Local Players Advance in Three Point Competition

•February 15, 2017•

Okaw Valley junior guard Paige Robinson and Sullivan junior guard Lizzie Green advanced out of their respective regionals to the IHSA sectional Three Point Showdown competition next week.

Robinson enjoyed home court advantage and made 10-for-15 in her competition at the Class 1A regional at Bethany, Thursday.

Robinson is scheduled to shoot at 5:30 p.m. in Arcola Thursday, Feb 16. Read More

Seniors Recognized

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Dance Team: Greg, Grace and Kim Mauck.

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Band: Norm Miller, Colleen Miller, Tim Nolan, Will Nolan and Michelle Nolen (absent from photo: Paige Sieberns, Luke DeLong and Mary Farley).

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Cheer: Shawna Hatten, Paige Sieberns and Troy Sieberns.

Sullivan Girls End Season with Tuscola

•February 15, 2017•

By Jason Brown
NP Sports Editor

The Sullivan girls’ basketball team fell to Tuscola 37-30 in the Class 2A regional at Sullivan High School Wednesday, Feb. 8.

The loss ended the Redskins’ season with an overall record of 14-13 and 4-2 in the Central Illinois Conference.

Tuscola jumped out to a 12-4 first quarter run and added three more to the lead by half for a score of 22-11.

Sullivan played well in the second half, outscoring Tuscola 29-28, but it was not enough to overcome the first-half deficit. Read More

Strong Comeback Effort Falls Short for ALAH Team

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ALAH Knights take instruction from coaches during the Class 2A Regional Championship game last Thursday night.

•February 15, 2017•

By Jason Brown
NP Sports Editor

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond girls’ basketball team failed to complete a frenzied fourth-quarter comeback and lost 45-43 to Tuscola in a Class 2A Sullivan regional championship game Thursday night.

The fourth-quarter comeback started with just less than four minutes left in the game.

The Knights cut an 11-point deficit to five when Hannah Wallen hit two free throws, followed by a Liz Shipman free throw and a Marissa Herschberger 3-pointer.

Tuscola called a timeout with 2:02 left, but on the next possession the Knights stole the ball, and Shipman was fouled with 1:25 left.

Shipman’s free throw and a three pointer by Herschberger cut the lead to 39-37.

Tuscola hit four-straight free throws to push the lead back to five, 43-37.

With 10.9 seconds left, Herschberger hit another 3-pointer to cut the lead to 44-40, and with 17.8 second left the Knights forced a five-second call on the inbounds.

With eight seconds left, Shipman hit a three to cut the lead to 44-43. Read More

ALAH Knights Get Big Win Over Arcola

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Coach Dale Shuring talks to his players during a fourth-quarter timeout against Arcola Friday night.

•February 15, 2017•

By Jason  Brown
NP Sports Editor

The Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond boys’ basketball team defeated Arcola Friday and then lost to Dieterich in the Little Okaw Valley Shootout in Cumberland Saturday, Feb 11.

Against Arcola, the Knights doubled the Purple Riders in the first quarter 16-8, before tacking on three more for a 34-23 halftime lead.

ALAH kept the pressure on in the third quarter, outscoring Arcola 14-8 in the third quarter and at one point enjoyed a 19-point lead.

“We played a great first three-quarters of the game, maybe the best basketball we played all year,” said ALAH coach Dale Shuring.

Then the momentum changed, and the Riders went on a fourth-quarter run that eventually tied the game at 54 with just more than a minute left in regulation.

“We were in it physically, we were in it emotionally and we were in it mentally,” said Shuring, “and then we got into a situation where I think we got comfortable and thought the game was in the hand, and they made a great comeback.” Read More

Couple of Wins for Okaw Valley Timberwolves Team

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Austin Hill puts pressure on Cerro Gordo during the Timberwolves Friday, Feb 10 LOVC victory.

•February 15, 2017•

By Jason Brown
NP Sports Editor

The Okaw Valley boys’ basketball team picked up two more wins this week.

The Timberwolves defeated St. Elmo/Brownstown in the Little Okaw Valley Conference Shootout Saturday and Cerro Gordo/Bement in a regular-season LOVC matchup Friday.

Against St. Elmo/Brownstown, the Timberwolves had to come back from a 13-point deficit to defeat the Eagles 55-53.

The Timberwolves came back with a 14-0 run that started in the second period and ended when Conner Cloyd hit s 3-pointer to take the lead with 5:03 left in the third.

Jared Bunfill hit a 3-pointer to take the permanent lead. Bunfill finished with 11 points. Read More

OV Girls Knock off Nokomis, Fall to CAM at Regionals

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During the regional championship game against Central A&M Feb 10 Jesse and Paige Robinson work the ball around Raiders defense.

•February 15, 2017•

By Jason Brown
NP Sports Editor

The Okaw Valley girls’ basketball team defeated Nokomis on a last second shot Wednesday to reach the Class 1A regional championship game but lost the title match to Central A&M at Bethany Friday, Feb 10.

“We played well, well enough to win, which makes it tough,” said Okaw Valley coach Brad Ackers. “We had one of our better offensive halves of the season in the first half. That’s a credit to Central A&M that they were able to withstand it and keep it a 5-point game.”

Against CAM, the Timberwolves’ offense was hitting on all cylinders in the first half.

Okaw Valley jumped out to a 5-0 lead and kept a 2-5 point lead through the first quarter.

With less than five minutes left in the second quarter, Paige Robinson scored to take a 32-24 lead.

CAM hit a shot at the buzzer to make it 39-34 at halftime.
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Wizards in Sullivan Wednesday

•February 15, 2017•

The Sullivan High School boys’ basketball team will host the Harlem Wizards for an exhibition fundraiser game against Sullivan teachers, coaches and community.

The fundraiser game, originally scheduled for Saturday January 14 will be played tonight (Wednesday) from 7-9 p.m. in the Sullivan High School gym. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Read More