Lady T-Wolves Settle for Third in LOVC

Can’t top Arcola or sweep VG in bid

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

The Okaw Valley softball team dropped two of three conference contests this past week, resulting in a third place finish in the LOVC.

Taking on Arcola last Wednesday the Lady Timberwolves fell 4-2 after giving up all of the Purple Riders runs in the first inning. Read More

Redskin Invite: SOV Girls Take Second, ALAH Teams Each Earn Fifth

SOV boys settle for eighth

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Eight first places for SOV’s girls led the way in their second place finish Tuesday at their Redskin Invitational.

As usual, Amanda McClain, Emily Neuhauser, and Mollie Bowman were at the forefront of success. Neuhauser took first in the 100m dash (12.96 seconds) and then finished behind McClain for second in the 200 (25.59). Read More

Sullivan Rebounds After Two-Run Homer to Beat Lions 13-3

Photo by Keith Stewart An excited Dylan Hart comes home Saturday after hitting a two-run homer in the bottom of the second inning against Decatur LSA.

Photo by Keith Stewart
An excited Dylan Hart comes home Saturday after hitting a two-run homer in the bottom of the second inning against Decatur LSA.

Hart’s own 2-run homer lifts Sullivan

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

You could feel the air sink at Sullivan’s Leon Lane field Saturday after Decatur LSA’s Mason Hinton hit a two-run homer in the first on a full count.

“It looks like he’s seeing a beach ball when he goes up there,” said LSA coach Erik Johansen of Hinton. “He’s hitting everything on the screws. He did all this week and hit a home run yesterday.”

Nick Frerichs, who was at the mound for Sullivan, then walked his next batter, though managed a strikeout to get out of the early jab by the Lions. Read More

Orris’ Timely Hit Caps 6-Run 7th for Win

Photo by Keith Stewart OV’s Abigail Weybright goes to catch the throwout at second as ALAH’s Mycaela Miller slides.

Photo by Keith Stewart
OV’s Abigail Weybright goes to catch the throwout at second as ALAH’s Mycaela Miller slides.

Upends ALAH’s perfect conference record

by Kirk Whitaker
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

It was a situation all too familiar for Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond.

Just a week earlier, the Lancers were down 6-1 going into the bottom of the seventh, made the comeback, and won in extras in Arcola to maintain their perfection in LOVC play.

But perfection ended Thursday night, and it came at the hands of Okaw Valley, 6-5, sealed by Amy Orris’ bases loaded, two out, two RBI single to right centerfield.  Read More

Bowman Gets Full Academic Ride to McKendree University

Photo by Keith Stewart Mollie Bowman (left center) signs her letter of intent on April 17 to compete in track and field at McKendree University, as her high school track coach Kali Taylor (left), mother Chonticha (right center), and father Courtice (right) watch.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Mollie Bowman (left center) signs her letter of intent on April 17 to compete in track and field at McKendree University, as her high school track coach Kali Taylor (left), mother Chonticha (right center), and father Courtice (right) watch.

Track opportunity the extra perk

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

It all sort of began with a missed half-court shot.

In her freshman year and under then girls’ JV basketball coach Kali Taylor, Mollie Bowman threw up an ambitious 3-point attempt–with more than enough time left on the clock mind you.

“If you know anything about basketball, you know that shooting from half court is usually not a good thing unless at the last second of a quarter,” said Taylor. Read More

Trojans Redeem Last Year’s Loss to Sullivan with 5-2 Win

Photo by Keith Stewart Sullivan catcher Makenzie Ruppert eyes first base Monday.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Sullivan catcher Makenzie Ruppert eyes first base Monday.

Though more hits, Lady Red errors lead to extra outs

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

It didn’t take long for Sullivan’s errors to rear their head Monday evening against Charleston.

The first pitch to the first batter in the first inning to be exact.

Ali Finn’s grounder to shortstop was overthrown to first, allowing Finn to get to second. A sacrifice bunt and a single to right field later, Charleston had one of its five runs on a day when Sullivan couldn’t stop from shooting itself in the foot. It marked the first of five errors and despite outhitting the Trojans 11 to 8, Sullivan scored only two runs, all while leaving nine runners on base. Read More

After Pitchers’ Duel, Dust Settles in Favor of T-Wolves

Just three hits on the day between ALAH and OV

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Tyler Schuring was a presence on the mound Wednesday. But Devon Still was a monster.

The OV senior worked the Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond lineup, striking out 16. Still then worked his magic from the plate, tallying one of OV’s two hits on the day and then getting on base with an intentional walk in his team’s 2-0 win. Read More

OV Senior Dashes Off to Iowa for Collegiate Volleyball Career

Central College recruits Dash 

by Emily Scott
Bethany Reporter

Shelby Dash

Shelby Dash

For any college-bound high school senior, the transition from high school to college life is a big one. For Okaw Valley senior Shelby Dash, this transition will be even more significant since she has signed on to play volleyball at Central College in Pella, Iowa.

It all started when her club volleyball team, Twin City, played in a tournament where coaches from Central College saw her play and got in contact with her. She then visited the college campus this past November and made her decision in December. Dash will receive a yearly $14,000 academic scholarship and is enrolled in their four-year nursing program. Read More

Lady Redskins Rail Raiders 15-5 in 5

Marks second OVC 10-Run Mercy Rule Win for Sullivan

by Kirk Whitaker
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

The calm before the storm Tuesday night was full of hits, hits, and more hits for Sullivan.

Fourteen in five innings produced 15 runs for the Lady Redskins (6-10, 2-5 OVC), who downed OVC foe Central A&M 15-5. The mercy rule has been a part of Sullivan’s two OVC wins—the first coming against St. Teresa—and Tuesday night Sullivan scored two or more runs each frame.  Read More