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Challenging opponents. Both at home and on the road.
Close wins. Both at home and on the road.
Easy wins. Both at home and on the road.
The superb season the St. Joseph-Ogden softball team has put forth comes to a head this week.
Another top regional seed. Another expectation of a deep postseason run.
And another possible season with at least 30 wins.
To help tune up for the regional tournament this week, the Villa Grove/Heritage baseball team moved up a class (or two) for games against some very good teams.
And although the Hawks lost all three games, two of the losses were by one run apiece, and Hawks’ coach Wade Czerwonka felt that his team is ready to make a run at a regional championship.
The Villa Grove/Heritage softball team ended its regular season last Wednesday by hosting Cerro Gordo/Bement at Villa Grove. The Blue Devils took a 2-1 lead after four innings, but the Broncos scored three times in the top of the sixth to edge the Devils, 4-3.
After eight seasons and 57 victories, Villa Grove/Heritage football coach Chad Musselman has announced that he will stop down from the position. A desire to spend time with his family and an opportunity to go own his own terms were two of the reasons cited by Musselman when he made his resignation public last week.
The St. Joseph-Ogden girls track and field team is always a consistent threat at area invitationals.
Last Friday was another recent example as the Spartans placed fifth at the 18-team Monticello Invitational with 49 points.
The host Sages ended up with the team title after compiling 76 points, followed by Moweaqua Central A&M (73), Decatur St. Teresa (71) and Salt Fork (58).
The first month of the season has featured plenty of highlights, top times and standout performances for the St. Joseph-Ogden boys’ track and field team.
Perhaps none more so than last Friday night, though.
The Villa Grove/Heritage baseball team got its 2015 season underway with a slate of games against some of the better teams in east central Illinois, and took their lumps in a few of the contests, but also showed the potential for playing good baseball as the season progresses.
Every time St. Joseph-Ogden’s Jake Pence possessed the ball during Friday night’s Class 2A Paxton-Buckley-Loda Regional championship game, Paxton-Buckley-Loda’s Blue Crew serenaded him with the chant, “MVP.”
Andy Place called it “a clash of styles.”
When he brought his Villa Grove/Heritage boys’ basketball team to last Friday’s Class 2A regional championship game at Tuscola, there couldn’t be two markedly different teams on the court.
VG/Heritage emphasizes an up-tempo philosophy, with Place substituting five players about every minute.