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  • The Monticello Sages will play host North Boone on Saturday afternoon at a time to be determined.
     
    The Sages finished the regular season at 8-1 overall and head coach Cully Welter says their 3A first round opponent is going to be a real challenge.
     
     
    Other 3A matchups:
     
    Spring Valley (6-3) @ Williamsville (9-0)
    Beardstown (7-2) @ Bloomington Central Catholic (8-1)
    Eureka (6-3) @ Byron (9-0)
    Marshall (6-3) @ Decatur St. Teresa (8-1)
     
    Class 1A pairings:
     
    Fisher (6-3) @ Freeport Aquin (7-2)
    Chester (5-4) @ Tuscola (9-0)
    Toledo Cumberland (7-2) @  Decatur LSA (7-2)
    Central A&M (5-4) @ Argenta-Oreana (8-1)
    Warrensburg-Latham (6-3) @ Athens (7-2)
     
    Class 2A pairings
     
    Illini West (6-3) @ Maroa-Forsyth (8-1)
    Dee-Mack (5-4) @ Westville (9-0)
    Bunker Hill (5-4) @ Tri-Valley (8-1)
    Villa Grove-Heritage (6-3) @ Shelbyville (7-2)
     
    Class 4A pairings:
     
    Prairie Central (5-4) @ Rochester (9-0)
    Pontiac (6-3) @ Tolono Unity (8-1)
     
    Class 5A Pairings:
     
    Streator (5-4) @ Dunlap (9-0)
    Mahomet-Seymour (6-3) @ Chatham-Glenwood (7-2)
    Morton (6-3) @ Centralia (7-2)
    Peoria Richwoods (5-4) @ Triad (8-1)
    Tinley Park (5-4) @ Washington (7-2)
    Peoria Notre Dame @ Decatur MacArthur (7-2)
     
    Class 6A Pairings:
     
    Blue Island Eisenhower (6-3) @ Normal West (7-2)
    Sprignfield (5-4) @ Nazareth Academy (8-1)
    Chicago Hubbard (6-3) @ Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin (7-2)
     
    Start times for each matchup will be released by Monday afternoon.

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  • Central Illinois:

     

    Shelbyville 20, Decatur St. Teresa 28, F

    Sullivan-Okaw Valley 10, Tuscola 68, F

    Warrensburg-Latham 59, Central A&M 12, F

     

    Illini Prairie:

     

    Illinois Valley Central 41, Olympia 20, F

    Prairie Central 56, Champaign St. Thomas More 13, F

    Pontiac 35, Rantoul 6, F

    Tolono Unity 13, Bloomington Central Catholic 35, F

     

    Big Twelve:

     

    Bloomington 23, Danville 48, F

    Champaign Centennial 16, Peoria Richwoods 45, F

    Normal West at Peoria Notre Dame (Sat.)

    Normal Community 50, Champaign Central 21, F

    Peoria Manual 6, Urbana 42, F

     

    Central State Eight:

     

    Chatham Glenwood 37, Normal U-High 36, F

    Decatur Eisenhower 6, Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin 63, F

    Jacksonville 16, Springfield Southeast 19, F

    Springfield 16, Rochester 49, F

    Springfield Lanphier 12, Decatur MacArthur 48, F

     

    Heart of Illinois (Large):

     

    El Paso-Gridley 26, Eureka 23, F

    Dee-Mack 14, Tri-Valley 56, F

    Fieldcrest 34, Ridgeview 6, F

     

    Heart of Illinois (Small):

     

    Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley at Heyworth (Sat.)

    LeRoy 18, Fisher 44, F

    Tremont at Flanagan-Cornell-Woodland (Sat.)

     

    Mid-Illini:

     

    Limestone 0, Pekin 56, F

    Dunlap 35, Canton 7, F

    Metamora 35, East Peoria 6, F

    Washington 40, Morton 20, F

     

    Sangamo:

     

    Maroa-Forsyth 45, Virden North Mac 8, F

    New Berlin 21, Auburn 48, F

    Pittsfield 16, Riverton 27, F

    Pleasant Plains 42, Petersburg PORTA 12, F

    Williamsville 28, Athens 0, F

     

    Non-conference action:

     

    Arcola 49, Oblong 7, F

    Argenta-Oreana 44, Toledo Cumberland 26, F

    Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond 7, Villa Grover-Heritage 48, F

