SOV Boys, Girls Each Take First in Home Meet

Girls edge Central A&M by 11

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

After finishing behind the Lady Raiders last Friday at a meet in Shelbyville, the SOV girls track team answered back with a first place finish at home Tuesday evening and were joined by the boys who landed a persuasive first place over Warrensburg-Latham and the Raiders. Read More

Atchison Two-Hits A&M as Redskins Hang On for 2-1 Win

Photo by Keith Stewart Brody Elder makes his way to second after doubling deep to center field in the third inning. Elder would later get batted in by Jacob Piper, giving Sullivan its first of two runs in their 2-1 win over Central A&M Tuesday.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Brody Elder makes his way to second after doubling deep to center field in the third inning. Elder would later get batted in by Jacob Piper, giving Sullivan its first of two runs in their 2-1 win over Central A&M Tuesday.

Final inning nearly provides comeback for Raiders

by Kirk Whitaker
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

Pitching has been pretty good recently for the Redskins baseball team.
Saturday Nick Frerichs two-hit Danville Schlarman en route to a 14-0 win, and Tuesday Shane Atchison returned the favor with a complete game two-hit gem of his own against Central A&M, striking out nine and walking three along with the two hits.
“Shane has been solid all season,” Redskins head coach Troy Rogers said. “He knows how to pitch, he’s a bulldog on the mound—he’s out there with no sleeves because he’s crazy—he worked ahead in the count with a relatively small and low strike zone. In the last inning specifically he kept his composure and finished exceptionally well.” Read More

OV Errors as Tabb’s Three Hits Seal ALAH’s 8-5 LOVC Win

Photo by Keith Stewart Sherelle Coller eyes her deep shot to left field in the fifth inning of Wednesday’s game against OV. The senior, along with teammate Katie Wildman, celebrated her birthday with an 8-5 win.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Sherelle Coller eyes her deep shot to left field in the fifth inning of Wednesday’s game against OV. The senior, along with teammate Katie Wildman, celebrated her birthday with an 8-5 win.

Lady Wolves out strong but can’t sustain

by Kirk Whitaker
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

It’s not often that in one inning with one hit, a team can score five runs. But that’s exactly what happened last Wednesday in Arthur as Okaw Valley’s softball team stumbled with two errors to let Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond take a lead they wouldn’t give up.

“If you take away the one inning where we gave Arthur-Lovington five runs off one hit and two errors, we played them well,” said OV head coach Dave Benning. “You can’t give a team five runs in an inning, especially a good team like Arthur-Lovington. We were outplayed defensively in two innings, and that is what cost us.” Read More

Lady Red Can’t Knock Neoga Off, Settle for Second

Photo by Keith Stewart SOV’s Megan Dash clears the  bar during the high jump last Wednesday at the Arthur Invite. The sophomore cleared five feet to take first place.

Photo by Keith Stewart
SOV’s Megan Dash clears the bar during the high jump last Wednesday at the Arthur Invite. The sophomore cleared five feet to take first place.

ALAH girls, boys each finish in top five, Redskins take 11th

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

With more than 10 area teams for both boys and girls, the annual Arthur Invite last Wednesday saw SOV’s girls take second place, while the host’s two groups finished in closely contested top five spots.

McClain Can’t Complain

Amanda McClain didn’t just walk away with three first place individual medals Wednesday evening. She also took with her two new meet records, breaking teammate Emily Neuhauser’s 2012 200m dash record of 26.40 by running a 26.21 and then doing her own 2012 400m dash record (1:00) a few seconds better, running 57.94. Read More

Plenty of Hits for Lancers as ALAH downs Champaign Central 7-4

Photo by Keith Stewart Logan Kauffman tries to evade the tag at first Tuesday afternoon.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Logan Kauffman tries to evade the tag at first Tuesday afternoon.

Offense ignites after deadlocked third inning

by Kirk Whitaker
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

That was fast.

Eight pitches to be exact.

Lancers senior Katie Wildman struck out two and snagged a liner for the first three outs of the visitor’s half of the first—on her way to an eight strikeout performance—and at first look of the Maroon’s pitching, it looked as if ALAH would clobber Champaign Central.

“Katie pitched really well today,” Lancers head coach Matt Darling commented. “She got some more speed than she has recently and got them to swing. Our defense wasn’t what we wanted, but it worked out for us.” Read More

Gottfriedt Goes Off in Return as Lady Redskins Roll McArthur 11-0

Photo by RR Best Sullivan’s Liz Inman prepares to throw her pitch Saturday. Inman finished what fellow pitcher Heidi Clements started, going two innings to close out Decatur MacArthur.

Photo by RR Best
Sullivan’s Liz Inman prepares to throw her pitch Saturday. Inman finished what fellow pitcher Heidi Clements started, going two innings to close out Decatur MacArthur.

Mercy given after five innings

by Kirk Whitaker
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

Some things just don’t require many words to explain.

After Taylor Gottfriedt went 2-3 with a single, double and 2 RBI, along with scoring a run herself in her return from a knee injury, Redskins head coach Ben Richter simply said, “It’s great to have her back.”

After a nine pitch half inning in the field, Elissa Stewart and Christina Brown both worked walks—Stewart scored on a wild pitch—and Liz Inman was hit by a pitch, setting up Gottfriedt with runners on second and third. Gottfriedt sent a liner past third base, bringing in Brown for what would be the last run of the inning.

If nobody else would have scored, it would have been just fine for the Redskins because Heidi Clements was on as always. The sophomore ace struck out two, walked zero, and allowed only one hit in three innings of work Saturday morning. Senior Liz Inman came in for the final two innings and was just as good, striking out four, walking one, allowing one hit, and working out of a bases loaded one out situation in the top of the fifth. Read More

Wood Wins Mr. EIU in First Year Competing

Wood3Sullivan native already looking to next year

by Kirk Whitaker
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

After several years of training, Sullivan native and EIU junior kinesiology major Alex Wood recently won the annual Mr. EIU bodybuilding competition last month.

“I found out about the Mr. EIU competition my freshman year, in 2011,” Wood said. “I went and watched and knew I wanted to compete before I graduated. I originally was going to compete in 2012, but I decided on waiting so I could improve even more. Winning Mr. EIU is awesome. I can’t really put it into words. People asked me how I felt after the show, and I honestly just couldn’t believe it. It took a few days for it to finally settle in, and it finally hit me.”

Wood said he started lifting weights for the first time as a ‘skinny’ framed eighth grader, and through hard work, learning as much as possible, and continuous goal setting and reaching has he achieved as much success as he has. Read More

SOV Boys, Girls Each Earn First in Triangular Meet Tuesday

Photo by Keith Stewart SOV’s Annie Hogan hands off to Amy Monroe during the 4x8 relay.

Photo by Keith Stewart
SOV’s Annie Hogan hands off to Amy Monroe during the 4×8 relay.

Both now set sights on Arthur Invite Friday

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Competing for the first time outdoors this track season, both the SOV boys’ and girls’ teams took first overall in a triangular meet at home.

For the boys, they compiled 91 points, besting second place Tuscola by 27 points and third place Cerro Gordo by 67 points.

Those taking first place for the boys included Zach Devore  in the 400m dash (58.46 seconds), Dalace Ray in the 110m hurdles (21.87), Gage Duran in the long jump (5 feet, 6 inches), Adam Davis in the pole vault (10-00), Ethan Lehman in the triple jump (36-10), Trey Schlieker in the discus (122-06), and the  4×200 relay of Calen Landrus, Jacob Cameron, Zane Uphoff, and Davis (1:42.50). Read More