Lady Redskins Take Third at EIU Indoor Meet Saturday

Photo by Keith Stewart SOV sophomore Ashlynd Risley takes off after receiving the handoff from freshman Bailey Turnbaugh during their 4x200 warmup Saturday morning in Charleston. The relay later came away with first place.

Photo by Keith Stewart
SOV sophomore Ashlynd Risley takes off after receiving the handoff from freshman Bailey Turnbaugh during their 4x200 warmup Saturday morning in Charleston. The relay later came away with first place.

March 18, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

ALAH settles for 34th

The Sullivan-Okaw Valley girls’ track and field team competed in their second indoor meet of the year Saturday at Eastern Illinois University and came away with third place while nearby Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond, participating in their first meet of the season, finished 34th.

SOV was led by the 4x200 relay consisting of seniors Amanda McClain and Emily Neuhauser, sophomore Ashlynd Risley, and freshman Bailey Turnbaugh. The relay finished first with a time of 1 minute, 52.17 seconds.
“The 4 x 2 knocked a second and a half off of last weekend’s time,” noted head coach Kali Taylor, “and their handoffs improved considerably so I’m very happy with that.” Read More

Knights Season Ends with 58-56 Sectional Battle

March 11, 2015

ALAH comes up one basket short

By Matthew Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond Knights had their season end in Danville last Wednesday night, falling to the Ridgeview Mustangs in a highly entertaining class 1a sectional semifinal contest. The Knights had the ball with a chance for the win in the final seconds, but a last second 3- point attempt sailed long. After what has been a remarkable four year run head coach Dale Schuring said he had no complaints following the hard fought season and game.

“The kids followed the game plan well; we executed when we had to and made a nice comeback,” he said. “We just fell one play short tonight, and sometimes that’s the way it is.” Read More

Knights Four-Peat as Regional Champions

Photo by Keith Stewart Colton Yeakley looks to get inside the paint Friday night against Arcola. Yeakley finished the night with nine points and four rebounds.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Colton Yeakley looks to get inside the paint Friday night against Arcola. Yeakley finished the night with nine points and four rebounds.

March 4, 2015

Defeat Arcola second-year in a row for title
by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

In his four years as a Knight, Jeremy Plank says the feeling doesn’t get old.
The feeling of winning regional championships that is.
“It’s something that every year you want to do, and the feeling is the same every year,” said the senior. “You can’t put it into words.”
Friday’s 67-57 win over Arcola provided the Knights their fourth straight regional championship title, though the first under the newly consolidated Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond High School.
“It does not get old,” agreed head coach Dale Schuring. “They are so precious, and we’ve been very, very fortunate to get to these finals and win four in a row. But it certainly is not something easy to do. Just look at the flip side. Arcola has been here the last two years and hasn’t been able to come out on top, unfortunately for them, but it’s certainly something you cherish, because they are not things that come along very often.” Read More

Sullivan Streaks Past CGB, But Falls Again to St. T

Photo by Keith Stewart St. Teresa’s Christian Williams drives past Layne McMahon Tuesday evening. Williams finished with 24 points, 10 of which came in the final period.

Photo by Keith Stewart
St. Teresa’s Christian Williams drives past Layne McMahon Tuesday evening. Williams finished with 24 points, 10 of which came in the final period.

February 25, 2015

Poor third quarter along with Williams’ 24 points hands Redskins season-ender

By Matt Kracht
& Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

It was all Redskins Monday night in the first game of the ISHA class 2A regional at St Teresa, but the same performance could not be repeated Tuesday as Sullivan fell to no. 1 seed and host 51-32 in the regional semifinal.
The night before, Sullivan had their best shooting performance of the season with Zach Hrvol knocking down five three pointers tallying 24 points including three money balls in the first quarter. Nick Frerichs and Alec Ballinger added three deep treys apiece and both finished with 11 points. Head coach Chester Reeder has watched his team go from struggling to score early on in the season to filling up the bucket on a seven game win streak.
“It was by far our best shooting effort. We were 11-17 from three-point; the most we had in a game before this was five. The second quarter was where we won the game, especially defensively holding them to five points and really put it on them.” Read More

Sullivan Seniors Send Stew-Stras Packing

Photo by Keith Stewart The Sullivan boys’ basketball team celebrated their four seniors Tuesday against Stew-Stras. Pictured, left to right: Jacob Piper, Brody Elder, Layne McMahon, and Nick Frerichs.

Photo by Keith Stewart
The Sullivan boys’ basketball team celebrated their four seniors Tuesday against Stew-Stras. Pictured, left to right: Jacob Piper, Brody Elder, Layne McMahon, and Nick Frerichs.

February 18, 2015

Defense the key in final home game victory

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Sullivan’s offense may have been a bit ugly Tuesday night, but their defense was downright nasty–and in a good way.
The Redskins ran a tough man defense against the Comets, forcing many of their 19 turnovers thanks in large part to 15 steals, six coming from senior Nick Frerichs, and which helped them to a 52-38 victory.
“We played pretty well defensively,” said head coach Chester Reeder. “It just wasn’t a very good shooting night for us. We had really good looks and they just weren’t falling, but it didn’t affect our defense, and we kept rebounding, kept trying to do things right.” Read More

Lady Red to Try for Three-peat as Regional Champs

Photo by Keith Stewart Emily Neuhauser eyes the basket from below Tuesday. Neuhauser finished with 25 points as did Brittin Boyer.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Emily Neuhauser eyes the basket from below Tuesday. Neuhauser finished with 25 points as did Brittin Boyer.

