Lady Red Upend T-Town To Start the Season

Photo by Keith Stewart Sullivan’s Emily Neuhauser tries to drive past Teutopolis’ Chelsey Hardiek Monday evening. Neuhauser led the Lady Red with 24 points and 7 rebounds in their 49-43 victory.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Sullivan’s Emily Neuhauser tries to drive past Teutopolis’ Chelsey Hardiek Monday evening. Neuhauser led the Lady Red with 24 points and 7 rebounds in their 49-43 victory.

November 19, 2014

Neuhauser scores 24 to put Sullivan 1-0 on year

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

No blowout this time.

For both returning players and fans, last year’s season opener at Teutopolis and subsequent 67-24 landslide was forgotten Monday night when the Sullivan girls’ basketball team handed the Wooden Shoes a 49-43 loss to begin the season 1-0.

“For us going to T-town last year and losing by 40 some points was very difficult for these girls,” said head coach Sheri McCain. “So I think getting this win tonight will help them to kind of get that monkey off the back as far as finally beating a T-Town caliber team.”

Sullivan trailed through two quarters and were down 20-19 heading into the half, and it wasn’t until the third quarter did Sullivan pull ahead, thanks in part to 50 percent shooting from the perimeter. Read More

Lady Timberwolves Overwhelm Rams 51-35 in Season Opener

November 19, 2014

Harlin, Orris combine for 27 points

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

The Okaw Valley Lady Timberwolves took control versus the Rams immediately on Monday night quickly getting out to an 8-2 lead in the first three minutes.

While the Rams fought back to get within two points, the hot shooting of Paige Harlin and Amy Orris was simply too much for the Rams to handle. With time expiring in the first quarter, Orris took the inbounds pass, dribbled across half court, and let the ball fly. From basically mid court, Orris hit nothing but net just as the buzzer sounded. The circus shot gave Okaw Valley all the momentum and the early 17-11 lead. Harlin and Orris combined to go 5-7 from behind the line on threes, and the Lady Timberwolves never looked back. Read More

Lady Knights Steal Opening Game From Meridian

November 19, 2014

Fourth quarter runs put ALAH on top

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

The Lady Knights recovered a briefly held lead from the second quarter in the final period Monday night to defeat Meridian 66-54 during the season opener in Macon.

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond led the Lady Hawks through most of the second quarter and only fell behind at the end of the half when Meridian sank a 3-pointer to go up 24-22. Despite Meridian then earning its biggest lead of the night at the beginning of the fourth quarter up 46-36, the Lady Knights went on a 7-point run to pull within three and then completed the come-from-behind win with an 8-0 run culminating with senior Elyse Harris’ 2-point bucket to take a 53-51 lead. Meridian would vie temporarily, responding with its own bucket to tie the game, but ALAH embarked on yet another run, this time of six straight points to take a 60-53 point lead. Mycaela Miller and Kim Davis then closed out the game with six points between the two scored from the line. Read More

ALAH Marching Band Completes First Season of Competition

November 5, 2014

Sights already set on next year

by Ariana Cherry
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

About two months ago, students from multiple communities came together to form the first marching band in five years at Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond High School. While many had been accustomed to playing different tunes, in the end, it all became a melody that created a musical masterpiece.

“The students from the four communities all came together to work toward a common goal that resulted in a real sense of camaraderie,” noted Richard Moma, the ALAH High School band director. “The memories that were created from competing were those that resulted in working hard together as a cohesive unit and then realizing that all members of the group are important contributors to the overall successes and sometimes failures of the band.” Read More

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