Lady Knights Celebrate Seniors with Big Win

Photo by Darian Hays Payton Wellbaum scored seven of the next 13 points for the Lady Knights extending the lead to 17-7 with under a minute remaining in the first quarter.

Photo by Darian Hays
Payton Wellbaum scored seven of the next 13 points for the Lady Knights extending the lead to 17-7 with under a minute remaining in the first quarter.

Physical Bomber Game 

•February 10, 2016•

By Mattt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Hannah Wallen scored 16 points in a 58-39 win over Argenta-Oreana on senior night Feb. 4.

The Lady Knights were able to hold the Bombers to just five points in the fourth quarter of a dominate performance.  ALAH head coach Craig Moffett was happy for his seniors Alyssa Hershberger, Jazmine Arnett, and Essi Kennunen.

“Our seniors played hard, and they have been working all year,” he said.  “They have been good senior leaders for us.”

Argenta took an early lead 3-1 at the six minute mark in the first quarter.  Liz Shipman changed the momentum with a steal and got the ball to Wallen for her first three pointer of the game. The trey resulted in a 4-3 lead for the Knights and with five minutes remaining in the first quarter the team started to roll.

Payton Wellbaum scored seven of the next 13 points for the Lady Knights extending the lead to 17-7 with under a minute remaining in the first quarter. The Bombers would add a layup with 10 seconds remaining to make it a 17-9 game heading into the second quarter. Senior Alyssa Hershberger scored at the 6:45 mark in the second period to make it a 21-9 lead for the Knights.   Read More

St. Teresa Outlasts Sullivan in Physical CIC Tourney Opener

Photo by Mike Brothers Ty Molzen put his muscle to the boards finishing the game with 11 rebounds and 13 points.

Photo by Mike Brothers
Ty Molzen put his muscle to the boards finishing the game with 11 rebounds and 13 points.

•February 3, 2016•

By Matt Kracht
News Progress Sports Reporter

The Bulldogs were able to grind out a hard fought 43-36 win behind Isaiah Bond’s fourth quarter heroics. Sullivan rallied from a 10 point deficit in the first quarter and stayed within striking distance thanks to the strong play of Zach Hrvol who finished with 18 points.

Sullivan head coach Chet Reeder said the game plan didn’t change heading into the rematch. “They hit a lot of jumpers, and that was still the game plan. Our defensive intensity was pretty good; they just made some heavily contested shots.”

St. Teresa opened the contest with back to back three pointers taking a 6-0 lead just over a minute in.

Ty Molzen got the Redskins on the scoreboard at the six minute mark.  The Bulldogs countered with three straight baskets to make a 12-2 game with three minutes left in the first period of play.

Hrvol looked confident all game and made it a 12-6 game on consecutive layups. Alec Ballinger then gave Sullivan all the momentum taking a loose ball coast to coast scoring at the buzzer to cut the Bulldog lead to 14-8.

Hrvol keep the run alive going high above the rim on an alley-oop inbounds play to make it a two point game 14-12 with five minutes left in the half.   Read More

Knights Outscore Timberwolves in Arthur

Photo by RR Best ALAH Knight Janette Comstock protects the ball as Okaw Valley Timberwolves (from left) Chloe Weybright, Devan Nave, Natalie Jeffers and Brianna Creviston close in.

Photo by RR Best
ALAH Knight Janette Comstock protects the ball as Okaw Valley Timberwolves (from left) Chloe Weybright, Devan Nave, Natalie Jeffers and Brianna Creviston close in.

•January 27, 2016•

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond faced down Okaw Valley in a 59-37 win January 21 at Arthur.

The Knights took a 13-8 first quarter advantage over the Timberwolves followed by a 16-9 second quarter that put the ALAH girls’ team up 29-17 at the half.

Okaw Valley came out with a 11-10 third quarter but lost momentum with a 20-9 fourth quarter, resulting in the 59-37 Knight win.

Hannah Wallen led the Knight scoring with 23, hitting seven field goals and a perfect 9-9 from the free throw line.

Megan Fifer hit a three point shot and five from the field for 13 points.

Liz Shipman came up with 11 points, hitting one three point shot and four field goals.

Payton Wellbaum scored six points with two field goals and two free shots; Mycaela Miller hit two field goals for four points, with Janette Comstock getting  two points from 2-2 trips for free throws. Read More

Okaw Valley Puts Arcola Away in LOVC Action

Photo by Darian Hays Paige Robinson drives against Purple Rider Rylee Fishel for two of her game leading 17 points, helping the Knights to a 42-30 wind over Arcola.

Photo by Darian Hays
Paige Robinson drives against Purple Rider Rylee Fishel for two of her game leading 17 points, helping the Knights to a 42-30 wind over Arcola.

•January 20, 2016•

Okaw Valley girls beat Arcola 42-30 in LOVC tournament action in Arthur January 18.

