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Monticello Football Focused on Consistency in Practice

Coming off a convincing 45-0 win over Pontiac at Homecoming on Friday night, Monticello football coach Cully Welter was pleased with his team's performance.


Other than a slow start offensively after a good week of practice, Coach Welter says his team tackled better, started strong in the second half and played much better defense than the week before at Bloomington Central Catholic.



The last third of the Monticello schedule will feature teams ranked in the top 10 in the week five polls. For Coach Welter, he wants his team to start stacking good practices.



The Sages travel to take on a winless Rantoul team on Friday night at 7 pm. Hear all the action on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com. 

HS VBall: Maroa-Forsyth Sweeps Athens

The Maroa-Forsyth Lady Trojans used a balanced attack to roll Athens in two sets, 25-19 and 25-17, in Sangamo Conference high school girl's volleyball Tuesday from Maroa-Forsyth High School.


Peyton Torbert led the way for Maroa-Forsyth with nine kills. Addi Voorhees contributed eight kills. Megan Holub, Abi Tortocha, and Vorhees had three aces each. 


Brynn Jostes had nine digs. Reya Corley, Holub, and Voorhees had five digs. 


Tortocha recorded 12 assists while Corley had ten.


The Lady Trojans improve to 13-5 overall and 2-0 in Sangamo action. They travel to Auburn for another conference tilt Thursday night.

HS VBall: Decatur LSA Gets By Blue Ridge

Decatur LSA took down Blue Ridge in two sets, 25-14 and 25-19, Tuesday night in Lincoln Prairie Conferenc high school girl's volleyball action in Decatur. 


A slow attack for Blue Ridge was paced by Phoebe Reynolds with 7 kills and 11 digs. Gracie Shaffer added nine assists and a block.  


The Lady Knights fall to 17-8 overalla nd 2-3 in Lincoln Prairie play.


Blue Ridge returns home Thursday to host Arcola in more Lincoln Prairie Conference action.

Clinton Football Coach Taking Away Positives in Loss to Decatur St. Teresa

In losing 49-7 Friday night to Decatur St. Teresa, Clinton Maroons football coach Ron Bass is taking away positives in defeat to one of the best teams high school football has to offer in Illinois.


Coach Bass says right now they are focused on their process more than results and even in defeat, they did some very good things against the Bulldogs Friday.



According to Coach Bass, turnovers in the first half plagued the Maroons from the start and allowed St. T  excellent starting field position on a couple of possessions. 



Heading to Tuscola next week, Coach Bass feels like the Warriors are a beatable team but his team will have to continue to focus on the little things and continue to get better.

Monticello's Cully Welter Inducted into Mahomet-Seymouor High School Hall of Fame

On Friday night, Monticello High School's Cully Welter was inducted into the Mahomet-Seymour High School Hall of Fame.


The multi-sate champion and hall of fame football coach was able to attend the ceremony Friday and thanked Mahomet-Seymour for the honor but also the administration at Monticello High School for adjusting Friday night's kick-off so he could be there.



Friday night's Homecoming game against Pontiac was moved to a 7:30 pm kickoff. Welter won three state titles at Aledo with two runner-ups before winning another state title with Monticello in 2018. 


Between three stints at Ridgeview, Aledo and Monticello, Welter's teams have qualified for the postseason every season except his first year at Ridgeview and the COVID season of 2020-21. 

Monticello Rolls Pontiac in Testy Game

Monticello played discpline football and routed Pontaic 45-0 in a testy Illini Prairie Conference victory in high school football action Friday night from Monticello. 


Pontiac received numerous personal foul penalties throughout the course of the game despite a strong start defensively after rain started to fall shortly after kickoff.


Senior Dalton Tovrea was ejected in the third quarter after receiving his third personal foul penalty. 


Monticello went up 7-0 at the 7:58 mark of the second quarter on a one yard touchdown run by Drew Sheppard. 


Tylor Bundy scored from 20 yards out at the 3:38 mark of the second quarter to up 13-0.

The Sages started the second half with three scores on three possessions. Bundy scored again from ten yards out to go up 19-0. Sheppard then put a pass over the top of the Indians defense to Bundy in the end zone, absorbing a big hit and holding on to the catch for a 15-yard score.


Drew Sheppard was hit late on a 45-yard touchdown to Raiden Colbert at the 3:01 mark of the third quarter and Myles VonBehren took exception to the late hit by Tovrea and was penalized for his retaliation. 


Tovrea would not be long for the game and was ejected on Monticello's next possession after his final personal foul of the night shortly before the quarter expired.


Coming out of the fourth quarter, Monticello went up 38-0 after Sheppard ran for another score from 13 yards out.


Braxton Tharp closed out the scoring for Monticello with a 15 yard touchdown.

Sheppard ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more while Bundy scored three total touchdowns. 


The Indians drop to 1-4 overall while Monticello moves to 3-1 overall.


The Sages travel to Rantoul next Friday for a 7 pm kickoff. Hear the action on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com. 

Maroons Get Bit by Bulldogs

As heard on WHOW, the Clinton Maroons fell 49-7 to the St. Teresa Bulldogs by a score of 49-7 on Friday night. Junior Tristin Potts had 16 carries for 68 yards. Junior Dawson Graves had 6 carries for 10 yards and got the nod for ServPro Player of the Game for leading the defensive effort. Freshman Keaton Graves had 6 carries for 20 yards and a touchdown. Graves was 1 of 2 passing for yards.


The Bulldogs were led by Joe Brummer who was 11 for 18 passing for 148 yards and 2 touchdowns. Elijah Willis had 5 carries for 36 yards and a touchdown. He also had 1 catch for 63 yards and a touchdown. Ja'carrion Jones had 4 carries for 55 yards and a touchdown. 


With the loss, the Maroons fall to 1-4 on the season. St. Teresa improve to 5-0.


Tune in next week as the Maroons travel to Tuscola. You can hear the game live at 7pm on the Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM/106.5 FM WHOW, online at dewittdailynews.com, on the WHOW mobile app, and on Amazon Alexa.

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