Okaw Valley Advances Past Windsor 73-53 in Regional

February 25, 2015

Will take on host A&M Wednesday evening

By Matthew Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

While the Timberwolves lost one of their best players for the rest of the season on Tuesday in Peyton Hagerman, fans found a star for the future that same night in Dylan Park.
Park, a junior, put 20 points on the Windsor Blue Devils making four spot-up 3s and setting the tone scoring the game’s first six points.
“Dylan shot the ball well,” said head coach Tony Sparks. “He has been our second best shooter all year. They came out and ran some box-and-1 stuff on Devon Still, which left Dylan wide open in the corner, and he took advantage.”
The Timberwolves led 8-0 when Joe Jeffers knocked down a base line jumper at the five minute mark. Windsor quickly battled back to within two at 10-8. Out of a timeout Park hit his third three in the first four minutes of the contest sparking a 10-2 run with Drew Fruchtl adding a key trey leaving the score at 20-10 with 25 seconds left in the first quarter. Windsor nailed its first of two buzzer-beaters from NBA range to close the period with the score 20-13. Read More

Collective Effort Ensures Win on OV Senior Night

Photo by Jeni Yantis The Okaw Valley boys’ basketball team celebrated its seniors (pictured) last Friday evening with a win over Cerro Gordo-Bement. From left to right: Devon Still, TJ Pieszchalski, Peyton Hagerman, Greg Walker, Joe Jeffers, Justin Vander Burgh, and Logan Tipsword.

Photo by Jeni Yantis
The Okaw Valley boys’ basketball team celebrated its seniors (pictured) last Friday evening with a win over Cerro Gordo-Bement. From left to right: Devon Still, TJ Pieszchalski, Peyton Hagerman, Greg Walker, Joe Jeffers, Justin Vander Burgh, and Logan Tipsword.

February 25, 2015

Despite Lovekamp’s 35 points, T-Wolves prevail

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Nathan Lovekamp and the rest of the Cerro Gordo-Bement Broncos may have tried containing OV’s Peyton Hagerman Friday evening, but they couldn’t control the nine other Timberwolves who put points on the board en route to Okaw Valley’s 76-70 senior night win.
“I thought everybody contributed,” said head coach Tony Sparks. “We were able to get to the rim and to the free throw line in the second half.”
The Broncos emerged from tip-off in a box-and-1 zone with Frankie Foran face-guarding Hagerman, which in turn helped in holding the typically fervent point guard to just four opening period points.
But in his place there was always someone else, whether it be Greg Walker fighting for a rebound and put-back, Dylan Park striking from the arc, or Justin Johnson coming off the bench scoring back-to-back baskets.
“Coach Bacon threw everything but the kitchen sink at us tonight,” said Sparks. “They definitely gave us a lot of different looks. Started out with a box and one on Peyton, which kind of neutralized him, but Dylan hit some shots in the first quarter. We did a good job of switching it up, and when you have good guards like we do in Dylan and Peyton, you should be able to recognize that stuff, and we did.”
The Broncos, meanwhile, relied heavily on their senior star guard Lovekamp, who still finished the evening with 35 points. Read More

Knights Net 20th Win, Finish Conference Perfect 6-0

February 25, 2015

Earn LOVC Regular Season Title

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Not even the polar vortex could stop the red hot Knights from rolling to a 57-33 victory over Sangamon Valley Friday night in Niantic.
The Knights’ defense held the Storm to just two points in the first quarter and six points in the second cruising to a 34-8 halftime lead. With the win the Knights salted away the conference championship, and head coach Dale Schuring was quick to give all the credit to his players.
“We have won the conference before–I don’t know that we had done it undefeated, but this is the first time since I have been coaching the boys that we have won the tournament and the conference itself. So it was a great accomplishment by this group, and it has been a long time since we had done that.” Read More

Knights Hang Tough Against Arcola Friday

February 18, 2015

2-pt third quarter nearly upends ALAH senior night

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

While the Knights may have had a dismal two-point third quarter, at least they chose to score at the buzzer to help swing a bit of the momentum back to their bench heading into the final period where they would hold off the Purple Riders to win 46-40.
“I think the bucket at the end of the third was a huge one,” said Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond head coach Dale Schuring. “It toned them down just a little bit. I think big picture we just didn’t shoot the ball all that well tonight. Tyler [Schuring} was reasonable I think, but everyone seemed to struggle quite a bit.”

Photo by Keith Stewart Pictured are the Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond boys’ basketball team seniors who were celebrated Friday night before their game against Arcola. From left to right: Cole Garmon, Chris Davis, Jeremy Plank, Avery Schrock, Tanner Brewer, Tyler Schuring, Kyle Feagin, Ross Ryan, Dylan Black, Hunter Kamm, and Jon Bialeschki.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Pictured are the Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond boys’ basketball team seniors who were celebrated Friday night before their game against Arcola. From left to right: Cole Garmon, Chris Davis, Jeremy Plank, Avery Schrock, Tanner Brewer, Tyler Schuring, Kyle Feagin, Ross Ryan, Dylan Black, Hunter Kamm, and Jon Bialeschki.

