Strong Comeback Effort Falls Short for ALAH Team

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ALAH Knights take instruction from coaches during the Class 2A Regional Championship game last Thursday night.

•February 15, 2017•

By Jason Brown
NP Sports Editor

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond girls’ basketball team failed to complete a frenzied fourth-quarter comeback and lost 45-43 to Tuscola in a Class 2A Sullivan regional championship game Thursday night.

The fourth-quarter comeback started with just less than four minutes left in the game.

The Knights cut an 11-point deficit to five when Hannah Wallen hit two free throws, followed by a Liz Shipman free throw and a Marissa Herschberger 3-pointer.

Tuscola called a timeout with 2:02 left, but on the next possession the Knights stole the ball, and Shipman was fouled with 1:25 left.

Shipman’s free throw and a three pointer by Herschberger cut the lead to 39-37.

Tuscola hit four-straight free throws to push the lead back to five, 43-37.

With 10.9 seconds left, Herschberger hit another 3-pointer to cut the lead to 44-40, and with 17.8 second left the Knights forced a five-second call on the inbounds.

With eight seconds left, Shipman hit a three to cut the lead to 44-43. Read More

ALAH Knights Get Big Win Over Arcola

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Coach Dale Shuring talks to his players during a fourth-quarter timeout against Arcola Friday night.

•February 15, 2017•

By Jason  Brown
NP Sports Editor

The Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond boys’ basketball team defeated Arcola Friday and then lost to Dieterich in the Little Okaw Valley Shootout in Cumberland Saturday, Feb 11.

Against Arcola, the Knights doubled the Purple Riders in the first quarter 16-8, before tacking on three more for a 34-23 halftime lead.

ALAH kept the pressure on in the third quarter, outscoring Arcola 14-8 in the third quarter and at one point enjoyed a 19-point lead.

“We played a great first three-quarters of the game, maybe the best basketball we played all year,” said ALAH coach Dale Shuring.

Then the momentum changed, and the Riders went on a fourth-quarter run that eventually tied the game at 54 with just more than a minute left in regulation.

“We were in it physically, we were in it emotionally and we were in it mentally,” said Shuring, “and then we got into a situation where I think we got comfortable and thought the game was in the hand, and they made a great comeback.” Read More

Sullivan Senior Redskins Score Well in Raiders Game

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Senior Basketball: Queintan Britton, Bryce Farris, Trey Garriott, Ricky Yang, Kolton Rose and Jarod Merryman pose before the game on senior night Friday.

•February 15, 2017•

By Jason Brown
NP Sports Editor

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

The Redskins lost to Central A&M Friday and to Shelbyville last Tuesday.

Against the Raiders on senior night, the Redskins fell behind six in the first quarter, and CAM pushed that lead to 35-20 at the half.

The Raiders extended that lead in the second half for the 63-43 loss.

Senior Queintan Britton scored a team-high 15 points, and senior Bryce Farris followed with 14 points.

Juniors Zach Sowers and Brett Tuttle scored five and four points, respectively. Read More

Couple of Wins for Okaw Valley Timberwolves Team

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Austin Hill puts pressure on Cerro Gordo during the Timberwolves Friday, Feb 10 LOVC victory.

•February 15, 2017•

By Jason Brown
NP Sports Editor

The Okaw Valley boys’ basketball team picked up two more wins this week.

The Timberwolves defeated St. Elmo/Brownstown in the Little Okaw Valley Conference Shootout Saturday and Cerro Gordo/Bement in a regular-season LOVC matchup Friday.

Against St. Elmo/Brownstown, the Timberwolves had to come back from a 13-point deficit to defeat the Eagles 55-53.

The Timberwolves came back with a 14-0 run that started in the second period and ended when Conner Cloyd hit s 3-pointer to take the lead with 5:03 left in the third.

Jared Bunfill hit a 3-pointer to take the permanent lead. Bunfill finished with 11 points. Read More

OV Girls Knock off Nokomis, Fall to CAM at Regionals

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During the regional championship game against Central A&M Feb 10 Jesse and Paige Robinson work the ball around Raiders defense.

•February 15, 2017•

By Jason Brown
NP Sports Editor

The Okaw Valley girls’ basketball team defeated Nokomis on a last second shot Wednesday to reach the Class 1A regional championship game but lost the title match to Central A&M at Bethany Friday, Feb 10.

“We played well, well enough to win, which makes it tough,” said Okaw Valley coach Brad Ackers. “We had one of our better offensive halves of the season in the first half. That’s a credit to Central A&M that they were able to withstand it and keep it a 5-point game.”

Against CAM, the Timberwolves’ offense was hitting on all cylinders in the first half.

Okaw Valley jumped out to a 5-0 lead and kept a 2-5 point lead through the first quarter.

With less than five minutes left in the second quarter, Paige Robinson scored to take a 32-24 lead.

CAM hit a shot at the buzzer to make it 39-34 at halftime.
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Wizards in Sullivan Wednesday

•February 15, 2017•

The Sullivan High School boys’ basketball team will host the Harlem Wizards for an exhibition fundraiser game against Sullivan teachers, coaches and community.

The fundraiser game, originally scheduled for Saturday January 14 will be played tonight (Wednesday) from 7-9 p.m. in the Sullivan High School gym. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Read More

Okaw Valley Girls Dominate for Conference Win

•February 8, 2017•

The Okaw Valley girls’ basketball team dominated Argenta-Oreana to pick up another Little Okaw Valley Conference game Feb 2.

The Timberwolves rushed out to a 14-2 first-quarter lead and never looked back. The Timberwolves outscored the Bombers 17-5 in the second quarter.

Okaw Valley extended its lead in the second half for the eventual 51-33 win.

Paige Robinson collected a game-high 27 points, including four 3-pointers, six rebounds and two steals. Read More

ALAH Boys Show Strength in Third Quarter

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Colton Romine tries to deflect the ball against Okaw Valley at Arthur Feb 3.

•February 8, 2017•

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond boys’ basketball team dropped two Little Okaw Valley Conference games this past week.

The Knights fell to Okaw Valley Friday and Lutheran School Association of Decatur, Jan 31.

Against LSA, ALAH fell behind 19-6 in the first quarter and trailed by 16 at half.

The Knights outscored LSA in the third quarter 22-15 but could not get closer than that.

ALAH lost 61-45.

Shandon Herschberger led the Knights with 18 points. He also had two rebounds and a steal.

Austin Romine followed with eight points, and Will Cohan added six points and three rebounds.

Marcus Vanausdoll and Kobe Wells each scored four points.

Vanausdoll added a game-high seven rebounds, and Wells followed with six.
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ALAH Girls Are Conference Season Champions

•February 8, 2017•

By Jason Brown
NP Sports Editor

The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond girls’ basketball team defeated Cerro Gordo-Bement to earn the Little Okaw Valley Conference regular season championship in Cerro Gordo Feb. 2.

“The girls came ready to play versus the Broncos,” said coach Craig Moffett. “It was an important game that we had to win to be conference regular season champions.”

Last year the Knights won the LOVC tournament and were regular season co-champs.

This season, ALAH won both championships outright. Read More