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Mason Resigns Trojans Volleyball Post

    As expected, Sarah Mason has resigned as Maroa-Forsyth's girls volleyball coach.
   With her and her husband Jad's youngest daughter, Carly, graduating in May and headed to Belmont University in Nashville, TN. to continue her academic and volleyball career, the Masons were expected to follow her there.
   Her resignation came at tonight's (Monday's) Maroa-Forsyth school board meeting. 
   In a joint statement, Principal Brice Stewart and Athletic Director Phil Applebee said, "Coach​ ​Mason​ ​put​ ​countless​ ​hours​ ​into​ ​growing​ ​the​ ​Maroa-Forsyth​ ​volleyball​ ​brand across​ ​the​ ​state.​ ​  We​ ​cannot​ ​thank​ ​Coach​ ​Mason​ ​enough​ ​for​ ​everything​ ​she​ ​has​ ​given​ ​to our​ ​volleyball​ ​program,​ ​school and​ ​community.​ ​ We​ ​are​ ​sad​ ​to​ ​see​ ​her​ ​leave,​ ​but​ ​are excited​ ​for​ ​her​ ​to​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to​ ​watch​ ​her​ ​daughters​ ​compete​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Division​ ​I​ ​level​ ​and​ ​to​ ​be able​ ​to​ ​visit​ ​her​ ​other​ ​daughter​ ​who​ ​attends​ ​college​ ​out​ ​of​ ​state.​   
   "​Coach​ ​Mason​ ​has​ ​left​ ​an indelible​ ​mark​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Maroa-Forsyth​ ​community,​ ​and​ ​we​ ​want​ ​to​ ​thank​ ​her​ ​for​ ​simply being​ ​her," continued the statement. 
   "The​ ​Maroa-Forsyth​ ​High​ ​School​ ​girls​ ​volleyball​ ​coaching​ ​position​ ​is​ ​a​ ​great​ ​position​ ​for a​ ​person​ ​who​ ​thrives​ ​under​ ​pressure,​ ​and​ ​is​ ​excited​ ​to​ ​continue​ ​the​ ​excellence​ ​that​ ​has been​ ​set​ ​forth​ ​already.​   ​The​ ​administration​ ​will​ ​begin​ ​a​ ​coaching​ ​search​ ​immediately," concluded their statement.
   I will have more thoughts in Sarah's resignation and contributions to the Trojans volleyball program in a future print edition of the Decatur Tribune.

Maroa-Forsyth Is State Runner-Up
Third Time In Four Years

   For the third time in four seasons, Maroa-Forsyth returned home from its Class 2A football championship with its runnerup trophy which is quite a legacy for the Trojans seniors to relish as they continue their life's pursuits.
        When the playoffs started five weeks ago, there were 64 teams in each of the eight classes vying for berths in the championship games on the Northern Illinois University in DeKalb at Huskie Stadium.
        Head Coach Josh Jostes' Trojans made history with their appearance in the title game as they became the first team from Decatur and Macon County to compete in a championship game there which is played there in odd-numbered years. 
    Aaron Inda ended his football career with bitterwseet performance with three touchdowns, two pass receptions scores and one rushing six-pointer, sweet with the scores, but bitter for they came in a disappointing loss. 
    They compiled a 42-11 won-loss record and captured three runnerup trophies in their career of playing for coach Jostes.
    Once again, they leave a legacy for the others behind them to continue.  They were also one of the last two Sangamo teams standing as Pleasant Plains also finished its season with the Class 3A runnerup trophy after its 35-0 to Elmhurst IC Catholic. 

Millikin Big Blue Volleyball Team
Had Great Season
   Despite what happened early last Friday evening in the Shirk Center on the Illinois Wesleyan University campus in Bloomington when Calvin College defeated Debbie Kiick's Big Blue in three straight sets, Millikin still had a great season.
    The defending national champions also ended Millikin's season a year ago in the regional finals.  Kiick's Big Blue team defeated Greenville in three straight sets last Thursday afternoon to advance to the regional second round.  Calvin moved on to its rematch against Millikin with its come-from-behind victory in the fifth set to beat Washington University, St. Louis.
    Four seniors have played their last volleyball for the Big Blue and what careers they had playing the game for Coach Kiick and the university.  They are Alora Godbey of Lincoln, Emily Mihalkanin of Willowbrook, Meredith Artime, who prepped at Decatur Christian, and Erin Syversen of Pewaukee, WI.
        Others on the Millikin volleyball team from Decatur and Macon County include freshman Brianna Niebrugge of St. Teresa sophomore Kelsey McAtee of Mount Zion, Marissa Holloway of MacArthur and Kankakee Community College and Meredith Artime's sister, Lauren, also from Decatur Christian.  Maddie Holland is a freshman from nearby Shelbyville, sophomore Abby Trott is from Bement and junior Emily Seegmiller is from Arthur.
        "I'm so proud of the many accomplishments of our team and players," responded Kiick to our request for comment on their season.  "While we are disappointed that we did not rise to the challenge presented to us in this game, we are proud of raising the bar of our program and hope our youngsters will fight hard to keep the Millikin volleyball tradition going."  

J. Thomas McNamara
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