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Girls advance to state

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With the girls’ state track and field championships on the horizon, the St. Joseph-Ogden Lady Spartans will be well represented in Charleston next weekend.


Spartans place second at Classic

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Boys take second at Classic

The track programs at St. Joseph-Ogden High School continue their success this season, and as conference and sectional meets draw closer, the level of competition among the athletes will increase along with the anticipation of those events.


VGH track in full swing

The Villa Grove/Heritage track and field teams have been in action outdoors lately after preparing for the season with some indoor meets.

The Blue Devils have been competing in smaller, four and five team meets before moving up to larger invitationals.


Jacobs signs with Millikin

Aysia Jacobs loves basketball.

The St. Joseph-Ogden senior, who averaged 15.9 points per game this season, loves basketball so much that the idea of not playing the sport in college never entered her head.

“It has always ran in my family,” she said. “I am the first one to go to college and play basketball, and that was my motivation.”


Panthers win state

The third time ended up being the charm.

Having gone to state for the third time in the 2015-16 school year, the St. Joseph Middle School eighth grade girls finally reached the top of the mountain, winning the Class 3A State Volleyball Tournament on Tuesday evening at the Rocket Center in Tolono, defeating Illini Bluffs of Glasford by scores of 25-18, 18-25 and 25-19.


Welcome home champs!

The 2015-16 St. Joseph-Ogden boys basketball team has many labels attached to it.
Leaders.
Role models.
Now they can include state champions.


‘This senior year brings back a lot of memories’

Basketball players start young in St. Joseph.
Jake Pence said he has photos of himself holding a basketball when he was less than a year old.
Ty Brown doesn’t remember a time when he wasn’t playing basketball.
Kohlten Johnson played basketball at the Mattoon YMCA before moving to St. Joseph.
Eli Oltean vividly remembers playing travel basketball with his friends in grade school.


"We call them our sixth man'

St. Joseph-Ogden fans travel well.
They cheered the team on in Springfield against Pleasant Plains on March 8 before traveling to Peoria on Friday and Saturday to cheer the team on to a state championship.
It didn’t go unnoticed by the players.


Kibler and Meeker head back to state

The biggest stage in high school wrestling awaits two St. Joseph-Ogden
athletes this week.

And two who are already well-versed in what will transpire during the
Class 1A state meet at State Farm Center that begins Thursday and runs
through Saturday night.

Wesley Kibler is making his fourth state appearance, and the SJO senior


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