Lady Red Take Second at Invitational

Photo Courtesy of Michelle McClain The SOV girls’ track and field team celebrated its seniors last Tuesday during the Redskin Invitational. Pictured, from left to right, are the team’s five seniors: Caity Ohm, Amanda McClain, Kennedy  Lucas, Emily Neuhauser, and Tori Murphy.

Photo Courtesy of Michelle McClain
The SOV girls’ track and field team celebrated its seniors last Tuesday during the Redskin Invitational. Pictured, from left to right, are the team’s five seniors: Caity Ohm, Amanda McClain, Kennedy
Lucas, Emily Neuhauser, and Tori Murphy.

Finish fourth at CIC meet

May 13, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Competing at their last home invite of the year, SOV’s girls came away with a second place finish and celebrated their five seniors including Tori Murphy, Caity Ohm, Kennedy Lucas, Emily Neuhauser, and Amanda McClain.
And the five didn’t disappoint as each finished in the top five of at least one event.
“My five seniors have done a great job leading the team both by their actions and by continuing to encourage, motivate, and mentor the underclassmen,” said girls’ head coach Kali Taylor. “As a high school coach, it is always neat to see how they grow and mature throughout their high school careers…Amanda and Emily continue to prove that they are two of the toughest, strongest sprinters in the state, consistently improving on their times, splits, and pushing each other and the rest of their competitors to a higher level each meet. Caity, Tori and Kennedy may not score as many points as the other two, but each have brought their own leadership abilities and dynamics to the team over the course of their careers.” Read More

Frerichs to Field for Kaskaskia in the Fall

Photo by RR Best Sullivan senior and baseball player Nick Frerichs signs his letter of intent committing to play baseball at Kaskaskia college in a January 22 ceremony. Pictured, front row, left to right: Mother Kerri, Nick, and father Dan. Back row: Sullivan head baseball coach Troy Rogers and Kaskaskia head baseball coach Mitch Koester.

Photo by RR Best
Sullivan senior and baseball player Nick Frerichs signs his letter of intent committing to play baseball at Kaskaskia college in a January 22 ceremony. Pictured, front row, left to right: Mother Kerri, Nick, and father Dan. Back row: Sullivan head baseball coach Troy Rogers and Kaskaskia head baseball coach Mitch Koester.

Receives baseball scholarship

May 6, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Not Tyler, not Chad, but Nick.
The youngest of three, the current Sullivan senior is following in his older brothers’ footsteps–sort of.
Earlier this year Nick Frerichs signed papers committing to play baseball at Kaskaskia College come this fall. His two older brothers also went on to play baseball collegiately; however they each went to Lincoln Land College.
“I really like their campus, and I know a couple of the guys going already,” said Nick. “Kaskaskia has all been pretty successful the past couple years so I figured it was the right fit for me.”
And though choosing a different college at which to play ball, Frerichs is quick to recall the impact his brothers and family have had on his development as one of the area’s top players. Read More

Stewart Signs with Parkland Softball

Photo by Keith Stewart Sullivan senior and softball player Elissa Stewart signed her letter of intent committing to play softball at Parkland in a ceremony held January 28. Pictured, front row, from left to right: brother Blake, mother Amy, Elissa, and father John. Back row: Sullivan head softball coach Ben Richter and Parkland head softball coach Chuck Clutts.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Sullivan senior and softball player Elissa Stewart signed her letter of intent committing to play softball at Parkland in a ceremony held January 28. Pictured, front row, from left to right: brother Blake, mother Amy, Elissa, and father John. Back row: Sullivan head softball coach Ben Richter and Parkland head softball coach Chuck Clutts.

