2A Volleyball Sectional: SJ-O vs. Tri Valley

St. Joseph-Ogden wins the Class 2A  Volleyball Sectional  over Tr-iValley at Argenta-Oreana High School in Argenta on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016.

SJ-O volleyball back in Sweet 16

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.

Watseka, Blue Ridge aim for sectional titles

On Tap
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)

Nov. 3 Prep sports chat

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 12:30pm

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.

Blue Ridge reaches sectional final

FISHER — Maddy Hopkins heard one clear message from her teammates before Tuesday’s Class 1A Fisher Sectional semifinal against Effingham St. Anthony.

That directive? Don’t tip.

Volleyball roundup: Central bows out; Watseka stays alive

MOUNT ZION — Champaign Central nearly advanced to Thursday’s Class 3A sectional final, but Jacksonville outlasted the Maroons, handing Central a 25-18, 16-25, 25-23 loss in Tuesday’s sectional semifinal.

The Maroons led 23-21 in the third set before the Crimsons (15-20) closed out the match with four consecutive points.

SJ-O outlasts STM in volleyball sectional semifinal

ARGENTA — Tuesday’s Class 2A Argenta-Oreana Sectional semifinal was a familiar setting for Kylie Michael.

Three years ago, the St. Joseph-Ogden senior lost her first of three sectional finals on the Bombers’ home floor. After Tuesday’s first set, a 25-20 loss to St. Thomas More, it seemed as if her senior season might end in the same place her freshman season did.

HS 1A Sectional Volleyball: Schlarman vs. W-S-S

Danville Schlarman  vs. Windsor-Stewardson-Strasburg in a 1A volleyball sectional semi-final  game at Fisher High School on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016.

On campus: Neitzel, Pridemore in spotlight

■ Freshman Lauren Neitzel, from Centennial, was named the Newcomer of the Year and to the six-person All-CCIW first team for her performance at the conference championships. Playing at No. 1 singles for Illinois Wesleyan, Neitzel took home third place, as well as taking fourth place at No. 1 doubles. She finished the fall season with a 12-8 record in singles.

Athletes of the Week: Keegan Allen and Elizabeth Rumsey

Keegan Allen
GCMS football

Why he was chosen: The senior accounted for three touchdowns — one on a 60-yard interception return and two passing touchdowns — during the Falcons’ 35-7 victory against El Paso-Gridley in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs.