Blue Dolphins Compete

July 16, 2014
Submitted The Sullivan Blue Dolphins recently competed in two meets, one in Springfield June 6-8 and another in Shelbyville June 21.

Submitted
The Sullivan Blue Dolphins recently competed in two meets, one in Springfield June 6-8 and another in Shelbyville June 21.

The Sullivan Blue Dolphins recently competed in both Shelbyville and Springfield. Full results are below: Read More

Sullivan Blue Dolphins Host Lock-In, Compete in Home Meet

Submitted by Don Rousser Pictured are a portion of the Sullivan Blue Dolphins’ trophy winners from their June 1 meet: Front row, left to right: Tabitha Clark and Kaiden Smith; Middle row: Allison Oligschaeger, Brodie Goss, Ailey Mitchell, Gabrielle Spain, Noah Spain, and Calista Clark. Back row: McKenna Kull, Dylan Sanders, Connor Russell, Charlie Goss, Addison Graham, Anna Wooters, and Natalie Drury.

Submitted by Don Rousser
Pictured are a portion of the Sullivan Blue Dolphins’ trophy winners from their June 1 meet: Front row, left to right: Tabitha Clark and Kaiden Smith; Middle row: Allison Oligschaeger, Brodie Goss, Ailey Mitchell, Gabrielle Spain, Noah Spain, and Calista Clark. Back row: McKenna Kull, Dylan Sanders, Connor Russell, Charlie Goss, Addison Graham, Anna Wooters, and Natalie Drury.

July 2, 2014

The Sullivan Blue Dolphins kicked off a busy weekend Friday May 30 with a motivational lock in party.  Head coach Jason Drury each year sets a challenge for the swimmers to achieve with this year’s goal to obtain enough splashes by competing at swim meets.

Drury’s idea is to reinforce what the hard work at practice achieves.
Older swimmers requested a lock in party as the motivational reward for this season.  The evening had everything from laser tag, challenges to earn tickets to win prizes, obstacle course, scavenger hunts, photo booth, movies, dolphin themed food and a yellow and blue (team colors) candy table.   Read More

Sports Boosters Add Another Donation to the List

Photo by RR Best Pictured is one of two batting cages at Wyman Park. The one above, located near the far north diamond, is in the final stages of being completely renovated, while the second batting cage, located near the Leon Lane baseball diamond is ready for use.

Photo by RR Best
Pictured is one of two batting cages at Wyman Park. The one above, located near the far north diamond, is in the final stages of being completely renovated, while the second batting cage, located near the Leon Lane baseball diamond is ready for use.

June 18, 2014

Also selling Cardinal tickets as latest fundraiser

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Volleyball warm ups, middle school track equipment, swimming gear, weight room equipment, a softball pitching machine, a tackling sled, an indoor pitching mound, trophies for athletics…

The list goes on and on, and it’s just a portion of what the Sullivan Sports Boosters have purchased in recent years. But more recently, the organization,along with Sullivan Youth Baseball, footed the cost to completely renovate the batting cages at Wyman Park, a cost of around $8,000. Read More

Plank Takes Passing Performance to Grace

Photo by Keith Stewart Sullivan High School alumna Maggie Plank (center) signs her letter of intention to compete in volleyball at Omaha, Nebraska’s Grace University Friday May 30 as her father, Jim (left), and mother Lori (right) watch approvingly.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Sullivan High School alumna Maggie Plank (center) signs her letter of intention to compete in volleyball at Omaha, Nebraska’s Grace University Friday May 30 as her father, Jim (left), and mother Lori (right) watch approvingly.June 18, 2014

June 18, 2014

SHS volleyballer makes trek for Omaha

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Maggie Plank wanted to play collegiate volleyball, but she wasn’t sure she was good enough.

Head volleyball coach at Grace University Courtney Moore begged to differ.

“About three months ago I called her and said I was going to go to Lake Land,” recalled Plank. “She asked if they offered for me to play volleyball, and I told her I didn’t think I could play there. Then she said ‘Well, I’d like to see you play here.’ So she started to work around everything. Then she called me and said, “You can come here.’ Then it set in. I’m going to go play college volleyball. It’s crazy.” Read More

Yeakley Breaks Through for Seventh Place Finish in Discus

Photo by Keith Stewart Colton Yeakley is seen with his seventh place medal in the discus at the IHSA state track meet in Charleston May 31.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Colton Yeakley is seen with his seventh place medal in the discus at the IHSA state track meet in Charleston May 31.

June 11, 2014

Sophomore hopes for more to come

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond discus competitor Colton Yeakley says he isn’t the most patient when it comes to waiting on his turn to throw.

“I’m not a good waiter,” said Yeakley. “Usually when we throw prelims and then finals, a half hour later, that wait in between kills me.”

So when scattered thunderstorms made their way to Charleston early on Thursday afternoon, causing one lightning delay after another, Yeakley wasn’t sure how he or anyone would react.

