Tough Redskin Loss to Broncos at Regionals

Photo by Doug Cottle Sullivan Lady Redskins Madi Wall and Alyssa Marshall take rebound from Bronco in the 43-40 regional loss in Tuscola Monday.

Photo by Doug Cottle
Sullivan Lady Redskins Madi Wall and Alyssa Marshall take rebound from Bronco in the 43-40 regional loss in Tuscola Monday.

•February 10, 2016•

The Sullivan Lady Redskins ended the basketball season with a tough 43-40 loss to Cerro Gordo Bement February 8.

It was the first game of Regional play at Tuscola, and the Broncos were hungry.

“No one wants to end their season on a loss,” coach Sheri McCain began, “but tonight Cerro Gordo simply outplayed us and wanted it more.”

“They hustled after every loose ball and contested our shots,” she continued, noting the Redskins were hindered by missed free throws and 22 turnovers.

“I think Brooke Tuttle played a great game for us, and Ester Miller also played hard,” she said. “The plus side is we are young and can only get better if we work hard in the off season.” Read More

Fourth Quarter Blasts Knights Past Lions

Knight Jakob Brewer leaves three Decatur LSA Lions behind going up for two of his 17 points in the ALAH win February 5.

Knight Jakob Brewer leaves three Decatur LSA Lions behind going up for two of his 17 points in the ALAH win February 5.

Big Comeback for ALAH

•February 10, 2016•

By Mike Brothers

From floor wrestling to leads flipping, the final few minutes of the Knights 55-49 win over Decatur LSA was a crowd pleaser.

The midcourt wrestling match for the ball between Knight Shandon Herschberger and Decatur LSA’s Austin with 5:43 left during the Friday, February 5 game started a Knights fire.

“I was really pleased with the effort and the ability to overcome adversity we displayed.” Knight coach Dale Schuring said of the comeback victory.

“The players did a great job of taking the last two days of practice to the game floor.”

After the floor encounter, the Arthur-Lovington/Atwood Hammond Knights went ahead 45-43 on a three point shot by Brad R. Miller at 4:49.

The LSA Lions had dominated the game and responded with a field goal and free shot. Then Cade Day tied the scored at 47-47 with 3: 25 left.

LSA returned to the lead while Jakob Brewer responded for the Knights resulting in a 49-49 tie. Read More

Lady Knights Celebrate Seniors with Big Win

Photo by Darian Hays Payton Wellbaum scored seven of the next 13 points for the Lady Knights extending the lead to 17-7 with under a minute remaining in the first quarter.

Photo by Darian Hays
Payton Wellbaum scored seven of the next 13 points for the Lady Knights extending the lead to 17-7 with under a minute remaining in the first quarter.

Physical Bomber Game 

•February 10, 2016•

By Mattt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Hannah Wallen scored 16 points in a 58-39 win over Argenta-Oreana on senior night Feb. 4.

The Lady Knights were able to hold the Bombers to just five points in the fourth quarter of a dominate performance.  ALAH head coach Craig Moffett was happy for his seniors Alyssa Hershberger, Jazmine Arnett, and Essi Kennunen.

“Our seniors played hard, and they have been working all year,” he said.  “They have been good senior leaders for us.”

Argenta took an early lead 3-1 at the six minute mark in the first quarter.  Liz Shipman changed the momentum with a steal and got the ball to Wallen for her first three pointer of the game. The trey resulted in a 4-3 lead for the Knights and with five minutes remaining in the first quarter the team started to roll.

Payton Wellbaum scored seven of the next 13 points for the Lady Knights extending the lead to 17-7 with under a minute remaining in the first quarter. The Bombers would add a layup with 10 seconds remaining to make it a 17-9 game heading into the second quarter. Senior Alyssa Hershberger scored at the 6:45 mark in the second period to make it a 21-9 lead for the Knights.   Read More

Timberwolves Lose Despite Determined Effort

Photo by RR Best Timberwolf Alex Martin drives for back to back scores in second quarter action against the Storm.

Photo by RR Best
Timberwolf Alex Martin drives for back to back scores in second quarter action against the Storm.

•February 10, 2016•

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Okaw Valley went wire to wire in front of a sold-out crowd Friday night, ultimately falling 69-62 versus the Sangamon Valley Storm.

A pair of well-timed runs by the Storm to end the first half and begin the second proved too much to overcome.

Okaw Valley head coach Brooks Inman was proud of how the Timberwolves battled throughout. “Our kids don’t quit. They have a lot of heart and a lot of pride. They won’t quit ever, and I am proud of them for that. I am proud of the fight.”

The Timberwolves jumped all over the Storm early rushing out to an 8-2 lead at the five minute mark in the first quarter. The Storm responded with an 8-0 run to retake the lead 10-8 with three minutes left in the first.

Taylor Coleman converted a three point play from the line on the Timberwolves’ next possession to take the lead right back 11-10.

The teams traded scores to end the period with the Storm on top 16-13.

Alex Martin, who finished with 10, took control in the second quarter, driving and scoring on back to back possessions to get the Timberwolves within one basket of the Storm’s 20-18 lead.   Read More

Argenta Oreana Wins at ALAH

•February 10, 2016•

Argenta Oreana’s Bombers left Arthur with a 55-29 win February 2.

