MAROA — Communication failed St. Joseph-Ogden volleyball on Saturday night near the end of its stay inside the Maroa-Forsyth gymnasium.
For good reason.
A trip to the Class 2A state tournament is up next for the Spartans after they dispatched Deer Creek-Mackinaw 25-17, 25-27, 25-10 to win the Maroa-Forsyth Super-Sectional and reach the program’s first-ever state semifinal.
CHAMPAIGN — Parkland volleyball boasted one of the most difficult four-pronged attacks to handle most of this season in former area stars Laura Gross (Schlarman) and Taylor Bauer (Watseka) and sisters Sofi Kelemete and Fia Willis.
Class 2A volleyball super-sectional: St. Joseph-Ogden vs. Dee-Mack, Saturday, 7 p.m. (at Maroa)
ARGENTA — Kylie Michael thrust the Class 2A Argenta-Oreana Sectional championship plaque into the air Thursday as several of her St. Joseph-Ogden volleyball teammates grabbed hold.
FISHER — A school record for wins. A fourth consecutive regional title.
Those are the positives Blue Ridge (29-8) can look back on in the future as markers of its successful 2016 season. Positives even though the Knights’ run came to a rather-abrupt end in a 25-15, 25-10 loss to Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg (33-5) on Thursday in the Class 1A Fisher Sectional championship match.
SENECA — Krista Pufahl’s message to her team after dropping the second set of Thursday’s Class 2A Seneca Sectional championship match to Reed-Custer was simple.
“It was just forget about Game 2. It’s done. It’s over with,” the Watseka coach said. “Let’s focus on Game 3. Fresh start. Let’s get back to the game plan.”
ST. JOSEPH — Getting this far in the postseason is a sweet feeling for the St. Joseph-Ogden volleyball team.
But the Spartans want more. They want to be elite. As in Elite Eight.
That’s the stage SJ-O (28-3) is trying to climb to when the Spartans take on Tri-Valley (30-2) at 6 p.m. today in the Class 2A Argenta-Oreana Sectional final.
Along with St. Joseph-Ogden, Watseka in Class 2A and Blue Ridge in 1A will play for a chance to win a sectional title on Thursday night.
A quick glance at those two teams, courtesy sports editor MATT DANIELS:
Class 2A Seneca Sectional, 6 p.m.
Watseka (35-2) vs. Reed-Custer (16-13-3)
Big weekend coming for several area high schools and athletes. The weekend, of course, starting Thursday with St. Joseph-Ogden, Watseka and Blue Ridge all playing for sectional volleyball titles. Then there's state cross country and the second round of the football playoffs Saturday. Oh, and high school basketball practice — at least for the girls — is underway.