Okaw Valley Puts Arcola Away in LOVC Action

Photo by Darian Hays Paige Robinson drives against Purple Rider Rylee Fishel for two of her game leading 17 points, helping the Knights to a 42-30 wind over Arcola.

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Paige Robinson drives against Purple Rider Rylee Fishel for two of her game leading 17 points, helping the Knights to a 42-30 wind over Arcola.

•January 20, 2016•

Okaw Valley girls beat Arcola 42-30 in LOVC tournament action in Arthur January 18.

The Timberwolves were up 10-6 at the end of the first quarter. The Purple Riders came back with a 5-3 second quarter, putting the Okaw Valley team up 13-11 at the half.

During the third quarter Okaw Valley scored 12 to Arcola’s eight points. Up 25-21 at the end of three, the Timberwolves finished with a 17-10 fourth quarter for the 42-30 win.

Paige Robinson led the Timberwolves in scoring with six field goals, while hitting 5-6 free throws for 17 points.

Chloe Weybright hit one three point shot, three field goals and was 3-4 from the free stripe for 12 points.

Natalie Jeffers hit two field goals and one free shot for five points; Hope Ruppert made two field goals for four points; Jesse Robinson made one field goal, and Brianna Creviston scored a field goal to complete Okaw Valley scoring. Read More

Sullivan Falls to Undefeated Warrensburg

•January 20, 2016•

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Ty Molzen scored the first seven points for the Redskins versus the 16-0 Cardinals.  However, a slow start teamwise proved too much to overcome in a 58-37 loss.

Tyler Bond and Garret Shea led the Cardinals with 24 and 17 points respectively for the second ranked team in Illinois Class 2A.  With 13 points scored against Warrensburg Ty Molzen is 34 away from 1,000 career points.

The Redskins have dropped their first two conference contests but have back to back home games on deck. Be sure to pack the gym Friday versus Meridian to cheer #21 in his pursuit of legend status.

The Cardinals struggled early with the athleticism of the Redskins defense taking almost four minutes to score. Once the seal was broken the Cardinals scored the next 11 points. Trailing 13-0 the Redskins managed a basket from Molzen with just 33 seconds left in the first quarter. The Cardinals continued to roll in the second quarter and extended the lead to 18-4 before Sullivan began close the gap.

Molzen hit a clutch three pointer at the 6:30 mark to bring the score to 18-7.  Alec Ballinger added a free throw on the Redskins next possession to get within 10 points of the lead at 18-8. The Cardinals answered with a fast break resulting in highlight flush by Weston Nottelmann.   Read More

Hard Fought But Not Enough for Sullivan Girls

•January 20, 2016•

Sometimes missing a player affects the whole team, which may have been part of the reason for Sullivan girls to lose 52-34 at St. Teresa January 14.

Coach Sheri McCain said sophomore guard Lizzie Green was out due to illness. “I thought Brooke Tuttle stepped up in her absence and handled the ball well.”

Tuttle provided the team with three assists.

“Chloe Riley played well offensively in both the JV and varsity games,” McCain said. Junior varsity Redskins beat St Teresa 36-26.

In the varsity game Riley had three steals, four field goals and two free shots for 10 points. Alyssa Marshall provided three three point goals for nine points; Tatum Ellis had three field goals and one free shot for seven points. Read More

ALAH Girls Too Much for Broncos

Photo by Darian Hays Alyssa Herschberger gets around Bronco defender for two of her six points against Cerro Gordo.

Photo by Darian Hays
Alyssa Herschberger gets around Bronco defender for two of her six points against Cerro Gordo.

•January 20, 2016•

ALAH girls basketball won 59-35 over the Cerro Gordo Broncos in a home game January 14.

The Knights came out with a 15-11 lead in the first quarter. A couple of three point shots from Hannah Wallen boosted the second quarter to 17-5, with the Knights heading into halftime ahead 32-16. ALAH maintained their momentum in the third quarter leading 11-10. They polished off the Broncos with a 16-9 final quarter and a 59-35 Knights win.

Megan Fifer had an outstanding night at the free throw line scoring 10-12 along with three field goals for 16 points.

Hannah Wallen hit three three point shots and three from the field for 15 points; Liz Shipman had a strong fourth quarter scoring three of her four field goals on the night for eight points.  Read More

Charleston Hands Sullivan Girls a Loss

•January 20, 2016•

The trip to Charleston found Sullivan’s girls’ basketball team faced with a 75-27 loss.

“Charleston is a very disciplined and fundamental team,” coach Sheri McCain said of the game, noting that turning the ball over 32 times told the tale of the Redskin loss.

