Week 8 at the Journal Star

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  Derrick Payton, 9, waits for a friend to play basketball with him on Tuesday afternoon in a friend's back yard off Sloan Street.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR Derrick Payton, 9, waits for a friend to play basketball with him on Tuesday afternoon in a friend’s back yard off Sloan Street.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  Sophomores Randy Simms and Deja Jones, center, hug during the last dance on Saturday at the Manual Academy JROTC Military Ball at the Spirit of Peoria riverboat.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR Sophomores Randy Simms and Deja Jones, center, hug during the last dance on Saturday at the Manual Academy JROTC Military Ball at the Spirit of Peoria riverboat.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  Limestone guard Hank Mathews (10) cheers for his team during the last seconds of the game on Wednesday night in a class 3A sectional semifinal against Mendota at Washington High School. Limestone defeated Mendota 68-51.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR Limestone guard Hank Mathews (10) cheers for his team during the last seconds of the game on Wednesday night in a class 3A sectional semifinal against Mendota at Washington High School. Limestone defeated Mendota 68-51.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR Pedestrians pass by B Easy food stand on early Saturday moring in downtown Peoria. The late-night food stand caters to bar patrons as a one-stop shop for an end of the night meal alongside supplies such as Tums, Advil, Gatorade and condoms.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR Pedestrians pass by B Easy food stand on early Saturday moring in downtown Peoria. The late-night food stand caters to bar patrons as a one-stop shop for an end of the night meal alongside supplies such as Tums, Advil, Gatorade and condoms.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  From left, Ben Geers, 6, of Peoria throws basketballs at an oscillating hoop with his father Christopher on Friday at the IHSA Peak Performance exhibition at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Visitors can test their sports skills in a variety of interactive stations.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR From left, Ben Geers, 6, of Peoria throws basketballs at an oscillating hoop with his father Christopher on Friday at the IHSA Peak Performance exhibition at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Visitors can test their sports skills in a variety of interactive stations.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  Students light sky lanterns on Saturday at the end of the Manual Academy JROTC Military Ball at the Spirit of Peoria riverboat.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR Students light sky lanterns on Saturday at the end of the Manual Academy JROTC Military Ball at the Spirit of Peoria riverboat.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  Nona Buster reads Dr. Seuss's book "Happy Birthday To You!" to children on Monday night during a celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday at the Pekin Public Library. The celebration featured games, crafts, and a skit of a Dr. Seuss book by the Pekin Community High School student council.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR Nona Buster reads Dr. Seuss’s book “Happy Birthday To You!” to children on Monday night during a celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday at the Pekin Public Library. The celebration featured games, crafts, and a skit of a Dr. Seuss book by the Pekin Community High School student council.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR The Illini Central boys basketball team greets fans as they parade through the streets on Sunday in Mason City in celebration of winning the IHSA Class 1A championship. The win over Madison on Saturday gave the school its first state championship.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR The Illini Central boys basketball team greets fans as they parade through the streets on Sunday in Mason City in celebration of winning the IHSA Class 1A championship. The win over Madison on Saturday gave the school its first state championship.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  Children watch as Brad Peplow holds onto Chris Malone with his legs to teach them a defensive position on Monday in the kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class at the Peoria Athletic Club. The class teaches children leverage-based self-defense techniques in order for them to better address physical threats of bullying.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR Children watch as Brad Peplow holds onto Chris Malone with his legs to teach them a defensive position on Monday in the kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class at the Peoria Athletic Club. The class teaches children leverage-based self-defense techniques in order for them to better address physical threats of bullying.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  Limestone players celebrate after defeating Central 61-59 on Friday night in a class 3A sectional championship game at Renaissance Coliseum.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR Limestone players celebrate after defeating Central 61-59 on Friday night in a class 3A sectional championship game at Renaissance Coliseum.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  Madie Maas, 5, shows off her finished Lorax mask on Monday night during a celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday at the Pekin Public Library. The celebration featured games, crafts, and a skit of a Dr. Seuss book by the Pekin Community High School student council.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR Madie Maas, 5, shows off her finished Lorax mask on Monday night during a celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday at the Pekin Public Library. The celebration featured games, crafts, and a skit of a Dr. Seuss book by the Pekin Community High School student council.