Sages reach new mark under Welter

It might be a good idea for the Sages not to make a habit out of falling behind by two touchdowns in every playoff game.

Just saying.

For the second straight week in the postseason, Monticello had fallen behind two scores to a quality opponent. For the second straight week in the postseason, Monticello will advance with a double-digit victory.

FOOTBALL: Slinging in the rain, Sages move on

Now that you have Gene Kelly’s silky smooth voice dancing in your head thanks to the headline, let’s move on to the Sages looking anything other than silky smooth in the first half but dominating the final two quarters to turn a close playoff game into a rout.

VOLLEYBALL: Regional wrapup - Knights win

Sophomore Maddy Hopkins described it well.

“The second game was one of the scariest moments of my life, honestly,” Blue Ridge’s young middle hitter said.

And so close to Halloween, too.

CROSS COUNTRY: Sages boys' team advances

A year after creating school history and winning the Class 1A cross country team title, the Monticello boys’ cross country team will be back at it again in Peoria on Saturday with a chance – albeit slim – of repeating as the team atop the podium.

Sages cross country teams advance out of tough regional

In one of the toughest regional races in the state Saturday, both Monticello cross country teams performed well enough to advance to this weekend’s sectional meets. The Sages boys’ team finished third at the Class 1A regional in Paxton, three points behind second-place St. Joseph-Ogden.

Broncos become playoff eligible


Finesse passing offenses have become all the rage at the professional, college and high school levels. In their most recent win, Cerro Gordo-Bement ignored that trend and used a brute force running game to come out on top.

Sages secure playoff berth

Monticello overcame some key first half turnovers and relied on a strong defense to register its sixth win of the season Friday at St. Thomas More in Champaign. The 26-6 road victory for the 6-1 Sages ensures the squad yet another postseason appearance.

Broncos get back on winning side


In sports, games that feature outstanding performances are often named after the players who came through in the clutch.

Sages flex muscle ahead of Unity game

The first three games for Monticello turned out to be two blowouts and one that probably should have been a blowout. So not many of the questions from the preseason have been answered about this Sages team.

TRACK AND FIELD: Welter second as Sages shine at state

Monticello was one of the smallest schools in the field at the IHSA Class 2A state finals Saturday in Charleston.

Freshman Aliyah Welter wasn’t the largest in stature either among the pole vaulters, but that didn’t stop her or the rest of her Sages teammates from performing exceptionally well among Illinois’ best at O’Brien Stadium.

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