Knight Football Addressing Defensive Needs

August 20, 2014

Offense, though not deep, looks strong with key returners

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Last May’s graduation of players such as linebacker Logan West, defensive linemen Ethan Gingerich and Jesse Ruff, defensive back Curtis Plank, not to mention all-around contributor in Jordan Feagin, (all of whom were first-team all-conference selections), has this year’s Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond football team trying to fill gaps in the defense.

“Defensively, we lost a lot, especially straight up the middle of the field. That’s where we’re at this point, concentrating and trying to find out who can play where and what we’re going to do defensively to fill those holes,” said head coach Dale Schuring. 

Photo by Keith Stewart Pictured is the 2014 Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond football team.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Pictured is the 2014 Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond football team.

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In Step with Local Trend, Sullivan Golf Sees Increase in Participants 

August 20, 2014

Group of 24 out for fall season

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Just as other local teams have seen, Sullivan golf looks to benefit from an increase in players this and in following seasons.

The program improves from last year’s 19 to this year’s 24, something head coach Ben Richter actually attributes, in part, to Okaw Valley head coach Andy Wagner.

“We had decent numbers play over the summer and with Andy being out here was a godsend,” said Richter. “He was having clinics and was able to give them more technical practice on a Monday, and then on a Wednesday I was out here and letting them get out and play a little big. Having Andy out here was a big help.

Photo by RR Best Pictured, front row, left to right, are: Joey Davison,Luke Delong,Alexis Matlock,Hannah Elzy,Sammie Wood, Jessica Yantis, Ariel Heppe, Beretta Phelps, Grace Yantis, Dani Boyer, and Justin Root. Back row: Lake Atchison, Cody Johnson, Bretton Crouse, Gavin Harlin, Kent Taber, Kenneth Farley, Adam White, Eric Keller, Tom Schibur, Andrew Matlock, Ben Berner, Jacob Cameron, and Liam Bechtold.

Photo by RR Best
Pictured, front row, left to right, are: Joey Davison,Luke Delong,Alexis Matlock,Hannah Elzy,Sammie Wood, Jessica Yantis, Ariel Heppe, Beretta Phelps, Grace Yantis, Dani Boyer, and Justin Root. Back row: Lake Atchison, Cody Johnson, Bretton Crouse, Gavin Harlin, Kent Taber, Kenneth Farley, Adam White, Eric Keller, Tom Schibur, Andrew Matlock, Ben Berner, Jacob Cameron, and Liam Bechtold.

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Knights Cross Country Could See Team Scores

Photo by Keith Stewart 2014 graduate Mary Singer is seen in stride during a race at Sullivan’s Tabor Park last fall. She is trailed by returning runner Kate Edwards.

Photo by Keith Stewart
2014 graduate Mary Singer is seen in stride during a race at Sullivan’s Tabor Park last fall. She is trailed by returning runner Kate Edwards.

August 20, 2014

With four boys so far, ALAH still searching for extra member

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

In his 14th year, head coach Ryan Whelan has, so far, seven athletes out for the fall cross country season, which is tied for the most participants he’s had in the program. What’s more, Whelan is still hopeful in preseason that his team will pick up another male runner, which would allow a boys’ team to score in a meet, which has only happened one other time during Whelan’s tenure.

“I’m trying to get the boys to talk one more into coming out,” said Whelan. “I said to them, ‘If you can find one more kid, we can have a scoring group, which has only been the case once ever.’ That’s one meet ever, that’s what I mean. I’ve had four of one gender plenty of times, but only at one meet ever did we have five together. So there is a kid or two that they’re going to try convincing to come out here.” Read More

Blue Dolphin Tryouts Aug. 23

The Sullivan Blue Dolphins will hold tryouts at 9 a.m. Saturday, August 23  at the Civic Center.

Swimmers who plan to tryout should bring a suit and towel. The tryouts are open to those ages 5-18. A parent information table will also be set up during tryouts.

For more information contact Kim Drury at 246-2861.

New Swim Co-op Approved Between Sullivan, Shelbyville Schools

July 30, 2014

To take effect this school year

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Board members approved a formal swim co-op between Sullivan and Shelbyville schools a week ago Monday.

Citing the request from the current Sullivan Blue Dolphins swim club, the Sullivan school board approved the co-op, which will go through the 2015-2016 school year.

