Photo Gallery | SJO wins prelude to the State Farm title

Ty Pence and Logan Smith go after a loose ball

St. Joseph-Ogden's Ty Pence and Logan Smith go after a loose ball with Rockford Lutheran's Vontesz Dent during first quarter action at the 2022 State Farm Holiday Classic. The Spartans went on to defeat the Crusaders 72-69 to advance the tournament's small school bracket title game. Pence and Smith each scored 25 points to secure SJO's victory.
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Maddux Carter dribbles the ball

Maddux Carter dribbles the ball away from a Crusader Marquise Haynes during first quarter action. Carter was held scoreless but was an essential part of the SJO's defensive effort.
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Logan Smith starts to accelerate

Spartan Logan Smith starts to accelerate past Crusaders' Marquise Haynes on a slash to the paint. The junior guard hit 11 shots from the field and knocked down three of his four free throw attempts to rack up 25 points.
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Coy Taylor goes up for a shot

SJO's Coy Taylor goes up for a shot on a fastbreak play in the second quarter. The sophomore quietly contributed 10 points in the Spartans' victory.
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Logan Smith prepares to shoot

Guarded by two Rockford Lutheran players, Logan Smith hesitate before putting the ball up under the St. Joseph-Ogden basket.
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Tanner Jacob takes a shot

Tanner Jacob puts the ball up as Crusaders' Keaton Peifer defends on the shot. Jacob missed the shot but would later make amends with a three-pointer in the second half of the contest.
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Ty Pence finds an open teammate under the basket

Ty Pence finds an open teammate under the basket during the second half. The Spartans led by six points at the break, 41-35.
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Logan Smith attacks the paint

Logan Smith attacks the paint. His relentless forays inside caused repeated headaches for the Crusaders, who were unable to match the 5-foot-9 guard's tenacity.
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Ty Pence scores 25

After being fouled on a shot, Ty Pence takes a moment recollect himself before heading the free throw line. Pence finished the game 5-for-7 from the line to share team-high scoring honors with teammate Logan Smith. Both players dropped 25 points for SJO.
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Logan Smith jets past Rockford Lutheran's Marquise Haynes

Logan Smith jets past Rockford Lutheran's Marquise Haynes in the fourth quarter.
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Ty Pence leaps for a shot over a Rockford Lutheran player in the fourth quarter.
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Ty Pence guarded by Marquise Haynes

SJO's Ty Pence lines up a run to the rim while being guarded by Crusaders' Marquise Haynes.
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Another photo of Logan Smith

Logan Smith looks for an open teammate after his approach to the basket was blocked.
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Kyle Duval takes a moment to pass along instructions to Logan Smith

Head coach Kyle Duval takes a moment to pass along instructions to Logan Smith during a lull between free throw attempts. A day later, Duval would become the first SJO basketball coach to win a State Farm Holiday Classic title. A staple in the field of competition, the Spartans have played in the tournament for the past 17 years.
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McGwire Atwood lets out an emotional burst celebrating

McGwire Atwood lets out an emotional burst celebrating SJO's semifinal win. The senior, who scored six points for the team, wrapped a loose ball after a steal attempt by the Spartans to seal the win.
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Illinois State basketball commit Ty Pence celebrates the Spartans semifinal win as the team heads back to the bench. After the team's four games at the holiday tournament, Pence earned his second SFHC All-Tournament Team award.
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Photo of the Day | January 6, 2023

Addison Seggebruch drives to the paint against Pontiac
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Adding it up
ST. JOSEPH - Spartans' Addison Seggebruch drives to the paint around Pontiac's Makyah Hartfield during the second half of the Illini Prairie Conference game on Thursday. The Spartans used a 17-9 second-quarter run to help secure the league win over visiting Pontiac, 57-47. The team's three Addisons tallied 34 of team's 57 points. Seggebruch finished the game with six points, Addison Frick dropped a game-high 17, and Addisyn Martinie contributed seven in the victory.

