State volleyball notebook: Spartans heap praise on Coursey

NORMAL — For Andrea Coursey, Friday’s Class 2A volleyball state semifinal against Belleville Althoff was a debut of a unique nature.

St. Joseph-Ogden’s senior setter committed to play softball at Illinois State her sophomore year, and she signed this week. Friday was the first time she had competed on her future home campus, albeit in a different sport.

2A Volleyball State Finals: SJ-O vs. Belleville Althoff

The St. Joseph-Ogden Spartans volleyball team defeated Belleville Althoff in three sets in their Class 2A state semifinal match at Redbird Arena on campus of Illinois State University in Normal Friday Nov. 11, 2016.

UPDATED: SJ-O volleyball to play for state title

NORMAL — Andrea Coursey wasn’t going to let the St. Joseph-Ogden volleyball team’s state championship dreams die.

The Spartans had come too far during a season in which they meshed a majority of new players into the rotation, including Coursey.

Spartans will make history this weekend

NORMAL — Abby McDonald’s full-time job is teaching second-grade students at St. Joseph Grade School.

The St. Joseph-Ogden volleyball coach is getting a firsthand glimpse this week from children under the age of 10 on how her program’s run to the state tournament is bigger than just what the Spartans have accomplished so far.

Success runs in family for SJ-O athletes

ST. JOSEPH — Bree Trimble was locked in the moment as she watched her brother, then-junior Brandon, rack up basket after basket during last season’s state basketball semifinals as he scored a Class 2A-record 44 points before ultimately leading St. Joseph-Ogden to a state title at Carver Arena in downtown Peoria.

11-09-16 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast @SJOVolleyball

11-09-16 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast @SJOVolleyball: Play now!

11-09-16 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast.  Today Matt Daniels and Anthony Zilis are at St. Joseph Ogden High School to talk with Volleyball Coach Abby McDonald and Senior Volleyball Player Kylie Michael.


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On campus: Bohn, Barnes in spotlight

■ Sophomore Cortney Bohn, from Mahomet-Seymour, was named to the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin’s volleyball all-conference second team. The Millikin middle hitter finished the regular season with 280 kills and 74 blocks. The Big Blue, which also features sophomore Emily Seegmiller (Arthur-Lovington) and freshman Marissa McElroy (St.

Nov. 10 prep sports chat

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 12:30pm

Can Tuscola, St. Thomas More, Unity and Monticello win their state quarterfinal football games on Saturday? Who is the favorite to reach Memorial Stadium in Champaign after Thanksgiving? Will St. Joseph-Ogden volleyball bring home a state title this weekend? What girls' swimmers might make it to state?

Prep preview, week of Nov. 7

This Monday, prep sports coordinator Anthony Zilis will take a look at seven area events to circle on the calendar:

Watseka volleyball falls in super-sectional

ELMHURST — Watseka hung with Chicago Latin in the first set of Saturday’s Class 2A Elmhurst Super-Sectional, but this trip to the Elite Eight ended the same for the Warriors as it did a year ago — in defeat. Katie Kidwell had nine kills, six digs and two blocks, but Chicago Latin clinched its first state tournament appearance with a 28-26, 25-17 sweep.