Sages are conference champs

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.

Sages hand Cardinals first loss

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.

Broncos take fifth at LOVC; Sages 6-1 in Okaw

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.

Monticello wrestling takes second at Randy Bowman Invitational

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.

Sages wrestling finishes fourth at Bomber Classic

Photos from Argenta-Oreana on Saturday, Jan. 3.

Three Monticello sports memories from 2014

With the turn of the calendar from 2014 to 2015, a lot of people are looking back at was and looking ahead to what might be. Let’s do the same with a Monticello sports twist.

Ridgeview defeats Monticello in Hoopla championship

Second verse, same as the first.

Ridgeview used an 11-0 run overlapping the end of the first quarter and start of the second to build a nine-point lead and hung on against tournament host Monticello for a 65-56 win Monday night in the championship game of the annual Holiday Hoopla in Monticello.

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.

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