Knights Get Two Tournament Wins

•January 25, 2017•

By Jason Brown
NP Sports Editor

The Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond boys’ basketball team finished the week 2-2 with wins against Tri-County and Cerro Gordo-Bement and losses to Argenta-Oreana and Okaw Valley in the Little Okaw Valley Conference Tournament in Bethany.

The Knights had to battle back from a 12-point first-quarter deficit to defeat CGB Jan. 16.

ALAH double CGB’s score in the second quarter 16-8 and outscored the Broncos in the third 10-7 to cut the lead to 31-30.

The Knights kept up the pressure and outscored the CGB in the fourth quarter by five for the 44-40 win.

Will Cohan scored a team-high 14 points and had two assists and three rebounds.

Kobe Wells followed with 10 points and had a team-high eight rebounds. Read More

ALAH Team Balance and Consistency Earn Success

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The Knights’ five starters and coach Craig Moffett break a huddle in the Little Okaw Valley Conference NW Tournament against Okaw Valley Thursday night.

•January 25, 2017•

By Jason Brown
NP Sports Editor

To earn a No. 1 ranking, win two tournaments, lead the conference and reach an 11-game winning streak a team must have consistency and balance.

The Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond girls’ basketball team has become one of those teams.

Before this week’s play, each of the starting five Knights averaged more than eight points per game, but none of them average more than 10 points per game, which makes ALAH a difficult team to scout and guard.

ALAH’s rebounding is also balanced, with every Knight rebounding between 2-to-5.4 rebounds per game.

“Our balance is a luxury that we’re fortunate to have,” said ALAH coach Craig Moffett. “The players’ unselfishness is the most important aspect of the balanced offense. We do have multiple girls that can score off the dribble, in the post or shooting from the perimeter.” Read More

Sullivan Girls Pick up Conference Win

•January 25, 2017•

by Jason Brown
NP Sports Editor

The Sullivan girls’ basketball team picked up a Central Illinois Conference victory against Shelbyville, Jan 19 before defeating host Clinton in the first round of the CIC Tournament, Jan 21.

The Redskins, seeded fourth, used a 17-8 run in the first quarter and a 12-6 run in the third quarter to pull away from Clinton for the 47-36 victory.

Esther Miller led Sullivan with 14 points, and Chloe Riley followed with 13 points.

Lizzie Green and Tatum Ellis each scored eight points, and Green added a team-high with four steals and four assists.

Ellis collected a team-high eight rebounds.  Read More

Tough Week for Redskins

•January 25, 2017•

The Sullivan boys’ basketball team suffered two Central Illinois Conference losses this past week.

The Redskins lost the two road games to Decatur St. Teresa Friday and Meridian last Tuesday.

Against St. Teresa, the Bulldogs used a 19-6 third quarter to pull away from the Redskins for a 34-23 and kept the lead around 10 points for the eventual 54-33 win.

Quentin Britton led Sullivan with 13 points. Read More

Timberwolves Open Little Okaw Tourney with a Win

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Connor Cloyd goes up for two of his game high 27 points during LOVC tournament play against the ALAH Knights over the weekend.

•January 25, 2017•

by Jason Brown
NP Sports Editor

The Okaw Valley boys’ basketball team won the Little Okaw Valley Conference NW Tournament opener in Bethany Jan. 25.

The Timberwolves, the No. 3 seed, defeated the Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond boys’ basketball team 56-36 to advance to the second round.

Okaw Valley took a four-point lead into the half, but it was a 17-7 Timberwolves run in the third quarter that proved to be the difference.

Okaw Valley doubled the Knights score 12-6 in the fourth period for the final score.

The Timberwolves out-rebounded ALAH 41-28, including 20 offensive boards.

For the Timberwolves, Connor Cloyd scored a game-high 27 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks.

Austin Hill and Taylor Coleman followed with seven points each, and Hill added two steals and two rebounds.

Jared Bunfill tallied four points, two steals and two assists, and Trey Yarnell and Cole Nichols each contributed three points.
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Final Shot Captures Third for Timberwolves in Arthur

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Paige Robinson drives to the basket in the Little Okaw Valley Conference NW Tournament against ALAH Knights.

•January 25, 2017•

 

by Jason Brown
NP Sports Editor

Timberwolves junior guard Natalie Jeffers drained a corner 3-pointer with three seconds left in the game to defeat Villa Grove/Heritage 50-49 to capture third place in the Little Okaw Valley NW Conference Tournament in Arthur, Saturday.

The winning shot started with Jeffers taking the ball out of bounds with 9.1 seconds left in the game.

Jeffers passed to junior guard Paige Robinson, who dribbled the ball down court and found Jeffers in the corner with five seconds left.

“Good decision, good feet, good shot,” said Okaw Valley coach Brad Ackers. Read More

Knights Overcome in Fourth by A & M

•January 18, 2017•

By Jason Brown
NP Sports Editor

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond boys’ basketball team dropped a nonconference-road game against Central A&M last Tuesday.

The game was close for three quarters, ending in a 7-7 tie in the first quarter and a 28-28 tie at half.

ALAH took the lead in the third quarter, outscoring the Raiders 9-8, but the fourth decided the game.

CAM went on a 19-6 run in the fourth quarter for the 55-43 victory. Read More

OVHS Player Signs with Lake Land

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OVHS Player Signs with Lake Land
Okaw Valley High School volleyball team leader Kristy Burford signed a letter of intent to play volleyball with the Lake Land Lakers next season. The high school gathered in the OVHS gymnasium January 12 in support of Burford’s future choice. Pictured seated from left: father Paul Burford, Kristy, mother Elizabeth; Timberwolves’ head coach Jay Potter and Lake Land Lakers head coach Ashli Robison. Robison, a former Laker, noted Lake Land is fortunate to find such a good utility player locally and looks forward to OVHS fans watching Kristy in action with the Lakers.

Lady T-Wolves Extend Winning Streak

•January 18, 2017•

By Jason Brown
NP Sports Editor

Okaw Valley girls’ basketball team toppled two Little Okaw Valley Conference teams last week to extend its winning streak to six games.

The Timberwolves defeated Argenta-Oreana and Cerro-Gordo/Bement last week and hope to take that momentum into the LOVC Tournament semifinals today.

Last Tuesday against Argenta-Oreana, the Timberwolves jumped out to a 21-6 first quarter lead, and the T-wolves defense did not allow Argenta-Oreana to score more than eight points in any quarter. Read More