Knights Roll Lions 41-8 on Senior Night

Photo by Darian Hays Cameron Bonham (left) and Hunter Kamm (right) celebrate during Friday’s game against Decatur LSA.

Photo by Darian Hays
Cameron Bonham (left) and Hunter Kamm (right) celebrate during Friday’s game against Decatur LSA.

October 15, 2014

Improve to 5-2, one win out from clinching playoff spot

by Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Tyler Schuring broke free on the second play of the game and went 63 yards untouched for the score keying the Knights’ impressive victory on senior night over the LSA Lions last Friday.

Schuring racked up four touchdowns before halftime and ALAH came up with two 90-yard plus interception returns ultimately cruising to a 41-0 halftime lead. Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond is now 5-2 on the season and playoff eligible.

An LSA Lions squad dressing the minimum was simply no match for the Knights on Friday. Read More

Timberwolves Fall to Bombers in Three Sets

October 15, 2014

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Argenta Oreana defeated Okaw Valley in a highly entertaining Little Okaw Valley matchup on Tuesday night. The Timberwolves won the first set 25-21, but the Bombers rallied, winning back-to-back sets 25-22 and 25-21 for the victory.

“I am pleased with the way the girls played tonight,” said OV head coach Jody McCormick. “We have had a rough few matches, and they stepped it up tonight and had much more energy. Every girl that was on the court contributed, and the girls that came off the bench really helped us out.” Read More

SOV Runners Celebrate Seniors with Second Place

Photo by Keith Stewart The SOV cross country team celebrated senior night Tuesday. Pictured, back row, left to right, are: Brent Mauck, Shawn Cody, Keegan Kruckeberg, Layne McMahon, Calen Landrus,  Nick Cravatta, and Alex Harvey. Front row, left to right: Tori Murphy, April Shuman, Elissa Stewart, Mackenzie Mosier, and Jacob Cameron.

Photo by Keith Stewart
The SOV cross country team celebrated senior night Tuesday. Pictured, back row, left to right, are: Brent Mauck, Shawn Cody, Keegan Kruckeberg, Layne McMahon, Calen Landrus, Nick Cravatta, and Alex Harvey. Front row, left to right: Tori Murphy, April Shuman, Elissa Stewart, Mackenzie Mosier, and Jacob Cameron.

October 8, 2014

Shelbyville sweeps meet with first place finishes

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Celebrating their last home meet of the year, and subsequently their senior runners, the SOV cross country boys and girls each finished second as a team, both instances behind Shelbyville.

It was a much closer race for the girls than it was the boys with the Lady Red finishing just two points behind the Lady Rams with 35. Read More

LOVC Volleyball Tournament Proves Challenging for OV, ALAH

Photo by Joe Wheeler Okaw Valley’s Amanda McClain (no. 5) and Megan Dash (no. 2) go up for a block against Sangamon Valley’s Jenna Leeper Saturday.

Photo by Joe Wheeler
Okaw Valley’s Amanda McClain (no. 5) and Megan Dash (no. 2) go up for a block against Sangamon Valley’s Jenna Leeper Saturday.

October 8, 2014

Timberwolves fall in two, Knights hangs on in three

By Joe Wheeler
Reporting in Arcola

Competition was fierce Saturday as two area teams faced stiff competition from conference tournament foes. Only one would find a way to win, however, as Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond would barely edge out Bement.

Tournament play began for Okaw Valley at 9 a.m. Saturday morning, taking on the number one seeded team Sangamon Valley. Read More

Knights Spoil Bronco Homecoming with Comeback Victory

Photo by Keith Stewart ALAH’s freshman Marcus Vanausdoll escapes a pack of Broncos during Friday’s contest. Vanausdoll had two carries for 15 yards and two catches for seven yards.

Photo by Keith Stewart
ALAH’s freshman Marcus Vanausdoll escapes a pack of Broncos during Friday’s contest. Vanausdoll had two carries for 15 yards and two catches for seven yards.

October 8, 2014

ALAH climbs back from 14-point deficit to win

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

After a second quarter scoring draught and a Bronco kickoff return for a touchdown to open the third, Friday night’s conference contest wasn’t looking good for Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond. But somehow, the Knights dug in and climbed out of the hole to win narrowly 27-26.

While the Knights started the scoring off with a Steven Wright 10-yard rushing touchdown just 7:54 into the first quarter, ALAH was held scoreless the rest of the half. Meanwhile, the Broncos immediately responded with an 8-play series that ended with a 40-yard touchdown reception. The Knights ensuing possession ended just four plays in when quarterback Tyler Schuring’s pass was intercepted. The Broncos would eventually capitalize, though first converting on a big 4-and-1 on the Knights’ 25-yard line. With the 2-point conversion, Cerro-Gordo/Bement took a 14-6 lead, and would then force back-to-back ALAH punts. Read More

Sullivan Runs Out of Steam in Three-Set Loss to Windsor

Photo by Keith Stewart Kailyn Boyer (no. 24) and Laine Crawford (no. 4) try to block Windsor’s Bayleigh Tabor Monday night.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Kailyn Boyer (no. 24) and Laine Crawford (no. 4) try to block Windsor’s Bayleigh Tabor Monday night.

October 8, 2014

Lady Red drop close second set, then third

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

One point could have made all the difference. And it did. For Windsor.

