Knights Finish Top Three at Home Track Invite Friday

Photo by RR Best SOV’s Jed Wheeler eyes the shot put area moments before his throw Friday in Arthur. Wheeler finished 15th out of 28 with a throw of 34 feet, 3 1/2 inches.

Photo by RR Best
SOV’s Jed Wheeler eyes the shot put area moments before his throw Friday in Arthur. Wheeler finished 15th out of 28 with a throw of 34 feet, 3 1/2 inches.

SOV boys take 11th

April 15, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Competing in the annual Arthur Invite, the host’s girls finished second, the boys third, while SOV’s boys took 11th.
The Redskins’ best finish was junior Zane Uphoff’s third place in the triple jump, going 40 feet, 6 1/4 inches. He would also earn seventh in the long jump (18-10).
"Well, obviously Uphoff has been jumping pretty well and has become more consistent this season," said SOV boys' head coach John Bertetto. "He had another PR on Friday night.  We are just going to keep working to where he will hopefully have a shot at state at the end of this season."
Other top 10 finishes included Calen Landrus (9th-100m dash, 11.43 seconds), Blake Stewart (5th-200m dash, 24.11), J.T. Bland (10th-1600m run, 5:09.06), Nick Cravatta (9th-3200m run, 11:57.94), Zach Devore (9th-300m hurdles, 46.83), Ross Metzger (5th-triple jump, 39-0), the 4x100 relay (7th-48.82), 4x200 relay (4th-1:38.55), and the 4x800 relay (5th-9:54.47).
"Our kids competed pretty well on Friday night, but I was hoping we would finish with a higher team score, and we may have except for a hiccup with our 4X400m team, because they would have likely placed pretty high," said Bertetto. "We are getting more competitive, but we still have a ways to go to get where we want to be in our program. We have quite a bit of young talent that will hopefully keep improving throughout this season." Read More

Knights Ride HR Power to Victory Over Purple Riders

Photo by RR Best Avery Schrock slides into home Friday afternoon. When Schrock wasn’t sliding across the plate, he was hurling curveballs. The senior earned the win on the mound after holding Arcola to four hits over five innings while striking out three and allowing the lone run.

Photo by RR Best
Avery Schrock slides into home Friday afternoon. When Schrock wasn’t sliding across the plate, he was hurling curveballs. The senior earned the win on the mound after holding Arcola to four hits over five innings while striking out three and allowing the lone run.

Ryan, Vanausdoll tally big hits in win

April 15, 2015

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

On a windy Friday the Arthur-Lovington/ Atwood-Hammond Knights punished the baseball, earning an impressive 13-1 win over conference rival Arcola. Ross Ryan hit a two-run bomb in the bottom of the first to set the tone, and Marcus Vanausdoll ended it in style with a walk off three- run shot in the bottom of the fifth. Avery Schrock held the Purple Riders to four hits over five innings of work striking out three and allowing the lone run. The win was the second conference victory in a row for the Knights after defeating Cerro Gordo Wednesday. Read More

Sullivan Softball Holds Off Late Rally for 11-7 Win

Clements’ banner day helps seal victory

April 15, 2015

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Sullivan survived a scare from Windsor/Stew-Stras on the road Saturday. The Lady Redskins jumped out to an early 8-2 lead, but Windsor battled back to within one run at 8-7 in the sixth inning. Sullivan starter Heidi Clements had an all-conference kind of day going 3-for-5 from the plate knocking in two RBI and sealing the win from the mound. After the win, head coach Ben Richter complimented his starter’s all-around game.
“I can’t say enough good things about Heidi. She always does a great job throwing strikes and making them put the ball in play. As our number three hitter, that is what we expect out of her. She has been doing it all year and is one of the team leaders.” Read More

Sullivan Bags 11-2 Comeback Win Over Meridian

Clayton goes 2-4 with 2RBI and a run

April 8, 2015

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Zach Hrvol gave up one earned run over seven innings while striking out seven in a winning performance Tuesday night at Leon Lane Memorial Field.
The Meridian Hawks managed to scratch across another tally on a throwing error in the third but only managed three hits after the first inning.
“Hrvol pitched another gem,” said Sullivan head coach Troy Rogers. “He had to find it a little bit after the first, but once he locked in, he got on a roll. I thought he was going to get out of that first, but he left a 1-2 pitch up, and the kid smacked it into right field. I told him you have to make him hit one of your pitches in those situations. He did a really good job, and both his changeup and slider were working well.” Read More

Errors Help T-Wolves to Five-Run Seventh in Win Over Knights

Photo by Keith Stewart ALAH pitcher Kirk Herschberger eyes Peyton Hagerman at third base during the seventh inning Tuesday.  A three-error seventh helped the Timberwolves to five runs to take the game 10-0.

Photo by Keith Stewart
ALAH pitcher Kirk Herschberger eyes Peyton Hagerman at third base during the seventh inning Tuesday. A three-error seventh helped the Timberwolves to five runs to take the game 10-0.

