Griffey Jr. and Piazza Officially Hall of Famers

Cubs Snag Chapman from the Bronx

•July 27, 2016•

Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports Columnist

This week in sports was highlighted by the induction of longtime outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. and catcher Mike Piazza into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Griffey, the first overall pick in the 1987 MLB draft at the ripe young age of 18, led the American League in home runs from 1993 to ’99 maxing out at 56 bombs in ‘97 and ‘98 consecutively, part of 630 dingers over a 21 year career. “Junior” compiled a .284 batting average to boot, proving himself not just a power threat.

Griffey, said by some sports writers to have the sweetest swing in MLB history, was a part of the controversial home run renaissance after the strike that cost baseball its only World Series but was never connected to performance enhancement use as several others of his era.

Also of note, Junior received the highest vote total to enter Cooperstown to date, receiving 99.32% of votes in his first year on the ballot. Read More

Gottfreidt Hitting Stride at Lindenwood

Gottfreidt s:KirkFollowing a Dream

•July 20, 2016•

Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports Reporter

2014 Sullivan grad Taylor Gottfriedt was an All-OVC catcher when Sullivan softball won their home regional over ALAH in 2014.

After catching at Lincoln College for one season, Gottfriedt transferred to Lindenwood University in Belleville—an NAIA D1 softball program, which is equivalent to NCAA DII.

Midway through last season, Gottfriedt—who earned the starting catcher’s position for the pre-season 23rd nationally ranked Lynx— sustained a shoulder injury and was lost for the remainder of the season.  Read More

Seegmiller Keeps Rolling at Millikin

Seegmiller w: KirkAll in, All Out, All the Time

•July 20, 2016•

Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports Reporter

2012 and 2013 were special years for Arthur-Lovington volleyball.

In those two seasons, the Lancers won the last two of their three consecutive regional crowns and advanced to the Sweet 16; ousted by Tri-County and eventual state runner-up Stewardson-Strasburg respectively.

A key cog of those two teams was 2015 graduate Emily Seegmiller.

Before Seegmiller took her talents to Millikin University, she was the best server the Lancers had and one of the most feared hitters in the area.  Read More

Mo-Co Rush to Add Baseball for 2017 Season

•July 13, 2016•

The Mo-Co Rush will be adding 9U/10U baseball to their program for the 2017 season. Leading the 10U baseball coaching staff will be Jeff Thomas of Arcola who played for Baylor University.

Thomas pitched for the Bears and played on the team that went 41-19 and won a conference championship. After college, he played six seasons of professional baseball.   Read More

Timberlake Scramble Winners

•July 13, 2016•

Monday night scramble at Timberlake results for July 11: fist place with five under par: Clint Marshall, Shane Russell, Josh Bushue and Justin Skinner.

Second place with four under par: Doug DeLong, Luke DeLong, Jake Haegen and Jason Moody.

Former Sullivan Dynamic Duo Seeing Success on Second Level

Photo furnished Pictured above is LLC basketball guard Emily Neuhauser.

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Pictured above is LLC basketball guard Emily Neuhauser.

•July 13, 2016•

by Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports

The 2015 Sullivan girls’ basketball team featured two All-Staters in forward Brittin Boyer (first team) and guard Emily Neuhauser (honorable mention).

And after the heartbreaking Regional final loss to T-town that ended their high school careers, both continued collegiately—Boyer at Eastern Illinois University, and Neuhauser at Lake Land College.

Brittin Boyer, EIU basketball, Sullivan class of 2015.

Boyer was eased along in her first season, averaging 10 minutes, scoring 1.5 points, and pulling down 2.0 rebounds per contest, but she showed just how good she could be in her first collegiate game against IUPUI with a season high 10 points and six rebounds.

“We had a huge fan base, and a lot of my family and friends came to the game,” Boyer reminisced. “On top of that we won the game.”

It was one of the few high moments of this past Panther basketball season, as EIU went only 3-25, but there is hope on the horizon. Read More

Schuring Shooting away at Lake Land College

•July 6, 2016•

By Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports Reporter

Tyler Schuring, Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond class of 2015, Lake Land Basketball.

In his high school career ALAH grad Tyler Schuring took the area by storm with his shooting and athleticism.

After graduating, the Knight continued on at nearby Lake Land College and saw success in his freshman campaign.

Schuring saw ample minutes starting out and hit a season high five 3-pointers, scoring 15 in one game.  Read More

Yantis Swinging Away at Illinois College

•June 29, 2016•

Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports

Noah Yantis Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond class of 2014, golf, Illinois College

Football, basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball.

Those are the sports that normally get the limelight in the summer at any level, but who could forget it is prime golfing season?

ALAH 2014 grad Noah Yantis sure hasn’t forgotten.

The Knight turned to-be junior at Illinois College has seen steady improvement and is looking to improve off a low score of 81, a 3-1 record in match play and a highest individual finish of third.  Read More

Blue Dolphin Food Drive Does Well

Blue Dolphin Food Drive Does Well Blue Dolphins coach Jason Drury once again set a goal for the Dolphins, and once again they went beyond his expectations. SBD set a summer food drive challenge of 600 cans. The total cans is 795. Not only are the Dolphins filling the Food Bank shelves this summer, they are also helping Relay for Life.  The Relay for Life team uses the cans to hold the luminaries and then turns them over to the Food Bank. Relay for Life Food Bank Donation Back Row: Brodie Goss, Coach Jason Drury, Brynna Sentel, Natalie Drury, Charlie Goss, Tyler Homann, Addison Graham, Ryan Schodlatz, Noah Kersten; 3rd Row: RFL Jessi Jess, Natalie Turnbaugh, Anna Wooters, Allison Oligschlaeger, McKenna Kull, Nicole Homann, Gabby Spain, Jessica Renfro, Mackenzie Erixon, CEFS Director Kristy Dawson; 2nd Row: RFL Diane Waggoner, Sofia Nuzzo Front Row: Calista Clark, Lilly Graham, Emily Crosier, RFL Jamie Crosier Photo furnished

Blue Dolphin Food Drive Does Well
Blue Dolphins coach Jason Drury once again set a goal for the Dolphins, and once again they went beyond his expectations. SBD set a summer food drive challenge of 600 cans. The total cans is 795. Not only are the Dolphins filling the Food Bank shelves this summer, they are also helping Relay for Life.
The Relay for Life team uses the cans to hold the luminaries and then turns them over to the Food Bank. Relay for Life Food Bank Donation
Back Row: Brodie Goss, Coach Jason Drury, Brynna Sentel, Natalie Drury, Charlie Goss, Tyler Homann, Addison Graham, Ryan Schodlatz, Noah Kersten;
3rd Row: RFL Jessi Jess, Natalie Turnbaugh, Anna Wooters, Allison Oligschlaeger, McKenna Kull, Nicole Homann, Gabby Spain, Jessica Renfro, Mackenzie Erixon, CEFS Director Kristy Dawson; 2nd Row: RFL Diane Waggoner, Sofia Nuzzo Front Row: Calista Clark, Lilly Graham, Emily Crosier, RFL Jamie Crosier
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