Plaxico Burress Returns to New York, Signing with the Jets


...is now with the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS!

A couple of days after losing the Nnamdi Asomugha Sweepstakes, the Jets gave Burress a one-year deal, teaming him up at the wide receiver corps with Santonio Holmes.

As my brother Brian says (jokingly, of course), "It just goes to show you that, when you shoot someone in the leg, and that someone is yourself, good things can happen."

Chicago Bears Sign Marion Barber, May Let Olin Kruetz Leave

In the 2010 regular season, the Bears had a third-down conversion rate of 33 percent and a fourth-down success rate of 29 percent.

As a result, they ranked 27th and 31st in the NFL in third and fourth-down conversions, respectively.

A lot of NFL fans will remember Chicago's Week 1 meeting with the Detroit Lions for the Calvin Johnson touchdown catch that, by technicality only, wasn't. One memory that etches a sketch into my mind was the Bears' inability to get the ball into the end zone on third and fourth-and-goal when they had the ball at the one-yard line.

Signing Marion Barber should give the Bears a short-yardage back that could help them move the chains or cross the goal line. That is, if Chicago either reaches an agreement with Kruetz or finds a reliable replacement for him. 


Farmer City Raceway Results From, Point Standings as of July 29

FARMER CITY, Ill. -- Whether they're watching the St. Louis Cardinals or Chicago White Sox in a pennant race or NASCAR's Chase for the Cup, fans' enjoyment of sports is enhanced greatly when they can watch their favorite team (or individual athlete) compete for a first-place finish.

Therefore, with the Farmer City Raceway heading into its final month of the racing season, I felt it would be appropriate to list the point standings and this Friday's feature results in the same post.

This way, fans of the Farmer City Raceway can follow each racing division's championship chase.

Enjoy the ride, race fans.

As always, full results and point standings can be found at http://www.farmercityracing.com/.


With Thawville's Daniel Flessner leading Decatur native Dave Crawley Jr. by a mere two points in the point standings prior to July 29's feature, the chase for the Sportsman Division title seemed to be the closest.

However, Crawley Jr. was unable to start the feature and would up in 14th place. Meanwhile, Flessner finished fourth as Shawn Diggs of LeRoy took the checkered flag.

As a result, Flessner currently stands at 15 points above Crawley Jr.

Feature Results

1. Shawn Diggs, LeRoy; 2. Rick Thomas, Dwight; 3. Rod Rusher, Mansfield; 4. Daniel Flessner, Thawville; 5. Dustin Mounce, Flanagan; 6. Kevin Allen; 7. Jack Booth, Springfield.

14. Dave Crawley Jr., Decatur (DNS).

Point Standings

1. Daniel Flessner (Thawville) 512; 2. Dave Crawley Jr. (Decatur 497; 3. Dustin Mounce (Flanagan) 438; 4. Rod Rusher (Mansfield) 368; 5. Donny Sublon (Fisher) 348; 6. Richie Rich (Pontiac) 331; 7. Nick Macklin (Oreana) 313; 8. Darrel Dick (Monticello) 253; 9. Shawn Diggs (LeRoy) 251; 10. Jason Maier (Thomasboro) 238.


Denny Schwartz of Ashmore made himself $1,000 richer by winning the Douglas Dodge Modifieds feature race.

He also moved up to 26th in the point standings with the win. Buffalo's Jeff Leka leads with 585 points, with Bloomington native Justin Delong in second place, trailing by 111 points.

Feature Results

1. Denny Schwartz, Ashmore; 2. Gary Turpin, Bloomington; 3. Justin Delong, Bloomington; 4. Ray Bollinger; 5. Ryan Cary, Catlin; 6. Lance Dehm, Chatsworth; 7. Jeff Curl, Forrest; 8. Jay Ledford, Pontiac; 9. Roger Cary, Catlin; 10. Mark Tullis, Macon; 11. Bryan Zulauf; 12. Dustin King, Charleston; 13. Blake Buchholz, New Holland; 14. Matt Goulden, Springfield.

Point Standings

1. Jeff Leka (Buffalo) 585; 2. Justin Delong (Bloomington) 474; 3. Lance Dehm (Chatsworth) 471; 4. Jay Ledford (Pontiac) 467; 5. Gary Turpin (Bloomington) 368; 6. Jeff Curl (Forrest) 364; 7. Ryan Cary (Catlin) 359; 8. David Henderson (Danville) 283; 9. Ray Bollinger 257; 10. Dane Tilstra.

T-106. Matt Wilson (Clinton) 15.


Feature Results

1. Joel Funk, Dwight; 2. Darrel Dick, Monticello; 3. Eric Hail, LeRoy; 4. Terry Miller, Lincoln; 5. Jeff Semmons, Pontiac; 6. Nate Zimmer, Mattoon; 7. Matt Maier, Thomasboro; 8. Travis Johnson, Ashland; 9. Doug Berbaum, Monticello; 10. Eric Wilson, Downs; 11. Wayne Orrick, Bloomington; 12. Travis Thrasher, Clinton; 13. Hugh Johnson, Champaign.

14. Jim Quinn, Farmer City (DNF); 15. Chris Dick, DeLand (DNF); 21. Donnie Rhoades, Clinton (DNS).

Point Standings

1. Travis Johnson (Ashland) 559; 2. Chris Dick (DeLand) 514; 3. Darrel Dick (Monticello) 509; 4. Jim Quinn (Farmer City) 405; 5. Eric Wilson (Downs) 332; 6. Nathan McNeese (Catlin) 329; 7. Troy Dodson (Cerro Gordo) 276; 8. Rick Alwood (Clinton) 273; 9. Wayne Orrick (Bloomington) 257; 10. Jeff Semmons (Pontiac) 245.

14. Travis Thrasher (Clinton) 201; 36. Donnie Rhoades (Clinton) 61; 49. Josh Smith (Clinton) 47.


Feature Results

1. Matt Maier, Thomasboro; 2. Kenny Butterfield, Glasford; 3. Casey Gernentz, Gifford; 4. Ben Gernentz, Gifford; 5. David Lauritson, Normal; 6. Chris Burton, Mansfield; 7. Jim Wilson, Towanda; 8. Brian Wilson, Colfax; 9. Larry Hawk, Champaign; 10. Trisha Burton, Mansfield; 11. Jim Eads, Clinton; 12. Nathan Hail; 13. Mary Baize.

