Unforced Errors Plague Lady T-Wolves in Loss

Photo by Keith Stewart OV's Nicole Miller eyes the ball before setting it Tuesday night.

Photo by Keith Stewart
OV’s Nicole Miller eyes the ball before setting it Tuesday night.

September 10, 2014

A&M consistency keeps OV on their heels

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Okaw Valley’s 25-12, 25-13 loss at the hands of Central A&M Tuesday night was more a result of hits going too deep, serves going too shallow, and at times miscommunication plaguing the defense than it was the Raiders’ own doing.
However, when Central A&M did produce its own scoring, it relied more on well-placed tips into the holes of the OV defense than hard hits, given 5-11 junior middle hitter Megan Dash blocking what few kill attempts the Raiders had. Read More

Finishing Eighth, Lady Red Struggle in Mattoon Tourney

Photo by Keith Stewart Kailyn Boyer (no. 24) and Emily Neuhauser (right) attempt to block Neoga’s Jaycie Roy during their 5 p.m. game Saturday at the Mattoon Tournament.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Kailyn Boyer (no. 24) and Emily Neuhauser (right) attempt to block Neoga’s Jaycie Roy during their 5 p.m. game Saturday at the Mattoon Tournament.

September 10, 2014

Unable to muster single set win in five game loss Saturday

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

This past Saturday at the Mattoon volleyball tournament, it proved a difficult day for the Lady Redskins as they dropped 10 consecutive sets in five games, finishing last in eighth place.
But contrary to what one may think, the day was far from a wash. In fact, for head coach Krista Smith, the tournament brought to light some unique observations, which she hopes she and her team will be able to use to improve in the regular season.
“This is my first tournament coaching, so it was a good experience to not just get one match in, but several matches in, so we would talk after each match and learn from those mistakes in that game and then move forward to the next game,” said Smith. “I think it’s only going to help us through the season because we saw a lot of different teams running a lot of different offense. We got to where I didn’t even have to tell them what the offense was doing. I can tell they’re starting to read a little bit better. Even though it didn’t turn out the best for us, there were a lot of lessons learned and a lot of things we know we need to work on.” Read More

Taking Care of Business, SOV Shuts Out Mt. Olive 54-0

Photo by RR Best Jake Eaton rushes 44 yards for the first touchdown Friday night just before the game was postponed to Saturday. Eaton had seven carries for 53 yards and three touchdowns.

Photo by RR Best
Jake Eaton rushes 44 yards for the first touchdown Friday night just before the game was postponed to Saturday. Eaton had seven carries for 53 yards and three touchdowns.

September 10, 2014

Redskins pick up from where they left off Friday in Saturday victory

by Matt Kracht
NP Sports Writer

The SOV Redskins provided fans at Victory Field quite a show this weekend defeating the Mt. Olive Wildcats 54-0. On JFL Appreciation Night, an SOV squad laden with upperclassmen talent had five different players find the end zone. Showcasing a genuine stable of ball carriers SOV is now 2-0 for the first time since 2001.
Junior running back Jake Eaton got SOV on the scoreboard just four minutes into Friday night’s game. On 2-and-10 Eaton picked up some nice blocking, found a seam, and broke free galloping 40 yards to the end zone. Eaton would add two more scores finishing with seven carries for 73 yards and three touchdowns. Erring on the side of caution with lightning in the area early in the first, the game was stopped and re-scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, which brought much more ideal conditions.
And the Redskin defense continued its strong start to the season when play resumed.  Forcing a quick three and out SOV retook possession, and the Mt. Olive’s defenders began what would be a long day for the group. Read More

SOVCC Competes at Charleston

September 10, 2014

Competing at the Charleston Invitational last Saturday, the SOV girls’ cross country team took eighth, while their male counterparts finished 12th.
“This is a good race to get our first invitational jitters out of the way,” said head coach Ted Walk. “This is the only time we see most of these teams since almost all are multiple times our size. Girls placed eighth and ran extremely well. Our best time last year was Carlin Nuzzo at 23:05 and we finished five girls better than that this year.”
Laine Cameron finished first for SOV with a time of 21:10, followed by Carlin Nuzzo (22:07), Ashlynd Risley (22:24), Abby Cravatta (22:31), and Elissa Stewart (22:53). Cadisen Nuzzo finished sixth for SOV and shaved 10 seconds off her 2013 time, followed by freshman Allie O’Neill. Read More

Lady Knights Get on Track with Back-to-Back Wins

September 10, 2014

2-0 run at home heading into own tourney

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

After suffering two losses to begin the season, the Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond volleyball team rebounded with back-to-back wins at home against Villa Grove last Thursday followed by Monticello Monday.
Compared to the Lady Knights’ first match against Tuscola, which they dropped 25-21, 25-17, Monday’s two-set win saw a more fluid offense with fewer attacking errors and much more solid serving. Freshman Madison Brown tallied three aces, while Abby Foreman and Emily Seegmiller each had one. Seegmiller also led the team in kills with nine, while Brown had 14 assists. Read More

ALAH Soccer Goes 5-0 with Win Over Meridian

September 10, 2014

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond soccer team stayed perfect on the season Tuesday with a 5-0 win over Meridian, thanks in part to Jovany Martinez’ fourth hat trick of the year.

