Prep Sports

Spartans place second at Classic

Second out of 19 teams isn’t bad.

The defending state champions placed second at their only actual home meet during the Spartan Classic.

The SJO girls were three points behind Uni and 32 points away from the third place team in Unity.

Faith Huston finished sixth with a time of 18:43.4.

Abby Gawthorp placed ninth with a time of 19:00.5.

SJO vs. Maroa to be televised

St. Joseph-Ogden High School will be hosting more than the Maroa-Forsyth football team on Oct. 9.

The high school will also be hosting a TV crew.

WBUI will be on hand to broadcast the game live on Oct. 9.

The game will air on the CW network at 7 p.m.

'We have high expecations'

After last Friday night’s Okaw Valley Conference victory against Rantoul, St. Joseph-Ogden players were quiet and wore somber faces in the postgame huddle.

Coach Dick Duval’s message to his players was clear — this was not good enough.

A very happy Homecoming

St. Joseph-Ogden head coach Dick Duval often tells his quarterbacks they must have short term memory when it comes to missed passes.

That goes for current quarterback Eli Oltean as well.

“It is almost like he is his harshest critic,” Duval said. “We talked about it all week and hopefully he is going to learn from his struggles last week and be better each week.”

Blue Devils defeat Decatur Lutheran

The Villa Grove/Heritage football team trailed 14-­8, at the end of the first quarter, but used a 28­-6 outburst in the second period to overtake the Decatur Lutheran School Association on their way to a 48­-20 victory over the Lions in a Little Okaw Valley Conference cross­divisional game at Russ Ghere Field in Villa Grove.

Hawks stumble against Okaw Valley

The progress made by the Heritage High School volleyball team at the Casey­-Westfield tournament and against Fisher and Martinsville took a couple steps backward last week, as the Hawks lost home matches to Okaw Valley and Bement.

Things looked promising on Monday night against Okaw Valley, when the Hawks won the first set by a score of 25-­15.

Spartans near a perfect 10

Clean sweeps. Nearly all of them.

That’s the main point of the St. Joseph-Ogden volleyball team going into the second month of the season.

Coach Abby McDonald’s group sported a superb 10-1 record leading into Tuesday night’s Okaw Valley Conference opener at Rantoul (results unavailable at press time), with strong showings nearly every time the Spartans have taken the court.

Blue Devils compete at Tuscola, Blue Ridge Invite

The Villa Grove/Heritage golf team hit the links twice as their schedule reached the halfway point.

On Sept. 10, the Blue Devils visited the Ironhorse Golf Club in Tuscola for a quadrangular meet with Effingham St. Anthony, Salt Fork, the host Warriors and VG/H.

Tuscola had the low team score for the day with a 189.

Blue Devils run twice at Tuscola

The Villa Grove/Heritage cross­-country team visited their home away from home last week for a pair of meets at Wimple Park in Tuscola.

Tuesday, the Blue Devils ran against the Marshall Lions, Bement Bulldogs and the host Warriors.

Saturday, VG/H competed in the Tuscola Classic, with a total of 346 runners participating.

Brown leads Spartans to victory

St. Joseph-Ogden head coach Dick Duval is a fan of running back Ty Brown.

“Ty has been running the ball hard,” he said. “He is not just the guy who is going to scoot outside. He is running the ball between the tackles now. “

Brown scored four touchdowns in the first half to lead the Spartans to a 42-8 victory over Monmouth-Roseville last Saturday at home.

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