New Band Learns to March to the Same Tune

Photo by the Tintype Pictured is the newly formed ALAH marching band.

Photo by the Tintype
Pictured is the newly formed ALAH marching band.

September 3, 2014

After five years without, new ALAH marching band forms

by Ariana Cherry
Arthur/Lovington Reporter

Not only have different schools joined together to form a new district, ALAH (Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond), but students are learning to march together to the same tune-literally.
After almost five years without a formal marching band due to a lack of participating students, the district now has one.
For the 2014-2015 school year, the increased number of students joining the marching band has been music to both the district and the community’s ears. Band director Richard Moma notes that the community has been extremely supportive of the students too. Read More

Lady Red Open Season with Win; Gentlemen Red Take Second

Photo by Keith Stewart SOV’s Carlin Nuzzo races down the final stretch of her race last Thursday. Nuzzo took fourth overall and second for the Lady Red.

Photo by Keith Stewart
SOV’s Carlin Nuzzo races down the final stretch of her race last Thursday. Nuzzo took fourth overall and second for the Lady Red.

September 3, 2014

Knights take fourth as a team
by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Considering that the SOV boys’ cross country team opened the season Thursday without their top four returning runners and yet still took second has head coach Ted Walk not only pleased with his team’s performance, but also hopeful that it is a promising sign for things to come.
“We just raced this without our top four from last year in Ethan Lehman, Alex Harvey, Clayton Waldhoff, and J.T. Bland,” said Walk. “All four, not here. We still beat Tuscola. We still beat Arthur. Tough to argue with that.”
While both Harvey and Bland were absent due to vacations and Lehman having moved out of the school district, it was Waldhoff’s unexpected early exit from the race Thursday that put SOV’s boys in the unique situation. Read More

Lady T-Wolves Drop Home Opener to Tri-County

Photo by Keith Stewart Okaw Valley libero Savannah Birch looks to receive a Tri-County serve Tuesday night.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Okaw Valley libero Savannah Birch looks to receive a Tri-County serve Tuesday night.

August 27, 2014

OV can’t muster front line attack in defeat

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Going into the regular season, OV head coach Jody McCormick wanted to take advantage of her team’s heightened, well, height, in the form of a formidable front line attack. Tuesday evening was the first test of such hope, but Tri-County had its own killer offense to beat back any impending OV attack, leading to a two set 25-14, 25-16 loss for the Lady Timberwolves.

“I didn’t get my wall like I was hoping,” said McCormick, who is in her second season as the head coach at Okaw Valley. “But we’re going to work on that, really hard.”

In the first set, the Lady Titans got out to a quick lead and ran away with the game. The only flicker of life from OV came via junior Megan Dash whose hard hitting serve accounted for  three aces and five points to pull her team within four points of the Titans at 13-9. Read More

Knights Win Season Opener Tuesday

August 20, 2014

Martinez scores hat trick in victory

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Despite an hour-and-a-half-delay to Tuesday’s season opener at Georgetown-Ridge Farm due to thunderstorms, the Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond soccer team came out on top 4-2. Read More

Smith to Provide Consistency as New Coach

August 20, 2014

Lady Red starting with clean slate

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

After having three different coaches in three years, Sullivan volleyball looks poised for some consistency.

Earlier this year Krista Smith was hired as a guidance counselor for the high school and was also asked about the possibility of coaching volleyball, a prospect the 2007 Edwards County graduate thought too good to be true.

“When they talked about the coaching position during the interview I was elated because it’s volleyball, it’s the sport that I love,” said Smith. “I am geared up for this year, and I can tell especially when we start doing some six-on-six play, I get that feeling again, almost like I’m a player. I want to jump in there almost more than coaching, so the spirit of the game flows through me. I’ll contain myself, but I’m excited.”

