Wildman, Schuring named to All-State teams

The Piatt County area had the chance to see a lot of quality quarterback play during the 2014 football season. And there’s the possibility for more in 2015.

STATE SYMPHONIES: Sages composed best runs for best time

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a preview of the full article found in the Nov. 19 issue of the Journal-Republican.


Matt Norvell, a back-to-back All-State medal winner and Monticello’s lead runner, is a Mozart man.

Zach Mesplay, the Sages’ third finisher at state and often wildcard personality, prefers Beethoven.

Welter calm in the clutch, Sages football advances

Monticello and Elmwood-Brimfield both scored the same number of touchdowns Saturday in the first round of the IHSA Class 3A playoffs: six.

Some creativity on the point after attempts helped the Sages survive to Week 2 of the postseason.

Monticello sends both teams to state in cross country

Monticello followed up its regional title from a week earlier by winning team honors in the 21-school sectional at Hickory Point.

In addition to the Sages, Unity, St. Joseph-Ogden and Urbana Uni High advanced full teams to state.

Blue Ridge wins school's first sectional title in soccer

Breaking school history is quite an accomplishment whether it’s a large team sport or an individual feat.

The Blue Ridge Knights soccer team secured itself as the school’s best team on the pitch with a 1-0 sectional championship win over St. Thomas More on Saturday at Maroa.

Sages, Knights head into playoffs with wins

After falling behind 20-14 midway through the second quarter, the Sages rattled off 28 unanswered points to outscore the Titans 30-6 in the period and take command in a 62-34 win over Monmouth-Roseville.

Rough day for Piatt County volleyball

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.


Freemon, Wildman honored by NFL's Bears

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.

Sages cross country opens home meet with win

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.

Freemon's big night lifts Rockets' hold on Sages

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.

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