Point Standings

1. Matt Maier (Thomasboro) 615; 2. Chris Burton (Mansfield) 510; 3. Casey Gernentz (Gifford) 481; 4. Brian Wilson (Colfax) 426; 5. Jim Wilson (Towanda) 421; 6. Ben Gernentz (Gifford) 416; 7. Larry Hawk (Champaign) 415; 8. Dion Smith (Bloomington) 400; 9. Kenny Butterfield (Glasford) 353; 10. Tanner Tibbs (Pontiac) 346.

11. Trisha Burton (Mansfield) 342; 21. Jim Eads (Clinton) 86.


The Late Models Division did not race on July 29.

However, the drivers in that division will return on August 5 to race in the Northern All Stars Late Model Series (NALMS). The winner of the feature race will be $2,000 richer.

Point Standings

1. Eric Smith (Bloomington) 413; 2. Bobby Pierce (Oakwood) 356; 3. Joe Harlan (El Paso) 342; 4. Jimmy Dehm (Lexington) 326; 5. Derek Chandler (Pontiac) 305; 6. Chris Dick (DeLand) 264; 7. Don Cisco III (Oreana) 217; 8. Ryan Unzicker (El Paso) 203; 9. Russ Adams (Princeville) 197; 10. Kent Robinson (Bloomington, Ind.) 177.

26. Curtis Hobbs (Farmer City) 95; T-72. Matt Beadles (Clinton) 21.


New Eagles Have Landed in Philadelphia: Nnamdi Asomugha and Vince Young Reach Deals in City of Brotherly Love

Friday may be a day of the week ruined for some by Rebecca Black.

The Philadelphia Eagles, however, will remember this Friday to be a fruitful one.

Landing the most coveted free agent on the market (Nnamdi Asomugha) with a five-year, $60 million contract, including $25 million in guaranteed money, might be enough reason for Eagles fans to "get down on Friday" and have "fun, fun, fun, fun."

Together with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (and possibly Asante Samuel), the Eagles' defense has playmakers that could match their offensive counterparts.

Philadelphia wasn't done, however, with their shopping spree. The Eagles still needed a quarterback to back up Michael Vick.

And they got one, acquiring Vince Young with a one-year contract worth up to $5.5 million.

Good job, Eagles. Now you can look forward to the weekend.

Roy Williams Reaches Agreement with Chicago Bears, According to Tribune

The Chicago Tribune recently reported that the Bears have found their go-to receiver: Roy Williams.

A day after the Dallas Cowboys officially released Williams, he agreed to terms with Chicago.

Some Bears fans may be a little discouraged by Williams' last two seasons with the Cowboys: 75 receptions for 1,126 yards and 12 touchdowns.

However, don't forget that Mike Martz was the Detroit Lions' offensive coordinator from 2006-07. In 2006, Williams caught 82 passes for 1,310 yards and seven touchdowns; 2007 stats: 64 catches, 838 yards and five TDs.

And that was with Jon Kitna at quarterback.

Not only is Williams reuniting with Martz, but he also gets back together with Darryl Drake, who was Williams' wide receivers coach at the University of Texas and holds the same position in Chicago.

For more details on the Bears' acquisition of Williams, click on the following link: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/breaking/ct-spt-07292011-bears-reach-deal-with-williams,0,5317779.story

Chicago Bears Didn't Get Better End of Greg Olsen Deal with Carolina Panthers

From the Carolina Panthers' perspective, the trade for Greg Olsen makes perfect sense.

Along with Jeremy Shockey, Olsen should provide an inexperienced (Cam Newton) or so-far inept (Jimmy Clausen) quarterback a safety net. A go-to receiver either quarterback can count on to get open.

From the Chicago Bears' perspective, I can understand (somewhat) why they would make this trade. Mike Martz has made it very clear that his system requires a blocking tight end rather than a receiving one.

That's why the Bears agreed to terms with former Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Matt Spaeth.

I get that the go-to receiver in Martz's offense (apparently) needs to be, well, the wide receiver. And I'll feel better about the trade if the Bears can land a big-name receiver like Plaxico Burress or Braylon Edwards.

What I don't get is Chicago's blatant attempt to get rid of Olsen.

Olsen caught five touchdown passes in 2010, tied for the team lead. He was second on the team in receiving yards (561) and fourth in receptions (41).

You don't just give away a commodity like Olsen for a mere third-round pick. Unless he complained about playing in a 3-4 system and couldn't get himself into shape (Albert Haynesworth) or constantly demanded a trade and displayed a me-first attitude (Chad Ochocinco).

By the way, remember when the New England Patriots made Super Bowl history by introducing themselves as a team in Super Bowl XXXVI? What happened?

First, Randy Moss. Now Haynesworth and Ochocinco?

Unless the Bears could have gotten something truly valuable for Olsen, they should have kept him. And Martz should have realized what kind of team he had and adjusted his offensive system accordingly.

The adjustment got them to the NFC Championship Game in 2010.


Philadelphia Eagles Trade Kevin Kolb to Arizona Cardinals

For the Arizona Cardinals, this is a move that could (and should) put them back into contention.

In their first year after Kurt Warner, the Cardinals proved that a potent group of wide receivers led by Larry Fitzgerald means nothing without a competent quarterback.

If your QB smiles (Derek Anderson) as he performs miserably in a crucial Monday Night Football game, your team will finish last in a division where the champion (Seattle Seahawks) finishes 7-9.


With Kolb under center, Arizona should be able to go back to being the high-powered scoring machine it was when Warner was around.

For the Philadelphia Eagles, there's good news and bad news.

The good news is they get Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round pick in exchange for Kolb, which should fix a defense that, as Aaron Rodgers proved in the playoffs, needs some help.

The bad news is it leaves the Eagles without a proven backup for Michael Vick. If Vick gets injured (which is anything but unlikely), Philadelphia will be left with one of two rookies under center: Jerrod Johnson or Mike Kafka.

Or Andy Reid could fly out to Mississippi to...

...buy some Wrangler jeans.

In Other News, Plaxico Burress...

...could return to one of his former teams: the Pittsburgh Steelers or New York Giants.

According to a recent report on ESPN's SportsCenter, Burress has narrowed his list to those two teams, leaving the Chicago Bears to, once again, look elsewhere on the free-agent market for a go-to receiver.

Chicago Bears Need to Start Making Move for Wide Receivers

According to ESPN's John Clayton, the Bears are in the top five among NFL teams in terms of salary cap space.

The new collective bargaining agreement requires teams to spend at least 99 percent the cap on players. And Chicago could use a go-to receiver such as Plaxico Burress or Braylon Edwards.

