SOV Runners Unable to Surpass Top Talent

Photo by Keith Stewart SOV’s Brent Mauck (no. 906) tries to stay ahead of Newton’s Collin Harris at the finish Saturday. Mauck would edge Harris by five one hundredths of a second for 116th place overall.

Photo by Keith Stewart
SOV’s Brent Mauck (no. 906) tries to stay ahead of Newton’s Collin Harris at the finish Saturday. Mauck would edge Harris by five one hundredths of a second for 116th place overall.

November 5, 2014

Decatur sectional proves to be one of the toughest in class 1A

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

As announcer Matt Piescinski described at the beginning of Saturday’s sectional cross country meet, Decatur is very much the focal point of the sport in Illinois, with several of the state’s top teams, particularly in class 1A, all within range.

That was certainly the case Saturday as eight teams between girls and boys ranked in the top 10 were on display including St. Teresa, Monticello, Shelbyville, Tolono-Unity, and St. Joseph-Ogden. Trying to make a bid for state either as a team or individually, SOV’s boys and girls competed but could not climb over the top talent nor finish in the top 12. Read More

Seven Turnovers Spell Demise for SOV Football

Photo by RR Best SOV’s Chanley Heykoop tries to shake off an Auburn defender  Saturday.

Photo by RR Best
SOV’s Chanley Heykoop tries to shake off an Auburn defender
Saturday.

November 5, 2014

Historic Redskin season cut short in playoffs

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

What could go wrong Saturday, did go wrong for SOV.

Noah Myer rushed for 118 yards with two touchdowns, and an opportunistic Auburn defense forced seven turnovers to advance past the SOV Redskins 36-14 in the first round of the ISHA Class 3A playoffs Saturday.

The Redskins would draw first blood but watched as the Trojans scored the next 36 points unanswered, ending one of the Redskins most successful football campaigns in recent memory. Auburn will host Carlinville next week in the second round of the ISHA playoffs. Read More

Panthers Prowl with Run Game in 54-34 Defeat Over ALAH

Photo by Keith Stewart ALAH’s Jordan Feagin is the first of three Knights to try and bring down LeRoy’s no. 36 Austin Starkey Saturday. Best as the Knights tried, they couldn’t stop the Panther’s ground game, particularly in the second half and fell 54-34, which booted ALAH from the playoffs.

Photo by Keith Stewart
ALAH’s Jordan Feagin is the first of three Knights to try and bring down LeRoy’s no. 36 Austin Starkey Saturday. Best as the Knights tried, they couldn’t stop the Panther’s ground game, particularly in the second half and fell 54-34, which booted ALAH from the playoffs.

November 5, 2014

Knights ousted in first round of playoffs

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Heading into Saturday’s first round playoff game, head coach Dale Schuring knew what he and his team would be up against: a tough, sock-em bop-em ground game from LeRoy’s 6 foot, 220 lb full back Lane Lindstrom and 6 foot-1 inch half-back Mason Beadles combined with agile quarterback Bryce Dooley, not afraid to keep the ball and run himself. And it was what Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond was going to have to contain if there was to be any chance of victory.

And though the Knights managed to corral the Panthers at times in the first half, LeRoy remained insistent in the second half and whittled ALAH down to win 54-34. Read More

Hall Takes 51st at Cross Country Sectional

Photo by Keith Stewart ALAH’s Logan Hall (no. 717) runs past Urbana University’s Grant Allen Saturday. Hall went on to finish 51st overall.

Photo by Keith Stewart
ALAH’s Logan Hall (no. 717) runs past Urbana University’s Grant Allen Saturday. Hall went on to finish 51st overall.

November 5, 2014

Freshman’s finish looks to be sign of things to come

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

He may not have made it to state this year, but he’s got three more years to try.

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond freshman Logan Hall was the only runner from the Knights’ cross country team to qualify for Saturday’s Decatur sectional, where he finished 51st overall with his personal record of 16:55.90. Read More

Hall the Lone Knight to Qualify for Sectionals

October 29, 2014

Freshman to run Saturday in Decatur

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond cross country team will boast one runner at the Decatur St. Teresa sectional this coming Saturday.

And he’s a freshman.

