Panthers Dominate Knights at Oblong

•September 14, 2016•

A long trip home from Oblong Sept 10 allowed the Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond football Knights to reflect on what could have been in their 40-12 loss to the Panthers.

“There were just too many mistakes in scoring situations,” head Knight coach Dale Schuring said.  “It would not have changed won/loss outcome, but it should have been closer game.”

Oblong had the ALAH team down 13-0 at the end of the half. The Knights put six on the scoreboard in the third quarter with the Panthers adding 20 points to the lead.

Fourth quarter led to another Knight touchdown with Oblong scoring seven. Read More

Arcola Wins Triangular Match

•September 14, 2016•

Arcola Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond golf team won a triangular match against Tuscola and Charleston JV September 6.

Arcola placed first shooting a 172 followed by Tuscola and Charleston tied with 180 a piece.  Read More

Shelbyville Stomps Sullivan on Schwengel Tribute Night

Photo by Mike Brothers It was tough making ground but Luke Bowman leaves Shelbyville’s defense plowing through for a modest gain.

Photo by Mike Brothers
It was tough making ground but Luke Bowman leaves Shelbyville’s defense plowing through for a modest gain.

•September 14, 2016•

Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports Reporter

Friday night Shelbyville honored 2013 graduate and former quarterback Tucker Schwengel, even painting a 15-yard line for the game in his memory.

Sophomore quarterback Turner Pullen put on his own impersonation of the former Shelbyville signal-caller.

Pullen torched the Redskins all night long--with the climax being his 85 yard touchdown scamper in the third where he started behind a wall of Rams in the middle of the field before bouncing out to his own sideline to go untouched, out-running Sullivan’s Luke Bowman-- with 168 yards passing and three scores through the air to go with 200 yards on just 14 carries and three more touchdowns. Read More

Arcola Boys’ Golf Keeps Chugging Along

•September 14, 2016•

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond-Arcola boys’ golf team improved their record to 11-1 during the week, taking a triangular match between Oblong and Villa Grove at their home course at Kaskaskia Country Club, before having their tournament at Blue Ridge cancelled. Read More

Knights Serve a Big Win Over Redskins

•September 14, 2016•

Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports

It looked so easy it wasn’t even funny Sept. 12.

Everyone got in on the act, as Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond’s serving and multiple weapons stifled the Sullivan hosts 25-9, 25-5.

The highlight of both sets for Arthur was from the service line.

Sophomore Taylor Powell responded with three aces after giving Sullivan its first point of the night. Two more of the eight points the Knights had were off Abby Duzan aces before Sullivan called a timeout 8-2.

There was no escaping the serves for the Redskins after the timeout. Madison Brown tore off four aces in a row--and was very close to a fifth-- before an ace and kill from Powell finished off the first set.

Powell finished the night with a team high five aces--followed by Duzan with four-- three kills and two digs.

“Our aggressive serving really threw Sullivan’s offense off,” Knights’ head coach Emily Crossman explained. “It was our best offensive strategy of the night.” Read More

Resilient Knight Defense Keys 28-6 Win over Palestine

Photo by Darian Hays Good night for Marcus Vanausdoll, pulling down passes for touchdowns, intercepting passes and a highlight 67 yard break away touchdown run to seal the win late in the game.

Photo by Darian Hays
Good night for Marcus Vanausdoll, pulling down passes for touchdowns, intercepting passes and a highlight 67 yard break away touchdown run to seal the win late in the game.

•September 7, 2016•

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

After a barn burner road win over Tri-County to start the season, Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond entered their week two home opener at Wilson Field versus Palestine-Hudsonville set up for a trap game.

Knights’ head coach Dale Schuring thought the team struggled with focus throughout the contest but ultimately came up with enough big plays to get the job done. “Tonight we were overconfident. We weren’t ready to go, and we never really got mentally focused tonight. We did enough to win and made some big plays, but our week one performance was far better than this.”

ALAH fumbled away the opening possession deep in their own territory which forced the defense to make its first key stop of many. The Knights’ defensive dominance in the first half was impressive as the stingy unit held the Pioneers to just 15 rushing yards on 11 carries and eight passing yards on two completions in the first half.

Tim Weaver, the defensive coordinator, and linebacker coach Don McCarthy seem to develop perennial ball hawks at all positions. Marcus Vanausdoll has blossomed into an all-conference defensive back under the pair’s tutelage. Vanausdoll came up with two interceptions in the contest including an 86 yard pick six that ended the first half and put the Knights up 20-0. Read More