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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.
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.
The last time the Sages played the Cardinals, the result was a 68-point Monticello win.
The rematch, coach David Beery said, was “one of those we had to grind it out.”
Monticello senior Zach Fisher was at half court when fellow senior Noah Freemon passed the ball off the backboard to a trailing Isiah Florey whose dunk attempt ricocheted off the back of the rim and out of bounds.
Monticello senior Logan Knisley began his quest to the state podium by winning the Class 1A Shelbyville regional 126-pound championship by pinfall Saturday as the Sages advanced eight wrestlers to the individual sectional tournament this weekend.
Seventeen years is a long time to wait between conference championships.
Monticello wrestling was one team win away against St. Joseph-Ogden from another sweep of the Okaw Valley Conference duals.
The Sages came up just short, losing to the Spartans 40-30 on Tuesday, Jan. 26.
Offensive rebounding kept St. Thomas More close on the road. One final rebound in the closing seconds lifted the Sabers to victory.
Mike Miller grabbed an errant shot by David Horn with two seconds left and scored on the putback to help STM defeat Okaw Valley Conference foe Monticello 61-60 on Friday.
The Monticello Middle School seventh grade boys’ basketball team captured a regional title Thursday after defeating Tuscola 39-26 in the championship game.
Chris Brown led the Sages with 14 points and Andrew Rudolph also notched double figures with 11.
Head coach Dave Beery thought his Monticello girls’ basketball team played a good three quarters in Thursday’s 65-26 win against Maroa-Forsyth.
Too harsh for a squad that won the game by 39 points? Not for Beery who is trying to get the Sages to play to their potential night in and night out.