SBD Swimmers Compete in Circle City Classic

February 18, 2015

The Brownsburg Swim Team hosted 44 teams from Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio with more than 1,200 swimmers attending at the Indianapolis Natatorium the weekend of January 23.
The Sullivan Blue Dolphins were represented by 15 swimmers who qualified to compete including Calista Clark, Natalie Drury, Mackenzie Erixon, Brodie Goss, Charlie Goss, Bryce King, Grant King, McKenna Kull, Allison Oligschlaeger, Dalace Ray, Brynna Sentel, Aiden Short, Gabrielle Spain, Noah Spain and Anna Wooters. Read More

Lady T-Wolves Fall to Nokomis in Semi-Final

Photo by Keith Stewart Okaw Valley’s Jessica Robinson tries to stand tall against Nokomis’ Ashley Schneider last Wednesday. Between Robinson and Natalie Jeffers, Schneider still scored 24 points in the regional semi-final victory over OV.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Okaw Valley’s Jessica Robinson tries to stand tall against Nokomis’ Ashley Schneider last Wednesday. Between Robinson and Natalie Jeffers, Schneider still scored 24 points in the regional semi-final victory over OV.

February 18, 2015

OV unable to stop Schneider’s post play

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

The Lady Timberwolves struggled to find an answer for Nokomis’ 5 foot, 10 inch senior Ashey Schneider last Wednesday in the Central A&M regional semi-final. Schneider finished with 24 points and seven rebounds and helped lead her team past OV 43-32.
“We knew what kind of player she was,” said Gardner. “We did our best. We were fronting her; we had different girls on her; we were trying to help weak side, but you have to give credit where credit’s due, and she had a phenomenal game. Had we had a shot fall here or there, then it could be the difference between a win or a loss. The girls battled hard, and they fought and did not quit. That’s the kind of team we are.”
OV was down 16-25 at the half after repeated issues getting shots to fall in both the first and second. But the Lady Timberwolves made a third quarter surge that was good while it lasted. Read More

Timberwolves Overcome Lions 73-63

February 18, 2015

Hagerman, Still combine for 52 points

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

The Central A&M class 1A regional seedings were released Friday, and Okaw Valley immediately threw a wrench into the standings. Decatur LSA, who will be the one seed in the upcoming tournament, must have been confused as the three seeded Timberwolves looked the better squad. Peyton Hagerman scored a game high 27 points, and Devon Still added a double-double with 25 points on 10 rebounds in front of a capacity crowd.
And Timberwolves head coach Tony Sparks thought his team fed off the crowd’s energy early on.
“The regional seeding came out today. LSA was the one seed, and we got the three so the crowd was pumped. We are trying to peak at the right time of the year, and we played well tonight.”
Okaw Valley jumped all over the Lions from the opening tip surging to an 11-0 lead on baskets by Still and two early 3-pointers from Dylan Park. Read More

ALAH Rally Falls Short in Season-Ending Loss to Arcola

February 11, 2015

Hopes for regional championship bid dashed

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

The Lady Knights gave no. 2 seed Arcola all they wanted and more during the ISHA class 1A regional semifinal Tuesday night in Casey Westfield. With 25 seconds remaining and Arcola leading 49-42 Hannah Wallen knocked down back-to-back threes bringing the Knights to within one with six seconds remaining. Wallen, a freshman who has ice water running threw her veins, finished with a game high 22 points almost brought the Knights back from an 11-point fourth quarter deficit. But Arcola would hold off the attempt for a 51-48 win.
Head coach Craig Moffett’s team looked the better side for much of the game, and he was quick to point out the girls had nothing to hang their heads about. Read More

Lady Red to Try for Three-peat as Regional Champs

Photo by Keith Stewart Emily Neuhauser eyes the basket from below Tuesday. Neuhauser finished with 25 points as did Brittin Boyer.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Emily Neuhauser eyes the basket from below Tuesday. Neuhauser finished with 25 points as did Brittin Boyer.

