Redskin Baseball Seniors 2016

Photo By Darian Hays Redskin Baseball Seniors Senior day was observed in Sullivan last week. Seniors from left: Dylan Liddiard, Adam White, Alec Ballinger, Austin Minnigerode, Zach Hrvol, Blake Stewart and coach Troy Rogers

Photo By Darian Hays
Redskin Baseball Seniors
Senior day was observed in Sullivan last week. Seniors from left: Dylan Liddiard, Adam White, Alec Ballinger, Austin Minnigerode, Zach Hrvol, Blake Stewart and coach Troy Rogers

Central A&M Over ALAH by One

•May 18, 2016•

Central A&M softball traveled to Arthur May 13 edging the Arthur-Lovington/Atwiood-Hammond team 6-5.

Shelby Frederick pitched seven innings for ALAH allowing 13 hits and six runs with four strikeouts.

Dunn pitched for Central A& M allowing 11 hits including three doubles and five runs, while striking out 10 batters. Read More

Sullivan Softball Shrugs off Rain to Beat ALAH

Photo by Darian Hays Lady Redskin seniors were honored during the last home game. From left: Abby Elzy, Heidi Clements, Dani Boyer and Seleste Smith.

Photo by Darian Hays
Lady Redskin seniors were honored during the last home game. From left: Abby Elzy, Heidi Clements, Dani Boyer and Seleste Smith.

•May 18, 2016•

By Matt Kracht
News Progress Sports

The rain gods favored the Lady Redskins with a 10-0 victory over the Lady Knights from Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond on Monday.  Sullivan’s north diamond held up well in poor conditions, and Heidi Clements handled the rest.

Clements pitched five shutout innings behind some of the best velocity she has featured all year. The Lady Redskin senior scattered two hits in a performance that bodes well for the postseason.

Sullivan head coach Andy Wagner noted the team’s focus was where it needed to be, “I thought our girls today came out ready to play; we did not let the weather affect us. We have been preaching about expecting to play perfect even though it is not possible. And today I thought we did. That is the best I have seen us defensively all year.”

Sullivan jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning thanks to a double by Clements.

After a long battle including several foul balls down the left field line, Clements smoked a line drive into the gap in left center to bring home two runs. Coach Wagner said the team’s approach at the plate has improved. “I thought today we had better approaches; we stayed back.  The big thing that we talked about was letting the ball travel. When you are doing that, you can work counts and not be so gunny to hit that first pitch.” Read More

SOV Girls’ Track Overcomes Delays to Finish Season

•May 18, 2016•

The Sullivan Okaw Valley girls’ track team finished their season Friday at the Rochester Sectional.

The girls’ efforts this season was exceptional, especially on Friday with seven athletes still having events to compete in following a three hour weather delay. Their only point came from Alyssa Marshall with a sixth place 800 run in 2:39.

Other results are listed below.

100M- 10. Risley 14.02, 14. Wooters 14.65.

200M- 15. Wooters 31.44, 18. Hill 32.44

400- 8. Risley 1:07.04, 10. Hogan 1:07.94 Read More

Yeakley Signs with EIU

Photo furnished Yeakley Signs with EIU ALAH track stand out Colton Yeakley signed his letter of intent to participate in Eastern Illinois University track and field. At the signing on May 11 at the high school gym were Colton’s mother Heidi and father Steve. Colton displayed shot put, javelin and discus on the signing table.

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Yeakley Signs with EIU
ALAH track stand out Colton Yeakley signed his letter of intent to participate in Eastern Illinois University track and field. At the signing on May 11 at the high school gym were Colton’s mother Heidi and father Steve. Colton displayed shot put, javelin and discus on the signing table.

OV Softball Earns Runner up at Sullivan Invitational

•May 18, 2016•

By Matt Kracht
News Progress Sports

On a brisk Saturday four of the area’s best softball teams battled for the top spot in the Sullivan Invitational.

Mt. Zion impressed with a 12-1 win over Cumberland in the tourney opener followed by a 14-4 win over Okaw Valley in the championship.  Sullivan dropped their first game 10-0 to the Lady Timberwolves; then fell against Cumberland 13-8.

Okaw Valley head coach Dave Benning celebrated the 100th win of his career in the first game. Afterwards Benning said he was pleased with the team’s overall performance considering the quality of their opponents. “All in all I am pleased with the effort. We hadn’t played in eight days, and I was really impressed with how our bats came out in these conditions. I am really happy for the girls.”

Okaw Valley relied on a pair of terrific performances offensively to prevail over Sullivan.

Kaylin Boyer and Natalie Jeffers had career days at the plate. Boyer set the tone against Sullivan with a stand up triple on a line drive just over the outstretched hand of the right fielder in the top of the first. Jeffers followed with a single to drive home her first of five RBIs in the contest.   Read More

AO Bombers Take ALAH Softball Team

•May 11, 2016•

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond softball team faced Argenta-Oreana on May 6 with the Bombers coming out on top 14-3.

Logan Kauffman got one hit in four at bats. Shelby Frederick got two hits including one double and a base on balls. Madison Corum scored following Frederick’s double in the sixth.

Mycaela Miller had two hits with one double and one RBI while scoring one run.

Taylor Powell got a home run, two hits, two RBIs and one run.  Read More