Letting it all out, SJO football team opens season dominating rival Sages

Junior Tanner Seims
St. Joseph - Tanner Seims lets out a celebratory roar after hauling in a 31-yard pass from St. Joseph-Ogden quarterback Logan Smith seven seconds into the second quarter of their team's home opener against Monticello. It was the 6'4", 185-pound juniors only catch of the evening as the Spartans rolled on to a 40-14 win. Game photo gallery and Sentinel recap on the way.
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SJO's Peyton Williams was all smiles before the start of last fall's home game against Marshall. The Spartans declawed the visiting Lions, 25-13, 25-9. This week, she opened her final season with 16 kills on Monday against Maroa-Forsyth. Photo: PhotoNews Media Archives
MAROA - After dropping the first set by a two-point decision at 26-24 to host Maroa-Forsyth, the all upperclasswomen roster from St. Joseph-Ogden seized the next two sets, notching the team's first road win of the season in their opener against the Trojans.

Led by Peyton Williams' 16 kills, SJO won the second set 25-17 and took the decider, 25-19 on Monday. Willams, one of eight seniors on this year's squad, also collected four aces and six digs for the Spartans.

Addie Roesch, a senior, logged six digs, ten kills and a pair of aces. Sadie Ericksen, also in the Class of 2024, was credited with eight digs and two aces. Setter Halle Brazelton recorded 24 assists to start the season.


SJO volleyball nearly cruises past visiting St. Anne

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St. Joseph-Ogden's Ava Seggebruch (left) and Reese Wheatley leap above the net attempting to block a kill by St. Anne's T'Ayla Crite-Jackson during game one of their non-conference game on Wednesday. The Spartans defeated the visiting Cardinals in two sets 25-7, 25-15, to win their home opener. Off to a 2-0 start, SJO defeated Maroa-Forsyth 2-1 on the road on Monday to kick off the 2023-24 season.
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Spartan tennis team comes up short in season opener against the Trojans

URBANA - While the final team score was lopsided shutout, the St. Joseph-Ogden tennis team fought an uphill battle against their more experiened opponents from Maroa-Forsyth on Tuesday, August 15. The Spartans suffered losses on all nine courts, three doubles and six singles matches, to fall 9-0 to the visiting Trojans.

Addison Seggebruch led the SJO's singles match effort, winning seven of her 19 games against Maroa-Forsyth's Katherine Nilles.


Tennis player Addison Ross
Addison Ross talks about her double match with partner Makennah Hamilton after their loss to Kristen Tuan and Katherine Nilles from Maroa-Forsyth. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

"It was my first match. I thought I did pretty well," Seggebruch said after her match. "Overall, I thought I did a pretty good job hanging in there."

Playing at #2 singles, the senior lost the first set 6-3 and capitalized as often as she could in the second, carding four more games using her serve as a weapon.

"I felt like there were a few serves she (Nilles) wasn't able to return," she explained, talking about exploiting her opponent's obvious weaknesses. "I had a few really good forehands, and I feel like that threw her off a little bit.

Despite dropping the second set, 6-4, Saggebruch, who started playing in 2022, gave a solid effort against her more seasoned opponent. One of her goals this season is to collect more W's.

"This year, my goal is to win more matches, try to improve, and get better," she said.

Later, MaKennah Hamilton and Addison Ross squared off against the Trojans' top doubles crew. The duo dropped their #1 doubles match in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0.

"It didn't go the way we wanted, but we did learn a lot," said Addison Ross, a sophomore playing her second season for SJO. "They were much more experienced than us. They hit harder, but we did learn something from this.

Playing her second year with Ross, Hamilton said despite the two-set shutout against Maroa-Forsyth veterans Kristen Tuan and Katherine Nilles, she believes they are improving.

"I think we hustled more than we have in the past," she explained, recounting a few plays from the match. "They just kept hitting a lot of corners we couldn't get to."

Not long after the loss, the pair had already figured out what the needed to work on this week to prepare upcoming matches. Unfortunately, the heatwave that started on Tuesday this week has kept a lid on training and match play for the Spartans due to heat protocols set by the IHSA.

Ross said her plan was to work on returning serves. "It is kind of my weak spot."

Meanwhile, Hamilton plans to work on her shot selection and placement.

"More experienced teams are going take your shots and hit them down the line, and you can't get to them," she said. "Hitting them where they're not is definitely something we need to work on."

Box Score

Maroa-Forsyth - 9 - St. Joseph-Ogden - 0

Singles:
No. 1 - Ella Sandgren, Maroa-Forsyth def. Caroline Aden, SJO, 6-0, 6-0
No. 2 - Katherine Nilles, Maroa-Forsyth def. Addison Seggebruch, SJO, 6-3, 6-4
No. 3 - Isabella Griffiths, Maroa-Forsyth def. Madison Clampitt, SJO, 6-1, 6-3
No. 4 - Briana Skouras, Maroa-Forsyth def. Lauren Lannert, SJO, 6-2, 6-2
No. 5 - Jasmeet Kaur, Maroa-Forsyth def. Ella Dieteker, SJO, 6-2, 6-0
No. 6 - Hana Qidan, Maroa-Forsyth def. Sonia Patel, SJO, 6-0, 6-2

Doubles:
No. 1 - Kristen Tuan/Katherine Nilles, Maroa-Forsyth def. MaKennah Hamilton/Addison Ross, SJO, 6-0, 6-0
No. 2 - Isabella Nilles/Alexis Nilles, Maroa-Forsyth ef. Lily Rice/Samantha Kelso, SJO, 6-0, 6-0
No. 3 - Aubra Timmons/Shokrea Qidan, Maroa-Forsyth def. Emma Thurman/Olivia Getty, SJO, 6-1, 7-5



Champaign-Urbana Labor Day Tournament registration deadline next Tuesday

Nick LeVanti, from Champaign, hits a volley during his mixed-doubles match on August 17 at Atkins Tennis Center. Teamed with Claire Kaye (not pictured), the pair were partners during a summer league match. At the beginning of September dozens of competitive tennis players from the area will square off for a shot at taking home the Champaign Park District Labor Day Tournament title.
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CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign Park District will host its annual Labor Day Tennis Tournament on September 3-4 at Lindsey Courts in Champaign. It's not the US Open in Flushing Meadows, but dozens of top amateur players will hit the hardcourt in CU's version of a tennis major for a shot at a 2023 title.

The deadline for entry into this year's tournament is at 5 pm, Tuesday, August 29. Players can register online at https://champaignparks.com/programs/tennis/. This year's entry fee is just $28 for singles and $22 for each player entering the doubles divisions.

The draw for all divisions will be emailed to all participants on September 1. For more information, contact the tournament director and Park District head tennis professional Yuri Sohn at (217) 819-3993 or by email at yuri.sohn@champaignparks.org.

Adult Divisions are:

Singles:
Beginner/Intermediate Singles Open (2.0-2.5)
Men’s Open Singles
Women’s Open Singles
Men’s 35 and over Singles
Women’s 35 and over Singles
Men’s 45 and over Singles
Men’s 55 and over Singles
Men’s 65 and over Singles
Men’s 70 and over Singles

Doubles:
Men’s Open Doubles
Women’s Open Doubles
Men’s 35 and over Doubles
Women’s 35 and over Doubles
Mixed Open Doubles

Junior Divisions:

Boys 12 and under Singles
Girls 12 and under Singles
Boys 14 and under Singles
Girls 14 and under Singles
Boys 16 and under Singles
Girls 16 and under Singles


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