Steve Daggs Action Sports Photography


From 2004-2012, this was Steve Daggs website featuring his sports photos. You have probably seen many of his images in various articles about sports cycling events, but he also photographed high school sports events as well. The new owner of the site's domain has chosen to keep this site as an homage to Steve Daggs high school sports events. This page offers just a small sample of Digg's work from 2008 - 2011.

This was a great site for those high school athletes who were fortunate to have been captured by Steve Daggs. What better way to commemorate  your athletic pursuit than with a great professional photo of yourself.

Please note that images are no longer available for sale.

Content is from the site's archived pages.


Welcome to Sports Photo News, your source for sports action images in the Midwest region. We photograph high school sporting events from the Mid-Illini Conference and Mid-State Six Conference and provide professional quality images for your enjoyment and for local media for editorial use. Click on the gallery button at the left and look for your event. We also cover some college sporting events in the region and provide images to media for editorial use.

The Gallery is full of action photos and you might be in one!  So please, browse The Gallery and use the order form to get a full color, professional quality print on Fuji Crystal Archive or Kodak paper.  Check the price list or order form for details. Order today! 

Photo Options - We offer a three or four image 10" by 20" layout and an 8" X 10" print using your school's color as a background.  Your logo can be included (if available) along with the text of your choice.  Click on the Photo Options button above for details and more samples. 

All of our images are produced with professional digital imaging equipment.  Check out digital photo info. We have discontinued offering inkjet prints.

Any of the photos in the Gallery are available for personal or editorial use.  To purchase photos, see the price list and order form for details.  You may download any image from the Web site for your personal private use at no charge. These photos, either the prints or electronic reproductions, may not be used  for commercial or advertising purposes without the consent of the photographer or the subject(s). 

Digital images are also available in most file formats, including JPEG & TIFF file types. Images are delivered on a CD or by e-mail or both. Contact us for pricing.

Your feedback is appreciated, so send us an E-mail with your comments and suggestions.

Thanks for visiting Sports Photo News!

Steve Daggs, Editor & Photographer

About Digital Photos

Please note that images are no longer available for sale.

In 2003, we converted to digital imaging to bring you more photos per event and to keep costs down.  We use only high resolution, professional Nikon® digital imaging equipment to produce the highest quality images for your enjoyment. 

You will not be able to distinguish prints made from digital images from those made from film. However, as is our policy, if you are not 100% satisfied, return the prints and we will refund the full purchase price plus your return postage.  Digital photos are printed using the traditional process on Kodak® or Fuji® paper by a professional digital imaging lab.

If you order a high resolution out-of-camera file, you will receive a JPEG (.jpg) or TIFF (.tif) file which will be 3008 X 1960 pixels and about 2.5MB.  Our cameras have 5.47 megapixel image sensors.  Effective February 25, 2008, most of our images are taken with 12.2 megapixel cameras making files that are 4288 X 2848 pixels and are about 5.0MB.  All images will be adjusted for color balance, brightness and contrast.


Some Examples of Steve Daggs Work


Girls High School Basketball News - 2010-2011 Season


Game of the Week - November 27th - December 4th, 2010

Washington Lady Panthers Vs. East Peoria Lady Raiders
December 3rd, 2010

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Washington's Brooke Bambrick (12), above, drives on Carrie Myers (24) in over time against the East Peoria Lady Raiders. The host Lady Panthers prevailed, out-scoring East Peoria 12-2 in OT for a 43-33 victory on Friday in the Mid-Illini Conference opener for both teams.
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Taylor Kuykendall (14), in the above photo, grabs a loose ball in first quarter action. Tied at 31 in regulation, the Lady Panthers were 8-10 from the line in OT versus 0-6 for the Lady Raiders to gain the advantage and the 43-33 win. Jessica Hipes and Katie Megyesi each scored 11 to lead Washington's scoring. The Lady Panthers are 3-5 and the Lady Raiders 2-4 overall.
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East Peoria's Kelsey Shoemake (22) and Taylor Kuykendall (14) battle for a rebound in fourth quarter action.  Shoemake led the Lady Raider's scoring with 11, followed by Erica Harper and Carrie Myers with 8 points each.



Boys High School Basketball News - 2008-2009 Season


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Washington's Dyricus Simms-Edwards (32) drives the baseline against Richwood's Tony Frazier (24).
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Ben Worner (20) brings the ball down.
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Richwoods Mason Alwan (32) attempts to block the Panther's Dyricus Simms-Edwards (32).
Pekin, IL - The second seeded Richwoods Knights needed to get by the Washington Panthers in the third round of the Pekin Insurance Holiday Tournament if they were to have a shot at the tournament championship on New Years Eve in Pekin in the 44th edition of this holiday classic.

But the Panthers would prevail with a 47-30 win. "For whatever reason, we were out of sync, so you've got to give Washington a lot of credit," stated the Knight's head coach, Mike Ellis.

Maybe the tone of the contest was set when the Panther's Dyricus Simms-Edwards opened the second quarter scoring with a jam to go up 13-10. Simms-Edwards had 12 in the first half, giving Washington a 25-15 margin at the break.

Richwoods out-scored Washington 9-5 in the third period and pulled to within six at30-24. With 4:35 to go, Washington's Ben Worner hit a three from the corner that stretched the Panther's lead to 13 at 39-26.

With both team's subs in the game for the final 1:33, Washington extended their lead to 17 and the final score of 47-30, to send the Panthers to the championship round against the Moline Maroons. The Knights would meet the Freeport Pretzels in the third place game also on Wednesday. The local press made a big deal about the bloody cut Worner got to his cheek when one of an opponent's over-sized engagement sterling silver rings accidentally collided with his face during an attempt to block a shot. It was not actually the sterling silver ring that did the damage, but rather the gemstone set into the ring. The official briefly stopped the clock and Worner hit the bench until the bleeding stopped. But the local media made a big deal about it and even suggested a rule blocking players from wearing any jewelry on the court! The photo closeups of both the cut and the gorgeous sterling silver rings probably resulted in a number of sales for the jewelry company selling those rings online even though it was really a minor incident. Never seen a game stopped by injuries sustained due to sterling silver rings before!

Early in the first quarter, Washington went to a zone defense. "We had no intention of playing zone tonight," Panther head coach Kevin Brown said. It was a successful move that kept Richwoods penetration down.

"Our kids did a great job of stepping up and getting rebounds," Brown continued. Washington had 26 rebounds to Richwood's 19. Turnovers were even at eight.

"The difference in the game was their shots in the paint verses our shots in the paint," commented Ellis. "We were too perimeter oriented." Simms-Edwards was the big beneficiary, constantly driving the baseline, scoring a total of 16 to lead the team. Jontell Lindsay led the Knight's scoring with 8.

In the Championship game on Wednesday night, Washington lost to Moline 38-37 on a three-point shot at the buzzer by the Maroons Justin Blondell.   Richwoods defeated the Freeport Pretzels 59-31 for third place in the tournament.


Morton Potters Vs. East Peoria Raiders - December 19, 2008  

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Morton's Cody Anderson (41) drives the lane on East Peoria's Bryce Donaldson (22).
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East Peoria's Alex Cline (left) and Cole Nieukirk (right) battle Morton's Cody Anderson (41) for a loose ball..

Morton, IL - Coming off a home court loss to Limestone, the East Peoria Raiders headed to Morton looking for a solid "W". Using a Donaldson-Kelch one-two punch and a scrappy defense, the Raiders held on to win 66-62.

In the first three minutes, the Raiders jumped out to a 9-2 lead on a Jacoby Cotton trey. But Morton's Drake Taphorn's three-point shooting set up a 16 all tie at the close of the first frame. At the break, East Peoria held on to a three-point lead at 31-28.

