SOV Girls Finish Regular Season in Urbana

McClain completes record setting achievement

May 20, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Rounding out their regular season prior to the state track meet Thursday, the SOV girls’ track and field team left Urbana after leaving a big mark.
In particular, Amanda McClain broke the 30 year old meet record of 58.5 seconds in the 400. The SOV senior ran a 57.85. As if that itself wasn’t impressive enough, the record setting feat also marked a personal achievement for McClain.
“It was the only meet she hadn’t set a record at,” said Taylor, referring to all outdoor meets over McClain’s career. “It was a very neat feeling as her mentor and coach to be standing at the finish line as she broke that record. It was the second oldest on the girls’ side and the third oldest overall at the meet…She has now set a meet record at every outdoor invitational (that keeps meet records) she has been at, including the state meet. The only indoor one she didn’t get is coincidentally at ISU. Over four years she has set or rebroken 42 meet records and set a meet record or school record on every track she has run on, besides the track at ISU where she will be running next year. There probably are not too many athletes that have done that. It’s quite an outstanding accomplishment.” Read More

OV Baseballers Celebrate Seniors in Style

Photo by Keith Stewart Pictured are the Okaw Valley high school senior baseball players who were celebrated last Thursday before their contest against Meridian, which they won 7-0. From left to right: Peyton Hagerman, Tim Jones, Logan Tipsword, Devon Still, Joe Jeffers, and Jay Orris.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Pictured are the Okaw Valley high school senior baseball players who were celebrated last Thursday before their contest against Meridian, which they won 7-0. From left to right: Peyton Hagerman, Tim Jones, Logan Tipsword, Devon Still, Joe Jeffers, and Jay Orris.

Hagerman tallies 15 strikeouts in win

May 20, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Last Thursday’s Okaw Valley senior night game saw masterful play on the mound by Peyton Hagerman, who had Meridian missing the ball just about all evening long as he and his fellow teammates cruised to a 7-0 victory.
The one of six seniors went all seven innings, throwing a one-hit shutout on the back of a 15-strikeout performance.
“He was really locked in,” said his father and head coach Andrew Hagerman. “He had one rough outing this year at LSA a few weeks ago, and since then has been lights-out every game. His control is better than it has ever been, and that’s important because not a lot of guys are able to square him up with his velocity and variety of pitches.”
“He pitched excellent,” added fellow senior Devon Still, who with Hagerman has become one of the most lethal pitching duos in the area.
“It was pretty cool,” said Peyton of his final game at home. “I’ve been going out there since I was eight in fourth grade. Since my dad has been coaching, I’ve probably been out there a thousand times watching other teams practice and working out by myself. It was a little emotional getting to play there one last time, but it was a happy way to go out.” Read More

Redskins Back to their Ball in Senior Night Win Over Pana

Photo by Keith Stewart Pictured are Sullivan high school’s senior baseball players who were celebrated last Thursday during their contest against Pana, which the Redsksins won 10-0. Front row, left to right: Nick Frerichs, Jacob Piper, Brody Elder, and Dylan Hart. Back row: Drew Harris, Dakota Clayton, Levi Nadler, and Matthew Sparrow.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Pictured are Sullivan high school’s senior baseball players who were celebrated last Thursday during their contest against Pana, which the Redsksins won 10-0. Front row, left to right: Nick Frerichs, Jacob Piper, Brody Elder, and Dylan Hart. Back row: Drew Harris, Dakota Clayton, Levi Nadler, and Matthew Sparrow.

Sullivan’s staple defense shows up in victory

May 20, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

It was back to Sullivan baseball Thursday night as the Redskins’, celebrating their eight seniors, took care of Pana in five innings winning 10-0.
Sullivan was coming off just their fifth loss of the year after falling to underdog Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond Tuesday, who was then celebrating their own seniors.
“I think that woke them up,” said Rogers. “They didn’t want to have another game like that. The seniors were ready today from the start. You could tell. They came out with a different mindset. It was great.”
“We don’t like losing,” added senior Dylan Hart. “We definitely came out here to get some revenge, to come back out and get another win and to get that win/loss ratio up, but it was definitely nice coming out here and redeeming ourselves.”
The tone Thursday was set immediately with senior Levi Nadler and his trustworthy defense retiring the top of the first after just eight pitches and four batters. Read More

