Monday, July 15, 2019

IHSA, NFHS Network, and Quincy Media join forces for Football, Basketball broadcasts

IHSA, NFHS Network, and Quincy Media join forces for Football, Basketball broadcasts

all quotes are taken directly from the release in its original form

Germantown Hills, Ill. - Expect changes to come to how you watch the state's best high school athletes compete for state titles on the gridiron and on the hardwood, and it all starts right away this fall.

In a release from the IHSA published on Monday afternoon, it was announced that the Illinois High School Assocation, NFHS Network, and Quincy Media Incorporated will all partner and "create a statewide television and digital network" that will be the home of the broadcasts for Football, Girls Basketball, and Boys Basketball. 

It's a move that really excites IHSA Executive Director, Craig Anderson. 

"I don't think it's an overstatement to say it will provide the largest statewide TV audience access to IHSA State Final broadcasts since the games aired nationally in the 1970s."

Anderson goes on to say in the release that Quincy Media played a large part in this becoming a reality. 

"Quincy Media was the key to making this happen. We've had similar setups in the past, but this network of Quincy, Weigel (Broadcasting), and Nexstar stations provides a synergy like none we've had."

Fans that wish to continue their enjoyment of IHSA State Series broadcasts over the internet via the NFHS Network will still be able to, as that platform is not going anywhere. 

The new deal will take action officially with the annual football Playoff Pairings Show, which will be taking place on Saturday, October 26th. That will be followed by the Girls Basketball State Finals at Redbird Arena in Normal (February 28th-29th and March 6th-7th, 2020). It will all conclude for the year with the Boys Basketball State Finals at Carver Arena in Peoria (March 13th-14th and 20th-21st, 2020). 

Mark Koski is the CEO of the NFHS Network. He believes that this brings big and great things to the viewing of IHSA State Series events. 

"The NFHS Network's OTT platform for digital viewing combined with the Qunicy Media-powered IHSA TV Network, will create the largest distribution footprint in the history of the IHSA Championships."

This all means that the station of choice for viewers in our area will be WEEK/25 News. 

Michael Jones graduates from Carthage College

Michael Jones graduates from Carthage College

Michael Jones graduates from Carthage College, Metamora Herald

KENOSHA, WI (07/15/2019)-- Michael Jones from Metamora graduated from Carthage College on May 26, 2019. The formal send-off was held in the Field House of the N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center.


Small by design yet boundless in impact, Carthage College is committed to take a different road. At Carthage, a private institution that enrolls about 2,800 students, we embrace an educational approach that's personal in focus and driven in action, exemplified in our multifaceted career development initiative: The Aspire Program. From our campus alongside Lake Michigan in the thriving Chicago-Milwaukee corridor, we actively direct our collective talents toward a common purpose wherever the need arises.

Friday, July 12, 2019

 Robyn Bowes named to Deans's List at Drake University

 Robyn Bowes named to Deans's List at Drake University

 Robyn Bowes named to Deans's List at Drake University, Metamora Herald

DES MOINES, Iowa (July 2, 2019) - Robyn Bowes has been named to the Deans' Lists at Drake University.

To be eligible for the Deans' list students must have earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher during the Spring 2019 semester at Drake.

Drake University is a midsize, private university in Des Moines, Iowa, enrolling more than 3,000 undergraduate and 1,800 graduate students. Students choose from over 70 majors, minors, and concentrations and 20 graduate degrees offered through six colleges and schools. Drake students, faculty, and staff take advantage of the wealth of cultural, recreational, and business opportunities found in Iowa's capital city. In return, Drake enriches the city through its own cultural offerings, considerable economic impact, and many service-learning endeavors, which channel the talent and energy of the Drake students toward meeting the needs of the community.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Party in the Park 2019 Tickets, Vendors, Performers, & Schedule

Party in the Park 2019 Tickets, Vendors, Performers, & Schedule

Party in the Park is this Saturday! If you haven't got your tickets for this great family-friendly event that benefits the Metamora Parks Foundation you can purchase your tickets now for $10 each, children under 16 are free with a paid adult. 

A full day in Metamora's beautiful Black Partridge Park. Featuring live bands, a live magic show, a beer garden, food trucks, lawn games, kids bounce houses, a car cruise in, shops and merchants from the local community, kids activities and more.

