Yeakley Breaks Through for Seventh Place Finish in Discus

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.

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
keith@newsprogress.com

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

Weybright Continues Basketball Career at LCU

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.

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
Bethany Reporter

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

Program History Once Again as SOV Girls Take Third Place Team Trophy

Photo by Keith Stewart Serious Hardware Sullivan-Okaw Valley’s girls’ track team hoists up their third place team trophy at  Eastern Illinois University’s O’Brien Stadium Saturday afternoon after placing in six events, including first in the 400m and 4x200 relay. For the full story see page 12.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Sullivan-Okaw Valley’s girls’ track team hoists up their third place team trophy at
Eastern Illinois University’s O’Brien Stadium Saturday afternoon after placing in six events, including first in the 400m and 4×200 relay. 

4×2, 400m championships lead banner day for SOV

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

For Sullivan-Okaw Valley’s girls’ track team, Saturday’s third place team trophy at the state track meet has its roots in a ticket stub.

“On the back of our shirts, it says get on the bus,” explained head coach Kali Taylor. “I had read a book over the winter called the ‘Energy Bus’, and it was all about positive energy and changing mindsets. So at the beginning of the season I gave them tickets and invited them on the bus. Then we put our goals up, and I told them from the get go that our goal was to walk away from every meet in the top three, and there were a couple times we didn’t. But now we’re walking away with a third place trophy.”

The group first got started on Thursday, sending five girls in seven events, tied with three other teams with the most qualifiers. All but one would then qualify for Saturday’s finals, setting up the historic team finish. Read More

Lady Red Repeat Last Week with 6-1 Win Over Lancers

Photo by Keith Stewart Sullivan’s Brittin Boyer (left), and Taylor Gottfriedt (left center) celebrate after turning a double play in the ...inning.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Sullivan’s Brittin Boyer (left), and Taylor Gottfriedt (left center) celebrate after turning a double play in the fourth inning.

This time, ALAH’ season comes to an end

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Just about every ball that Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond put into play Tuesday evening, the Sullivan defense either grabbed and made the putout or outright caught. Whats more, they had no errors, and behind seven innings of solid pitching by Heidi Clements, the Lady Red held ALAH to one run and five hits, while their own offense chipped away inning by inning to win 6-1 and earning a trip to the regional championship Saturday back in Shelbyville against the host. 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

Orris’ Timely Hit Caps 6-Run 7th for Win

Photo by Keith Stewart OV’s Abigail Weybright goes to catch the throwout at second as ALAH’s Mycaela Miller slides.

Photo by Keith Stewart
OV’s Abigail Weybright goes to catch the throwout at second as ALAH’s Mycaela Miller slides.

Upends ALAH’s perfect conference record

by Kirk Whitaker
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

It was a situation all too familiar for Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond.

Just a week earlier, the Lancers were down 6-1 going into the bottom of the seventh, made the comeback, and won in extras in Arcola to maintain their perfection in LOVC play.

But perfection ended Thursday night, and it came at the hands of Okaw Valley, 6-5, sealed by Amy Orris’ bases loaded, two out, two RBI single to right centerfield.  Read More

Knights Routed by Comets With Poor First Inning

Photo by Keith Stewart ALAH’s Noah Yantis warms up at the mound during the first inning of Saturday’s game as Windsor head coach Mike Taylor (right) and WSS’s Christian Vonderheide (left) each watch from third base.

Photo by Keith Stewart
ALAH’s Noah Yantis warms up at the mound during the first inning of Saturday’s game as Windsor head coach Mike Taylor (right) and WSS’s Christian Vonderheide (left) each watch from third base.

Windsor/Stew-Stras Takes Advantage of early miscues

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

All Windsor/Stew-Stras had to do at the plate Saturday consisted of one big inning–the first to be exact.

The Comets took advantage of a poor start at the mound by Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond’s Jeremy Plank–six walks and four earned runs in 2/3 an inning–to score nine of their 14 runs on the day, en route to a 14-1 five inning victory.

“You have to throw strikes,” said ALAH coach Craig Moffett. “If pitchers don’t throw strikes, you don’t really have a chance to do anything defensively.” Read More

SOV Beat in Bi-County Meet

Photo by Keith Stewart Emily Neuhauser lunges forward as she takes first in the 100m dash. (Left) Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond’s Abby Foreman finishes in fourth.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Emily Neuhauser lunges forward as she takes first in the 100m dash. (Left) Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond’s Abby Foreman finishes in fourth.

Lady Red again edged out, take third,
ALAH boys finish fourth in front of SOV

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Even despite picking up extra points in both the 300m hurdles and the pole vault, the SOV girls’ track team fell behind Neoga and Central A&M to take third in Tuesday’s bi-county meet.

SOV earned 110 points, five-and-a-half out from Neoga, and 15 out from the first place Lady Raiders.

Emily Neuhauser took first in the 100m dash (12.78 seconds), as well as fourth in the 200m (27.43). Amanda McClain tripled up individually taking first in the long jump (17 feet, 2 1/2 inches), 200m dash (25.83), and 400m (1:01.00). Read More

Atchison Two-Hits A&M as Redskins Hang On for 2-1 Win

Photo by Keith Stewart Brody Elder makes his way to second after doubling deep to center field in the third inning. Elder would later get batted in by Jacob Piper, giving Sullivan its first of two runs in their 2-1 win over Central A&M Tuesday.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Brody Elder makes his way to second after doubling deep to center field in the third inning. Elder would later get batted in by Jacob Piper, giving Sullivan its first of two runs in their 2-1 win over Central A&M Tuesday.

Final inning nearly provides comeback for Raiders

by Kirk Whitaker
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

Pitching has been pretty good recently for the Redskins baseball team.
Saturday Nick Frerichs two-hit Danville Schlarman en route to a 14-0 win, and Tuesday Shane Atchison returned the favor with a complete game two-hit gem of his own against Central A&M, striking out nine and walking three along with the two hits.
“Shane has been solid all season,” Redskins head coach Troy Rogers said. “He knows how to pitch, he’s a bulldog on the mound—he’s out there with no sleeves because he’s crazy—he worked ahead in the count with a relatively small and low strike zone. In the last inning specifically he kept his composure and finished exceptionally well.” Read More

Wood Wins Mr. EIU in First Year Competing

Wood3Sullivan native already looking to next year

by Kirk Whitaker
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

After several years of training, Sullivan native and EIU junior kinesiology major Alex Wood recently won the annual Mr. EIU bodybuilding competition last month.

“I found out about the Mr. EIU competition my freshman year, in 2011,” Wood said. “I went and watched and knew I wanted to compete before I graduated. I originally was going to compete in 2012, but I decided on waiting so I could improve even more. Winning Mr. EIU is awesome. I can’t really put it into words. People asked me how I felt after the show, and I honestly just couldn’t believe it. It took a few days for it to finally settle in, and it finally hit me.”

Wood said he started lifting weights for the first time as a ‘skinny’ framed eighth grader, and through hard work, learning as much as possible, and continuous goal setting and reaching has he achieved as much success as he has. Read More