Tri-County Meet Sees SOV, ALAH Finish within Proximity

Photo by Keith Stewart Abby Cravatta eyes the bar during her pole vault attempt Tuesday. She would finish fourth reaching a height of 7-0.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Abby Cravatta eyes the bar during her pole vault attempt Tuesday. She would finish fourth reaching a height of 7-0.

SOV boys finish highest in fourth

April 22, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com
Hosting their second meet of the year, the SOV boys’ track team placed fourth, while the girls settled for fifth. Neighboring Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond’s boys took fifth, while their girls were also a spot back in sixth.
The boys team finished with 72 points, and leading the Redskins was Zane Uphoff, who finished first in the triple jump going 40 feet, 3 inches. Uphoff also earned third in the long jump with a distance of 18-8. Teammate Cody Drake took second in the event with a jump of 19-0. The 4x200 relay of Uphoff, Charlie Goss, Luke Bowman, and Calen Landrus finished in second with a time of 1 minute, 38.26 seconds.
Other top four finishes included Zach Devore (fourth, 300m hurdles, 46.03), Bowman (third, long jump, 5-10), Drew Harris (fourth, long jump, 5-10), JT Bland (fourth, 800m, 2:13.94), Logan Pedigo (third, pole vault, 10-6), and the 4x4 relay of Uphoff, Goss, Landrus, and Devore (fourth, 3:46.42). Read More

Nadler’s Walkoff RBI Completes Redskins 6-5 Comeback

Photo by RR Best Jacob Piper prepares to field a ball Saturday morning.

Photo by RR Best
Jacob Piper prepares to field a ball Saturday morning.

Last ditch heroics push Sullivan past Altamont Sat.

April 22, 2015

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Sullivan rallied from behind to win in dramatic fashion against the Altamont Indians Saturday at Leon Lane Memorial Field.
Nick Frerichs came up with a clutch two-out two-RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning, and Levi Nadler followed with an RBI single down the right field line for the game winner. The Redskins called on Tom Schibur to close out the final two innings, earning his first win supported by Dakota Clayton who pitched five strong innings of three run ball tallying five strikeouts.
Playing their fifth game in five days, Redskins head coach Troy Rogers saw what he called a gutsy performance.
“Our pitching staff is running on fumes,” he said. “This is only Tommy’s second time pitching varsity. He has pitched really well so far, and if we were not as deep as we are, he would be pitching for us a lot. He has been able to get a lot of innings in JV, but that was the first time I had seen him in a prolonged outing, and I was impressed.” Read More

Lady T-Wolves Take First Loss of the Season

Heyworth takes advantage of OV errors

April 22, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Before starting play at the Heyworth Round Robin Saturday, Okaw Valley first took on conference foe Cerro Gordo-Bement Friday, winning 7-2.
In what was a close game at 4-3 was broken open in the top of the seventh, starting with a two-out two-run home run by Jessica Robinson. Maddie Perrine then followed with a solo home run. Perrine also went the distance in the game from the mound with just one earned run on five hits while walking three and striking out seven. With the win, OV improved to 12-0 and 5-0 in the LOVC northwest division. Read More

Lady Knights Win Ramsey Tourney Saturday

Miller’s bat helps propel ALAH to title

April 22, 2015
The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond softball team won the Ramsey tournament on Saturday after a head-to-head tie breaker went in their favor.
The Lady Knights actually went 2-1 on the day and were tied with Windsor/Stew-Stras for the title in terms of allowing the fewest runs, but with ALAH defeating the Lady Comets, they came home with the title.
Taking on the Comets in the first game, ALAH won 8-5 on nine hits. Read More

Lady Red Take Second at Moweaqua

April 22, 2015

The Sullivan/Okaw Valley girls’ track & field team took second at the Central A&M meet April 14, behind not their usual rivals and host Raiders, but rather Warrensburg-Latham by just three points.
First place finishes went to Emily Neuhauser  in the 100m dash (12.77 seconds) and 200m dash (26.31), Alyssa Marshall in the 800m run (2.44), Megan Dash in the high jump (4 feet, 10 inches), Carlin Nuzzo in both the pole vault (7-6) and 400m dash (1:07.6) and the 4x4 relay team of Ashlynd Risley, Marshall, Laine Cameron, and Neuhauser. Read More

