Fruchtl’s No-No and Fritz’s Power Surge OV to Regional Final

Photo furnished Regional Champion Timberwolves move on to sectionals Thursday in Danville.

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Regional Champion Timberwolves move on to sectionals Thursday in Danville.

•May 25, 2016•

By Kirk Whitaker
News Progress Sports

No­hitter.

When a pitcher allows no ­hits, that normally spells success for his team.

Beat­ down would be a more appropriate term for this one.

Behind a homer and triple by catcher Garrett Fritz, two inning­ ending­double­plays, Drew Fruchtl’s no ­hitter propelled Okaw Valley past Arthur- Lovington/Atwood-Hammond 15-­0 Tuesday night at the St. Teresa Regional semi­finals.

This set up the chance for a repeat Regional championship Saturday against one of the only three teams who had defeated them to date in Windsor/Stewardson­-Strasburg.

“I thought Drew came out really well mixing his pitches up early,” Timberwolves head coach Andrew Hagerman said. “We also gave him some good run support too. We didn’t hit bad, we didn’t hit great, but it was enough today.”

After a four­ run first, the ‘wolves hung a seven spot in the second, chasing Knights’ starter Marcus Vanausdoll from the contest and all hope of a Knight comeback as well. 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

Blue Dolphins Celebrate the Swim Season

Photo by Jason Smith Blue Dophins Celebrate. Front Row: Alivia Melvin, Max Kersten, Matthew Wesselman, Mason Booker, Madalyn Booker, Zoe Johnson, Johnathan Iacobazzi, Tucker Kull. Back Row: Brodie Goss, Tyler Homann, Anna Wooters, Gabrielle Spain, Natalie Drury, Calista Clark, Jessica Renfro, Natalie Turnbaugh, Sofia Nuzzo.

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Blue Dophins Celebrate. Front Row: Alivia Melvin, Max Kersten, Matthew Wesselman, Mason Booker, Madalyn Booker, Zoe Johnson, Johnathan Iacobazzi, Tucker Kull. Back Row: Brodie Goss, Tyler Homann, Anna Wooters, Gabrielle Spain, Natalie Drury, Calista Clark, Jessica Renfro, Natalie Turnbaugh, Sofia Nuzzo.

•April 27, 2016•

Sullivan Blue Dolphins closed out another successful season by hosting their team banquet at Sullivan VFW.

The team’s season runs annually from the summer long course season starting in April and swimming through short course season ending in March. The Dolphins celebrated the 50th anniversary of the team this season. Head coach Jason Drury ended the season by continuing his 13 year stretch of championship meets by taking the most swimmers to the Regional meet, Age Group State and Senior State meets.

To show the accumulation of the swimmers’ hard work and dedication throughout the season the following swimmers were awarded individual recognition.

Brodie Goss took home the top prize of Blue Dolphin of the Year. Goss was selected by his teammates for this honor. Consideration for the award is based on hard wordk at practice, respect to coaches and team members, assistance to other swimmers and setting an example of what a Blue Dolphin should be.

The swimmers also vote per practice group for group representative for Blue Dolphin of the Year. Yellow Group selected Clair Welch, Bronze Group Tucker Kull, Silver Group Ethan Schmohe, Gold Group Jessica Renfro and Titanium Natalie Drury.  Read More

Timberwolves Bats Shine in Statement Win over Rams

Photo by RR Best Timberwolves’ Austin Hill’s determination gets him to the bag just as the throw arrives in Okaw Valley’s win over Shelbyville.

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Timberwolves’ Austin Hill’s determination gets him to the bag just as the throw arrives in Okaw Valley’s win over Shelbyville.

•April 20, 2016•

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Okaw Valley baseball knocked off crosstown rival Shelbyville 13-3 in impressive fashion Saturday.

Garrett Frtiz allowed two earned runs over five innings to get the win in a quality start.

The Timberwolves’ offense exploded for 10 runs in the fifth inning after a stretch of base hits head coach Andrew Hagerman said was a long time coming.

“We went on a streak of hitting there in the fifth that I have not seen in a long time. It was just single double, double after double line drives really solid hits. No lucky hits or bloopers. We just really took a good approach in that inning and one through nine came up with some big hits,” Hagerman said.

