Dash and Company Take Fourth at Windsor Tournament

Photo by Keith Stewart Okaw Valley head coach Jody McCormick reacts excitedly after her team's come back against Neoga Saturday.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Okaw Valley head coach Jody McCormick reacts excitedly during her team’s game against Decatur LSA Saturday.

September 24, 2014

OV volleyball loses three set heartbreaker to decide third

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

In recent history, the Windsor volleyball tournament hasn’t been the Timberwolves’ best showing. In fact, the last three years, Okaw Valley has failed to make it into any of the top four deciding games, going a combined 2-7. And it was this recent hardship at the Blue Devils’ annual invitational that made the Timberwolves’ fourth place finish all the more surprising, not to mention, pleasing.
“The last three years we’ve been at this tournament the very first match, we weren’t even awake,” said second year head coach Jody McCormick. “I wonder if we even got off the bus. So this year my focus was getting them here early, getting food in their bellies before we even get here, getting them in that intensity mode, and I couldn’t be more proud of them. They worked really hard and pulled through it.” Read More

Harlin Takes Top Spot at Windsor Invitational Saturday

September 24, 2014

OV girls finish third as a team

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Okaw Valley senior Paige Harlin did what was expected of her Saturday at the Windsor Invitational. Play like the dominate golfer that she is.

So dominate, in fact, the senior shot just two strokes over par after 18 holes for a combined score of 75, taking the top individual place. In fact, Harlin shot just one stroke off of the top boys’ medalist, which was Windsor’s Tristan Warner with a 74. Read More

Redskins Rout Cardinals 42-0 to Stay Perfect on the Season

Photo by Keith Stewart Warrensburg-Latham’s Austin Tucker tries to make a catch during Friday’s first quarter while SOV’s Zach DeVore defends on the coverage.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Warrensburg-Latham’s Austin Tucker tries to make a catch during Friday’s first quarter while SOV’s Zach DeVore defends on the coverage.

September 24, 2014

SOV now ranked 16th in Class 3A

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

For SOV head coach Gerald Temples, a poor first half for his team consists of a 21-0 lead and getting pushed around at the line of scrimmage. Needless to say, he wasn’t the happiest with the Redskin’s first half performance against Warrensburg-Latham, especially against the near flawless backdrop of his team’s second half effort, which solidified a 42-0 win to maintain their undefeated record at 4-0.

“We came in to do what we do offensively and defensively and to Warrensburg’s credit, in the first half now, I’m telling you, they got after us up front,” said Temples. “They took it to us, and that was our discussion at half time-how defensively and offensively we have got to be able to play better and control the line of scrimmage better because we didn’t, especially defensively.” Read More

Knights Drop One, Win Two

September 24, 2014

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond soccer team traveled to play Warrensburg Saturday and fell 0-6.

“As always they are a very tough team to beat,” said head coach Jeff Trower. “We had hoped to score early in the first couple minutes  and try to  shake them up a little bit.” Read More

En-Schuring a Win, Knight’s QB Leads ALAH to Homecoming Victory

Photo by Darian Hays The ALAH Knights' offensive line was altogether healthy for the first time since week one, which proved a big asset in the Knights' 36-25 win over Sangamon Valley last Friday.

Photo by Darian Hays
The ALAH Knights’ offensive line was altogether healthy for the first time since week one, which proved a big asset in the Knights’ 36-25 win over Sangamon Valley last Friday.

September 24, 2014

ALAH now to host powerhouse Arcola

By Matt Kracht
NP Sport Reporter

In their Little Okaw Valley Conference opener, Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond  dominated the line of scrimmage defeating a spirited Sangamon Valley squad 36-25 Friday night. A Knights offensive line healthy for the first time since week one cleared the way for Tyler Schuring’s four touchdowns moving ALAH to 3-1 on the season. Knights head coach Dale Schuring praised the offensive unit’s effort in the victory.

“It’s a good group,” he said. “We ran the ball pretty much anytime we wanted to today, so I was really pleased with their play.” Read More

Lady T-Wolves Win Against Non-Conference Foe

September 24, 2014

Aces plentiful as OV routs Edinburg

by Joe Wheeler
Bethany Reporter

After splitting four games in the Windsor Invitational this past weekend to earn fourth place, the Okaw Valley Lady Timberwolves dominated a Monday night matchup against the Edinburg Lady Wildcats.

Things were all positive as the girls from OV looked like a well-oiled machine, sending the Wildcats home in just two sets. Teamwork was key Monday evening, as was a string of aces from middle-hitter Megan Dash in both sets. Dash combined with Caity Ohm and Hayley Carlson for a team total nine aces. Read More

Lady Knights Stay Solid in Win Over Tri-County

Photo by Keith Stewart The Lady Knights Emily Seegmiller (left), Kim Davis (center), and Brooke Tabb (right) celebrate along with their team after defeating rival Tri-County 25-21, 25-21 last Thursday.

Photo by Keith Stewart
The Lady Knights Emily Seegmiller (left), Kim Davis (center), and Brooke Tabb (right) celebrate along with their team after defeating rival Tri-County 25-21, 25-21 last Thursday.

September 24, 2014

Consistent play finds ALAH through in two-set victory

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

In both of Thursday night’s sets, ALAH had to power past a stubborn Tri-County team but did so successfully to win 25-21, 25-21.

In the first, ALAH had to overcome Tri-County’s lead but would after the Lady Titans’ miscommunication tied the game at 11-11. ALAH then fought on the ensuing volley with two point-saving digs before a kill attempt by Tri-County went out. Alyssa McArthur then landed a kill to put ALAH up 13-11. Read More

Sullivan’s Cardiac Kids Come Back to Win Regional Championship

Photo by Keith Stewart Pictured is the 2014 Sullivan Middle School baseball team with its regional championship plaque Monday evening. The Redskins defeated Argenta-Oreana 9-7 in Sullivan to earn their first title in five years. Front row, left to right: Andrew Kirk, Brycen Dalbey, Tim Lawyer, Matt Klukis, Case Crawford, John Meyer, Gary Herschberger, and Ethan Foster. Back row, left to right: Ian Hill, Beau Atchison, Dalton Rogers, head coach Jon Harwood, Caden Ellis, Gabe McGregor, Wyatt Sentel, Spencer Johnson, Aaron Garvey, and assistant coach Troy Rogers.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Pictured is the 2014 Sullivan Middle School baseball team with its regional championship plaque Monday evening. The Redskins defeated Argenta-Oreana 9-7 in Sullivan to earn their first title in five years. Front row, left to right: Andrew Kirk, Brycen Dalbey, Tim Lawyer, Matt Klukis, Case Crawford, John Meyer, Gary Herschberger, and Ethan Foster. Back row, left to right: Ian Hill, Beau Atchison, Dalton Rogers, head coach Jon Harwood, Caden Ellis, Gabe McGregor, Wyatt Sentel, Spencer Johnson, Aaron Garvey, and assistant coach Troy Rogers.

September 24, 2014

Top of the seventh heroics earn Redskins title

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Head coach John Harwood  is only 27 years old. Nonetheless, he still nearly had a coronary Monday night in the top of the seventh inning when his middle school baseball team trailed no. 1 seed Argenta-Oreana 7-6 in what was the regional championship.

“They came back, and I about had a heart attack,” said Harwood. “They don’t stop fighting, and that’s something that’s changed from the beginning of the season. We used to kind of roll over and play dead. That happened in Shelbyville when we lost 15-0 in three. We came back in our regional semifinal and beat them 7-6.” Read More

Sullivan Edges Past OV in Home Quadrangular Golf Match

September 17, 2014
Photo by RR Best Sullivan's Tommy Schibur puts during last Thursday's triangular at the Sullivan Country Club.

Photo by RR Best
Sullivan’s Tommy Schibur puts during last Thursday’s triangular at the Sullivan Country Club.

Three Redskins shoot 40s to earn second

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Hosting Okaw Valley, Shelbyville, and Meridian last Thursday, the Sullivan boys’ golf team earned second place, but only after squeaking by Okaw Valley.

Sullivan’s top three golfers shot in the 40s, while OV had two in seniors Devon Still, who shot a 46, and Jay Orris, who shot a 48. The Redskins’ Sam Mulligan and Kent Taber each shot a 46, while Joey Davison was three strokes behind at 49. Rounding out the team score was Eric Keller (56), Tommy Schibur (60), and Adam White (59) for a total of 197.

Okaw Valley meanwhile finished four strokes out from Sullivan for a team total of 201. Drew Fructl shot a 52, followed by Tanner Coleman and Austin Read More

Hungry SOV Squad Makes Statement in Win Over Tuscola

Photo by RR Best Alec Ballinger (no. 15) and Jake Eaton celebrate after SOV took a 15-14 lead over Tuscola Friday night.

Photo by RR Best
Alec Ballinger (no. 15) and Jake Eaton celebrate after SOV took a 15-14 lead over Tuscola Friday night.

September 17, 2014

Victory keeps SOV atop CIC with Shelbyville

by Matt Kracht
NP Sports Writer

First place in the newly formed Central Illinois Conference was on the line Friday night at Victory Field. The Redskins rallied from a halftime deficit to defeat the Tuscola Warriors 28-22 improving to 3-0 on the season. Homecoming fans battling the elements looked on as two of the area’s top quarterbacks squared off in an instant classic.
Coming down to five minutes to go in the four quarter and the score tied 22-22, Ty “white shoes” Molzen calmly set himself at the line of scrimmage. Facing 3-and-9 Molzen was hit in stride on a slant pass from Nick Frerichs and then it happened. Molzen, per Bill Cosby, transformed into “an amoeba splitting himself in half leaving the half without the football with the tackler.” After applying the brakes causing one Tuscola defender to fly by, Molzen hit the gas and accelerated past a second, before finally carrying a man on his back and falling forward for the biggest first down of the night. Frerichs scored three plays later on a quarterback sprint putting the Redskins on top for good. Molzen finished the night with two catches for 40 yards. Read More