Friday, December 20, 2019

Flashback Friday: Spartans drop close one at home

Roth Vowels rubs the head of teammate Blake Hoveln
St. Joseph-Ogden's Roth Vowels rubs the head of teammate Blake Hoveln after a big play during their Sangamon Valley Conference basketball game against Momence back on December 11 in 2009. The Redskins pulled out a 59-56 victory in an exciting 32-minute matchup. Vowels scored a team-high 20 points in the contest. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)
Blake Hoveln puts up a shot up for SJO while Redskins' Jose Andrade goes up next to him to block the shot. See more photos from this week's Flashback Friday feature here. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


SJO Dance Team
SJO Dance Team Member strike a pose in the routine finale during their halftime performance. Follow this link to see more photos of St. Joseph-Ogden Dance Team from the PhotoNews. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Spartans' Will Firkins (right) gives teammate Shane Canfield a hug after sinking a basket and drawing a foul on the play. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)
Spartans' Jared Orcutt looks for an open teammate to pass the ball in his team's home game against Momence. See more St. Joseph-Ogden sport photos in the PhotoNews Media Archive. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)



Tuesday, December 17, 2019

SJO youth wrestlers win medals

Thirteen youth wrestlers from the SJO Youth Wrestling Club medaled at the 2nd Annual RWC Tournament Meet in the Middle on Sunday. The SJO Club finished 11th in the team standings out of 30 participating teams that competed at Southeast High School in Springfield.

Five young wrestlers placed in the Tots division, which is for kids ages 5 and under.

Tyson Jones was the team's only 1st finisher on the day after winning gold in his Tots division. Liam Butts placed 2nd while Will Gallo and Jack Stephenson brought home third place medal. Dean Schiff also medaled, placing fourth in the division.

In the Bantam division, Cooper Graham and Lima Powell finished 4th.

Adam Bello took 2nd and DaKarai Hill finished in 3rd place in the Intermediate division.

The club had four medalist in the senior division. Garrett Denhart and Quincy Jones had second place finishes and Landen Butts won bronze. Beau Hauersperger took a 4th medal in the division.

Senior wrestlers are ages 12-14.

Hamilton, Behrens lead SJO's girls hoops in bounce back

After dropping Saturday's home game to visiting Morton on Saturday, the St. Joseph-Ogden girls team got back on track posting a 58-47 win over visiting Paxton-Buckley-Loda last night.

Dropping six points in the third quarter, Atleigh Hamilton shared team-high scoring honors with Abby Behrens with 12 points each against the Panthers.

The Spartans also received another strong performance from a pair of sophomores. Ella Armstrong and three-sport athlete Ashley Lannert also finished with double figures with 11 points apiece.

Armstrong and Behrens, also a sophomore, capitalized on each and every trip the free throw line. Combined, the sophomores duet finished 5-for-5.

The Spartans took an early advantage in their final home contest for 2019 going up 14-5 after the first quarter. SJO kept their foot on the gas scoring double digits the last three periods to win the non-conference contest.

Mackenzie Bruns led the Paxton-Buckley-Loda scoring effort with a game-high 15 points, all tallied in the first three quarters of the game. Teammate Kirra Lantz added another 10 points to the losing cause while junior Baylee Cosgrove booked another eight points.

The Spartans are on the road tonight picking on yet another big school program. SJO take on the Urbana, now under of the leadership of former St. Thomas More head coach Chris Mennig. The Tigers were 4-4 heading into their game against Peoria Notre Dame on Saturday.

Led by seniors Chian Scott and Raevyn Russell, both major scoring machines, Urbana is 1-1 against Illini Prairie Conference Teams. Unity rolled to a 59-49 win and the Tigers knocked off the Sages in Monticello 62-45 last week.


Box Score
St. Joseph-Ogden 14 11 18 15 - 58
Paxton-Buckley-Loda 5 14 14 14 - 47


Scoring
St. Joseph-Ogden: Ashlyn Lannert 11, Payton Jacob 6, Atleigh Hamilton 12, Abby Behrens 12, Taylor Barnes 4, Payton Vallee 2 and Ella Armstrong 11.

Paxton-Buckley-Loda: E. Adwell 6, Walder 4, Casgrove 8, Schwarz 2, Bruns 15, Lantz 10 and Ecker 2.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Still holiday shopping? Seven 2019 gift ideas from Bohemia

If you are still looking for a gift for that hard-to-buy-for-person on your Christmas list, Bohemia in downtown Urbana may have just what you need.

Packed full of unique jewelry, candles, stylish clothing, vintage and custom-made furniture as well as other unique handcrafted items, there's plenty to choose from for the special someone with a unique sense of style or flair for the eclectic.

Partial to vintage decor? Repurposed or refurbished, there is an abundant selection of vintage furniture waiting for a new home. From funky to functional, Bohemia also has candles as well as handmade soaps and lotions for stocking stuffers.

The Sentinel asked owner Milea Hayes for a couple of gift ideas for this Christmas from her store. She came up with the seven fabulous items featured below.


1.
Jewelry
You can't go wrong with a beautiful ring or bracelet. Wear a new necklace or pennant to your New Year's Eve party or better yet, something completely new. Bohemia currently represents 11 artists whose work is priced from $32 and up.

2.
Soap, lotion and candles
and more ...

Enjoy local made soaps and lotions. Try a new lip balms. These along with candles and note pads all make great stocking stuffers.

Prices range between $3 and $14


3.

Reconditioned seafoam dresser
$425

Oil paintings
Starting at $125

Vintage end table lamps
$215


4. & 5.
Clothing
Left: There's plenty of distinctive hand-painted tees and onesies by artist Mollie Youngblood. Prices range from $21 to $28. Right: Boutique clothing, long scarves, warm hats and gloves are always a unique find at Bohemia. Create a style of your own or complete an ensemble you already have. Quality clothing priced from $42 to $225.


6.
Holiday Sweaters
Warm and cheerful holiday sweaters priced between $68 and $92.



7.
Home Furnishings
Enjoy this reupholstered with an army blanket and added leather trim. A classy addition to your office or den, this cane chair was revitalized by interior designer Angie Taylor. Chair and adorning pillow $285.

Bohemia, located at 135 West Main in Urbana, is open Monday through Friday from 10am - 6pm, Saturday from 10am - 5pm, and on Sundays open from 11am - 3pm. Call ahead for extended holiday hours.