Harlin Finishes 27th at State Course

October 22, 2014

Outgoing senior golfer earns best state outing of career

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

As head coach Andy Wagner described senior golfer Paige Harlin, last year she was just happy to be at the state tournament in Decatur. This year, she wasn’t happy with her 27th place finish despite it being a marked improvement from the 56th place she earned the year before.

“It could have been really, really good,” said Wagner of the first day of the two-day state series. “Sitting in the top 20 after day one, it was really neat, but we talked all the way home about how she really did not putt well at all. What was an 82 could have very easily been a 75 or 76. Of course, we were pleased, but, probably the best way to put it is we weren’t satisfied.” Read More

SOV Hangs On Against A&M

Photo by Joe Wheeler Nick Frerichs scrambles out of the pocket Friday night.

Photo by Joe Wheeler
Nick Frerichs scrambles out of the pocket Friday night.

October 22, 2014

Raiders’ comeback falls short

By Joe Wheeler
Reporting in Moweaqua

Up 21-0 at halftime, it was looking like a rout for SOV on what was shaping up to be an unfortunate senior night for the Central A&M Raiders. But this past Friday night the Redskins were lucky to get out of Mowequa with a win.

Things got started quickly for SOV after the Raiders’ first drive stalled, and the ‘Skins scored on their second play from scrimmage. A breakout Chanley Heykoop run to start the drive set things up for a 64-yard strike to Alec Ballinger on the ensuing play. The touchdown pass from senior quarterback Nick Frerichs would not be his last of the evening. Read More

Lady Timberwolves Overcome Adversity on Sr. Night

Photo by Joe Wheeler Pictured are the Okaw Valley volleyball seniors who were celebrated last Thursday at home against Bement (from left to right): Blair Monroe, Caity Ohm, Amanda McClain, Abby Vander Burgh, Savannah Birch, Haley Carlson, and Amy Orris. Not pictured is Amy Monroe.

Photo by Joe Wheeler
Pictured are the Okaw Valley volleyball seniors who were celebrated last Thursday at home against Bement (from left to right): Blair Monroe, Caity Ohm, Amanda McClain, Abby Vander Burgh, Savannah Birch, Haley Carlson, and Amy Orris. Not pictured is Amy Monroe.

October 22, 2014

Teamwork key in 3-set victory over Bement

By Joe Wheeler
Bethany Reporter

Bement was in town Thursday evening and looking to spoil Okaw Valley’s senior night for the ladies in black.

The Lady Bulldogs came out strong in the first set, scoring three in a row before OV would get on the board. Some Bement errors and two OV kills would even things up at four early in the set, and later the home team would string together six points in a row. Bement would battle back, one point at a time, to eventually tie it up at 15 all mid-set. Unfortunate errors then set the Lady Timberwolves back late in the set, and they would eventually fall 20-25. Read More

A&M Proves Too Much for Sullivan

October 22, 2014

Lady Raiders win in two sets

by Aaron Dyer
Sullivan Reporter

If there was a chance for an upset in the Central Illinois Conference last Thursday between the Central A & M the Lady Redskins, the first set certainly didn’t show it. Sullivan was downed easily 25-14 before they ladies in red showed some determination in the second, though they would eventually fall there too, 25-19. Read More

ALAH Soccer Onto Regional Semifinal

October 15, 2014

Now to face no. 1 seed Wednesday

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond soccer team was adamant about not losing again to Decatur LSA last Friday, and instead came away with a 4-1 regional quarterfinal win to advance to the Warrensburg-Latham regional semifinal against Monticello Wednesday, October 15.

The Knights previously fell to LSA 7-1 September 27 in the Decatur St. Teresa tournament. And according to head coach Jeff Trower, the Lions may have come into the rematch a bit too headstrong. Read More

Playoff Bound Redskins Hammer Rams 47-14

Photo by RR Best Chanley Heykoop makes a run for the end zone Saturday night. Heykoop had 161 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.

Photo by RR Best
Chanley Heykoop makes a run for the end zone Saturday night. Heykoop had 161 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.

October 15, 2014

First post-season in store since 01

by Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

The Sullivan Okaw-Valley Redskins bounced back strong Saturday night in a victory over the Shelbyville Rams. Senior quarterback Nick Frerichs put up a five touchdown game setting the tone for what would be a dominant performance for the Redskins. The win ends a decade old postseason drought as the Redskins move to 6-1 on the season, solidifying a playoff spot with two weeks left in the regular season.

“Nick understands what we want done,” said SOV head coach Gerald Temples. “He is a great leader and a heck of a competitor. He stays after people, and that’s a positive for us. He just does a great job and is such a competitor who wants to do well. I just can’t say enough about him.”

But early on, it was Shelbyville who put the first points on the board taking the opening drive down all the way. Read More

Harlin, Again on to State

Photo by Keith Stewart Okaw Valley senior Paige Harlin has qualified for state for the second year in a row. She will now try to improve on last year’s 56th overall finish come October 17 and 18.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Okaw Valley senior Paige Harlin has qualified for state for the second year in a row. She will now try to improve on last year’s 56th overall finish come October 17 and 18.

October 15, 2014

Sullivan, ALAHA miss out

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Paige Harlin will, once again, be the only golfer in the immediate area to get out of sectionals and onto state.

The Okaw Valley senior qualified, finishing ninth overall with an 87. She will now return to Red Tail Run in Decatur Friday October 17 to try and improve on last year’s 56th place and score of 185.

Both Windsor and Arthur/Lovington-Atwood/Hammond/Arcola also had female golfers competing in the Tuscola sectional, but neither made it out.

The Blue Devils’ Katie Greuel finished 19th individually with a combined score of 105. The Purple Rider/Knights’ Bailey Connor finished 37th with a score of 126. Read More

Sullivan Succumbs to CIC Leader Shelbyville

October 15, 2014

Lady Rams continue dominant season with win over Redskins

by Aaron Dyer
Sullivan Reporter

Acoin flip wasn’t all the Sullivan Lady Redskins varsity volleyball team lost last Thursday. In a two-set match-up against Shelbyville, Sullivan continued their difficult season with a 25-13, 25-15 loss.

Shelbyville quickly got to work with kill after kill, but their streak would slow down for a moment with the Lady Red storming the court following a second time out called by varsity head coach Krista Smith, who gave an empowering pep talk. Read More

ALAH Drops Two Sets in Divisional Championship Match

October 15, 2014

Fall to Sangamon Valley once again

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Writer

The Lady Knights came up one win shy of the Little Okaw Valley Northwest division championship last Thursday, losing in straight sets to the Sangamon Valley Storm 25-21 and 25-13. After a closely contested first set, the Storm surged to an insurmountable lead early in second set and ALAH could never recover. Read More

Knights Roll Lions 41-8 on Senior Night

Photo by Darian Hays Cameron Bonham (left) and Hunter Kamm (right) celebrate during Friday’s game against Decatur LSA.

Photo by Darian Hays
Cameron Bonham (left) and Hunter Kamm (right) celebrate during Friday’s game against Decatur LSA.

October 15, 2014

Improve to 5-2, one win out from clinching playoff spot

by Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Tyler Schuring broke free on the second play of the game and went 63 yards untouched for the score keying the Knights’ impressive victory on senior night over the LSA Lions last Friday.

Schuring racked up four touchdowns before halftime and ALAH came up with two 90-yard plus interception returns ultimately cruising to a 41-0 halftime lead. Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond is now 5-2 on the season and playoff eligible.

An LSA Lions squad dressing the minimum was simply no match for the Knights on Friday. Read More