“They got done with flight one and two, then we got out there to warm up and there was a lightning delay. So we had to go back to the camp,” he explained. “We waited for about an hour and a half till three, and they said they were letting everyone back in. So we got back in there to do our 20 minute warmups and we’re about done with our warmups, and they put us in another lightning delay. Then we sat for three, three and a half hours before they finally let us in around six.” Read More

Area Jr. High Track Teams See State Success

Submitted by Jamie Woodcock Pictured are Sullivan Middle School’s state track qualifiers, from left to right: Luke Bowman, Logan Pedigo, Ally Elzy, Zoe Ray, Natalie Drury, Brooke Tuttle, Chloe Riley, Haley Rose, Bailey Turnbaugh, Elizabeth Green, Laine Cameron, and Jordan Bassett.

Submitted by Jamie Woodcock
Pictured are Sullivan Middle School’s state track qualifiers, from left to right: Luke Bowman, Logan Pedigo, Ally Elzy, Zoe Ray, Natalie Drury, Brooke Tuttle, Chloe Riley, Haley Rose, Bailey Turnbaugh, Elizabeth Green, Laine Cameron, and Jordan Bassett.

Sullivan’s Bowman atop with 2nd place

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Competing in East Peoria May 23 and 24, the Sullivan middle school and Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond jr. high boys’ and girls’ track teams saw several athletes finish in the top 10 of the IESA state track meet.

Eighth grader Luke Bowman finished highest with a second place medal in the high jump, an event he took first in last year as a seventh grader. Read More

Lending a Helping Hand or Glove

Photo by Keith Stewart Trey Schoenfelder(right) eyes the ball after Travis Hanson (left) tosses it up and as Alec Ballinger (center) watches from behind.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Trey Schoenfelder (right) eyes the ball after Travis Hanson (left) tosses it up and as Alec Ballinger (center) watches from behind.

June 11, 2014

Baseball athletes assist special needs children with skills

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

At the beginning of May on a cool temperamental overcast afternoon, Sullivan High School baseball players and special needs students in Christine Grohler’s class came together for a little pitch and catch.

The afternoon practice was meant to gear the children up for a baseball game held that next Sunday at Courtyard Estates–an idea that originated between teachers Christine Grohler and Kurt Friese. Read More

Weybright Continues Basketball Career at LCU

Photo by Jeni Yantis Abigail Weybright signed her intent to attend Lincoln Christian University and play basketball on May 16. Pictured, front row, left to right, are: mother, Erin Weybright, Abigail Weybright, and father, Shane Webright. Back row, left to right: Lincoln Christian College head women’s basketball coach Donnie Bowman and OV girls’ head basketball coach Don Gardner.

Photo by Jeni Yantis
Abigail Weybright signed her intent to attend Lincoln Christian University and play basketball on May 16. Pictured, front row, left to right, are: mother, Erin Weybright, Abigail Weybright, and father, Shane Webright. Back row, left to right: Lincoln Christian College head women’s basketball coach Donnie Bowman and OV girls’ head basketball coach Don Gardner.

Defensive tenacity to be big asset for Red Lions

by Emily Scott
Bethany Reporter

Last fall, Okaw Valley senior Abigail Weybright put on her blue and black no. 10 uniform, laced up her shoes, and got ready for what she believed would be the last basketball season of her life.

Little did the now-graduated athlete know, she would be starting a new athletic journey as she now prepares to attend Lincoln Christian University in Lincoln, where she has signed to play basketball for the Red Lions.

Before deciding on LCU, Weybright did not know exactly what career path she wanted to choose. 

“I wanted to go and find out what God wanted me to do,” she said.  Read More

Lady Red Make School History with Regional Championship

Photo by RR Best Pictured is the Sullivan varsity softball team with the regional plaque they won after defeating Shelbyville 5-3 Saturday. Front row, from left to right, Paislee Meyer, Makenzie Ruppert, Liz Inman, Heidi Clements, Taylor Gottfriedt, and Allison Miller. Back row, left to right: assistant coach Katie Tate, Kailyn Boyer, Bailee Pratt, Emily Stutzman, Maggie Plank, Brittin Boyer, Christina Brown, Elissa Stewart, Abby Elzy, and head coach Ben Richter.

Photo by RR Best
Pictured is the Sullivan varsity softball team with the regional plaque they won after defeating Shelbyville 5-3 Saturday. Front row, from left to right, Paislee Meyer, Makenzie Ruppert, Liz Inman, Heidi Clements, Taylor Gottfriedt, and Allison Miller. Back row, left to right: assistant coach Katie Tate, Kailyn Boyer, Bailee Pratt, Emily Stutzman, Maggie Plank, Brittin Boyer, Christina Brown, Elissa Stewart, Abby Elzy, and head coach Ben Richter.

Defeat host Shelbyville 5-3 Saturday

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

According to Sullivan head coach Ben Richter, Saturday’s regional championship victory over Shelbyville marked the first ever in school history. But that’s just icing on an already overtopped cake.

“Let’s just say many of the girls were in tears or almost in tears,” said senior pitcher Elizabeth Inman. “Our team has never been closer than this year, and it feels so great to accomplish something so big with all of these wonderful ladies.”

Sullivan’s biggest inning came in the second starting with Brittin Boyer’s at-bat where she hit the game’s only triple to left center field. Senior and first year participant Maggie Plank then followed with a double RBI to the same spot Boyer found. Kailyn Boyer then reached first on an error, and freshman lead-off Bailee Pratt hit a double to right centerfield, scoring both Plank and Boyer to put Sullivan up 3-0. Read More