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  A car drives through a large puddle on Sunday at the intersection of University Street and Columbia Terrace.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR A car drives through a large puddle on Sunday at the intersection of University Street and Columbia Terrace.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  Limestone head coach Eddie Mathews directs his players during a timeout on Wednesday night in a class 3A sectional semifinal against Mendota at Washington High School. Limestone defeated Mendota 68-51.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR Limestone head coach Eddie Mathews directs his players during a timeout on Wednesday night in a class 3A sectional semifinal against Mendota at Washington High School. Limestone defeated Mendota 68-51.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  Limestone senior Kendall Davis (22), Central senior Josh Augusta (50) and Limestone junior Terence Shelby (24) watch the ball during a free throw on Friday night in a class 3A sectional championship game at Renaissance Coliseum. Limestone defeated Central 61-59.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR Limestone senior Kendall Davis (22), Central senior Josh Augusta (50) and Limestone junior Terence Shelby (24) watch the ball during a free throw on Friday night in a class 3A sectional championship game at Renaissance Coliseum. Limestone defeated Central 61-59.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  Volunteer Latifa Body attaches a basketball to a suction hose for the "Skyball" activity at the March Madness Experience on Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR Volunteer Latifa Body attaches a basketball to a suction hose for the “Skyball” activity at the March Madness Experience on Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  From left, Derrick Payton, 9, dunks a ball in a lowered hoop past his friend Jalyn Shafer-White, 10, on Tuesday afternoon in a friend's back yard off Sloan Street.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR From left, Derrick Payton, 9, dunks a ball in a lowered hoop past his friend Jalyn Shafer-White, 10, on Tuesday afternoon in a friend’s back yard off Sloan Street.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  From left, Brian Kapraum, a bouncer at Diesel nightclub, shakes hands with co-owner Brandon Altorfer on early Sunday morning at B Easy food stand in downtown Peoria. The late-night food stand caters to bar patrons as a one-stop shop for an end of the night meal alongside supplies such as Tums, Advil, Gatorade and condoms.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR From left, Brian Kapraum, a bouncer at Diesel nightclub, shakes hands with co-owner Brandon Altorfer on early Sunday morning at B Easy food stand in downtown Peoria. The late-night food stand caters to bar patrons as a one-stop shop for an end of the night meal alongside supplies such as Tums, Advil, Gatorade and condoms.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR Senior Luvy Brown Bonner, middle, and senior Yahaira Vargas, right, take their picture in a mirror on Saturday at the Manual Academy JROTC Military Ball at the Spirit of Peoria riverboat.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR Senior Luvy Brown Bonner, middle, and senior Yahaira Vargas, right, take their picture in a mirror on Saturday at the Manual Academy JROTC Military Ball at the Spirit of Peoria riverboat.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  Dan and Sharon Kauzlarich talk about their dog Diana, a 2-year-old nova scotia duck tolling retriever, in their home on Wednesday in Farmington. Earlier this February, Diana won Best in Class for her breed at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR Dan and Sharon Kauzlarich talk about their dog Diana, a 2-year-old nova scotia duck tolling retriever, in their home on Wednesday in Farmington. Earlier this February, Diana won Best in Class for her breed at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  Central players Kevin Moore (42), Karron Russell (5) and Josh Augusta (50) watch the game during the closing minutes of the last period on Friday night in a class 3A sectional championship game against Limestone at Renaissance Coliseum. Limestone defeated Central 61-59.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR Central players Kevin Moore (42), Karron Russell (5) and Josh Augusta (50) watch the game during the closing minutes of the last period on Friday night in a class 3A sectional championship game against Limestone at Renaissance Coliseum. Limestone defeated Central 61-59.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  Instructor Brad Peplow talks with Riley Malone, 7, of Brimfield on Monday at the end of the kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class at the Peoria Athletic Club. The class teaches leverage-based self-defense techniques in order for children to better address physical threats of bullying.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR Instructor Brad Peplow talks with Riley Malone, 7, of Brimfield on Monday at the end of the kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class at the Peoria Athletic Club. The class teaches leverage-based self-defense techniques in order for children to better address physical threats of bullying.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR  Lt. Col Larry Hallstrom, center, jokes around with senior Sterling Johnson, left, and sophomore Raquwon Cooks on Saturday at the Manual Academy JROTC Military Ball at the Spirit of Peoria riverboat.

NICK SCHNELLE/JOURNAL STAR Lt. Col Larry Hallstrom, center, jokes around with senior Sterling Johnson, left, and sophomore Raquwon Cooks on Saturday at the Manual Academy JROTC Military Ball at the Spirit of Peoria riverboat.

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