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As the City of Monticello tries to figure out how to build outdoor recreation fields on the west edge of town, a former University of Illinois baseball standout wants to take care of indoor training for local athletes with a 27,000-square-foot complex on the east side.

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A funny thing happened on the way to the recent Monticello High School trophy giveaway. The search for a particular piece of 60-year-old hardware yielded none, but instead found another gem in one of the last places staff members looked.

High school baseball will wait another year to compete on the Bement ball field, but work is nearly complete on a rehabilitation project that began in 2012.

Kenli Nettles of Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond proved she was a top athlete and state contender in Class 1A last year at the state finals in Charleston.

The Bement school board is ready to expand its cooperative sports agreement with neighboring Cerro Gordo, and has sent a proposal to its co-op partner to add volleyball to the list of teams the two districts combine forces for.