Tuscola Tears Apart SOV to end Season

Photo by Mike Brothers Redskins running back Luke Bowman turns the corner and gains a few yards in SOV’s season ending game with Tuscola Oct. 21.

Photo by Mike Brothers
Redskins running back Luke Bowman turns the corner and gains a few yards in SOV’s season ending game with Tuscola Oct. 21.

•October 26, 2016•

By Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports

Tuscola entered Friday night’s game as the second ranked team in Class 1A and showed it well against SOV.

The Warriors scored the first 28 points in 8:55 thanks to two interceptions that bounced off the hands of Luke Bowman and Keith Bone respectively, leading to a 52-7 drubbing.

“You can’t spot a lead like that to a good team and expect to win,” head coach Gerald Temples said. “After the first quarter, we played better, but we just couldn’t come back from that deficit.”

Tuscola took the lead with short touchdown runs after the two interceptions and a 34 yard score, but the Redskins’ defense held the rest of the quarter to prevent further damage.

The Warriors started out the second quarter with a 40 yard field goal followed by a 14 yard touchdown run from quarterback Kaleb Williams before the Redskins scored their lone touchdown of the night. Read More

OV Falls to Cerro Gordo in Regionals

•October 26, 2016•

Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports

Last Thursday, Okaw Valley fell to Cerro Gordo on the Broncos’ senior night 25-21 each set.

Both sets saw the Timberwolves mount comebacks and tie the set late--at 19 in the first and 21 in the second--but it was to no avail, as hitting errors did them in both nights.

Fast forward to the Oct. 24 Regional contest in Bethany, and it was more of the same.

The ‘Wolves tied the first late and were as close as two but couldn’t finish the job, falling 25-22. Read More

Coop High School Swimmers Take First

•October 26, 2016•

The Okaw Valley/Sullivan/Shelbyville high school girls’ swim team kicked off their season at Olympia High School in Stanford recently.

Brynna Sentel led the team with five first place finishes in the 200 IM, 100 backstroke, 500 freestyle, 200 backstroke and 100 breaststroke to earn her the overall first finish.

Sophomores held off the remaining swimmers to have overall top finishes behind Sentel. Read More

Knights Refuse to Quit on Senior Knight

•October 26, 2016•

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond took a tough 50-20 home loss to cap off the regular season Friday. The Knights’ defense was unable to stay with the vertical threats of the Blue Devils in a high scoring contest.

ALAH head coach Dale Schuring commented that his seniors gave all they had in the contest. “These kids have dedicated themselves all season, doing what they had to do to be competitive.”

The Knights went three and out on their first possession. ALAH’s defense responded by forcing a crucial turnover on downs on 4th and four from the 28 yard line. Dakota Myers running hard on the Knights second possession broke several tackles for a 16 yard gain.  Unfortunately, the drive stalled on 4th and four from the 45 with five remaining in the first quarter.   Read More

Girls on the Run of East Central Illinois Host 5K Event

Photo furnished GOTR 5k It’s time for girls to let their spirit shine by joining the Girls on the Run 5k! The Riddle Rockstars won the spirit wear trophy last spring.

Photo furnished
GOTR 5k It’s time for girls to let their spirit shine by joining the Girls on the Run 5k! The Riddle Rockstars won the spirit wear trophy last spring.

•October 26, 2016•

Girls on the Run East Central Illinois will host its 5k event at 9 a.m. Saturday, November 12 at the Mattoon Area Family YMCA. Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based, positive youth development program that uses fun running games and dynamic discussions to teach life skills to girls in third to eighth grade. During the 10-week program, girls participate in lessons that foster confidence, build peer connections and encourage community service while they prepare for an end-of-season celebratory 5k event.

“Participating in the Girls on the Run 5k gives the girls a tangible understanding of the confidence that comes through accomplishment. Crossing the finish line is a defining moment when the girls realize that even that seemingly impossible is possible,” says Sarah Dowell, council director for Girls on the Run of East Central Illinois. “We have sites across seven counties this fall and are grateful for the opportunity to have served over 2,100 girls in our 11 seasons!” Read More

ALAH Hits Wake-Up Call at St. Thomas More VB Tourney

Okaw Valley Hits Home Stretch of Season

•October 19, 2016•

By Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports

After sweeping two conference games this week against Cerro Gordo (25-15, 25-17) and Okaw Valley (25-13, 25-11), Kristy Buford had seven kills, three aces, and five digs to lead the Lady Timberwolves, who are now 7-14 on the season, the Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond Knights went to Champaign for the highly competitive, 16-team Buerkett tourney.

Hosted by Champaign St. Thomas More at Parkland College, the Knights got a look at the competition they will see in the postseason.  Read More

Windsor Student Named Tournament MVP

karlie-bean-softball-mvp•October 19, 2016•

Karlie Bean, seventh grader at Windsor Jr. High School, participated in the first Jr. High All-Star Showcase in Jacksonville October 8-9.

Bean was joined by Grace Bunfill of Okaw Valley and more than 100 additional girls in Illinois to participate in the event. Players from Mattoon, Charleston, and Martinsville joined Bean and Bunfill to form the East Central team.

The 11 member team was coached by Blain Mayhill of Charleston.

The East Central team earned the championship title, finishing the weekend with four wins and one tie.

Bean earned a position on the 2016 All-Tournament Team while also taking home the MVP award.

ALAH Drops Physical Contest to Cerro Gordo/Bement

•October 19, 2016•

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports

Arthur-Lovington football lost a frustrating game against the Broncos Friday by a score of 40-8.

Both teams struggled to score in the first 24 minutes, before combining for 48 points in the second half. ALAH head coach Dale Schuring thought Arthur could have been ahead by multiple scores at the break.  “I thought we should have been ahead by certainly one touchdown if not three at the end of the first half, but we just kept shooting ourselves in the foot.”

The Knights’ defense forced a turnover on downs with a goal line stand to start the game. Adam Day recorded two sacks on the next Broncos’ possession to force another turnover on downs.

Dakota Myers added another sack to force a punt on the third Broncos’ possession.

ALAH had their best chance to score in the first half after a fake punt by Marcus Vanausdoll resulted in a 60 yard run to setup 1st and 10 from the Broncos 15 yard line. Unfortunately the Knights could not capitalize on the field position as the drive stalled at the 10.

ALAH again turned away the Broncos on their next drive to end a half scoreless. Read More

Bulldogs Bite Redskins at Decatur

•October 19, 2016•

Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports

The main source of hype in the area this year has been St. Teresa, and mainly their sophomore running back Jacardia Wright who ran over the Redskins in his freshman campaign last season.

The outcome of the game was the same as last year--and the same since 2013--and St. Teresa stood tall 37-7, avenging a loss at Tuscola the week before.

But Wright wasn’t the problem.

Sullivan stuffed St. T’s stud on several occasions and even forced a fumble in the first half before Wright was pulled from the game at halftime with an apparent ankle issue.

The problem, as has been the whole season for the ‘Skins, was the big play.  Read More