Area Athletes Representing at the Collegiate Level

•June 22, 2016•

By Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports

It’s about that time of year again. Summer practices, lifting weights, and running galore are the main activities for school sports programs starting their preparation for this coming sports season. Now we take a look at how some area athletes who are now at the collegiate level are doing:

Karly Goodman, Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond class of 2014, track and field Illinois Wesleyan.

After finishing fifth in the shot put her senior year, the Arthur native continued her career at Illinois Wesleyan and to this point in her career owns the school record in the outdoor shot school record: 42’ 6.75” and has been named All-Conference her freshman and sophomore campaigns. Goodman has also taken up the hammer and javelin throws and holds personal records at 141’8” and 115’ respectively.

Goodman credits her success to this point to coaching, training and a changed mindset.

“Training is a lot different. Because I’m not in any other sports and things are more geared toward strength and explosiveness, I’m in a different kind of “in shape”. My mindset in competition has changed from high school into college. There is always going to be someone better than you so rather than me competing against other athletes, I compete against myself. The coaching is a bit different as well. You are on a first name basis, but there is still an athlete coach barrier. There is definitely a lot more one-on-one time. You have to work harder than you’ve ever worked before. It’s not going to be easy, but if you love it, it’s worth it.”  Read More

Sullivan Siblings Win At Drive Chip Putt Championship

Photo furnished National Drive Chip and Putt Competitors (left to right) Jordan Bardfield of Mt. Zion, Lane Ludwig of Effingham and Brett Bushue of Sullivan.

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National Drive Chip and Putt Competitors (left to right) Jordan Bardfield of Mt. Zion, Lane Ludwig of Effingham and Brett Bushue of Sullivan.

•June 22, 2016•

The first leg of local qualifying for the 2017 Drive, Chip & Putt Championship was held Friday, June 17 at Effingham Country Club. Brett Bushue of Sullivan won first place overall in the 10-11 year old age group; Kate Bushue won first place in the 7-9 year old age group.

A joint initiative founded in 2013 by the Masters Tournament, United States

Photo furnished Girls’ National Drive Chip and Putt competitors (left to right) Frank Chieppa who is employed with the PGA of America as Regional Manager of Player Development, Makenna Mayhood of Effingham, Kate Bushue of Sullivan and Elizabeth Hirtzel of Effingham.

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Girls’ National Drive Chip and Putt competitors (left to right) Frank Chieppa who is employed with the PGA of America as Regional Manager of Player Development, Makenna Mayhood of Effingham, Kate Bushue of Sullivan and Elizabeth Hirtzel of Effingham.

Golf Association and The PGA of America, the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship is a free nationwide junior golf development competition aimed at growing the game by focusing on the three fundamental skills employed in golf. By tapping the creative and competitive spirit of girls and boys ages 7-15, the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship provides aspiring junior golfers an opportunity to play with their peers in qualifiers around the country. Participants who advance through local, sub-regional and regional qualifying in each age/gender category earn a place in the National Finals, which is conducted at Augusta National Golf Club the Sunday before the Masters Tournament and is broadcast live by Golf Channel.

OV Players Make All State Team

•June 15, 2016•

Okaw Valley High School softball players are among the 2016 Class 1A Illinois Coaches Association all state team players.

OVHS sophomore teammates Grace Harlin and Natalie Jeffers were named Third Team All-State. Read More

Mo-Co Rush Face a New Season

Photo furnished Pictured above is the 10U after winning the championship in Terre Haute. Front Row L-R: Breanna Gray-Decatur, Charley Condill-Arthur, Bailey Bennett-Bethany, Alaina Moore-Sullivan, Ayla Condill-Arthur, Mackenzie Condill-Arthur, Kacie Sisk-Arcola, Reese Nichols-Findlay . Middle Row L-R: Ella Kinkelaar-Mode , Alisha Frederick-Arthur, Kailee Otto-Arthur, Kaitlyn Drew-Villa Grove, Kayla Schnippel-Mt. Zion. Back Row L-R: Coaches Kurt Schnippel, Wes Frederick, Dru Bennett and Ginny Condill.

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Pictured above is the 10U after winning the championship in Terre Haute. Front Row L-R: Breanna Gray-Decatur, Charley Condill-Arthur, Bailey Bennett-Bethany, Alaina Moore-Sullivan, Ayla Condill-Arthur, Mackenzie Condill-Arthur, Kacie Sisk-Arcola, Reese Nichols-Findlay . Middle Row L-R: Ella Kinkelaar-Mode , Alisha Frederick-Arthur, Kailee Otto-Arthur, Kaitlyn Drew-Villa Grove, Kayla Schnippel-Mt. Zion. Back Row L-R: Coaches Kurt Schnippel, Wes Frederick, Dru Bennett and Ginny Condill.

•June 15, 2016•

The Mo-Co Rush 10U completed their fall and winter seasons with a record of 23-5 and has continued their winning ways to start the spring/summer season, going 28-2 to bring their record to 51-7 overall. In nine tournaments they have four second place and five first place finishes.

Their most recent tournament saw them go 9-0 in three days at the Terre Haute Memorial Weekend Blowout.

