State Golfer

Photo furnished State Golfer After Sullivan boys goldf was third in the Regionals, Leighton Burcham played a great round at the Watseka Sectional shooting a personal best 80. He got ninth as an individual in the sectional which qualified him for state. Going to state was a great accomplishment. Pictured Leighton and coach Ben Richter at State.

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State Golfer
After Sullivan boys goldf was third in the Regionals, Leighton Burcham played a great round at the Watseka Sectional shooting a personal best 80. He got ninth as an individual in the sectional which qualified him for state. Going to state was a great accomplishment. Pictured Leighton and coach Ben Richter at State.

Knights Refuse to Quit on Senior Knight

•October 26, 2016•

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond took a tough 50-20 home loss to cap off the regular season Friday. The Knights’ defense was unable to stay with the vertical threats of the Blue Devils in a high scoring contest.

ALAH head coach Dale Schuring commented that his seniors gave all they had in the contest. “These kids have dedicated themselves all season, doing what they had to do to be competitive.”

The Knights went three and out on their first possession. ALAH’s defense responded by forcing a crucial turnover on downs on 4th and four from the 28 yard line. Dakota Myers running hard on the Knights second possession broke several tackles for a 16 yard gain.  Unfortunately, the drive stalled on 4th and four from the 45 with five remaining in the first quarter.   Read More

ALAH Drops Physical Contest to Cerro Gordo/Bement

•October 19, 2016•

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports

Arthur-Lovington football lost a frustrating game against the Broncos Friday by a score of 40-8.

Both teams struggled to score in the first 24 minutes, before combining for 48 points in the second half. ALAH head coach Dale Schuring thought Arthur could have been ahead by multiple scores at the break.  “I thought we should have been ahead by certainly one touchdown if not three at the end of the first half, but we just kept shooting ourselves in the foot.”

The Knights’ defense forced a turnover on downs with a goal line stand to start the game. Adam Day recorded two sacks on the next Broncos’ possession to force another turnover on downs.

Dakota Myers added another sack to force a punt on the third Broncos’ possession.

ALAH had their best chance to score in the first half after a fake punt by Marcus Vanausdoll resulted in a 60 yard run to setup 1st and 10 from the Broncos 15 yard line. Unfortunately the Knights could not capitalize on the field position as the drive stalled at the 10.

ALAH again turned away the Broncos on their next drive to end a half scoreless. Read More

Sullivan Girls’ Golf Advance to Sectional Competition

Photo furnished Sullivan is Sectional Bound Pictured left to right, coach Andy Wagner, Addison Darush, Brooke Tuttle, Alexis Britton, Tatum Ellis, coach Ben Richter and Irie Dulin.

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Sullivan is Sectional Bound
Pictured left to right, coach Andy Wagner, Addison Darush, Brooke Tuttle, Alexis Britton, Tatum Ellis, coach Ben Richter and Irie Dulin.

•October 12, 2016•

Sullivan High School girls’ golf team competed in regionals at Oak Terrace Golf Course Wednesday. With breezy conditions, lots of rain and a tough back nine, the girls tied with Monticello with a score of 410. But in a tie-breaker of going to the fifth score, Sullivan earned second place, advancing them to the Lincoln Sectionals.

Brooke Tuttle shot an 89, earning fifth place and the low score for Sullivan. Addison Darush earned second lowest score with a 105. Alexis Britton had a 107, and Tatum Ellis and Irie Dulin both shot 109 for the girls.

This is the first time since 1986 Sullivan has advanced to sectionals as a team. Members of the 1986 team included Aimee (Wagner) Darush , Chantel Scherer, Caprice (Scherer) Light, Amy (Bishop) Greuel and Stacey (Anderson) Ward with Larry Wagner as the coach.
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Sullivan Girls Take Golf Title at Fox Prairie

•October 5, 2016•

Photo furnished First place team Addison Darush, Brooke Tuttle, Tatum Ellis, Alexis Britton, Irie Dulin and coach Andy Wagner.

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First place team Addison Darush, Brooke Tuttle, Tatum Ellis, Alexis Britton, Irie Dulin and coach Andy Wagner.

The Sullivan boys’ and girls’ golf teams competed in the conference tournament at Fox Prairie Golf Course Tuesday. The boys earned second with a team score of 354. Caden Ellis placed third with a 78.

The girls’ team placed first beating the teams from Tuscola and St. Teresa with a score of 397. Since there were not five teams competing, it does not count as a conference title however. Read More

OV Middle School Regional Softball Champs

Photo furnished Okaw Valley Middle School Regional Champions front row l to r: Miaya Lehman, Grace Bunfill, Kalynn Teague, Bailey Bennett; second row l to r:  Stacey Orris, Avery Bruns, Mia Harris, Karson Park, Reiss Frye; third row l to r:  Reagan Reedy, Savannah Hagerman, Chloe Harris, Kayla Fleshner, Kailyn Walker, Evelyn Ashley; fourth row l to r:  Asst. coach Dave Benning, head coach Kurtis Bunfill, asst. coach Samantha Inman.

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Okaw Valley Middle School Regional Champions front row l to r: Miaya Lehman, Grace Bunfill, Kalynn Teague, Bailey Bennett; second row l to r:  Stacey Orris, Avery Bruns, Mia Harris, Karson Park, Reiss Frye; third row l to r:  Reagan Reedy, Savannah Hagerman, Chloe Harris, Kayla Fleshner, Kailyn Walker, Evelyn Ashley; fourth row l to r:  Asst. coach Dave Benning, head coach Kurtis Bunfill, asst. coach Samantha Inman.

