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You can call it a three-peat.
The Monticello Marlins swim team is on quite a roll under coach Emma Espenschied. The Marlins won their third straight conference meet Saturday, combining for 321 points, good enough to comfortably defeat host Rantoul (288).
The Monticello Marlins took wins on the road against the Paxton Aquatic Wildcats in a swim meet held Saturday, July 19 in Paxton.
The Marlins earned the combined score victory with 304 points to Paxton’s 203. The girls had a 165-105 margin, while the boys outdistance their opponent 164-105.
The Piatt County legion baseball team started last week with a disappointing loss to Charleston on Tuesday, June 17 – PC opened a 6-0 lead in the first two innings before surrendering seven runs in the bottom of the second and losing 9-7 – but things turned around quickly for a team that is now on a bit of a hot streak.
All season long, this Monticello softball team didn't shy away from big moments.
And why would it? With five seniors and a lineup chalk full of experience, the Sages had already experienced anything that could be thrown at them.
Except a trip to the state tournament.
Blue Ridge scored six runs in its final two at bats Saturday to defeat Argenta-Oreana 8-5 and capture the regional softball championship at St. Thomas More High School in Champaign.
Those around Monticello athletics have a phrase or motto you’ll hear echo from one fan to another: it’s a great day to be a Sage.
There may not be another day like Saturday in Monticello.
Two decades since the Monticello baseball team celebrated a regional title.
The wait is now over.
Michael Plunk has been the star of the Blue Ridge basketball team since he was a sophomore. Now, the Knight senior will join another program in the fall.
He’s just lucky it’s one with the same colors.
Ask Allie Hislope what the Monticello softball team hit last year and she’ll respond with a quick answer.
“Hitting-wise, last year we had a batting average of .356,” she said, “and this year our goal is to get that above .450.”
What was the Sages’ weakness on offense; maybe strikeouts?