Redskins Back to their Ball in Senior Night Win Over Pana

Photo by Keith Stewart Pictured are Sullivan high school’s senior baseball players who were celebrated last Thursday during their contest against Pana, which the Redsksins won 10-0. Front row, left to right: Nick Frerichs, Jacob Piper, Brody Elder, and Dylan Hart. Back row: Drew Harris, Dakota Clayton, Levi Nadler, and Matthew Sparrow.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Pictured are Sullivan high school’s senior baseball players who were celebrated last Thursday during their contest against Pana, which the Redsksins won 10-0. Front row, left to right: Nick Frerichs, Jacob Piper, Brody Elder, and Dylan Hart. Back row: Drew Harris, Dakota Clayton, Levi Nadler, and Matthew Sparrow.

Sullivan’s staple defense shows up in victory

May 20, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

It was back to Sullivan baseball Thursday night as the Redskins’, celebrating their eight seniors, took care of Pana in five innings winning 10-0.
Sullivan was coming off just their fifth loss of the year after falling to underdog Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond Tuesday, who was then celebrating their own seniors.
“I think that woke them up,” said Rogers. “They didn’t want to have another game like that. The seniors were ready today from the start. You could tell. They came out with a different mindset. It was great.”
“We don’t like losing,” added senior Dylan Hart. “We definitely came out here to get some revenge, to come back out and get another win and to get that win/loss ratio up, but it was definitely nice coming out here and redeeming ourselves.”
The tone Thursday was set immediately with senior Levi Nadler and his trustworthy defense retiring the top of the first after just eight pitches and four batters. Read More

Lady T-Wolves Win Two on the Fly this Week

Now prepare for LOVC division championship opportunity

May 15, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

The Okaw Valley softball team won two games this week to further improve to 19-3 on the year.
Both games were scheduled on the fly due to scheduling conflicts with original opponents’ schedules. As a result, OV, rather than facing Neoga Wednesday, traveled to play Central A&M and came away with a 4-2 win.
“A&M is a tough opponent,” said head coach Dave Benning. “They play a predominantly 2A schedule, and they’re in a tough conference.”
Amanda McClain went all seven innings allowing two runs on seven hits, while striking out 10.
OV took a 2-0 lead in the first, but the Raiders cut the lead by one in the bottom frame. A&M would score their only other run in the second off of a solo home run, but OV posted a run apiece in both the fourth and fifth innings, thanks in part to a couple A&M errors.
OV did tally 10 hits on the night but also left five on base. Read More

Timberwolves Repeat as LOVC Division Champs

Defeat Arcola 11-0 Tuesday

May 13, 2015

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Okaw Valley defended their Northwest Little Okaw Valley crown on Tuesday night with a dominant 11-0 victory over Arcola. Devon Still went the distance tossing a six inning complete game shutout while punching out 10 Purple Riders.
Head coach Andrew Hagermen said his team accomplished two of their three goals with the win. “This is back-to-back, but the thing I told the team was to stay focused on the goals we had this year. We wanted to win 20 games, win our conference, and win our regional. Today was our 20th win and a conference championship so that was a double whammy. Right now we are tied with Argenta, and they have Arthur one more time so we will either tie or take the whole thing.”
Devon Still punched out four of the first five batters in a workhorse performance his coach has come to expect. Read More

Seniors Step Up in Knights’ Win Over Sullivan

Photo by Keith Stewart Pictured are the seven Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond seniors that were celebrated Tuesday evening before the team’s game against Sullivan. From left to right: Ross Ryan, Hunter Kamm, Avery Schrock, Tyler Schuring, Chris Crabtree, Jeremy Plank, and Christopher Davis.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Pictured are the seven Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond seniors that were celebrated Tuesday evening before the team’s game against Sullivan. From left to right: Ross Ryan, Hunter Kamm, Avery Schrock, Tyler Schuring, Chris Crabtree, Jeremy Plank, and Christopher Davis.

Schuring and company stop red-hot Redskins

May 13, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Whether it was the three-up, three-down pitching of Tyler Schuring, the 2-run homer by Hunter Kamm, or the final out by Chris Davis, Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond’s seniors showed up to play Tuesday night and knocked Sullivan off 8-5.
“We put the ball in play, got some guys on, and that got contagious,” said head coach Craig Moffett. “The guys are very energetic in the dugout and ran the bases hard, and backed up throws. We played pretty clean defense, too.”
Things certainly appeared at first to go in Sullivan’s way, however. Dylan Hart got the scoring started with a solo-bomb over the left-field wall in the first. After Nick Frerichs’ single down the third-base line, Levi Nadler doubled to deep center field to put Sullivan up 2-0.
On the mound for Sullivan was Zach Hrvol who helped retire the side in the bottom frame after just 10 pitches.
Sullivan then scored again in the bottom of the second thanks to one of just two Tyler Schuring walks on the day. Read More

Redskins Clinch Conference with Win Over Clinton

Photo by RR Best Pictured is the Sullivan varsity baseball team with their Central Illinois Conference title plaque, which they won following a 6-2 win over Clinton last Thursday. Pictured, front row, left to right: Brody Elder, Dylan Hart, Jacob Piper, Matthew Sparrow, Blake Stewart, and Nick Frerichs. Back row: head coach Troy Rogers, Zach Hrvol, Levi Nadler, Drew Harris, Dylan Liddiard, Dakota Clayton, and Alec Ballinger.

