ALAH Soccer Onto Regional Semifinal

October 15, 2014

Now to face no. 1 seed Wednesday

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond soccer team was adamant about not losing again to Decatur LSA last Friday, and instead came away with a 4-1 regional quarterfinal win to advance to the Warrensburg-Latham regional semifinal against Monticello Wednesday, October 15.

The Knights previously fell to LSA 7-1 September 27 in the Decatur St. Teresa tournament. And according to head coach Jeff Trower, the Lions may have come into the rematch a bit too headstrong. Read More

Playoff Bound Redskins Hammer Rams 47-14

Photo by RR Best Chanley Heykoop makes a run for the end zone Saturday night. Heykoop had 161 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.

Photo by RR Best
Chanley Heykoop makes a run for the end zone Saturday night. Heykoop had 161 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.

October 15, 2014

First post-season in store since 01

by Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

The Sullivan Okaw-Valley Redskins bounced back strong Saturday night in a victory over the Shelbyville Rams. Senior quarterback Nick Frerichs put up a five touchdown game setting the tone for what would be a dominant performance for the Redskins. The win ends a decade old postseason drought as the Redskins move to 6-1 on the season, solidifying a playoff spot with two weeks left in the regular season.

“Nick understands what we want done,” said SOV head coach Gerald Temples. “He is a great leader and a heck of a competitor. He stays after people, and that’s a positive for us. He just does a great job and is such a competitor who wants to do well. I just can’t say enough about him.”

But early on, it was Shelbyville who put the first points on the board taking the opening drive down all the way. Read More

Harlin, Again on to State

Photo by Keith Stewart Okaw Valley senior Paige Harlin has qualified for state for the second year in a row. She will now try to improve on last year’s 56th overall finish come October 17 and 18.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Okaw Valley senior Paige Harlin has qualified for state for the second year in a row. She will now try to improve on last year’s 56th overall finish come October 17 and 18.

October 15, 2014

Sullivan, ALAHA miss out

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Paige Harlin will, once again, be the only golfer in the immediate area to get out of sectionals and onto state.

The Okaw Valley senior qualified, finishing ninth overall with an 87. She will now return to Red Tail Run in Decatur Friday October 17 to try and improve on last year’s 56th place and score of 185.

Both Windsor and Arthur/Lovington-Atwood/Hammond/Arcola also had female golfers competing in the Tuscola sectional, but neither made it out.

The Blue Devils’ Katie Greuel finished 19th individually with a combined score of 105. The Purple Rider/Knights’ Bailey Connor finished 37th with a score of 126. Read More

Sullivan Succumbs to CIC Leader Shelbyville

October 15, 2014

Lady Rams continue dominant season with win over Redskins

by Aaron Dyer
Sullivan Reporter

Acoin flip wasn’t all the Sullivan Lady Redskins varsity volleyball team lost last Thursday. In a two-set match-up against Shelbyville, Sullivan continued their difficult season with a 25-13, 25-15 loss.

Shelbyville quickly got to work with kill after kill, but their streak would slow down for a moment with the Lady Red storming the court following a second time out called by varsity head coach Krista Smith, who gave an empowering pep talk. Read More

ALAH Drops Two Sets in Divisional Championship Match

October 15, 2014

Fall to Sangamon Valley once again

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Writer

The Lady Knights came up one win shy of the Little Okaw Valley Northwest division championship last Thursday, losing in straight sets to the Sangamon Valley Storm 25-21 and 25-13. After a closely contested first set, the Storm surged to an insurmountable lead early in second set and ALAH could never recover. Read More

Knights Roll Lions 41-8 on Senior Night

Photo by Darian Hays Cameron Bonham (left) and Hunter Kamm (right) celebrate during Friday’s game against Decatur LSA.

Photo by Darian Hays
Cameron Bonham (left) and Hunter Kamm (right) celebrate during Friday’s game against Decatur LSA.

October 15, 2014

Improve to 5-2, one win out from clinching playoff spot

by Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Tyler Schuring broke free on the second play of the game and went 63 yards untouched for the score keying the Knights’ impressive victory on senior night over the LSA Lions last Friday.