I would also mention names such as Santonio Holmes, Sidney Rice and Steve Smith. However, Holmes chose to stay with the Jets, Rice signed with the Seahawks and, according to a recent Sporting News report, Smith plans to stay with the Panthers.

So here's my point: the Bears' opportunities to land a much-needed, big-name wide receiver are dropping like flies. They need to start getting into attack mode.

Yes, they still need to re-sign center Olin Kruetz. Without his leadership, Chicago's offensive line is in an uncomfortable position, a position in which they are way too familiar.

However, the Bears have, according Clayton's estimates, $37 million of cap space to work with. And work, they should.


Minnesota Vikings, Tennessee Titans to Acquire Veteran Quarterbacks Donovan McNabb, Matt Hasselbeck

Anytime a team wins a championship, other teams will copy its formula.

For those of you who forgot what the NFL looked like before the lockout, the Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl XLV with a quarterback (Aaron Rodgers) they kept on the bench for his first three years while they waited for Brett Favre to, uh, retire.

After three years, and Favre's first "retirement," the Packers decided to give Rodgers a chance under center. And the rest is history.

Unlike the Packers in 2005, the Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans did not have an veteran starting quarterback in hand when they picked Christian Ponder and Jake Locker, respectively, in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

So what are they doing about it? Are they going to just throw their rookie quarterbacks onto the gridiron only a few months after finding out that there would be a full season in 2011?

No. Instead, the Vikings and Titans each went out and took a quarterback. Each with three years, more or less, left of their prime years.

According to sources taking to ESPN, the Vikings reached a tentative agreement to trade two sixth-round picks in exchange for Donovan McNabb and Matt Hasselbeck has agreed to sign with the Titans.

Now, even with the newly-imposed rookie wage scale, some first-year players may still be overpaid.

New York Jets Sign Santonio Holmes, Talking to Nnamdi Asomugha

With more than $34 million of cap space to spend, the Chicago Bears should be expected to go after a big-name wide receiver in the next few weeks.

Well, it won't be Santonio Holmes, as he agreed to stay with the Jets.

Now, with Darrelle Revis already patrolling their backfield, one may assume that the Jets would not be one of the teams interested in signing Nnamdi Asomugha.

However, with Antonio Cromartie hitting the open market, the Jets are in discussions with the most coveted free agent on the market.

Imagine it: Wide receivers trapped on Revis Island and in Nnamdi's Jungle.

I hope wideouts love trees.


Farmer City Raceway Point Standings as of July 22


1. Daniel Flessner (Thawville) 478; 2. Dave Crawley Jr. (Decatur) 476; 3. Dustin Mounce (Flanagan) 406; 4. Rod Rusher (Mansfield) 332; 5. Donny Sublon (Fisher) 323; 6. Nick Macklin (Oreana) 313; 7. Richie Rich (Pontiac) 311; 8. Darrel Dick (Monticello) 253; 9. Jason Maier (Thomasboro) 215; 10. Shawn Diggs (LeRoy) 211.

Late Models

1. Eric Smith (Bloomington) 413; 2. Bobby Pierce (Oakwood) 356; 3. Joe Harlan (El Paso) 342; 4. Jimmy Dehm (Lexington) 326; 5. Derek Chandler (Pontiac) 305; 6. Chris Dick (DeLand) 264; 7. Don Cisco III (Oreana) 217; 8. Ryan Unzicker (El Paso) 203; 9. Russ Adams (Princeville) 197; 10. Kent Robinson (Bloomington, Ind.) 177.
26. Curtis Hobbs (Farmer City) 95; T-72. Matt Beadles (Clinton) 21.


1. Jeff Leka (Buffalo) 585; 2. Lance Dehm (Chatsworth) 441; 3. Jay Ledford (Pontiac) 440; 4. Justin Delong (Bloomington) 438; 5. Jeff Curl (Forrest) 336; 6. Gary Turpin (Bloomington) 330; 7. Ryan Cary (Catlin) 327; 8. David Henderson (Danville) 273; 9. Dane Tilstra (Onarga) 242; 10. Dave Crawley (Decatur) 234.

T-98. Matt Wilson (Clinton) 15.

Street Stock

1. Travis Johnson (Ashland) 532; 2. Chris Dick (DeLand) 494; 3. Darrel Dick (Monticello) 471; 4. Jim Quinn (Farmer City) 384; 5. Nathan McNeese (Catlin) 312; 6. Eric Wilson (Downs) 307; 7. Troy Dodson (Cerro Gordo) 276; 8. Rick Alwood (Clinton) 273; 9. Wayne Orrick (Bloomington) 233; 10. Jeff Semmons (Pontiac) 213.

15. Travis Thrasher (Clinton) 178; 45. Josh Smith (Clinton) 47; 46. Donnie Rhoades (Clinton) 46.


1. Matt Maier (Thomasboro) 575; 2. Chris Burton (Mansfield) 480; 3. Casey Gernentz (Gifford) 445; 4. Brian Wilson (Colfax) 399; 5. Jim Wilson (Towanda) 393; 6. Larry Hawk (Champaign) 389; 7. Ben Gernentz (Gifford) 382; 8. Dion Smith (Bloomington) 379; 9. Tanner Tibbs (Pontiac) 346; 10 Trisha Burton (Mansfield) 317.

26. Jim Eads (Clinton) 62.

NFL, NFLPA Finally Ready for Some Football, Agrees on New CBA

Recent reports of Brett Favre returning to the gridiron as the Philadelphia Eagles' backup have been deemed unlikely.

It seems sort of fitting, however, that these reports have come up at this time because the NFL and NFLPA have been showing signs of Brett Favre Syndrome (a term of my own invention, but anyone can use freely because I haven't patented it yet) in negotiating a new CBA.

Just like Favre, the owners and players waited until slightly after training camps were supposed to open to decide that they want to play football. But shortly after canceling the Hall of Fame Game, the NFL, NFLPA executive committee and 32 player representatives (one from each team) have approved of a 10-year CBA.

The move ends the lockout after a long and painful 132 days.

The owners voted 31-0 to approve of the CBA on Thursday, and will allow their teams to report to their facilities as early as Tuesday.

Teams can now start reaching agreements with rookies and free agents starting tomorrow, although no free agents can be signed until Friday.

Trade discussions can also begin tomorrow as well, with Cincinatti Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer among those on the rumor mill.

As for training camps, 10 teams will report on Wednesday, and then 10 more on Thursday and Friday each. The New York Jets and Houston Texans will report on Sunday.

