Winning Season for Okaw Valley Softball

Photo furnished Regional Championship team Front row: Kailyn Boyer, Natalie Jeffers, Kaylee Thomas, Chloe Weybright, Paige Robinson, and Moranda Matheson; Middle row: Grace Harlin, Kayla Wheeler, Gracie Weybright, Dani Dick, Bella Benning, Jess Robinson, Madison Vogel, and Kailey George; Back row: Assistant Coach Wayne Perrine, Assistant Coach Samantha Inman, Maddie Perrine, Danielle Lochbaum, Kyra Jackson, and Head Coach Dave Benning. Timberwolves Softball Award Winners: Okaw Valley Timberwolves softball players were recognized during the recent sports banquet. Most Improved Player-Kailey George; Hustle Award-Kaylee Thomas; Outstanding Defensive Player-Paige Robinson; Outstanding Offensive Player-Natalie Jeffers and Grace Harlin; MVP-Maddie Perrine.

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Regional Championship team
Front row: Kailyn Boyer, Natalie Jeffers, Kaylee Thomas, Chloe Weybright, Paige Robinson, and Moranda Matheson; Middle row: Grace Harlin, Kayla Wheeler, Gracie Weybright, Dani Dick, Bella Benning, Jess Robinson, Madison Vogel, and Kailey George; Back row: Assistant Coach Wayne Perrine, Assistant Coach Samantha Inman, Maddie Perrine, Danielle Lochbaum, Kyra Jackson, and Head Coach Dave Benning.
Timberwolves Softball Award Winners: Okaw Valley Timberwolves softball players were recognized during the recent sports banquet. Most Improved Player-Kailey George; Hustle Award-Kaylee Thomas; Outstanding Defensive Player-Paige Robinson; Outstanding Offensive Player-Natalie Jeffers and Grace Harlin; MVP-Maddie Perrine.

•June 8, 2016•

Okaw Valley softball finished the season in a second place tie in the LOVC NW with a 7-3 record.

Coach Dave Benning’s Timberwolves softball team had a 16-10 overall 2016 record.

From the mound Maddie Perrine’s 12-9 record totaled 100 strikesouts over 112.7 innings pitched. Perrine allowed 131 hits and 32 base on balls, finishing with a 4.53 ERA.

Grace Harlin pitched 22.3 innings with a 2-0 record. Harlin had 15 strikeouts, 21 base on balls and 34 hits for a 4.71 ERA.

Madison Vogel pitched five innings in two games with two strikeouts and 12 hits.

Grace Harlin had 41 hits over 24 games, netting 34 runs for Okaw Valley. Harlin had 10 doubles, three triples and drove in 23 RBIs four a .488 avg. She led the team with 14 stolen bases.

Natalie Jeffers scored 30 runs off 34 hits in 21 games. Jeffers had six doubles, five triples and five home runs with 31 RBIs finishing with a .466 batting average.

Paige Robinson had 29 hits for 22 runs in 19 games. Robinson hit seven doubles and two triples for 13 RBIs and a .483 avg.

Jess Robinson had 29 hits in 124 games for 19 runs. She had three doubles and one home run with 19 RBIs and a .439 batting average. Read More

NCAA Regionals for McClain

•June 8, 2016•

Amanda McClain, a Sullivan-Okaw Valley track standout, was featured on the Illinois State Redbird women’s 4x400 relay team at the NCAA West Regionals.

The team finished 19th in 3:38.26, just .06 off the school record.

McClain is a freshman at Normal and finished 24th in the long jump at 19-2 and 3/4 feet.

OV All Conference Softball Team Players

•June 1, 2016•

The softball all conference first team from Okaw Valley -LOVC northwest conference includes Natalie Jeffers at catcher, Maddie Perrine at pitcher, Grace Harlin, an infielder and Madison Vogel, an outfielder.

Jessica Robinson and Paige Robinson, both outfielders, were named to the second team.

SHS Softball Awards

Photo furnished SHS Softball Awards  Pictured are: Most Improved Abby Elzy, Offensive player Irie Dulin, Redskin and Defensive player Makenzie Reppert and MVP Heidi Clements.