Schuring racked up four touchdowns before halftime and ALAH came up with two 90-yard plus interception returns ultimately cruising to a 41-0 halftime lead. Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond is now 5-2 on the season and playoff eligible.

An LSA Lions squad dressing the minimum was simply no match for the Knights on Friday. Read More

Timberwolves Fall to Bombers in Three Sets

October 15, 2014

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Argenta Oreana defeated Okaw Valley in a highly entertaining Little Okaw Valley matchup on Tuesday night. The Timberwolves won the first set 25-21, but the Bombers rallied, winning back-to-back sets 25-22 and 25-21 for the victory.

“I am pleased with the way the girls played tonight,” said OV head coach Jody McCormick. “We have had a rough few matches, and they stepped it up tonight and had much more energy. Every girl that was on the court contributed, and the girls that came off the bench really helped us out.” Read More

SOV Runners Celebrate Seniors with Second Place

Photo by Keith Stewart The SOV cross country team celebrated senior night Tuesday. Pictured, back row, left to right, are: Brent Mauck, Shawn Cody, Keegan Kruckeberg, Layne McMahon, Calen Landrus,  Nick Cravatta, and Alex Harvey. Front row, left to right: Tori Murphy, April Shuman, Elissa Stewart, Mackenzie Mosier, and Jacob Cameron.

Photo by Keith Stewart
The SOV cross country team celebrated senior night Tuesday. Pictured, back row, left to right, are: Brent Mauck, Shawn Cody, Keegan Kruckeberg, Layne McMahon, Calen Landrus, Nick Cravatta, and Alex Harvey. Front row, left to right: Tori Murphy, April Shuman, Elissa Stewart, Mackenzie Mosier, and Jacob Cameron.

October 8, 2014

Shelbyville sweeps meet with first place finishes

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Celebrating their last home meet of the year, and subsequently their senior runners, the SOV cross country boys and girls each finished second as a team, both instances behind Shelbyville.

It was a much closer race for the girls than it was the boys with the Lady Red finishing just two points behind the Lady Rams with 35. Read More

LOVC Volleyball Tournament Proves Challenging for OV, ALAH

Photo by Joe Wheeler Okaw Valley’s Amanda McClain (no. 5) and Megan Dash (no. 2) go up for a block against Sangamon Valley’s Jenna Leeper Saturday.

Photo by Joe Wheeler
Okaw Valley’s Amanda McClain (no. 5) and Megan Dash (no. 2) go up for a block against Sangamon Valley’s Jenna Leeper Saturday.

October 8, 2014

Timberwolves fall in two, Knights hangs on in three

By Joe Wheeler
Reporting in Arcola

Competition was fierce Saturday as two area teams faced stiff competition from conference tournament foes. Only one would find a way to win, however, as Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond would barely edge out Bement.

Tournament play began for Okaw Valley at 9 a.m. Saturday morning, taking on the number one seeded team Sangamon Valley. Read More

Knights Spoil Bronco Homecoming with Comeback Victory

Photo by Keith Stewart ALAH’s freshman Marcus Vanausdoll escapes a pack of Broncos during Friday’s contest. Vanausdoll had two carries for 15 yards and two catches for seven yards.

Photo by Keith Stewart
ALAH’s freshman Marcus Vanausdoll escapes a pack of Broncos during Friday’s contest. Vanausdoll had two carries for 15 yards and two catches for seven yards.

October 8, 2014

ALAH climbs back from 14-point deficit to win

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

After a second quarter scoring draught and a Bronco kickoff return for a touchdown to open the third, Friday night’s conference contest wasn’t looking good for Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond. But somehow, the Knights dug in and climbed out of the hole to win narrowly 27-26.

While the Knights started the scoring off with a Steven Wright 10-yard rushing touchdown just 7:54 into the first quarter, ALAH was held scoreless the rest of the half. Meanwhile, the Broncos immediately responded with an 8-play series that ended with a 40-yard touchdown reception. The Knights ensuing possession ended just four plays in when quarterback Tyler Schuring’s pass was intercepted. The Broncos would eventually capitalize, though first converting on a big 4-and-1 on the Knights’ 25-yard line. With the 2-point conversion, Cerro-Gordo/Bement took a 14-6 lead, and would then force back-to-back ALAH punts. Read More