Photo Gallery | SJO falls 4-0 to St. Thomas More

Senior Isabella Smith-Fawver passes the ball down the field during second half action against St. Thomas More. The St. Joseph-Ogden soccer team dropped the second meeting between the two teams in their last home game this season, 4-0. Smith-Fawver and the Spartans play their final home match of the season tonight at 6p against the Eagles in Rantoul.
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Logan Ingram dribbles the ball down the field
Logan Ingram dribbles the ball down the field for the Spartans during the second half. Unfortunately, the St. Thomas More defense kept scoring opportunities for the senior to a minimum during both halves.
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Midfielder Jared Emmert heads the ball away from STM players during the first half. SJO will depend on his skill set when soccer returns to its normal fall schedule for the 2021-22 season.
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Cade Hausman kicks the ball
Senior Cade Hausman lines up a shot to send the ball down the field in during second half action. The Spartans will miss his physical presence this fall when the team returns to action on August 23 on the road against the Oakwood Comets.
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3 earn all-conference girls basketball honors

SJO's Taylor Wells shoots a jumper against IVC in 2020. A year later, after doing her best to stay competitive during the pandemic, she reaps the fruits of her effort by making All-IPC First Team in 2021.
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Three area players garnered all-conference basketball recognition last week from the Illini Prairie Conference last week.

St. Joseph-Ogden's Taylor Wells was named to the conference's First Team list. Known for her strong defensive play, the junior finished the last three games of the pandemic shortened season averaging eight points per game.

Joining Wells on the the list was teammate Ella Armstrong, also a junior. Armstrong led St. Joseph-Ogden's offense averaging 10 ppg in her last three outings this season.

A well-deserved nod also went to Unity's lone senior Chloee Reed. Reed, who was a strong contributor for Rockets, scored 23 points in her team's 57-20 rout against Rantoul.

Below is the complete list of players who made an impression on coaches throughout the conference.

FIRST TEAM
Katie Steinman, SR
CENTRAL CATHOLIC
(unanimous selection)

Abbey Davis, SR
CENTRAL CATHOLIC

Taylor Nowaskie, JR
OLYMPIA

Chloe Sisco, SO
PRAIRIE CENTRAL

Taylor Wells, JR
ST. JOSEPH-OGDEN

Addie Masching, SR
PONTIAC

SECOND TEAM
Kennedy Ramshaw, SO
SAINT THOMAS MORE

Ella Armstrong, JR
ST. JOSEPH-OGDEN

Madison Kinkade, SR
PRAIRIE CENTRAL

Renni Fultz, JR
MONTICELLO

Abbi Bode, SR
OLYMPIA

Abby Cox, SR
CENTRAL CATHOLIC

Honorable
Mention:
Ella Larson, SR
CENTRAL CATHOLIC

Marley Williamson, JR
ILLINOIS VALLEY CENTRAL

Tristina Einhouse, SR
PONTIAC

Kianna Berlatsky, SR
RANTOUL

Chloee Reed, SR
UNITY



Photo Gallery | SJO baseball wins first game of the season

Coby Miller hits a home run for St. Joseph-Ogden
Coby Miller pounds the ball out of the park on this swing in front of nearly 80 high school baseball fans during St. Joseph-Ogden home baseball opener against Champaign Centennial. His 3-run homer in the bottom of the first inning was both answer and notice to the Chargers' solo shot minutes earlier. The Spartans went on to defeat the visiting Big 12 school 9-5 on Monday.
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Hayden Brazelton is hit by a Centennial pitch
Hayden Brazelton takes a pitch on the hip while batting for the Spartans. Brazelton, a junior, tallied one hit in his two trips to the plate and scored two of SJO nine runs.
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Crayton Burnett unloads a pitch
Crayton Burnett reaches back to unload a pitch against the Chargers. The future University of Illinois player picked up the win after giving up three hits and striking out 10 batters in his four-inning 2021 season debut.
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SJO student fans watch the game from center field
Four Spartan baseball fans enjoy a beautiful spring day behind the fence in center field while watching their team take care of business against Centennial.
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Ty Pence waits for a throw from the catcher to try and put out a Centennial base runner. Offensively, the sophomore basketball standout tallied 2 RBI on 2 hits for the Spartans.
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Hayden Brazelton slides into second on a steal attempt. The junior, who was hit by a pitch earlier in the game, had the team's only double.
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