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PEORIA – The Illinois High School Association says it will keep the boys state basketball tournament in Peoria and the girls tournament in Normal for at least the next five years.
The IHSA made the announcement Saturday, saying it has built “strong traditions in Normal and Peoria.”
The Clinton Community YMCA Otters will be competing this weekend in the 2014-2015 Illinois State YMCA Swimming Championships, which will be held in St. John, Indiana, at Lake Central High School.
The Monticello baseball team could not have asked for a better week.
Not only did the Sages play every game on the schedule for the opening week of the season - usually a rarity in Central Illinois - but they won each and every one of them to kick start their season in a good direction.
I don't often compare the different levels of sports. For one, I'd be setting myself up for disappointment if I did. But really, it's mostly because each level offers something uniquely greater than the others can or do.
An 11-point Sages lead halfway through the fourth quarter seemed safe.
Then the Bombers had to go and blow it all up.
Opponents’ game plans typically focus on slowing down Monticello’s two high-scoring juniors, and rightfully so. Zach Fisher and Noah Freemon take over half of the Sages’ shots and average 35 points between the two of them.
But for one night – perhaps the biggest night – it was the Monticello’s veterans who made the important plays down the stretch.
The undefeated Warrensburg-Latham Cardinals came into Monticello’s gym and left with a loss.
The Sages started strong and finished late to nip the Cardinals 54-50 in front of an excited crowd Tuesday, Jan. 27.
The Cerro Gordo-Bement girls’ basketball team lost a heartbreaker early in the week but bounced back for a strong finish in the Little Okaw Valley Conference tournament Saturday.
The Monticello wrestling schedule is a long, demanding challenge year in and year out for the Sages.
Injuries pop up, wrestlers fatigue. It can be grueling to compete once or twice during the week and then face the top competition in the state at a weekend tournament.
Photos from Argenta-Oreana on Saturday, Jan. 3.