Photo by RR Best
Pictured is the Sullivan varsity baseball team with their Central Illinois Conference title plaque, which they won following a 6-2 win over Clinton last Thursday. Pictured, front row, left to right: Brody Elder, Dylan Hart, Jacob Piper, Matthew Sparrow, Blake Stewart, and Nick Frerichs. Back row: head coach Troy Rogers, Zach Hrvol, Levi Nadler, Drew Harris, Dylan Liddiard, Dakota Clayton, and Alec Ballinger.

Will begin regional play next week

May 13, 2015

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

The Sullivan Redskins secured the CIC(Central Illinois Conference) inaugural championship Thursday at Leon Lane Memorial Field thanks to a strong pitching performance by Jacob Piper, who went five innings of shutout baseball, ultimately allowing just two runs on two hits over the complete game. Sullivan ran its way to a lead early and held off a sixth inning rally to claim the program’s first conference title in more than 15 years.
Celebrating with his team after the win, head coach Troy Rogers gave all the credit to his players. “These are a great group of kids who played a lot of baseball over the years, and I couldn’t be more proud of them. They deserve it.”
Rogers also complimented Piper who was starting just his second game on the season.
“He had just had some relief appearances, and he is 2-0 now after starting last weekend versus Okaw Valley. I know he is going to throw strikes, keep them off balance, and let his defense work. We have been playing solid defense behind him. We had one hiccup where we gave Clinton a couple extra outs, but Jacob did a good job getting out of it, keeping that four run cushion.” Read More

Gentlemen Knights Finish Third in Sullivan

Ladies settle for sixth

May 13, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Ten top three finishes helped Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond’s boys’ track and field team to a third place finish in the 10-team Redskin Invitational last Tuesday.
And most of that came from the Yeakleys, Brewers, Roses, and Halls.
Almost sounds poetic.
Seniors Tanner Brewer and Colton Yeakley had solid performances with the former earning second in the 110m hurdles (16.74)–a one-hundreth of a second off from first–and third in the 300m hurdles (43.90). Brewer would also finish fifth in the high jump (5-10). Yeakley, too, earned a two and three spot, taking third in the shot put with a throw of 49 feet 1 1/2 inches, and second in the discus, going 152-5. Senior Nathan Rose notched three top four finishes, taking third in the high jump (6-0), fourth in the long jump (18-8 1/2), and second in the triple jump (38-8 3/4). Read More

Lady T-Wolves Split Double-Header on Senior Night

Photo by Keith Stewart Pictured are the Okaw Valley softball team’s six seniors, who were recognized last Wednesday between a double-header against Argenta-Oreana. From left to righ: Paige Harlin, Amy Orris, Savannah Birch, Hayley Carlson, Amanda McClain, and Keeley Benning.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Pictured are the Okaw Valley softball team’s six seniors, who were recognized last Wednesday between a double-header against Argenta-Oreana. From left to righ: Paige Harlin, Amy Orris, Savannah Birch, Hayley Carlson, Amanda McClain, and Keeley Benning.

May 13, 2015

Now in position to win division

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

After letting the first game slip by in the seventh inning, the Okaw Valley softball team got downright mad.
Or so it appeared.
The Lady T-Wolves came back and began the second game of last Wednesday’s double-header against conference foe Argenta-Oreana by taking a 10-0 lead. The Lady Bombers would resist later in the game, but OV eventually snuffed out any comeback by way of a six inning 10-run margin to split the series 1-1.
“I was pleased with the way we bounced back. In game one, we looked like we were sleep walking,” said head coach Dave Benning. “Argenta was the aggressor. We’ve talked about it all season, how the style of Argenta is to put pressure on you constantly and force you to make plays. I think we had four maybe five errors–some very crucial errors. And Argenta did make some mistakes themselves but in their case, their explosion was the result of our missed plays.”
In game one, OV struck first with a lone run in the bottom of the second, but Argenta came back to take a 3-1 lead in the third. A back-and-forth affair then ensued with the Timberwolves pushing three runs across the plate in the fourth to retake the lead and then four more in the fifth but only after Argenta managed two of their own to make it a 5-8 game in favor of OV. The Bombers tacked on one more run in the sixth to pull within two, but heading into the seventh, the Timberwolves just needed three outs to wrap up the game a half-inning early. Read More

SOV Boys Take Fifth at Final Home Meet Last Tuesday

Photo by Keith Stewart The SOV boys’ track and field team celebrated its 10 seniors during last Tuesday’s Redskin Invitational. Pictured, left to right: Calen Landrus, Zach Devore, Brent Mauck, Clayton Waldhoff, Nick Cravatta, Jed Wheeler, Keegan Kruckeberg, and Jacob Cameron. Not pictured are Dakota Clayton and Drew Harris.

