EASTERN MICHIGAN – Bradley’s Darius Hanna (35) blocks a shot by Eastern Michigan’s Jalin Billingsley in the first half Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022 at the Peoria Civic Center. The Braves took down the Eagles 89-61.
BRADLEY VS. EASTERN MICHIGAN – Bradley’s Malevy Leons (14) collides with Eastern Michigan’s Noah Farrakhan on a rebound in the first half Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022 at the Peoria Civic Center. The Braves beat the Eagles 89-61.

STATE CHAMPS – The state champion Peoria Notre Dame soccer team arrives at St. Mark Catholic Church atop a Peoria Fire Department ladder truck Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022 in Peoria. The team rode from school to school within the Diocese to celebrate their Class 2A state championship. The Irish defeated Chatham Glenwood 3-1 on Nov. 5 at Hoffman Estates High School for the title.
STATE CHAMPS – Students at St. Vincent hold signs for the Peoria Notre Dame soccer team as they visit schools throughout the Diocese atop a Peoria Fire Department ladder truck Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022 to celebrate their Class 2A state title.
STATE CHAMPS – A St. Thomas Catholic School student sports a cutout mask of Peoria Notre Dame soccer player Tommy Graham as students wait for a Peoria Fire Department ladder truck carrying the team for an appearance Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022 in Peoria. The team toured schools throughout the Peoria Diocese to celebrate their Class 2A soccer state championship.

Center Stage Academy of Dance has opened a second location at 316 S. Main Street in downtown Morton. However, village officials want to evict the academy because the location is not zoned for that type of business. The popular dance academy’s original location is at 117 West Jefferson Street.
Archaeologist Maria Meizis of the Illinois State Archaeological Survey uses a magnetic gradiometer to map a grid on a cornfield Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022 near Spring Bay. A group of archaeologists and volunteers are mapping and doing preliminary work on the future excavation of a large Native American village they believe existed there in the 1400s.

STATE FOOTBALL – Sacred Heart-Griffin’s Andrew McDowell (15) tries to block a pass to Providence Catholic’s Alex Gibson in the second half of the Class 4A football state title game Friday, Nov. 25, 2022 in Champaign. The pass fell incomplete.
STATE FOOTBALL – Sacred Heart-Griffin’s Madixx Morris, in pink gloves, celebrates a touchdown with his teammates late in the Class 4A football state title game against Providence Catholic on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022 in Champaign. SHG defeated Providence Catholic 44-20.
STATE FOOTBALL – Sacred Heart-Griffin’s Madixx Morris dives into Providence Catholic wide receiver Charlie Soltys during the Class 4A football state title game Friday, Nov. 25, 2022 in Champaign.
STATE FOOTBALL – Sacred Heart-Griffin players celebrate their Class 4A football state championship after their 44-20 win over Providence Catholic in the title game Friday, Nov. 25, 2022 in Champaign.
STATE FOOTBALL – Fans in the Sacred Heart-Griffin student section congratulate their players, including Luke Milbrandt (25), after their 44-20 victory over Providence Catholic in the Class 4A football state title game Friday, Nov. 25, 2022 in Champaign.
STATE FOOTBALL – IC Catholic’s Joey Gliatta (33) upends Williamsville’s Jackson Workman in the first half of their Class 3A football state title game Friday, Nov. 25, 2022 in Champaign.
STATE FOOTBALL – Williamsville’s Jackson Workman (21) tangles with IC Catholic’s Kaleb Ellis (3) and Joey Gliatta on a pass attempt in the first half of the Class 3A football state title game Friday, Nov. 25, 2022 in Champaign. The pass fell incomplete.
STATE FOOTBALL – Peoria High’s Malachi Washington celebrates one of his touchdowns in the second half of the Class 5A football state title game Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022 in Champaign. The Lions fell to Nazareth Academy 45-44.
STATE FOOTBALL – The Nazareth Academy defense swarms Peoria High running back Malachi Washington during the Class 5A football state title game Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022 in Champaign.
STATE FOOTBALL – Peoria High’s Landon Newby-Holesome, on the turf, and his teammates lament their one-point loss to Nazareth Academy in the Class 5A football state title game Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022 in Champaign. The Lions fell to the Roadrunners 45-44.
STATE FOOTBALL – Peoria High assistant coach Jeff Roper, middle, consoles seniors Malachi Washington (6) and Kenny Rutherford after the Lions’ 45-44 loss to Nazareth Academy in the Class 5A football state title game Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022 in Champaign.
STATE FOOTBALL – Peoria High’s Phil Ellis, far left, and his teammates try to deal with their 45-44 loss to Nazareth Academy in the Class 5A state football title game Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022 in Champaign.
STATE FOOTBALL – The Peoria High Lions try to huddle up after their 45-44 loss to Nazareth Academy in the Class 5A football state title game Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022 in Champaign.

BRADLEY VS. UNI – Bradley’s Duke Deen (21) celebrates one of his three-pointers against Northern Iowa late in the second half of the Braves’ Missouri Valley Conference opener Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022 at Carver Arena.
BRADLEY VS. UNI – Bradley’s Connor Hickman, left, and Northern Iowa’s Michael Duax battle for a loose ball in the second half of their Missouri Valley Conference basketball opener Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022 at Carver Arena. The Braves defeated the Panthers 68-53.
BRADLEY VS. UNI – The Bradley bench calls for a foul after Northern Iowa’s Tytan Anderson, in blue, collided with Bradley Derek Deen on a three-point attempt in the second half of their Missouri Valley Conference basketball opener Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022 at Carver Arena. The Braves defeated the Panthers 68-53.

STADIUM DEMOLITION – A Caterpillar Inc. excavator from Peoria-base N.E. Finch Co. demolishes the crumbling concrete visitors bleachers Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022 at Peoria Stadium in Peoria. Plans have been laid out to replace the seating in the spring, part of an $8 million renovation expected to be completed in 2024. The Peoria Stadium recreationg complex had humble beginnings in 1895 as a 1-mile oval track for horse racing. The Peoria School Board bought the facility in 1936 and converted it to a high school football stadium and track.
STADIUM DEMOLITION – Twisted aluminum bleachers lie in a pile after being removed from the visitors seating area Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022 at Peoria Stadium in Peoria. Peoria-based N.E. Finch Co. is demolishing the crumbling concrete and will salvage or recycle as much of the material as possible.
STADIUM DEMOLITION – A giant pile of concrete and aluminum bleachers grows on top of the visitors seating Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022 at Peoria Stadium in Peoria. Plans have been laid out to replace the seating in the spring. Much of the old concrete was crumbling and large sections had to be closed off to the public.
STADIUM DEMOLITION – A plaque attached to the front of the visitors bleachers at Peoria Stadium commemorates its construction in 1936 and 1937 by the Works Progress Administration, a federal program set up to supply paid jobs to the unemployed during the Great Depression that usually involved the construction of public infrastructure like bridges, parks, schools and roads.

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