Knights Hang Tough, Battle Back for Win Over Oblong

Photo by Darian Hays Hunter Kamm takes off with the ball after quarterback Tyler Schuring’s pitch. Kamm was more noticeable on defense Friday night, including his interception and fumble recovery in the fourth quarter to help lock-in his team’s 33-13 win over Oblong.

Photo by Darian Hays
Hunter Kamm takes off with the ball after quarterback Tyler Schuring’s pitch. Kamm was more noticeable on defense Friday night, including his interception and fumble recovery in the fourth quarter to help lock-in his team’s 33-13 win over Oblong.

September 17, 2014

Better second half solidifies ALAH win

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Friday night’s 33-13 victory over Oblong may sound like a commanding win for the Arthur-Lovinton/Atwood-Hammond Knights, but things could have been just the opposite given a slew of penalties and a poor second quarter.
In all, ALAH accrued a loss of 90 yards on 12 penalties, most of which dealt with illegal procedure or holding, and four of the the seven that were in the first half took place in a second quarter riddled with ALAH miscues.
After trailing 12-0, Oblong got on the board with just over eight seconds left in the first, which would feed into their second quarter performance, where they took a 13-12 lead. Read More

Unforced Errors Plague Lady T-Wolves in Loss

Photo by Keith Stewart OV's Nicole Miller eyes the ball before setting it Tuesday night.

Photo by Keith Stewart
OV’s Nicole Miller eyes the ball before setting it Tuesday night.

September 10, 2014

A&M consistency keeps OV on their heels

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Okaw Valley’s 25-12, 25-13 loss at the hands of Central A&M Tuesday night was more a result of hits going too deep, serves going too shallow, and at times miscommunication plaguing the defense than it was the Raiders’ own doing.
However, when Central A&M did produce its own scoring, it relied more on well-placed tips into the holes of the OV defense than hard hits, given 5-11 junior middle hitter Megan Dash blocking what few kill attempts the Raiders had. Read More

ALAH Homecoming Court 2014

Photo by Kent Stock ALAH Homecoming Court Pictured is this year’s ALAH homecoming court, first row, left to right: (Junior Attendants), Liz Shipman and Marcus Vanausdoll (Freshman Attendants), Kim Davis and Nick Stolte (Sophomore Attendants). Queen candidates in middle row are: Elyse Harris, Alyssa McArthur, Jessica Davis and Emily Seegmiller. The King candidates in the back row are: Nathan Rose, Tyler Schuring, Kyle Feagin and Jeremy Plank.

Photo by Kent Stock
ALAH Homecoming Court
Pictured is this year’s ALAH homecoming court, first row, left to right:
(Junior Attendants), Liz Shipman and Marcus Vanausdoll (Freshman
Attendants), Kim Davis and Nick Stolte (Sophomore Attendants).
Queen candidates in middle row are: Elyse Harris, Alyssa McArthur,
Jessica Davis and Emily Seegmiller. The King candidates in the back
row are: Nathan Rose, Tyler Schuring, Kyle Feagin and Jeremy Plank.

OVHS Homecoming Court 2014

Submitted OV Homecoming Court Pictured is this year’s Okaw Valley homecoming court, from front to back, left to right: Kaylee Thomas & Nick Tipsword (Junior Attendants), Hayley Carlson & Isaac Vanderlaan , Caity Ohm & Justin Vander Burgh, Paige Harlin & Devon Still, Amanda McClain & Joe Jeffers (all Senior Court), Brianna Creviston & Keith Bone (Sophomore Attendants), Natalie Jeffers & Dylan Holt (Freshman Attendants).

Submitted OV Homecoming Court
Pictured is this year’s Okaw Valley homecoming court, from front to back, left to right: Kaylee Thomas
& Nick Tipsword (Junior Attendants), Hayley Carlson & Isaac Vanderlaan , Caity Ohm & Justin VanderBurgh, Paige Harlin & Devon Still, Amanda McClain & Joe Jeffers (all Senior Court), Brianna Creviston & Keith Bone (Sophomore Attendants), Natalie Jeffers & Dylan Holt (Freshman Attendants).

Sullivan, Okaw Valley School District Board Candidate Packets Available

September 10, 2014

Moultrie County Clerk, Georgia England, announces that Sullivan CUSD #300 and Okaw Valley CUSD #302 board candidate packets for the April 7, 2015 Consolidated Election will be available for pickup September 22 in the Moultrie County Clerk’s office located in the courthouse at 10 S. Main, Ste. 6 in Sullivan. This is a major change from the past when candidates received their packets from, and filed with, the Sullivan schools unit office. Read More

Understanding Illinois: Getting Smarter on Prison Sentences

NowlanSeptember 10, 2014

by Jim Nowlan
Outside Columnist

The U.S. has five percent of the world’s population and 25 percent of it prison inmates, according to Mary Ann Dyar, executive director of an Illinois prison diversion program.
We need to get smarter on whom we send to prison and for how long.
“I probably sent away a thousand or more people for drug crimes,” recalls former federal judge Mike McCuskey of his 16 years on the U.S. court bench in central Illinois. In effect, he filled up a federal prison.
I had dinner recently with old friend McCuskey, now retired from the federal bench and back serving as a state circuit court judge in Peoria. Read More

Blood Drive in Sullivan Saturday

September 10, 2014

The American Red Cross and Sullivan Church of God will sponsor a blood drive 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday September 13.
The blood drive will be held at the Sullivan Church of God at 321 North West Street in Sullivan (behind Neal Tire).
Each unit of blood donated can help up to three people.  Holiday seasons such as Labor Day can deplete blood supplies. Read More

Sullivan Marching Band to Host Contest Saturday

September 10, 2014

This coming Saturday the Sullivan high school marching band will host their inaugural marching band contest at Sullivan High School. Start time is noon, and there will be 11 bands from around central Illinois competing including Okaw Valley, Pana, Heritage, Maroa-Forsyth, Mount Zion, Monticello, Robinson, Paris, Mount Carmel, Effingham, and Sangamon Valley.   Read More

Finishing Eighth, Lady Red Struggle in Mattoon Tourney

Photo by Keith Stewart Kailyn Boyer (no. 24) and Emily Neuhauser (right) attempt to block Neoga’s Jaycie Roy during their 5 p.m. game Saturday at the Mattoon Tournament.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Kailyn Boyer (no. 24) and Emily Neuhauser (right) attempt to block Neoga’s Jaycie Roy during their 5 p.m. game Saturday at the Mattoon Tournament.

September 10, 2014

Unable to muster single set win in five game loss Saturday

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

This past Saturday at the Mattoon volleyball tournament, it proved a difficult day for the Lady Redskins as they dropped 10 consecutive sets in five games, finishing last in eighth place.
But contrary to what one may think, the day was far from a wash. In fact, for head coach Krista Smith, the tournament brought to light some unique observations, which she hopes she and her team will be able to use to improve in the regular season.
“This is my first tournament coaching, so it was a good experience to not just get one match in, but several matches in, so we would talk after each match and learn from those mistakes in that game and then move forward to the next game,” said Smith. “I think it’s only going to help us through the season because we saw a lot of different teams running a lot of different offense. We got to where I didn’t even have to tell them what the offense was doing. I can tell they’re starting to read a little bit better. Even though it didn’t turn out the best for us, there were a lot of lessons learned and a lot of things we know we need to work on.” Read More