OV Girls Knock off Nokomis, Fall to CAM at Regionals

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During the regional championship game against Central A&M Feb 10 Jesse and Paige Robinson work the ball around Raiders defense.

•February 15, 2017•

By Jason Brown
NP Sports Editor

The Okaw Valley girls’ basketball team defeated Nokomis on a last second shot Wednesday to reach the Class 1A regional championship game but lost the title match to Central A&M at Bethany Friday, Feb 10.

“We played well, well enough to win, which makes it tough,” said Okaw Valley coach Brad Ackers. “We had one of our better offensive halves of the season in the first half. That’s a credit to Central A&M that they were able to withstand it and keep it a 5-point game.”

Against CAM, the Timberwolves’ offense was hitting on all cylinders in the first half.

Okaw Valley jumped out to a 5-0 lead and kept a 2-5 point lead through the first quarter.

With less than five minutes left in the second quarter, Paige Robinson scored to take a 32-24 lead.

CAM hit a shot at the buzzer to make it 39-34 at halftime.
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Wizards in Sullivan Wednesday

•February 15, 2017•

The Sullivan High School boys’ basketball team will host the Harlem Wizards for an exhibition fundraiser game against Sullivan teachers, coaches and community.

The fundraiser game, originally scheduled for Saturday January 14 will be played tonight (Wednesday) from 7-9 p.m. in the Sullivan High School gym. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Read More

Okaw Valley Girls Dominate for Conference Win

•February 8, 2017•

The Okaw Valley girls’ basketball team dominated Argenta-Oreana to pick up another Little Okaw Valley Conference game Feb 2.

The Timberwolves rushed out to a 14-2 first-quarter lead and never looked back. The Timberwolves outscored the Bombers 17-5 in the second quarter.

Okaw Valley extended its lead in the second half for the eventual 51-33 win.

Paige Robinson collected a game-high 27 points, including four 3-pointers, six rebounds and two steals. Read More

ALAH Boys Show Strength in Third Quarter

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Colton Romine tries to deflect the ball against Okaw Valley at Arthur Feb 3.

•February 8, 2017•

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond boys’ basketball team dropped two Little Okaw Valley Conference games this past week.

The Knights fell to Okaw Valley Friday and Lutheran School Association of Decatur, Jan 31.

Against LSA, ALAH fell behind 19-6 in the first quarter and trailed by 16 at half.

The Knights outscored LSA in the third quarter 22-15 but could not get closer than that.

ALAH lost 61-45.

Shandon Herschberger led the Knights with 18 points. He also had two rebounds and a steal.

Austin Romine followed with eight points, and Will Cohan added six points and three rebounds.

Marcus Vanausdoll and Kobe Wells each scored four points.

Vanausdoll added a game-high seven rebounds, and Wells followed with six.
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ALAH Girls Are Conference Season Champions

•February 8, 2017•

By Jason Brown
NP Sports Editor

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond girls’ basketball team defeated Cerro Gordo-Bement to earn the Little Okaw Valley Conference regular season championship in Cerro Gordo Feb. 2.

“The girls came ready to play versus the Broncos,” said coach Craig Moffett. “It was an important game that we had to win to be conference regular season champions.”

Last year the Knights won the LOVC tournament and were regular season co-champs.

This season, ALAH won both championships outright. Read More

Take Down Heart Disease Features Ben Booker

•February 8, 2017•

Fitness Guru Ben Booker of Sullivan is the featured speaker at Sarah Bush Lincoln’s men’s only free event, “Take Down Heart Disease,” set for 5-7 pm, Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Brick House Bar and Grill in Charleston.

Take Down Heart Disease will give attendees the opportunity to learn about the importance of physical fitness and staying active to help prevent heart disease. Also speaking will be Prairie Heart Cardiologist Michael LaMonto, DO, who will talk about risk factors of heart health. A variety of Sarah Bush Lincoln health professionals will be on hand to answer questions about fitness, tobacco cessation, Heart to Heart screening program, weight management, sleep disorders and diabetes.

Booker transformed his body from ordinary to chiseled and graced the covers for multiple fitness magazines becoming a fitness model and spokesperson. He lives a “second chance” lifestyle and talks about how bodybuilding saved his physique, his marriage and his life.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, which means that one in four people will have heart disease. The best way to cure heart disease is to prevent it by addressing risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and changing behaviors including tobacco and alcohol use, diet, and physical inactivity/obesity.  Read More

Timberwolves Take Off After First Quarter

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Okaw Valley’s Garrett Fritz saves ball from going out of bounds during action over the weekend that saw the Timberwolves win a conference match.

•February 8, 2017•

By Jason Brown
NP Sports Editor

Okaw Valley boys’ basketball split a pair of Little Okaw Valley Conference games this past week.

The Timberwolves defeated Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond Feb. 3 to spoil the Knights’ senior night but lost to Argenta-Oreana Jan. 31.

Against ALAH, Okaw Valley defeated the Knights for the second time in less than two weeks.

ALAH jumped ahead to a 10-3 lead with 3:06 left in the first quarter, but the Timberwolves took over the game from there.

Trey Yarnell hit a 3-pointer, Austin Hill hit a jumper and Taylor Coleman hit two shots to tie the game at 12 to end the first quarter.

From there, the Timberwolves started a 17-4 run that bled into the fourth quarter to take a 29-16 lead.

Okaw Valley increased its lead incrementally throughout the rest of the game for the eventual 62-42 win. Read More

SHS Senior Swimmers

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SHS Senior Swimmers
Left to Right: Sullivan swimmers Luke DeLong, Charlie Goss, Bryce King, Allison Miller and Brynna Sentel are honored before the varsity girls’ basketball game against Clinton during senior night Feb. 2.