ALAH Sees Unfamiliar Early Exit from Regionals

Photo by RR Best Emily Seegmiller attempts a hit over the net but is met with  Tuscola’s front line blocking, which kept no. 22 at bay all night.

Photo by RR Best
Emily Seegmiller attempts a hit over the net but is met with Tuscola’s front line blocking, which kept no. 22 at bay all night.

October 29, 2014

Tuscola defeats Lady Knights once again

by Aaron Dyer
Reporting in Sullivan

The Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond volleyball team stepped-up to take on their original opponent from game one of the regular season in what was an unfortunately fitting regional quarterfinal Monday night. And much like that season opener loss to Tuscola, Monday night saw ALAH take an early exit from regionals, an unprecedented act given their previous three straight regional titles.

After ALAH began the scoring Monday night, Tuscola took a point for themselves after a kill following Madison Brown’s serve.

Both teams then continued to score, staying in close range of one another until Tuscola began to pull away at 12-9. Read More

Regional Host Sullivan Falls in Straight Sets to St. T

Photo by RR Best Brittin Boyer attempts a block Monday evening.

Photo by RR Best
Brittin Boyer attempts a block Monday evening.

October 29, 2014

Bulldogs win 25-17 25-15

by Matt Kracht
Sullivan Reporter

The Sullivan Lady Redskins had their season come to an end against the St Teresa Bulldogs on Monday night. Sullivan fell behind early in both sets and had difficulty gaining any sort of offensive rhythm.

“We’re still learning this year, still learning about the head game, fundamentals and my expectations,” said Sullivan first year head coach Krista Smith. “There has been so much change here the last few years. That is just part of the mental game.” Read More

Lady Redskins Force Three Sets, but Fall to Cerro Cordo

Photo by RR Best Pictured are the Sullivan volleyball seniors who were celebrated Monday night at home against Cerro Gordo (from left to right): Becca Pratt (manager), Brittin Boyer, and Emily Neuhauser.

Photo by RR Best
Pictured are the Sullivan volleyball seniors who were celebrated Monday night at home against Cerro Gordo (from left to right): Becca Pratt (manager), Brittin Boyer, and Emily Neuhauser.

October 22, 2014

Unable to overcome Broncos on senior night

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

The Redskins put forth quite an effort on Monday night against the Cerro Gordo Broncos, but came away empty handed 25-19,21-25,25-17.

On senior night after losing the first set, Sullivan rallied in the second jumping out to a 7-2 lead and forcing the decisive third set. A game that featured two evenly matched squads went the distance in a performance of which the Sullivan seniors could be proud. Read More

Knights Shut Out Bombers to Win Third Straight

Photo by Darian Hays ALAH’s Teddy Poe tries to escape an Argenta-Oreana lineman  Friday night.

Photo by Darian Hays
ALAH’s Teddy Poe tries to escape an Argenta-Oreana lineman
Friday night.

At 6-2, ALAH stamps playoff ticket

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

For the second week in a row the Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond Knights raced out to a 21 point first quarter lead and never looked back. In a blowout win over the Argenta-Oreana Bombers Tyler Schuring put on an all-conference performance collecting 250 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns. The victory over the Bombers put the Knights back in postseason play and with a week left in the regular season the Knights record stands at 6-2 overall and 4-2 in the Little Okaw Valley conference. Read More

Harlin Finishes 27th at State Course

October 22, 2014

Outgoing senior golfer earns best state outing of career

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

As head coach Andy Wagner described senior golfer Paige Harlin, last year she was just happy to be at the state tournament in Decatur. This year, she wasn’t happy with her 27th place finish despite it being a marked improvement from the 56th place she earned the year before.

“It could have been really, really good,” said Wagner of the first day of the two-day state series. “Sitting in the top 20 after day one, it was really neat, but we talked all the way home about how she really did not putt well at all. What was an 82 could have very easily been a 75 or 76. Of course, we were pleased, but, probably the best way to put it is we weren’t satisfied.” Read More

SOV Hangs On Against A&M

Photo by Joe Wheeler Nick Frerichs scrambles out of the pocket Friday night.

Photo by Joe Wheeler
Nick Frerichs scrambles out of the pocket Friday night.

October 22, 2014

Raiders’ comeback falls short

By Joe Wheeler
Reporting in Moweaqua

Up 21-0 at halftime, it was looking like a rout for SOV on what was shaping up to be an unfortunate senior night for the Central A&M Raiders. But this past Friday night the Redskins were lucky to get out of Mowequa with a win.

Things got started quickly for SOV after the Raiders’ first drive stalled, and the ‘Skins scored on their second play from scrimmage. A breakout Chanley Heykoop run to start the drive set things up for a 64-yard strike to Alec Ballinger on the ensuing play. The touchdown pass from senior quarterback Nick Frerichs would not be his last of the evening. Read More

Lady Timberwolves Overcome Adversity on Sr. Night

Photo by Joe Wheeler Pictured are the Okaw Valley volleyball seniors who were celebrated last Thursday at home against Bement (from left to right): Blair Monroe, Caity Ohm, Amanda McClain, Abby Vander Burgh, Savannah Birch, Haley Carlson, and Amy Orris. Not pictured is Amy Monroe.

Photo by Joe Wheeler
Pictured are the Okaw Valley volleyball seniors who were celebrated last Thursday at home against Bement (from left to right): Blair Monroe, Caity Ohm, Amanda McClain, Abby Vander Burgh, Savannah Birch, Haley Carlson, and Amy Orris. Not pictured is Amy Monroe.

October 22, 2014

Teamwork key in 3-set victory over Bement

By Joe Wheeler
Bethany Reporter

Bement was in town Thursday evening and looking to spoil Okaw Valley’s senior night for the ladies in black.

The Lady Bulldogs came out strong in the first set, scoring three in a row before OV would get on the board. Some Bement errors and two OV kills would even things up at four early in the set, and later the home team would string together six points in a row. Bement would battle back, one point at a time, to eventually tie it up at 15 all mid-set. Unfortunate errors then set the Lady Timberwolves back late in the set, and they would eventually fall 20-25. Read More

A&M Proves Too Much for Sullivan

October 22, 2014

Lady Raiders win in two sets

by Aaron Dyer
Sullivan Reporter

If there was a chance for an upset in the Central Illinois Conference last Thursday between the Central A & M the Lady Redskins, the first set certainly didn’t show it. Sullivan was downed easily 25-14 before they ladies in red showed some determination in the second, though they would eventually fall there too, 25-19. Read More

ALAH Soccer Onto Regional Semifinal

October 15, 2014

Now to face no. 1 seed Wednesday

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond soccer team was adamant about not losing again to Decatur LSA last Friday, and instead came away with a 4-1 regional quarterfinal win to advance to the Warrensburg-Latham regional semifinal against Monticello Wednesday, October 15.

The Knights previously fell to LSA 7-1 September 27 in the Decatur St. Teresa tournament. And according to head coach Jeff Trower, the Lions may have come into the rematch a bit too headstrong. Read More