Lady T-Wolves Win Against Non-Conference Foe

September 24, 2014

Aces plentiful as OV routs Edinburg

by Joe Wheeler
Bethany Reporter

After splitting four games in the Windsor Invitational this past weekend to earn fourth place, the Okaw Valley Lady Timberwolves dominated a Monday night matchup against the Edinburg Lady Wildcats.

Things were all positive as the girls from OV looked like a well-oiled machine, sending the Wildcats home in just two sets. Teamwork was key Monday evening, as was a string of aces from middle-hitter Megan Dash in both sets. Dash combined with Caity Ohm and Hayley Carlson for a team total nine aces. Read More

Lady Knights Stay Solid in Win Over Tri-County

Photo by Keith Stewart The Lady Knights Emily Seegmiller (left), Kim Davis (center), and Brooke Tabb (right) celebrate along with their team after defeating rival Tri-County 25-21, 25-21 last Thursday.

Photo by Keith Stewart
The Lady Knights Emily Seegmiller (left), Kim Davis (center), and Brooke Tabb (right) celebrate along with their team after defeating rival Tri-County 25-21, 25-21 last Thursday.

September 24, 2014

Consistent play finds ALAH through in two-set victory

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

In both of Thursday night’s sets, ALAH had to power past a stubborn Tri-County team but did so successfully to win 25-21, 25-21.

In the first, ALAH had to overcome Tri-County’s lead but would after the Lady Titans’ miscommunication tied the game at 11-11. ALAH then fought on the ensuing volley with two point-saving digs before a kill attempt by Tri-County went out. Alyssa McArthur then landed a kill to put ALAH up 13-11. Read More

Sullivan Edges Past OV in Home Quadrangular Golf Match

September 17, 2014
Photo by RR Best Sullivan's Tommy Schibur puts during last Thursday's triangular at the Sullivan Country Club.

Photo by RR Best
Sullivan’s Tommy Schibur puts during last Thursday’s triangular at the Sullivan Country Club.

Three Redskins shoot 40s to earn second

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Hosting Okaw Valley, Shelbyville, and Meridian last Thursday, the Sullivan boys’ golf team earned second place, but only after squeaking by Okaw Valley.

Sullivan’s top three golfers shot in the 40s, while OV had two in seniors Devon Still, who shot a 46, and Jay Orris, who shot a 48. The Redskins’ Sam Mulligan and Kent Taber each shot a 46, while Joey Davison was three strokes behind at 49. Rounding out the team score was Eric Keller (56), Tommy Schibur (60), and Adam White (59) for a total of 197.

Okaw Valley meanwhile finished four strokes out from Sullivan for a team total of 201. Drew Fructl shot a 52, followed by Tanner Coleman and Austin Read More

Knights Take First Loss of the Year to Newton

Photo by Keith Stewart Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond’s Payton Wellbaum battles a Newton forward for the ball last Thursday. The Knights took their first loss of the season, falling 2-1 and to 5-1 on the year.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond’s Payton Wellbaum battles a Newton forward for the ball last Thursday. The Knights took their first loss of the season, falling 2-1 and to 5-1 on the year.

September 17, 2014

ALAH falls to 5-1 on year

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Going into Thursday evening’s matchup against Newton, the ALAH soccer team was attempting to stay perfect on the year and improve to 6-0. Such a feat seemed possible when Javi Briseno’s corner kick near the end of the first half went in the goal to put ALAH up 2-1, but the goal would be called back after officials cited that time had actually expired 14 seconds earlier.
“I’m kind of upset with they went ahead and let us kick the corner kick and then after it’s in, they say, ‘No, time quit 14 seconds ago.’,” said head coach Jeff Trower. “Don’t ask me. I have no explanation. That’s not right.” Read More

Heritage Stops Okaw Valley from Winning Three Straight

September 17, 2014

Ball handling an issue as Lady T-Wolves fall in three sets

by Joe Wheeler
Bethany Reporter

The Okaw Valley Lady T-Wolves dropped to 2-7 Monday, breaking a two game win streak that rounded out the varsity LSA Volleyball Invitational. OV couldn’t muster enough defense to ward off Heritage’s fast-paced attack Monday evening.
After dropping their first game in the LSA Tournament to Tolono Unity 8-25, 13-25 OV had trouble against Warrensburg Latham 12-25, 14-25. Head coach Jody McCormick said the girls just couldn’t get things going right away on Saturday. Read More

Lady Redskins Break ALAH Six-game Win Streak

September 17, 2014

Sullivan forces third set, wins big

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Writer

First year head coach Krista Smith had the Lady Redskins ready to play Monday night taking on cross county rivals Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond. A matchup that saw records thrown out the window, the Lady Redskins came from one set down to pull off an impressive 23-25, 25-22, 25-15 upset.
Coming into action at just 1-8 on the season, the Lady Redskins gave a high flying Knight squad all they could handle and more.
With the match all square at one set a piece and the Lady Redskins leading 11-8 in the third, sophomore Kailyn Boyer went on a nine-point rally from the service line. Apparently, the Lady Redskins had grown tired of close games after the first two sets, deciding instead to finish strong winning by a 10-point margin 25-15.

Photo by RR Best Brittin Boyer dives to save the ball Monday evening. Boyer led her team in kills with 11 as Sullivan defeated ALAH in three sets.

Photo by RR Best
Brittin Boyer dives to save the ball Monday evening. Boyer led her team in kills with 11 as Sullivan defeated ALAH in three sets.

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SOVCC Boys, Girls Take Second at Shelbyville

September 17, 2014

For the first time since the Shelbyville Trail Invitational began, Sullivan-Okaw Valley boys’ and girls’ teams both earned a trophy, each finishing in second.
Shelbyville girls won the race, but SOV finished in a dominant second beating third place Neoga by an average of 50 seconds per runner.  The girls were led by Laine Cameron and Ashlynd Risley, finishing in 20:54 and 20:56, good for seventh and eighth place.  Other solid races were run by Carlin Nuzzo, Elissa Stewart, Abby Cravatta, Cadisen Nuzzo, and Alyssa Marshall. Read More

Knights Hang Tough, Battle Back for Win Over Oblong

Photo by Darian Hays Hunter Kamm takes off with the ball after quarterback Tyler Schuring’s pitch. Kamm was more noticeable on defense Friday night, including his interception and fumble recovery in the fourth quarter to help lock-in his team’s 33-13 win over Oblong.

Photo by Darian Hays
Hunter Kamm takes off with the ball after quarterback Tyler Schuring’s pitch. Kamm was more noticeable on defense Friday night, including his interception and fumble recovery in the fourth quarter to help lock-in his team’s 33-13 win over Oblong.

September 17, 2014

Better second half solidifies ALAH win

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Friday night’s 33-13 victory over Oblong may sound like a commanding win for the Arthur-Lovinton/Atwood-Hammond Knights, but things could have been just the opposite given a slew of penalties and a poor second quarter.
In all, ALAH accrued a loss of 90 yards on 12 penalties, most of which dealt with illegal procedure or holding, and four of the the seven that were in the first half took place in a second quarter riddled with ALAH miscues.
After trailing 12-0, Oblong got on the board with just over eight seconds left in the first, which would feed into their second quarter performance, where they took a 13-12 lead. Read More

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