In 2016, it was the Cubs that ended their 108-year long streak.

In 2017, it was the Monticello boys basketball team that ended a 109-year streak of their own. 

For the first time in school history, the Sages reached the 2A state finals, capping their season with a fourth-place finish in state on March 11, the No. 9 story of the Herald & Review Sports year.

The Sages were certainly no one's pre-season pick to make state and they quietly caught fire at the end of the season, winning their final nine games before entering the postseason.  

Monticello topped Argenta-Oreana 66-59 to take the regional title and held Paxton-Buckley-Loda to 32 points in its sectional championship game. 

Two losses in the state tournament put the Sages into fourth place overall but a new standard was set for Monticello basketball. 

The Sages' offense was led by three scorers who averaged more than 10 points a game.

Calvin Fisher averaged 15.7 points per game and was deadly behind the 3-point line connecting on 48 of his 127 attempts (38 percent). 

Junior forward Luke Stokowski led the team in rebounding with 7.3 a game on top of his 12.5 points per game. Hanging around the basket also gave Stokowski a 65 percent shooting percentage. 

Senior Isiah Florey averaged 10.5 points per game and developed into the team's leading scorer at the state tournament and put up 21-points in the Super-sectionals. 

mflaten@herald-review.com | (217) 421-6968

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