Shelbyville manufactured a run in the first inning to take the early lead.  Okaw Valley responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning thanks to an RBI double by Dylan Park.

The Rams added two more runs in the second after a throwing error by the pitcher set up a first and third situation with no outs. A drag bunt for a base hit loaded the bases before a two RBI single made it a 3-1 contest.   Read More

Two Wins For Sullivan at Tuscola Showcase

Photo by Darian Hays Redskin pitcher Dylan Liddiard did the five inning stretch against the Storm, getting eight strikeouts, allowing four hits and one run.

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Redskin pitcher Dylan Liddiard did the five inning stretch against the Storm, getting eight strikeouts, allowing four hits and one run.

•April 13, 2016•

Sullivan baseball team’s trip to the Tuscola Showcase let the Redskins showcase some talent.

Sullivan came away April 8 with a big 11-1 win over Danville Schlarman and followed up Saturday evening with an 8-4 win over Salt Fork.

Dylan Liddiard pitched the five inning game for the Redskins, giving up four hits, throwing 39 of 65 strikes with eight strikeouts. Liddiard gave up one run and four walks in the game.

Depmatt and Rongy split pitching duties for the Hilltoppers. Depmatt gave up nine runs on four hits in 2.1 innings while getting three strikeouts. Rongy pitched 1.2 innings giving up two hits and two runs.

Alec Ballinger and Zach Hrvol scored home runs in the game.

Ballinger had two hits, scoring three runs with one RBI. Hrvol got a hit, two RBIs and scored twice.

Brett Tuttle scored one run following a base on balls. Bryce Farris scored one time following a  walk.  Read More

Impressive Lady Redskin Win Over Decatur MacArthur Following Tuscola Loss

•April 6, 2016•

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Sullivan softball had a tough start to conference play last Wednesday as the team fell in an away contest to Tuscola 7-1. However, the squad rebounded with an impressive 14-1 result over Decatur MacArthur on 15 hits in just four innings.

Sullivan head coach Andy Wagner credited an improved approach at the plate with the offensive success. “We really emphasized our hitting approach this week. We changed a few approaches with a few of the girls, and we swung the bats a little bit better today.”

Heidi Clements pitched both games for the Lady Redskins and held Tuscola to one run over three innings before a late Warriors rally pushed the contest out of reach. Against Decatur Clements put together an all-conference performance going the distance and coming up one out short of a shutout. Clements allowed only four hits, and MacArthur’s lone run came on a fielder’s choice with the Lady Redskins up by 14. Coach Wagner praised the attitude of Clements through the early part of the schedule. “Heidi pitched her tail off against Tuscola. She threw her changeup more today and deserved a shutout; she threw that well.”

The Lady Redskins put away a talented MacArthur team early with a nine run second inning. Clements helped her own cause with a leadoff single. A walk and a bunt single followed before a line drive to right brought home the game first run.

Irie Dulin crushed a triple to the gap in right field to clear the bases and make it a 4-0 lead with just one out in the inning. An infield single followed before Bailee Pratt came up with the hit of the game.  Read More

Timberwolves Baseball Beats Bombers at Home

Photo by Mike Brothers Timberwolves Taylor Coleman lays down a sacrifice bunt, advancing runners to second and third base during Okaw Valley High School baseball’s win over St. Elmo March 23.

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Timberwolves Taylor Coleman lays down a sacrifice bunt, advancing runners to second and third base during Okaw Valley High School baseball’s win over St. Elmo March 23.

•March 30, 2016•

Okaw Valley Timberwolves varsity baseball came away with a 9-2 home win over the St. Elmo Bombers March 23.

The Timberwolves’ Dylan Park went six innings and was the winning pitcher throwing 67-113 strikes with 19 first pitch strikes; Tanner Coleman threw eight strikes in 19 pitches in relief.

Flowers pitched five innings and Brown one to share pitching duties for the Bombers. Flowers got the loss throwing 55-93 strikes with Brown striking out 11 on 26 pitches.

Cody Drake had a home run and a double, scoring twice and getting one RBI.

