Andrew Helregel

Andrew Helregel

Bitter pill to take for Monticello in sectional final loss

MAROA — The Monticello boys' basketball team's dream of back-to-back state tournament appearances fell two wins short on Friday night.

Singleton, Sages remain on a hot streak

MAROA — Four days off didn't cool Monticello's Benton Singleton.

The Sages junior continued his hot streak, scoring a career-high 19 points to lead Monticello to a 47-39 victory against St. Joseph-Ogden in the Maroa-Forsyth Class 2A sectional semifinal on Wednesday night.

Monticello saved at the buzzer

HOOPESTON — The Monticello boys' basketball team is at it again.

Thrill of victory: Monticello escapes for overtime win

GILMAN — The Monticello girls' basketball team needed to survive another final St. Joseph-Ogden possession to beat the Spartans.

This time the Sages did.

Despite loss, Sages wrap up best season in school history

PEORIA — With the Monticello football team advancing to the Class 3A state semifinals in the fall, Monticello starters Johnny Dawson and Isiah Florey got a late start practicing with their basketball teammates for this season.

After only one official practice with the entire roster, the first month of the season was pretty hectic for Monticello.

‘Couldn’t be more proud’: Sages cap off unlikely playoff run with fourth-place finish in state tournament

PEORIA — Monticello’s first trip to the state tournament may have come as a surprise to some.

Coach Kevin Roy said Friday his team has considered itself a playoff underdog since the first game of a sectional tournament hosted by Monticello.

Sages heading to state

SPRINGFIELD — Johnny Dawson’s penchant for making big shots late in game has propelled Monticello boys’ basketball all season long.

The Sage junior did it one more time on the biggest stage so far Tuesday to give Monticello its first state berth in program history, the result of a 51-49 win over Class 2A No. 1 Quincy Notre Dame.

Sages thrill home crowd, take sectional in overtime

MONTICELLO — For the first time in a decade, the Monticello boys’ basketball team is a sectional champion.

Monticello uses paint dominance to cruise to victory

MONTICELLO — The Monticello boys’ basketball team couldn’t find any rhythm on offense the first four minutes Tuesday night, going scoreless and committing four turnovers in their first five possessions.

Fisher propels Sages to regional

TOLONO — Winning a third straight regional title for the Monticello boys’ basketball team was anything but easy.

Derek Jones (team-high 19 points), Pierce Bradford (17 points) and Argenta-Oreana made the Sages work for it in Monticello’s 66-59 win in the Class 2A Unity Regional title game on Friday night.