Charleston started the first quarter 16-2 over the Redskins. The 22-12 second quarter put the Trojans ahead 38-14 at the half. Charleston scored 21 to Sullivan’s nine points in the third quarter and 16-4 in the fourth for the 75-27 win. Read More

ALAH Takes LSA in LOVC Tournament Play

•January 20, 2016•

Host team Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond was the 71-52 winner over the Lutheran School Association during LOVC tournament action in Arthur January 18.

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond’s girls came on strong with a 23-14 first quarter over the LSA Lions. LSA recovered  with a 17-15 second quarter which put the Knights ahead 38-31 at the half.

ALAH dominated the third quarter with an 18-7 run over the Lions. The fourth quarter was 15-10 Knights with the final 71-52 over the LSA girls.

Hannah Wallen led the four Knight players in triple digits, hitting two three point shots, five field goals and 2-3 from the free throw line for 18 points. Read More

Overtime Victory for Knights at Shiloh

Photo Submitted Will Cohan pulled down 10 rebounds and scored 21 points in the Knights win over Shiloh.

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Will Cohan pulled down 10 rebounds and scored 21 points in the Knights win over Shiloh.

•January 20, 2016•

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond Knights scored a 47-45 overtime victory against the Tri-County Titans Friday, January 15.

The Knight’s trip to Shiloh proved to be a good matchup as the Titans matched ALAH’s free throw percentage at 66.7. They were better from the three point line with 33.3 percent compared to ALAH’s 25 percent, but the tale was told in field goals as the Knights shot 41.9 percent to the Titans 33.3 percent.

In the first quarter the Knights outscored the Titans 8-7. ALAH moved on to have a 13-8 run in the second quarter sending them ahead 21-15 at the half. A cold third quarter for the Knights put the Titans on a 15-5 run.

Going into the fourth quarter Tri-County was leading 30-26. The Knights tied the game with a 15-11 effort in the last quarter. ALAH came out on top with a 6-4 overtime run ending the game 47-45 Knights.

The Knights’ Will Cohan had a good night hitting 7-9 field goals and 7-8 free throws for 21 points. Cohan  grabbed eight defensive and two offensive rebounds for 10 while providing a steal and one assist. Read More

Redskins Fight Tuscola Down to the Wire

Photo by Mike Brothers Sullivan’s Kaleb Shumard drives hard to the basket in the January 8 home game against the Tuscola Warriors on the Redskin home court.

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Sullivan’s Kaleb Shumard drives hard to the basket in the January 8 home game against the Tuscola Warriors on the Redskin home court.

•January 13, 2016•

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Redskins’ basketball fans watched an instant classic Friday night as Ty Molzen and Nick Bates traded baskets in a pair of all conference performances, that ended in a 38-36 Tuscola win.
Molzen finished seven for seven from the field tallying 14 points for Sullivan, and Nick Bates poured in 22 points leading the way for Tuscola.
Sullivan head coach Chet Reeder was unhappy with Sullivan’s “timid” play on the offense but thought the effort shown on defense was top notch. “We played our tails off on defense. Defensively that was one of the best games we have ever played. The ball just did not bounce our way a couple times, and that is all it takes.”
The Warriors jumped out to an early 7-2 before back to back baskets tied the game at the end of the first quarter. In the second period Tuscola’s Bates took over at the five minute mark scoring the Warriors next seven straight. The run gave the Warriors a 16-11 halftime lead. Coach Reeder complemented Bates’ game after the contest. “He is a special player; there is not a matchup for Nick Bates.” Sullivan stayed within striking distance during the third quarter and cut Tuscola’s lead to 23-21 with 2:30 remaining in the period. However, Bates responded with another run hitting what looked to be a dagger three pointer to put Tuscola up by 10, 31-21, with just six minutes left in the game. Read More

Oblong Panthers Win Over ALAH Knights at Oblong

•January 13, 2016•

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond Knights traveled to Oblong January 8 with the Panthers winning 49-37.
The Knights scored eight points in the first quarter while Oblong answered with 14 points.
At the end of the half the Panthers were up 26-15. Oblong scored 11 points in the third to ALAH’s eight with the Knights coming back in the fourth scoring 14 to the Panthers 12 points, but it was not enough to get the 49-37 win from the home team. Read More

Lady Warriors Outscore Knights in Final Quarter

•January 13, 2016•

Tuscola’s Lady Warriors outscored the ALAH Lady Knights 66-59 January 11.

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond scored 12 to the Warriors 13 in the first quarter.

In the second quarter the Lady Knights went on a 21-10 run over the Warriors to head in to the half ahead 33-23.

Tuscola came out of the half scoring 19-10 on ALAH in the third quarter. In the fourth the Lady Warriors went on a 24-16 run to win the game 66-59. Read More