ALAH Softball Falls to Cerro Gordo-Bement 6-0

Defensive shortfalls part of the loss

April 29, 2015

by Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

The Lady Knights are ready for warmer weather as the team struggled to score in a cold loss Friday. Macy Hollingsworth battled for seven innings to keep her team in the contest, but mistakes on defense cost the freshman a chance at the win.
Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond head coach Jerry Lane complemented his freshmen starter after the game for firing strikes for seven innings.
“Macy throws strikes; she moves the ball around, hits certain spots and tries to change speeds,” he said. “She did that for the most part. We had a couple innings where the defense let us down in a couple situations.” Read More

Lady Red Softball Goes 1-2 on the Week

April 29, 2015

Last Wednesday Sullivan’s varsity softball team travelled to take on Tuscola and fell 8-6 despite taking an early 2-0 lead, which included a solo home run by Heidi Clements. However, Tuscola would score five in the fourth to take the lead. Down 8-3 going into the seventh, Sullivan strung together three runs with a base-clearing double by Elissa Stewart, but the Redskins would not complete the comeback. Read More

Lady T-Wolves Continue Romp Through LOVC

Another early outing for OV with win over Arcola

April 29, 2015

by Keith Stewart

Another early go of it, and another conference win.
Okaw Valley tallied their sixth conference win last Wednesday over Arcola, defeating the Lady Purple Riders 13-1 in just four and a half innings. Hinging on two big offensive-producing frames, Okaw Valley improved to 6-0 in the LOVC northwest standings and 14-1 overall.
The Timberwolves’ ace Amanda McClain claimed yet another win on the year, going all five innings allowing one earned run and one hit along with one walk and six strikeouts. Read More

SOV Competes in Non-Scored Clinton Meet Tues.

April 29, 2015

The SOV girls and boys had several strong performances at a non-scored 10-team meet in Clinton Tuesday evening.
For the Lady Red, Emily Neuhauser won the 200 meter dash in 26.1 seconds. Alyssa Marshall won the 800 meter run in 2:35 and the 4 x 200 relay of Neuhauser, Bailey Turnbaugh, Ashlynd Risley and Amanda McClain won in 1:50. McClain also finished second in the High Jump at 5 feet 2 inches and the 200 in 26.3 seconds. Other second place finishes went to Neuhauser in the 100 (13.1), the 4 x 800 of Kennedy Lucas, Caity Ohm, Tori Murphy and Abby Cravatta (12:05) and the 4 x 400 relay of Nuzzo, Marshall, Risley and McClain in 4:24. Megan Dash was fourth in the HJ at 5-0. Fifth place finishes went to Laine Cameron in the 300 Hurdles (53.3), Dash in the triple jump (29-5), Murphy in the 1600 (6:38) and Nuzzo in the Pole Vault (8-0). Read More

Tri-County Meet Sees SOV, ALAH Finish within Proximity

Photo by Keith Stewart Abby Cravatta eyes the bar during her pole vault attempt Tuesday. She would finish fourth reaching a height of 7-0.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Abby Cravatta eyes the bar during her pole vault attempt Tuesday. She would finish fourth reaching a height of 7-0.

SOV boys finish highest in fourth

April 22, 2015

by Keith Stewart
Hosting their second meet of the year, the SOV boys’ track team placed fourth, while the girls settled for fifth. Neighboring Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond’s boys took fifth, while their girls were also a spot back in sixth.
The boys team finished with 72 points, and leading the Redskins was Zane Uphoff, who finished first in the triple jump going 40 feet, 3 inches. Uphoff also earned third in the long jump with a distance of 18-8. Teammate Cody Drake took second in the event with a jump of 19-0. The 4x200 relay of Uphoff, Charlie Goss, Luke Bowman, and Calen Landrus finished in second with a time of 1 minute, 38.26 seconds.
Other top four finishes included Zach Devore (fourth, 300m hurdles, 46.03), Bowman (third, long jump, 5-10), Drew Harris (fourth, long jump, 5-10), JT Bland (fourth, 800m, 2:13.94), Logan Pedigo (third, pole vault, 10-6), and the 4x4 relay of Uphoff, Goss, Landrus, and Devore (fourth, 3:46.42). Read More

Lady Redskins Cruise Past St. Anthony 14-3

Photo by Keith Stewart Sullivan sophomore Bailee Pratt slides in safely to third Tuesday evening. Pratt’s walk-off RBI in the fifth sealed the Lady Redskins’ 14-3 victory over Effingham St. Anthony.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Sullivan sophomore Bailee Pratt slides in safely to third Tuesday evening. Pratt’s walk-off RBI in the fifth sealed the Lady Redskins’ 14-3 victory over Effingham St. Anthony.

