Congratulations to Tri-County’s Luke Clapp, Week $5 Performer of the Week winner.
For his efforts against Arcola, Luke will be receiving a framed certificate for his efforts, and a check for $100 will be awarded to the Tri-County program for them to use for one of their school’s PE programs. Once again, we have a school winning for the first time.
Week #6 is underway as we speak. Send your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org by next Wednesday at 10 PM. Any varsity sport—VB, swimming, tennis, soccer, XC, golf, FB—boys or girls—inidvidual or team–can be nominated.
Stephen Bardo is pictured with St. Mary's Principal Richard Moorehouse (L) and Champion Fitness owner Jeff Schade (R). Bardo spoke to St. Mary's students.
Former NBA player, Illini standout from the 1989 Final Four team, and current ESPN analyst Stephen Bardo spoke to a pair of groups in Pontiac on September 28. After an intial performance at Pontiac High School in front of a crowd close to 1000, Bardo brought his message to St. Mary’s Grade School where he shared his ideas and thoughts with a group of around 225. Bardo, a longtime friend of Gary Brunner, former PTHS girls basketball coach, who was instrumental in getting the former Illini to come to Pontiac, advised his audiences to dream big, develop their own “road map” to success, and see themselves as a success by putting their own picture on an existing poster of an individual they would most likely want to emulate.
Champion Fitness Physical Therapy helped as well in sponsoring the St. Mary’s event.
The 2011 IESA Class A softball crown returns to Casey-Westfield for the first time since 1997 as the Lady Braves defeated Bourbonnais 12-6 in the title game for this year’s hardware.
The Lady Braves defeated Dwight 11-0 in five innings on Friday mornning to advance to the trophy round on Saturday. In the morning session, CW knocked off Bloomington Holy Trinity 9-3 to get to the title game.
In the championship game, the Lady Braves battled back from an early deficit to take the crown by a 12-6 score over Bourbonnais and finish the year with a 24-1 record.
“My 8th grade class stepped up huge this whole weekend,” said head coach Chey Howe. “(We picked it up) all around in batting and in the field which helped my 6th and 7th graders step up as well.
“I am a VERY proud coach and have been privileged to have coached a number of the 8th grade class this summer where they showed me the potential they had when they worked out the loser bracket to receive 2nd at State then finishing in the top 14 teams at the World Series; they deserved to add this to their list.
“They are just very well rounded athletes that know the game well… in certain situations on defense I didn’t even have to tell them to do little things as to get the lead runner or look the runner back.
Week #4 is now in the books, and CONGRATULATIONS go to Streator Woodland’s Cheyenne Meredith. Supporters of this volleyball player who has overcome a great deal in her life has earned a framed certificate for Cheyenne and $100 for Woodland’s PE department.
Over 31,00 votes cast and a record 647 votes from 25 states and Canada made this contest one of the best ever. Time to start for Week #5!!!! Email your entry to email@example.com by next Wednesday at 10 PM to become eligible for next week’s contest and a chance to earn your school $100.
Congratulations to Wes Young of the Ridgeview Mustangs, our Week #3 winner of the “Get Busy Living” Performer of the Week Contest. Wes will receive a framed certificate recognizing his achievement, while Ridgeview High School will receive a check for $100 for the PE department. This is Ridgeview’s first time as a winner, so congrats to them!
Time for Week #4…and time to nominate other performances in addition to football. Golf, volleyball, tennis, soccer, cross country, swimming, cheerleading, dance—-they are all eligible to be nominated. Send in your Week #4 nominees to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday night!
Here are the first two winners of our Fall 2011 “Get Busy Living” Performer of the Week contest. Your school could be just like theirs and win $100 for the PE department. E-mail your entry to mpeterson@ champfit.com
Week #1 Winner--Cumberland HS QB Kendal Butler (C) along with AD Roy Clapp and Champion's PT Cory Hanley, himself a Cumberland HS alum
Week #2 Winner Flanagan-Cornell-Woodland HS RB-LB Josh Long (R) with Head Coach and AD Ted O'Boyle
Congratulations to Josh Long of Flanagan-Cornell-Woodland HS. He wins Week #2 of the Performer of the Week contest. Josh will receive a framed certificate, and FCW will receive a check for $100 for its PE Department.
Nominees for Week #3 are now being accepted. Email email@example.com by next Wednesday at 10 PM to submit your entry. Finalists will be named On Thursday, September 15 at 8 AM.
Maybe we should have changed the name to “One More Play!”
With lightning flashing in the nearby sky, Orange QB Drew Peterson had one last play to try to bring his team back from a 30-28 deficit. As he looked downfield for one of his wide receivers from the White team’s 35 yardline, the protection broke down, and he was forced to scramble. He broke containment, headed down the east sideline, racing toward the endzone. At the ten yardline, he avoided a defender, but that juke allowed White team’s Michael Hert to close in. A collision…bodies grunted…a lunge…and a winning…saving tackle by Hert as Peterson landed on the one yard line!
Orange players wanted one more play to get in, but officials has already decided that the weather was too threatening, so with 5:24 left on the clock, the game was called….and Pontiac Mayor Bob Russell earned his third straight victory in the series, topping former head coach Mick Peterson’s Orange Team 30-28.
It was by far the best game in the five-years as the format was adjusted to fit the number of players involved. Fifty-yard field, eight on eight squads, more emphasis on offense resulted in easily the highest scoring game in history. Former Pontiac All-State quarterback Tommy Green hooked up for touchdown passes to former Indians Chad Nelson, Blake Stadel, and Paul Kelly, while Andy Lauber, Travis Miller, Peterson, and Chad Sibert scored for the Orange. The difference was a PAT scored by Stadel on the White’s last score.
Champion Fitness Physical Therapy owner Jeff Schade was ecstatic about the game, despite the fact that he once again came out on the short end of the scoring. “We had only 27 guys, we practiced and played through some tough heat and humidity; and everybody just played lights out!” he said after the game. “We have a format that we all like now, and we really can’t wait til next year to do it all over again.”
Proceeds from the event benefit the Champion Fitness Physical Therapy/Jill Bane Memorial Scholarship fund.
Here are the results of the Week 1 voting for the Performer of the Week!
Congratulations to Kendal Butler of Cumberland HS!!! His performance last week vs Flora and the support he received earned him a certificate of appreciation and his school a check for $100 for its PE department! Way to go!
You may begin nominating for Week #2. Just email your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday night! Finalists for Week #2 will be announced Thursday, September 8!