    Cerro Gordo-Bement 34, Martinsville 13, F

    Edwardsville Metro-East Lutheran 34, Blue Ridge 50, F

    Freeburg 56, Lincoln 41, F

    Galesburg 28, Peoria 36, F

    Mahomet-Seymour 56, Macomb 6, F

    Sangamon Valley 34, Oakland Tri-County 27, F

    Peoria Heights 20, Knoxville 60, F

    Taylorville 46, Bethalto Civic Memorial 12, F

    Troy Triad 21, Mt. Zion 7, F


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  • >>Monticello Rallies Past St. Joseph-Ogden

     

    Braden Snyder scored two touchdowns late in the fourth quarter and a stagnant Monticello offense came alive late to rally past rival St. Joseph-Ogden 27-24 Friday night and eliminated the Spartans from playoff contention.

     

    Snyder scored from 4-yards out and the Sages recovered an onside kick on the ensuing kick to get possession with two-and-a-half minutes left.

     

    After a Nathan Harman first down run, Snyder faked a handoff to Harman, kept it and outran the Spartans defense to the end zone from 19 yards out for the game winning score.

     

    Dwight Colvin tallied 170 yards on the ground with two touchdowns to pace the St. Joe-Ogden offensive attack. Colvin fumbled twice but the Sages offense was unable to capitalize on the extra possessions.

     

    St. Joseph-Ogden finishes the season 4-5 and will miss the postseason for the first time in over 25 years.

     

    Much like last week’s win at Prairie Central, St. Joseph-Ogden controlled the game and the clock with a strong run attack but the Sages made plays late and overcame another sluggish offensive effort.

     

    The Sages finish the regular season 8-1 overall and will find out their first postseason opponent tomorrow night (Saturday night).

     

    Hear the pairings for the IHSA postseason on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com. Coverage of the pairings begins at 7 pm and the assignments will be released starting at 8 pm.

     

    Hear from Sages head coach Cully Welter around 8:45 pm Saturday night.

     

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  • Despite three turnovers, the Clinton Maroons defeated the Meridian Hawks 6-3 on Friday night. The Maroons were led by Bryson Carson with 23 carries for 117 yards. Ty Berter carried the ball 13 times for 37 yards and a touchdown. Berter was 2 of 8 passing for 10 yards and an interception. Brandon Atten was named the Country Financial representative Brad James Maroons Player of the Game. Atten was the leading tackler for the defense and recovered a fumble.

     

    For Meridian, they were led by Gage Hollgarth who had 20 carries for 69 yards. Cameron Getz had 10 carries for 34 yards and was 8 of 17 throwing for 80 yards.

     

    With the win, the Maroons finish the season 3-6 and 2-5 in the Central Illinois Conference. Meridian finishes 1-8 overall and 1-6 in conference play.

     

    The Playoff Preview show air tomorrow night at 7pm on WEZC. We'll hear from area coaches headed to the playoffs.


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  • Monticello will be hosting a very motivated rival tonight when the Sages host St. Joseph-Ogden for senior night at Monticello High School.
     
    The Spartans not only come to Monticello for a clash with one of their fiercest rivals, but St. Joe is also on the cusp of missing the postseason for the first time in almost three decades. 
     
    At 4-4, it's about getting into the postseason for the Spartans, while the Sages are playing to improve their seeding.
     
    The 7-1 Sages are also looking to rebound after a lackluster 14-6 win over Prairie Central last Friday night in Fairbury.
     
    Game time tonight from Monticello is 7 pm.
     
    Hear all the action on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.
     
    Illini Prairie action tonight....
     
    llini Prairie
     
    Illinois Valley Central at Olympia
    Prairie Central at Champaign St. Thomas More
    Pontiac at Rantoul
    Tolono Unity at Bloomington Central Catholic
     
    Big Twelve
     
    Bloomington at Danville
    Champaign Centennial at Peoria Richwoods
    Normal West at Peoria Notre Dame (Sat.)
    Normal Community at Champaign Central
    Peoria Manual at Urbana
     
    Central State Eight
     
    Chatham Glenwood at Normal U-High
    Decatur Eisenhower at Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin
    Jacksonville at Springfield Southeast
    Springfield at Rochester
    Springfield Lanphier at Decatur MacArthur
     
