En-Schuring a Win, Knight’s QB Leads ALAH to Homecoming Victory

Photo by Darian Hays The ALAH Knights' offensive line was altogether healthy for the first time since week one, which proved a big asset in the Knights' 36-25 win over Sangamon Valley last Friday.

Photo by Darian Hays
The ALAH Knights’ offensive line was altogether healthy for the first time since week one, which proved a big asset in the Knights’ 36-25 win over Sangamon Valley last Friday.

September 24, 2014

ALAH now to host powerhouse Arcola

By Matt Kracht
NP Sport Reporter

In their Little Okaw Valley Conference opener, Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond  dominated the line of scrimmage defeating a spirited Sangamon Valley squad 36-25 Friday night. A Knights offensive line healthy for the first time since week one cleared the way for Tyler Schuring’s four touchdowns moving ALAH to 3-1 on the season. Knights head coach Dale Schuring praised the offensive unit’s effort in the victory.

“It’s a good group,” he said. “We ran the ball pretty much anytime we wanted to today, so I was really pleased with their play.” Read More

Lady T-Wolves Win Against Non-Conference Foe

September 24, 2014

Aces plentiful as OV routs Edinburg

by Joe Wheeler
Bethany Reporter

After splitting four games in the Windsor Invitational this past weekend to earn fourth place, the Okaw Valley Lady Timberwolves dominated a Monday night matchup against the Edinburg Lady Wildcats.

Things were all positive as the girls from OV looked like a well-oiled machine, sending the Wildcats home in just two sets. Teamwork was key Monday evening, as was a string of aces from middle-hitter Megan Dash in both sets. Dash combined with Caity Ohm and Hayley Carlson for a team total nine aces. Read More

Lady Knights Stay Solid in Win Over Tri-County

Photo by Keith Stewart The Lady Knights Emily Seegmiller (left), Kim Davis (center), and Brooke Tabb (right) celebrate along with their team after defeating rival Tri-County 25-21, 25-21 last Thursday.

Photo by Keith Stewart
The Lady Knights Emily Seegmiller (left), Kim Davis (center), and Brooke Tabb (right) celebrate along with their team after defeating rival Tri-County 25-21, 25-21 last Thursday.

September 24, 2014

Consistent play finds ALAH through in two-set victory

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

In both of Thursday night’s sets, ALAH had to power past a stubborn Tri-County team but did so successfully to win 25-21, 25-21.

In the first, ALAH had to overcome Tri-County’s lead but would after the Lady Titans’ miscommunication tied the game at 11-11. ALAH then fought on the ensuing volley with two point-saving digs before a kill attempt by Tri-County went out. Alyssa McArthur then landed a kill to put ALAH up 13-11. Read More

Sullivan’s Cardiac Kids Come Back to Win Regional Championship

Photo by Keith Stewart Pictured is the 2014 Sullivan Middle School baseball team with its regional championship plaque Monday evening. The Redskins defeated Argenta-Oreana 9-7 in Sullivan to earn their first title in five years. Front row, left to right: Andrew Kirk, Brycen Dalbey, Tim Lawyer, Matt Klukis, Case Crawford, John Meyer, Gary Herschberger, and Ethan Foster. Back row, left to right: Ian Hill, Beau Atchison, Dalton Rogers, head coach Jon Harwood, Caden Ellis, Gabe McGregor, Wyatt Sentel, Spencer Johnson, Aaron Garvey, and assistant coach Troy Rogers.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Pictured is the 2014 Sullivan Middle School baseball team with its regional championship plaque Monday evening. The Redskins defeated Argenta-Oreana 9-7 in Sullivan to earn their first title in five years. Front row, left to right: Andrew Kirk, Brycen Dalbey, Tim Lawyer, Matt Klukis, Case Crawford, John Meyer, Gary Herschberger, and Ethan Foster. Back row, left to right: Ian Hill, Beau Atchison, Dalton Rogers, head coach Jon Harwood, Caden Ellis, Gabe McGregor, Wyatt Sentel, Spencer Johnson, Aaron Garvey, and assistant coach Troy Rogers.

September 24, 2014

Top of the seventh heroics earn Redskins title

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Head coach John Harwood  is only 27 years old. Nonetheless, he still nearly had a coronary Monday night in the top of the seventh inning when his middle school baseball team trailed no. 1 seed Argenta-Oreana 7-6 in what was the regional championship.

“They came back, and I about had a heart attack,” said Harwood. “They don’t stop fighting, and that’s something that’s changed from the beginning of the season. We used to kind of roll over and play dead. That happened in Shelbyville when we lost 15-0 in three. We came back in our regional semifinal and beat them 7-6.” Read More

Sullivan Edges Past OV in Home Quadrangular Golf Match

September 17, 2014
Photo by RR Best Sullivan's Tommy Schibur puts during last Thursday's triangular at the Sullivan Country Club.

Photo by RR Best
Sullivan’s Tommy Schibur puts during last Thursday’s triangular at the Sullivan Country Club.

Three Redskins shoot 40s to earn second

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Hosting Okaw Valley, Shelbyville, and Meridian last Thursday, the Sullivan boys’ golf team earned second place, but only after squeaking by Okaw Valley.