Logan Hall grabbed the last individual qualifying spot by taking 18th place with a time of 17:11. Read More

Temples Awarded State-wide Coaching Award

Photo by Keith Stewart SOV head coach Gerald Temples was presented with the Chicago Bears coach of the week award last Friday by. SFC. Dave Keefer, who is Sullivan high school’s Ill. National Guard recruitment officer.

Photo by Keith Stewart
SOV head coach Gerald Temples was presented with the Chicago Bears coach of the week award last Friday by. SFC. Dave Keefer, who is Sullivan high school’s Ill. National Guard recruitment officer.

October 29, 2014

Chicago Bears chooses SOV coach in week 4

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Gerald Temples can add one more recognition to his list following Friday’s game.

The first year SOV head coach was officially presented his Chicago Bears Coach of the Week award from week four by Sullivan High School National Guard recruiter SFC. Dave Keefer

Temples was chosen by the NFL organization after the Redskins’ 42-0 thumping of Warrensburg in week four.

The award is sponsored by Fox 32 and the Illinois National Guard. Read More

Redskins Route Clinton 54-14 to Earn Share of Conference Title

Members of the SOV football team hold up their Central Illinois Conference championship plaque Friday night after defeating Clinton 54-14. The Redskins split the title with St. Teresa, who also finished 6-1 in the conference after a week seven loss to Shelbyville.

Members of the SOV football team hold up their Central Illinois Conference championship plaque Friday night after defeating Clinton 54-14. The Redskins split the title with St. Teresa, who also finished 6-1 in the conference after a week seven loss to Shelbyville.

October 29, 2014

Finish regular season 8-1

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

You could say Cinderella.

But they’d prefer businesslike.

SOV rounded out their regular season Friday night with a 54-14 drubbing of Clinton, ending the regular season 8-1 on the year and earning a share of the Central Illinois Conference championship along with Decatur St. Teresa.

Oh, and was it mentioned already that the Redskins are playoff bound–and at home?

The heap of rewards bestowed upon SOV Friday night, including the praises of the senior class, had to wait until after the game however. Finishing 8-1 on the year would prove pivotal in the playoff matchup, not to mention securing a share of that conference title. Read More

OV Can’t Sustain Neoga’s 6-0 Runs, Falls in Regionals

Photo by Keith Stewart OV senior Amy Orris watches the ball after her hit during the second set of Tuesday’s match against Neoga.

Photo by Keith Stewart
OV senior Amy Orris watches the ball after her hit during the second set of Monday’s match against Neoga.

October 29, 2014

Lady T-wolves attempt last set comeback, but fall short

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Okaw Valley may have been announced as the home team during Monday’s regional quarterfinal, but it sure didn’t feel that way.

The Lady Timberwolves were seeded one spot higher than host Neoga at number four, therefore labeling the Lady Indians as the visitor.

But the very much home crowd sounded out the regional distinction, which Neoga fed off of all night on their way to a 25-21, 25-22 win. Read More

SOV Cross Country Teams Qualify for Sectionals

October 29, 2014

Will run at St. Teresa Saturday

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Competing at the Carlinville regional last Saturday, both SOV’s boys’ and girls’ cross country teams posted times good enough to qualify for this coming weekend’s Decatur St. Teresa sectional.

“It is great to have both teams advance,” said head coach Ted Walk. “This is the third consecutive year for the girls and the fifth time in the last six years for boys.”

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Knights Survive Scare From Pirates 28-26

October 29, 2014

ALAH rides four game win streak into playoffs at LeRoy Saturday

By Matt Kracht
NP Sport Reporter

A playoff dress rehearsal for Knights went down to the wire versus the Cumberland Pirates on Friday night. The Pirates who needed a win to qualify for the playoffs jumped out to an early lead forcing the Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond  Knights to rally from behind for the victory.

On the first big play of the game Cumberland took advantage of a tipped pass by Tyler Schuring just as the Knights were threatening to score. With under a minute left in the first quarter the Pirates came up with the first turnover of the contest, flipping the field by returning an interception all the way down inside the Knights’ 10-yard line. On the next play the Pirates’ quarterback Monte Wolke surged in for a touchdown on a QB sneak. However, the Pirates failed on the two point conversion attempt leading 6-0 with 11 minutes to go in the first half. Read More