Ian Tiarks hit a double and a triple contributing four RBIs for the Timberwolves. Read More

Double Shutout for Sullivan Saturday

Photo by RR Best Sullivan Baseball opened season at home last Friday with a loss, but came back on the weekend with a double header shut out.

Photo by RR Best
Sullivan Baseball opened season at home last Friday with a loss, but came back on the weekend with a double header shut out.

•March 23, 2016•

Sullivan Redskin baseball started the season with a 9-6 win over Mattoon March 18.

By the end of Saturday they had gotten some batting practice while shutting out Cerro Gordo in a double header there.

On Saturday Cerro Gordo yielded to the Redskins’ bats with Sullivan getting 24 runs on 26 hits while holding Cerro Gordo to two hits.

Junior Tom Schibur got the win with five strikeouts, allowing two hits with one base on balls. Schibur threw 37 strikes in 54 pitches before Austin Minnigerode came in for relief, throwing one strikeout while pitching 8-15 strikes.

Alec Ballinger was 4-4 at bats, scoring four runs with two RBIs.

In five trips to the plate Brett Tuttle had four hits with four RBIs, while scoring three runs.

Zach Hrvol made the most of his six trips to the plate getting four hits and three runs while driving in two runs.

Bryce Farris got one hit with two RBIs and scored twice getting one base on balls. Read More

Redskins Ready for Baseball Season

Sul baseball team

Photo by Mike Brothers Redskin baseball Left to right: Zach Sowers, Adam White, Brett Tuttle, Blake Stewart, Tom Schibur, Dylan Liddiard, Gavin Sullivan, Zach Hrvol, Austin Minnegerode, Alec Ballinger, Jacob White, Bryce Farris

•March 16, 2016•

Sullivan Redskins varsity boys’ baseball opens season with Mattoon at home on March 18 and coach Troy Rogers is expecting to be competitive in the conference.

The varsity Redskins finished last season with a 23-7 overall record and a 11-2 conference standing.

“We have a good mix of leadership and young talent this year,” said Rogers. This is his 16th season as Redskins baseball coach.

That leadership includes senior Zach Hrvol, pitching and playing infield. Hrvol had a 7-2 win record with 1.55 ERA last season and a .313 batting average.

Senior Alec Ballinger is returning to centerfield. Ballinger led the team with 30 RBIs on a .276 batting average last season. Ballinger also led the team with 24 stolen bases.

Blake Stewart is coming back as a senior to his left field position. Stewart carried the big bat for the Redskins last season with a .375 average.

Rogers pointed out the team is welcoming some newcomers to this year’s varsity team. Junior Tom Schibur will provide pitching support while playing shortstop and second base. Read More

Seniors Step Up for Win Over Clinton

Photo by ghgh Redskin Ty Molzen is up and inside for a score as River Edwards eyes the potential defensive setup in the Feb 19 win over Clinton.

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Redskin Ty Molzen is up and inside for a score as River Edwards eyes the potential defensive setup in the Feb 19 win over Clinton.

•February 24, 2016•

By Matt Kracht
News Progress Sports Reporter

Sullivan finished the regular season in style Friday with a 59-53 home win over Clinton.

In the seniors’ final home game Ty Molzen led all scorers with 23 points and nine rebounds, and Alec Ballinger tallied 18 points to go with with assists.

All eight seniors contributed and played extended minutes in the win.  Sullivan head coach Chester Reeder knew coming in the Redskins would get Clinton’s best shot.

“Clinton is a really talented team. They are in the middle of a bad run, lost nine straight,” Reeder said. “We had some mental errors that gave them confidence, but the seniors gutted one out, and I am glad we get to send these seniors off on the home floor with a win.”

The Maroons nailed two three pointers to take a 6-0 lead just over a minute into the game.

Molzen then went to work and scored the next seven Redskin points as part of an 11-0 run over the next four minutes.

Sullivan led 13-8 with just 15 seconds left in the first quarter, but Clinton banked in a deep three at the buzzer to make it a 13-11 game. Sullivan would extend their second quarter lead to 20-13 after a clutch three pointer by Ballinger at the five minute mark.   Read More