Shelbyville Team Wins Redskin Invitational

Photo by Darian Hays SOV’s Ross Metzger takes the hurdles during the Redskins Invitational track meet held May 3.

Photo by Darian Hays
SOV’s Ross Metzger takes the hurdles during the Redskins Invitational track meet held May 3.

•May 11, 2016•

The Redskin Invitational was held in Sullivan Tuesday, May 3 with Shelbyville winning the male team score with 89 points.

Following Shelbyville in second was Tuscola, Warrensburg-Latham, Sullivan Okaw Valley SOV, St. Teresa, Cumberland, Arcola, Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond ALAH, Meridian, Central A&M CEAM.

Individual scoring for boys:

100 meter dash: first Jason Duncan St. Teresa 11.48, second Zane Uphoff SOV 11.87, third Luke Schinzler CEAM 11.88, fourth Tony Salinas Arcola 11.91.

200 meter dash: first Zach Jarrett St. Teresa 23.86, second Blake Stewart SOV 24.08, third Zane Uphoff SOV 24.19, fourth Noah Woods Tuscola 24.75.

400 meter dash: first Diondre Lewis WALA  51.14, second Dillon Howard Cumberland 52.52, third Alex Hein St. Teresa 52.94, fourth John Hill Tuscola 55.15.

800 meter run: first Drake Baker MERI 2:00.14, second Marcus Skinner Shelbyville 2:00.64, third Preston Henze Shelbyville 2:01.36, fourth Justin Laughlin ALAH 2:05.31. Read More

Ballinger is Millikin Bound

Photo by Mike Brothers Ballinger is Millikin Bound SHS athlete Alec Ballinger signed a letter of intent to play football for the  Millikin University Big Blue with teammates and students attending. Pictured from left: father Ed Ballinger, Alec, brother Aiden Ballinger and Sullivan High School head football coach Gerald Temples.

Photo by Mike Brothers
Ballinger is Millikin Bound
SHS athlete Alec Ballinger signed a letter of intent to play football for the Millikin University Big Blue with teammates and students attending. Pictured from left: father Ed Ballinger, Alec, brother Aiden Ballinger and Sullivan High School head football coach Gerald Temples.

SOV Girls’ Track Places at Conference Meet

•May 11, 2016•

The Sullivan Okaw Valley girls’ track team finished in sixth place with 41 points at the Central Illinois Conference Meet held in Sullivan May 6.

Second places-Ashlynd Risley in the 400 in 1:03 and the 4 x 400 relay of Anne Hogan, Laine Cameron, Alyssa Marshall and Risley in 4:21.

Cameron finished fifth in both the 100 and 300 hurdles in times of 17.9 and 51.3. Also finishing fifth was the 4 x 100 relay of Cameron, Risley, Zoe Ray and Danielle Hill in 54.8.

The 4 x 200 relay of Hogan, Ray, Hill and Carlin Nuzzo was sixth in 1:58. Seventh places to Hill in long jump at 15-5, Nuzzo pole vault 8’0, Marshall 800 in 2:35, Risley in 100 at 13.6. Eighth places to Ally Elzy in discus at 93-1 and Ray in long jump 15-5.

Overall results at the CIC meet had St. Teresa first with 169.5 points, Central A&M second 154, Clinton third 110, Warrensburg Latham fourth 88, Tuscola fifth 65, SOV sixth 41, Shelbyville 33.5 and Macon Meridian eighth 32. Read More

Argenta Oreana Too Much for ALAH Baseball

Photo by Darian Hays ALAH Knight Brad R. Miller beats the throw during the Argenta Oreana home game last week.

Photo by Darian Hays
ALAH Knight Brad R. Miller beats the throw during the Argenta Oreana home game last week.

•May 11, 2016•

Arthur-Lovington/Atwoo-Hammond baseball played Argenta Oreana May 6 at home, with the Bombers getting the upper hand with a 20-1 score.

The first inning was 3 to 1 with Waylon Schlabach hitting a home run for the Knights. That was the last ALAH score.

The Argenta Oreana team came up with 10 runs in the second inning, two in the third, and five in the fourth.

Brown got the the win pitching five innings, allowing five hits and one run with eight strikeouts.

Cory Griffin took the loss pitching 1.1 innings, allowing three runs off six hits. Read More

Redskins Host Nine Invitational Track Teams

Photo by Darian Hays ALAH sophomore Abi Duzan participated in the 800 meter run at the Redskin Invitational.

Photo by Darian Hays
ALAH sophomore Abi Duzan participated in the 800 meter run at the Redskin Invitational.

•May 11, 2016•

The Redskin Invitational track meet in Sullivan May 3 hosted 10 schools with Central A&M finishing first among the female teams with 129.5 points.

Warrensburg-Latham WALA was second, Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond ALAH finished third, Tuscola fourth, Sullivan Okaw Valley SOV finished fifth followed by St. Teresa, Shelbyville, Meridian, Cumberland and Arcola.