Photo by Keith Stewart
The SOV boys’ track and field team celebrated its 10 seniors during last Tuesday’s Redskin Invitational. Pictured, left to right: Calen Landrus, Zach Devore, Brent Mauck, Clayton Waldhoff, Nick Cravatta, Jed Wheeler, Keegan Kruckeberg, and Jacob Cameron. Not pictured are Dakota Clayton and Drew Harris.

Tie Arcola out of 10 teams

May 13, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Along with the girls, the SOV boys’ track and field team competed in their final home meet of the year last Wednesday and came away with a fifth place tie with Arcola out of 10 teams.
“One of our goals going into that meet was finishing in the top half of teams, so I guess we kind of met that one, if you list our team first with the tie,” said head coach John Bertetto. “Earlier in the week we had discussed how we finished eighth in the Redskin last year, and we thought we could definitely improve and get in the top half of teams this year. So I was decently happy with where we finished, but I definitely want to see us keep climbing up that team score list.”
Top five finishes included Calen Landrus (fifth, 100m dash, 11.91), Blake Stewart (second, 200m dash, 23.75), JT Bland (third, 1600m run, 4:58.17), Logan Pedigo (third, pole vault, 11-0), and Zane Uphoff (second, long jump, 19-0 and first, triple jump, 40-4). Read More

Lady Red Take Second at Invitational

Photo Courtesy of Michelle McClain The SOV girls’ track and field team celebrated its seniors last Tuesday during the Redskin Invitational. Pictured, from left to right, are the team’s five seniors: Caity Ohm, Amanda McClain, Kennedy  Lucas, Emily Neuhauser, and Tori Murphy.

Photo Courtesy of Michelle McClain
The SOV girls’ track and field team celebrated its seniors last Tuesday during the Redskin Invitational. Pictured, from left to right, are the team’s five seniors: Caity Ohm, Amanda McClain, Kennedy
Lucas, Emily Neuhauser, and Tori Murphy.

Finish fourth at CIC meet

May 13, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Competing at their last home invite of the year, SOV’s girls came away with a second place finish and celebrated their five seniors including Tori Murphy, Caity Ohm, Kennedy Lucas, Emily Neuhauser, and Amanda McClain.
And the five didn’t disappoint as each finished in the top five of at least one event.
“My five seniors have done a great job leading the team both by their actions and by continuing to encourage, motivate, and mentor the underclassmen,” said girls’ head coach Kali Taylor. “As a high school coach, it is always neat to see how they grow and mature throughout their high school careers…Amanda and Emily continue to prove that they are two of the toughest, strongest sprinters in the state, consistently improving on their times, splits, and pushing each other and the rest of their competitors to a higher level each meet. Caity, Tori and Kennedy may not score as many points as the other two, but each have brought their own leadership abilities and dynamics to the team over the course of their careers.” Read More

Frerichs to Field for Kaskaskia in the Fall

Photo by RR Best Sullivan senior and baseball player Nick Frerichs signs his letter of intent committing to play baseball at Kaskaskia college in a January 22 ceremony. Pictured, front row, left to right: Mother Kerri, Nick, and father Dan. Back row: Sullivan head baseball coach Troy Rogers and Kaskaskia head baseball coach Mitch Koester.

Photo by RR Best
Sullivan senior and baseball player Nick Frerichs signs his letter of intent committing to play baseball at Kaskaskia college in a January 22 ceremony. Pictured, front row, left to right: Mother Kerri, Nick, and father Dan. Back row: Sullivan head baseball coach Troy Rogers and Kaskaskia head baseball coach Mitch Koester.

Receives baseball scholarship

May 6, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Not Tyler, not Chad, but Nick.
The youngest of three, the current Sullivan senior is following in his older brothers’ footsteps–sort of.
Earlier this year Nick Frerichs signed papers committing to play baseball at Kaskaskia College come this fall. His two older brothers also went on to play baseball collegiately; however they each went to Lincoln Land College.
“I really like their campus, and I know a couple of the guys going already,” said Nick. “Kaskaskia has all been pretty successful the past couple years so I figured it was the right fit for me.”
And though choosing a different college at which to play ball, Frerichs is quick to recall the impact his brothers and family have had on his development as one of the area’s top players. Read More