Still goes the distance with 13Ks, one hit

April 8, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Okaw Valley’s 10th and final run Tuesday evening wasn’t the prettiest. After the Knights third error of the inning on the throwout at first allowed Joe Jeffers to reach base, freshman Connor Cloyd sprinted home. He would get there, too, but not before a less than graceful finish.
“I told him to get down, but I didn’t tell him to face plant,” said OV head coach Andrew Hagerman. “The face plant was his idea. I prefer for him to slide. That lightened up the dugout though.”
Not that there was much tension at that point. OV senior ace Devon Still cruised through most of the seven innings, racking up 13 strikeouts and allowing five walks and just one hit, which nearly, itself, was done away with by the solid infield defense.
The Knights lone hit came in the bottom of the third when Tyler Schuring, facing a 2-2 count, dropped a single into shallow centerfield to ruin Still’s bid at a no-hitter. Read More

Lady Redskins Perfect in 20-0 Win Over Neoga

Photo by RR Best Sullivan’s Kailyn Boyer gets ready to take a swing during Monday afternoon’s contest against Neoga.

Photo by RR Best
Sullivan’s Kailyn Boyer gets ready to take a swing during Monday afternoon’s contest against Neoga.

Stewart’s in-the-park homer caps off performance

April 8, 2015

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Heidi Clements and Maddie Wall combined to throw a perfect game Monday evening against Neoga. Facing the minimum over five innings without allowing a runner to reach base, the pair peppered the strike zone and trusted the defense to have their backs. Making sure the strong pitching performance did not go to waste the Lady Redskins scored nine runs in the first inning, three runs in the second, seven in the third, and one more in the fourth for good measure. Head coach Ben Richter summed the performance up nicely after the win.
“It was perfect– a perfect game between the two of them,” he said. “No one on base. Maddie Wall came in and pitched well in the fourth and fifth innings, and Heidi Clements pitched great the first three.”
The offense for the Lady Redskins was keyed by a patient approach at the plate. Neoga’s starting pitcher struggled with command all day, and Sullivan took full advantage. A leadoff walk started off the first inning rally for Sullivan’s offense, and after a stolen base, an RBI double brought home the Redskins’ first run of the game. The carousel then took on a life of its own as 11 players came to bat in the bottom of the first. The Redskins scored four runs in the first on passed balls alone racking up five walks in the frame. Coach Richter commented that some of the patience came out of necessity. Read More

Knights Baseball Drops Two in Doubleheader

April 8, 2015

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond baseball lost back-to-back games Saturday, the first 6-3 followed by a 9-4 loss to the undefeated Indians from Neoga.
Avery Schrock pitched the opener for the Knights, hurling five innings of two-run ball until a blown fair foul call cost the pitcher two runs and possibly the win.
Chris Davis started the second game for the Knights and showed he can be unhittable at times with his curve but also struggled with control issues. Regardless of the outcomes in both contests, one thing is for sure, the Knights’ bats are heating up. And head coach Craig Moffett was upbeat about how his players approached their at bats and the higher contact rate in both games.
“We are getting our timing down, and I think we are going to keep getting better as the year goes on.” Although the wins were not there this weekend, the effort from the Knights’ players was everything the coach wanted. Read More

Lady Red Post Strong Performances at Top Times Meet

April 8, 2015

Competing in the Illinois Top Times meet in Bloomington March 27, the SOV girls’ track team had several strong finishes.
Amanda McClain tied the meet record and set a new school record in the long jump with her first place jump of 18 feet, 4 3/4 inches. McClain didn’t stop there as she went on to win the 400m dash in a time of 57.52 seconds. She then made it three top medals with a win in the 200m dash (26.26). Just two Read More

Lady Knights get Signature 7-3 Win in Extras

Photo by Keith Stewart When Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond’s second baseman Brooke Tabb wasn’t making back-to-back ending inning double plays, she was stepping to the plate to crush an in-the-park grand slam to win the game in extra innings last Thursday.

Photo by Keith Stewart
When Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond’s second baseman Brooke Tabb wasn’t making back-to-back ending inning double plays, she was stepping to the plate to crush an in-the-park grand slam to win the game in extra innings last Thursday.

Brooke Tabb’s inside-the-park grand slam earns ALAH win

April 8, 2015

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond softball was down to their last out versus Oakwood trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh last Thursday. In their first year under head coach Jerry Lane the young Knights quad showed off some moxy and wisdom beyond their years. Seeing Oakwood’s pitcher tiring, the Lady Knights started to work the count, crowd the pate—anything to see more pitches.
“We could tell that she was getting tired, and we were trying to do some things to get runners on and rattle her,” said Lane. “That was our main thing; we had to get runners on.”
The bottom of the seventh inning started with a leadoff walk and a fielder’s choice advancing the runner to third. With one out, a ground ball back to the pitcher sent the runner home, but she was cutdown at the plate maintaining Oakwood’s one run advantage. Heads up base running kept the Knights’ hopes alive by advancing to second on the throw, keeping the tying run in scoring position. Enter stage right Madison Brown who came up with a clutch RBI single to center tying the game and ultimately forcing extra innings. Read More