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond Knights were bombed in the first quarter with a 24-11 A-O run. In the second quarter the Knights were held down 10-2, allowing the Bombers to go into the half ahead 34-13.

ALAH scored seven in the third quarter to Argenta Oreana’s ten points. In the fourth it was 11-9 for the Bombers to cinch the 55-29 win.

Argenta Oreana hit 21-53 field goals with ALAH hitting 11-42. The Bombers made 4-15 three point shots, while the Knights hit 3-12. From the free throw line A-O made 9-15 and ALAH 4-8.

On the boards the Bombers controlled with 40 to the Knights 21 rebounds. On assists and steals both teams were matched at five and six. Argenta Oreana had four turnovers to ALAH’s eight, with the Knights making 12 bench points compared to the Bombers 11. Read More

Sullivan Blue Dolphins Give to VA Hospital

•February 10, 2016•

By Jason Smith
for the News Progress

Each year the Blue Dolphin swim team takes a break from the water to give back to the community.

This year they chose to give to the veterans hospitalized at VA in Danville.

One hundred seventy-six toothbrushes, 115 denture cleaners, 45 bottles of shampoo, 45 bath towels, 19 toasters and 15 coffee pots are just some of the 818 items the Sullivan Blue Dolphins collected which were delivered to the hospital Feb. 2.

Head coach Jason Drury each year does something with the swimmers for the community and soldiers/veterans. He has a strong belief in teaching them to give back to the community they live in.

This year Samantha Berner of the American Legion provided Drury with a list of needs for the VA hospital. The team set out with a challenge to collect the items as a means to knock laps off their practice Saturday, January 23.

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Senior Night Win for Okaw Valley

Photo by RR Best Honored OV seniors guard Gretchen Macklin and forward Devan Nave.

Photo by RR Best
Honored OV seniors guard Gretchen Macklin and forward Devan Nave.

•February 10, 2016•

It was senior night in Bethany with the Okaw Valley Timberwolves winning over Decatur LSA 50-29.

Honored seniors include guard Gretchen Macklin and forward Devan Nave.

Okaw Valley started strong with a 14-8 first quarter. The Timberwolves continued the pace with a 16-9 second quarter, putting the Okaw Valley girls’ team ahead 30-17 at the half.

LSA’s Lions scored eight points to Okaw Valley’s 12 in the third. In the fourth quarter it was 8-4 Timberwolves for the 50-29 win.

Paige Robinson led the Timberwolves scoring, hitting eight field goals, a three point shot and three free throws for 22 points. Read More

Bombers Beat Knights

•February 3, 2016•

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond Knights met Argenta-Oreana in tournament play at Decatur LSA on January 26.

The Bombers came out on top 45-23

ALAH and Argenta-Oreana scored 7-8 first quarter. The second quarter found the Knights outscored 12-3, heading into the half time 20-10, Argenta-Oreana’s lead.

The Bombers had a strong 17-4 third quarter. ALAH scored 9-8 in the final quarter, leaving Argenta Oreana with the 45-23 win. Read More

Central A&M Takes Redskins in Senior Night Win

Photo by Lisa Dickens Senior Night in Sullivan honored senior Alyssa Marshall, whose parents Mike and Venessa were present for the celebration.

Photo by Lisa Dickens
Senior Night in Sullivan honored senior Alyssa Marshall, whose parents Mike and Venessa were present for the celebration.

•February 3, 2016•

It was senior night for the Sullivan Redskins with Alyssa Marshall playing her final home game.

A game that ended with a 65-41 Central A&M Raider win.

“She has grown up over the past four years,” coach Sheri McCain said during the observance, which was attended by her parents Mike and Venessa. “It has been fun watching her be a part of this team. She plays with so much heart and determination, and that is something hard to teach.”

The first quarter ended with a 13-10 Central A&M advantage.

“We played a solid first quarter and were only down by three,” Coach McCain recalled. “A&M made their run in the second and shot our lights out.”

It was a tough second quarter as the Raiders turned the game their way with a 24-11 run that put them ahead 37-21 at the half. They came back with a 24-13 third quarter followed by a game calming 7-4 Sullivan advantage in the fourth quarter. Final score was 65-41 Central A&M. Read More

Okaw Valley Takes Knights in Close Game

Photo by Darian Hays No stopping Hannah Wallen against Okaw Valley as she contributed 11 game points.

Photo by Darian Hays
No stopping Hannah Wallen against Okaw Valley as she contributed 11 game points.

•February 3, 2016•

The Okaw Valley girls traveled to Arthur winning 55-52 over the Knights, January 28.

The Timberwolves were able to keep the Knights’ Hannah Wallen and Megan Fifer in check, which put Mycaela Miller in the lead scoring position for Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond.

Paige Robinson, Jesse Robinson and Natalie Jeffers boosted Okaw Valley’s effort with double digit scoring.

During the first quarter Okaw Valley led 14-9. ALAH came up with a 12-6 second quarter to lead the Timberwolves 21-20 at the half.

A 14-13 third quarter sent the Knights into the fourth quarter with a 35-33 edge.

A 22-17 fourth quarter was fueled by Paige and Jesse Robinson for Okaw Valley pushing past the Knights by two points, 55-53.

Paige Robinson led the Timberwolves making five field goals and 9-11 free throws for 19 points.
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