•September 28, 2016•

Okaw Valley’s Middle School softball team finished the postseason on a great run and brought home a Regional Championship.

“They had their ups and downs all season and things clicked during the postseason,” Brooks Inman, OV AD said of the middle school softball team. “It was an impressive run for sure, and we are beyond proud of the team’s accomplishments this fall.”

One of the big boosts to the Okaw Valley team was from pitcher Grace Bunfill. During the regional championship game against Beecher City Sept. 12 Bunfill threw a no-hitter in the 4-2 win.

She struck out 35 batters in two regional games.

“That 35 outs of 42 included a no-hitter in the regional championship vs. Beecher City...which is ridiculously impressive!” Inman emphasized.      Read More

Cold First Half Cost Knights at Homecoming

Photo by Darain Hays ALAH Knights’ defense had their hands full during the homecoming game against Decatur Lutheran Association Lions at Wilson Field.

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ALAH Knights’ defense had their hands full during the homecoming game against Decatur Lutheran Association Lions at Wilson Field.

•September 21, 2016•

By Matt Kracht
News Progress Sports

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond (2-2) struggled offensively on a rainy Friday night versus the 4-0 LSA Lions.

Turnovers proved especially costly in a game that was closer than the scoreboard would suggest. Head coach Dale Schuring commented his squad never recovered from a slow start. “We didn’t show up tonight.  The first half we didn’t look like we wanted to be here.”

A 13 yard pass play from Will Cohan to Adam Day opened up the contest for the Knights; Cohan’s next pass fluttered and was intercepted.

Four plays later the Lions hit pay dirt on a slant route for a 19 yard touchdown at the 10 minute mark. ALAH went three and out on their next possession, and LSA took over 1st& 10 from their own 28 yard line with eight minutes left in the first quarter.

The second play of that Lions drive was a turning point in the contest.  LSA was looking for man coverage on a first down pass attempt when Knights defensive back Kobe Wells dropped his man falling underneath a fade route.   Read More

Shelbyville Stomps Sullivan on Schwengel Tribute Night

Photo by Mike Brothers It was tough making ground but Luke Bowman leaves Shelbyville’s defense plowing through for a modest gain.

Photo by Mike Brothers
It was tough making ground but Luke Bowman leaves Shelbyville’s defense plowing through for a modest gain.

•September 14, 2016•

Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports Reporter

Friday night Shelbyville honored 2013 graduate and former quarterback Tucker Schwengel, even painting a 15-yard line for the game in his memory.

Sophomore quarterback Turner Pullen put on his own impersonation of the former Shelbyville signal-caller.

Pullen torched the Redskins all night long--with the climax being his 85 yard touchdown scamper in the third where he started behind a wall of Rams in the middle of the field before bouncing out to his own sideline to go untouched, out-running Sullivan’s Luke Bowman-- with 168 yards passing and three scores through the air to go with 200 yards on just 14 carries and three more touchdowns. Read More

Resilient Knight Defense Keys 28-6 Win over Palestine

Photo by Darian Hays Good night for Marcus Vanausdoll, pulling down passes for touchdowns, intercepting passes and a highlight 67 yard break away touchdown run to seal the win late in the game.

Photo by Darian Hays
Good night for Marcus Vanausdoll, pulling down passes for touchdowns, intercepting passes and a highlight 67 yard break away touchdown run to seal the win late in the game.

•September 7, 2016•

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

After a barn burner road win over Tri-County to start the season, Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond entered their week two home opener at Wilson Field versus Palestine-Hudsonville set up for a trap game.

Knights’ head coach Dale Schuring thought the team struggled with focus throughout the contest but ultimately came up with enough big plays to get the job done. “Tonight we were overconfident. We weren’t ready to go, and we never really got mentally focused tonight. We did enough to win and made some big plays, but our week one performance was far better than this.”

ALAH fumbled away the opening possession deep in their own territory which forced the defense to make its first key stop of many. The Knights’ defensive dominance in the first half was impressive as the stingy unit held the Pioneers to just 15 rushing yards on 11 carries and eight passing yards on two completions in the first half.

Tim Weaver, the defensive coordinator, and linebacker coach Don McCarthy seem to develop perennial ball hawks at all positions. Marcus Vanausdoll has blossomed into an all-conference defensive back under the pair’s tutelage. Vanausdoll came up with two interceptions in the contest including an 86 yard pick six that ended the first half and put the Knights up 20-0. Read More

Redskins Run Through and Over South Fork, Start Season with 42-0 Beat Down

Photo by Darian Hays Defense was a big part of keeping the South Fork team from scoring Friday in Sullivan. SOV senior Drew Hubbard stops this runner in his tracks.

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Defense was a big part of keeping the South Fork team from scoring Friday in Sullivan. SOV senior Drew Hubbard stops this runner in his tracks.

•August 31, 2016•

By Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports Reporter

Things couldn’t have gone much better to start the season for the Redskins.

From start to finish the Redskins’ running attack featuring quarterback Brett Tuttle and running back Ty Nichols, made gash after gash in the South Fork defense with a 100 yard run touchdown and two 64 yard touchdowns respectively.

All the worries after Nichols slipped and fell for a five yard loss on the first play of scrimmage were long gone after the game.

“The way South Fork was playing their defensive ends throughout the game we felt like we would be able to get our option game going,” explained Redskins’ head coach Gerald Temples. “We felt like we needed to do that more in the second half and that worked out for us.”

Nichols’ first score came on a fourth and one from the one yard line, taking a handoff from Tuttle over the right side and over several Pony defenders with 5:31 to go in the first quarter.

Then the fireworks started. Read More