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.

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.

Monticello football vs. Byron in the class 3A Football state championship game at Memorial Stadium in Champaign on Friday, Sept. 23, 2018.

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.

St. Joseph-Ogden vs. Monticello in a prep football game at SJ-O in St. Joseph on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. Monticello won 50-7.