The Timberwolves were up 10-6 at the end of the first quarter. The Purple Riders came back with a 5-3 second quarter, putting the Okaw Valley team up 13-11 at the half.

During the third quarter Okaw Valley scored 12 to Arcola’s eight points. Up 25-21 at the end of three, the Timberwolves finished with a 17-10 fourth quarter for the 42-30 win.

Paige Robinson led the Timberwolves in scoring with six field goals, while hitting 5-6 free throws for 17 points.

Chloe Weybright hit one three point shot, three field goals and was 3-4 from the free stripe for 12 points.

Natalie Jeffers hit two field goals and one free shot for five points; Hope Ruppert made two field goals for four points; Jesse Robinson made one field goal, and Brianna Creviston scored a field goal to complete Okaw Valley scoring. Read More

Redskins Fight Tuscola Down to the Wire

Photo by Mike Brothers Sullivan’s Kaleb Shumard drives hard to the basket in the January 8 home game against the Tuscola Warriors on the Redskin home court.

Photo by Mike Brothers
Sullivan’s Kaleb Shumard drives hard to the basket in the January 8 home game against the Tuscola Warriors on the Redskin home court.

•January 13, 2016•

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Redskins’ basketball fans watched an instant classic Friday night as Ty Molzen and Nick Bates traded baskets in a pair of all conference performances, that ended in a 38-36 Tuscola win.
Molzen finished seven for seven from the field tallying 14 points for Sullivan, and Nick Bates poured in 22 points leading the way for Tuscola.
Sullivan head coach Chet Reeder was unhappy with Sullivan’s “timid” play on the offense but thought the effort shown on defense was top notch. “We played our tails off on defense. Defensively that was one of the best games we have ever played. The ball just did not bounce our way a couple times, and that is all it takes.”
The Warriors jumped out to an early 7-2 before back to back baskets tied the game at the end of the first quarter. In the second period Tuscola’s Bates took over at the five minute mark scoring the Warriors next seven straight. The run gave the Warriors a 16-11 halftime lead. Coach Reeder complemented Bates’ game after the contest. “He is a special player; there is not a matchup for Nick Bates.” Sullivan stayed within striking distance during the third quarter and cut Tuscola’s lead to 23-21 with 2:30 remaining in the period. However, Bates responded with another run hitting what looked to be a dagger three pointer to put Tuscola up by 10, 31-21, with just six minutes left in the game. Read More

Lady Redskins Finish Seventh at Mattoon Tourney

Photo by Keith Stewart Freshman Brooke Tuttle eyes the basket during Sullivan’s game against St. Anthony last Monday. Tuttle would have a solid performance throughout the three-day tourney with 47 points.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Freshman Brooke Tuttle eyes the basket during Sullivan’s game against St. Anthony last Monday. Tuttle would have a solid performance throughout the three-day tourney with 47 points.

•January 6, 2016•

by Keith Stewart
For the NewsProgress

Playing in the annual Mattoon tournament for the second year, the Sullivan girls’ basketball team ran into some tough competition each of their three days and eventually settled for seventh place.

On day one, they drew the eventual tournament champion and no. 6 ranked Galesburg (3A) for their first contest.

And the 66-39 result was to be expected.

The Silver Streaks wasted no time in exerting their pressure, coming out with a full court press that helped account for many of Sullivan’s 12 first quarter turnovers. In turn, Galesburg shot 12-of-18 from the field, including two 3-pointers, to take a 27-8 lead after the initial period.

The Streaks would sub many of their starters in the second, but Sullivan struggled offensively, scoring just three points from the charity stripe.

“We didn’t do well from the free throw line,” said coach Sheri McCain. “I appreciate the fact that the Galesburg coach subbed in quite a bit in the second half. I appreciate that since we are so young and still learning. His starters are absolutely phenomenal. They deserve the six seed in 3A. I expect them to go pretty far this year.”

But the second half would see better production for the Lady Redskins. Read More

Lady Titans win Knights Holiday Classic

Photo Provided Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond Lady Knight coach Craig Moffett lays out the game plan as they head into the final minutes.

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Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond Lady Knight coach Craig Moffett lays out the game plan as they head into the final minutes.

Knights finish strong

•December 30, 2015•

By Mike Brothers

It was the Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond Knights Holiday Classic with Tri-County’s Titans taking the championship in a 29-22 win over St. Teresa’s Lady Bulldogs December 23.

Tri-County jumped to a 9-4 lead over St. Teresa in the first quarter. The Lady Bulldogs came back with a 8-4 second quarter and went into the half at 13-12 Lady Titans.

St Teresa tied the Tri County team at the end of the third quarter with a 9-8 run. A cool shooting fourth quarter left St. Teresa with two points to the Lady Titans nine for the 29-22 win.

