Spartans take three matches during busy week

Time is running out on the regular season for the St. Joseph-Ogden High School volleyball team. But that does not mean the Spartans are taking it easy in the final three weeks of the 2014 campaign.

Last week, SJO played three matches, one against non-conference power Tri-Valley, and a pair of Okaw Valley Conference contests against arch-rival Unity and fellow Okaw newcomer Rantoul.

Spartans win postseason opener

The St. Joseph-Ogden soccer team did not start the regular season the way they wanted to.

Nor end it in successful fashion, either.

Doesn’t matter, though.

As of press time, the Spartans’ season was still going after a convincing 3-0 win against Unity last Friday in a Class 1A regional quarterfinal match.

Blue Devils third, fourth at Sullivan meet

 The Villa Grove-Heritage cross-country teams traveled to Sullivan on Oct. 7 for a meet with Shelbyville, Tuscola, Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond and the host Sullivan/Okaw Valley Redskins.

In the girls’ meet, the Blue Devils placed fourth in the team standings with 95 points behind Shelbyville, SOV and Tuscola.

Turnovers cost Blue Devils the win

The Villa Grove/Heritage Blue Devils fumbled eight times last Friday night, losing six of them in a 32-21 loss to Cumberland at Russ Ghere Field in Villa Grove, the first loss of the season for the Blue Devils.

Picking off the Trojans

Jake Pence doesn’t just study game film.

He devours game film.

Analyzes game film.

Dreams about game film.

In essence, game film is a pretty big deal to the St. Joseph-Ogden junior.

SJO football clinches playoff berth

Six wins is what every high school football team strives for. 

With good reason.

Blue Devils defeat Oblong

The Villa Grove-Heritage Blue Devils scored 21 unanswered points in the second quarter to blow open a close game last  Friday night, as the Blue Devils defeated Oblong, 53-30, in a Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division football game at Oblong.

Spartan girls win classic

The 43-year-old Spartan Classic has enjoyed quite a run.

The last four Class 1A girls’ state title cross-country teams carted away the first-place trophy at the Spartan Classic.

If the streak is extended to five, St. Joseph-Ogden’s Spartans will be thankful.

Spartans keep plugging away

A little less than a week remains in the regular season for the St. Joseph-Ogden soccer team.

Finishing with a winning record is still plausible for the Spartans. But seeing steady improvement is the main focus before Class 1A postseason action begins.

Blue Devils go 4-0

The Villa Grove/Heritage football team will likely pick up some more support in this week’s Class 2A polls after their 35-0 victory Friday night over Palestine-Hutsonville.

The Blue Devils continued their streak of holding opponents to one touchdown or less to four straight games, and raised their record to 4-0 by winning their Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division opener.

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