We have music scheduled from The Haybillies from Metamora, and Dexter O'Neal and the Funkyard

3 food trucks – Including sandwiches from Nacho Mama's, great fresh Mexican food from Pico De Gallo's, and Kona Ice ...and a beer garden will round out the day's food and drink! Come hungry and ready to have fun.

Come out and spend the whole day with us! Tickets are $10 in advance for adults, and kids get in free with a paid adult! Tickets are $15 on the day of the event.

Car Cruise-In with the Central Illinois Cruisers
Vendors & Food Trucks
And More

4PM - 4:30 PM
4PM - 8:00 PM
Kid Bouncy Houses and Games
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
6:30 PM - 7PM
Seasonal Crash Diets: In The Pursuit of a Swimsuit Body

Seasonal Crash Diets: In The Pursuit of a Swimsuit Body

During the summer months, people seem to care more about their “swimsuit body” and getting to it quickly without thinking about the long term effects it has on the body. Slim-Fast, crash diets, and even starvation are used to get that instant gratification of weight loss. I know looking good is an essential factor for most when it comes to losing weight, but we really should concentrate more on the inside of our bodies. Food and eating affect us mentally, emotionally, physically every day, and we need to be careful about how we use and or abuse food.

Food is something that is always there throughout life. Birthdays: birthdays, holidays, and even funerals all done with food accompaniment. Food is celebrated and brings joy, but used correctly; it helps the body and handled incorrectly, can hurt our bodies. So many women/men, young and old around the world, even here in Metamora, struggle with food and weight loss. What is most concerning is the unhealthy relationships we are having with food. It isn’t the enemy, and we need to be more aware of how to use food to our advantage and still lose weight or just be healthy in general. Unfortunately, we are all in a hurry and think we don’t have the time to do this simple task. 

How many people skip breakfast everyday day? Think about that number, but apply it to high school students. After sleeping all night, our body is so ready for calories. It is very tough to concentrate or complete a thought when you are hungry. Skipping the morning meal can throw off your body’s rhythm of fasting and eating. When you wake up, the blood sugar your body needs to make your muscles and brain work, their best is usually low. Breakfast helps replenish it.[1] 

Men need a minimum of 1,500 calories per day, while women need 1,200, to provide nutrients for bodily functions such as pumping blood, hormone production, cellular repair, and breathing.
If you starve yourself, you won’t have enough energy for everyday tasks, not to mention the energy needed for the essential bodily functions. Starvation can lead to weakness, nausea, nutritional deficiencies, digestive distress, dizziness, fatigue, and depression. Undergoing a starvation diet or fast for too long can have an adverse effect on your health and even lead to organ failure. [2]    

Never in my overweight life did I ever consider that food had this much control over my mind/body. If you know of anyone who is struggling with this issue, don’t hesitate to help them out. This can be a lifelong battle for some, but it shouldn’t have to be that way. If we learn at a young age how to manage our food relationships, we have a much better chance of not having a health issue because of food. Start off right every day with breakfast and work from there. 


Saturday, July 6, 2019

Get to Know the Schedule; 2019 Redbird Football

Get to Know the Schedule; 2019 Redbird Football

Metamora, Ill. - The Redbirds are coming off a first round exit in the playoffs, but with that in the rear view mirror, it's time to look ahead to the fast approaching 2019 season, given that as of writing this piece, it's only 55 days until kickoff! Be looking out for plenty more content as the season gets closer!

2019 Home Opponents: Champaign Central, East Peoria, Dunlap (Homecoming), Pekin (Senior Night)
2019 Road Opponents: Rock Island, Limestone, Morton, Washington, Canton

Full 2019 Schedule:
Friday, August 30th - vs. Champaign Central - 7:30 pm
Friday, September 6th - @ Rock Island - 7:30 pm
Friday, September 13th - vs. East Peoria - 7:30 pm
Friday, September 20th - @ Limestone - 7:30 pm
Friday, September 27th - vs. Dunlap - 7:30 pm (Homecoming Game)
Friday, October 4th - @ Morton - 7:30 pm
Friday, October 11th - vs. Pekin - 7:30 pm (Senior Night)
Friday, October 18th - @ Washington - 7:30 pm
Friday, October 25th - @ Canton - 7:30 pm

