Surprise, Surprise, SOV Girls Will Take a Ride

Submitted Pictured are those SOV athletes that competed at the Pana sectional last Thursday. Front row, Emily Neuhauser; second row, from left to right, Cadisen Nuzzo, Alyssa Marshall, Carlin Nuzzo,  Amanda McClain, Mollie Bowman, Karley Hamm, and Jasmine Miller; third row: Rachel Stutzman, Ashlynd Risley, Mackenzie Mosier, coach Kali Taylor, Caity Ohm, Megan Dash, and Brooke Mitchell.

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Pictured are those SOV athletes that competed at the Pana sectional last Thursday. Front row, Emily Neuhauser; second row, from left to right, Cadisen Nuzzo, Alyssa Marshall, Carlin Nuzzo, Amanda McClain, Mollie Bowman, Karley Hamm, and Jasmine Miller; third row: Rachel Stutzman, Ashlynd Risley, Mackenzie Mosier, coach Kali Taylor, Caity Ohm, Megan Dash, and Brooke Mitchell.

Charleston the destination Thursday and hopefully Saturday

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

No one should be guilty of disbelief here. Many if not most felt from the beginning of this year’s girls’ track season that Sullivan-Okay Valley would be sending, once again, a solid share to Charleston this coming weekend for the state track meet.

They didn’t disappoint.

Competing at the Pana sectional last Thursday, SOV took third place behind Decatur St. Teresa and Central A&M, marking it the third straight year of the top three finish.

And with it is the stamped ticket for five girls in seven events to Eastern Illinois University later this week. Read More

Redskins Ousted From Regional by Broncos

Sullivan unable to make key hits

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Slow and steady wins the race, and Cerro Gordo was Monday’s victor as they defeated Sullivan 10-3 in the quarterfinals of the Monticello regional.

True, the Broncos did get out to a 3-0 lead in the first, but the game never got put away until the bottom of the sixth when up 6-2, Cerro Gordo scored four runs. Read More

Braves Nearly No-hit Sullivan in Tourney Saturday

Photo by Keith Stewart The Sullivan softball team celebrated their seniors Saturday morning before their game against Okaw Valley. Pictured, from left to right, are seniors: Elizabeth Inman, Christina Brown, Taylor Gottfriedt, and Maggie Plank.

Photo by Keith Stewart
The Sullivan softball team celebrated their seniors Saturday morning before their game against Okaw Valley. Pictured, from left to right, are seniors: Elizabeth Inman, Christina Brown, Taylor Gottfriedt, and Maggie Plank.

OV takes third with win over A&M

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

After breaking a stalemate with Okaw Valley in the sixth inning of game one to win 8-2, Sullivan’s lackluster performance in the championship of Saturday’s tournament at Wyman led to an 0-13 loss at the hands of Mt. Zion. OV meanwhile rebounded with an 11-7 win over Central A&M to take third. Read More

Sullivan Ignores Schuring’s Two-Run Homer in Comeback Win

Photo by RR Best Pictured are Sullivan’s three seniors who were recognized at Tuesday’s game against Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond. From left to right: Shane Atchison, Griffin Sullivan, and Travis Hanson.

Photo by RR Best
Pictured are Sullivan’s three seniors who were recognized at Tuesday’s game against Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond. From left to right: Shane Atchison, Griffin Sullivan, and Travis Hanson.

Senior night not upset with 12-2 victory

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond’s Tyler Schuring blistered the ball over the fence early in the game Tuesday evening, scoring the Knights’ only two runs. Sullivan not only responded in their half of the first with four runs, but went on to add at least one run in the next five to win 12-2 on senior night.

After two walks began the bottom of the first, Nick Frerichs flew out to center field scoring Alec Ballinger. Dakota Clayton’s single to left field then sent Shane Atchison home to tie the game. Read More

T-Wolves Win Big On Senior Night

Photo by Keith Stewart Pictured are Okaw Valley’s two seniors who were recognized before Tuesday’s game against Decatur LSA: Kainan Bushert (left) and Colton Sroka (right).

Photo by Keith Stewart
Pictured are Okaw Valley’s two seniors who were recognized before Tuesday’s game against Decatur LSA: Kainan Bushert (left) and Colton Sroka (right).

Marks 10th win in a row after conference championship

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

For some teams, after having won nine games in a row, including three double headers–one of which earning them the conference championship– they would have a let down.

Not Okaw Valley’s baseball team.

After a grueling double header sweep on Saturday against Villa Grove/Heritage to win the LOVC championship outright, the Timberwolves hosted Decatur LSA Tuesday for senior night, recognizing Colton Sroka and Kainan Bushert. Although they certainly didn’t receive LSA with warm reception. Read More

Lady Red Take Advantage Early to Defeat ALAH

Photo by Keith Stewart Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond assistant coach and former Sullivan head softball coach Jerry Lane talks to his girls between innings of Monday’s game. Sullivan downed the Lancers 8-1 but will face them again in the Shelbyville regional next Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond assistant coach and former Sullivan head softball coach Jerry Lane talks to his girls between innings of Monday’s game. Sullivan downed the Lancers 8-1 but will face them again in the Shelbyville regional next Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Miscues at the mound spell defeat for Lancers

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Three walks and three players hit by a pitch, all in the top of the first, gave Sullivan two unearned runs, a helping hand in their 8-1 win over Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond Monday.

Taking the mound only the second time this year, the Lancers’ Brooke Tab started the inning off walking Bailee Pratt. Elissa Stewart followed with a ground out to short, but Tabb added another walk and then hit her next three batters, scoring two before being replaced by Katie Wildman. The Lancer ace struggled early herself, as Brittin Boyer then stepped to with a single off of Mycaela Miller’s glove to score two more. Read More

Lady T-Wolves Settle for Third in LOVC

Can’t top Arcola or sweep VG in bid

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

The Okaw Valley softball team dropped two of three conference contests this past week, resulting in a third place finish in the LOVC.

Taking on Arcola last Wednesday the Lady Timberwolves fell 4-2 after giving up all of the Purple Riders runs in the first inning. Read More

Redskin Invite: SOV Girls Take Second, ALAH Teams Each Earn Fifth

SOV boys settle for eighth

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Eight first places for SOV’s girls led the way in their second place finish Tuesday at their Redskin Invitational.

As usual, Amanda McClain, Emily Neuhauser, and Mollie Bowman were at the forefront of success. Neuhauser took first in the 100m dash (12.96 seconds) and then finished behind McClain for second in the 200 (25.59). Read More

Sullivan Rebounds After Two-Run Homer to Beat Lions 13-3

Photo by Keith Stewart An excited Dylan Hart comes home Saturday after hitting a two-run homer in the bottom of the second inning against Decatur LSA.

Photo by Keith Stewart
An excited Dylan Hart comes home Saturday after hitting a two-run homer in the bottom of the second inning against Decatur LSA.

Hart’s own 2-run homer lifts Sullivan

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

You could feel the air sink at Sullivan’s Leon Lane field Saturday after Decatur LSA’s Mason Hinton hit a two-run homer in the first on a full count.

“It looks like he’s seeing a beach ball when he goes up there,” said LSA coach Erik Johansen of Hinton. “He’s hitting everything on the screws. He did all this week and hit a home run yesterday.”

Nick Frerichs, who was at the mound for Sullivan, then walked his next batter, though managed a strikeout to get out of the early jab by the Lions. Read More