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GREENVILLE — The quick-play team was outquicked.
St. Joseph-Ogden’s football team made fast work of its Class 3A state semifinal opponent last Saturday at Don Stout Field.
It took seven seconds after kickoff for SJO to get the ball.
It took another seven seconds for the Spartans to reach the end zone.
For the first time.
GREENVILLE — Dick Duval hit 300 Saturday.
In bowling, that would mark a perfect score.
For the veteran St. Joseph-Ogden football coach, the number marks the amount of varsity games he has coached at the school. No. 300 came in an IHSA Class 3A state semifinal against Greenville.
Getting to the state quarterfinals is nothing new for St. Joseph-Ogden football head coach Dick Duval.
Nor for many of his assistant coaches.
But for the players Duval has this fall, this Saturday evening will present a first for most of them.
The Villa Grove/Heritage co-operative football team made history on Aug. 30, winning its first game, 46-29 over Westville, at Russ Ghere Field in Villa Grove.
@ Illini West
The Blue Devils traveled to Carthage to take on Illini West, the eighth-ranked team in Class 2A.
Two members of the Villa Grove/Heritage cross country team closed out their 2013 seasons with a bang at the Illinois High School Association’s Class 1A Sectional meet at Decatur on Saturday, Nov. 2.
The harsh reality of life in athletics is that the ultimate goal is never really achieved. Winners and losers alike strive to be the best, but in the final analysis, there is always something to improve.
St. Teresa defeated St. Joseph-Ogden 25-16, 25-20 Thursday in a Class 2A sectional volleyball title match at Argenta-Oreana’s Kimler Gymnasium.
St. Joseph-Ogden Cross Country is headed to state.
The boys cross country team which includes: Braydon Crozier, Austin Earp, Brennan Guido, Matthew Knipfer, Nate Knipfer, Clayton Nigg, Justin Phillips, Nate Phillips, Nick Poff, Ross Smetzer and Corey Thompsen finished fourth with an average time of 16:30.40 at the Decatur Cross Country Sectional on Nov. 2.
The Villa Grove/Heritage Blue Devils saw its playoff run end at the first stop Saturday when the Casey-Westfield Warriors posted a 47-18 victory over the Blue Devils in the first round of the Class 1A playoffs at Casey.
The big plays in a football game are easy to pinpoint. They bring the “oohs” and “aahs” from the crowd, usually followed by a rousing ovation that the cheerleaders orchestrate.
The bigger plays are ones that often go unnoticed by casual observers but are just as critical to the final outcome.
The Heritage volleyball team has a three-peat.
The second-seeded Hawks, behind Cedar Richardson’s 13 kills, Taylor Wienke’s 20 assists and Jen Lannon’s 18 digs, won 28-26, 23-25, 25-17 at Broadlands for their third consecutive regional championship last Thursday against Cerro Gordo.