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
September 10, 2014
Schuring breaks school’s career passing record
by Keith Stewart
It was no secret that senior quarterback Tyler Schuring was going to be Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond’s biggest threat this season. But just to solidify the notion, Schuring went 7-13, throwing for 217 yards, two touchdowns, and grabbing up the school’s career passing yardage record in his team’s 41-10 win over Martinsville Saturday.
“He’s our big play guy,” said father and head coach Dale Schuring. “I didn’t think he threw it super accurate today, but I also thought that most of the balls he threw were catchable, and we didn’t catch again, which was a major problem week one. I think our receivers caught better today, but they’re going to have to make some tougher catches because as of right now unless he sticks it right in the middle of their chest, they’re not catching it. He’s pretty good, but you can’t expect him to throw every pass there. Again, better than last week. We’re making progress. He’s a big weapon, and we try to use him as much as we can.” Read More
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Pictured is the newly formed ALAH marching band.
September 3, 2014
After five years without, new ALAH marching band forms
by Ariana Cherry
Not only have different schools joined together to form a new district, ALAH (Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond), but students are learning to march together to the same tune-literally.
After almost five years without a formal marching band due to a lack of participating students, the district now has one.
For the 2014-2015 school year, the increased number of students joining the marching band has been music to both the district and the community’s ears. Band director Richard Moma notes that the community has been extremely supportive of the students too. Read More
Photo by Keith Stewart
Okaw Valley libero Savannah Birch looks to receive a Tri-County serve Tuesday night.
August 27, 2014
OV can’t muster front line attack in defeat
by Keith Stewart
Going into the regular season, OV head coach Jody McCormick wanted to take advantage of her team’s heightened, well, height, in the form of a formidable front line attack. Tuesday evening was the first test of such hope, but Tri-County had its own killer offense to beat back any impending OV attack, leading to a two set 25-14, 25-16 loss for the Lady Timberwolves.
“I didn’t get my wall like I was hoping,” said McCormick, who is in her second season as the head coach at Okaw Valley. “But we’re going to work on that, really hard.”
In the first set, the Lady Titans got out to a quick lead and ran away with the game. The only flicker of life from OV came via junior Megan Dash whose hard hitting serve accounted for three aces and five points to pull her team within four points of the Titans at 13-9. Read More
July 30, 2014
Sullivan’s Hart makes big hits, but not enough
Submitted by Duff Hoel
As the no. 1 seed in the state of Illinois 4th Division Jr. Legion tournament, the boys from the Moultrie-Douglas Jr. American Legion Baseball team entered tournament play with very high expectations. But those expectations came up short as Mo Do was eliminated by two losses on Saturday to end their season with a 30-10 record.
Zach Hrvol of Sullivan took the mound in game one for Mo-Do. Facing a quality opponent from Eureka, Mo-Do fell 5-4. Read More
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Father-Son duo Dalton (left) and Mike McGill (right) took first place this past weekend at the Illinois-Kaskaskia Fishers of Men Legacy series tournament and also earned point champions for the year.
July 23, 2014
Father-son pair bring in 14.77lbs. of fish
Submitted by Barry Featheringill
Bright and early Saturday morning with the sun coming up over the water and peaking out from behind the scattered clouds, Illinois-Kaskaskia Fishers of Men Legacy series tournament anglers left Wolf Creek State Park searching to fill their livewell with that limit of fish that would push them to the lead in points standing.
At takeoff it was a very close race to get the points champion leader award, but as fish were brought to the scales, it was clear that the father- son duo of Mike & Dalton McGill of Findlay would win the first place award and probably the points champion award. The two brought four fish to the weigh-in, with the first being a large bass weighing 6.18 pounds. Their total weight came to 14.77 pounds. This, in turn, made their large bass the winner of the big bass for this event but also was big bass for the season.
The second place team of Elmo Weaver and Kaleb Wood, both of Sullivan, brought in three fish weighing a total of 4.30 pounds. This marks Wood’s last year to fish Legacy as a junior after completing eight years as a junior member with many of those years boasting a team as points champions.
Third place went to a new team of Hal Burngner and his grandson Colten Wilkins who brought a single fish to the scales that weighed 1.30 pounds. Wilkins was visiting from Missouri and wanted to fish with his grandfather. Read More
July 16, 2014
Pictured above are the 12 & under team: Bottom row, left to right: Delaney Melton and Allie Dunn. Back row: Isabel Shafer, Molly Day, Madison Vogel, Shelby Frederick, Lindsey Mast, Jo Barbee, KayLee Hohlbauch, Liberty Dunaway, Addi Tinkle, and Destiny Williams.
The Mo-Co Rush enjoyed one of their most successful weekends in program history the weekend of July 4 by placing four of five teams in the top five in their state tournament. Read More
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
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
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
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
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