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WEB EXCLUSIVE: Sages set for matchup against high-powered Chicago Orr

More than 36 hours have passed since the Monticello boys' basketball team returned home behind the escort of flashing lights and blaring sirens of a fire truck.

If the players, coaches and fans haven't yet come down off the high of a last-second super-sectional upset, they better hurry. The clock is ticking toward a new challenge.


Monticello wrestlers win two before weather cancelation

Monticello picked up two wins at Bismarck on Thursday, 52-18 over the Blue Devils and 39-38 over Westville/Georgetown-Ridge Farm.

Douglas Nisly-Nagele won both of his bouts at the 138-pound class. The junior won a 7-2 decision against Bismarck-Henning and pinned his opponent against W/G-F in 4 minutes, 36 seconds.


Okaw tournament title for MMS seventh graders

The Monticello Middle School seventh grade boys’ basketball team completed its run through the Okaw Valley Conference tournament last week, defeating Meridian 26-22 in the championship game to earn the title.

Thomas Swartz scored eight points and pulled down eight rebounds for the Sages who outlasted the Hawks in a back-and-forth contest Thursday.


Kerley resigns as Cerro Gordo/Bement football coach

After a brief closed session, the Cerro Gordo school board on Dec. 21 accepted the resignation of seven-year football coach Andy Kerley. No reason was given by the board or Robinson. He will continue in his teaching role at Cerro Gordo Junior/Senior High School.


Sages' act of kindness overshadows game

Monticello won a football game 36-0 Friday night, improving the Sages' record to 6-0 and securing a playoff birth for the eighth straight season.

But that's not the story.

Junior tailback Lucas Lieb ran hard, finishing with 127 rushing yards on 12 carries, including a 13-yard touchdown.


Zoning variance approved for golf clubhouse

The Piatt County board on July 13 cleared the way for the Monticello Golf Association to construct a new clubhouse at the local golf course.

Board members voted 6-0 to approve a variation that will allow the structure to be within 30 feet of the road, less than the zoning ordinance minimum of 50 feet.


Monticello approves Okaw merger

Okaw Valley and Corn Belt high school conference members have officially voted to merge into a new, 10-team conference that will begin competing in the fall of 2017.

Monticello’s school board was the final school to approve the merger, voting 7-0 in favor of it at a meeting March 30.


Time for Cubs fans to 'Embrace the Target'

I may not be insufferable, but God knows I have suffered enough as a Cub fan. In reality, I am actually a “sky is falling Cub fan,” meaning that no matter how good things look, I am waiting for the other shoe – or in this case cleat – to drop. 


Potential of depressing season looms for Cards

Ever since the Cardinals lost to the stinkin’ Chicago Cubs in the division series, there has been a rain cloud hovering above my head every time I even think about the 2016 season.


Kirby announces triathlon for Monticello

For sports enthusiasts wanting to branch out into the cross-training world of a triathlon, Kirby Medical Center will offer the first one ever for Monticello on Saturday, Aug. 13.


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