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The St. Joseph-Ogden cross country runners have one goal.
"I believe the goal of both the men and the women are to put themselves in position to win a trophy at the state meet," said SJO boys cross country coach Jason Retz said. "Both groups have seen success in junior high and in high school and are ready to take the next step to being one of the best teams in the state."
Last year, the Heritage volleyball team faced disappointment as they lost in a Class 1A sectional semi-final to Arthur-Lovington.
The Villa Grove/Heritage cross-country teams open their 2014 seasons this week with a pair of meets in Champaign at The High School of St. Thomas More.
The Blue Devils will run against the Sabers and a few other teams on Thursday afternoon at 4:30 pm. before returning on Saturday for the Saber Classic, starting at 10 a.m.
Despite losing a dozen players from a team that made the playoffs the last two seasons, Villa Grove/Heritage football coach Chad Musselman is very upbeat about the 2014 edition of the Blue Devils, which opens the season Friday night at home against Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond.
Despite returning five starters from a Sweet 16 team, St. Joseph-Ogden volleyball coach Abby McDonald is making sure her Spartans don’t rest on their laurels from a year ago.
Football coach Dick Duval is a little leery of the prognosticators saying great things about the St. Joseph-Ogden football team.
“So many people are talking us up, like we’re something special this year,” said Duval, who guided the school into the Class 3A state finals last November. “We have good skill kids (returning), but the key to success is in the offensive and defensive lines.
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Last year, the St. Joseph-Ogden soccer team finished with a 16-6-3 record and were a play or two away from a second straight regional title.
On Aug. 13, the first day the IHSA allows soccer teams to officially practice, the Spartans will set their upcoming coals for this season, said head coach Richard Vetter.
The St. Joseph-Ogden football team will travel to Maroa-Forysth on Oct. 10 to take on the Trojans.
Maroa-Forsyth will come to St. Joseph in 2015.
After that, the two football teams may not play each other again.
Tom Michael will have his eyes and ears open when he heads to Charleston as Eastern Illinois’ newest athletic director.