So what did the players do as they were locked out? Did they ride the ferris wheel in the indoor theme park at Wisconsin Dells' Kalahari Resorts? Doesn't this "AP" stand for Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson? Maybe not, but...

The Hall of Fame Game between the St. Louis Rams and Chicago Bears, originally scheduled for August 7, was canceled. However, no other preseason games have been taken off the schedule; the preseason schedule starts on August 11, with the Seattle Seahawks taking on the San Diego Chargers.

The NFLPA has not re-certified yet, and has until August 4 to do so.


Farmer City Raceway Feature Results -- July 22, 2011

Harland "Jr." Kimler Memorial Late Model Race

1. Jason Feger, Bloomington ($3,000 richer); 2. Kent Robinson, Bloomington, Ind.; 3. Eric Smith, Bloomington; 4. Bobby Pierce, Oakwood; 5. Ryan Dauber, Tonica; 6. Dennis Erb Jr., Carpentersville; 7. Joe Harlan, El Paso; 8. Scott Bull, Fairbury; 9. Jimmy Dehm, Lexington; 10. Mike Glascock, LeRoy; 11. Russ Adams, Princeville; 12. Kevin Weaver, Gibson City; 13. Don Cisco III, Oreana; 14. Bill Hough, Thomasboro; 15. Chris Dick, DeLand; 16. Terry Reed.


1. Jeff Leka, Buffalo; 2. Justin Delong, Bloomington; 3. Jay Ledford, Pontiac; 4. Lance Dehm, Chatsworth; 5. Gary Turpin, Bloomington; 6. Cory Schwengel, Oreana; 7. Cole Hussong, Mattoon; 8. Don Cox, Glasford; 9. Dave Baldwin; 10. Mark Tullis, Macon; 11. David Henderson, Danville.

Street Stock

1. Joel Funk, Dwight; 2. Darrel Dick, Monticello; 3. Chris Dick, DeLand; 4. A.J. Wright, Danville; 5. Jim Quinn, Farmer City; 6. Brandon Kessinger, Normal; 7. Kevin Crowder, Argenta; 8. Darrel Lehigh, Fisher; 9. Nathan McNeese, Catlin; 10. Eric Wilson, Downs; 11. Matt Maier, Thomasboro; 12. Travis Johnson, Ashland; 13. Aaron Near, Amboy; 14. Hugh Johnson, Champaign.


1. Kenny Butterfield, Glasford; 2. Matt Maier, Thomasboro; 3. Tanner Tibbs, Pontiac; 4. Ben Gernentz, Gifford; 5. Casey Gernentz, Gifford; 6. Brian Wilson, Colfax; 7. Chris Burton, Mansfield; 8. Oscar Tipsword, Springfield; 9. David Lauritson, Normal; 10. Jim Wilson, Towanda; 11. Larry Hawk, Champaign; 12. Bob Althouse, Bloomington; 13. Trisha Burton, Mansfield.


1. Joel Funk, Dwight; 2. Daniel Flessner, Thawville; 3. Richie Rich, Pontiac; 4. Dave Crawley Jr., Decatur; 5. Troy Clark, North Vernon, Ind.; 6. Dustin Mounce, Flanagan; 7. Dave Rudisill; 8. Timmy Dick, Monticello.

11. Rod Rusher, Mansfield (DNF).

Trophy Dash -- Hornets

Winner -- Matt Maier, Thomasboro


The Sports Thread Takes a Vacation, Will Resume Reporting Monday

Due to a vacation for the sole blogger, Drew Rosten's Sports Thread will not be in business until Monday.

I apologize for any convenience this may cause and promise to do my best to get you caught up when I return from my vacation.

In the meantime, you can check out news and results regarding the Farmer City Raceway by clicking on the following link: http://www.farmercityracing.com/.

There is a chance that, by the time I get back from Wisconsin, the pro football league with the unspeakable acronym may end its lockout and get a new collective bargaining agreement in place.

For updates regarding this process, I would suggest the following site: http://www.espn.com/.

See you Monday.

Farmer City Raceway Gets Raminated, Demolized and Rodeo-ed

FARMER CITY, Ill. -- The Farmer City Raceway began its hosting of the Farmer City Fair Wednesday with the Raminator.

It crushed two cars without mercy. The Raminator also did some wheelies in the dirt, at one point emerging from the bowl of dust looking to cause some more destruction.

The rampage left some missing parts separated from the two totaled cars. One witness, as a result, received a souvenir.

But be not afraid, little children, for the Raminator is a gentle monster (well, at least to humans).

It wasn't just large vehicles that did some damage at the Farmer City Raceway on Wednesday. 

In the first of two one-on-one Demolition Derby battles, a little car with the No. 67 faced a Goliath named the Last Minute Demo Team.

The damage done by the big No. 78 smashed the little engine that could into an even smaller state.

But the little engine emerged victorious. The big Last Minute Demo Team would come back, however, and win the four-way Demolition Derby after the second one-on-one Demo.

Hornets Division leader Matt Maier participated in the Demolition Derby, pitting a white truck against a red one named CFM. 

Farmer City Raceway co-owner Jeff Hammer got more than he bargained for when he took the passenger seat with Maier.

Broken and smoking, Maier and Hammer gave the CFM truck all it could muster.

However, Maier and Hammer had to settle for second place, as the white truck got totaled in the end.

As stated before, the Last Minute Demo Team took victory in the ensuing four-car Demolition Derby. It took down, among two other cars, one Farmer City driver showing No. 1229.


Following the Demolition Derby was the Bobcat Rodeo, for which the fans were asked to relocate to an area within the track. Many attendees headed for the exits instead.

The object of this rodeo was for the drivers of Bobcat machinery to go through an obstacle course, which includes the carrying of white tires, in the fastest time possible.

Rob Morris came away as the winner of the Bobcat Rodeo with a time of 1:40.3.


USC Running Back Marc Tyler Suspended for Season Opener over TMZ Clip

Disclaimer: The link below leads you to a clip that has been blocked from YouTube due to copyright issues.

In the clip, Marc Tyler is intoxicated as he is asked a few questions. One of the questions he was asked was whether he is being paid more money at USC or in the pros.

Tyler's response (keeping in mind that he still plays for the Trojans and has never played professional football: "USC! They breaking bread!"

USC: University of Suspended Drunks.

Hey, that's USD! :D

In the clip, Marc Tyler jokingly told TMZ that USC stands for "University of Sexual Ballers. Hey, that's USB!"

