Peoria Panthers soccer turns 100 in type

Friday night football meant a little more to the Peoria squad.

Peoria High School and the soccer program kicked off their 100th home season on September 3 with a win over Canyon View High School, 29-7.

Head coach and alumni Will Babb said he marked the 100th birthday.

“It’s kind of amazing. Many cannot say that. It’s exciting for the kids and to have the Gonzalo (brothers) on the sidelines, ”he said.

The pandemic continues to challenge teams with last minute changes and this game came together with two or three days to prepare. But for Canyon View junior Keegan Landis it was an experience just to have the opportunity to compete in the program at the first university game.

Babb said the Peoria coaching staff are working to help players understand that football is life.

“There are ups and downs and side by side, things you can control and things you can’t control,” he said.

But he admits that after the initial scrimmage and nine days of waiting for the first regular season snap, it has been a long wait.

Peoria senior running back Cameron Mack was the first to put the Panthers on the board with a 5-yard rushing touchdown. But despite all the positive yards Peoria earned, the team again received several holding penalties.

They finished the game with 18 penalties for 185 yards, compared to Canyon View’s five penalties for 55 yards.

Babb said offensively the team came out and did well on the first two drives after fighting their way back from holding penalties.

Senior receiver / cornerback Jeremiah Gossett added another Panthers touchdown from junior quarterback Josh Holiday.

Canyon View achieved the only score of the game in the second quarter with a typed pass from a Peoria defender that fell into the hands of a receiver lying in the end zone.

Head coach Nick Gehrts said the squad look like the young football team they are. And although the cadres are full of seniors, the team lacks the required experience at the university level in the first year.

But Gehrts said the big advantage was that the team played better in the second half and fought in the next two quarters. He said it was good to see the jaguars fought and didn’t just lie down.

“I’ve told my boys that everything they did can be fixed and we just need to come back to it one more time,” he said.

Peoria special teams gained momentum early in the second half with a 62-yard kickoff return for a touchdown from Gossett. This came after Peoria’s defense forced a security, fought on the line, and received penetration.

“We did a great job on the defensive and the guys played good task-based football and got where they needed to be,” said Babb.

Looking ahead, Peoria will prepare for a tough Casa Grande High School team to score a 26-14 win over Sunnyslope. The Cougars knocked out the Panthers in a 4A playoff quarter-finals of the season.

Canyon View travels to Shadow Ridge in surprise.

Jennifer Jimenez

Reporter | Sun City West |

I’m passionate about sports and community writing, and I keep the light on positivity as I provide the facts. I’ve been on the independent team for five months, but I’ve been in the game for 15 years. I am a proud Grand Canyon University alumni. Born and raised in Peoria, I am also blessed to have a street named Jennifer Rose Court named after me.

Twitter: @SCW_Independent

Brady’s Battle: 22-year-old Peoria man raises cash for coronary heart, liver transplant

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) – A Peoria man is raising money for a new heart and liver.

“My name is Brady Weaver, I am 22 years old and have hypoplastic left heart syndrome and a disease called protein loss enteropathy,” said Weaver.

It’s a fight that lasts 22 years, but a new heart and liver could change Brady Weaver’s life forever.

“I’ve been waiting on the transplant list for a heart and a liver for seven and a half months,” said Weaver.

Despite his condition, he never stopped doing what he loved, which was exercising.

“I’ve played baseball, basketball, soccer. I always asked my cardiologist, can I do this, can I play this, or can I hang out for an hour or two to play this, ”said Weaver.

At the moment he is waiting for the call for a new heart and liver. Weaver is just under 100 on the transplant list.

“What do this heart and liver mean to you?” Asked WMBD reporter Nina McFarlane.

“It honestly means everything I’ve been on the waiting list for almost eight months, but it feels like I’ve been on it for 22 years. My goal is to feel normal. I think just for a day I want to know how it feels, how everyone else is feeling, ”said Weaver.

His father Greg Weaver said Brady inspires him every day.

“I’m overwhelmed with his level of maturity and the way he accepts things and his attitude is just phenomenal,” said Weaver.

When asked what was the first thing Brady wanted to do after his surgery, he said he has a long list of things he can’t do again.

“I just want to do a lot of things, for example I haven’t been in a pool for almost a year and couldn’t shower properly, haha, I have to wear this huge sleeve on my arm to shower,” said Weber.

His father also designed shirts for a Saturday golf trip to raise funds for the transplant. One draft featured the Chicago Cubs, while the second draft was in favor of the St. Louis Cardinals. Weaver said it was a struggle to see how many jerseys were bought by each team. Brady is a Cardinals fan and Greg, his father, is a Cubs fan.

Brady’s Transplant Battle Golf Outing, Saturday, August 28, 2021

For more information on how you can help Brady and his transplant fight, please visit here.

Man accused of killing Peoria man over cash and medicines in March pleads not responsible

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) – A man accused of killing a 32-year-old Peoria man pleaded not guilty to the charges in front of the Peoria County Courthouse Thursday.

According to the public prosecutor’s office, Allen Schimmelpfennig, 28, killed Gabriel Cook on March 8 after a dispute over drugs and money in Schimmelpfennig’s warehouse in North Peoria.

They said investigators found spent shell casings and Cook’s blood on the scene.

Cook’s body has yet to be found. His family reported him missing on March 9th.

Schimmelpfennig has to go back to court on October 6 for a scheduling conference, then on October 18 for a jury trial.

Peoria Metropolis Council makes use of COVID-19 reduction cash to keep away from borrowing

PEORIA – Within five minutes, Peoria City Council pledged just over $ 10 million of its $ 47 million received under the federal government’s latest COVID relief package to end vacations and the awaited Support borrowing to offset this year’s budget.

The council’s votes mean that up to $ 10 million of planned borrowing is required to complete the a budget hole caused by the pandemic last year will not exist. The town hall hadn’t borrowed any money yet Right now the $ 10 million will be in the bank earning 0.4% interest by the time it is withdrawn.

But the move means the city won’t have to pay interest on a loan that would have been repaid over several years.

The other money, $ 301,685, was intended to end vacation leave for non-union workers who had taken unpaid time off to further balance the household. City manager Patrick Urich said the money the city received last month enabled it to go back by March 3 and refund those employees for the missed paychecks.

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Earlier this year, when the US $ 1.9 trillion relief plan was signed, Peoria learned that it would Got $ 47 million to help the city recover from the economic devastation caused by the coronavirus.

Both measures were decided unanimously and without discussion. Last week, at their political meeting, the council members made it clear that they supported such steps, but also wanted to deal with the rest of the money more slowly and more evenly.

The council meeting was relatively short as the members were to interview the three finalists for the position that became vacant when Rita Ali was elected mayor. These finalists – Kim Armstrong, James Kemper and Kiran Velpula – were to meet in a closed session with the council.