Sullivan Baseball Takes Cumberland in SixInnings

•April 5, 2017•

The Sullivan baseball team finished the week 1-2 with a win over Cumberland and losses to St. Anthony and Tuscola.

Against Cumberland in the round robin, the Redskins jumped out early with two runs in the first inning but Cumberland answered in the third with a run.

Sullivan blew the game open with seven runs in the fifth inning and three more in the seventh for the 12-1 win in six innings.

Bryce Farris was 3-for-4 with four RBIs and a run scored. Read More

Double-header Win for Sullivan Softball

•April 5, 2017•

The Sullivan softball team finished the week 2-1 with a double-header win against Decatur MacArthur and a loss to Tuscola.

The Redskins swept Decatur MacArthur 12-1 and 18-10 Saturday.

In the first game, Sullivan scored two runs in the third for a 3-1 lead and did not look back.

Sullivan extended that lead to 5-4, then tacked on nine straight runs.

Brooke Tuttle was 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs.  Read More

OVHS Softball Improves Record with Villa Grove Win

•April 5, 2017•

The Okaw Valley softball team defeated Villa Grove 10-3 to improve its record to 3-2 at Villa Grove/Heritage Friday.

“We came out flat on Friday against a good hitting Villa Grove team,” said Dave Benning. “However, I was impressed with our timely hitting especially by Natalie Jeffers, Kailyn Boyer, and Paige Robinson to tie the game and then put it away with three good rallies.”

VGH took a 2-0 lead before OV scored four runs in the third inning when Grace Harlin and Kayla Wheeler lead off the inning with back-to-back walks.

Natalie Jeffers hit a double down the left-field line to score Harlin and Wheeler to tie the game.

Paige Robinson walked and advanced to second when Jeffers stole bases on consecutive pitches. Read More

SOV Track Teams Place Well in Area Meets

•April 5, 2017•

The Sullivan-Okaw Valley boys and girls’ track and field teams competed in two meets this past week.

Girls’ Team

At the Macon Meridian Quad Thursday, the girls’ team competed against Warrensburg-Latham, Athens and Meridian.

Top finishers for the Redskins included Madalyne McPheeters, who placed second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 29.8.

Katherine Kite took second place in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 6:22, and Esther Miller high jumped 4’6” for second place.

The 4x400 and 4x200 took fist place with times of 4:41 and two minutes flat, respectively. Read More

AOC Defeats Crossroad

Photo furnished AOC Defeats Crossroad Crossroad’s player (right) beats a pickoff attempt as Arthur-Okaw Christian’s Darrin Beachy applies the tag at Moore Park in Arcola April 1. Arthur-Okaw Christian defeated Crossroad in a double-header 8-3, 10-9.

Three Big Wins for ALAH Softball Team

•April 5, 2017•

By Jason Brown
NP Sports

Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond softball team improved its record to 5-0 with three blowout wins this week.

The Knights swept Champaign Central in a double header Saturday and Georgetown-Ridge Farm last Wednesday.

In the first game of the double header, ALAH shellacked Central 25-4 in three innings.

The Knights scored 10 in the first inning, but Central scored four to cut the lead to six.

The Knights blew the game open with a 15 run third inning.

The team batted .643. Read More

OV Graduate to Enter National Baseball Hall of Fame

•April 5, 2017•

Okaw Valley 2013 graduate Eldon Yeakel will be entering the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum on June 5.

Not as a player, of course, but instead as an intern.

Yeakel is the recipient of the 2017 Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development that last from June 5 to Aug. 11.

“I always enjoyed playing and watching sports growing up and once my love for history started to expand then it was a perfect combination of my two interests,” Yeakel said. “I was really intrigued with the internship given that the family that funds the internship was an avid baseball card collector and a Pittsburgh Pirates fan and I have been a huge Pirates fan since I was young and have collected a large sum of baseball cards.”

To be selected, Yeakel’s application that included a cover letter, resume, and three recommendations warranted an interview about why he applies, what he wanted to do at the museum and what he planned to do as a career. Read More

SOV JFL Sign up Time

•April 5, 2017•

Sullivan Okaw Valley junior football league sign ups for boys and girls entering the 4th-8th grades in the 2017-2018 school year are Sunday, April 9 from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

They are held at the Bethany Firehouse where a board meeting will follow. For more information www.sovjfl.com

Knights Bring Big Bats Out for Bulldogs

•March 29, 2017•

By Jason Brown
NP Sports Editor

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond baseball team kicked off its season with a 1-2 record, winning over St. Teresa and losing to Monticello and Central A&M.

Against the Bulldogs of St. Teresa, the Knights exploded for 12 runs in the fifth inning to overcome a 6-3 deficit and blow the game open.

ALAH went on to win 20-12.

Shandon Herschberger recorded a game-high six hits (6-for-6) and four runs scored. He also knocked in three runs.

Lucas Otto recorded three hits, two runs scored and three runs batted in. Read More