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BY CHRIS PATTON/PCJR CORRESPONDENT
In sports, games that feature outstanding performances are often named after the players who came through in the clutch.
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.
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.
Monticello senior Jacob Wells won first place in pole vault at the sectional track and field meet in Mattoon on Thursday to advance to the state competition this weekend.
Wells vaulted 14 feet to claim the top spot, and he did so after breaking the Monticello school record that stood since 1987.
MT. PULASKI – It took the Blue Ridge Knights one extra inning and just two hits – both from junior Thomas Hardesty – to edge the LeRoy Panthers 3-2 for a regional championship victory.
The Panthers started the scoring in the second as junior Teddy Harms blooped a single to short right field to drive in Eli Kerns and Bryce Dooley for the 2-0 lead.
FORSYTH – All season long, the Monticello softball team was able to get the big hit when needed.
That timely hitting led to another 20-win season for the Sages. But on a picturesque day Saturday in the Class 2A regional championship, the big hit never came and Monticello fell to conference rival Maroa-Forsyth 6-1.
BY CHRIS PATTON
Last season, Monticello knocked St. Joseph-Ogden out of the baseball postseason in the sectional semifinals on a seventh inning home run.
This season, the Spartans returned the favor, only a round earlier and behind a barrage of long balls.
The Monticello softball team scored six runs in three of the four innings they batted, swatting aside the visiting Decatur MacArthur Generals with ease 24-8 on Friday.
The Monticello track teams finished first on the boys’ side and second on the girls’ as the Sages hosted the Piatt-Macon County Invitational on Tuesday, April 21. The boys’ earned 180 team points, beating second-place Maroa-Forsyth at 63. The girls’ were second with 153 points behind Maroa-Forsyth’s 175.
For the past year, Emily Zelhart was telling everyone she knew that she didn’t plan on playing volleyball in college. That changed when the right opportunity came along.