Arcola-ALAH Keeps Lighting Up the Greens to 11-1 Start; Sullivan Not Starting to Shabby Either

•September 7, 2016•

Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports Reporter

Tuesday and Thursday Arcola-Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond golf won both matches at their home course—in convincing fashion both days.

Top returner Clayton Miller led the way both nights shooting back-to-back even par 35s with Blake Lindenmeyer taking second on Tuesday with a 39 (+4) and Shandon Herschberger almost tying him Thursday with a 36 (+1).

Lucas Hutton, Dallas Sisk and Jacob Butler rounded out the top five for Arcola which shot 161 and 163 at the two meets Tuesday and Thursday as a team, taking first place by 28 and 26 strokes those two days respectively. Read More

Okaw Valley Downs Sullivan Volleyball in Two Sets for New Season’s First Win

•September 7, 2016•

By Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports Reporter

Kristy Buford set the tone for Okaw Valley, and the rest of the ‘Wolves followed suit Tuesday night when the Timberwolves came to Sullivan and took a two-set victory over the Lady Redskins 25-18, 25-12.

The OV senior started off the first set with four kills and an ace, leading her team to an 8-3 start.

“Kristy did what she was supposed to do and led us,” Timberwolves’ head coach Jay Potter praised. “She receives the most sets, and tonight she played with few errors. When that happens, we always have a better chance to win.”

The advantage rose to 15-7, but after their second timeout, Sullivan came back with a vengeance out of the timeout that brought the game to a two point deficit, 18-16, with an ace from Ally Elzy and a kill from Esther Miller at key points along the way.  Read More

Knights Prey on Sages, Take Two Set Win

•September 7, 2016•

Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports

It was no rest on Labor Day in Arthur Monday night as the Knights volleyball team took down Monticello 25-15, 25-18. Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond keeps a perfect 4-0 record for the young season.

Madison Brown brought the heat to the court throughout both sets finishing with team highs in aces (five) and assists (13).

In the first, Brown started serving for the Knights and pushed the contest out to a 7-1 advantage, and ALAH never looked back.

“This is the first game of the season where we have come out in game one ready to play,” Knights head coach Emily Crossman explained. “We had been getting down at the beginning, but starting like this gave the girls a real confidence booster going forward.” Read More

College Football Returns; Last NFL Cuts Made

•September 7, 2016•

Whit Kirtaker
NP Sports

This was one humdinger of a week of sports to recap.

To start:

As of print date, the Cubs are 41 games above .500, and the magic number to cinching the NL Central is close to single digits.

Texas beat Notre Dame in college football—a 50-47, double overtime barn-burner might I add—for the first time since 1970. Surely Texas could have gouged the Irish in that time with Ricky Williams, Vince Young, and other stars in that time frame, but scheduling didn’t really allow for those games.

Speaking of the 70s, for the first time since 1972 two top five teams—LSU and Oklahoma—fell in the first week of the season. LSU’s loss was to Wisconsin, 16-14 at Lambeau Field, and Oklahoma got caught on the tracks 33-23 against Houston who showed they haven’t lost much, if anything, since their upset triumph over Florida State in the Peach Bowl last season. Read More

Okaw Valley Golfers Win Hosted Triangular Meet at Eagle Creek

•September 7, 2016•

Okaw Valley varsity golfers hosted a triangular meet at Eagle Creek Aug. 30.

The Okaw Valley team won with a 174. Shelbyville was second with a 192 followed by Mt. Pulaski at 248.

Medalist was Tanner Coleman, Okaw Valley 41.

Individual scoring leaders: Cameron Nickerson Okaw Valley 43;  Austin Harshman, Okaw Valley 43; Payton Howell,  Shelbyville 43; Case Crawford, Okaw Valley 47; Daythan Summers, Shelbyville 47. Read More

Knights Improve V-ball Record

•September 7, 2016•

Knights volleyball improved the Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond varsity record to 3-0 following a two set win over Villa Grove Sept. 1.

The ALAH volleyball team used the home court to full advantage winning 25-14 and 25-10 over the Villa Grove team. Read More

Neoga Over Okaw Valley in Three

•September 7, 2016•

Okaw Valley High School varsity volleyball had three close sets with Neoga Sept. 1 with the host team winning the match 2-1.

The visitors came out strong with Okaw Valley taking Neoga 25-23 in the first set. Neoga took advantage edging Okaw Valley by three points 25-22. The toughest match went down to the wire with Neoga winning the set 27-25 and the match. Read More

Arcola Golf Coop Stays on Top

•September 7, 2016•

Arcola golf won a triangular match September 1 vs. Oblong and Villa Grove at Kaskaskia Country Club.

Clayton Miller was the medalist shooting another even par round 35. Shandon Hershchberger was runner up shooting a one over 36. Arcola-ALAH record is now 11-1.

Team Scores: Arcola - 163, Villa Grove - 189, Oblong - 193. Read More

Teutopolis Wins Girls Cross Country in Sullivan

•August 31, 2016•

Girls’ cross country teams from Teutopolis and Sullivan Okaw Valley met at Tabor Park Aug 25 with the T-town team getting first with 22 points and SOV girls scoring 37.

Kara Weichman, Teutopolis was first at 14:21; Makenna Green, Arthur 15:01; Ashlynd Risley, SOV 15:21; Rebecca Habing, Teutopolis 15:24; Laine Cameron, SOV 15:27; Abby Bloemer, Teutopolis 15:35; Morgan Day, Tuscola 16:25; Marianna Hemmen, Teutopolis 16:28; Raegan Drees, Teutopolis 16:33; Krupa Patel, Tuscola 16:34. Read More

Arcola-ALAH Golf Wins at Moweaqua

•August 31, 2016•

Sullivan golfer Caden Ellis was medalist shooting a 34 at the Meridian hosted quad meet at held at Moweaqua Golf Course Aug. 25.

The Arcola-ALAH Golf team won the match with a 168 team goal, beating the Sullivan team’s 172 effort.

Shelbyville was third, shooting a 194 followed by Meridian’s 197.

Clayton Miller from Arcola-ALAH  was runner-up medalist. The remaining winning golf team results: Shandon Herschberger 42, Blake Lindenmeyer 41, Lucas Hutton 56 and Jacob Butler 49. Read More