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.

Spartans rack up the wins

The St. Joseph-Ogden Spartan baseball team took a pair of games from ,future conference foe Olympia on April 22, winning by scores of 6-0 and 3-0.

In game one, senior Mason Coon toed the rubber for the Spartans, and after pitching earlier in the week, was held to a pitch count to comply with the new IHSA rules for pitchers.

Spartans to play in college

Jannah Mullen
Jannah Mullen knew Lake Land college was the place for her.
The St. Joseph-Ogden volleyball player signed her letter of intent to play
for the Lakers on Dec. 9.
“I decided on Lake Land because I’ve heard nothing but good things about
the school and I’ve seen lots of good things and people come out of the
program in the past few years,” she said.

Parker headed to Purdue

ST. JOSEPH — All 40 rounds of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft eventually concluded Saturday night.

Dalton Parker didn’t keep refreshing Twitter on Saturday so the recent St. Joseph-Ogden graduate could see if he was one of 1,216 draft picks this June.

Parker plays waiting game

Dalton Parker will remember this past week for some time.

And this upcoming weekend possibly even longer.

The St. Joseph-Ogden pitcher could find himself a Major League Baseball draft pick at some point over the next 48 hours.

Hawks lose to Mahomet

The Villa Grove/Heritage baseball Hawks closed out their regular season with four games, including three contests against larger schools. The fact that the Hawks won just one of the four contests was overshadowed by the opportunity to work on different aspects of their game and the chance to keep the pitching staff loose and ready to go for the postseason.

Spartans to continue their athletic careers

Parker picks Purdue
St. Joseph-Ogden pitcher Dalton Parker knew from the moment he stepped on
Purdue’s campus he wanted to attend college there.
“The education is one of the best in the country,” he said.
Parker has signed his letter of intent to play baseball for the Boilermakers.

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 garner top seed in regional

Another top regional seed. Another expectation of a deep postseason run.
And another possible season with at least 30 wins.

Games against larger foes get Hawks ready

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.

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