But approval for the co-op didn’t go without caution, as Superintendent Brad Tuttle, invoking the memory of the previously failed wrestling co-op with Shelbyville that brought increased transportation costs, clarified that such costs would not be incurred. Read More

Mo Do Jr. Legion fails to Advance to State with Back to Back Losses

July 30, 2014

Sullivan’s Hart makes big hits, but not enough

Submitted by Duff Hoel

As the no. 1 seed in the state of Illinois 4th Division Jr. Legion tournament, the boys from the Moultrie-Douglas Jr. American Legion Baseball team entered tournament play with very high expectations. But those expectations came up short as Mo Do was eliminated by two losses on Saturday to end their season with a 30-10 record.

Zach Hrvol of Sullivan took the mound in game one for Mo-Do. Facing a quality opponent from Eureka, Mo-Do fell 5-4.  Read More

McGill Duo Win Big in Legacy Series Tourney

Photo by Kevin Sesko Father-Son duo Dalton (left) and Mike McGill (right) took first place this past weekend at the Illinois-Kaskaskia Fishers of Men Legacy series tournament and also earned point champions for the year.

Photo by Kevin Sesko
Father-Son duo Dalton (left) and Mike McGill (right) took first place this past weekend at the Illinois-Kaskaskia Fishers of Men Legacy series tournament and also earned point champions for the year.

July 23, 2014

Father-son pair bring in 14.77lbs. of fish

Submitted by Barry Featheringill

Bright and early Saturday morning with the sun coming up over the water and peaking out from behind the scattered clouds, Illinois-Kaskaskia Fishers of Men Legacy series tournament anglers left Wolf Creek State Park searching to fill their livewell with that limit of fish that would push them to the lead in points standing.

At takeoff it was a very close race to get the points champion leader award, but as fish were brought to the scales, it was clear that the father- son duo of Mike & Dalton McGill of Findlay would win the first place award and probably the points champion award. The two brought four fish to the weigh-in, with the first being a large bass weighing 6.18 pounds. Their total weight came to 14.77 pounds. This, in turn, made their large bass the winner of the big bass for this event but also was big bass for the season.

The second place team of Elmo Weaver and Kaleb Wood, both of Sullivan, brought in three fish weighing a total of 4.30 pounds. This marks Wood’s last year to fish Legacy as a junior after completing eight years as a junior member with many of those years boasting a team as points champions.

Third place went to a new team of Hal Burngner and his grandson Colten Wilkins who brought a single fish to the scales that weighed 1.30 pounds. Wilkins was visiting from Missouri and wanted to fish with his grandfather. Read More

Mo-Do Seniors Finish Year, While Jr. Team Advances in Division Tourney

July 23, 2014

Jr. team to play Eureka Saturday

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

The Moultrie-Douglas Jr. Legion Team advanced to the third round of the division tournament after a win this past Saturday, while their senior counterparts finished the year at 7-15.

After finishing their regular season at 29-8, the jr. team, which earned the no. 1 seed in the division tournament, took on Macon County Saturday at Tuscola’s Ervin Park, and won 11-1. Read More

Moultrie County Rush See Success at State

July 16, 2014
Submitted The Mo-Co Rush enjoyed one of their most successful weekends in program history the weekend of July 4 by placing four of five teams in the top five in their state tournament. The 18U finished fourth, 14U fifth, 10U fifth, and the 12U were crowned state champions of the NSA B State Tournament in Peoria. To win the title the 12U went undefeated at 6-0, but needed a miracle comeback in the championship game to take home the title. Down 9-2 in the final at bat with time expired the Rush got hit after hit, including the final walk-off base hit with two strikes and two outs to win 10-9. The 12U now stands at 52-20 on the season. For more info on the Rush and their upcoming tryouts go to www.mocorush.com Pictured above are the 12 & under team: Bottom row, left to right: Delaney Melton and Allie Dunn. Back row: Isabel Shafer, Molly Day, Madison Vogel, Shelby Frederick, Lindsey Mast, Jo Barbee, KayLee Hohlbauch, Liberty Dunaway, Addi Tinkle, and Destiny Williams.

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Pictured above are the 12 & under team: Bottom row, left to right: Delaney Melton and Allie Dunn. Back row: Isabel Shafer, Molly Day, Madison Vogel, Shelby Frederick, Lindsey Mast, Jo Barbee, KayLee Hohlbauch, Liberty Dunaway, Addi Tinkle, and Destiny Williams.

The Mo-Co Rush enjoyed one of their most successful weekends in program history the weekend of July 4 by placing four of five teams in the top five in their state tournament. Read More