Timberwolves Finish Strong Against Hilltoppers

•November 30, 2016•

Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports

What in the first half looked as though it would be a close game Nov. 28 got blown out of the water in the second half by host Okaw Valley’s two biggest scorers.

It all started with the Timberwolves down 12-8 in the final seconds of the first quarter. It ended with a 45-27 Okaw Valley win.

Mt. Pulaski had scored with just over six seconds left, looking to take the momentum into the second, but Paige Robinson didn’t get the memo.

Robinson took the inbounds pass and calmly took the rock just over half court before pulling a “Steph Curry” and swishing a shot just inside the half court stripe to cut the deficit to one. Read More

Strong Second Half Gives Braves Win over Sullivan

•November 30, 2016•

Sullivan’s Lady Redskin’s strong first half wasn’t enough to keep Mt. Zion from a 49-45 win November 28.

Sullivan outscored the visiting Lady Braves 13-4 in the first quarter and had a 23-14 lead at the half. A third quarter 16-9 effort brought Mt. Zion’s team back as a 19-13 fourth quarter tipped the scales against Sullivan.

“We started the game off well and played great defense the first half, only giving up 14 points,” Sullivan coach Sheri McCain said.

“We were not mentally tough in the second half and had too many unforced turnovers,” she continued, pointing out 47% free throw percentage and hitting two for seven in the fourth quarter cost the game.

Mt. Zion was 10-12 from the free stripe in the fourth quarter. Read More

Knights Win Close Game Over Redskins

Photo by Mike Brothers Sullivan’s Bryce Farris drives between ALAH defenders Hunter Day and Colton Romine during the Nov. 23 Knights 29-26 win over the Redskins.

Photo by Mike Brothers
Sullivan’s Bryce Farris drives between ALAH defenders Hunter Day and Colton Romine during the Nov. 23 Knights 29-26 win over the Redskins.

•November 30, 2016•

The Sullivan Redskins first home game Nov. 22 was a back and forth, low scoring match with Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond Knights winning 29-26.

Sullivan was ahead 9-8 following a first quarter dominated by missed shots for both teams’ first encounter of the season.

The Redskins went into the half with a 20-18 lead.

A cold shooting third quarter by Sullivan gave the Knights a 22-20 lead at the end of three.

In the fourth quarter the intensity increased for both teams with Sullivan retaking the lead 24-23 at the 5:15 mark on a couple of free throws from the Redskins Josh Stutzman.

With 4:42 left in the game Knights Kobe Wells forced his way to the lane putting ALAH ahead 25-24.

Marcus Vanausdoll came up with another Knights lay up at 3:41, driving the lead to 27-26 following two points from Sullivan’s Zach Sowers seconds earlier. Read More

Rupert Signs Letter with Parkland

Photo by Mike Brothers Signs Letter with Parkland Sullivan Redskin softball stand out Makenzie Ruppert signed a letter of intent to play catcher in Parkland Community College softball program next season. Ruppert’s high school softball teammates attended the Nov. 22 signing ceremony at Sullivan High School gym. Pictured seated from left: sister Ema, mother Kari, Makenzie, father Shane, and brother Tristan. Standing are Sullivan coach Troy Waggoner and Parkland head coach Chuck Clutts.

Photo by Mike Brothers
Signs Letter with Parkland
Sullivan Redskin softball stand out Makenzie Ruppert signed a letter of intent to play catcher in Parkland Community College softball program next season. Ruppert’s high school softball teammates attended the Nov. 22 signing ceremony at Sullivan High School gym. Pictured seated from left: sister Ema, mother Kari, Makenzie, father Shane, and brother Tristan. Standing are Sullivan coach Troy Waggoner and Parkland head coach Chuck Clutts.

Okaw Valley Falls Hard Against St. Anthony

•November 23, 2016•

In seasons past the Okaw Valley baseball team has beaten teams 18-0.

The same could be said for the softball team and SOV football.

But to start the 2016-17 boys’ basketball tenure, the ‘Wolves were on the wrong end of that margin after a quarter.

The first bucket of the season came with 5:09 to go in the first half when Garrett Fritz took to the lane and lifted up a floater that wasn’t sent back by one of the St. Anthony post players. Read More

Game Winning Knights Long Shot Downs Sages

•November 23, 2016•

Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports

The 10 point lead with 4:39 to go was long forgotten.

Monticello closed the gap on their home court Nov. 18 with 43 seconds to go. They took the first Sage lead of the game 41-40.

Things looked even more dire after Mychaela Miller missed an open layup attempt with five seconds to go.

The Knights fouled, and Monticello made the back end of the two offerings. Then the magic the Knights enjoyed in volleyball rolled over to basketball.

Kim Davis inbounded the ball to Hannah Wallen with 3.9 seconds to go.

Wallen got past half-court and heaved up a prayer from the volleyball line which banked in to give the Knights the 43-42 win. Read More

Wooden Shoes Drop Redskins to Open Season

•November 16, 2016•

Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports

After last season’s 91-15 dismantling at the hands of Teutopolis, the Redskins’ season opening victory over the Shoes just the season before felt like an eternity ago.

This season, the result was the same, only not near as much of a beating.

The Wooden Shoes took a 10-1 lead out of the gate, a 25-5 advantage after a quarter, and ultimately take the season opener 78-35.

Sullivan still had several bright spots while taking on the defending second place team in the state tournament from a season ago who is returning three of its starters.

Esther Miller was responsible for all five of the Redskins’ first quarter points and would finish with nine on the night, sinking a free throw, and two layups--one off a steal going coast-to-coast and the other off an inbounds play--but it was Addison Darush who took the rest of the night.  Read More

SOV Girls’ Swim Team Advances to State

Photo furnished SOV Swim team won first in the 200 Freestyle Relay with a time of 1:40.41 Brynna Sentel, Anna Wooters, Natalie Drury, McKenna Kull.

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SOV Swim team won first in the 200 Freestyle Relay with a time of 1:40.41 Brynna Sentel, Anna Wooters, Natalie Drury, McKenna Kull.

•November 16, 2016•

Sullivan-Okaw Valley High School girls’ swim team placed at the IHSA Sectional Meet Saturday Nov. 12.

All six girls had a great meet and helped in bringing home an overall third place finish out of 26 teams. There is no class level for competition in swimming so they are competing against schools of all sizes.

The team maintained the title of sectional champs in the 200 Freestyle Relay and then added sectional champs in the 400 Freestyle Relay.

They will compete Friday, Nov. 18 in the IHSA State Swim Meet in Evanston.

Results from the weekend:

First 200 Freestyle Relay with a time of 1:40.41 Brynna Sentel, Anna Wooters, Natalie Drury, McKenna Kull. Alternate Allison Oligschlaeger. Read More

Knights Get Slammed Out of Sectionals

•November 9, 2016•

Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports

There were no magical three-set triumphs this time around.

In a sectional also comprised of powerhouses St. Thomas More and St. Joseph-Ogden, Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond drew Tri-Valley, a team with two losses on the season, one of which came at the hands of SJO.

The Vikings sported arguably the most menacing hitter of the whole sectional in 6’2” junior Hannah Clayton, along with a couple other players taller than anyone on the Knights’ roster, but the Knights made things interesting.

It looked as if beating would have been a more descriptive word in the beginning.

Clayton gave the Vikings their first point after Abby Foreman downed a kill, and the match was even up until the five point mark.

After that, things got a little carried away.  Read More