ALAH Knights Bring Home a Win

•February 3, 2016•

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond Knights didn’t have a problem traveling to Decatur LSA and winning 51-40 February 1.

It was a 10-9 LSA Lion first quarter. By the second the Knights scored 13-10 for a 22-20 first half lead.

The third quarter was evenly paced with an eight point tie. The Knights came alive in the fourth quarter outscoring LSA 21-12 for the 51-40 win.

Hannah Wallen led the Knight effort, supplying three three’s, four field goals and three free shots for 20 points.  Read More

Redskins Take Cardinals at CIC Tournament

•February 3, 2016•

Sullivan’s Redskins went into the CIC Tournament in Moweaqua as a seven seed and emerged as the number five team.

And it was accomplished with a 37-24 win over the Warrensburg Latham Cardinals, January 25.

“This was one of our best defensive games,” coach Sheri McCain said. “We held them to single digits in three quarters, including holding them to two points in the second quarter.”

Warrensburg had beaten the Redskins by three points earlier in the season.

“I’m glad the girls came out ready to play tonight,” she said of the effort.

The first quarter was the Cardinals best; scoring 13-8 over Sullivan. Redbird defense went in gear with a 12-2 second quarter advantage for Sullivan, as they headed into the half leading Warrensburg 20-15.  Read More

Arcola Takes LOVC Tournament Championship

•February 3, 2016•

Arcola took Cumberland 66-52 to win the LOVC girls’ basketball championship January 30 in Arthur.

The Purple Riders had a strong first quarter lead over the Pirates 18-7. The second quarter was dominated by the Arcola team 14-8 placing them ahead of Cumberland 32-15 at the half.

Cumberland’s Pirates scored 15 in the third to the Riders 19 and matched Arcola in the final 15-15, with Cumberland winning 66-52. Read More

St. Teresa Outlasts Sullivan in Physical CIC Tourney Opener

Photo by Mike Brothers Ty Molzen put his muscle to the boards finishing the game with 11 rebounds and 13 points.

Photo by Mike Brothers
Ty Molzen put his muscle to the boards finishing the game with 11 rebounds and 13 points.

•February 3, 2016•

By Matt Kracht
News Progress Sports Reporter

The Bulldogs were able to grind out a hard fought 43-36 win behind Isaiah Bond’s fourth quarter heroics. Sullivan rallied from a 10 point deficit in the first quarter and stayed within striking distance thanks to the strong play of Zach Hrvol who finished with 18 points.

Sullivan head coach Chet Reeder said the game plan didn’t change heading into the rematch. “They hit a lot of jumpers, and that was still the game plan. Our defensive intensity was pretty good; they just made some heavily contested shots.”

St. Teresa opened the contest with back to back three pointers taking a 6-0 lead just over a minute in.

Ty Molzen got the Redskins on the scoreboard at the six minute mark.  The Bulldogs countered with three straight baskets to make a 12-2 game with three minutes left in the first period of play.

Hrvol looked confident all game and made it a 12-6 game on consecutive layups. Alec Ballinger then gave Sullivan all the momentum taking a loose ball coast to coast scoring at the buzzer to cut the Bulldog lead to 14-8.

Hrvol keep the run alive going high above the rim on an alley-oop inbounds play to make it a two point game 14-12 with five minutes left in the half.   Read More

LSA Over Knights in LOVC Tourney Action

•February 3, 2016•

In LOVC Tournament action January 29 Decatur Lutheran Association Lions won 38-27 over the Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond Knights.

Controlling the defensive backboards with 22 rebounds and hitting a better percentage of field goals at 36 wasn’t enough to guide the Knights past the Lions.

LSA hit 16 percent of their three point shots and 57 percent of their free throws, along with making 14 points from turnovers to give the Lions an edge.

ALAH started the first quarter with a 13-9 advantage. A cool shooting Knight second quarter pushed the Lions 8-2 effort to a 17-15 halftime lead. Third quarter went 12-6 for LSA, and they scored 9-6 in the fourth for the 38-27 Lion win. Read More

Sullivan Redskins’ Strong Team Effort Overpowers St. Teresa Bulldogs

Photo by Darian Hays Up and away Kaleb Shumard elevates above St Teresa defenders for two of his eight points during Sullivan’s January 22 win.

Photo by Darian Hays
Up and away Kaleb Shumard elevates above St Teresa defenders for two of his eight points during Sullivan’s January 22 win.

Ty Molzen Breaks 1000 points

•January 27, 2016•

By Matt Kracht
News Progress Sports Reporter

Zach Hrvol’s 31 Points led the Redskins to 70-54 Victory over St. Teresa January 22.

