June 29, 2018

2018 St. Joseph-Ogden football schedule announced

ADAM FRERICHS is wrapped up by Dawson Kaiser

Spartans' ADAM FRERICHS is wrapped up by Unity's Dawson Kaiser on a play early in the first quarter September 15, 2017 game at Unity. St. Joseph-Ogden drop to 2-2 on the season after a 41-0 loss to the Rockets. (Photo: PhotoNews/Clark Brooks)


St. Joseph-Ogden will play just four contests on their home field this season. The Spartans, who hope to rebound after a 4-5 season last October, open the season on the road against St. Thomas More in Champaign. Last year, holding to the Sabers to just one score, SJO put up 54 points in the first half of their Illini Prairie Conference start.

Heading into the final game of the season at Monticello, St. Joseph-Ogden needed the victory for a spot in the 2017 playoff field. The Spartans came up just 3 points short in an emotional 27-24 thriller that ended a long running playoff streak for the storied program. This year, the Sages won't have home field advantage under the bright lights at St. Joseph-Ogden High School.

JESSE SCHLUTER captures Rocket ball carrier Keaton Eckstein

Spartans' JESSE SCHLUTER captures Rocket ball carrier Keaton Eckstein from behind for a solo tackle for a loss in the first half of their regular season conference game on September 15, 2017.(Photo: PhotoNews/Clark Brooks)


2018 St. Joseph-Ogden Football Schedule


Aug 24 7:00 at St. Thomas More


Aug 31 7:00 vs Rantoul


Sep 7 7:00 at Central Catholic


Sep 14 7:00 vs Unity


Sep 21 7:00 at Pontiac


Sep 28 7:00 vs Prairie Central


Oct 5 7:00 at Illinois Valley Central


Oct 12 7:00 at Olympia


Oct 19 7:00 vs Monticello




Artistic rendition of Cole Zaccarelli

Artistic rendition of Cole Zaccarelli during St. Joseph-Ogden's football game as he waits for his turn during pregame warm up. See more photos of Zaccarelli from our archives here. (Photo Art: PhotoNews/Clark Brooks)


June 22, 2018

What to do with families crossing the border


by Glenn Mollette, Guest Commentator

Lots of outrage has been seen and heard around America over the treatment of families illegally entering the United States. President Trump recently signed an executive order to keep the families crossing the boarder illegally together when captured by authorities.

I'm not sure where Americans want to keep these families who took a great risk to enter our country hoping to gain entrance quickly and illegally when it did not work out for them. I know quite a few people who live in our country who have moved here from Mexico, Myanmar and other parts of the world. They are working very hard and are very supportive of the laws of America.

Breaking the law always has some penalty or repercussions. I'm all for keeping border families together. I would never want to see children ripped away from their mother or father. Those crossing the border for the most part are very desperate people in search of a better place.

Every day people fill out the necessary paper work, go through the proper channels and enter our country. Millions of them are now working a job that many Americans no longer want to work which is very sad for our country. However, it's good for those who want to work it seems.

What do we do with these border families now? Do we keep them in full service hotels or house them at a resort property in Disney World? They have left third world countries where conditions apparently were not very good. How much can we be expected to do for people showing up demanding entrance to America? What would you do for people showing up at your front door demanding lodging and meals and even health care? It's hard for most people when family shows up unannounced.

I found in interesting watching the outcry of demonstrators and different media personalities. I have wondered where are the daily cries over how America treats our children and unborn children? Right now while I am writing this there will be about 3000 legalized abortions in America. Add that number times 365 days in our country. There were 652, 639 legalized abortions in 2014 according for the Center for Disease Control.

Seven thousand children are abandoned each year in the United States. China is said to have over twenty million orphans.

How many babies and children spend their first five years in daycare and then are raised essentially by the school? It's a tough day for America's families who are trying to financially survive. However, money, things and attainments never take the place of time with children and families. It's easy to see this looking back.

I'm glad there are Americans who have verbalized their pain concerning the importance of children and parents being together. It's important. Maybe there will be some outrage down the road on the state of America's families who enjoy the privileges daily afforded to our families but for different reasons don't treat their children very well.
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Dr. Glenn Mollette is a syndicated American columnist and author of American Issues, Every American Has An Opinion and ten other books. He is read in all 50 states. The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily representative of any other group or organization.
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June 8, 2018

Sommesi scores 3x in state softball semifinal

Kaneland's Donatela Sommesi and Hailey Roach

Kaneland's Donatela Sommesi hugs teammate Hailey Roach after getting to scoring position during their state semifinal game against Providence Catholic on June 8 at Eastside Centre. The Knights defeated the Celtics 8-1 advancing to the Class 3A title game at the IHSA State Softball Finals. Sommesi scored three times in the rout on three hits. Roach was 2-for-3 at the plate and chipped one of team's seven RBI in the fourth inning on a double to left field. Click here to view 19 more photos from the Knight's state softball appearance. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks