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

Knights Take First Loss of the Year to Newton

Photo by Keith Stewart Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond’s Payton Wellbaum battles a Newton forward for the ball last Thursday. The Knights took their first loss of the season, falling 2-1 and to 5-1 on the year.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond’s Payton Wellbaum battles a Newton forward for the ball last Thursday. The Knights took their first loss of the season, falling 2-1 and to 5-1 on the year.

September 17, 2014

ALAH falls to 5-1 on year

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Going into Thursday evening’s matchup against Newton, the ALAH soccer team was attempting to stay perfect on the year and improve to 6-0. Such a feat seemed possible when Javi Briseno’s corner kick near the end of the first half went in the goal to put ALAH up 2-1, but the goal would be called back after officials cited that time had actually expired 14 seconds earlier.
“I’m kind of upset with they went ahead and let us kick the corner kick and then after it’s in, they say, ‘No, time quit 14 seconds ago.’,” said head coach Jeff Trower. “Don’t ask me. I have no explanation. That’s not right.” Read More

Heritage Stops Okaw Valley from Winning Three Straight

September 17, 2014

Ball handling an issue as Lady T-Wolves fall in three sets

by Joe Wheeler
Bethany Reporter

The Okaw Valley Lady T-Wolves dropped to 2-7 Monday, breaking a two game win streak that rounded out the varsity LSA Volleyball Invitational. OV couldn’t muster enough defense to ward off Heritage’s fast-paced attack Monday evening.
After dropping their first game in the LSA Tournament to Tolono Unity 8-25, 13-25 OV had trouble against Warrensburg Latham 12-25, 14-25. Head coach Jody McCormick said the girls just couldn’t get things going right away on Saturday. Read More

Lady Redskins Break ALAH Six-game Win Streak

September 17, 2014

Sullivan forces third set, wins big

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Writer

First year head coach Krista Smith had the Lady Redskins ready to play Monday night taking on cross county rivals Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond. A matchup that saw records thrown out the window, the Lady Redskins came from one set down to pull off an impressive 23-25, 25-22, 25-15 upset.
Coming into action at just 1-8 on the season, the Lady Redskins gave a high flying Knight squad all they could handle and more.
With the match all square at one set a piece and the Lady Redskins leading 11-8 in the third, sophomore Kailyn Boyer went on a nine-point rally from the service line. Apparently, the Lady Redskins had grown tired of close games after the first two sets, deciding instead to finish strong winning by a 10-point margin 25-15.

Photo by RR Best Brittin Boyer dives to save the ball Monday evening. Boyer led her team in kills with 11 as Sullivan defeated ALAH in three sets.

Photo by RR Best
Brittin Boyer dives to save the ball Monday evening. Boyer led her team in kills with 11 as Sullivan defeated ALAH in three sets.

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SOVCC Boys, Girls Take Second at Shelbyville

September 17, 2014

For the first time since the Shelbyville Trail Invitational began, Sullivan-Okaw Valley boys’ and girls’ teams both earned a trophy, each finishing in second.
Shelbyville girls won the race, but SOV finished in a dominant second beating third place Neoga by an average of 50 seconds per runner.  The girls were led by Laine Cameron and Ashlynd Risley, finishing in 20:54 and 20:56, good for seventh and eighth place.  Other solid races were run by Carlin Nuzzo, Elissa Stewart, Abby Cravatta, Cadisen Nuzzo, and Alyssa Marshall. Read More

Knights Hang Tough, Battle Back for Win Over Oblong

Photo by Darian Hays Hunter Kamm takes off with the ball after quarterback Tyler Schuring’s pitch. Kamm was more noticeable on defense Friday night, including his interception and fumble recovery in the fourth quarter to help lock-in his team’s 33-13 win over Oblong.

Photo by Darian Hays
Hunter Kamm takes off with the ball after quarterback Tyler Schuring’s pitch. Kamm was more noticeable on defense Friday night, including his interception and fumble recovery in the fourth quarter to help lock-in his team’s 33-13 win over Oblong.

September 17, 2014

Better second half solidifies ALAH win

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Friday night’s 33-13 victory over Oblong may sound like a commanding win for the Arthur-Lovinton/Atwood-Hammond Knights, but things could have been just the opposite given a slew of penalties and a poor second quarter.
In all, ALAH accrued a loss of 90 yards on 12 penalties, most of which dealt with illegal procedure or holding, and four of the the seven that were in the first half took place in a second quarter riddled with ALAH miscues.
After trailing 12-0, Oblong got on the board with just over eight seconds left in the first, which would feed into their second quarter performance, where they took a 13-12 lead. Read More

Unforced Errors Plague Lady T-Wolves in Loss

Photo by Keith Stewart OV's Nicole Miller eyes the ball before setting it Tuesday night.

Photo by Keith Stewart
OV’s Nicole Miller eyes the ball before setting it Tuesday night.

September 10, 2014

A&M consistency keeps OV on their heels

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Okaw Valley’s 25-12, 25-13 loss at the hands of Central A&M Tuesday night was more a result of hits going too deep, serves going too shallow, and at times miscommunication plaguing the defense than it was the Raiders’ own doing.
However, when Central A&M did produce its own scoring, it relied more on well-placed tips into the holes of the OV defense than hard hits, given 5-11 junior middle hitter Megan Dash blocking what few kill attempts the Raiders had. Read More

Finishing Eighth, Lady Red Struggle in Mattoon Tourney

Photo by Keith Stewart Kailyn Boyer (no. 24) and Emily Neuhauser (right) attempt to block Neoga’s Jaycie Roy during their 5 p.m. game Saturday at the Mattoon Tournament.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Kailyn Boyer (no. 24) and Emily Neuhauser (right) attempt to block Neoga’s Jaycie Roy during their 5 p.m. game Saturday at the Mattoon Tournament.

September 10, 2014

Unable to muster single set win in five game loss Saturday

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

This past Saturday at the Mattoon volleyball tournament, it proved a difficult day for the Lady Redskins as they dropped 10 consecutive sets in five games, finishing last in eighth place.
But contrary to what one may think, the day was far from a wash. In fact, for head coach Krista Smith, the tournament brought to light some unique observations, which she hopes she and her team will be able to use to improve in the regular season.
“This is my first tournament coaching, so it was a good experience to not just get one match in, but several matches in, so we would talk after each match and learn from those mistakes in that game and then move forward to the next game,” said Smith. “I think it’s only going to help us through the season because we saw a lot of different teams running a lot of different offense. We got to where I didn’t even have to tell them what the offense was doing. I can tell they’re starting to read a little bit better. Even though it didn’t turn out the best for us, there were a lot of lessons learned and a lot of things we know we need to work on.” Read More

Taking Care of Business, SOV Shuts Out Mt. Olive 54-0

Photo by RR Best Jake Eaton rushes 44 yards for the first touchdown Friday night just before the game was postponed to Saturday. Eaton had seven carries for 53 yards and three touchdowns.

Photo by RR Best
Jake Eaton rushes 44 yards for the first touchdown Friday night just before the game was postponed to Saturday. Eaton had seven carries for 53 yards and three touchdowns.

September 10, 2014

Redskins pick up from where they left off Friday in Saturday victory

by Matt Kracht
NP Sports Writer

The SOV Redskins provided fans at Victory Field quite a show this weekend defeating the Mt. Olive Wildcats 54-0. On JFL Appreciation Night, an SOV squad laden with upperclassmen talent had five different players find the end zone. Showcasing a genuine stable of ball carriers SOV is now 2-0 for the first time since 2001.
Junior running back Jake Eaton got SOV on the scoreboard just four minutes into Friday night’s game. On 2-and-10 Eaton picked up some nice blocking, found a seam, and broke free galloping 40 yards to the end zone. Eaton would add two more scores finishing with seven carries for 73 yards and three touchdowns. Erring on the side of caution with lightning in the area early in the first, the game was stopped and re-scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, which brought much more ideal conditions.
And the Redskin defense continued its strong start to the season when play resumed.  Forcing a quick three and out SOV retook possession, and the Mt. Olive’s defenders began what would be a long day for the group. Read More