Photo by Keith Stewart Pictured, front row, left to right, are: Tiffany Wallis, Sara Griffin, Abby Elzy, and Alyssa Marshall. Second row: Elaina Crawford, Jazmyn Jayne, Lily Bales, Seleste Smith, and Becca Pratt. Back row: Assistant coach Jennifer Young, Taylor Booker, Brittin Boyer, Kailyn Boyer, Emily Neuhauser, and head coach Krista Smith.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Pictured, front row, left to right, are: Tiffany Wallis, Sara Griffin, Abby Elzy, and Alyssa Marshall. Second row: Elaina Crawford, Jazmyn Jayne, Lily Bales, Seleste Smith, and Becca Pratt. Back row: Assistant coach Jennifer Young, Taylor Booker, Brittin Boyer, Kailyn Boyer, Emily Neuhauser, and head coach Krista Smith.

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ALAHA Golf To Attempt Break Through in AA

August 20, 2014

Another strong year expected 

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Despite going 15-3 last year, the Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond/Arcola golf team bowed out early in the postseason after being bumped up to double A regional play in Mahomet. There they faced schools such as Mattoon, Champaign Centennial, and Monticello. And this year could see a similar grouping, but head coach Tyler Renshaw believes his team will be better equipped to make a run for sectionals.

“We had a great season last year,” said Renshaw. “We got a tough draw with double A. I think we probably would have gotten out as a team in single A and definitely two or three individuals. We could have even gotten out of double A, but it took mid to upper 70s to get out, and though we had the guys that could do it, they just didn’t do it on that day. It was a tough break that day.”

Photo by Keith Stewart Pictured back row, left to right: Jimmy Lopez, Clayton Miller, Chris Davis, Jack McLane, Dylan Bugos, Lucas Hutton, and Samir Patel. Front row: Bailey Conner, Blake Lindenmeyer, Parker Ingram, Mason Gentry, Mitchell, Bernius, Kyle Schmitt. Not pictured is Shandon Herschberger.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Pictured back row, left to right: Jimmy Lopez, Clayton Miller, Chris Davis, Jack McLane, Dylan Bugos, Lucas Hutton, and Samir Patel. Front row: Bailey Conner, Blake Lindenmeyer, Parker Ingram, Mason Gentry, Mitchell, Bernius, Kyle Schmitt. Not pictured is Shandon Herschberger.

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New Conference, Coach, SOV Football Gets Set

August 20, 2014

SOV to begin season with two unfamiliar teams

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

It’s an exciting time right now in the Sullivan-Okaw Valley huddle.

This year marks the start of the new Central Illinois Conference of which SOV is a part, not to mention the return of area decorated football coach Gerald Temples to the gridiron.

“It’s been very exciting,” said Temples on his return to the grind of high school football. “It’s been a good bunch to work with. We’ve had good practices, although today (Thursday) wasn’t one. We took a step back today, and the kids know that. But they’re smart kids, and they don’t mess up on purpose. It’s a good bunch.”

Photo by Keith Stewart Pictured are sophomores, juniors, and seniors from which the 2014 SOV varsity football team will be chosen.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Pictured are sophomores, juniors, and seniors from which the 2014 SOV varsity football team will be chosen.

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Change-a-Plenty for ALAH Volleyball 

August 20, 2014

New coach hopes to continue winning tradition

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

New coach, new conference members, new team, and a slightly new team identity. The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond volleyball team has had a lot to grapple with in the way of change so far in the preseason, which will no doubt continue into the regular season this year. But first year ALAH high school coach Emily Crossman isn’t too worried.

“The beautiful thing is the girls have taken all the of the change with a grain of salt, and it hasn’t affected them one bit,” said the former seventh grade AL volleyball coach, who took her team to a third place state finish last year. “From a coaching standpoint, it’s difficult to know my opponents and strategize against them so we’re really focusing on ourselves and our team and what we can do right against other teams.”

And speaking about coaching, Crossman has a pair of shoes three decades in the making, to fill, as last year’s high school program bid adieu to legendary Valerie Cornwell,who tallied a record of 447-401 at Arthur, including three regional titles in the last three years, and back-to-back sweet 16 appearances. 