Sullivan’s top three golfers shot in the 40s, while OV had two in seniors Devon Still, who shot a 46, and Jay Orris, who shot a 48. The Redskins’ Sam Mulligan and Kent Taber each shot a 46, while Joey Davison was three strokes behind at 49. Rounding out the team score was Eric Keller (56), Tommy Schibur (60), and Adam White (59) for a total of 197.

Okaw Valley meanwhile finished four strokes out from Sullivan for a team total of 201. Drew Fructl shot a 52, followed by Tanner Coleman and Austin Read More

Hungry SOV Squad Makes Statement in Win Over Tuscola

Photo by RR Best Alec Ballinger (no. 15) and Jake Eaton celebrate after SOV took a 15-14 lead over Tuscola Friday night.

Photo by RR Best
Alec Ballinger (no. 15) and Jake Eaton celebrate after SOV took a 15-14 lead over Tuscola Friday night.

September 17, 2014

Victory keeps SOV atop CIC with Shelbyville

by Matt Kracht
NP Sports Writer

First place in the newly formed Central Illinois Conference was on the line Friday night at Victory Field. The Redskins rallied from a halftime deficit to defeat the Tuscola Warriors 28-22 improving to 3-0 on the season. Homecoming fans battling the elements looked on as two of the area’s top quarterbacks squared off in an instant classic.
Coming down to five minutes to go in the four quarter and the score tied 22-22, Ty “white shoes” Molzen calmly set himself at the line of scrimmage. Facing 3-and-9 Molzen was hit in stride on a slant pass from Nick Frerichs and then it happened. Molzen, per Bill Cosby, transformed into “an amoeba splitting himself in half leaving the half without the football with the tackler.” After applying the brakes causing one Tuscola defender to fly by, Molzen hit the gas and accelerated past a second, before finally carrying a man on his back and falling forward for the biggest first down of the night. Frerichs scored three plays later on a quarterback sprint putting the Redskins on top for good. Molzen finished the night with two catches for 40 yards. Read More

Knights Take First Loss of the Year to Newton

Photo by Keith Stewart Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond’s Payton Wellbaum battles a Newton forward for the ball last Thursday. The Knights took their first loss of the season, falling 2-1 and to 5-1 on the year.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond’s Payton Wellbaum battles a Newton forward for the ball last Thursday. The Knights took their first loss of the season, falling 2-1 and to 5-1 on the year.

September 17, 2014

ALAH falls to 5-1 on year

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Going into Thursday evening’s matchup against Newton, the ALAH soccer team was attempting to stay perfect on the year and improve to 6-0. Such a feat seemed possible when Javi Briseno’s corner kick near the end of the first half went in the goal to put ALAH up 2-1, but the goal would be called back after officials cited that time had actually expired 14 seconds earlier.
“I’m kind of upset with they went ahead and let us kick the corner kick and then after it’s in, they say, ‘No, time quit 14 seconds ago.’,” said head coach Jeff Trower. “Don’t ask me. I have no explanation. That’s not right.” Read More

Heritage Stops Okaw Valley from Winning Three Straight

September 17, 2014

Ball handling an issue as Lady T-Wolves fall in three sets

by Joe Wheeler
Bethany Reporter

The Okaw Valley Lady T-Wolves dropped to 2-7 Monday, breaking a two game win streak that rounded out the varsity LSA Volleyball Invitational. OV couldn’t muster enough defense to ward off Heritage’s fast-paced attack Monday evening.
After dropping their first game in the LSA Tournament to Tolono Unity 8-25, 13-25 OV had trouble against Warrensburg Latham 12-25, 14-25. Head coach Jody McCormick said the girls just couldn’t get things going right away on Saturday. Read More

Lady Redskins Break ALAH Six-game Win Streak

September 17, 2014

Sullivan forces third set, wins big

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Writer

First year head coach Krista Smith had the Lady Redskins ready to play Monday night taking on cross county rivals Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond. A matchup that saw records thrown out the window, the Lady Redskins came from one set down to pull off an impressive 23-25, 25-22, 25-15 upset.
Coming into action at just 1-8 on the season, the Lady Redskins gave a high flying Knight squad all they could handle and more.
With the match all square at one set a piece and the Lady Redskins leading 11-8 in the third, sophomore Kailyn Boyer went on a nine-point rally from the service line. Apparently, the Lady Redskins had grown tired of close games after the first two sets, deciding instead to finish strong winning by a 10-point margin 25-15.

Photo by RR Best Brittin Boyer dives to save the ball Monday evening. Boyer led her team in kills with 11 as Sullivan defeated ALAH in three sets.

Photo by RR Best
Brittin Boyer dives to save the ball Monday evening. Boyer led her team in kills with 11 as Sullivan defeated ALAH in three sets.

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SOVCC Boys, Girls Take Second at Shelbyville

September 17, 2014

For the first time since the Shelbyville Trail Invitational began, Sullivan-Okaw Valley boys’ and girls’ teams both earned a trophy, each finishing in second.
Shelbyville girls won the race, but SOV finished in a dominant second beating third place Neoga by an average of 50 seconds per runner.  The girls were led by Laine Cameron and Ashlynd Risley, finishing in 20:54 and 20:56, good for seventh and eighth place.  Other solid races were run by Carlin Nuzzo, Elissa Stewart, Abby Cravatta, Cadisen Nuzzo, and Alyssa Marshall. Read More