February 11, 2015

Will take on T-Town Thursday in Pana

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Tuesday night’s regional semi-final in Pana was never much of a contest as Sullivan defeated Shelbyville for the third time this year, 66-24. But the landslide victory did afford a little practice for both Sullivan’s bench and defense, should either need to get creative further into the post-season.
“We switched our defense up most of the night trying to kind of practice different things that we may have to use down the road,” said head coach Sheri McCain. “We were trying to keep them out of the paint. I thought we played pretty well.”
Sullivan switched between man, a 3-2, and a 2-3 zone most of the night, during almost all of which they kept Shelbyville outside the paint where the Lady Rams’ shots struggled to fall. Read More

Ending it Nearly Scripted, Sullivan Wins CIC on Senior Night

Photo by Keith Stewart The Sullivan Lady Redskins celebrated their four seniors Thursday night. Pictured, left to right: Elissa Stewart, Emily Neuhauser, Brittin Boyer, and April Shuman.

Photo by Keith Stewart
The Sullivan Lady Redskins celebrated their four seniors Thursday night. Pictured, left to right: Elissa Stewart, Emily Neuhauser, Brittin Boyer, and April Shuman.

February 7, 2015

Close out regular season with title victory over Clinton

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Sheri McCain doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to a pre-game pep-talk.
So when it came time to sit her girls down before Thursday’s senior night game against Clinton with outright conference title implications, the Sullivan head coach had her group, including her core of four seniors, watch video of their seventh grade year when the four went to the state tournament. McCain then followed up with highlights from their victory over the Lady Maroons in 2013 in the Okaw Valley holiday tournament championship.
Things got emotional to say the least. Read More

Turnovers Upset OV Senior Night Monday

Photo by Keith Stewart Pictured are this year’s Okaw Valley girls’ varsity basketball seniors who were celebrated Monday night. From left to right: Kali Forsyth, Amy Orris, Paige Harlin, Amanda McClain, and Savannah Birch. The Lady Timberwolves fell to Arcola 35-28.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Pictured are this year’s Okaw Valley girls’ varsity basketball seniors who were celebrated Monday night. From left to right: Kali Forsyth, Amy Orris, Paige Harlin, Amanda McClain, and Savannah Birch. The Lady Timberwolves fell to Arcola 35-28.

February 4, 2015

31 giveaways help Arcola overcome Lady T-Wolves

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Considering Okaw Valley had already committed 15 turnovers at the half and still led 16-14 over Arcola had a lot to do with boxing out and their typical stalwart defense. But given the chance to correct their course in the second half, OV failed to do so, instead committing another 16 turnovers that would prove too much to sustain a lead as they fell 28-35 on senior night.
“Unforced errors, that’s what killed us tonight,” said head coach Don Gardner. “And I don’t know if it was the whole senior night thing with emotions running high– not to take anything away from Arcola, they’re a very good team. Obviously they’re very well-coached, but I thought we played with them tonight, and it was a very winnable game. We just let it slip out of our grasp.” Read More

Hagerman Headed to Olney Central on Scholarship

Photo by Keith Stewart Okaw Valley senior Peyton Hagerman (middle) prepares to sign his letter of intent to play baseball at Olney Central College last Thursday. To the left is his father and OV head baseball coach Andrew, and to the right is his mother Brooke.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Okaw Valley senior Peyton Hagerman (middle) prepares to sign his letter of intent to play baseball at Olney Central College last Thursday. To the left is his father and OV head baseball coach Andrew, and to the right is his mother Brooke.

January 28, 2015

OV senior slated to pitch for Blue Knights

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

For Okaw Valley senior Peyton Hagerman, when the time came to choose a college to go to play baseball, there was one adjective he wished to avoid in describing his decision: Crazy.
“I wanted to play for Dennis Conley, first and foremost. I’ve heard nothing but great things about him. I’ve had people tell me that if I passed him up I’d be crazy. I don’t want to be crazy.”
So the OV senior signed off on his, say, logical choice, last Thursday to go and become a Blue Knight at Olney Central College.
“Really, what it came down to was Olney and Parkland,” said Hagerman. “Parkland also has a really good program up there, but Olney offered me more money. That’s part of it.” Read More

Findlay Boys’ Cinderella Season Remembered

Photo by Brandi Denton Pictured are members of the 93’ Findlay eight grade boys’ basketball team. Back row, left to right: Coach Herb Bricker, Anthony Scott, Zac Atkinson, Travis Park, and Nick Berry; Front row: Curtis Shinn, Brock Nichols, cheerleaders Robin Perry and Jamie Martinski, and Michael Williams.

Photo by Brandi Denton
Pictured are members of the 93’ Findlay eight grade boys’ basketball team. Back row, left to right: Coach Herb Bricker, Anthony Scott, Zac Atkinson, Travis Park, and Nick Berry; Front row: Curtis Shinn, Brock Nichols, cheerleaders Robin Perry and Jamie Martinski, and Michael Williams.

January 21, 2015

‘93 team remembered for Elite 8 run

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Herb Bricker has been coaching basketball in the area for more than 15 years. But there’s one game in particular that still sticks out to him–one where he enjoyed having a pair of scissors in one hand and a net in the other.
And last Thursday night that game, in part, along with the 1993 Findlay 8th grade boys’ basketball team was recognized almost 20 years after their Elite 8 run in the state tournament. That year the team coached by Bricker went 18-4 with Bricker winning IESA coach of the year.
“After our win, the president of the IESA stayed in our hotel, and he made a point to tell me the defense we played was the most impressive he had since Andy Kaufmann in the mid 80s,” recalled Bricker.
Travis Parks confirmed just how important defense was to that team.
“Herb coached us from fourth grade that defense wins games,” he said. “That is just what it takes to win games.”
Bricker noted the team would try to hold opponents to 15 shot attempts per game and actually held a team to just four shot attempts in one contest. Read More