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Kara Johnson, Centennial, senior, Volleyball
Recently: Helped Chargers qualify for state for the first time in Class 3A with 19 kills, 14 digs and five blocks in two sectional and one super-sectional matches.
MONTICELLO — The topic of the week in Monticello: the Williamsville defense. Questions were many between Sages players and fans about the team from the Sangamo Conference that no one knew much about.
TOLONO — Micah Johnson’s left ankle felt so good Saturday that the Unity wide receiver even pulled emergency duty in the secondary when a teammate was injured.
Just the same, the Rockets senior was all too happy that his time as a defender didn’t include any confrontations with a certain Pleasant Plains fullback who weighs 250 pounds.
LeROY — LeRoy made IHSA history by scoring 78 points in its Class 1A second-round win Saturday.
Not that any of the players realized it.
“I didn’t tell them about it. I’ll tell them Monday,” LeRoy coach B.J. Zeleznik said. “I just wanted to get home. The game lasted 31/2 hours.”
WILMINGTON — The St. Joseph-Ogden football team picked the wrong night to have a bad first half.
Not much went right for the Spartans in their second-round Class 3A playoff game Saturday night, especially in the first two quarters.
SJ-O fell behind early and could not recover, with the Wildcats cruising to a 48-8 victory at Becker Field.
MORRIS — In the end, this was the end.
Urbana’s Tigers couldn’t maintain or build on an early lead and were ousted from the Class 5A playoffs on Saturday with a 65-20 loss at Morris against an opponent that was top-ranked half of the regular season.
BISMARCK — The sorrow and tears after a heart-wrenching loss can be attributed to as many reasons as there are players.
It can be for unfulfilled expectations.
It can be for the shattering of dreams.
It can be for a performance less-than-satisfying.
It can be the realization that the last chance for success for a particular group has passed.
History has a way of repeating itself for St. Joseph-Ogden’s football team.
The Spartans will travel to Wilmington today for a 6 p.m. Class 3A playoff game against an opponent that has become a postseason regular.
Unity’s blocking backs making an impact
The biggest gainer in Unity’s first-round Class 3A win against Pana was a 57-yard pass from Justin Deters to Tyler Lindsey.
With St. Joseph-Ogden and St. Thomas More leaving the Sangamon Valley Conference to join the revamped Okaw Valley Conference, the SVC needed a sixth football school.
SVC principals voted Wednesday to allow a football school from the Interstate Eight Conference to join the SVC: Dwight.