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The Monticello Sages were a win away from a state title appearance last year when they lost to eventually lost to 3A champion Elmhurst IC Catholic.
 
The Sages host 7-2 North Boone Saturday in the opener of what they hope is another long postseason run. Coach Cully Welter knows North Boone poses a lot of challenges.
 
 
Monticello faced two straight state ranked opponents and their final five games were against teams that made the postseason from the newly formed Illini Prairie Conference. Welter is hoping that stretch of the schedule has them ready for the postseason.
 
 
Monticello had three dynamic playmakers to replace on offense from last year. While this year's offense hasn't been as prolific, they have made plays and put points on the board.
 
 
The Vikings and Sages will battle at Monticello High School with a 2 pm kick on Saturday afternoon. Hear all the action on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com. 
 
Area Class 3A matchups:
 
#15 Spring Valley (Hall) (6-3) at #2 Williamsville (9-0) Sat. 2:00 pm
#10 Beardstown (7-2) at #7 Bloomington Central Catholic (8-1) Sat. 2:00 pm
#14 Eureka (6-3) at #3 Byron (9-0) Fri. 7:30 pm
#13 Marshall (6-3) at #4 Decatur St. Teresa (8-1) Sat. 2:00 pm
 
Class 1A area playoff matchups:
 
 #12 Fisher (6-3) at #5 Freeport Aquin (7-2) Sat. 2:00 pm
#16 Chester (5-4) at #1 Tuscola (9-0) Sat. 4:00 pm
#9 Brown County (7-2) at #8 Arcola (7-2) Sat. 2:00 pm
#10 Toledo Cumberland (7-2) vs. #7 Decatur LSA (7-2) Fri. 7:00 pm
#14 Central A & M (5-4) at #3 Argenta-Oreana (8-1) Sat. 1:00 pm
#11 Warrensburg-Latham (6-3) at #6 Athens (7-2) Sat. 1:00 pm
 
Class 2A playoff matchups:
 
#15 Eastland-Pearl City (5-4) at #2 G.C.M.S (9-0) Sat., Oct. 28, 2:00 pm
#14 El Paso-Gridley (5-4) at #3 Taylor Ridge Rockridge (8-1) Sat., Oct. 28, 2:00 pm
#16 Auburn (5-4) vs. #1 West Hancock (9-0) Sat. 1:30 pm
#13 Illini West (6-3) at #4 Maroa-Forsyth (8-1) Sat. 2:00 pm
#15 Dee-Mack (5-4) at #2 Westville (9-0) Sat. 1:00 pm
#14 Bunker Hill (5-4) at #3 Tri-Valley (8-1) Sat. 3:00 pm
#11 Villa Grove-Heritage (6-3) at #6 Shelbyville (7-2) Sat. 1:00 pm
 
Class 4A playoff matchups:
 
#16 Prairie Central (5-4) at #1 Rochester (9-0) Fri. 7:00 pm
#12 Pontiac (6-3) at #5 Tolono Unity (8-1) Sat. 1:30 pm
#11 Coal City (6-3) at #6 Taylorville (8-1) Sat. 3:00 pm
 
Class 5A playoff matchups
 
#16 Streator (5-4) at #1 Dunlap (9-0) Fri. 7:30 pm
#13 Peoria (6-3) at #4 Hillcrest (7-2) Fri. 27, 7:00 pm
#12 Mahomet-Seymour (6-3) at #5 Chatham Glenwood (7-2) Sat. 3:00 pm
#15 Peoria Richwoods (5-4) at #2 Triad (8-1) Fri. 7:30 pm
#10 Morton (6-3) at #7 Centralia (7-2) Sat. 2:00 pm
#14 Tinley Park (5-4) at #3 Washington (7-2) Sat. 3:00 pm
#11 Peoria Notre Dame (6-3) at #6 Decatur MacArthur (7-2) Sat. 3:00 pm
 
Class 6A playoff matchups:
 
#12 Blue Island Eisenhower (6-3) at #5 Normal West (7-2) Sat. 2:00 pm
#15 Springfield (5-4) at #2 LaGrange Park Nazareth Academy (8-1) Sat. 2:00 pm
#11 Chicago Hubbard (6-3) at #6 Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin (7-2) Sat. 2:00 pm
 
Class 7A playoff matchups:
 
#31 Downers Grove North (5-4) at #2 Normal Community (9-0) Sat. 1:00 pm

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