June 25, 2017

St. Joseph-Ogden 2017 football schedule

St. Joseph-Ogden, under second year head coach Shawn Skinner, will try for their 27th consecutive playoff appearance this season playing against members of the newly formed Illini Prairie Conference.

St. Joseph-Ogden's Elijah Place blocks IC Catholic Prep's Robert Vitek in their first round playoff game on October 29 last fall. After making their 26th consecutive playoff appearance, the Spartans fell 49-8 to the Knights in Elmhurst. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

The Spartans open the season with a home game against St. Thomas More with a mission to avenge last season's 27-26 nail-biter loss. Then, in week three SJO goes on a brutal 3-game binge facing football powerhouse Bloomington Central Catholic at home, followed by a trip to Tolono for their annual rivalry game against Unity and closing the uphill portion of their schedule hosting Pontiac at home.

The three games St. Joseph-Ogden games you don't want to miss are BCC at home, Unity on the road and the regular season finale against Monticello. Below are the dates and times for the upcoming 2017 season.

2017 St. Joseph-Ogden Football Schedule
Aug 25 - 7:00 -- Home vs St. Thomas More
Sep   1 - 7:00 -- Away at Rantoul
Sep   8 - 7:00 -- Home vs Bloomington Central Catholic
Sep 15 - 7:00 -- Away at Unity
Sep 22 - 7:00 -- Home vs Pontiac
Sep 29 - 7:00 -- Away at Prairie Central
Oct   6 - 7:00 -- Home vs Illinois Valley Central
Oct 13 - 7:00 -- Home vs Stanford Olympia
Oct 20 - 7:00 -- Away vs Monticello

Featured SJO Football Galleries
10-29-16 St. Joseph-Ogden vs IC Catholic
08-29-15 SJO vs Winnebago
11-15-15 SJO vs Central Catholic
11-01-14 St Joseph-Ogden vs Erie-Prophetstown

Monticello Sages 2017 football schedule

The Sages were a steamroller for the first 12 games of the 2016 season including victories over seven programs with 5-5 or better records. The season came to an end after 48-6 semifinal playoff loss to eventual state champion IC Catholic.


Center Alec Gallagher snaps the ball against IC Catholic Prep. It was the Sages last football game as a member of the Okaw Valley Conference. Starting in 2017, Monticello and the five members of the OVC became plank members of the new 10-team Illini Prairie Conference.

Monticello kicks off the 2017 season in the new Illini Prairie Conference on the road at Stanford Olympia. It won't be until Week 3 before the team will play their first game at home when they host St. Thomas More. From that week on the Sages will rotate a home away schedule until the regular season and senior night finale against rival St. Joseph-Ogden.

2017 Monticello Football Schedule
Aug 25 - 7:00 -- At Stanford Olympia
Sep 1   - 7:00 -- At Illinois Valley Central
Sep 8   - 7:00 -- Home vs St. Thomas More
Sep 15 - 7:00 -- At Rantoul
Sep 22 - 7:00 -- Home vs Bloomington Central Catholic
Sep 29 - 7:00 -- At Unity
Oct 6   - 7:00 -- Home vs Pontiac
Oct 13 - 7:00 -- At Prairie Central
Oct 20 - 7:00 -- Home vs St. Joseph-Ogden

Featured Monticello Football Galleries
11-21-16 Monticello vs IC Catholic Prep
09-19-15 Monticello at Unity
10-05-12 Monticello vs Unity

June 10, 2017

Griffins advance to state softball title game

Christine Malito and teammate Alex Storako embrace
June 9, 2017 - Peoria, IL - Lincoln-Way East's Christine Malito and teammate Alex Storako embrace after their semifinal state softball game against Marist. The Griffins defeated the RedHawks 2-0 to advance to Saturday's Class 4A title game. See more photos from both the Class 3A and 4A semifinal games in our photo archives here . . . (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)