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Thursday was a tough day for Piatt County volleyball teams. Three of the five teams in the county lost on the day, with the Knights of Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond and the Eagles of DeLand-Weldon pulling out the only wins.
Monticello teammates Noah Freemon and Brandon Wildman made history Friday, off the field.
The juniors were recognized by the Chicago Bears as the state’s High School Football Players of the Week. It was the first time in the 19 years the bEars have honored players that co-winners were selected.
The Monticello cross country team hosted its first meet of the season Tuesday, Sept. 16 - a conference matchup with St. Joseph-Ogden.
The Sages’ boys team placed its top five runners in the first seven to hand the Spartans a 19-42 defeat at Lodge Park.
It wasn’t exactly a curse. At least, nothing happened for there to be one.
But it certainly was a large monkey on the back of the Monticello football program: a large, helmet wearing monkey.
Consider the curse broken, the monkey removed, the streak stopped. The Sages have won again.
Blue Ridge defeated host Hoopeston Area 1-0 in the championship game of the Hoopeston Area Cornjerker Classic on Saturday.
Justin Jamison scored an unassisted goal for Blue Ridge. Blayne Zeigler had three saves.
The Knights are still undefeated this season as Blue Ridge defeated Cornerstone and Monticello in pool play.
Quarterback Brandon Wildman didn’t eclipse 200 yards passing in Monticello’s second game this season, but the junior led another potent outing for the offense in the Sages’ 45-21 win over Macomb on Saturday.
Wildman finished with 166 yards and three touchdowns throwing the football and added 113 yards on the ground with two TDs for Monticello.
The Broncos are still figuring out how to win the long ones.
Cerro Gordo’s volleyball team dropped its second three-set match of the week Thursday night, a 25-23, 25-18, 25-6 loss to Little Okaw Valley Conference rival Tri-County.
The Broncos pulled off a tight win in the first set against Tri-County, but the Titans rallied to win the next two.
The Blue Ridge soccer team completed a spotless first week of the season by taking the Soccer Shootout Championship at the Sally Walker Invitational in Urbana on Saturday.
The Knights were 2-0-1 (2.5 points) while shootout host Uni High finished second (2) followed by Oakwood (1.5) and Fisher (0).
It’s a game that means something different – but nothing less – than in previous years.
For more than four decades, football teams from Villa Grove/Heritage and Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond have been conference rivals.
BY CHRIS PATTON
It took 19 games for the football co-op between Cerro Gordo and Bement to lose their first regular season game. Actually, it took 19 games and one overtime period.