Lady T-Wolves Win Two on the Fly this Week

Now prepare for LOVC division championship opportunity

May 15, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

The Okaw Valley softball team won two games this week to further improve to 19-3 on the year.
Both games were scheduled on the fly due to scheduling conflicts with original opponents’ schedules. As a result, OV, rather than facing Neoga Wednesday, traveled to play Central A&M and came away with a 4-2 win.
“A&M is a tough opponent,” said head coach Dave Benning. “They play a predominantly 2A schedule, and they’re in a tough conference.”
Amanda McClain went all seven innings allowing two runs on seven hits, while striking out 10.
OV took a 2-0 lead in the first, but the Raiders cut the lead by one in the bottom frame. A&M would score their only other run in the second off of a solo home run, but OV posted a run apiece in both the fourth and fifth innings, thanks in part to a couple A&M errors.
OV did tally 10 hits on the night but also left five on base. Read More

Timberwolves Repeat as LOVC Division Champs

Defeat Arcola 11-0 Tuesday

May 13, 2015

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Okaw Valley defended their Northwest Little Okaw Valley crown on Tuesday night with a dominant 11-0 victory over Arcola. Devon Still went the distance tossing a six inning complete game shutout while punching out 10 Purple Riders.
Head coach Andrew Hagermen said his team accomplished two of their three goals with the win. “This is back-to-back, but the thing I told the team was to stay focused on the goals we had this year. We wanted to win 20 games, win our conference, and win our regional. Today was our 20th win and a conference championship so that was a double whammy. Right now we are tied with Argenta, and they have Arthur one more time so we will either tie or take the whole thing.”
Devon Still punched out four of the first five batters in a workhorse performance his coach has come to expect. Read More

Seniors Step Up in Knights’ Win Over Sullivan

Photo by Keith Stewart Pictured are the seven Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond seniors that were celebrated Tuesday evening before the team’s game against Sullivan. From left to right: Ross Ryan, Hunter Kamm, Avery Schrock, Tyler Schuring, Chris Crabtree, Jeremy Plank, and Christopher Davis.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Pictured are the seven Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond seniors that were celebrated Tuesday evening before the team’s game against Sullivan. From left to right: Ross Ryan, Hunter Kamm, Avery Schrock, Tyler Schuring, Chris Crabtree, Jeremy Plank, and Christopher Davis.

Schuring and company stop red-hot Redskins

May 13, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Whether it was the three-up, three-down pitching of Tyler Schuring, the 2-run homer by Hunter Kamm, or the final out by Chris Davis, Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond’s seniors showed up to play Tuesday night and knocked Sullivan off 8-5.
“We put the ball in play, got some guys on, and that got contagious,” said head coach Craig Moffett. “The guys are very energetic in the dugout and ran the bases hard, and backed up throws. We played pretty clean defense, too.”
Things certainly appeared at first to go in Sullivan’s way, however. Dylan Hart got the scoring started with a solo-bomb over the left-field wall in the first. After Nick Frerichs’ single down the third-base line, Levi Nadler doubled to deep center field to put Sullivan up 2-0.
On the mound for Sullivan was Zach Hrvol who helped retire the side in the bottom frame after just 10 pitches.
Sullivan then scored again in the bottom of the second thanks to one of just two Tyler Schuring walks on the day. Read More

Redskins Clinch Conference with Win Over Clinton

Photo by RR Best Pictured is the Sullivan varsity baseball team with their Central Illinois Conference title plaque, which they won following a 6-2 win over Clinton last Thursday. Pictured, front row, left to right: Brody Elder, Dylan Hart, Jacob Piper, Matthew Sparrow, Blake Stewart, and Nick Frerichs. Back row: head coach Troy Rogers, Zach Hrvol, Levi Nadler, Drew Harris, Dylan Liddiard, Dakota Clayton, and Alec Ballinger.

Photo by RR Best
Pictured is the Sullivan varsity baseball team with their Central Illinois Conference title plaque, which they won following a 6-2 win over Clinton last Thursday. Pictured, front row, left to right: Brody Elder, Dylan Hart, Jacob Piper, Matthew Sparrow, Blake Stewart, and Nick Frerichs. Back row: head coach Troy Rogers, Zach Hrvol, Levi Nadler, Drew Harris, Dylan Liddiard, Dakota Clayton, and Alec Ballinger.

Will begin regional play next week

May 13, 2015

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

The Sullivan Redskins secured the CIC(Central Illinois Conference) inaugural championship Thursday at Leon Lane Memorial Field thanks to a strong pitching performance by Jacob Piper, who went five innings of shutout baseball, ultimately allowing just two runs on two hits over the complete game. Sullivan ran its way to a lead early and held off a sixth inning rally to claim the program’s first conference title in more than 15 years.
Celebrating with his team after the win, head coach Troy Rogers gave all the credit to his players. “These are a great group of kids who played a lot of baseball over the years, and I couldn’t be more proud of them. They deserve it.”
Rogers also complimented Piper who was starting just his second game on the season.
“He had just had some relief appearances, and he is 2-0 now after starting last weekend versus Okaw Valley. I know he is going to throw strikes, keep them off balance, and let his defense work. We have been playing solid defense behind him. We had one hiccup where we gave Clinton a couple extra outs, but Jacob did a good job getting out of it, keeping that four run cushion.” Read More