Sullivan notched a 16 point win over conference rival St. Teresa Friday. Ty Molzen scored his 1000th point early in the contest and finished with 15 for the game. Redskins head coach Chester Reeder praised his team’s effort after the win. “I am proud of our kids; this is the best overall performance we’ve had. Hopefully it snowballs because we have the potential to do damage in the month of January and February.”

Sullivan led the game from wire to wire jumping out to a 7-0 lead after a three pointer by Kaleb Shumard broke the ice. Shumard finished with eight points and grabbed five crucial rebounds in a performance for which Coach Reeder had been waiting.

“I have been on him for shooting the ball because he shoots 60% from three. Kaleb has really stepped up this year for us. He is shooting the ball more, and he needs to because he is one of our best shooters.” Molzen added a put back score on the next possession to move him into rare company with 1000 points for his career.  Read More

Sullivan Redskins Over the Moweaqua Hawks in Tourney Play

•January 27, 2016•

The Sullivan Redskins won 40-31 in the Meridian Hawks game at the CIC Tournament in Moweaqua January 25.

“We lost to them early in the season,” coach Sheri McCain said. ”So it was a nice win for us.”

The first quarter found an early lead overtaken by Meridian 9-6. The second quarter 16-5 surge by the Redskins put the girls ahead 22-14 at the half.

“They made us run late in the game, but we were able to withstand their surge,” Coach McCain continued. “Alyssa Marshall and Esther Miller played great defensively, and Esther led in scoring and rebounding.” Read More

Sullivan Win Leaves Shelbyville Seeing Green

Photo by Darian Hays Sullivan Redskins guard Josie Orris had an excellent junior varsity effort in a duel win over the Shelbyville Rams January 21. Varsity score was 60-22.

Photo by Darian Hays
Sullivan Redskins guard Josie Orris had an excellent junior varsity effort in a duel win over the Shelbyville Rams January 21. Varsity score was 60-22.

•January 27, 2016•

By Matt Kracht
News Progress Sports Reporter

The Lady Redskins shot the lights out in a 60-22 conference win over the Shelbyville Rams January 21.  Sophomore Lizzie Green scored the first 12 points for the Redskins, and senior Alysha Marshall added 14 points on four three pointers to help the cause.

Head coach Sheri McCain said the team’s hard work all year is starting to pay off. “I have told them all along it is the journey. Stay with us and keep practicing. You could not tell from this game that we have a losing record because this team plays so hard.”

The Rams knocked down a three pointer to open the game and added a layup off a turn over to make it five zero just under a minute into the contest. Green answered on Sullivan’s next possession with a three pointer from the corner. Green then proceeded to score the next nine points unanswered to give Sullivan the 12-5 lead.

Coach McCain complemented Green’s performance after the win. “I ask coach if anyone else had scored at that point, and she said nope they’re all Lizzie’s. She needed that; we have seen her capability. Here in the last the last four or five games she has been battling illness. I was just glad to see her be assertive tonight, stepping up and shooting the ball.” Read More

Knights Score OT Win over Broncos

Photo by Darian Hays Marcus Vanausdoll works toward two of 15 points scored against the Cerro Gordo Broncos January 22.

Photo by Darian Hays
Marcus Vanausdoll works toward two of 15 points scored against the Cerro Gordo Broncos January 22.

•January 27, 2016•

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond’s Knights were a 45-42 winner over Cerro Gordo in LOVC action January 22.

The Knights and Broncos were forced to battle for the win in overtime where ALAH’s six points edged the Broncos three for the win.

In the game rundown Cerro Gordo was 14-30 from the field with ALAH 15-33; the Broncos three point percentage was 44 making 4-9, while the Knights 1-6 from the outside was 16 percent. The Knights hit 14-16 free throws for 87 percent while the Broncos were 10-19 at 52%.

Cerro Gordo was ahead 14-4 in a quick scoring first quarter. By the second quarter the Knights had the advantage 17-8 but went into the half down 22-21 to the Broncos.

Cerro Gordo came into the third quarter with a 13-9 run. The fourth brought on the tie with the Knights putting up a 9-4 effort.

Marcus Vanausdoll led Knight scoring, hitting 4-5 from the field 8-9 free throws for 16 points; while pulling down five rebounds, getting two assists and three steals. Read More

Meridian Hawks Take Home a Win

•January 27, 2016•

The Meridian Hawks came to Sullivan January 19 taking home a 53-42 win over the Redskins.

Coach Chester Reeder noted Sullivan showed strength on the backboards pulling down 27, with Ty Molzen and Zach Hrvol getting seven each. The Hawks had 23 rebounds with Kircher leading with six.

Meridian started the first quarter 13-9 ahead of Sullivan. Second quarter action had the Redskins up 10-7 in the a quarter but down 20-19 at the half. Read More