Photo by Keith Stewart Pictured are ALAH volleyball’s returning varsity letter winners, from left to right: Brooke Tabb, Elyse Harris, Emily Seegmiller, Felicia Wolfe, and Logan Kauffman. Not pictured is Alyssa McArthur.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Pictured are ALAH volleyball’s returning varsity letter winners, from left to right: Brooke Tabb, Elyse Harris, Emily Seegmiller, Felicia Wolfe, and Logan Kauffman. Not pictured is Alyssa McArthur.

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Formidable Front Line in Store for Lady T-Wolves

August 20, 2014

More height than recent years to be strength

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

When you combine returning varsity outside hitter Megan Dash along with up and coming athletes such as Nicole Miller and Christy Buford, not to mention the pleasant surprise by way of Amanda McClain, OV head coach Jody McCormick hopes this year’s team will have a lethal front line capable of second ball attacks.

“I’m hoping if we get the rotation to work out, we’ll have a formidable front line,” said the second year OV coach.

But the team will also have to deal with the graduation of both setter Mollee Decesaro and libero and Central College (Pella, Iowa) commit Shelby Dash.

“I can’t replace Shelby,” said McCormick candidly. “Right now, unless somebody really steps up and shines in the next three weeks, I don’t have anyone. We have a couple players that are going to step up and probably interchangeably work in that position.”

Photo by Keith Stewart Pictured, front row, left to right, are: Brianna Creviston, Moranda Matheson, Jessica Stiner, Kelly McGill, and Kaylee Thomas. Second row: Amy Monroe, Natalie Jeffers, Caity Ohm, Hayley Carlson, and Abby Vander Burgh. Third row: Devan Nave, Jesse Robinson, Hope Ruppert, Nicole Miller, Charli Uhlrich, Savannah Birch, and Amy Orris. Back row: Madison Uhlrich, Brianna Vanderlaan, Blair Monroe, Megan Dash, Kristy Burford, Amanda McClain, and Madison Fox.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Pictured, front row, left to right, are: Brianna Creviston, Moranda Matheson, Jessica Stiner, Kelly McGill, and Kaylee Thomas. Second row: Amy Monroe, Natalie Jeffers, Caity Ohm, Hayley Carlson, and Abby Vander Burgh. Third row: Devan Nave, Jesse Robinson, Hope Ruppert, Nicole Miller, Charli Uhlrich, Savannah Birch, and Amy Orris. Back row: Madison Uhlrich, Brianna Vanderlaan, Blair Monroe, Megan Dash, Kristy Burford, Amanda McClain, and Madison Fox.

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Injected with Numbers, OV Golf to See First Ever Girls’ Team

August 20, 2014

Group of 20 hopes to breed success

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

For head coach Andy Wagner, seeing his high school golf team grow from last year’s seven to this year’s 20 is more than just exciting. It’s promising.

“I feel really good about this year with our numbers,” said Wagner. “The numbers are incredible. For a school of 165 students that has a JV team, a varsity team, and a girls’ team, the best thing I can say as a coach is locally, in this smaller community, junior golf is coming back and I really love that.”

Over half of the program’s numbers this year are from freshmen with 11 in all.

“With the freshmen, it’s going to be competitive,” said Wagner. “They are a nice group of athletic freshmen, and from what I’ve been told, they compete, get after it hard, and most importantly, they’re good students.”

Photo by Keith Stewart Pictured, front row, left to right, are: Seth Bartimus, Connor Sheehan, Grace Harlin, Natalie Jeffers, Paige Harlin, Kali Forsyth, Trey Yarnell, Cameron Nickerson, and Austin Harshman. Back row: Ian Tiarks, Connor Cloyd, Drew Fruchtl, Devon Still, Logan Tipsword, Ethan Macklin, Tanner Coleman, Jay Orris, and Jared Bunfill.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Pictured, front row, left to right, are: Seth Bartimus, Connor Sheehan, Grace Harlin, Natalie Jeffers, Paige Harlin, Kali Forsyth, Trey Yarnell, Cameron Nickerson, and Austin Harshman. Back row: Ian Tiarks, Connor Cloyd, Drew Fruchtl, Devon Still, Logan Tipsword, Ethan Macklin, Tanner Coleman, Jay Orris, and Jared Bunfill.

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