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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 – 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.”