Janes plays in Shrine game

Connor Janes isn’t ashamed to admit it.

His Friday nights are bound to feel different next fall.

“Playing under those lights with your best friends and playing the game you love, you enjoy those moments,” Janes said. “I’m going to miss high school football so much.”

Blaase going the distance

Chelsea Blaase held the winning numbers this school year.

The trifecta that the former St. Joseph-Ogden athlete hit was 10, 4 and 6.

As a junior at the University of Tennessee, Blaase accumulated All-America honors in three sports at three distances.

Spartans showcase themselves at state

More than a month has passed since the St. Joseph-Ogden track and field programs competed on the state’s biggest stage.

Picking up some big wins

Challenging opponents. Both at home and on the road.
Close wins. Both at home and on the road.
Easy wins. Both at home and on the road.
The superb season the St. Joseph-Ogden softball team has put forth comes to a head this week.

Spartans garner top seed in regional

Another top regional seed. Another expectation of a deep postseason run.
And another possible season with at least 30 wins.

Games against larger foes get Hawks ready

To help tune up for the regional tournament this week, the Villa Grove/Heritage baseball team moved up a class (or two) for games against some very good teams.

And although the Hawks lost all three games, two of the losses were by one run apiece, and Hawks’ coach Wade  Czerwonka felt that his team is ready to make a run at a regional championship.

VG/H drops regular­ season finale, face Pana in regional

The Villa Grove/Heritage softball team ended its regular season last Wednesday by  hosting Cerro Gordo/Bement at Villa Grove. The Blue Devils took a 2-­1 lead after four innings,  but the Broncos scored three times in the top of the sixth to edge the Devils, 4­-3.

Football coach resigns

After eight seasons and 57 victories, Villa Grove/Heritage football coach Chad Musselman has announced that he will stop down from the position. A desire to spend time with his family and an opportunity to go own his own terms were two of the reasons cited by Musselman when he made his resignation public last week.

Consistency key to wins

The St. Joseph-Ogden girls track and field team is always a consistent threat at area invitationals.

Last Friday was another recent example as the Spartans placed fifth at the 18-team Monticello Invitational with 49 points.

The host Sages ended up with the team title after compiling 76 points, followed by Moweaqua Central A&M (73), Decatur St. Teresa (71) and Salt Fork (58).

Classic way to enjoy Spartan Classic

The first month of the season has featured plenty of highlights, top times and standout performances for the St. Joseph-Ogden boys’ track and field team.

Perhaps none more so than last Friday night, though.

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