Volleyball Knights Start Strong, Then Falter

Photo by Darian Hays Taylor Powell of ALAH volleyball goes for dig during last week’s game.

Photo by Darian Hays
Taylor Powell of ALAH volleyball goes for dig during last week’s game.

•September 2, 2015•

Arthur/Lovington-Atwood/Hammond Knights volleyball started their match with Tuscola at Arthur High School August 27 strong, scoring 20 in the first match.

“I was extremely impressed with how the girls came out of the gates last night,” Knights coach Emily Crossman said.” They had more energy, communication, and execution than they have had all of pre-season. I was thrilled with how they worked together and got the job done.”

Tuscola was able to rebound to overcome the Knights 25-20 in the first game and 25-11 in the second, leaving the varsity team with a 0-1 early season record.

“However, once we started making a couple of errors our whole mindset changed,” she continued. “We went from a team wanting to win to a team that was scared to lose.”

Makayla Brown was strong with three kills for the night. Madison Brown and Janette Comstock each responded with three kills as well.

Brown and Comstock also contributed with four digs each, with Kim Davis leading the way on digs with five.

Madison Brown had five assists and an ace to round off a solid performance for the Knights. Erin Wildman also stepped up with four assists and one kill. Read More

Third Quarter Surge Not Enough For Knights

Photo by Darian Hays Knight running back Marcus Vanausdoll navigates through Villa Grove-Heritage traffic in Friday’s game at Arthur. Vanausdoll scored a touchdown and two point conversion for the evening.

Photo by Darian Hays
Knight running back Marcus Vanausdoll navigates through Villa Grove-Heritage traffic in Friday’s game at Arthur. Vanausdoll scored a touchdown and two point conversion for the evening.

•September 2, 2015•

It was a strong third quarter for the Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond Knights, but the 24 points scored wasn’t enough to offset the 60 scored by Villa Grove-Heritage team, Friday at Arthur.

Returning letterman Tyler Smith led scoring with two touchdowns while sophomore Marcus Vanausdoll rounded out scoring with a TD adding an additional two points on the conversion. Will Cohan kicked the extra point following a Smith touchdown to complete Knight scoring for the evening.

Smith led rushing for the Knights with 158 yards on five carries. Vanausdoll supplied 11 yards followed by quarterback Teddy Poe with eight yards.

Steven Stroh ran for two yards as did Adam Day, while Jordan Rettig and Will Cohan contributed a yard each for the ALAH team.

On a limited passing game Will Cohan and Teddy Poe each connected with Brad Miller and Vanausdoll for seven yards apiece.

Cohan kicked off four times for a 131 yard total and supplied a seven yard return.

Brendan Teak booted two punts for 74 yards.

Mason Lee had one fumble recovery, and Vanausdoll picked off a pass which led to a 55 yard return. Read More

Sullivan Golfers Compete in Moweaqua

•September 2, 2015•

Sullivan golfers traveled to Moweaqua August 27 finishing second to Arcola (157-161) bringing the varsity men’s team to 7-2 for the season.

Shelbyville’s team shot 166 and Meridian 188 to complete men’s competition.

For Sullivan Caden Ellis shot a 36 to match Arcola’s Clayton Miller and Shandon Hershberger at 36 strokes each.

Redskin Tom Schibur shot 39,  Adam White (41), Joey Davison (45),  Leighton Burcham (45) and Eric Keller (48). Read More

SOV Cross Country Teams Host Meet

•September 2, 2015•

Sullivan-Okaw Valley’s  cross country teams hosted a quad meet at Sullivan High School August 27 with the boys team finishing first with a 45.

Teutopolis was second at 47, Tuscola third with 70 and Arthur-Lovington /Atwood-Hammond fourth with 73.

Logan Hall of ALAH led all runners finishing in 17:00 minutes.

For the Redskin runners JT Bland was top of the heap at fourth with 18:21. Isiah Plank came in seventh with 18:49; Logan Pedigo followed at ninth with 18:58; Jason Nuzo was 11th with a 19:58 effort and Charlie Goss 14th with 20:05.

SOV individual times: Kyzer Lash (20:21), Trevor Tarr (21:07), Atticus Harris (21:42), Seth Bricker (21:48), Parker Perine (22:19), Brodie Goss (23:19), Will Nolen (23:20), Austin Schmohe (24:08), Calab Villalobos (26:14), and Addison Graham (26:23).

For ALAH Logan Hall first (17:00), Justin Laughlin 12th (19:59), Austin Roming 17th (20:38), Trevor Wright 18th (20:41), Jordan Miller 25th (21:11) with Matthew Williams finishing the roster (24:25). Read More

Area Golf Teams Get Underway

•August 26, 2015•

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Both this and last week Sullivan, Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond/Arcola, and Okaw Valley golf teams began regular season play.

For the Redskins, as reported in last week’s paper, they began the season in Windsor at the St. Anthony Invite where they finished ninth out of 12 teams, shooting more than 65 strokes better than this time last year.

Sullivan then travelled back to Windsor last Wednesday where they took first out of five teams.
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SMS Softball Information

•July 22, 2015•

Prior to the start of the Sullivan Middle School softball season, a conditioning camp will be held 9-11 a.m. the week of July 27 at the north diamond at Wyman park for seventh and eighth graders. Read More

Harlin Heads to Nashville for Greener Greens

Photo by Keith Stewart Recent Okaw Valley graduate Paige Harlin signed her letter of intent to play golf at Tennessee State University in an April 21 ceremony. Pictured, left to right are: younger sister Grace, mother Amber, Paige, father Jeremy, and younger brother Miles.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Recent Okaw Valley graduate Paige Harlin signed her letter of intent to play golf at Tennessee State University in an April 21 ceremony. Pictured, left to right are: younger sister Grace, mother Amber, Paige, father Jeremy, and younger brother Miles.

Okaw Valley graduate to play golf at TSU

June 17, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

When it comes to golf, Paige Harlin has for most of her high school career, been a big fish in a small pond.
Well, now she is ready for more open waters.
On Tuesday, April 21, the 2015 Okaw Valley graduate signed off on her official intent to play division-one golf at Tenneesee State University starting this fall.
“It means a lot because for the longest time everybody would ask me where I’m going, and I’d say, ‘Probably Tennessee, but I don’t really know,” said Harlin, “but now I can finally just say ‘that’s where I’m going.’”
But for Harlin, a college golf signing may not have happened had it not been for some encouragement.
“Definitely not considering I quit golf after awhile to play softball, but then I started again when I got to high school,” she explained. “It was like a four year break. Andy [Wagner] was like, ‘Why aren’t you playing golf?’ And I said, “I don’t know. I didn’t think about it.’ And I didn’t know he was the coach so I really had no reason to play until then. But he’s meant a lot to me. He’s like a second dad to me practically. He’s just really supportive, and that’s always helped. He taught me how to swing a golf club.”
Wagner, who has known Harlin nearly all her life, can still recall a golf lesson he gave her at seven-years-old. Read More

All LOVC Selections Announced

June 10, 2015

Both LOVC member schools Okaw Valley and Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond had student athletes selected as all-conferece for softball and baseball.

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For the Timberwolves, pitcher Devon Still was chosen  while infielders Peyton Hagerman and Dylan Park were also selected. Honorable mentions went to Garrett Fritz, Drew Fruchtl, Joe Jeffers, and Taylor Coleman. Read More