ALAH’s LOVC Tourney Capped Off with Win

Photo by RR Best Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond’s Payton Wellbaum tries to hold on to the ball Saturday evening. Wellbaum contributed eight points and pulled down several crucial rebounds in the Lady Knights’ third place victory over Tri-County.

Photo by RR Best
Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond’s Payton Wellbaum tries to hold on to the ball Saturday evening. Wellbaum contributed eight points and pulled down several crucial rebounds in the Lady Knights’ third place victory over Tri-County.

January 28, 2015

Lady Knights take third place

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

After falling to tournament champion Arcola 52-38 in the LOVC Northwest championship game, the Lady Knights bounced back to claim third place by defeating the Tri-County Titans 56-43.  Kimberly Davis led all scorers with 15 points going 10-of-11 from the foul line, and Meagan Fifer put forth her best shooting performance of the tourney hitting 3-4 from the field including two crucial 3-pointers. “For three quarters we definitely did a good job bouncing back,” said head coach Craig Moffett. “It showed a lot about a young team that’s got a really good senior leader. Assistant coach Mac Condill used the term resilient, and I think that was spot on.”
The Knights were all over the Titans from the first whistle jumping out to a 6-0 lead with baskets by Davis and Fifer. The Knights extended the margin to 9-3 with 3:30 remaining in the first utilizing crisp passing, but the Titans would claw back to within one at 10-9 at the end of the first quarter. The Titans actually took a short-lived lead at 11-10 on the first points of the second period, but Mycaela Miller answered right back with a big time three. Hannah Wallen then found Payton Wellbaum under the basket to push Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond’s lead back to four at 15-11 with 6:40 remaining in the half. Read More

Ruler Donation

Photo by Stephanie Mitchell Ruler Donation Commander George Clark, along with Arthur Grade School student and granddaughter Alex Clark, presented the school with rulers featuring the Pledge of Allegiance on one side and the presidents’ pictures with their terms of office on the other. In addition to the Arthur students, Lovington grade schoolers also received the rulers as part of a yearly Post 429 tradition. More than 500 rulers were distributed. Clark is the commander of Lovington Post #429.

Photo by Stephanie Mitchell
Ruler Donation
Commander George Clark, along with Arthur Grade School student and granddaughter Alex Clark, presented the school with rulers featuring the Pledge of Allegiance on one side and the presidents’ pictures with their terms of office on the other. In addition to the Arthur students, Lovington grade schoolers also received the rulers as part of a yearly Post 429 tradition. More than 500 rulers were distributed. Clark is the commander of Lovington Post #429.

Timberwolves Have One Slip Away in Loss to Arcola Monday Night

January 28, 2015

Makes two tournament losses in a row

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

After falling to Decatur LSA Saturday in the opening round of the LOVC tournament 78-62, Okaw Valley was next paired with no. two seeded Arcola, who fought back from a 30-25 halftime deficit to defeat OV 66-55 in a physical contest. Peyton Hagerman lit up the scoreboard with 20 first half points finishing with a game high 28.
Arcola opened up the game with a six point run forcing a quick OV timeout at the five minute mark. Hagerman scored the first points of the night for Okaw Valley, and Devon Still added a layup to cut the lead to 8-4 at the four minute mark. Still would finish with 10 points on the night, but Arcola answered with a run pushing the lead to 17-9 in the blink of an eye with 2:30 remaining in the first. Hagerman then found Logan Tipsword under the basket to stop the bleeding and added a layup on the next possession to cut the lead to 19-13 with under a minute remaining. Read More

Lady Timberwolves Fall 54-48 in Disappointing Tourney Loss to Cerro Gordo Bement

January 28, 2015

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Coming off a tough defeat in the first round of the LOVC conference tourney Okaw Valley’s struggles continued Thursday, falling in what was a back and forth contest. Okaw Valley built up a nine point lead with just two minutes left in the first half but were unable to hold on. Paige Robinson had 11 points to go along with five steals. However, Cerro Gordo was able to hold offensive threat Amanda McClain to just four points.
After the loss head coach Don Gardner was looking forward to playing on their home court for a change. “This was our third trip up here. We had to come up here twice, and we had to play Argenta before the tournament. So we are ready to get back home I think. We get to play Cerro Gordo Monday at our place so that will be a nice rematch.” Read More

Molzen’s Monster Performance Not Enough as Redskins Lose 48-35 to Bulldogs

January 28, 2015

Williams, St. T outpace Sullivan

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Ty Molzen scored 18 points to go with eight rebounds in a competitive defeat versus the St Teresa Bulldogs Friday Night. Head coach Chester Reeder praised Molzen’s growth as a player after the game. “He keeps getting better and better. I challenged him early in the year, and he has definitely raised his level. He is rebounding like crazy for us; he is finishing at the rim and knocking down open shots. I can’t ask for any more out of Ty Molzen.”
It looked like the contest might get out of hand early as St Teresa rode the return of starter Christian Williams to a 7-2 lead with five minutes to play in the first quarter. Nick Frerichs stopped the bleeding with a 3-pointer from the top of the key to cut into the lead to 7-5, but the Bulldogs got two quick buckets extending the lead to 11-6 with three minutes remaining in the first. Molzen then went on a rebounding spree to close out the quarter, and the Redskins were able to cut the lead to 15-10. Read More

Findlay Dec. Blood Drive Meets Its Goal

January 21, 2015

An American Red Cross blood drive was held Dec. 9 at the Findlay American Legion. The blood drive surpassed its goal of 15 by one. A total of 18 people came in to give blood and 16 pints were collected. Mike Tucker was recognized as a first time donor. Milestones were reached by Ron McClain – seven gallons, Charlene Gravens – eight gallons, and George Bollinger – 17 gallons.
The next blood drive will be a Valentine blood drive which will be held Feb. 4 from 2-6 at the Findlay American Legion.

Lovington Preschool Round Up 2015

January 21, 2014

If your child is between the ages of birth to five years old the Lovington School District and Project H.E.L.P. (Helping Educate Little People) will offer free Preschool Screenings February 10 at the United Methodist Church, 241 South Broadway St., Lovington. The free preschool screening is to see how your child is developing in the areas of concepts, motor, speech and language. The free developmental screening lasts about one hour. Call Nancy Wildman at 873-4318 for an appointment or more information.

Mo-Co Rush Softball Fundraiser

January 21, 2015

Moultrie County Rush Fastpitch Softball will hold its annual fundraiser dinner, auction, and youth dance Saturday, February 21, at the Sullivan American Legion located at 8 East Strain Street next to Wyman Park.
A catered dinner from Niemerg’s Steakhouse in Effingham will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Doors will open at 5 p.m. The dinner will consist of fried chicken, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, green beans, homemade noodles, cole slaw, rolls, tea and lemonade. Tickets are available to purchase in advance or at the door. Ticket price includes entry to the dance, but there will be a dance-only entry fee available for purchase. The auction will follow the dinner at approximately 7 p.m., and the youth dance will be from 8-11 p.m. Read More