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Keys to Monticello's first football championship

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State title appearance brings everyone to Champaign

Sage fans large and small, young and old, Monticello natives and transplants alike united to fill Memorial Stadium the day after Thanksgiving, standing the entire game in rainy conditions to root the Sages football squad to victory.


Sages heading to first state title football game!

The football team in Monticello is good. Very good. Very, very good.

The Sages are outstanding. Fantastic. Record-setting.

And, so far, Monticello has been unmatched.


Bement approves co-op extensions with Cerro Gordo

Without discussion, the Bement school board unanimously approved six cooperative sports contracts with the Cerro Gordo school district at a special meeting on April 25.


Foundation hopes to finish up Bement ball field renovation

The Bement Foundation hopes high school baseball will return to the Bement ball field next spring, even if it means contracting a firm to finish the renovation job that started five years ago.


Sages football ready for more

It has been a steady climb for the Monticello football program under head coach Cully Welter.

Since going 5-5 in his second season at the helm, Welter has guided the Sages to progressively more wins in five of the last six years. Monticello reached nine wins in 2013 (for the first time since 1997) and 10 wins in 2015.


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.


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