The Potters outscored the East Peoria 23 to 14 in the third quarter, leading 51-45 at the close of the period. With 3:22 left in the fourth period, a Bryce Donaldson layup put the Raiders back on top for good at 54-53.

With :45.9 left in the game, the Potters had battled back to at three-point deficit at 62-59. A Morton foul put Joe Kelch on the line where he made one of two (63-59).

A Kelch steal with :26.4 to go led to another foul and Kelch went 1-2 again (64-59). With :14.0 to go, Donaldson was fouled and made two of two to lead 66-59, which pretty much sealed the Potter's fate. Will Headean rounded out his 12 points with a three at the buzzer to make the final 66-62 Raiders.

Donaldson had 24 for the Raiders, including two threes. Kelch hit five treys and 17 total points for the game. Taphorn came off the bench for 15, including three from beyond the arc, to lead the Potter's scoring. Headean had a total of 12 with a pair of threes.

The win gives East Peoria a 2-1 record in the Mid-Illini and an overall record of 4-3. The Raiders visit Woodruff on Saturday and are headed to the Carbondale Holiday Tournament, where they meet H. L. Richards High School from Oak Lawn, Illinois, on December 27th.

The Potters are 2-2 in the conference, 4-2 overall. They will play Hersey in the Pekin Insurance Holiday Tournament opening round on December 29th.

Morton Potters Vs. Dunlap Eagles - December 9, 2008  
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The Potter's Will Headean led Morton's scoring with 16, including three three-point goals.

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Drew Heinzmann (22) led the Eagles with 16 points.

Morton, IL - The Potter's defense held the Eagles in check, allowing their first score on a Drew Heinzmann field goal at the 6:11 mark in the first quarter with the score at 18-2 Morton.

Kevin Waibel picked up his third foul with 5:14 left in the first half. Waibel eventually fouled out.

With 2.8 seconds left in the half, the Eagles picked up a player technical foul in the huddle sending the Potter's Will Headean to the line scoring the free throw. Headean had 11 first half points. Morton led Dunlap 38-7 at the half.

Wes Noel opened the second half scoring with a three and started a Dunlap comeback that cut the Potter's lead to 22 at the close of the third quarter.

Noel made a layup with 3:17 left in the game to cut Morton's lead to 17 at 54-37. Noel scored a three from the corner followed by a pair of made free throws by Drew Heinzmann to cut the lead to 14 at 56-42 with 1:56 left in the game. Another Eagles three with :35.8 left made the score 57-45 Morton an that was as close as Dunlap would get.

Will Headean led Morton's scoring with 16, including three three-point goals. Coach Schupp played the entire bench with all scoring except for Brett Bisping. Drew Heinzmann topped Dunlap's scoring with 16.


High School Football News - 2010 Season

Game of the Week - November 15th - November 21st, 2010

Metamora Redbirds Vs. Rochester Rockets
November 20, 2010 - Rochester, IL

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Above, Metamora's Beau Geier (12) and Andrew Jones (45) stop a Rocket running back in third quarter action. The Redbirds struggled against the host Rochester Rockets in the 4A semi-final Saturday and were defeated 50-17 to close out their season with an 11-2 record and the Mid-Illini Conference championship.  The Rockets will face Rock Island Alleman next Friday in Champaign for the 4A title.


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Mark McDaniels (22) and Blake Mason (44), hidden in the above photo, tackle Rochester's Colton Glazebrook (27) in fourth quarter action.  Glazebrook carried the ball 19 times for 198 yards, but in the end, it was the Rockets' air attack that gave them the edge. Quarterback Wes Lunt was 13-19 with no interceptions for 257 yards to give the Rockets the win.

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It was too little too late when Michael Fay (15) ran three yards for a touchdown with 3:46 left in the game giving the Redbirds 17 to the Rockets 50, which would be the final score in Saturday's semi-final 4A contest in Rochester. Fay led Metamora's rushing with 122 yards with Charlie Nowotnik contributing 117 yards. Last year, the Redbirds defeated the Rockets in Metamora in the semi-final and went on to win the class 4A title.