The following TMZ clip got running back Marc Tyler suspended for the season opener:

If you haven't seen the clip and would like to do so, you can search for it on http://www.tmz.com/.


Farmer City Raceway Point Standings as of July 15

FARMER CITY, Ill. -- As part of this week's DeWitt County Fair, the Farmer City Raceway will be hosting the Harland "Jr." Kimler Memorial Late Model Race on Friday, July 22.

The winner of the race will become $3,000 richer, while FCR will give each driver $400 to start.

Eric Smith of Bloomington currently leads the Late Models Division with 377. Oakwood's Bobby Pierce is 55 points behind Smith after winning his third feature on July 15.

As well as the Kimler Memorial Late Model Race, the Farmer City Raceway will host a full show, including the Sportsman Division. Decatur native Dave Crawley Jr. currently leads in the point standings with 442 points.

However, he has some fast-charging company. Thawville's Daniel Flessner, fresh off a feature win on July 15, is only two points behind Dave Crawley Jr.

Here is some more information on the Farmer City Raceway point standings. For full standings and more information on the DeWitt County Fair, visit http://www.farmercityracing.com/.

Late Models

1. Eric Smith (Bloomington) 377; 2. Bobby Pierce (Oakwood) 322; 3. Joe Harlan (El Paso) 314; 4. Derek Chandler (Pontiac) 305; 5. Jimmy Dehm (Lexington) 300; 6. Chris Dick (DeLand) 244; 7. Ryan Unzicker (El Paso) 203; 8. Don Cisco III (Oreana) 195; 9. Russ Adams (Princeville) 173; 10. Brandon Sheppard (New Berlin) 169.

24. Curtis Hobbs (Farmer City) 95; T-71. Matt Beadles (Clinton) 21.


1. Jeff Leka (Buffalo) 545; 2. Lance Dehm (Chatsworth) 407; 3. Jay Ledford (Pontiac) 404; 4. Justin Delong (Bloomington) 400; 5. Jeff Curl (Forrest) 336; 6. Ryan Cary (Catlin) 327; 7. Gary Turpin (Bloomington) 298; 8. David Henderson (Danville) 249; 9. Dane Tilstra (Onarga) 242; 10. Dave Crawley (Decatur) 234.

T-95. Matt Wilson (Clinton) 15.

Street Stock

1. Travis Johnson (Ashland) 509; 2. Chris Dick (DeLand) 458; 3. Darrel Dick (Monticello) 433; 4. Jim Quinn (Farmer City) 352; 5. Nathan McNeese (Catlin) 286; 6. Eric Wilson (Downs) 282; 7. Troy Dodson (Cerro Gordo) 276; 8. Rick Alwood (Clinton) 273; T-9. Jeff Semmons (Pontiac) 213; T-9. Wayne Orrick (Bloomington) 213.

12. Travis Thrasher (Clinton) 178; 44. Josh Smith (Clinton) 47; 45. Donnie Rhoades (Clinton) 46.


1. Matt Maier (Thomasboro) 537; 2. Chris Burton (Mansfield) 452; 3. Casey Gernentz (Gifford) 413; 4. Brian Wilson (Colfax) 369; 5. Jim Wilson (Towanda) 368; 6. Larry Hawk (Champaign) 365; 7. Dion Smith (Bloomington) 358; 8. Ben Gernentz (Gifford) 348; 9. Tanner Tibbs (Pontiac) 310; 10. Trisha Burton (Mansfield) 295.

26. Jim Eads (Clinton) 62.


1. Dave Crawley Jr. (Decatur) 442; 2. Daniel Flessner (Thawville) 440; 3. Dustin Mounce (Flanagan) 376; 4. Nick Macklin (Oreana) 313; 5. Rod Rusher (Mansfield) 308; 6. Donny Sublon (Fisher) 297; 7. Richie Rich (Pontiac) 275; 8. Darrel Dick (Monticello) 253; 9. Shawn Diggs (LeRoy) 211; 10. Jason Maier (Thomasboro) 190.

Farmer City Raceway: Daniel Flessner, Bobby Pierce Among #WINNING Drivers on July 15

FARMER CITY, Ill. -- At the Farmer City Raceway, a flavored ice stand called Sno Biz sold $3 and $5 cups of what they call Tiger's Blood.

I don't know what type of tiger blood Charlie Sheen claims to have, but Sno Biz's tiger blood contains strawberry and coconut flavorings. One of the vendors at the Sno Biz stand says he has been selling the brand of flavored ice for 18 years. 

In this observer's opinion, their tiger blood is refreshelicious (refreshing and delicious at the same time).

Anyway, let's take a look at who was #WINNING on the Farmer City Raceway dirt on July 15.


For some drivers, this was a rough day on the racetrack, as the yellow flag spent a lot of time being waved in the air.

In the first heat of the Sportsman Division, Dustin Mounce of Pontiac, Rod Rusher (Mansfield) and Richie Rich (Pontiac) collided between the first and second turns.

Mounce bounced back from the crash (or Mounce-d back, if you will) and ended up winning the heat. He also held the lead for much of the feature race.

However, after Thawville native Daniel Flessner took the lead in the feature, Mounce experienced car trouble once again. He could not finish the race.

Following Mounce's exit, Flessner never surrendered the lead and won in a landslide. Rusher finished fourth in the feature while Rich ended up in sixth place.

Sportsman Feature Results

1. Daniel Flessner, Thawville; 2. Shawn Diggs, LeRoy; 3. Dave Crawley Jr., Decatur; 4. Rod Rusher, Mansfield; 5. Darrel Dick, Monticello; 6. Richie Rich, Pontiac; 7. Craig Vincent, Danvers; 8. Lance Johnson, Decatur; 9. Jim Bailey, Hoopeston; 10. Donny Sublon, Fisher.


The Late Models Division also experienced some notable crashes.

During hot laps, Zach Bunning of Decatur took a spill on the first turn.

In his qualifying run, Princeville's Russ Adams crashed into the Farmer City Raceway wall and ended up flattening his right-front tire.

Both drivers raced, and finished, the feature.

Oakwood native Bobby Pierce, whom the public address announcer called "the short, cool one," won his third feature race of the season. He overcame Derek Chandler of Pontiac.

"I just Kept to the bottom, and it worked out," Pierce said to the PA announcer.