2018 Record - 8 wins, 2 losses
2018 Playoffs - L in 1st Round vs. Joliet Catholic (20-49)
Head Coach - Pat Ryan (30th Season; 264 wins, 71 losses)

Get to Know Champaign Central:
2018 Record - 6 wins, 4 losses
2018 Playoffs - L in 1st Round vs. Carbondale (28-31)
Head Coach - Tim Turner (2nd Season; 6 wins, 4 losses)
Last Meeting - Week 1 2018 - Redbirds won, 21-7
Conference - Big 12

Get to Know Rock Island:
2018 Record - 5 wins, 5 losses
2018 Playoffs - L in 1st Round vs. Oak Lawn Richards (0-49)
Head Coach - Ben Hammer (3rd Season; 9 wins, 10 losses)
Last Meeting - Week 2 2018 - Redbirds won, 42-14
Conference - Western Big Six

Get to Know East Peoria
2018 Record - 1 win, 8 losses
2018 Playoffs - Did Not Qualify
Head Coach - Erik Black (3rd Season; 3 wins, 15 losses)
Last Meeting - Week 3 2018 - Redbirds won, 49-0

Get to Know Limestone
2018 Record - 2 wins, 7 losses
2018 Playoffs - Did Not Qualify
Head Coach - Darin Driscoll (8th Season; 24 wins, 42 losses)
Last Meeting - Week 4 2018 - Redbirds won, 56-7

Get to Know Dunlap
2018 Record - 7 wins, 3 losses
2018 Playoffs - L in 1st Round vs. Yorkville (21-28)
Head Coach - Brett Cazalet (11th Season; 60 wins, 41 losses)
Last Meeting - Week 5 2018 - Redbirds won, 35-14

Get to Know Morton
2018 Record - 6 wins, 4 losses
2018 Playoffs - L in 1st Round vs. Decatur MacArthur (20-41)
Head Coach - Tim Brilley (4th Season; 16 wins, 14 losses)
Last Meeting - Week 6 2018 - Redbirds won, 56-42

Get to Know Pekin
2018 Record - 4 wins, 5 losses
2018 Playoffs - Did Not Qualify
Head Coach - Doug Nutter (11th Season; 46 wins, 50 losses)
Last Meeting - Week 7 2018 - Redbirds won, 49-21

Get to Know Washington
2018 Record - 11 wins, 1 loss
2018 Playoffs - L in 6A Quarterfinal vs. Crete-Monee (28-35)
Head Coach - Darrell Crouch (15th Season; 119 wins, 40 losses)
Last Meeting - Week 8 2018 - Redbirds lost, 30-15

Get to Know Canton
2018 Record - 1 win, 8 losses
2018 Playoffs - Did Not Qualify
Head Coach - Cody Myers (3rd Season; 6 wins, 12 losses)
Last Meeting - Week 9 2018 - Redbirds won, 47-6

Other Notes:
- It's never too early to start planning for any game. For Week 8, Washington's Babcook Field has undergone renovations over the offseason. A new press box has been added on the side opposite the old one. This side will now serve as the home bleachers. Metamora fans will ideally park either in the 'basketball main lot' or the usual lot and walk around. No changes to the field otherwise.
- Metamora was eliminated by Joliet Catholic in the first round of last season's playoffs, and the Hilltoppers would go on to defeat Lombard Montini in the 5A Championship game, 35-27.
- As is the usual, the State Finals sites alternate, so this year's State Title games will be taking place at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Illinois, the home of the Northern Illinois Huskies. Games are Friday, November 29th, and Saturday, November 30th.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Lady Redbirds wrap up Summer Season

Lady Redbirds wrap up Summer Season

The Metamora Lady Redbirds huddle up during a game of the Galesburg Summer League on Tuesday, July 2.
Germantown Hills, Ill. - The Metamora Girls Basketball team is coming off of one of the best seasons by win total in program history, having won 21 and lost 7 games, falling in the Regional Final to the eventual State Champion Morton Lady Potters.

Fast forward a few months, and 800+ points are gone. However, Lady Redbird fans shouldn't fret, as this team is still going to make its mark in the 2019-2020 season. Sixth-year head coach Brianna Morrow acknowledges the loss, but she believes that the new version of the team has done quite well.