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Sullivan Stunned as T-Town Wins Regional Championship

Photo by Keith Stewart Brittin Boyer sits crouched watching T-Town enjoy their regional title plaque last Thursday. Boyer was held to 10 points in Sullivan’s season-ending 56-54 loss.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Brittin Boyer sits crouched watching T-Town enjoy their regional title plaque last Thursday. Boyer was held to 10 points in Sullivan’s season-ending 56-54 loss.

February 18, 2015

Boyer held to 10 in season-ending loss

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

The Lady Redskins’ season may have started with a big win over T-Town, but last Thursday it ended in dramatic fashion to a Lady Shoes team that was markedly different in both makeup and strategy. Though without Chelsea Hardiek and Danielle Repking, the Shoes had Anna Hartke back from an ACL injury. And holding both Brittin Boyer and Emily Neuhauser below their average points per game, the Shoes were able to squeeze out a 56-54 victory over Sullivan to win the Pana regional championship–much to the horror of any Sullivan player, parent, or fan.
“Mental mistakes tonight I think is what cost us,” said head coach Sheri McCain. “They played a great game. They came in and were prepared and were disciplined offensively and did the little things they needed to. They’re T-Town; they do that every year.” Read More

SBD Swimmers Compete in Circle City Classic

February 18, 2015

The Brownsburg Swim Team hosted 44 teams from Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio with more than 1,200 swimmers attending at the Indianapolis Natatorium the weekend of January 23.
The Sullivan Blue Dolphins were represented by 15 swimmers who qualified to compete including Calista Clark, Natalie Drury, Mackenzie Erixon, Brodie Goss, Charlie Goss, Bryce King, Grant King, McKenna Kull, Allison Oligschlaeger, Dalace Ray, Brynna Sentel, Aiden Short, Gabrielle Spain, Noah Spain and Anna Wooters. Read More

Lady T-Wolves Fall to Nokomis in Semi-Final

Photo by Keith Stewart Okaw Valley’s Jessica Robinson tries to stand tall against Nokomis’ Ashley Schneider last Wednesday. Between Robinson and Natalie Jeffers, Schneider still scored 24 points in the regional semi-final victory over OV.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Okaw Valley’s Jessica Robinson tries to stand tall against Nokomis’ Ashley Schneider last Wednesday. Between Robinson and Natalie Jeffers, Schneider still scored 24 points in the regional semi-final victory over OV.

February 18, 2015

OV unable to stop Schneider’s post play

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

The Lady Timberwolves struggled to find an answer for Nokomis’ 5 foot, 10 inch senior Ashey Schneider last Wednesday in the Central A&M regional semi-final. Schneider finished with 24 points and seven rebounds and helped lead her team past OV 43-32.
“We knew what kind of player she was,” said Gardner. “We did our best. We were fronting her; we had different girls on her; we were trying to help weak side, but you have to give credit where credit’s due, and she had a phenomenal game. Had we had a shot fall here or there, then it could be the difference between a win or a loss. The girls battled hard, and they fought and did not quit. That’s the kind of team we are.”
OV was down 16-25 at the half after repeated issues getting shots to fall in both the first and second. But the Lady Timberwolves made a third quarter surge that was good while it lasted. Read More

Timberwolves Overcome Lions 73-63

February 18, 2015

Hagerman, Still combine for 52 points

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

The Central A&M class 1A regional seedings were released Friday, and Okaw Valley immediately threw a wrench into the standings. Decatur LSA, who will be the one seed in the upcoming tournament, must have been confused as the three seeded Timberwolves looked the better squad. Peyton Hagerman scored a game high 27 points, and Devon Still added a double-double with 25 points on 10 rebounds in front of a capacity crowd.
And Timberwolves head coach Tony Sparks thought his team fed off the crowd’s energy early on.
“The regional seeding came out today. LSA was the one seed, and we got the three so the crowd was pumped. We are trying to peak at the right time of the year, and we played well tonight.”
Okaw Valley jumped all over the Lions from the opening tip surging to an 11-0 lead on baskets by Still and two early 3-pointers from Dylan Park. Read More

ALAH Rally Falls Short in Season-Ending Loss to Arcola

February 11, 2015

Hopes for regional championship bid dashed

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

The Lady Knights gave no. 2 seed Arcola all they wanted and more during the ISHA class 1A regional semifinal Tuesday night in Casey Westfield. With 25 seconds remaining and Arcola leading 49-42 Hannah Wallen knocked down back-to-back threes bringing the Knights to within one with six seconds remaining. Wallen, a freshman who has ice water running threw her veins, finished with a game high 22 points almost brought the Knights back from an 11-point fourth quarter deficit. But Arcola would hold off the attempt for a 51-48 win.
Head coach Craig Moffett’s team looked the better side for much of the game, and he was quick to point out the girls had nothing to hang their heads about. Read More