Sullivan senior will play as Cobra beginning this fall

May 6, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Amy Stewart still recalls one of her daughter’s earliest tests on the ball diamond.
Just five years old at the time, Elissa Stewart was participating in an instructional league in her hometown of Hoopeston when she was on the receiving end of the ball.
“She got hit, and you could tell she was hurt, but she picked up the ball and made the out,” recalled her mother Amy. “She didn’t cry. She made the play and went on.”
These days, the Sullivan shortstop is, if ever, not without a smile streaked across her face regardless of whether she is leaping high in the air with the audacity for the catch or off to the races after laying down a bunt. But this past January, that smile was perhaps a little wider as she signed her letter of intent, committing to play softball as a Cobra come next fall. Read More

Neuhauser’s Next Net: Lake Land College

Photo by Keith Stewart Sullivan senior and basketball player Emily Neuhauser signs her letter of intent committing to play basketball at Lake Land College in an April 8 ceremony. Pictured, front row, left to right: Father John Neuhauser, Emily, mother Barb, and sister Paige. Back row: Sullivan girls’ head coach Sheri McCain, assistant coach Tiffinie Tucker, and Lake Land College girls’ head coach Dave Johnson.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Sullivan senior and basketball player Emily Neuhauser signs her letter of intent committing to play basketball at Lake Land College in an April 8 ceremony. Pictured, front row, left to right: Father John Neuhauser, Emily, mother Barb, and sister Paige. Back row: Sullivan girls’ head coach Sheri McCain, assistant coach Tiffinie Tucker, and Lake Land College girls’ head coach Dave Johnson.

Sullivan senior to become Lady Laker this fall

May 6, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

There really is something to be said for love of the game. And gained.
Just ask Emily Neuhauser.
The Sullivan senior hoopster last month signed her letter of intent, committing to join Lake Land College’s women’s basketball team come this fall.
“It’s going to be a lot different because it’s the collegiate level,” acknowledged Neuhauser. “I’m excited to see where he (Dave Johnson) puts me on that court. I’ll do whatever he says. I’m ready to see what he has in store for me.”
Neuhauser’s journey actually began with SHS alum Asia Morrison three years ago. Morrison was scouted and ultimately recruited by Lake Land’s head coach Dave Johnson, who says even then, Neuhauser caught his eye. Read More

Sullivan Softball Edges OV 5-4 in Battle of Aces

Photo by Keith Stewart Okaw Valley pitcher Amanda McClain chases down a bunt laid down by Sullivan’s Elissa Stewart Saturday.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Okaw Valley pitcher Amanda McClain chases down a bunt laid down by Sullivan’s Elissa Stewart Saturday.

Clements ends game with walk-off

May 6, 2015

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Two of the area’s top prep softball teams went to battle on Saturday for bragging rights on Sullivan’s north diamond. Amanda McClain and Heidi Clements, both all-conference pitchers, dueled it out for seven innings before Clements took matters into her own hands with a walk off game winner.
Sullivan head coach Ben Richter said he was pleasantly surprised by the outcome.
“I am just still trying to figure out how we pulled this one out,” he admitted. “That was a great team that hits the ball well. Amanda McClain is a talented pitcher, but we put the ball in play, putting the pressure on them.”
Asked whether he could put his finger on a play that changed the game, Richter pointed to Brittin Boyer’s two-run triple in the bottom of the fifth. Read More

Knights Defeat Marshall Tue.

May 6, 2015

More than a week away from the field didn’t seem to affect the Knights, as they returned to action and defeated Marshall 6-1 Tuesday.
ALAH was led by both Brad Miller and Marcus Vanausdoll who each had two hits a piece. Ross Ryan, meanwhile, worked all seven innings from the mound, allowing six hits, one run, and one walk while striking out five. Read More

Redskins Bat Through OV in 10-2 Win

Photo by Keith Stewart Sullivan pitcher Jacob Piper eyes an in-field popup while first baseman Dakota Clayton supports and Okaw Valley base runner Justin Johnson watches in anticipation.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Sullivan pitcher Jacob Piper eyes an in-field popup while first baseman Dakota Clayton supports and Okaw Valley base runner Justin Johnson watches in anticipation.

