The word summer can mean many things: vacation, heat, and of course, sports. The break from school is the prime time for athletes to enhance their skills.

In April, recent Monticello graduate Andrew Ellison was selected as the Section 4 Male Recipient of the Scholar Athlete award in the state of Illinois for the NIAAA Student/Athlete Scholarship.

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In late January, when Monticello activities director Daniel Sheehan and football coach Cullen Welter heard that St. Thomas More would no longer be fielding a team, they had to scramble to fill the open slot on the schedule.

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The Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) has made the decision to cancel all remaining state series activities. A telephone conference call was held on Friday, April 3, with the IESA Board of Directors at which time the final decision was made.

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A scorching 62 percent shooting percentage in the first half helped propel the Monticello High School boys' basketball team to a dominating 50-22 win over Clinton in the initial round of the Riverton regional on Monday night.

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After a tight first half, the Monticello High School boys' basketball squad outscored Unity 34-19 in the final two quarters to capture a road win at Tolono on Monday (Feb. 18).

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Area high school girls' basketball teams will hit the court for post-season action next week. Here is the when and where they will begin their regional journeys.

Monticello rallied from a 13-point deficit early in the fourth quarter to take a 1-point lead with three minutes remaining, but a couple mistakes and a travel call on the potential game-tying basket ended the Sages’ hopes in a 52-50 road loss to Paxton-Buckley-Loda on Friday.

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Monticello senior athletes Mattie Lieb and Emelia Ness signed their letters of intent to compete with the Illinois State women’s track and field program Friday at a ceremony in the Monticello High School media center.