McGill Duo Win Big in Legacy Series Tourney

Photo by Kevin Sesko 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.

Photo by Kevin Sesko
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

Moultrie County Rush See Success at State

July 16, 2014
Submitted 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. The 18U finished fourth, 14U fifth, 10U fifth, and the 12U were crowned state champions of the NSA B State Tournament in Peoria. To win the title the 12U went undefeated at 6-0, but needed a miracle comeback in the championship game to take home the title. Down 9-2 in the final at bat with time expired the Rush got hit after hit, including the final walk-off base hit with two strikes and two outs to win 10-9. The 12U now stands at 52-20 on the season. For more info on the Rush and their upcoming tryouts go to www.mocorush.com 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.

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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

Sullivan Blue Dolphins Host Lock-In, Compete in Home Meet

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.

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

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