T-wolves’ defense lacks in the loss

May 6, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Of Sullivan’s 10 runs Saturday, only three were earned. In what was an uncharacteristic day for the typically stalwart Okaw Valley defense, the Timberwolves committed three costly errors and had a handful of dropped third strikes on which Sullivan was able to reach first. And despite a seventh inning rally by OV, Sullivan kept the lid on the Timberwolves, who fell 10-2.
Errors in both the first and second innings helped Sullivan to a 6-0 lead going into the third. From there, the two Moultrie County rivals stood at a stalemate for the next three innings, though OV’s offense finally began to come around in the fifth but was ultimately stopped short, stranding two runners on first and third base. OV would continue the slight momentum into the sixth after Taylor Coleman reached first on a fielding error. After Jacob Piper’s first walk of the day, Garrett Fritz singled between third and short to load the bases. Cody Drake then hit a hard grounder to third baseman Zak Hrvol, who committed a fielding error, allowing Coleman home. But OV would muster no more in the inning and instead again stranded runners. Read More

Nadler’s “Moonshot” Powers Redskins to 9-0 Victory

Harris also highlights with throwout at home

April 29, 2015

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Levi Nadler can hit the ball a long ways, and Effingham St. Anthony had front row seats to that power when Nadler hit a mammoth three-run homer in the bottom of the first Tuesday at Leon Lane Memorial field.
Nadler bounced a 400 ft. drive midway up the scoreboard in center field that gave Sullivan a 3-0 lead. The three runs were all pitcher Dakota Clayton required. Clayton got the win after pitching five innings of one-hit baseball with Nick Frerichs locking down the final two frames to preserve the shutout.
“He got all of that” said head coach Troy Rogers about the Nadler homer after the win. “Levi got it started early, and that takes the pressure off Dakota a little bit.” Read More

Timberwolves Baseball Sharp in 9-1 Victory over LSA

Photo by Keith Stewart Okaw Valley sophomore Taylor Coleman reaches for first on a throw-out attempt Monday.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Okaw Valley sophomore Taylor Coleman reaches for first on a throw-out attempt Monday.

Still, still undefeated from the mound

April 29, 2015

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Okaw Valley starter Devon Still (7-0) won his seventh game in as many starts while improving the Timberwolves overall record to 18-1, after defeating Decatur LSA. Still had an all-conference day fanning 10 of the opposition over seven innings of one-run ball, and helping his own cause at the plate going 4-4 with three RBIs.
Coach Andrew Hagerman expected nothing less from his senior lefty.
“Devon pitched well which is no surprise. He located all his pitches, and he played like a senior, and he has been doing it all year.”
Still pitched out of a first inning jam thanks to a web gem by his third baseman and then struck out the side in the second, twisting right handed batters into the ground with nasty movement down and in. Still flashed some leather of his own in the third inning coming off the mound to make an excellent play on a would be bunt single. Still whirled and delivered a missile across the diamond beating the runner to first. Capping off the performance Still struck out the side again in the fifth overmatching the LSA hitters with a mix of velocity and movement. Coach Hagerman thought the defensive effort was a big factor in the win. Read More

Knights Rebound Against Broncos Friday with 11-5 Victory

Photo by Keith Stewart Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond head coach Craig Moffett encourages his team during last Friday’s contest against Cerro Gordo-Bement. The Knights were able to pick themselves up after a poor first two innings to come back and win 11-5.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond head coach Craig Moffett encourages his team during last Friday’s contest against Cerro Gordo-Bement. The Knights were able to pick themselves up after a poor first two innings to come back and win 11-5.

ALAH reverses tide, takes advantage of Cerro Gordo-Bement mistakes

April 29, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

After just two innings in Arthur Friday evening, things looked as if they were going Cerro Gordo-Bement’s way.
The Broncos led 3-0 going into the third after a two-error second saw the Knights begin to unravel.
But head coach Craig Moffett remained calm in the dugout, telling his boys to keep their heads up and regain their composure.
They listened.
“We just tried to stay positive,” said Moffett. “Baseball can be a really frustrating game. I just tried to keep them confident, positive, and focused on the next play. They did a good job of coming back.”
Despite a three up, three down second, the Knights came back in the third and forced a quick three batter inning themselves. In the bottom, Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond took advantage of a few Bronco mistakes to score two runs. Read More