Late Models Feature Results

1. Bobby Pierce, Oakwood; 2. Derek Chandler, Pontiac; 3. Mike Glascock, LeRoy; 4. Jimmy Dehm, Lexington; 5. Eric Smith, Bloomington; 6. Joe Harlan, El Paso; 7. Chris Dick, DeLand; 8. John Beck, Springfield; 9. Tim Rivers, Salem, Ind.; 10. Zach Bunning, Decatur; 11. Don Cisco III, Oreana; 12. Terry Reed; 13. Russ Adams, Princeville; 14. Curtis Hobbs, Farmer City.


Perhaps the most horrific crash took place during the Modifieds Division's first heat.

Rick Hamilton of Decatur ended up having his car turned upside down. He walked away from his car, but did not finish the feature race.

Chatsworth's Lance Dehm held the lead for the majority of the feature race. However, with less than five laps remaining, he lost the lead to Jeff Leka of Buffalo, then surrendered second place to Pontiac native Jay Ledford.

Leka won the race while Ledford finished second and Dehm took third place.

Modifieds Feature Results

1. Jeff Leka, Buffalo; 2. Jay Ledford, Pontiac; 3. Lance Dehm, Chatsworth; 4. Ryan Cary, Catlin; 5. Josh Ferguson, Covington, Ind.; 6. Ray Bollinger; 7. Justin Leka, Buffalo; 8. Roger Cary, Catlin; 9. Dustin King, Charleston.    


Darrel Dick of Monticello had a pretty successful day at the Farmer City Raceway.

He won the Trophy Dash and the Street Stock Division's first heat. Although he did not win the feature, he finished in the fourth in that race as well as fifth in the Sportsman Division feature.

Dwight native Joel Funk took the checkered flag in the Street Stock feature, beating out Normal's Brandon Kessinger.

Street Stock Feature Results

1. Joel Funk, Dwight; 2. Brandon Kessinger, Normal; 3. Travis Johnson, Ashland; 4. Darrel Dick, Monticello; 5. Chris Dick, DeLand; 6. Aaron Near, Amboy; 7. Nathan McNeese, Catlin; 8. Troy Dodson, Cerro Gordo; 9. Kevin Crowder, Argenta; 10. Eric Wilson, Downs; 11. Darrel Lehigh, Fisher; 12. Eric Hall, LeRoy; 13. Hugh Johnson, Champaign.

14. Travis Thrasher, Clinton (DNF); 19. Donnie Rhoades, Clinton (DNF).


For the second time in three weeks, Tanner Tibbs of Pontiac has done what once seemed like an arduous, if not impossible, task: beat Thomasboro's Matt Maier in a feature race.

Hornets Feature Results

1. Tanner Tibbs, Pontiac; 2. Matt Maier, Thomasboro; 3. Casey Gernentz, Gifford; 4. Dennis Polak, Alsip; 5. Larry Hawk, Champaign; 6. Chris Burton, Mansfield; 7. Jim Wilson, Towanda; 8. Ben Gernentz, Gifford; 9. Brian Wilson, Colfax; 10. Shannon Mudro, Morris; 11. Trisha Burton, Mansfield; 12. Christy Mash.

For more results and information on the upcoming week's DeWitt County Fair festivities, visit farmercityracing.com. The photo below is a flyer, as shown at Farmer City Raceway, with some details of the events.


Farmer City Raceway Point Standings as of July 8

For full point standings, visit http://www.farmercityracing.com/. You can find rules for July 20's Demolition Derby on the site as well.

Late Models

1. Eric Smith (Bloomington) 345; 2. Joe Harlan (El Paso) 284; 3. Bobby Pierce (Oakwood) 282; 4. Derek Chandler (Pontiac) 267; 5. Jimmy Dehm (Lexington) 266; 6. Chris Dick (DeLand) 216; 7. Ryan Unzicker (El Paso) 203; 8. Don Cisco III (Oreana) 171; 9. Brandon Sheppard (New Berlin) 169; 10. Roger Brickler (Springfield) 154.

26. Curtis Hobbs (Farmer City) 74; T-68. Matt Beadles (Clinton) 21.


1. Jeff Leka (Buffalo) 505; 2. Justin Delong (Bloomington) 383; 3. Lance Dehm (Chatsworth) 371; 4. Jay Ledford (Pontiac) 366; 5. Jeff Curl (Forrest) 336; 6. Ryan Cary (Catlin) 293; 7. Gary Turpin (Bloomington) 279; 8. Dave Crawley (Decatur) 234; 9. David Henderson (Danville) 228; 10. Dane Tilstra (Onarga) 227.

T-94. Matt Wilson (Clinton) 15.

Street Stock

1. Travis Johnson (Ashland) 473; 2. Chris Dick (DeLand) 426; 3. Darrel Dick (Monticello) 399; 4. Jim Quinn (Farmer City) 352; 5. Rick Alwood (Clinton) 273; 6. Nathan McNeese (Catlin) 258; 7. Eric Wilson (Downs) 257; 8. Troy Dodson (Cerro Gordo) 249; 9. Jeff Semmons (Pontiac) 213; 10. Wayne Orrick (Bloomington) 198.

13. Travis Thrasher (Clinton) 157; 43. Josh Smith (Clinton) 47; T-49. Donnie Rhoades (Clinton) 30.


1. Matt Maier (Thomasboro) 499; 2. Chris Burton (Mansfield) 422; 3. Casey Gernentz (Gifford) 377; 4. Brian Wilson (Colfax) 343; 5. Jim Wilson (Towanda) 340; 6. Dion Smith (Bloomington) 338; 7. Larry Hawk (Champaign) 333; 8. Ben Gernentz (Gifford) 321; 9. Kenny Butterfield (Glasford) 275; 10. Trisha Burton (Mansfield) 271.

26. Jim Eads (Clinton) 62.


JP Cool's Bar & Grill Raising Funds for Blue Ridge Football

MANSFIELD, Ill. -- Every Saturday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. CST over the past two months, JP Cool's Bar has offered a lunch special of cheeseburger and fries for $3.75.

For each lunch special ordered on Saturday, $1 has been donated to Blue Ridge's football program.

Prior to July 9, the downtown Mansfield establishment has raised $123 for the football program through this fundraiser.

The fundraiser will continue through July 23.

Random Side Note

For those who attended Farmer City Raceway's "Rock on the Raceway" on July 9 and can't get enough Jackyl (or those who didn't but still like the band), the link below sends you to Jackyl's music video for "The Lumberjack."


"Rock on the Raceway" started at noon CST on July 9 and will conclude (or concluded) at 11 p.m.

