Knights Take Rivalry Win

Photo by Keith Stewart Sullivan’s Nick Frerichs tries to shoot over ALAH’s Tyler Schuring Tuesday night.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Sullivan’s Nick Frerichs tries to shoot over ALAH’s Tyler Schuring Tuesday night.

November 26, 2014

Schuring scores 25 as ALAH tops Sullivan on opening night

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

If Tyler Schuring’s first quarter performance was supposed to indicate how he would play the rest of the night Tuesday, he fooled everyone.
With just a modest five points after the opening period, the senior point guard took over in the second,  shooting a perfect 5-5 from the field including one dagger from the arc for 13 of his 25 points on the night. He would then help lift his team once again in the fourth going 2-2 from the perimeter and adding a basket from the line as he and his teammates held on for a 55-52 win over Sullivan.
“I thought he was patient the first quarter, but I think he took the game over in the second quarter offensively for us,” said Knights’ head coach Dale Schuring. “And there’s going to have to be times this year he’s going to have to do that. We just don’t have as many weapons, although some of the kids reality impressed me tonight with what they did do. But he’s supposed to be our best player, and at times he’s going to have to do that.” Read More

Local Preps Star Nets EIU Basketball Scholarship

Photo by RR Best Sullivan’s Brittin Boyer officially signed her letter of intent to play basketball at Eastern Illinois University last Thursday afternoon. Pictured, front row, left to right are: sister Kailyn Boyer, mother Sara Boyer, Brittin Boyer, and father Dave Boyer. Back row, left to right: Sullivan girls’ head coach Sheri McCain, and Central Illinois Storm head coach Barry Wolfe.

Photo by RR Best
Sullivan’s Brittin Boyer officially signed her letter of intent to play basketball at Eastern Illinois University last Thursday afternoon. Pictured, front row, left to right are: sister Kailyn Boyer, mother Sara Boyer, Brittin Boyer, and father Dave Boyer. Back row, left to right: Sullivan girls’ head coach Sheri McCain, and Central Illinois Storm head coach Barry Wolfe.

November 19, 2014

Sullivan’s Boyer to become a Panther next year

By Matthew Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Brittin Boyer’s mom Sara remembers reading the note as if it happened yesterday.

Four years ago Brittin was attending EIU’s basketball camp as an eighth grader. As a camp coach filled out an evaluation form, he wrote “I hope to recruit you one day.”

To this day Sara Boyer is, “not sure if they put that on every form, but it was great foreshadowing.” Flash forward four years and Brittin Boyer gets a call on a Sunday in July. She runs down the stairs excited to tell her parents that Eastern Illinois University just called to offer her a scholarship. According to Mom, “That was the best moment for us as parents because playing Division I basketball is a big goal, and you want your kids to chase their dreams.”

Sullivan head coach Sheri McCain, who was Boyer’s third grade teacher, complimented her after the signing. Read More

SOV Runners Unable to Surpass Top Talent

Photo by Keith Stewart SOV’s Brent Mauck (no. 906) tries to stay ahead of Newton’s Collin Harris at the finish Saturday. Mauck would edge Harris by five one hundredths of a second for 116th place overall.

Photo by Keith Stewart
SOV’s Brent Mauck (no. 906) tries to stay ahead of Newton’s Collin Harris at the finish Saturday. Mauck would edge Harris by five one hundredths of a second for 116th place overall.

November 5, 2014

Decatur sectional proves to be one of the toughest in class 1A

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

As announcer Matt Piescinski described at the beginning of Saturday’s sectional cross country meet, Decatur is very much the focal point of the sport in Illinois, with several of the state’s top teams, particularly in class 1A, all within range.

That was certainly the case Saturday as eight teams between girls and boys ranked in the top 10 were on display including St. Teresa, Monticello, Shelbyville, Tolono-Unity, and St. Joseph-Ogden. Trying to make a bid for state either as a team or individually, SOV’s boys and girls competed but could not climb over the top talent nor finish in the top 12. Read More

Redskins Route Clinton 54-14 to Earn Share of Conference Title

Members of the SOV football team hold up their Central Illinois Conference championship plaque Friday night after defeating Clinton 54-14. The Redskins split the title with St. Teresa, who also finished 6-1 in the conference after a week seven loss to Shelbyville.

