Prep Sports

Spartans show well against Tuscola

As the St. Joseph-Ogden cross-country season heads into the stretch run towards the post-season, some of the younger runners that may or may not be in the top seven for the boys and girls got to showcase their talents on Tuesday at Kickapoo State Park in Danville.  


Spartans dominate Illini Prairie

The St. Joseph-Ogden girls’ volleyball team bounced back in a nice way from their loss to St. Thomas More one week ago, by winning three consecutive matches over some powerhouse teams in Class 2A and 3A this past week.
Last Monday evening, the Spartans traveled to Maroa-Forsyth to take on a Trojan team that used to be in the Okaw Valley Conference with SJO.  


Soccer looking to rebound

By NORA MABERRY-DANIELS
nmaberry@news-gazette.com

The St. Joseph-Ogden soccer team started this week trying to begin a new winning streak.
Prior to Monday’s home match with Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond, the Spartans lost all three matches last week, all against Illini Prairie Conference foes.


Spartans defeat Panthers

By JIM COTTER
FOR THE LEADER

After a successful weekend tournament in Mahomet that saw the SJO girls’ volleyball team capture third place with a 4-1 record on the day, the Spartans were back in action on Tuesday evening, when they welcomed the PBL Panthers to St. Joseph for a non-conference match.


Cross Country has strong showing

By JIM COTTER
FOR THE LEADER

With the cross- country season nearing the halfway point of the season, both the St. Joseph-Ogden boys’ and girls’ teams are getting their rosters together for the stretch run towards the postseason.
Last Tuesday, both teams competed against Monticello at Kickapoo State Park near Danville, and both squads finished second to the Sages.


SJO falls to Unity

By JIM COTTER
FOR THE LEADER

The St. Joseph-Ogden-Unity rivalry has been entertaining fans of both schools for many decades, and no matter the talent on the field, the stakes are always high when both teams meet and records are thrown out the window. 


Spartans fall to Saints

 


FRIDAY NIGHT FUN

St. Joseph-Ogden football made the playoffs for the 26th straight season last year.
But the Spartans lost in the first round of the Class 3A postseason for the first time since 2011, albeit to the eventual state champion in IC Catholic, and ended the season with a 5-5 record.


Hale named player of the year

ST. JOSEPH — The litany of sugary morsels Colton Hale would tuck away in one of his dresser drawers was substantial.

“Zebra cakes. Twizzlers. Swiss Rolls. I had them all,” Hale said. “My friends knew if they came over to my house, we had the good snacks.”

Four years ago, those desserts filled the forefront of Hale’s mind.


SJO headed to finals

CHARLESTON — St. Joseph-Ogden junior Zea Maroon tried to instill confidence in teammate Parker Francisco all season long about her ability to outperform her expectations in the 300-meter hurdles.


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