UMP Summer Nationals at Farmer City Raceway: Brandon Sheppard Among Money-Making Drivers

FARMER CITY, Ill. -- Three drivers earned a pretty penny as the Farmer City Raceway hosted the UMP Summer Nationals.

New Berlin native Brandon Sheppard won $10,000 by winning the Late Models feature. He beat out Shannon Babb of Moweaqua.

Newton's Chad Kinder took $1,000 along with the checkered flag after claiming victory of the Modifieds feature. Brandon Kessinger of Normal won $600 by taking first place in the Street Stock feature.

The following are the feature results of each division racing in Farmer City on July 8. For more results, visit farmercityracing.com.

Late Models

1. Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin; 2. Shannon Babb, Moweaqua; 3. Jack Sullivan, Greenbriar, Ark.; 4. Scott James, Lawrenceburg, Ind.; 5. Dennis Erb Jr., Carpentersville; 6. Mark Burgtorf; 7. Dan Schlieper, Sullivan, Wisc.; 8. Jason Feger, Bloomington; 9. Bobby Pierce, Oakwood; 10. Jeep Van Wormer, Pinconning, Mich.; 11. Mike Spatola, Manhattan; 12. Ryan Unzicker, El Paso; 13. Brian Shirley, Chatham; 14. Donny Walden, Towanda; 15. Eric Smith, Bloomington; 16. Kent Robinson, Bloomington, Ind.; 17. Kevin Weaver, Gibson City; 18. Daren Friedman, Forrest; 19. Jimmy Dehm, Lexington; 20. Dillan White, Hopkinsville, Ky.; 21. Matt Miller (DNF); 22. Scott Bull, Fairbury (DNF).


1. Chad Kinder, Newton; 2. Mike Harrison; 3. Jay Ledford, Pontiac; 4. Jeff Leka, Buffalo; 5. Justin Delong, Bloomington; 6. Danny Schwartz, Ashmore; 7. McKay Wenger, Fairbury; 8. Ray Bollinger; 9. Donovan Lodge, Moline; 10. Justin Leka, Buffalo; 11. Ed Roley; 12. Jeff Curl, Forrest; 13. Dane Tilstra, Onarga; 14. Wes O'Dell, Springfield; 15. Kyle Byerline, Dawson; 16. Brian Lynn, Mason City (DNF); 17. Rory Overmyer, Champaign (DNF); 18. Dave Crawley, Decatur (DNF); 19. Aaron Draege (DNF); 20. Lance Dehm, Chatsworth (DNF).

Street Stock

1. Brandon Kessinger, Normal; 2. Chris Dick, DeLand; 3. Travis Johnson, Ashland; 4. Steve Ewing, Decatur; 5. Darrel Dick, Monticello; 6. A.J. Wright, Danville; 7. Jordan Smith, Villa Grove; 8. Nathan McNeese, Catlin; 9. Kevin Crowder, Argenta; 10. Troy Dodson, Cerro Gordo; 11. Darrel Lehigh, Fisher; 12. Wayne Orrick, Bloomington; 13. Mike Cusak, Brimfield; 14. Hugh Johnson, Champaign; 15. Doug Berbaum, Monticello; 16. Brian Cassell, Decatur (DNF); 17. Nate Zimmer, Mattoon (DNF); 18. Jim Quinn, Farmer City (DNF); 19. Eric Wilson, Downs (DNF).


1. Matt Maier, Thomasboro; 2. Tanner Tibbs, Pontiac; 3. Kenny Butterfield, Glasford; 4. David Lauritson, Normal; 5. Larry Hark, Champaign; 6. Chris Burton, Mansfield; 7. Jim Wilson, Towanda; 8. Ben Gernentz; 9. Brian Wilson, Colfax; 10. Luke Althouse, Paxton; 11. Jim English, Eureka; 12. Trisha Burton, Mansfield; 13. Bob Althouse, Bloomington; 14. Dion Smith, Bloomington (DNS). 


Ohio State to Keep Sugar Bowl Money?

Ohio State imposed a punishment on its football team today, vacating all of its 12 victories from the 2010 season.

This may seem like a harsh punishment, considering that it's a self-imposed one. However, there is one area where the university is choosing to be lenient: the money.

The Columbus Dispatch said on ESPN's College Football Live that Ohio State will keep the money they received from the Sugar Bowl victory. The Buckeyes' win over Arkansas in New Orleans was one of the victories vacated.

The revenue from the Sugar Bowl is not sent to the university directly. It is delivered from the BCS to the Big Ten, and Ohio State receives a cut, plus expenses.

However, May says OSU has not included the return of their cut of the money as part of its self-imposed punishment.

"As this point, they're under the impression that they do not have to give that money back," May said on College Football Live.

It should also be noted that Ohio State's punishment also doesn't include any forfeiture of scholarships or postseason ban. It also waived a $250,000 fine for Jim Tressel.

The NCAA has some work to do.


Konerko a Paul Star in Arizona: Shane Victorino Voted In for National League

The Chicago White Sox's Paul Konerko and the Philadelphia Phillies' Shane Victorino have been voted into the MLB All-Star Game via the final ballot.

Konerko and Victorino will represent the American and National Leagues, respectively, at Chase Field in Arizona on July 12.

For more information, visit the following link: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110707&content_id=21536848&vkey=allstar2011


Farmer City Raceway Point Standings, Summer Nationals Information

FARMER CITY, Ill. -- Summer Nationals makes its stop at the Farmer City Raceway on July 8.

The Late Models feature winner will receive $10,000. The Modifieds Division will provide $1,000 for the winner while the Street Stocks winner will get $600.

The following are the point standings as of July 1:

Late Models

1. Eric Smith (Bloomington) 325; 2. Joe Harlan (El Paso) 274; 3. Derek Chandler (Pontiac) 257; 4. Bobby Pierce (Oakwood) 256; 5. Jimmy Dehm (Lexington) 250; 6. Chris Dick (DeLand) 206; 7. Ryan Unzicker (El Paso) 180; 8. Don Cisco III (Oreana) 161; 9. Roger Brickler (Springfield) 144; 10. Russ Adams (Princeville) 141.

24. Curtis Hobbs (Farmer City) 74; T-62. Matt Beadles (Clinton) 21.


1. Jeff Leka (Buffalo) 471; 2. Lance Dehm (Chatsworth) 356; 3. Justin Delong (Bloomington) 351; 4. Jay Ledford (Pontiac) 330; 5. Jeff Curl (Forrest) 313; 6. Ryan Cary (Catlin) 293; 7. Gary Turpin (Bloomington) 279; 8. David Henderson (Danville) 228; 9. Dave Crawley (Decatur) 217; 10. Dane Tilstra (Onarga) 205.

