Panthers Dominate Knights at Oblong

•September 14, 2016•

A long trip home from Oblong Sept 10 allowed the Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond football Knights to reflect on what could have been in their 40-12 loss to the Panthers.

“There were just too many mistakes in scoring situations,” head Knight coach Dale Schuring said.  “It would not have changed won/loss outcome, but it should have been closer game.”

Oblong had the ALAH team down 13-0 at the end of the half. The Knights put six on the scoreboard in the third quarter with the Panthers adding 20 points to the lead.

Fourth quarter led to another Knight touchdown with Oblong scoring seven. Read More

Arcola Wins Triangular Match

•September 14, 2016•

Arcola Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond golf team won a triangular match against Tuscola and Charleston JV September 6.

Arcola placed first shooting a 172 followed by Tuscola and Charleston tied with 180 a piece.  Read More

Arcola Boys’ Golf Keeps Chugging Along

•September 14, 2016•

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond-Arcola boys’ golf team improved their record to 11-1 during the week, taking a triangular match between Oblong and Villa Grove at their home course at Kaskaskia Country Club, before having their tournament at Blue Ridge cancelled. Read More

Knights Serve a Big Win Over Redskins

•September 14, 2016•

Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports

It looked so easy it wasn’t even funny Sept. 12.

Everyone got in on the act, as Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond’s serving and multiple weapons stifled the Sullivan hosts 25-9, 25-5.

The highlight of both sets for Arthur was from the service line.

Sophomore Taylor Powell responded with three aces after giving Sullivan its first point of the night. Two more of the eight points the Knights had were off Abby Duzan aces before Sullivan called a timeout 8-2.

There was no escaping the serves for the Redskins after the timeout. Madison Brown tore off four aces in a row--and was very close to a fifth-- before an ace and kill from Powell finished off the first set.

Powell finished the night with a team high five aces--followed by Duzan with four-- three kills and two digs.

“Our aggressive serving really threw Sullivan’s offense off,” Knights’ head coach Emily Crossman explained. “It was our best offensive strategy of the night.” Read More

Arcola-ALAH Keeps Lighting Up the Greens to 11-1 Start; Sullivan Not Starting to Shabby Either

•September 7, 2016•

Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports Reporter

Tuesday and Thursday Arcola-Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond golf won both matches at their home course—in convincing fashion both days.

Top returner Clayton Miller led the way both nights shooting back-to-back even par 35s with Blake Lindenmeyer taking second on Tuesday with a 39 (+4) and Shandon Herschberger almost tying him Thursday with a 36 (+1).

Lucas Hutton, Dallas Sisk and Jacob Butler rounded out the top five for Arcola which shot 161 and 163 at the two meets Tuesday and Thursday as a team, taking first place by 28 and 26 strokes those two days respectively. Read More

Okaw Valley Downs Sullivan Volleyball in Two Sets for New Season’s First Win

•September 7, 2016•

By Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports Reporter

Kristy Buford set the tone for Okaw Valley, and the rest of the ‘Wolves followed suit Tuesday night when the Timberwolves came to Sullivan and took a two-set victory over the Lady Redskins 25-18, 25-12.

The OV senior started off the first set with four kills and an ace, leading her team to an 8-3 start.

“Kristy did what she was supposed to do and led us,” Timberwolves’ head coach Jay Potter praised. “She receives the most sets, and tonight she played with few errors. When that happens, we always have a better chance to win.”

The advantage rose to 15-7, but after their second timeout, Sullivan came back with a vengeance out of the timeout that brought the game to a two point deficit, 18-16, with an ace from Ally Elzy and a kill from Esther Miller at key points along the way.  Read More

Knights Prey on Sages, Take Two Set Win

•September 7, 2016•

Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports

It was no rest on Labor Day in Arthur Monday night as the Knights volleyball team took down Monticello 25-15, 25-18. Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond keeps a perfect 4-0 record for the young season.

Madison Brown brought the heat to the court throughout both sets finishing with team highs in aces (five) and assists (13).

In the first, Brown started serving for the Knights and pushed the contest out to a 7-1 advantage, and ALAH never looked back.

“This is the first game of the season where we have come out in game one ready to play,” Knights head coach Emily Crossman explained. “We had been getting down at the beginning, but starting like this gave the girls a real confidence booster going forward.” Read More