Individual event results:

100 meter dash: first, Taylor George WALA 12.70, second Isabella Newingham Meridian 12.87, third Ashlynd Risley SOV 14.12, fourth Anna Wooters SOV 14.46.

200 meter dash: first Taylor George WALA 26.52, second Abby Forlines CEAM 29.43, third Ashley Bartley Tuscola 30.05, fourth Lexi Burnett  ALAH 30.82.

400 meter dash: first Emma Henderson Tuscola 1:01.95, second Haylee Virden CEAM 1:04.25, third Ashlynd Risley SOV 1:04.71, fourth Morgan Powers Shelbyville 1:05.95.

800 meter run: first Morgan Powers Shelbyville 2:30.41, second Abby Forlines CEAM 2:33.44, third Alyssa Marshall SOV 2:34.94, fourth Kara O’Hearn Tuscola 2:35.70.

1600 meter run: first Makenna Green ALAH 5:58.99, second Jordyn Bernson Shelbyville 6:11.25, third Allison Butler Meridian 6:12.88, fourth Kate Edwards ALAH 6:21.88. Read More

Fruchtl Shuts Out Arcola for Timberwolves’ Seventh Win

•May 11, 2016•

By Matt Kracht
News Progress Sports

Okaw Valley won their ninth straight contest Friday beating the Purple Riders 9-0.  Senior Drew Fruchtl tossed a complete game gem to stay a perfect 7-0—the best record in the area.

Now 18-2 overall the Timberwolves have a week of conference contests to decide who sits atop the Little Okaw Valley Northwest.  Head coach Andrew Hagerman commented the team was just happy to be playing again after a wet start to May, “It’s 75 and sunny; these kids wanted to come out and swing today. We haven’t played a lot of these days. We have been playing two game weeks instead of four. The conference games we will make up, so we have five or six games this week.”

Arcola threatened to take an early lead in the first after a two out infield single was followed by a double off the fence in right center. Faced with runners on second and third with two outs, Fruchtl bounced back with a clutch strikeout to end the threat.

Timberwolves’ leadoff man Taylor Coleman started a three run rally in the bottom of the first with a single to the gap in right center. Fruchtl then helped his own cause with a double to left, setting up second and third with no outs.   Read More

Maroons Edge Redskins at Home in Final At-Bat

•May 11, 2016•

By Matt Kracht
News Progress Sports

Sullivan baseball took a disappointing 5-3 loss at home versus Clinton Thursday.

Brett Tuttle pitched four strong innings and departed with a one run lead in the fifth. Zach Sowers looked dominant in relief of Tuttle until the top of the seventh when Clinton managed three runs.

Head coach Troy Rogers said the team right now is battling. “We just got to get some confidence back. We owe Pana for last year so we got some fuel there. But we need to remember to play this game with intensity and let it happen. We have got some guys pressing a little bit.”

Clinton jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning after a pair of two out infield singles were followed by a double in the gap to right center. Sullivan has bounced back after early deficits numerous times this season, but being in a hole early makes it tough. “We are struggling getting rid of that one bad inning that gives them a couple runs. We have had one of those it seems like the past three conference games. It was not a blow up inning, but we gave them a couple outs, and they took advantage of it. When you are playing tight ball games those extra outs tend to hurt.” Read More

Knights Softball Show Strong Stats for Season

•May 11, 2016•

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond Knights softball program has a 12-7 overall record as of last week with one player, Mycaela Miller hitting .600.

Pitching for the Knights has Macy Hollingsworth with a 4.22 ERA after pitching 58 innings. Macy has 13 strikeouts, allowing 94 hits and 57 runs for a 5-4 record.

Shelby Frederick has a 3.99 ERA, pitching 47.33 innings with 41 strike outs. She allowed 57 hits with 32 runs for a 5-3 record.

Miller leads hitting with 36 hits for 23 runs and 36 RBIs. She has four home runs, five triples, and 12 doubles in 60 at bats. Read More

The Challenger League 2016

Photo furnished On Saturday, May 7 the Okaw Valley baseball team defeated Paris 6-3. What followed the game was the real victory. The baseball players from the Okaw Valley team stayed after the game to help with the Challenger League. The Challenger League is based out of Paris and gives special needs and disabled children a chance to learn baseball, this time with some extra help from experienced high school players. It was a great experience for the Timberwolves to volunteer, without even knowing this was happening after the game. 

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On Saturday, May 7 the Okaw Valley baseball team defeated Paris 6-3. What followed the game was the real victory. The baseball players from the Okaw Valley team stayed after the game to help with the Challenger League. The Challenger League is based out of Paris and gives special needs and disabled children a chance to learn baseball, this time with some extra help from experienced high school players. It was a great experience for the Timberwolves to volunteer, without even knowing this was happening after the game.