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SHS Softball Awards
Pictured are: Most Improved Abby Elzy, Offensive player Irie Dulin, Redskin and Defensive player Makenzie Reppert and MVP Heidi Clements.

CW Cuts Down Timberwolves at Sectionals

•June 1, 2016•

By Kirk Whitaker
News Progress Sports

For the second straight year the Okaw Valley softball Timberwolves advanced to the Sectional semis.

And for the second straight year, they were eliminated without the chance to advance to a second game.

This year’s opponent was none other than ranked fifth in Class 1A Casey Westfield, who used a combination of power hitting—many hard-hit balls, highlighted by a two-run, line-drive homer by senior Kyleigh Decker –and high quality pitching from fellow-senior and Parkland College commit Lexie Black. Read More

Weaver and Dust Swimming into Summer

Photo by Brynna Sentel

Photo by Brynna Sentel

•June 1, 2016•

By Brynna Sentel
For the News Progress

Since she began working at the Sullivan Civic Center, Sue Weaver has offered swim lessons to children three years of age and up.

She does these swim lessons through the Red Cross Organization, the same organization in which she got licensed to teach swim lessons. Weaver utilizes the staff employed at the Civic Center, typically lifeguards, who have shown an interest in children, giving lessons, etc.

When asked what her primary reason is for doing lessons year after year, Weaver explains, “I do it for the kids. I love kids!” This program is broken up into six ability levels: Water Exploration (1), Fundamentals (2), Stroke Development and Improvement (3-4), Stroke Refinement (5), and Endurance (6). Approximately 50 kids sign up each summer, and this year is no exception.  Read More

SMS State Track Participants

Photo furnished SMS State Track Participants Sullivan Middle School eighth grade students Ian Hill and Madalyne McPheeters participated in the state track and field finals in East Peoria on May 21. Hill competed in the discus throw, recording a 111 foot effort. McPheeters ran the 200 meter dash in 28.6 seconds.

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SMS State Track Participants
Sullivan Middle School eighth grade students Ian Hill and Madalyne McPheeters participated in the state track and field finals in East Peoria on May 21. Hill competed in the discus throw, recording a 111 foot effort. McPheeters ran the 200 meter dash in 28.6 seconds.

Storm Tops Timberwolves Baseball at Sectionals

•June 1, 2016•

Plagued by two days of rain delays the 1A sectional baseball tournament in Danville had a dismal end to the Okaw Valley Timberwolves season.

Even with the 4-0 loss to Salt Fork, denying a second Sectional championship to the Timberwolves, coach Andrew Hagerman’s teams have a 51-12 record over the past two seasons.

Okaw Valley faced Crete Illinois Lutheran in first round Sectional play Saturday afternoon, after a two day rain delay.

Senior Drew Fruchtl set the tone for a tournament of strong pitching backed by good defense, as he used five strike outs over six innings, to shut out the Chargers 10-0. Frutchtl allowed two hits. Read More

SOV Track Awards Banquet

Photo furnished SOV Track Awards Banquet Award winners from the SOV girls’ track banquet are from left to right:  Co-Captain-Ashlynd Risley, Co- Captain- Hannah Elzy, Co-Captain & Lady Redskin Award- Alyssa Marshall, High Points- Laine Cameron.

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SOV Track Awards Banquet
Award winners from the SOV girls’ track banquet are from left to right:  Co-Captain-Ashlynd Risley, Co- Captain- Hannah Elzy, Co-Captain & Lady Redskin Award- Alyssa Marshall, High Points- Laine Cameron.

Sectional Trip for OV Timberwolves

•May 25, 2016•

Okaw Valley Timberwolves took the regional baseball title in a 10-0 win over Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg Comets in the Class 1A St. Teresa tournament May 21.

A five-hit fifth inning topped off with a one out single from Taylor Coleman drove  in the 10th run, icing the cake for the Regional win.

This sets up a Sectional face off with Crete Illinois Lutheran in Danville Thursday, May 26.

It’s the third Regional championship for Timberwolves head coach Andrew Hagerman, who took the team to a fourth place state finish last year. Read More