Pratt’s walk-off in the fifth brings early ending

April 22, 2015

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

With the wind howling out to left field, Sullivan softball muscled up to defeat St. Anthony by 10 runs in just five innings on Tuesday night.
Crooked numbers were key as the Lady Redskins scored four runs in the first, three in the second, and three more in the fourth all topped by a Bailee Pratt walk-off winner in the fifth. Heidi Clements got the start and the win for the now 10-6 squad, holding St. Anthony’s talented offense in check by trusting her defense.
Head coach Ben Richter thinks his team’s patient approach at the plate is paying dividends.
“I have been having them take pitches and try to work counts,” he said. “We have been swinging on the first pitch and that had been getting us in trouble. They did a great job seeing pitches and finding the pitches they want to hit. We jumped on a couple and they landed where we wanted them to land. So it was a good day offensively.” Read More

Nadler’s Walkoff RBI Completes Redskins 6-5 Comeback

Photo by RR Best Jacob Piper prepares to field a ball Saturday morning.

Photo by RR Best
Jacob Piper prepares to field a ball Saturday morning.

Last ditch heroics push Sullivan past Altamont Sat.

April 22, 2015

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Sullivan rallied from behind to win in dramatic fashion against the Altamont Indians Saturday at Leon Lane Memorial Field.
Nick Frerichs came up with a clutch two-out two-RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning, and Levi Nadler followed with an RBI single down the right field line for the game winner. The Redskins called on Tom Schibur to close out the final two innings, earning his first win supported by Dakota Clayton who pitched five strong innings of three run ball tallying five strikeouts.
Playing their fifth game in five days, Redskins head coach Troy Rogers saw what he called a gutsy performance.
“Our pitching staff is running on fumes,” he said. “This is only Tommy’s second time pitching varsity. He has pitched really well so far, and if we were not as deep as we are, he would be pitching for us a lot. He has been able to get a lot of innings in JV, but that was the first time I had seen him in a prolonged outing, and I was impressed.” Read More

Lady T-Wolves Take First Loss of the Season

Heyworth takes advantage of OV errors

April 22, 2015

by Keith Stewart

Before starting play at the Heyworth Round Robin Saturday, Okaw Valley first took on conference foe Cerro Gordo-Bement Friday, winning 7-2.
In what was a close game at 4-3 was broken open in the top of the seventh, starting with a two-out two-run home run by Jessica Robinson. Maddie Perrine then followed with a solo home run. Perrine also went the distance in the game from the mound with just one earned run on five hits while walking three and striking out seven. With the win, OV improved to 12-0 and 5-0 in the LOVC northwest division. Read More

Lady Knights Win Ramsey Tourney Saturday

Miller’s bat helps propel ALAH to title

April 22, 2015
The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond softball team won the Ramsey tournament on Saturday after a head-to-head tie breaker went in their favor.
The Lady Knights actually went 2-1 on the day and were tied with Windsor/Stew-Stras for the title in terms of allowing the fewest runs, but with ALAH defeating the Lady Comets, they came home with the title.
Taking on the Comets in the first game, ALAH won 8-5 on nine hits. Read More

Lady Red Take Second at Moweaqua

April 22, 2015

The Sullivan/Okaw Valley girls’ track & field team took second at the Central A&M meet April 14, behind not their usual rivals and host Raiders, but rather Warrensburg-Latham by just three points.
First place finishes went to Emily Neuhauser  in the 100m dash (12.77 seconds) and 200m dash (26.31), Alyssa Marshall in the 800m run (2.44), Megan Dash in the high jump (4 feet, 10 inches), Carlin Nuzzo in both the pole vault (7-6) and 400m dash (1:07.6) and the 4x4 relay team of Ashlynd Risley, Marshall, Laine Cameron, and Neuhauser. Read More