The Knights recorded 24 shots on goal, with Martinez leading the way with three goals. Bradley Miller and Javi Briseno each added one a piece. Read More

SOV Splits Cornjerkers Wide Open 73-0 for Opening Win

Photo by Keith Stewart SOV’s Chanley Heykoop returns a punt during Friday’s game against Hoopeston. Heykoop would set up his teammate Jake Eaton for a two yard touchdown run to go up 14-0 in the first quarter.

Photo by Keith Stewart
SOV’s Chanley Heykoop returns a punt during Friday’s game against Hoopeston. Heykoop would set up his teammate Jake Eaton for a two yard touchdown run to go up 14-0 in the first quarter.

September 3, 2014

Redskin bench makes big contributions

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

SOV may have deferred receiving the opening kickoff in Hoopeston Friday night, but it didn’t much matter. The Redskins got the ball back less than two minutes into the quarter. Four yards later, SOV was up 14-0. And these initial plays only foreshadowed the eventual 73-0 opening win.
“It’s important to get that first win under your belt especially when you’re bringing in a new system and everything,” said new SOV head coach Gerald Temples. “I thought our kids played hard.”
As the game grew on, other signs of SOV dominance came in the form of holding the Cornjerkers to a total of negative 13 yards in the first quarter, recovering a non-onside  kickoff return late in the fourth quarter, and blanking Hoopeston despite, at one point, them being on the SOV 11 yard line.
“We have to clean up a few things, so it’s not a ball game where we go back home pounding our chest or anything like that,” said Temples. “It’s a ball game we build on.” Read More

Knights Soccer Starts the Season 3-0 in Spectacular Fashion

September 3, 2014

Martinez averaging hat trick per game

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

What is more impressive than the Knights 3-0 start to their season is the fact that Jovany Martinez has had a hat trick in each game. In fact, so far, the junior has scored 10 goals and is averaging just over three per match.
The fireworks first began in the Knights’ opener at Georgetown-Ridge Farm, whom ALAH defeated 4-2. In addition to Martinez’ three goals, Javi Briseno added a goal.
The Knights then took it to Mt. Pulaski on Saturday, winning 7-1. Read More

Lady Knights Fall in Season Opener at Tuscola Thursday

Photo by Keith Stewart Freshman Madison Brown looks up in preparation to set the ball against Tuscola last Thursday. Brown led the team in both aces and assists with 3 and 14 respectively.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Freshman Madison Brown looks up in preparation to set the ball against Tuscola last Thursday. Brown led the team in both aces and assists with 3 and 14 respectively.

September 3, 2014

Warriors middle hitting, blocking too much for ALAH

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

After Thursday night’s 25-21, 25-17 defeat at the hands of Tuscola, it’s clear that given the Knights’ volleyball success in the last three years in particular, area teams are anxious for a win.
“In the locker room before we came out, the girls said that’s something they’d never done before,” said Tuscola head coach Lydia Benson. “So this is one of those things in our season that we’re always going to look back on and focus on if we start going down hill or need a refocusing point.”
The first set was a much closer contest than the second, and while the latter may have shown more of the Knights’ resiliency, both sets came down to Lady Warrior runs that ALAH could not avenge.
A quick Tuscola error and freshman Madison Brown ace, ALAH went up 2-0 to start the first, but the set would be tied four times before Tuscola began to slowly pull away. Three unanswered points had ALAH down 9-6 before an Emily Seegmiller kill brought the side out. But Tuscola’s Madie Allen responded with her own big hit from the middle, one of several on the night. Read More

Lady Red Open Season with Win; Gentlemen Red Take Second

Photo by Keith Stewart SOV’s Carlin Nuzzo races down the final stretch of her race last Thursday. Nuzzo took fourth overall and second for the Lady Red.

Photo by Keith Stewart
SOV’s Carlin Nuzzo races down the final stretch of her race last Thursday. Nuzzo took fourth overall and second for the Lady Red.

September 3, 2014

Knights take fourth as a team
by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Considering that the SOV boys’ cross country team opened the season Thursday without their top four returning runners and yet still took second has head coach Ted Walk not only pleased with his team’s performance, but also hopeful that it is a promising sign for things to come.
“We just raced this without our top four from last year in Ethan Lehman, Alex Harvey, Clayton Waldhoff, and J.T. Bland,” said Walk. “All four, not here. We still beat Tuscola. We still beat Arthur. Tough to argue with that.”
While both Harvey and Bland were absent due to vacations and Lehman having moved out of the school district, it was Waldhoff’s unexpected early exit from the race Thursday that put SOV’s boys in the unique situation. Read More