Knights Struggle with A-O Bombers Speed

•September 28, 2016•

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood Hammond football dropped their third straight contest Friday against conference foe Argenta-Oreana 46-8.  Head coach Dale Schuring credited the Bombers for being a physically gifted team.

“They did a good job taking advantage of what their athletes can do in the open field with their speed. Our kids tried the best they could. But speed kills, and you saw that tonight.”

ALAH received the opening kickoff and after three plays were set to kick the ball back to the Bombers. Unfortunately, the Knights’ talented punter Marcus Vanausdoll boomed that first punt too far.

Bomber return man Pierce Bradford took it 70 yards to the house doing his best Deion Sanders imitation from about 12 yards out. Despite multiple unsportsmanlike conduct penalties against Argenta the score counted. The Bombers added a two conversion and led 8-0 with 10:18 remaining in the first quarter.

ALAH again went three and out on their next possession. Argenta scored on the second play of that drive when a Bomber slot receiver got free for a 58 yard touchdown. After the two point conversion, the Bombers led 16-0 with eight minutes left in the first quarter.   Read More

Another Win for OV Golfers

•September 28, 2016•

Okaw Valley varsity golfers beat Tri-County at Eagle Creek on Sept. 22. Okaw Valley’s 168 edged Tri County’s 170.

Match medalists were Austin Harshman, Okaw Valley 39 and Logan Richardson, Tri County 39. Read More

SOV Redskins Cage Hawks for First CIC Win

•September 28, 2016•

Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports

In recent memory when Sullivan Okaw Valley has played Meridian in football, it has been all SOV.

This year was a little different but with the same result: a Redskin victory.

Sullivan led on both sides of the ball by senior halfback/linebacker Drew Hubbard who had 14 carries for 76 yards and the game sealing touchdown. This was all accomplished with eight inactive Redskin starters.

“Hubbard is a hard nosed kid; he plays with some passion,” Redskins’ head coach Gerald Temples complimented. “He had a good ballgame for himself and us and doesn’t avoid contact, and that’s the way the game is supposed to be played.”

It was no cheap victory though.

For the first time all season, SOV was held scoreless in the first quarter. Luckily Meridian didn’t score either. But it was with 8:27 left in the half that Meridian sophomore running back Gage Holgarth took a carry in from the 1-yard line to give the Hawks the lead before missing the PAT. Read More

Knights Tie for All-Time Best Finish at Arcola Volleyball Invite

•September 28, 2016•

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond volleyball turned some heads and got revenge Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Arcola volleyball invitational. Whether it was an 8 a.m. start or defeating arch-rival Tri-County, the day was something to behold.

The Knights got the taste of loss from Sept. 22 against Argenta-Oreana out of their mouths and fast. Avenging their first loss of the season, they took down the Titans 14-25, 25-12, 15-11 in three sets.

The Knights worked their way through pool play to the tourney final against Marshall, before falling in three sets 24-26, 25-17, 11-15.

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Timberwolves Take Down Edinburg, Ramsey; Fall Thursday to Arcola

Photo by Mike Brothers Kristy Burford sets up return with Kate Jeffers in Okaw Valley volleyball match with Arcola Sept. 22 in Bethany.

Photo by Mike Brothers
Kristy Burford sets up return with Kate Jeffers in Okaw Valley volleyball match with Arcola Sept. 22 in Bethany.

•September 28, 2016•

Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports

After taking down Edinburg in three sets earlier, the Okaw Valley volleyball team was looking for more momentum going into conference play with a win against Ramsey Sept. 20.

Play started out rough for the Lady ‘Wolves, but OV got back into synch taking the game in two sets 25-20, 25-16.

The early parts of both sets saw several unforced errors for the Timberwolves--Ramsey started out with a 7-3 lead with all but one point coming from Timberwolves errors.

That was before Kristy Burford had three kills, Paige Coleman added another, and Kate Jeffers served an ace to give OV the lead for good.

“We relaxed and played with less errors,” Okaw Valley head coach Jay Potter said. “Our passing was not tight tonight, but they calmed down and that was really it. Our hitters got going later on in both sets, and we were successful after that.”

And really the same thing happened in the second set, but it was Jeffers’ three consecutive aces and a kill from Burford and Coleman and Bella Benning to close it.
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Cold First Half Cost Knights at Homecoming

Photo by Darain Hays ALAH Knights’ defense had their hands full during the homecoming game against Decatur Lutheran Association Lions at Wilson Field.

Photo by Darain Hays
ALAH Knights’ defense had their hands full during the homecoming game against Decatur Lutheran Association Lions at Wilson Field.

•September 21, 2016•

By Matt Kracht
News Progress Sports

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond (2-2) struggled offensively on a rainy Friday night versus the 4-0 LSA Lions.

Turnovers proved especially costly in a game that was closer than the scoreboard would suggest. Head coach Dale Schuring commented his squad never recovered from a slow start. “We didn’t show up tonight.  The first half we didn’t look like we wanted to be here.”

A 13 yard pass play from Will Cohan to Adam Day opened up the contest for the Knights; Cohan’s next pass fluttered and was intercepted.

Four plays later the Lions hit pay dirt on a slant route for a 19 yard touchdown at the 10 minute mark. ALAH went three and out on their next possession, and LSA took over 1st& 10 from their own 28 yard line with eight minutes left in the first quarter.

The second play of that Lions drive was a turning point in the contest.  LSA was looking for man coverage on a first down pass attempt when Knights defensive back Kobe Wells dropped his man falling underneath a fade route.   Read More