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Frick leads Spartans in conference win with 17-point night

Addison Frick shoots the ball

ST. JOSEPH - Addison Frick goes up for a shot in the first half of the St. Joseph-Ogden's home game against Pontiac. The Spartans (7-9) snap a two-game losing streak to pick up their first conference win of the season after defeating the Indians, 57-47. The junior finished the night with 17 points. The team travels to Prairie Central on Monday to face the 10-5 Hawks.

Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

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Vermilion County basketball tournament schedule released

OAKWOOD - The game schedule for the upcoming seven-team boys and girls tournament was announced this week. Pool play is set to begin on Friday, January 13, at 5pm, opens with Georgetown against Westville.

Following the opener, Oakwood will face Hoopeston Area in Game 2 at 6:30pm, and the nightcap will be Armstrong-Potomac tipping off against Bismarck-Henning-Rossville-Alvin at 8pm.

The boys side of the tournament starts Saturday afternoon at 3:45pm on January 14, with the Hoopeston Area's Cornjerkers taking on the Buffaloes from Georgetown. Game 2, scheduled for 5:15pm, will be between Oakwood and Westville.

The last game of the boys' opening day will be between Salt Fork and Armstrong-Potomac at 6:45pm.

The girls' trophy games will be on Friday, January 20. The boys championship games will be played the following day starting 5pm.

All games will take place at Danville Area Community College.

Vermilion County Basketball Tournament Schedule

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IPC teams to play at Christie Clinic Shootout this Saturday

St. Joseph - St. Joseph-Ogden High School will host 13 teams this Saturday, January 7, for the 2023 installment of the Christie Clinic Shootout.

The competition starts at 9am with the first junior varsity contest of the day between Beecher and Bismarck-Henning-Rossville-Alvin in SJO's practice gym. The varsity contest between the two teams follows two hours later at 11am. The final varsity game will start at 6pm featuring Peoria Notre Dame against the Kays of Kankakee.

Normal University's Mason Funk and SJO's Tanner Jacob collide during the State Farm Classic Holiday Tournament Small School championship game last Friday. The two teams won't run into each other at this weekend's Christie Clinic Shootout. The Spartans claimed a narrow victory beating the Pioneers, 58-49. U-High will take on the Rockets from Unity at 5pm on Saturday in St. Joseph. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

Monticello, Unity, and SJO will represent the Illini Prairie Conference with back-to-back-to-back games starting at 3:30pm. The Sages will start the three-game run squaring up to face Newton. The Rockets will tipoff around 5pm against Normal U-High, who the Spartans beat in a heated contest on December 30 for the State Farm Holiday Classic title. St. Joseph-Ogden (11-1) closes out the IPC league bouts for the day against the currently 6-6 Nashville Hornets. All three teams will be home on the scoreboard.

Admission for spectators is $8 and $5 for students. Student IDs are required for the discount.

Game Schedule

Varsity (SJO Main Gym)

11:00 AM: Beecher vs. BHRA
12:30 PM: Addison Trail vs. Champaign Centennial
2:00 PM: Mt. Zion vs. Bloomington
3:30 PM: Newton vs. Monticello
5:00 PM: Normal U-High vs. Unity
6:30 PM: Nashville vs. St. Joseph-Ogden
8:00 PM: Peoria Notre Dame vs. Kankakee

Junior Varsity (SJO PRACTICE GYM)

9:00 AM: (SE Locker Room) Beecher vs. BHRA
10:30 AM: (SW Locker Room) Addison Trail vs. Champaign Centennial
12:00 PM: (B103) Mt. Zion vs. Bloomington
1:30 PM: (B102) Newton vs. Monticello
3:00 PM: (B103) Normal U-High vs. Unity
4:30 PM: (B102) Moline vs. St. Joseph-Ogden
6:00 PM: (B103) Peoria Notre Dame vs. Kankakee

***** Home team is listed on the right for all games

Photo Gallery | SJO wrestling falls at first home meet of the season

Hunter Ketchum wraps up Bismarck-Henning-Rossville-Alvin's Cooper Carpenter during their 220-pound exhibition match on Tuesday. Ketchum, a four-year starter at goalie for the SJO soccer program, pinned Carpenter one minute and 19 seconds into their bout. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