February 11, 2015

Will take on T-Town Thursday in Pana

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Tuesday night’s regional semi-final in Pana was never much of a contest as Sullivan defeated Shelbyville for the third time this year, 66-24. But the landslide victory did afford a little practice for both Sullivan’s bench and defense, should either need to get creative further into the post-season.
“We switched our defense up most of the night trying to kind of practice different things that we may have to use down the road,” said head coach Sheri McCain. “We were trying to keep them out of the paint. I thought we played pretty well.”
Sullivan switched between man, a 3-2, and a 2-3 zone most of the night, during almost all of which they kept Shelbyville outside the paint where the Lady Rams’ shots struggled to fall. Read More

Redskins Dominate Raiders in Consolation Game

February 11, 2015

Sullivan boys finish fifth in conference tourney

by Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Sullivan defeated Central A&M 52-35 earning fifth place in the CIC Conference Tourney last Wednesday night in St. Teresa.
Zach Hrvol scored a game high 17 points coming on four 3-pointers, and Ty Molzen added 13 to secure the impressive win.
“We just have struggled so much offensively, and that is starting to change,” said Sullivan head coach Chester Reeder. “This is two games in a row now we have hit shots and got good looks. So hopefully that is snowballing, and, hopefully, we are starting to play our better basketball at the right time of the year.” Read More

Lady Knights Cruise Past Blue Streak 48-11

February 11, 2015

Fall in semi-finals Tuesday

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond‘s defense showed up to play in their first round regional game against Martinsville in Casey-Westfield Monday night. The Knights came up with 25 steals, holding the Blue Streaks to eight points in the first half and three points in the second. Hannah Wallen scored a game high 16 points to go with six rebounds and three steals leading the Knights to a memorable 37 point victory. Head coach Craig Moffett acknowledged the team couldn’t have asked for a better start to the tournament.
“It was ideal. All the girls played well from the starters down to everyone who came off the bench. It was a great team effort.” Read More

Ending it Nearly Scripted, Sullivan Wins CIC on Senior Night

Photo by Keith Stewart The Sullivan Lady Redskins celebrated their four seniors Thursday night. Pictured, left to right: Elissa Stewart, Emily Neuhauser, Brittin Boyer, and April Shuman.

Photo by Keith Stewart
The Sullivan Lady Redskins celebrated their four seniors Thursday night. Pictured, left to right: Elissa Stewart, Emily Neuhauser, Brittin Boyer, and April Shuman.

February 7, 2015

Close out regular season with title victory over Clinton

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Sheri McCain doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to a pre-game pep-talk.
So when it came time to sit her girls down before Thursday’s senior night game against Clinton with outright conference title implications, the Sullivan head coach had her group, including her core of four seniors, watch video of their seventh grade year when the four went to the state tournament. McCain then followed up with highlights from their victory over the Lady Maroons in 2013 in the Okaw Valley holiday tournament championship.
Things got emotional to say the least. Read More

Turnovers Upset OV Senior Night Monday

Photo by Keith Stewart Pictured are this year’s Okaw Valley girls’ varsity basketball seniors who were celebrated Monday night. From left to right: Kali Forsyth, Amy Orris, Paige Harlin, Amanda McClain, and Savannah Birch. The Lady Timberwolves fell to Arcola 35-28.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Pictured are this year’s Okaw Valley girls’ varsity basketball seniors who were celebrated Monday night. From left to right: Kali Forsyth, Amy Orris, Paige Harlin, Amanda McClain, and Savannah Birch. The Lady Timberwolves fell to Arcola 35-28.

February 4, 2015

31 giveaways help Arcola overcome Lady T-Wolves

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Considering Okaw Valley had already committed 15 turnovers at the half and still led 16-14 over Arcola had a lot to do with boxing out and their typical stalwart defense. But given the chance to correct their course in the second half, OV failed to do so, instead committing another 16 turnovers that would prove too much to sustain a lead as they fell 28-35 on senior night.
“Unforced errors, that’s what killed us tonight,” said head coach Don Gardner. “And I don’t know if it was the whole senior night thing with emotions running high– not to take anything away from Arcola, they’re a very good team. Obviously they’re very well-coached, but I thought we played with them tonight, and it was a very winnable game. We just let it slip out of our grasp.” Read More

Knights Add 2015 LOVC Tourney Champions to Resume

February 4, 2015

Goal now is to win conference outright

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

One Knights’ fan traveled 1200 miles to see the Little Okaw Valley Conference championship game against the Hutsonville-Palestine Tigers in Arcola Saturday night. Arthur/Lovington-Atwood/Hammond made sure that fan, Danny Powell, left with a smile, defeating the Tigers 69-51.
“It is special. We have been fortunate enough to win a few and be in a couple finals. But you gotta appreciate it, and you can’t take it for granted because it’s not easy to do,” said head coach Dale Schuring. “It takes a lot to get to these games and even more to win them. The kids have done a great job.”
With Jermey Plank and Tyler Schuring acting as sharpshooters, the Knights’ offense looked like a well-oiled machine throughout the tournament.

Photo by RR Best Pictured is the Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond basketball team along with the cheerleading squad after finishing first in the LOVC tournament Saturday.

Photo by RR Best
Pictured is the Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond basketball team along with the cheerleading squad after finishing first in the LOVC tournament Saturday.

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