Timberwolves Take Off After First Quarter

Photo by RR Best
Okaw Valley’s Garrett Fritz saves ball from going out of bounds during action over the weekend that saw the Timberwolves win a conference match.

•February 8, 2017•

By Jason Brown
NP Sports Editor

Okaw Valley boys’ basketball split a pair of Little Okaw Valley Conference games this past week.

The Timberwolves defeated Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond Feb. 3 to spoil the Knights’ senior night but lost to Argenta-Oreana Jan. 31.

Against ALAH, Okaw Valley defeated the Knights for the second time in less than two weeks.

ALAH jumped ahead to a 10-3 lead with 3:06 left in the first quarter, but the Timberwolves took over the game from there.

Trey Yarnell hit a 3-pointer, Austin Hill hit a jumper and Taylor Coleman hit two shots to tie the game at 12 to end the first quarter.

From there, the Timberwolves started a 17-4 run that bled into the fourth quarter to take a 29-16 lead.

Okaw Valley increased its lead incrementally throughout the rest of the game for the eventual 62-42 win. Read More

SHS Senior Swimmers

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SHS Senior Swimmers
Left to Right: Sullivan swimmers Luke DeLong, Charlie Goss, Bryce King, Allison Miller and Brynna Sentel are honored before the varsity girls’ basketball game against Clinton during senior night Feb. 2.

First Round Regional Win for Sullivan Girls

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The girls’ basketball lone senior Tatum Ellis, along with her parents Laura and Rick Ellis, is honored before the varsity girls’ basketball game against Clinton Thursday.

•February 8, 2017•

By Jason Brown
NP Sports Editor

The Sullivan girls’ basketball team carried its momentum from Thursday’s senior-night win against Clinton into the first round of the Class 2A regional to defeat Shelbyville Feb 6.

Sullivan, the host team, jumped out to a 21-2 first quarter lead and added four more for a 22-6 halftime lead.

The Redskins continued the pressure in the second half for the eventual 48-15 win.

Tatum Ellis scored a game-high 17 points, and Esther Miller collected 10 points, six rebounds and six steals.

Haley Rose and Brooke Tuttle each dished out three assists.

Tuttle and Chloe Riley each finished with six points, and Elizabeth Green, Avery Still, Laine Cameron and Kirsten O’Neil each recorded a basket. Read More

Swimmers Supporting Soldiers Goal Exceeded by Blue Dolphins

•February 8, 2017•

Photo by JD Graham
American Legion members posing with head coach Jason Drury (Navy veteran) and some of the Blue Dolphins, Bob Sims Post Commander, Mike Keown Legion board member, Craig Hendry Air Force veteran, Ann Shaw auxiliary secretary, Ilena Godwin auxiliary president and Melanie Byers auxiliary treasurer.

By J.D. Graham
for the Blue Dolphins

When head coach Jason Drury of the Blue Dolphins set the challenge of 400 items to be collected for the Danville VA Hospital, the swimmers stepped up. Not only did they hit the goal of 400 items, they exceeded it with 767 total items being collected to donate to the hospital.

It is easy to get Drury to talk about the swimmers and the hard work they put into swimming and the pride he has in the team reaching the goal and helping veterans.    Read More

Sullivan Redskins Lose Close One to Meridian

•February 8, 2017•

The Sullivan boys’ basketball team dropped the seventh-place game to Meridian 55-53 in the Central Illinois Conference tournament Feb 1 in Sullivan.

Sullivan led for most of the first half, and the game went back and forth in the third quarter.

The Redskins took the lead 34-32 with 55 seconds left in the third quarter when Brett Tuttle hit a jumper. Read More

OV Girls Take Two Conference Wins

•February 1, 2017•

By Jason Brown
NP Sports Editor

The Okaw Valley girls’ basketball team picked up two Little Okaw Valley Conference wins this past week.

The Timberwolves defeated Decatur LSA Monday and Arcola Thursday.

Against LSA, Okaw Valley held the Lions under 10 points in the first three quarters.

The Timberwolves jumped out to a 16-5 first-quarter lead and held on for a 49-30 win. Read More

OV Girls’ Basketball Senior Night

Photo by Madison Uhlrich
OV Girls’ Basketball Senior Night
The seniors of the OVHS girls’ basketball team gather for a commemorative photo before their last ever home game on January 26. Pictured are team manager Madison Uhlrich, Brianna Creviston, Jessica Robinson, and Kayla Wheeler.

ALAH Knights Score OT Win Over Arcola

•February 1, 2017•

By Jason Brown
NP Sports Editor

The Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond boys’ basketball team completed a fourth-quarter comeback in the Little Okaw Valley NW consolation championship game to defeat Arcola 74-72 in overtime Jan. 24.

After a back-and-forth first half, the Purple Riders took a 15-point lead into the fourth quarter, but Will Cohan scored nine points as part of a Knights’ 18-2 run in the first half of the period.

ALAH outscored Arcola 22-7 in the fourth to tie the game and send it into overtime.

In the first couple minutes of overtime, ALAH outscored Arcola 9-1, but the Purple Riders’ had a chance to tie the game late but could not get a shot off before the buzzer.

The Knights scored a season-high in points, and three players scored season highs. Read More

Regionals Hosted at ALAH and Sullivan

•February 1, 2017•

The Illinois High School Association has set schedules for the girls’ basketball Class 1A and 2A regionals, and Moultrie County will be hosting two of them.

Sullivan is scheduled to host the Class 2A regional starting Feb. 6.

Sullivan is the No. 5 ranked team and will play No. 10 ranked Shelbyville at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6. Read More

Redskins Battle Bulldogs at CIC Tournament

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Jarod Merryman fights through a double team with St. Teresa in the first round of the Central Illinois Conference tournament Jan 28.

•February 1, 2017•

The Sullivan boys’ basketball team dropped two games in the Central Illinois Conference tournament games and a non-conference game against Charleston this past week.

Monday, Jan 23 in the CIC tournament, Central A&M incrementally expanded its lead against the Redskins.

CAM took a 6-point lead into the second quarter and a 24-17 into halftime.

The Raiders tacked on six more to the lead in the third quarter and eventually won 50-37.

Bryce Farris and Queintan Britton each scored nine points, and Josh Stutzman followed with eight.

Farris also recorded 11 rebounds and four steals.

In the first game of the CIC tournament, Sullivan lost to No. 1 seeded St. Teresa 45-27.

The Redskins trailed 16-12 at halftime before the Bulldogs pulled away in the second half. Josh Stutzman led Sullivan with 10 points. Read More