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By JIM COTTER
FOR THE LEADER
It seems like the deeper the St. Joseph-Ogden Cross Country teams get into the season, the stronger the nucleus of the squads become.
This is especially true on the girls’ side, as the top four runners for the Spartans are beginning to distance themselves from the rest of the field.
The St. Joseph-Ogden girls’ volleyball team returned to action following a week off, and the time away from the court wasn’t really evident, as they finished second to Tri-Valley in the Mahomet-Seymour Invitational at Mahomet.
St. Joseph-Ogden did everything it needed to turn St. Thomas More into a one-dimensional offense.
The Spartans shut down the St. Thomas More run game cold. The Sabers backs could gain little traction up the middle, and St. Joseph-Ogden corralled St. Thomas More quarterback D.J. Lee — eliminating any room for him between the tackles.
The Tuscola Warriors scored six of their ten touchdowns on interception and kickoff returns on their way to a 69-8 non conference football victory over Villa Grove/Heritage at Russ Ghere Field in Villa Grove Friday night. The loss put a damper on the home debut of VG/H head coach Joe Stokowski, and gave the Blue Devils their second loss in as many games.
Villa Grove High School will be hosting Blue and Gold Night this Friday evening at Russ Ghere Field. This event will give the public their first opportunity to see the fall sports teams at Villa Grove High School, as well as the Villa Grove/Heritage coop.
Bring some Gatorade and see the fall St. Joseph-Ogden sports teams in action on Friday night.
The SJO Fan Club is holding the second SJO Gatorade Kickoff night.
There is no admission fee but those attending are encouraged to bring Gatorade for the sports teams. Any amount of Gatorade and any flavor will be accepted.
ST. JOSEPH — All 40 rounds of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft eventually concluded Saturday night.
Dalton Parker didn’t keep refreshing Twitter on Saturday so the recent St. Joseph-Ogden graduate could see if he was one of 1,216 draft picks this June.
Dalton Parker will remember this past week for some time.
And this upcoming weekend possibly even longer.
The St. Joseph-Ogden pitcher could find himself a Major League Baseball draft pick at some point over the next 48 hours.
The Villa Grove/Heritage softball team saw its 2016 season come to a close in the first round of the Tuscola Class 2A Regional tournament when the Blue Devils dropped a 14-0 decision at Sullivan on Monday, May 16.
The Villa Grove/Heritage baseball Hawks closed out their regular season with four games, including three contests against larger schools. The fact that the Hawks won just one of the four contests was overshadowed by the opportunity to work on different aspects of their game and the chance to keep the pitching staff loose and ready to go for the postseason.