Softball squad battles St. Jo-Ogden

The Monticello softball team suffered its first loss of the season Tuesday, April 7 to St. Joseph-Ogden.

The Sages responded to that defeat with a win three days later.

Builta's hits push Knights over Bombers

The Blue Ridge softball team didn’t let a rough Friday effect its play Saturday as the Knights swept a double-header with Argenta-Oreana 5-0 and 4-3 the day after a 10-0 loss to Tuscola.

On Saturday, Megan Tsevelekos had two hits and one RBI for Blue Ridge in the first game victory.

Piatt County baseball roundup

Monticello improved its record to 10-0 after a nonconference 10-6 win over Paxton-Buckley-Loda.

David Vanderkloot went 2 for 3 with a home run and four RBI to power Monticello, while Jacob Burton (3 for 4), Mitch Rhodes (2 for 2, RBI) and Daniel Peterson (1 for 2, home run) complemented Vanderkloot’s efforts. 

Sages soccer shutout against tough competition

Monticello lost 4-0 against Warrensburg-Latham on Monday. It was the fourth shutout suffered by Monticello in a week with losses to Champaign Central (8-0) on Saturday, Urbana (4-0) on Thursday and Mahomet-Seymour (7-0) on Tuesday, March 31.

Monticello softball clinches three close wins in Springfield

The Monticello softball team had been winning by large margins over its opponents early in the season. The Sages showed that once the competition cranks up, they can win the tight ball games as well.

Allerton readies for third year of half marathon

As the saying goes: practice makes perfect – and that’s what race organizers for the upcoming Allerton Trails Half Marathon and 10K are striving for in their third time around the course, so to speak.

Peoria keeps boys' state tournament


PEORIA  – The Illinois High School Association says it will keep the boys state basketball tournament in Peoria and the girls tournament in Normal for at least the next five years.

The IHSA made the announcement Saturday, saying it has built “strong traditions in Normal and Peoria.”

Area swimmers excel in pool for Clinton team

The Clinton Community YMCA Otters will be competing this weekend in the 2014-2015 Illinois State YMCA Swimming Championships, which will be held in St. John, Indiana, at Lake Central High School. 

Monticello goes undefeated in first week of baseball season

The Monticello baseball team could not have asked for a better week.

Not only did the Sages play every game on the schedule for the opening week of the season - usually a rarity in Central Illinois - but they won each and every one of them to kick start their season in a good direction.

Column: March Madness hits Okaw, Big Ten

I don't often compare the different levels of sports. For one, I'd be setting myself up for disappointment if I did. But really, it's mostly because each level offers something uniquely greater than the others can or do.

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