Prep Sports

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


Hawks to take on Tuscola

The Heritage Hawks have drawn the Tuscola Warriors as their first opponent
in the Georgetown-Ridge Farm Class 2A Regional Tournament which begins
Monday.

The Hawks and Warriors will play the first game of the regional at 6 p.m.,
Monday night, with the winner to face unbeaten and top-ranked
Warrensburg-Latham in the semifinals on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.


Spartans win regional title

Sometimes getting healthy can produce dividends.

The St. Joseph-Ogden girls basketball team, who are finally getting back to full strength, staged an improbable fourth quarter comeback to stun the number two seeded Bismarck-Henning Blue Devils 50-43 in the championship game of the Class 2A Regional at St. Joseph-Ogden High School.


Girls victorious on Senior Night

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Tonight, it was all about the seniors.

 


Blue Devils seeded third

The Villa Grove/Heritage girls’ basketball team will begin play in the Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division tournament this weekend by taking on Palestine/Hutsonville.

The Blue Devils have received the third seed in the six-team tournament, which will be hosted by Tri-County, and held at the Shiloh High School gym in Hume.


Spartans fall to T-town

If there is one thing that can be said about the 2015-16 edition of the St. Joseph-Ogden Spartans, they have played a very challenging schedule.

The shoes of Teutopolis, who are ranked #3 in the state in Class 2A, paid a visit to St. Joseph on the evening of Jan. 7 and the Lady Spartans put up a good fight, but ultimately fell 54-43 to their guests.


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