SJO's Landen Butts fights for wrist control while going head-to-head with BHRA's Ayden Golden. Golden won the match by pin at 3:32. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

Spartan Coy Hayes ties up BHRA's Donavan Guduskas trying to get back points. Hayes eventually would win the match by fall at 3:05. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

SJO's Devan Swisher looks to his coaching corner while wrestling Blue Devils' Marcus Schreiner. Swisher went the distance by lost by way of a 7-4 decision. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

SJO's Devan Swisher looks for a shot in on Blue Devils' Marcus Schreiner during their 160-pound match. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

Carson Sarnecki tries to escape from BHRA's Christian Walton during their 170-pound. Sarnecki was pinned at 5:32 in the first home meet of the season. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

Bismarck-Henning-Rossville-Alvin's Nathaniel Gnaden takes down SJO's Owen Birt during their 220-pound match. Gnaden narrowly won the match on points besting Birt, 10-6. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

Owen Birt looks for an opportunity to shoot in on BHRA's Nathaniel Gnaden during second period action. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

SJO's Brandon Goodwin does his best to keep BHRA's Grahm Abbed from scoring during their 126-pound bout. Goodwin was later pinned by Abbed at 2:32. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

After collecting a few points, Spartans' Lexi Wirth focuses on getting control of Mike Rodgers during their 138-pound exhibition match. Despite a hard-fought effort Wirth was pinned at 2:53. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

St. Joseph-Ogden 220-pounder Quincy Jones pins Blue Devils' Cooper Carpenter. Jones secured the exhibition win in just 36 seconds. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

St. Joseph-Ogden wrestling falls to BHRA in 48-30 decision

ST. JOSEPH - The Gallos are back! After a 16-year absence, the family that built the St. Joseph-Ogden wrestling program into a respected small-school program were back mat-side in the coaching chairs for the Spartans' home dual meet against Bismarck-Henning-Rossville-Alvin.

Under Bill Gallo, Sr., aka Papa G., the program blossomed from a 16-22 record during his first two seasons to 47 wins and six losses in his final two from 2004-2006.

Now an assistant coach under his son Bill, former SJO head wrestling coach Bill Gallo, Sr., watches attentively during Tuesday's home match against Bismarck-Henning-Rossville-Alvin. Starting back in November, with the addition of Billy, Bill's son and grandson to Bill, Sr., the Spartans are coached by three generations of Gallo wrestlers. (Photo: PhotoNews Media)

Now, with Bill Gallo leading the program, assisted by his son Billy, brother Joe, Papa G, and Shawn Freeman, the program is destined to return to a top-tier Class 2A wrestling program.

On Tuesday, despite a young, inexperienced roster with 26 wrestlers, 14 of who have never set foot on a mat until this season, the SJO fell by way of a respectable 48-30 decision to the visiting Blue Devils.

Spartans' Gary Page stuck Devils' Gracie Pattison in 42 seconds in their 106-pound bout. Coy Hays also earned the team six points by pinning BHRA's Donavan Guduskas in their 152-pound match. SJO's Emmit Holt and Peyton Sarver rounded out the evening's team scoring with another 12 points with forfeits.

The St. Joseph-Ogden wrestling team will be back at on the home mat on January 19 for a tri-meet with Clinton and El Paso-Gridley.

Box Score:

Varsity matches
106 - Gary Page (SJO) def Gracie Pattison (BHRA) by FALL :42
113 - Emmitt Holt (SJO) - FORFEIT
120 - Landen Teller (BHRA) def Camden Getty (SJO) by FALL 5:20
126 - Grahm Abbed (BHRA) def Brandon Goodwin (SJO) by FALL 2:32
132 - Holden Brazelton (SJO) win by FORFEIT
138 - Ayden Golden (BHRA) def Landen Butts (SJO) by FALL 3:32
145 - Tayler Carpenter (BHRA) def Vance McCombs (SJO) by FALL 1:03
152 - Coy Hayes (SJO) def Donavan Guduskas (BHRA) by FALL 3:05
160 - Marcus Schreiner (BHRA) def Devan Swisher (SJO) DECISION 7-4
170 - Christian Walton (BHRA) def Carson Sarnecki (SJO) by FALL 5:32
182 - Landynn Balla (BHRA)def Gabe Mata (SJO) by FALL :20
195 - Peyton Sarver (SJO) - FORFEIT
220 - Nathaniel Gnaden (BHRA) def Owen Birt (SJO) DECISION 10-6
285 - Hunter Wilson (BHRA) def Kyle Miccoli (SJO) by FALL :46

Exhibition matches
138- Landon Frick (SJO) defeated Mike Rodgers (BHRA) FALL 1:02
138- Mike Rodgers (BHRA) def Lexi Wirth (SJO) FALL 2:53
220- Quincy Jones (SJO) defeated Cooper Carpenter (BHRA) FALL :36
220- Hunter Ketchum (SJO) defeated Cooper Carpenter (BHRA) FALL 1:19

Photo of the Day | January 5, 2023

Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

Pence slams Annawan with 36
NORMAL - St. Joseph-Ogden's Ty Pence slams a first-quarter dunk during the SJO's first-round game at the State Farm Holiday Classic. Using the senior's explosive 36-point performance, SJO cruised to a 78-28 victory over the Braves. Two days later, Pence and the Spartans went on to win this year's small school title. The Illinois State University commit also earned his second-consecutive All-Tournament Team nomination in the small school division.

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Guest Commentary | Rolling with the punches, turns & twist of life

by Glenn Mollette, Guest Commentator

Throughout the years, many of us watched Barbara Walters from NBC to ABC. I always tried to watch her special interviews. Often, the people she interviewed on primetime television specials were “the” high profile people at that given time. She became the highest paid journalist of her day being the first to sign a million-dollar contract with ABC. 

Regardless of what we do in life we are still confronted by difficulties that often debilitate us. Walters had survived her own personal struggles, like we all do, including four divorces. Unfortunately, her reported battle with dementia took its toll on her health. We can all accomplish much in life. Maybe not as much as Walters or maybe even more. Regardless, there is much about life we can’t do anything about other than try to deal with it and do the best we can. 

 At least 37 people died from the recent winter storm in Buffalo, New York. Families are grieving. Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, freezing temperatures, and snow have wreaked devastation on our country in the last twelve months. Loss of life can come from disease, weather, accidents or unconscionably by design. 

We all have been horrified by the death of four college students in Moscow, Idaho. It’s been beyond us how four beautiful people could be stabbed to death in their beds reportedly between 3:00 and 4:00 in the morning. A young man who is a student at nearby Washington State University on the Pullman campus has been arrested at his parents’ house in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania. Moscow police believe they now have the murderer in custody. 

How anyone could commit such a heinous crime is beyond our comprehension. I’m sure it was beyond the scope of thought for these innocent young adults. We never know who is taking note of our lives, whereabouts and activities. Regardless of how calm and safe your community seems you can’t take anything for granted. Lock your doors. Lock your bedroom door. Keep your handgun on your lampstand and try your best to create an environment that protects you as much as possible. With so many people sleeping in the rental house in Moscow, I’m sure these young college students felt safe. What appeared to be safe for them became an opportunity for an evil mind. 

Typically, the attacker has the element of surprise on his side. It’s always best to try to think ahead. Sadly, four Idaho University students were killed by someone who planned, plotted, and was patient enough to find the right moment to carry out the murders.  Accepting and dealing with what we cannot change is one thing. Preparing for life but rolling with the punches, the turns, and twists, is another. Being watchful, careful, and never taking anything for granted could make the difference between life and death

Pray for these families and all the many friends and loved ones as they grieve and suffer from such devastating loss. 


Dr. Glenn Mollette is a syndicated American columnist and author of Grandpa's Store, American Issues, and ten other books. He is read in all 50 states. The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily representative of any other group or organization.


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