Blue Dolphins Celebrate the Swim Season

Photo by Jason Smith Blue Dophins Celebrate. Front Row: Alivia Melvin, Max Kersten, Matthew Wesselman, Mason Booker, Madalyn Booker, Zoe Johnson, Johnathan Iacobazzi, Tucker Kull. Back Row: Brodie Goss, Tyler Homann, Anna Wooters, Gabrielle Spain, Natalie Drury, Calista Clark, Jessica Renfro, Natalie Turnbaugh, Sofia Nuzzo.

Photo by Jason Smith
Blue Dophins Celebrate. Front Row: Alivia Melvin, Max Kersten, Matthew Wesselman, Mason Booker, Madalyn Booker, Zoe Johnson, Johnathan Iacobazzi, Tucker Kull. Back Row: Brodie Goss, Tyler Homann, Anna Wooters, Gabrielle Spain, Natalie Drury, Calista Clark, Jessica Renfro, Natalie Turnbaugh, Sofia Nuzzo.

•April 27, 2016•

Sullivan Blue Dolphins closed out another successful season by hosting their team banquet at Sullivan VFW.

The team’s season runs annually from the summer long course season starting in April and swimming through short course season ending in March. The Dolphins celebrated the 50th anniversary of the team this season. Head coach Jason Drury ended the season by continuing his 13 year stretch of championship meets by taking the most swimmers to the Regional meet, Age Group State and Senior State meets.

To show the accumulation of the swimmers’ hard work and dedication throughout the season the following swimmers were awarded individual recognition.

Brodie Goss took home the top prize of Blue Dolphin of the Year. Goss was selected by his teammates for this honor. Consideration for the award is based on hard wordk at practice, respect to coaches and team members, assistance to other swimmers and setting an example of what a Blue Dolphin should be.

The swimmers also vote per practice group for group representative for Blue Dolphin of the Year. Yellow Group selected Clair Welch, Bronze Group Tucker Kull, Silver Group Ethan Schmohe, Gold Group Jessica Renfro and Titanium Natalie Drury.  Read More

Sullivan Girls’ Track Team Places in Tri-County Meet

•April 27, 2016•

Sullivan hosted the Tri-County Invitational track meet April 19 with Pana leading female teams with 174 points.

The Moweaqua Central A&M team scored 133 for second followed by Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond in third, scoring 64 points. Neoga was fourth with 57.

Sullivan Okaw Valley’s team finished in fifth place scoring 41 points. Stewardson Strasburg was sixth with 40 points.

Shelbyville was seventh place with 30 points and Cowden Herrick eighth with 12.

Individual highlights of the girls’ competition includes:

100 Meter Dash – Emma Meyer of CA&M first 13.25; Sullivan’s Ashlynd Risely fifth 13.77; Lexi Burnett ALAH ninth 13.93; Hannah Leal ALAH 10th 14.09; Anna Wooters SOV 12th 14.69; Kailyn Boyer SOV 14th 14.94. Read More

Okaw Valley Baseball Travels for a Win

•April 27, 2016•

Okaw Valley baseball traveled to Arcola for a 10-2 win Wednesday, April 20.

The Timberwolves’ Drew Fruchtl stayed on the mound all seven innings, allowing seven hits that yielded two runs for the Purple Riders. Fruchtl threw 16 first pitch strikes and had six strikeouts in the game.

Timberwolves’ hitters came ready to hit, scoring four runs in the first inning, one in the fourth, two in the sixth and three in the seventh inning off 11 hits. Read More

SOV Football Camp Times Announced

•April 27, 2016•

Gerald Temples, Sullivan Okaw Valley head football coach, announced that football camps will be held this summer for Sullivan and Okaw Valley students.

The high school camp is scheduled from 7-9:15 a.m. June 6-9 and July 18-21. Read More

Double Wins for ALAH Knights Baseball

•April 27, 2016•

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond Knight baseball team put together double wins over the Cerro Gordo-Bement team Friday, April 22 in Arthur.

In the first game Cerro Gordo-Bement got a three run lead in the first  inning, then making it 5-3 in the third inning.

That is when the Knight’s batting order went to work, scoring six runs. ALAH scored another run in the six to finish 10-5.

Tyler Emberton pitched two innings, allowing three hits and three runs; Cory Griffin came in for three innings, allowing two hits and two runs; Bradley R. Miller and Marcus Vanausdoll  pitched one inning each.

ALAH’s Waylon Schlabach was 2-3 with a home run, a double, two runs and four RBIs. Read More

SOV Boys Second in Tri County Invitational

•April 27, 2016•

Tri County Invitational Track action in Sullivan on April 19 finished with Sullivan Okaw Valley boys in second with 95 points, behind first place Shelbyville scoring 206 points.

Pana finished third with 90; Arcola fourth with 65; Arthur-Lovington/Atwood- Hammond was fifth with 50; Central A&M sixth scoring 26; Stewardson-Strasburg eighth with 10 and Cowden-Herrick ninth with four points.

Individual event scoring highlights:

100 meter dash – Blake Stewart SOV first 11.80; Grant Sims SHEL second 11.84; Zane Uphoff SOV third 11.92; Luke Bowman SOV seventh 12.14.

200 meter dash – Jordan Smith SHEL first 23.59; Zane Uphoff SOV third 24.03; Blake Stewart SOV fourth 24.09; Scott Kauffman ALAH 11th 28.96.

400 meter dash – Ryan Skowronski SHEL first 52.58; Payton Westjohn SOV seventh; Cullen Dyer SOV 11th 59.37.

800 meter run – Ryan Skowronski SHEL first 2:08.25; Justin Laughlin ALAH fourth 2:09.01; Mason Harner SOV ninth 2:16.67; Logan Pedigo SOV tenth 2:21.49. Read More

Big Finish for Redskins in Arcola

•April 20, 2016•

Sullivan Redskins baseball trip to Arcola  April 27 finished with a seven run fifth inning for a 16-2 win over the Purple Riders.

Redskin Dylan Liddiard pitched five innings allowing eight hits, two runs and five base on balls. Liddiard had five strikeouts and threw 50 strikes in 80 pitches.

Sullivan started with a four run first inning, scoring one run in the third and another four in the fourth, before the big seven run fifth inning finish.

Adam White led the team with three RBIs, getting two hits, a run, a base on balls and a stolen base.

Blake Stewart managed two RBIs, with one hit, one score, while getting walked three times and had one stolen base. Zach Sowers added two RBIs while scoring one run on two hits.  Read More

ALAH Knights Struggle with Tri-County team

•April 20, 2016•

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond Knights baseball has gotten strong performances from Marcus Vanausdoll and Shandon Herschberger in the first eight games of the season.

Vanausdoll  has a .526 batting average and is 7-7 in stolen bases. In his 19 at bats the sophomore letterman has connected on 10 hits, producing 10 RBIs and scoring five runs. Three home runs, four doubles and three singles round out his hitting.

Shandon Herschberger is also a returning letterman who, like Vanausdoll, spends time on the mound, as well as helping lead the Knight offense.

The junior’s .358 batting average led to his scoring 10 runs, with three RBIs on nine hits in 21 at bats. Herschberger has hit one home run, three doubles and five singles. Read More

SOV Girls’ Track Competes at Unity Invite

•April 20, 2016•

The Sullivan Okaw Valley girls’ track team competed in the 20 team Unity Girls’ Invite on Friday. There were several season best and personal best performances including  Ashlynd Risley in the 100 meter (13.62), Alyssa Marshall in the 800 (2:35), Danielle Hill in the 200 (29.6) and Laine Cameron in both the 100 Hurdles (17.6) and 300 hurdles (51.9).