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Spartans show their good side

ST. JOSEPH – The exploits of the previous seven seasons, when St. Joseph-Ogden averaged 27 volleyball wins a year, are a memory.

The current team will be unable to finish with an above-.500 record, but in a season which senior Cat Foreman calls "a roller-coaster ride," there have been moments where the successes of the past clearly still exist.

Cool Chargers enjoying ride

MAHOMET – As the stakes get higher, Centennial's boys' soccer team gets more comfortable.

The Chargers inched closer to their first sectional title since 2001 by beating Normal West 3-0 on Tuesday. It was their third – and most impressive – win of the Class 2A postseason for the top-seeded Chargers, who meet Normal University High at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Maroons go down steaming

MAHOMET – Champaign Central's boys' soccer team was unable to overcome a disputed first-half penalty kick goal as the Maroons fell to Normal University High 1-0 in the first round of sectional play Tuesday night.

The game's only goal came with five minutes to play in the half after the referee called a penalty on the Maroons for a push. Central coach Josh Alford said the referee set the tone early that he was going to blow his whistle a lot.

Unity right on schedule

TOLONO – For Unity coach Scott Hamilton, Saturday's game against Riverton is a case of teacher vs. pupil.

When Hamilton was coaching quarterbacks at Hardin Calhoun in the early 1990s, Riverton coach J.D. Lorton was the quarterback. Together the duo helped the Warriors claim their second of consecutive Class 1A state titles.

GCMS thinking ball control against Pratt, Westville

GIBSON CITY – Gibson City-Melvin Sibley has lost three of its last four games, but coach Mike Allen isn't worried about his team's confidence. The three losses came at the hands of Flanagan, Fieldcrest and Ridgeview – all playoff teams – by a total of 17 points.

"Those were all very good teams we played," Allen said. "Even though we lost the kids felt really good about how they played. They know a play here and there the outcomes could have been different."

Illineks' rally comes up short

MONTICELLO – Giving up apparently is not part of the curriculum taught at Urbana Uni High School.

Despite trailing by three late, the Illineks would not let up in their 3-2 sectional-final loss to Teutopolis on Monday.

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Marcus Jackson's look at area high school football:

IHSA bracket breakdown

Staff writer Marcus Jackson's 10 thoughts after seeing the IHSA playoff brackets Saturday:

Hoisting state championship trophy was a big boost to tight-knit community

TUSCOLA – He's a year removed, now studying speech communication at Parkland College.

But Joe Vandeventer still gets goosebumps when he thinks about Tuscola's run to the Class 1A state championship last fall.

Chargers finally raze Bolen wall

CHAMPAIGN – For most of Saturday's 80 minutes of soccer, Urbana goalkeeper Spencer Bolen was threatening to make Centennial's postseason life miserable.

The senior made a string of sensational saves to keep the Class 2A regional championship match scoreless heading into overtime.