T-86. Matt Wilson (Clinton) 15.

Street Stocks

1. Travis Johnson (Ashland) 437; 2. Chris Dick (DeLand) 388; 3. Darrel Dick (Monticello) 367; 4. Jim Quinn (Farmer City) 335; 5. Rick Alwood (Clinton) 273; 6. Eric Wilson (Downs) 241; 7. Nathan McNeese (Catlin) 231; 8. Troy Dodson (Cerro Gordo) 224; 9. Jeff Semmons (Pontiac) 213; 10. Ronnie Burns 190.

13. Travis Thrasher (Clinton) 157; 42. Josh Smith (Clinton) 47; T-48. Donnie Rhoades (Clinton) 30.


1. Matt Maier (Thomasboro) 495; 2. Chris Burton (Mansfield) 392; 3. Casey Gernentz (Gifford) 377; T-4. Brian Wilson (Colfax) 317; T-4. Dion Smith (Bloomington) 317; 6. Jim Wilson (Towanda) 312; 7. Larry Hawk (Champaign) 301; 8. Ben Gernentz (Gifford) 294; 9. Trisha Burton (Mansfield) 248; 10. Kenny Butterfield (Glasford) 239.

26. Jim Eads (Clinton) 62.


1. Dave Crawley Jr. (Decatur) 406; 2. Daniel Flessner (Thawville) 400; 3. Dustin Mounce (Flanagan) 352; 4. Nick Macklin (Oreana) 313; 5. Rod Rusher (Mansfield) 274; 6. Donny Sublon (Fisher) 272; 7. Richie Rich (Pontiac) 245; 8. Darrel Dick (Monticello) 221; 9. Shawn Diggs (LeRoy) 173; T-10. Jason Maier (Thomasboro) 170; T-10. Alan Crowder (Elwin) 170.

For full point standings and more information on Summer Nationals, visit http://www.farmercityracing.com/.


2011 MLB All-Star Selections for White Sox, Cubs and Cardinals

On July 12, Major League Baseball will participate in its annual All-Star Game.

It will be played at Chase Field in Arizona and broadcasted on FOX.

For the White Sox, Carlos Quentin was selected as an outfielder. Surprisingly, Paul Konerko was not selected; instead, he is on the final ballot.

To vote for Konerko (or whoever you wish to vote for) on the final ballot, you can visit http://www.whitesox.com/ or http://www.mlb.com/.

For the Cubs, Starlin Castro will represent the National League at shortstop.

For the Cardinals, Lance Berkman will start in the outfield. Matt Holliday will play in the outfield at the All-Star Game as well while Yadier Molina will serve as a backup catcher.


Farmer City Raceway Results -- July 1, 2011

FARMER CITY, Ill. -- Last week, Thomasboro native Matt Maier set up a bounty totaling $200 for the rest of the Hornets Division drivers.

If one of Maier's opponents could beat him in a feature race, he would win the money. Tanner Tibbs of Pontiac made himself a little richer, winning the July 1 feature.

Hornets Feature Results

1. Tanner Tibbs, Pontiac; 2. Matt Maier, Thomasboro; 3. Dion Smith, Bloomington; 4. Damin Jones, Chestnut; 5. Chris Burton, Mansfield; 6. Casey Gernentz, Gifford; 7. Adam Webb, Decatur; 8. Bob Althouse, Bloomington; 9. Brian Wilson, Colfax; 10. Eric Wilson, Downs; 11. Jim English, Eureka; 12. Jim Wilson, Towanda; 13. Jacob Caldwell, Normal; 14. Jim Eads, Clinton.

From June 10

1. Eric Smith, Bloomington; 2. Derek Chandler, Pontiac; 3. Bobby Pierce, Oakwood; 4. Joe Harlan, El Paso; 5. Jimmy Dehm, Lexington; 6. Dick Taylor; 7. Chris Dick, DeLand; 8. Ryan Little, Springfield; 9. Shane Garrison, Dawson; 10. Zach Bunning, Decatur; 11. Don Cisco III, Oreana.

13. Curtis Hobbs, Farmer City (DNF).


1. Joe Harlan, El Paso; 2. Kent Robinson, Bloomington, Ind.; 3. Derek Chandler, Pontiac; 4. Bobby Pierce, Oakwood; 5. Mike Glascock, LeRoy; 6. Jimmy Dehm, Lexington; 7. Eric Smith, Bloomington; 8. Dick Taylor; 9. Jake Little; 10. Ryan Little, Springfield; 11. Chris Dick, DeLand; 12. Zach Bunning, Decatur; 13. Rob Starkey; 14. Russ Adams, Princeville; 15. Joseph Hughs, Springfield; 16. Del Morales, Paxton; 17. Terry Reed.


1. Brian Lynn, Mason City; 2. Lance Dehm, Chatsworth; 3. Jeff Leka, Buffalo; 4. Ray Bollinger; 5. Justin Delong, Bloomington; 6. Chad Kinder, Newton; 7. Gary Turpin, Bloomington; 8. Jeff Curl, Forrest; 9. Josh Ferguson, Covington, Ind.; 10. Jay Ledford, Pontiac; 11. Roger Cary, Catlin; 12. A.J. May; 13. Rory Overmyer, Champaign; 14. Chad Goff; 15. Dane Tilstra, Onarga; 16. Chevy Miller, Wapella; 17. Kevin McDermond.


1. Nick Bauman, New Berlin; 2. Jerry Lierly, Camp Point; 3. Randy Myers, Springfield; 4. Roben Huffman, Clinton; 5. Guy Taylor; 6. Brad Willis Jr.; 7. Matt Beadles, Clinton; 8. Curtis Hobbs, Farmer City; 9. Evan Fink, Glasford; 10. Bobby Lynn; 11. Kenny Vandorn; 12. Jeffrey Cunningham, Hanna City; 13. Logan Moody, Catlin.


1. A.J. Wright; 2. Travis Johnson, Ashland; 3. Darrel Dick, Monticello; 4. Nathan McNeese, Catlin; 5. Chris Dick, DeLand; 6. Steve Ewing, Decatur; 7. Darrel Lehigh, Fisher; 8. Troy Dodson, Cerro Gordo; 9. Greg Brewer, Bement; 10. Jim Quinn, Farmer City; 11. Chevy Miller, Wapella; 12. Hugh Johnson, Champaign; 13. Ronnie Burns; 14. Rod Eichorn.