McIntyre led scoring for the Titans with four field goals and two free throws for ten points; Price scored two from the field and one from the free throw line for five points; Tomlinson hit a field goal and was 2-2 from the free throw line for four points; S. Smith scored two from the field for four points; Madison Eskew scored 2-2 from the free stripe to complete Tri County scoring.

Scoring for St. Teresa was Natakor with four field goals and one free shot for nine points; Thornton scored three field goals for six points; Switzer hit one three pointer for three; Newban scored two and so did Peck. Read More

Redskins Win Barn Burner in Overtime

Photo by RR Best Head coach Chester Reeder watched the Redskins catch fire in the fourth quarter.

Photo by RR Best
Head coach Chester Reeder watched the Redskins catch fire in the fourth quarter.

Wild 4th Quarter

•December 16, 2015•

By Mike Brothers

Sullivan High School gym was the scene of a barn burning basketball game between the Redskins and Okaw Valley Timberwolves Dec 8.

It was a game that had the Redskins roaring back in the fourth quarter to throw the game into overtime.

And the overtime win came on the shoulders of 5’10” senior guard Kaleb Shumard at the free throw line.The final score was 86-85 Sullivan.

“Our kids were resilient last night,”  coach Chester Reeder said of the comeback effort.  “Zach Hrvol and Ty Molzen completely took over in the fourth quarter.”

Sullivan scored 35 points to the Timberwolves 17 points in the fourth quarter, then came back to win 9-8 in overtime.

“Kaleb Shumard had some key late game stops and made the game winning free throw,“ Coach Reeder continued.  “I’m unbelievably proud of our young men tonight.  Hopefully this will snowball into something great.”

The Redskins started the first quarter ahead of the Timberwolves 16-12. Okaw Valley had a 31 point run in the second quarter, putting  them up 43-34 at the half.

A dismal 8-17 third quarter put the Redskins in a 60-42 hole at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Read More

Redskins Open Season with Road Win

•December 2, 2015•

Sullivan boys’ basketball team traveled to Arthur Nov 24 winning 48-32 over the Knights.

The Redskins led off the first quarter 15-9, scoring 8-9 in the second quarter to head into the half ahead 24-17.

Sullivan outscored the Knights again in the third 10-4 and 14-11 in the fourth for the 48-32 total.

Sullivan shot 50 percent from the field hitting 20-40. They made 5-7 three point shots for 29 percent and the Redskins were 3-9 from the free stripe for 33 percent.

The Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond team hit 15-31 shots for 48 percent from the field and hit 2-8 from the free throw line for 25 percent.

The Redskins and Knights were evenly matched on rebounds. Sullivan had seven offensive and 11 defensive rebounds for 18.

The Knights edged by with 19 total rebounds, pulling down seven offensive and 12 from the defensive boards. Read More

Lady Redskins Get Past Okaw Valley

Photo by RR Best At left: During a close game in Bethany between Okaw Valley’s Lady Timberwolves and Sullivan’s Lady Redskins Danielle Lochbaum of Okaw Valley and Sullivan’s Ally Elzy battle for a rebound.

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At left: During a close game in Bethany between Okaw Valley’s Lady Timberwolves and Sullivan’s Lady Redskins Danielle Lochbaum of Okaw Valley and Sullivan’s Ally Elzy battle for a rebound.

•November 25, 2015•

The Sullivan High School Lady Redskins earned a hard fought victory over Okaw Valley 40 - 39 November 19.

Photo by RR Best Ball possession was important in the Okaw Valley - Sullivan match as Lady Timberwolf Brianna Creviston and Lady Redskin Haley Rose fight for the ball last Thursday.

Photo by RR Best
Ball possession was important in the Okaw Valley - Sullivan match as Lady Timberwolf Brianna Creviston and Lady Redskin Haley Rose fight for the ball last Thursday.

Lizzie Green led in scoring with 12 points. Freshman Brooke Tuttle came off the bench and and scored nine points. Tatum Ellis led in three assists and four steals, and Chloe Riley had a huge offensive rebound late in the game. Ester Miller led rebounding with 11.

“It was not a pretty win, but I’m proud that the girls dug deep and found a way to win as a team,” commented coach Sheri McCain. “Brooke Tuttle had a tremendous game as a freshman.”

Joining Green’s 12 points in Lady Redskin scoring were: Brooke Tuttle with nine points; Chloe Riley had eight; Tatum Ellis added five; with Alyssa Marshall and Haley Rose adding two apiece. Laine Cameron and Ester Miller completed scoring with one each.

The Lady Reds are 1-1 for the season.

The JV overcame Okaw Valley JV 35-17.

In that game Paige Robinson led Sullivan scoring with 14 points followed by Chloe Weybright with ten. Natalie Jeffers had five points with Jesse Rovbison and Devan Nave scoring four apiece. Brianna Creviston and Danielle Lochbaum scored one each.