Three Lady Knights Finish Strong for Win

•December 7, 2016•

Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports

For all but eight minutes and three seconds of Monday night’s non-conference game between Sullivan and Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond’s girls’ basketball teams, the contest was close, intense, and hard fought.

The only problem for Sullivan were those eight minutes and three seconds that were the difference. From the end of third and into the final quarter.

Sullivan and ALAH swapped two point advantages after the first two quarters respectively--ALAH having no answer for Addison Darush, and the Redskins being unable to contain Peyton Wellbaum in the post.

It looked as though the Knights would take just a three point lead into the final quarter, but then Megan Fifer got the ball from the left wing beyond the arc. Read More

Redskins Give Glimpses of Hope, but Fall to St. Anthony 58-2

•December 7, 2016•

Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports

Although the scoreboard read a 30-point defeat for the Redskins boys’ basketball team Monday night against St. Anthony, not everything was as bad as it seemed.

Sullivan kept the deficit manageable before the fourth quarter, staying within eight points the majority of the way. At the start of the fourth the wheels fell off the wagon.

Bulldogs junior Drew Gibson went on a personal 7-0 run—three layups and a free throw to finish — to start what would end as St. Anthony’s 21-2 run to finish the game. The rest was history thanks to their length and 1-2-2 press defense. Read More

ALAH Knights Take Martinsville Bluestreaks at Home

•December 7, 2016•

Arthur Lovington/Atwood Hammond Knights basketball hosted Martinsville November 29 winning 55-34.

The Knights hit 75 per cent of their free throws and 57 percent from the field to dominate the Bluestreaks 70 percent free throw, 38 percent field goal totals.

ALAH started the first quarter leading 10-8, with a 14-9 second quarter, sending them into the half ahead 24-17.

The Bluestreaks broke double digits with a 10-14 third quarter, but the Knights retained their scoring run with a 17-7 fourth quarter. ALAH controlled rebounds with 21 over Martinsville’s 15. Read More

Redskin Offense Struggles Against Panthers in Family Competition

Photo furnished Bryce Farris sparked the Redskins’ effort against  Jersey Community in the home game December 3, with the locals coming up short in this third face off against brothers Chet and Stote Reeder.

Photo furnished
Bryce Farris sparked the Redskins’ effort against Jersey Community in the home game December 3, with the locals coming up short in this third face off against brothers Chet and Stote Reeder.

•December 7, 2016•

By Matt Kracht
News Progress Sports

Sullivan basketball took their third loss Saturday 52-28 versus the 3-0 Jersey Community Panthers.  A tight game early got away from the Redskins after junior guard Brett Tuttle exited in the second quarter with a lower leg injury.

The matchup pitted Sullivan alum and Panthers head coach Stote Reeder against his brother Sullivan head coach Chet Reeder.  Sullivan’s coach reflected on the rivalry after the game, “It is fun and it is tough because one of us has to lose, and we are each other’s biggest fan.  But it is fun. This is the third time we have done it after going down there last year.”

Sullivan took advantage of a low scoring first quarter with a long two pointer from Queintan Britton at the two minute mark that gave the Redskins a 7-6 lead.  Jersey responded with a layup as time was expired to led 8-7 after one period of play.

Sullivan opened up the second quarter with back to back turnovers before Tuttle hit a runner with six minutes left to bring Sullivan within three points at 12-9.  Tuttle was then forced to exit the game due to injury. The loss proved to be costly with momentum turned towards the Panthers.   Read More

ALAH Knights Start Season Strong

•December 7, 2016•

With four games behind them Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond Knights girls’ basketball team is in a .500 season with excellent performances from varsity players.

Head coach Craig Moffett cited six team members’ season statistics after the four games.

Megan Fifer has a 9.8 point per game average, with 1.2 rebounds. Fifer shot .417 percentage from the free throw line with a .333 three point percentage while hitting .457 field goals.

