Timberwolves Advance in Regional Action

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Austin Hill passes the ball during Okaw Valley senior night Friday.

•February 22, 2017•

By Jason Brown
NP Sports Editor

The Okaw Valley boys’ basketball team won on senior night Friday then advanced in the first round of the IHSA Class 1A regional at Okaw Valley High School in Findlay Feb. 20.

The host Timberwolves defeated Edinburg in the first round of the regional.

Okaw Valley did not blow out Edinburg but did increase its lead by three points each quarter for a 12-point win, 51-39.

Taylor Coleman scored a game-high 20 points, and Connor Cloyd hit double digits with 12 points.

Garrett Fritts added six points, and Jared Bunfill had five.

Austin Hill and Austin Harshman each scored three points. Read More

Redskins End Season at Pana Regionals

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Bryce Farris rebounds the ball at the Pana Class 2A regional Monday night.

•February 22, 2017•

By Jason Brown
NP Sports Editor

The Sullivan boys’ basketball team dropped its last two Central Illinois Conference games to Clinton and Warrensburg-Latham and then lost in the Class 2A regional to host Pana to end Redskins’ season.

Against Pana Monday, Bryce Farris’s game-high 19 points and nine rebounds were not enough for the Bulldogs to overcome the Panthers.

Farris kept his team in the game in the first quarter, scoring eight points to cut the Panther lead to 11-10.

Sullivan stayed close in the second quarter but trailed 18-13 at half. Read More

SOV Swimmers Place at Sectionals

•February 22, 2017•

By Jason Brown
NP Sports Editor

Sullivan-Okaw Valley-Shelbyville boys’ swim team placed fifth in the 29-school IHSA swimming and diving sectionals at Champaign Centennial High School Saturday.

Sullivan’s 200 Medley Relay team placed second with a time of 1:47.66.

The relay members included Charlie Goss, Brodie Goss, Bryce King and Aiden Short. Read More

Robinson Advances in Shootout

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Paige Robinson jumps for the ball to open a Little Okaw Valley Conference tournament game against Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond in which she scored a season high 35 points.

•February 22, 2017•

Okaw Valley guard Paige Robinson advanced to the IHSA Class 1A shootout state finals at Redbird Arena Thursday.

Robinson advanced from a shootout with three other shooters, hitting 6-of-10, after hitting 6-of-15 to get to the shootout in the sectional round.

She is one of 28 shooters left.

The junior guard finished the season with 21.6 points and had a season high 35 points against rival Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond in the Little Okaw Valley Conference tournament.

She finished with four 30-point games and 18 20-point games.

She shot 48 percent from the field and 37 percent from behind the arc.

She made 74 percent of her free throws and averaged 5.3 rebounds per game.

She also totaled 3.1 assists, 3.4 steals and 2.9 blocks per game.

She also made the All-Pana Thanksgiving tournament team and the Okaw Valley Girls’ Holiday all-tournament team.[/s2If]

Local Players Advance in Three Point Competition

•February 15, 2017•

Okaw Valley junior guard Paige Robinson and Sullivan junior guard Lizzie Green advanced out of their respective regionals to the IHSA sectional Three Point Showdown competition next week.

Robinson enjoyed home court advantage and made 10-for-15 in her competition at the Class 1A regional at Bethany, Thursday.

Robinson is scheduled to shoot at 5:30 p.m. in Arcola Thursday, Feb 16. Read More

Seniors Recognized

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Dance Team: Greg, Grace and Kim Mauck.

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Band: Norm Miller, Colleen Miller, Tim Nolan, Will Nolan and Michelle Nolen (absent from photo: Paige Sieberns, Luke DeLong and Mary Farley).

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Cheer: Shawna Hatten, Paige Sieberns and Troy Sieberns.

Sullivan Girls End Season with Tuscola

•February 15, 2017•

By Jason Brown
NP Sports Editor

The Sullivan girls’ basketball team fell to Tuscola 37-30 in the Class 2A regional at Sullivan High School Wednesday, Feb. 8.

The loss ended the Redskins’ season with an overall record of 14-13 and 4-2 in the Central Illinois Conference.

Tuscola jumped out to a 12-4 first quarter run and added three more to the lead by half for a score of 22-11.

Sullivan played well in the second half, outscoring Tuscola 29-28, but it was not enough to overcome the first-half deficit. Read More

Strong Comeback Effort Falls Short for ALAH Team

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ALAH Knights take instruction from coaches during the Class 2A Regional Championship game last Thursday night.

•February 15, 2017•

By Jason Brown
NP Sports Editor

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond girls’ basketball team failed to complete a frenzied fourth-quarter comeback and lost 45-43 to Tuscola in a Class 2A Sullivan regional championship game Thursday night.

The fourth-quarter comeback started with just less than four minutes left in the game.

The Knights cut an 11-point deficit to five when Hannah Wallen hit two free throws, followed by a Liz Shipman free throw and a Marissa Herschberger 3-pointer.

Tuscola called a timeout with 2:02 left, but on the next possession the Knights stole the ball, and Shipman was fouled with 1:25 left.

Shipman’s free throw and a three pointer by Herschberger cut the lead to 39-37.

Tuscola hit four-straight free throws to push the lead back to five, 43-37.

With 10.9 seconds left, Herschberger hit another 3-pointer to cut the lead to 44-40, and with 17.8 second left the Knights forced a five-second call on the inbounds.

With eight seconds left, Shipman hit a three to cut the lead to 44-43. Read More

ALAH Knights Get Big Win Over Arcola

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Coach Dale Shuring talks to his players during a fourth-quarter timeout against Arcola Friday night.

•February 15, 2017•

By Jason  Brown
NP Sports Editor

The Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond boys’ basketball team defeated Arcola Friday and then lost to Dieterich in the Little Okaw Valley Shootout in Cumberland Saturday, Feb 11.

Against Arcola, the Knights doubled the Purple Riders in the first quarter 16-8, before tacking on three more for a 34-23 halftime lead.

ALAH kept the pressure on in the third quarter, outscoring Arcola 14-8 in the third quarter and at one point enjoyed a 19-point lead.

“We played a great first three-quarters of the game, maybe the best basketball we played all year,” said ALAH coach Dale Shuring.

Then the momentum changed, and the Riders went on a fourth-quarter run that eventually tied the game at 54 with just more than a minute left in regulation.

“We were in it physically, we were in it emotionally and we were in it mentally,” said Shuring, “and then we got into a situation where I think we got comfortable and thought the game was in the hand, and they made a great comeback.” Read More