Lady T-Wolves Continue Romp Through LOVC

Another early outing for OV with win over Arcola

April 23, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com
Another early go of it and another conference win.
Okaw Valley tallied their sixth conference win Wednesday over Arcola, defeating the Lady Purple Riders 13-1 in just four and a half innings. Hinging on two big offensive-producing frames, Okaw Valley improved to 6-0 in the LOVC northwest standings and 14-1 overall.
The Timberwolves’ ace Amanda McClain claimed yet another win on the year, going all five innings allowing one earned run and one hit along with one walk and six strikeouts. Read More

Sullivan Shows Off in Tuscola Showcase

Redskins net four big bombers Friday

April 15, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

“This kid isn’t going to ding it.”
“He ain’t no dinger.”
“Oh my god! He dinged it!”
If you were sitting in the stands of Friday evening’s Tuscola Showcase opener between Sullivan and Danville Schlarman, you too would have heard that conversation by way of a few shocked and awed Lanark Eastland baseball players waiting to take the field. The Lanark team made it just in time to see Levi Nadler demo a ball back over the left-field wall for a two-run homer, putting Sullivan up 18-0. Then Bryce Farris followed and on just the second pitch, knocked the ball over the right-field wall, much to the young spectators’ surprise.
And that was Sullivan’s fourth home run of the day in what was a 20-0 blowout aided somewhat by a strong westerly wind. Read More

Knights Finish Top Three at Home Track Invite Friday

Photo by RR Best SOV’s Jed Wheeler eyes the shot put area moments before his throw Friday in Arthur. Wheeler finished 15th out of 28 with a throw of 34 feet, 3 1/2 inches.

Photo by RR Best
SOV’s Jed Wheeler eyes the shot put area moments before his throw Friday in Arthur. Wheeler finished 15th out of 28 with a throw of 34 feet, 3 1/2 inches.

SOV boys take 11th

April 15, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Competing in the annual Arthur Invite, the host’s girls finished second, the boys third, while SOV’s boys took 11th.
The Redskins’ best finish was junior Zane Uphoff’s third place in the triple jump, going 40 feet, 6 1/4 inches. He would also earn seventh in the long jump (18-10).
"Well, obviously Uphoff has been jumping pretty well and has become more consistent this season," said SOV boys' head coach John Bertetto. "He had another PR on Friday night.  We are just going to keep working to where he will hopefully have a shot at state at the end of this season."
Other top 10 finishes included Calen Landrus (9th-100m dash, 11.43 seconds), Blake Stewart (5th-200m dash, 24.11), J.T. Bland (10th-1600m run, 5:09.06), Nick Cravatta (9th-3200m run, 11:57.94), Zach Devore (9th-300m hurdles, 46.83), Ross Metzger (5th-triple jump, 39-0), the 4x100 relay (7th-48.82), 4x200 relay (4th-1:38.55), and the 4x800 relay (5th-9:54.47).
"Our kids competed pretty well on Friday night, but I was hoping we would finish with a higher team score, and we may have except for a hiccup with our 4X400m team, because they would have likely placed pretty high," said Bertetto. "We are getting more competitive, but we still have a ways to go to get where we want to be in our program. We have quite a bit of young talent that will hopefully keep improving throughout this season." Read More

Knights Ride HR Power to Victory Over Purple Riders

Photo by RR Best Avery Schrock slides into home Friday afternoon. When Schrock wasn’t sliding across the plate, he was hurling curveballs. The senior earned the win on the mound after holding Arcola to four hits over five innings while striking out three and allowing the lone run.

Photo by RR Best
Avery Schrock slides into home Friday afternoon. When Schrock wasn’t sliding across the plate, he was hurling curveballs. The senior earned the win on the mound after holding Arcola to four hits over five innings while striking out three and allowing the lone run.

Ryan, Vanausdoll tally big hits in win

April 15, 2015

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

On a windy Friday the Arthur-Lovington/ Atwood-Hammond Knights punished the baseball, earning an impressive 13-1 win over conference rival Arcola. Ross Ryan hit a two-run bomb in the bottom of the first to set the tone, and Marcus Vanausdoll ended it in style with a walk off three- run shot in the bottom of the fifth. Avery Schrock held the Purple Riders to four hits over five innings of work striking out three and allowing the lone run. The win was the second conference victory in a row for the Knights after defeating Cerro Gordo Wednesday. Read More