Members of the SOV football team hold up their Central Illinois Conference championship plaque Friday night after defeating Clinton 54-14. The Redskins split the title with St. Teresa, who also finished 6-1 in the conference after a week seven loss to Shelbyville.

October 29, 2014

Finish regular season 8-1

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

You could say Cinderella.

But they’d prefer businesslike.

SOV rounded out their regular season Friday night with a 54-14 drubbing of Clinton, ending the regular season 8-1 on the year and earning a share of the Central Illinois Conference championship along with Decatur St. Teresa.

Oh, and was it mentioned already that the Redskins are playoff bound–and at home?

The heap of rewards bestowed upon SOV Friday night, including the praises of the senior class, had to wait until after the game however. Finishing 8-1 on the year would prove pivotal in the playoff matchup, not to mention securing a share of that conference title. Read More

Lady Timberwolves Overcome Adversity on Sr. Night

Photo by Joe Wheeler Pictured are the Okaw Valley volleyball seniors who were celebrated last Thursday at home against Bement (from left to right): Blair Monroe, Caity Ohm, Amanda McClain, Abby Vander Burgh, Savannah Birch, Haley Carlson, and Amy Orris. Not pictured is Amy Monroe.

Photo by Joe Wheeler
Pictured are the Okaw Valley volleyball seniors who were celebrated last Thursday at home against Bement (from left to right): Blair Monroe, Caity Ohm, Amanda McClain, Abby Vander Burgh, Savannah Birch, Haley Carlson, and Amy Orris. Not pictured is Amy Monroe.

October 22, 2014

Teamwork key in 3-set victory over Bement

By Joe Wheeler
Bethany Reporter

Bement was in town Thursday evening and looking to spoil Okaw Valley’s senior night for the ladies in black.

The Lady Bulldogs came out strong in the first set, scoring three in a row before OV would get on the board. Some Bement errors and two OV kills would even things up at four early in the set, and later the home team would string together six points in a row. Bement would battle back, one point at a time, to eventually tie it up at 15 all mid-set. Unfortunate errors then set the Lady Timberwolves back late in the set, and they would eventually fall 20-25. Read More

Playoff Bound Redskins Hammer Rams 47-14

Photo by RR Best Chanley Heykoop makes a run for the end zone Saturday night. Heykoop had 161 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.

Photo by RR Best
Chanley Heykoop makes a run for the end zone Saturday night. Heykoop had 161 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.

October 15, 2014

First post-season in store since 01

by Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

The Sullivan Okaw-Valley Redskins bounced back strong Saturday night in a victory over the Shelbyville Rams. Senior quarterback Nick Frerichs put up a five touchdown game setting the tone for what would be a dominant performance for the Redskins. The win ends a decade old postseason drought as the Redskins move to 6-1 on the season, solidifying a playoff spot with two weeks left in the regular season.

“Nick understands what we want done,” said SOV head coach Gerald Temples. “He is a great leader and a heck of a competitor. He stays after people, and that’s a positive for us. He just does a great job and is such a competitor who wants to do well. I just can’t say enough about him.”

But early on, it was Shelbyville who put the first points on the board taking the opening drive down all the way. Read More

Knights Soccer Takes Second in Mattoon Tourney

Photo by Keith Stewart Jovanny Martinez (no. 12) goes to volley the ball Saturday afternoon against Effingham St. Anthony. Martinez’ volley would score and earn the Knights a 1-0 victory.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Jovanny Martinez (no. 12) goes to volley the ball Saturday afternoon against Effingham St. Anthony. Martinez’ volley would score and earn the Knights a 1-0 victory.

October 8, 2014

Nearly upset host for crown

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Jeff Trower and his team had to wait around Saturday afternoon to see whether they would be coming home with a trophy after tying two games and winning one in the 14th annual Mattoon soccer tournament.

“First time ever,” said the head coach Trower. “It’s great.”

The  Knights would only need to stick around till the half of Mattoon’s game against St. Joseph Ogden, at which point the Green Wave were up 4-0 and would go on to win easily 7-0, putting the title out of reach for Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond, who would instead finish second. Read More

SOV Remains Undefeated with 47-7 Win

Photo by Joe Wheller SOV’s Jake Eaton hits his gap for the touchdown Friday night against Meridian. Eaton ran for 50 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries.

