Prep Sports

Spartans move on to semifinals

BLOOMINGTON — Ty Brown’s performance in the regular-season finale provided a hint of what was to come.

PBL rejects Okaw Invite

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board narrowly rejected an
invitation for PBL High School’s athletic programs to join the Okaw Valley
Conference Wednesday night.

The 4-3 vote came a little over a year after the board voted 5-2 to turn
down a previous invitation.

PBL High School Principal Travis Duley received a mailed invitation on

Spartans advance

Dick Duval had done the math before the season started.

The St. Joseph-Ogden coach needed 11 wins to reach 250 in 28 years with the Spartans.

He wasn’t sure it was possible.

“At the beginning of the year I sat there and thought, ‘Man, 11 wins, that is a lot,” he said. “But these kids keep on finding a way to win. It feels really good.”

Spartans bring home two trophies

It had never been done before- two state trophies for cross country in the same year.

But that is what happened last Saturday when both the boys and girls teams placed third in the Class 1A state cross country meet.

Season ends with loss at Auburn

The Villa Grove/Heritage Blue Devils were victimized by the big play, and stymied by a tough defense last Saturday afternoon, as the Auburn Trojans eliminated the Blue Devils, 44­-14, in a Class 2A playoff game at Auburn.

 Four of the Trojans’ six touchdowns covered 20 yards or more as Auburn jumped out to a 24-­0 lead and were never threatened.

Spartans return six



There is a youth movement underway for the St. Joseph­-Ogden girls basketball team.

For a team that returns six seniors from a 16-­11 campaign in 2014­-15, head coach Jeff Finis is very optimistic about the team that he is about ready to put on the floor.

Blue Devils defeat Johnston City

The Villa Grove/Heritage Blue Devils advanced to the second round of the Illinois High School Association football playoffs for the first time since 2012, thanks to a 46­-22 victory over Johnston City in a Class 2A first-­round game at Russ Ghere Field.

Spartans win regional crown

BISMARCK — The St. Joseph-Ogden volleyball team played timidly, coach Abby McDonald said, as it fell behind 19-17 in the first set of last Thursday’s Class 2A Bismarck-Henning Regional final against the Blue Devils.

Spartans defeat Fairfield

ST. JOSEPH — For nine games, St. Joseph-Ogden’s opponents knew the Spartans were going to go for the two-point conversion after they scored a touchdown.

Head coach Dick Duval stayed true to his reasoning all season.

If the Spartans didn’t have anyone who could get the ball over the crossbar and through the uprights, they weren’t going to try kicking an extra point.

Spartans fall to BCC

By Jim Cotter 

Reaching the end of the line in a sports season can be heartbreaking.

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