The Lady Blue Devils managed to steal back a victory from Sullivan Monday night after losing the first set 25-23 by going on to win the next two 25-27, 25-20.

“It was all about the mental game tonight,” said Sullivan head coach Krista Smith. “We came out strong and showed our skill set, and then they adjusted to our skill set, and then mentally we just broke.”

Sullivan emerged with Brittin Boyer’s strong middle hitting and blocking, which Windsor struggled with early, although managed to keep the lead until Boyer’s kill tied it at 9-9. Windsor then made adjustments by not only relying more on their outside hitter Autumn Bennett, but also tipping over the 5 foot, 11 inch Boyer. Read More

Stunning Comeback Snaps SOV Win Streak

Photo by RR Best A whole host of Redskins tackle St. Teresa’s quarterback Ryan Fyke during Friday night’s game.

Photo by RR Best
A whole host of Redskins tackle St. Teresa’s quarterback Ryan Fyke during Friday night’s game.

October 8, 2014

Bulldogs last minute TD edges Redskins in CIC battle

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Friday night’s matchup of the two undefeated Central Illinois Conference teams lived up to the hype that was building the week before.

It just didn’t live up in SOV’s favor.

St Teresa rallied from an eight point halftime deficit to upend the Redskins on homecoming Friday night 20-17. The two postseason bound squads went back and forth battling down to the final play for the top spot in the Central Illinois Conference. Read More

Lady Knights Drop Important Conference Match to Sangamon Valley

Alyssa McArthur prepares to serve late in to the second set Thursday evening. McArthur helped lead her team on a 5-0 run, but it was too little, too late, as ALAH fell in two sets to Sangamon Valley.

Alyssa McArthur prepares to serve late into the second set Thursday evening. McArthur helped lead her team on a 5-0 run, but it was too little, too late, as ALAH fell in two sets to Sangamon Valley.

October 3, 2014

Service and attacking errors plague ALAH in loss

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Four timeouts, but to no avail.

Despite head coach Emily Crossman’s repeated attempts to get her girls to regroup, the Lady Knights seemed destined to drop an important conference matchup Thursday night, falling 20-25, 14-25 to Sangamon Valley.

“I’d say tonight we did not even show up,” said Crossman, bluntly. “They tried to fight at the end, but it was too little too late. If you don’t start, you can’t finish a game. We couldn’t string anything together. When one facet of our play was not working, the other would shut down. The other end didn’t pick the other up.” Read More

Redskin Golf Hosts Final Match at Home

Photos by Keith Stewart Ariel Heppe putts during last Wednesday's golf match at the Sullivan Country Club.

Photos by Keith Stewart
Ariel Heppe putts during last Wednesday’s golf match at the Sullivan Country Club.October 1, 2014

October 1, 2014

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

With the post-season within a week, area golf teams hosted final home matches this week, including Sullivan, who welcomed Meridian and Effingham last Wednesday.

For the boys, Sullivan finished sandwiched between the competition at second place, shooting a combined 200 with Kent Taber leading the pack with a 46. Sam Mulligan and Kenneth Farley rounded out the 40s with a 47 and 49. Cody Johnson then followed with a 58, followed by Liam Bechtold’s 61 and Jacob Cameron’s 70.

On the girls’ side of things, they faced off against two Meridian golfers and a complete Effingham team, which would take the match with a 192. Sullivan finished with a 263 with Alexis Matlock at the front with a 58. Seniors Ariel Heppe, Beretta Phelps, and Jessica Yantis each shot a 67, 65, and 73 respectively.

Sullivan then travelled for their final two regular season matches, with the first at Tuscola last Thursday, where both boys and girls finished last behind St. Teresa, Monticello, and the host. Taber led the boys, shooting a 48, while Phelps was the female leader shooting a 55.

For the boys, Mulligan (50), Gavin Harlin (54), Joey Davison (52), Adam White (53), and Eric Keller (54), rounded out the group. Matlock (65), Dani Boyer (73), Jessica Yantis (71), and Grace Yantis (65) rounded out the scoring for the girls. Read More

Purple Rider-Knights Finish Regular Season with Win at Home

Photo by Keith Stewart Sophomore Clayton Miller tees off. Miller had a season best Monday, shooting three under par for a 32, easily earning the medal. Davis was second with a 41.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Sophomore Clayton Miller tees off. Miller had a season best Monday, shooting three under par for a 32, easily earning the medal. Davis was second with a 41.

October 1, 2014

Miller medals with season best 3-under par

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond/Arcola boys’ golf team ended the regular season at home Monday evening in a face-off with Cumberland and walked away with a 40-point margin of victory to end their schedule at 16-2.

To no surprise it was the sophomore Clayton Miller who medaled, shooting a season best 3-under par for 32. The lone and reliable senior Chris Davis followed with a 41. The rest of the group included Shandon Herschberger’s 42, Parker Ingram’s 49, and both Blake Lindenmeyer and Dylan Bugos’ 53 for a team score of 164.

Monday’s handsome victory came just days after ALAHA competed in the LOVC meet, which they won last year and hosted this year at the Arcola country club on Saturday. But at home, ALAHA succumbed once again to rival Decatur LSA, finishing second with a 332 compared to the Lions’ 314. Read More