Leading the way at the plate so far this season are Kayla Schnippel (.509 avg, four HR, 61 RBI), Kailee Otto (.456. avg), Charley Condill (.436 avg, 50 RBI), Alisha Frederick (.414 avg) and Kaitlyn Drew (.409 avg, 4 HR). Four pitchers have shared time on the mound for the 10U this season: Kaitlyn Drew (21-5, 1.82 era, 214 Ks), Kayla Schnippel (13-1, 4.85 era), Bailey Bennett (9-0, 2.31 era) and Alisha Frederick (8-1, 3.87 era). Read More

Donation Expands Sullivan Cheerleading Squad

•June 15, 2016•

In discussions with the Sullivan-Okaw Valley cheerleading coach, the decision has been made to expand the roster of the 2016-2017 Sullivan-Okaw Valley cheerleading team from 16 up to the 21 members who tried out for the 2016-2017 team.

The coach has determined that she will be able to successfully coach and supervise this number of athletes.

A very generous donation from an anonymous local business owner has been made to the Sullivan-Okaw Valley cheerleading team.  Read More

AmBucs’ Golf Classic Tees Off June 24

•June 15, 2016•

The Ramp-Builders Classic tees off at 8 a.m. Friday, June  24 on the Sullivan Country Club golf course.

Registration for the Sullivan AmBuc four-person charity golf scramble starts at 7:30 a.m.

Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third places.

There is a drawing for raffle and 50/50 winners. Read More

Medals for Sullivan Special Olympic Athletes

Photo furnished Medals for Sullivan Special Olympic Athletes  Sullivan School District had four athletes compete at the state level in Special Olympics this weekend at ISU in Normal. The Sullivan athletes who competed were Jon Kipp, Madison Moll, Amanda Willis and Diannah Booker. They each won a gold medal in at least one event. It was a fun-filled, two day event of going to a waterpark, attending opening ceremonies and competing in their individual events.

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Medals for Sullivan Special Olympic Athletes
Sullivan School District had four athletes compete at the state level in Special Olympics this weekend at ISU in Normal. The Sullivan athletes who competed were Jon Kipp, Madison Moll, Amanda Willis and Diannah Booker. They each won a gold medal in at least one event. It was a fun-filled, two day event of going to a waterpark, attending opening ceremonies and competing in their individual events.

Monday Night Scramble Results

•June 8, 2016•

The Monday night scramble at Timberlake Golf Course June 6th results. First place with 7 under par: Sean Still and Devon Still.

Second place with 6 under par: Doug DeLong, Luke DeLone, Steven Nickerson and Chad Palmer.

Winning Season for Okaw Valley Softball

Photo furnished Regional Championship team Front row: Kailyn Boyer, Natalie Jeffers, Kaylee Thomas, Chloe Weybright, Paige Robinson, and Moranda Matheson; Middle row: Grace Harlin, Kayla Wheeler, Gracie Weybright, Dani Dick, Bella Benning, Jess Robinson, Madison Vogel, and Kailey George; Back row: Assistant Coach Wayne Perrine, Assistant Coach Samantha Inman, Maddie Perrine, Danielle Lochbaum, Kyra Jackson, and Head Coach Dave Benning. Timberwolves Softball Award Winners: Okaw Valley Timberwolves softball players were recognized during the recent sports banquet. Most Improved Player-Kailey George; Hustle Award-Kaylee Thomas; Outstanding Defensive Player-Paige Robinson; Outstanding Offensive Player-Natalie Jeffers and Grace Harlin; MVP-Maddie Perrine.

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Regional Championship team
Front row: Kailyn Boyer, Natalie Jeffers, Kaylee Thomas, Chloe Weybright, Paige Robinson, and Moranda Matheson; Middle row: Grace Harlin, Kayla Wheeler, Gracie Weybright, Dani Dick, Bella Benning, Jess Robinson, Madison Vogel, and Kailey George; Back row: Assistant Coach Wayne Perrine, Assistant Coach Samantha Inman, Maddie Perrine, Danielle Lochbaum, Kyra Jackson, and Head Coach Dave Benning.
Timberwolves Softball Award Winners: Okaw Valley Timberwolves softball players were recognized during the recent sports banquet. Most Improved Player-Kailey George; Hustle Award-Kaylee Thomas; Outstanding Defensive Player-Paige Robinson; Outstanding Offensive Player-Natalie Jeffers and Grace Harlin; MVP-Maddie Perrine.

•June 8, 2016•

Okaw Valley softball finished the season in a second place tie in the LOVC NW with a 7-3 record.

Coach Dave Benning’s Timberwolves softball team had a 16-10 overall 2016 record.

From the mound Maddie Perrine’s 12-9 record totaled 100 strikesouts over 112.7 innings pitched. Perrine allowed 131 hits and 32 base on balls, finishing with a 4.53 ERA.

Grace Harlin pitched 22.3 innings with a 2-0 record. Harlin had 15 strikeouts, 21 base on balls and 34 hits for a 4.71 ERA.

Madison Vogel pitched five innings in two games with two strikeouts and 12 hits.

Grace Harlin had 41 hits over 24 games, netting 34 runs for Okaw Valley. Harlin had 10 doubles, three triples and drove in 23 RBIs four a .488 avg. She led the team with 14 stolen bases.

Natalie Jeffers scored 30 runs off 34 hits in 21 games. Jeffers had six doubles, five triples and five home runs with 31 RBIs finishing with a .466 batting average.

Paige Robinson had 29 hits for 22 runs in 19 games. Robinson hit seven doubles and two triples for 13 RBIs and a .483 avg.

Jess Robinson had 29 hits in 124 games for 19 runs. She had three doubles and one home run with 19 RBIs and a .439 batting average. Read More