    Heart of Illinois (Large)
     
    El Paso-Gridley at Eureka
    Dee-Mack at Tri-Valley
    Fieldcrest at Ridgeview
     
    Heart of Illinois (Small)
     
    Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley at Heyworth
    LeRoy at Fisher
    Tremont at Flanagan-Cornell-Woodland
     
    Mid-Illini
     
    Limestone at Pekin
    Dunlap at Canton
    Metamora at East Peoria
    Washington at Morton
     
    Sangamo
     
    Maroa-Forsyth at Virden North Mac
    New Berlin at Auburn
    Pittsfield at Riverton
    Pleasant Plains at Petersburg PORTA
    Williamsville at Athens
     
    Non-conference action tonight....
     
    Arcola at Oblong
    Argenta-Oreana at Toledo Cumberland
    Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond at Villa Grove-Heritage
    Cerro Gordo-Bement at Martinsville
    Edwardsville Metro-East Lutheran at Blue Ridge
    Freeburg at Lincoln
    Galesburg at Peoria
    Mahomet-Seymour at Macomb
    Sangamon Valley at Oakland Tri-County
    Peoria Heights at Knoxville
    Taylorville at Bethalto Civic Memorial)
    Troy Triad at Mt. Zion

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  • Kike Hernandez homered three times and drove in a record seven runs, Clayton Kershaw breezed through six crisp innings and Los Angeles ended the Chicago Cubs' title defense with an 11-1 rout in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series on Thursday night.
     
    Kershaw turned in an efficient three-hit performance with five strikeouts and improved to 6-7 in the playoffs - matching Burt Hooton's club record for postseason wins.
    Hernandez connected on the first two pitches he saw, belting a solo drive in the second for his first career playoff homer and then a grand slam in the third against Hector Rondon. Hernandez added a two-run shot in the ninth against Mike Montgomery.
     
    The 26-year-old Hernandez became the fourth player with a three-homer game in a league championship series, joining Bob Robertson (1971 NLCS), George Brett (1978 ALCS) and Adam Kennedy (2002 ALCS). Hernandez's seven RBIs tied a postseason record shared by four other players who all did it in a Division Series.
     
    Troy O'Leary was the previous player to have seven RBIs in a playoff game, for Boston at Cleveland in the 1999 ALDS.
     
    Kris Bryant homered for Chicago, but the NL Central champions finished with just four hits in another tough night at the plate. Each of their eight runs in the NLCS came via the long ball, and they batted just .156 for the series with 53 strikeouts.

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  • >>Illinois Travels To Minnesota
     
    The Fighting Illini (2-4, 0-3) hit the road for a Big Ten West matchup against the Minnesota Golden Gophers (3-3, 0-3) Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
    Illinois lost to Rutgers 35-24 last Saturday in Champaign. 
     
    In his first year at Minnesota, PJ Fleck will see Illinois for a second straight year as his Western Michigan squad beat Illinois in Champaign last fall.
     
    Michigan State beat the Golden Gophers last week 30-27.
     
    Game time Saturday is 2:30 pm and can be seen on the Big Ten Network.
     
    >>Redbirds Look To Rebound Against No. 4 South Dakota
     
    Off rare consecutive losses, the Illinois State football squad will look to rebound when fourth ranked South Dakota visits Hancock Stadium for Homecoming in Normal.
     
    The Redbirds lost at Southern Illinois 42-7 after a loss at Northern Arizona the prior week. 
     
    The Coyotes are one of two teams with a 6-0 record in MVFC play along with North Dakota State, something that has only happened three times in league history, including this year.
     
    Coyotes senior quarterback Chris Straveler was named both the Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week and FCS National Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards for his performance last weekend against Indiana State. Streveler accounted for five touchdowns, completed 27 of 32 passes for 337 yards, while running eight times for 82 yards. 
     
    Game time Saturday is 2 pm. 
     
    >>EIU Hosts Jacksonville State
     
    Hosting the third ranked team in the country Saturday afternoon, Eastern Illinois will put a four-game win streak on the line when the Panthers host Jacksonville State.
     
    Off a 27-24 double overtime win last Saturday in Charleston, the Panthers and Gamecocks are both undefeated in Ohio Valley Play.
     
    The two square off for a 2 pm kick.
     
    Hear all the action on The Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM WHOW and online at dewittdailynews.com.

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