"We did lose a lot, but I've been really pleased with this group. They just work hard. That's the beauty of it."

In terms of continuing their athletic careers, Alivia West is at Illinois Central College, Reagan Begole is at the University of the Cumberlands, and Anne Peters is at Trinity Christian College. That's a lot of firepower, at least with scoring, to lose in just one season. Coach Morrow believes that they'll be able to fill those shoes.

"We're not very big, but we've got some speed, and we're scrappy, and we make good decisions, especially for a young group. We'll have several sophomores on the floor at a time."

Perhaps thankfully for the team, a good chunk of the Mid-Illini Conference will be going through that same transition as well. Most similarly, Washington is a team that loses about as much as the Lady Redbirds, graduating very talented stars like Olivia Damery, Sierra Sonnemaker, and Lily Harlan. The two teams duked it out in a 43-42 Washington buzzer-beating win back at the ICC Summer League in June.

The Morton Lady Potters return a very, very good group. Among starters, Katie Krupa, Courtney Jones, Lindsey Dullard, and Maddy Becker (returning from torn ACL), and Peyton Dearing. It'll be a game of who can take down the Lady Potters, as they look to win their 5th state championship in six years (14-15, 15-16, 16-17, 18-19).

That's just to name a couple of teams, and there's still five other teams not mentioned.

It wasn't the 15-3 summer of 2018, but there were still plenty of positives noted throughout the program's experience.

To start, the team made a trip to Murray State University in Kentucky, the first NCAA Division-I camp that the program has participated in since Brianna Morrow took over as head coach, now six seasons ago. Coach says that although she wishes she "would've done it sooner", they saw some good teams down there.

"We saw some pretty decent competition. I was really pleased with the girls. I thought they played incredibly well."

The Lady Redbirds also made a trip to the Fieldhouse at Galesburg High School for their summer league, noted as the longest-running down-state summer league in the state.

An annual trip to the summer league at the aforementioned ICC CougarPlex was in the books as well. It always provides top-notch local competition at a well-run league. Coach Morrow agrees.

"The ICC league, this year, we were without some key kids off and on throughout it. It was nice to kind of see what the other kids can do. We took some losses that, in season, I don't think we'll take."

Summer basketball. That's a large amount of games in a not so large amount of time. It can sometimes put a strain on the young student-athlete, especially if they have other engagements throughout the summer as well. Coach Morrow says that there's no cause for concern in that department.

"We've played quite a few games in a short amount of time. The kids have handled themselves really, really well."

Of course it's worth noting, the dominant Germantown Hills group will be wearing Metamora Lady Redbird uniforms for the first time. Four of the starting five were the JV team's starting five for the most part, at least in Galesburg. This will be a fun group to watch grow within the program. Not just fun, but mature. Coach Morrow has come away with high praise for the group of girls.

"They loved their time there (Germantown Hills), but at the same time, I think they understand that it's going to be tougher, it's going to be harder, and they've got to continue to work hard. They're very coachable kids. They want to get better. They have something, a way, about them that allows them to have confidence. They don't panic or stress."

For now, fans will have to wait until November to see the team in action, but Morrow says that it's accurate to be "very excited" for what's to come in the 19-20 season. Until November!

Fun Lady Redbirds Offseason Notes:
- Ran into an alum at ICC recently. Kari Lalumandier is a Nursing student at Illinois State University, and recently made a trip to Vladimir, Russia for that (for those that don't know, Vladimir is where yours truly was born).
- Abby Coates was named an WBCA All-American at Illinois Central for the 18-19 season. She will wear her traditional #24 and join fellow Lady Redbird alum Anne Peters, who will wear the #5, at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois. The Trolls will start with a road game at Silver Lake College (Manitowoc, Wisconsin) on October 23rd.
- Reagan Begole has made it to the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky. Reagan will wear her usual #30 for former Florida Gators assistant Rick Reeves and the Patriots. Their schedule kicks off with a trip to the Virgin Islands on October 9th and 10th.

Social: As always, make sure to follow the team on Twitter (@MetamoraGBB) or like the team's Facebook page. Bear with the lack of content, as it is the offseason after all. More to come soon! 

Other Notes:
If you ever have any questions/comments/concerns, I'm happy to chat with you. Twitter (@StaabAlex) and email ( will be the two easiest ways to get ahold of me.