Gentlemen Knights Finish Third in Sullivan

Ladies settle for sixth

May 13, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Ten top three finishes helped Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond’s boys’ track and field team to a third place finish in the 10-team Redskin Invitational last Tuesday.
And most of that came from the Yeakleys, Brewers, Roses, and Halls.
Almost sounds poetic.
Seniors Tanner Brewer and Colton Yeakley had solid performances with the former earning second in the 110m hurdles (16.74)–a one-hundreth of a second off from first–and third in the 300m hurdles (43.90). Brewer would also finish fifth in the high jump (5-10). Yeakley, too, earned a two and three spot, taking third in the shot put with a throw of 49 feet 1 1/2 inches, and second in the discus, going 152-5. Senior Nathan Rose notched three top four finishes, taking third in the high jump (6-0), fourth in the long jump (18-8 1/2), and second in the triple jump (38-8 3/4). Read More

Lady T-Wolves Split Double-Header on Senior Night

Photo by Keith Stewart Pictured are the Okaw Valley softball team’s six seniors, who were recognized last Wednesday between a double-header against Argenta-Oreana. From left to righ: Paige Harlin, Amy Orris, Savannah Birch, Hayley Carlson, Amanda McClain, and Keeley Benning.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Pictured are the Okaw Valley softball team’s six seniors, who were recognized last Wednesday between a double-header against Argenta-Oreana. From left to righ: Paige Harlin, Amy Orris, Savannah Birch, Hayley Carlson, Amanda McClain, and Keeley Benning.

May 13, 2015

Now in position to win division

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

After letting the first game slip by in the seventh inning, the Okaw Valley softball team got downright mad.
Or so it appeared.
The Lady T-Wolves came back and began the second game of last Wednesday’s double-header against conference foe Argenta-Oreana by taking a 10-0 lead. The Lady Bombers would resist later in the game, but OV eventually snuffed out any comeback by way of a six inning 10-run margin to split the series 1-1.
“I was pleased with the way we bounced back. In game one, we looked like we were sleep walking,” said head coach Dave Benning. “Argenta was the aggressor. We’ve talked about it all season, how the style of Argenta is to put pressure on you constantly and force you to make plays. I think we had four maybe five errors–some very crucial errors. And Argenta did make some mistakes themselves but in their case, their explosion was the result of our missed plays.”
In game one, OV struck first with a lone run in the bottom of the second, but Argenta came back to take a 3-1 lead in the third. A back-and-forth affair then ensued with the Timberwolves pushing three runs across the plate in the fourth to retake the lead and then four more in the fifth but only after Argenta managed two of their own to make it a 5-8 game in favor of OV. The Bombers tacked on one more run in the sixth to pull within two, but heading into the seventh, the Timberwolves just needed three outs to wrap up the game a half-inning early. Read More

SOV Boys Take Fifth at Final Home Meet Last Tuesday

Photo by Keith Stewart The SOV boys’ track and field team celebrated its 10 seniors during last Tuesday’s Redskin Invitational. Pictured, left to right: Calen Landrus, Zach Devore, Brent Mauck, Clayton Waldhoff, Nick Cravatta, Jed Wheeler, Keegan Kruckeberg, and Jacob Cameron. Not pictured are Dakota Clayton and Drew Harris.

Photo by Keith Stewart
The SOV boys’ track and field team celebrated its 10 seniors during last Tuesday’s Redskin Invitational. Pictured, left to right: Calen Landrus, Zach Devore, Brent Mauck, Clayton Waldhoff, Nick Cravatta, Jed Wheeler, Keegan Kruckeberg, and Jacob Cameron. Not pictured are Dakota Clayton and Drew Harris.

Tie Arcola out of 10 teams

May 13, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Along with the girls, the SOV boys’ track and field team competed in their final home meet of the year last Wednesday and came away with a fifth place tie with Arcola out of 10 teams.
“One of our goals going into that meet was finishing in the top half of teams, so I guess we kind of met that one, if you list our team first with the tie,” said head coach John Bertetto. “Earlier in the week we had discussed how we finished eighth in the Redskin last year, and we thought we could definitely improve and get in the top half of teams this year. So I was decently happy with where we finished, but I definitely want to see us keep climbing up that team score list.”
Top five finishes included Calen Landrus (fifth, 100m dash, 11.91), Blake Stewart (second, 200m dash, 23.75), JT Bland (third, 1600m run, 4:58.17), Logan Pedigo (third, pole vault, 11-0), and Zane Uphoff (second, long jump, 19-0 and first, triple jump, 40-4). Read More