Hannah Wallen averaged 8.5 points a game while pulling down an average 2.5 rebounds. Wallen posted .400 percent from the three point zone and .424 per cent of field goals. Read More

Knights Downed by Oakwood in Final Minutes

•December 7, 2016•

Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports

Down three with 18 seconds to go, the Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond Knights faced a three point deficit with the ball, coming out of a timeout, against Oakwood Fithian, coached by former Sullivan grad Craig Black.

The game that was tied at halftime and saw the Knights come back from six down early in the fourth tied the game again with two minutes to go. It came down to the last shot.

Senior Shandon Herschberger got the ball at the top of the key and heaved up a desperation shot but got too much backboard, and the shot rolled forward off the rim, taking away a game the Knights had taken from their grasp. Read More

Warriors Take Down Redskins Despite Hot Start

•December 7, 2016•

Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports

After starting the first six minutes of the game on a 13-4 run, featuring three 3-pointers from Addison Darush, it looked as if the Lady Redskins basketball team was going to keep its foot on the gas and get a big CIC win.

But it was not meant to be.

Turnovers plagued Sullivan, and Tuscola beat the Lady Redskins down the floor several times throughout the game for easy layups in transition, taking the game 65-54.

After Tuscola stole a Sullivan pass and took it the other way for a layup, Darush hit two of her game high six triples.  Read More

Timberwolves Finish Strong Against Hilltoppers

•November 30, 2016•

Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports

What in the first half looked as though it would be a close game Nov. 28 got blown out of the water in the second half by host Okaw Valley’s two biggest scorers.

It all started with the Timberwolves down 12-8 in the final seconds of the first quarter. It ended with a 45-27 Okaw Valley win.

Mt. Pulaski had scored with just over six seconds left, looking to take the momentum into the second, but Paige Robinson didn’t get the memo.

Robinson took the inbounds pass and calmly took the rock just over half court before pulling a “Steph Curry” and swishing a shot just inside the half court stripe to cut the deficit to one. Read More

Strong Second Half Gives Braves Win over Sullivan

•November 30, 2016•

Sullivan’s Lady Redskin’s strong first half wasn’t enough to keep Mt. Zion from a 49-45 win November 28.

Sullivan outscored the visiting Lady Braves 13-4 in the first quarter and had a 23-14 lead at the half. A third quarter 16-9 effort brought Mt. Zion’s team back as a 19-13 fourth quarter tipped the scales against Sullivan.

“We started the game off well and played great defense the first half, only giving up 14 points,” Sullivan coach Sheri McCain said.

“We were not mentally tough in the second half and had too many unforced turnovers,” she continued, pointing out 47% free throw percentage and hitting two for seven in the fourth quarter cost the game.

Mt. Zion was 10-12 from the free stripe in the fourth quarter. Read More

Knights Win Close Game Over Redskins

Photo by Mike Brothers Sullivan’s Bryce Farris drives between ALAH defenders Hunter Day and Colton Romine during the Nov. 23 Knights 29-26 win over the Redskins.

Photo by Mike Brothers
Sullivan’s Bryce Farris drives between ALAH defenders Hunter Day and Colton Romine during the Nov. 23 Knights 29-26 win over the Redskins.

•November 30, 2016•

The Sullivan Redskins first home game Nov. 22 was a back and forth, low scoring match with Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond Knights winning 29-26.

Sullivan was ahead 9-8 following a first quarter dominated by missed shots for both teams’ first encounter of the season.

The Redskins went into the half with a 20-18 lead.

A cold shooting third quarter by Sullivan gave the Knights a 22-20 lead at the end of three.

In the fourth quarter the intensity increased for both teams with Sullivan retaking the lead 24-23 at the 5:15 mark on a couple of free throws from the Redskins Josh Stutzman.

With 4:42 left in the game Knights Kobe Wells forced his way to the lane putting ALAH ahead 25-24.

Marcus Vanausdoll came up with another Knights lay up at 3:41, driving the lead to 27-26 following two points from Sullivan’s Zach Sowers seconds earlier. Read More