Sullivan Softball Shrugs off Rain to Beat ALAH

Photo by Darian Hays Lady Redskin seniors were honored during the last home game. From left: Abby Elzy, Heidi Clements, Dani Boyer and Seleste Smith.

Photo by Darian Hays
Lady Redskin seniors were honored during the last home game. From left: Abby Elzy, Heidi Clements, Dani Boyer and Seleste Smith.

•May 18, 2016•

By Matt Kracht
News Progress Sports

The rain gods favored the Lady Redskins with a 10-0 victory over the Lady Knights from Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond on Monday.  Sullivan’s north diamond held up well in poor conditions, and Heidi Clements handled the rest.

Clements pitched five shutout innings behind some of the best velocity she has featured all year. The Lady Redskin senior scattered two hits in a performance that bodes well for the postseason.

Sullivan head coach Andy Wagner noted the team’s focus was where it needed to be, “I thought our girls today came out ready to play; we did not let the weather affect us. We have been preaching about expecting to play perfect even though it is not possible. And today I thought we did. That is the best I have seen us defensively all year.”

Sullivan jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning thanks to a double by Clements.

After a long battle including several foul balls down the left field line, Clements smoked a line drive into the gap in left center to bring home two runs. Coach Wagner said the team’s approach at the plate has improved. “I thought today we had better approaches; we stayed back.  The big thing that we talked about was letting the ball travel. When you are doing that, you can work counts and not be so gunny to hit that first pitch.” Read More

SOV Girls’ Track Overcomes Delays to Finish Season

•May 18, 2016•

The Sullivan Okaw Valley girls’ track team finished their season Friday at the Rochester Sectional.

The girls’ efforts this season was exceptional, especially on Friday with seven athletes still having events to compete in following a three hour weather delay. Their only point came from Alyssa Marshall with a sixth place 800 run in 2:39.

Other results are listed below.

100M- 10. Risley 14.02, 14. Wooters 14.65.

200M- 15. Wooters 31.44, 18. Hill 32.44

400- 8. Risley 1:07.04, 10. Hogan 1:07.94 Read More

Yeakley Signs with EIU

Photo furnished Yeakley Signs with EIU ALAH track stand out Colton Yeakley signed his letter of intent to participate in Eastern Illinois University track and field. At the signing on May 11 at the high school gym were Colton’s mother Heidi and father Steve. Colton displayed shot put, javelin and discus on the signing table.

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Yeakley Signs with EIU
ALAH track stand out Colton Yeakley signed his letter of intent to participate in Eastern Illinois University track and field. At the signing on May 11 at the high school gym were Colton’s mother Heidi and father Steve. Colton displayed shot put, javelin and discus on the signing table.

OV Softball Earns Runner up at Sullivan Invitational

•May 18, 2016•

By Matt Kracht
News Progress Sports

On a brisk Saturday four of the area’s best softball teams battled for the top spot in the Sullivan Invitational.

Mt. Zion impressed with a 12-1 win over Cumberland in the tourney opener followed by a 14-4 win over Okaw Valley in the championship.  Sullivan dropped their first game 10-0 to the Lady Timberwolves; then fell against Cumberland 13-8.

Okaw Valley head coach Dave Benning celebrated the 100th win of his career in the first game. Afterwards Benning said he was pleased with the team’s overall performance considering the quality of their opponents. “All in all I am pleased with the effort. We hadn’t played in eight days, and I was really impressed with how our bats came out in these conditions. I am really happy for the girls.”

Okaw Valley relied on a pair of terrific performances offensively to prevail over Sullivan.

Kaylin Boyer and Natalie Jeffers had career days at the plate. Boyer set the tone against Sullivan with a stand up triple on a line drive just over the outstretched hand of the right fielder in the top of the first. Jeffers followed with a single to drive home her first of five RBIs in the contest.   Read More

AO Bombers Take ALAH Softball Team

•May 11, 2016•

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond softball team faced Argenta-Oreana on May 6 with the Bombers coming out on top 14-3.

Logan Kauffman got one hit in four at bats. Shelby Frederick got two hits including one double and a base on balls. Madison Corum scored following Frederick’s double in the sixth.

Mycaela Miller had two hits with one double and one RBI while scoring one run.

Taylor Powell got a home run, two hits, two RBIs and one run.  Read More

Shelbyville Team Wins Redskin Invitational

Photo by Darian Hays SOV’s Ross Metzger takes the hurdles during the Redskins Invitational track meet held May 3.

Photo by Darian Hays
SOV’s Ross Metzger takes the hurdles during the Redskins Invitational track meet held May 3.

•May 11, 2016•

The Redskin Invitational was held in Sullivan Tuesday, May 3 with Shelbyville winning the male team score with 89 points.

Following Shelbyville in second was Tuscola, Warrensburg-Latham, Sullivan Okaw Valley SOV, St. Teresa, Cumberland, Arcola, Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond ALAH, Meridian, Central A&M CEAM.

Individual scoring for boys:

100 meter dash: first Jason Duncan St. Teresa 11.48, second Zane Uphoff SOV 11.87, third Luke Schinzler CEAM 11.88, fourth Tony Salinas Arcola 11.91.

200 meter dash: first Zach Jarrett St. Teresa 23.86, second Blake Stewart SOV 24.08, third Zane Uphoff SOV 24.19, fourth Noah Woods Tuscola 24.75.

400 meter dash: first Diondre Lewis WALA  51.14, second Dillon Howard Cumberland 52.52, third Alex Hein St. Teresa 52.94, fourth John Hill Tuscola 55.15.

800 meter run: first Drake Baker MERI 2:00.14, second Marcus Skinner Shelbyville 2:00.64, third Preston Henze Shelbyville 2:01.36, fourth Justin Laughlin ALAH 2:05.31. Read More

Ballinger is Millikin Bound

Photo by Mike Brothers Ballinger is Millikin Bound SHS athlete Alec Ballinger signed a letter of intent to play football for the  Millikin University Big Blue with teammates and students attending. Pictured from left: father Ed Ballinger, Alec, brother Aiden Ballinger and Sullivan High School head football coach Gerald Temples.

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Ballinger is Millikin Bound
SHS athlete Alec Ballinger signed a letter of intent to play football for the Millikin University Big Blue with teammates and students attending. Pictured from left: father Ed Ballinger, Alec, brother Aiden Ballinger and Sullivan High School head football coach Gerald Temples.