Sports

Hawks to play for third coach in three years

Like their football counterparts, the Villa Grove/Heritage boys’ basketball team will be playing for their third head coach in as many seasons.

Unlike the football team, however, the new coach of the basketball Hawks is familiar with the VG/H program. Corey White has worked his way through the ranks  the past few years.


Blue Devils look for improvement this season

The 2016 basketball season is underway for the Villa Grove/Heritage Blue Devils are hoping that an added year of experience will result in an improvement from last year’s 8-21 mark.


Girls have strong showing in Tip-Off

The St. Joseph-Ogden girls basketball team began the Brian Loman era this past week, as they went 3-1 in the GCMS/Fisher Tip-Off Classic.

The Classic is played in both Gibson City and Fisher.


Changes coming to SJO girls basketball

Changes are coming to the St. Joseph-Ogden girls’ basketball team, and they are not necessarily bad ones.

Coming off of a season in which the Spartans won their second consecutive regional title under former head coach Jeff Finis, a changing of the guard will occur this season, as Finis steps down for health reasons.


Cross Country stays competitive

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.


Spartans win invite

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.


Spartans fall to STM

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.


Tuscola ruins Blue Devils' home opener

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.


Blue and Gold Kickoff to take place Friday

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.


Gatorade kickoff to take place Friday

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.  


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