Photo by Joe Wheller
SOV’s Jake Eaton hits his gap for the touchdown Friday night against Meridian. Eaton ran for 50 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries.

October 1, 2014

Redskins roll in one-sided rout of Meridian

By Joe Wheeler
NP Reporter

It was all Redskins Friday night as the boys in red opened up the field on the Meridian Hawks in a 47-7 win.

SOV was 4-0 going into this past week’s matchup and was looking to keep things going versus a Meridian squad who has had trouble getting things going this season. The Hawks, 1-4 after Friday night, could not do anything to stop the high-powered offense of Sullivan-Okaw Valley.

“We were able to get some things going in not only the running game, but also the passing game,” head coach Gerald Temples said. “Our kids really did a great job of executing the game plan tonight.” Read More

Sullivan’s Cardiac Kids Come Back to Win Regional Championship

Photo by Keith Stewart Pictured is the 2014 Sullivan Middle School baseball team with its regional championship plaque Monday evening. The Redskins defeated Argenta-Oreana 9-7 in Sullivan to earn their first title in five years. Front row, left to right: Andrew Kirk, Brycen Dalbey, Tim Lawyer, Matt Klukis, Case Crawford, John Meyer, Gary Herschberger, and Ethan Foster. Back row, left to right: Ian Hill, Beau Atchison, Dalton Rogers, head coach Jon Harwood, Caden Ellis, Gabe McGregor, Wyatt Sentel, Spencer Johnson, Aaron Garvey, and assistant coach Troy Rogers.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Pictured is the 2014 Sullivan Middle School baseball team with its regional championship plaque Monday evening. The Redskins defeated Argenta-Oreana 9-7 in Sullivan to earn their first title in five years. Front row, left to right: Andrew Kirk, Brycen Dalbey, Tim Lawyer, Matt Klukis, Case Crawford, John Meyer, Gary Herschberger, and Ethan Foster. Back row, left to right: Ian Hill, Beau Atchison, Dalton Rogers, head coach Jon Harwood, Caden Ellis, Gabe McGregor, Wyatt Sentel, Spencer Johnson, Aaron Garvey, and assistant coach Troy Rogers.

September 24, 2014

Top of the seventh heroics earn Redskins title

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Head coach John Harwood  is only 27 years old. Nonetheless, he still nearly had a coronary Monday night in the top of the seventh inning when his middle school baseball team trailed no. 1 seed Argenta-Oreana 7-6 in what was the regional championship.

“They came back, and I about had a heart attack,” said Harwood. “They don’t stop fighting, and that’s something that’s changed from the beginning of the season. We used to kind of roll over and play dead. That happened in Shelbyville when we lost 15-0 in three. We came back in our regional semifinal and beat them 7-6.” Read More

Hungry SOV Squad Makes Statement in Win Over Tuscola

Photo by RR Best Alec Ballinger (no. 15) and Jake Eaton celebrate after SOV took a 15-14 lead over Tuscola Friday night.

Photo by RR Best
Alec Ballinger (no. 15) and Jake Eaton celebrate after SOV took a 15-14 lead over Tuscola Friday night.

September 17, 2014

Victory keeps SOV atop CIC with Shelbyville

by Matt Kracht
NP Sports Writer

First place in the newly formed Central Illinois Conference was on the line Friday night at Victory Field. The Redskins rallied from a halftime deficit to defeat the Tuscola Warriors 28-22 improving to 3-0 on the season. Homecoming fans battling the elements looked on as two of the area’s top quarterbacks squared off in an instant classic.
Coming down to five minutes to go in the four quarter and the score tied 22-22, Ty “white shoes” Molzen calmly set himself at the line of scrimmage. Facing 3-and-9 Molzen was hit in stride on a slant pass from Nick Frerichs and then it happened. Molzen, per Bill Cosby, transformed into “an amoeba splitting himself in half leaving the half without the football with the tackler.” After applying the brakes causing one Tuscola defender to fly by, Molzen hit the gas and accelerated past a second, before finally carrying a man on his back and falling forward for the biggest first down of the night. Frerichs scored three plays later on a quarterback sprint putting the Redskins on top for good. Molzen finished the night with two catches for 40 yards. Read More