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Dick Duval has said this all season.
The St. Joseph-Ogden football coach wants his seniors to lead.
And lead they did as the Spartans closed out the regular season with a 34-6 home win last Friday night against nonconference foe Prairie Central.
Senior running back Orion Ciota led the offense with 88 rushing yards on 11 attempts and two touchdowns.
St. Joseph-Ogden Head Coach Jason Retz knows his team is dedicated.
He knew it when the girls won the Okaw Valley Conference meet, when the runners ran personal bests at the Peoria Heights Invite and when the boys had huge races all year long.
Following his team’s Week Six loss to Cumberland, Villa Grove/Heritage football coach Chad Musselman commented that “fumbles, bad snaps and penalties were the only thing
The St. Joseph-Ogden High School volleyball team had a tough time last week building momentum for the postseason, dropping two Okaw Valley Conference matches to league- leading Maroa-Forsyth and local rival Unity.
Assistant Coach Marshall Schacht stood in front of the St. Joseph-Ogden football team as the seconds wound down on the scoreboard at Hicks field in Tolono.
It wasn’t the outcome the Spartans had hoped for.
And it most certainly wasn’t the outcome they wanted.
The Villa Grove/Heritage Blue Devils clinched a share of the Little Okaw Valley Conference’s Southeast Division championship last Friday night with a 28-21 victory over Tri-County at Oakland.
The win moved the Blue Devils a step closer to a possible first-round home game in the playoffs with one regular season game remaining this Friday against Bismarck-Henning.
The St. Joseph-Ogden High School volleyball team had another busy week as the regular season comes down to the final two weeks.
The Spartans opened with a non-conference match on Oct. 13 at Champaign Central, followed by a pair of Okaw Valley Conference matches: Oct. 14 at home against Monticello, and back in Champaign last Thursday against St. Thomas More.
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.
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.