Redskins Romp Raiders 63-36 for Senior Night

Photo by RR Best Pictured are the Sullivan boys’ basketball seniors, who were recognized at Friday’s basketball game against Central A&M. From left to right: Zak Britton, Shane Atchison, Cody Maxedon, and Derrick Stain.

Photo by RR Best
Pictured are the Sullivan boys’ basketball seniors, who were recognized at Friday’s basketball game against Central A&M. From left to right: Zak Britton, Shane Atchison, Cody Maxedon, and Derrick Stain.

Seniors Atchison and Stain Combine for 23

by Kirk Whitaker
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

Oh how time changes things.

As freshmen four years ago, this year’s seniors for the Sullivan Redskins boys’ basketball team didn’t look like a team that would or could beat itself out of a wet paper bag let alone a state ranked team or win the OVC tournament in the next few years.

But this year, they did just those two things—defeating eighth ranked in Class 2A Decatur St. Teresa, and winning the Okaw Valley Conference Tournament—among others that nobody expected they could, and the four remaining seniors—Derrick Stain, Zak Britton, Shane Atchison, and Cody Maxedon—are a large part of the team’s success. Read More

Artic Blast

Submitted by Don Rousser Arctic Blast  Swim Meet The Sullivan Blue Dolphins traveled to Terre Haute, Ind. Feb. 14-16 to compete in the Arctic Blast Meet hosted by the Terre Haute Torpedoes at Terre Haute South High School. High point winners included: 6 and Under–1st place Mason Booker, 2nd place  Jonathan Iacobazzi. 7-8 year old division–1st place Ethan Schmohe, 2nd place Madalyn Booker. 9-10 year old division–1st place Gabrielle Spain, 2nd place Noah Spain. 11-12 division–1st place Natalie Drury. 13-14 division–1st place McKenna Kull, 2nd place Dylan Sanders; Open Division–1st place Brynna Sentel, 2nd place Michaela Donnel, 1st place Grant King, 2nd place Bryce King.  The next stop is Regionals February 28 – March 2 for swimmers who qualified and then on to State Age Group March 13-16.

Submitted by Don Rousser
Arctic Blast
Swim Meet
The Sullivan Blue Dolphins traveled to Terre Haute, Ind. Feb. 14-16 to compete in the Arctic Blast Meet hosted by the Terre Haute Torpedoes at Terre Haute South High School. High point winners included: 6 and Under–1st place Mason Booker, 2nd place  Jonathan Iacobazzi. 7-8 year old division–1st place Ethan Schmohe, 2nd place Madalyn Booker. 9-10 year old division–1st place Gabrielle Spain, 2nd place Noah Spain. 11-12 division–1st place Natalie Drury. 13-14 division–1st place McKenna Kull, 2nd place Dylan Sanders; Open Division–1st place Brynna Sentel, 2nd place Michaela Donnel, 1st place Grant King, 2nd place Bryce King. 
The next stop is Regionals February 28 – March 2 for swimmers who qualified and then on to State Age Group March 13-16.

Knights Survive Senior Night Scare vs Shiloh 68-67 in OT

Photo by Susan Shadley Pictured are Arthur-Lovington’s boys’ basketball seniors, who were recognized last Wednesday (from left -right): Noah Yantis, Bradley Risley, Clayton Honn, Curtis Plank, Tham Kongdetudomkul, and Caleb Schrock. Not pictured is Logan West.

Photo by Susan Shadley
Pictured are Arthur-Lovington’s boys’ basketball seniors, who were recognized last Wednesday (from left -right): Noah Yantis, Bradley Risley, Clayton Honn, Curtis Plank, Tham Kongdetudomkul, and Caleb Schrock. Not pictured is Logan West.

Schuring scores 28

Kirk Whitaker
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

With 3:07 to go in the first half, Tyler Schuring finally sank the Knights’ first 3-point field goal of the game Wednesday on senior night against Shiloh. The bucket was a part of a 12-4 half-closing run for the Knights as they took a 30-28 lead into the locker room at halftime.

“It was obvious early we weren’t making outside shots,” Knights head coach Dale Schuring said. “I told them to attack at the half and at times we did, but we didn’t do as well as we could have. We missed way too many layups.”  Read More

Neuhauser’s Knack Leads Sullivan to Double OT Regional Title

Photo by RR Best  Emily Neuhauser pulls up for a 3-pointer Thursday night. Not only did the junior send Sullivan into one overtime period, but then hit a 3-pointer at the last second to send the game into double OT, where the Lady Red completed the comeback winning 84-77.

Photo by RR Best
Emily Neuhauser pulls up for a 3-pointer Thursday night. Not only did the junior send Sullivan into one overtime period, but then hit a 3-pointer at the last second to send the game into double OT, where the Lady Red completed the comeback winning 84-77.

Jr. hits 32 points, including crucial 3-pointer against ALAH

by Kirk Whitaker
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

It was the situation every little kid practices.

Down three, five seconds to go, with the ball, coming down the court in a big game. In this case it was the regional championship, and it was Emily Neuhauser who rose up and drained a triple as time expired in the first overtime, tying the game at 75 and continuing the Lady Redskins’ hopes of back-to-back titles.

It was arguably the best night in Neuhauser’s basketball career, scoring a team high 32 points—including her 1,000th career point after her first eight in the first quarter—and putting her team on her back, even while carrying four fouls in the second extra session. On the flip side, Sherelle Coller finished the game eight points shy of 1,000 for her career.

“I didn’t remember how much time there was,” Neuhauser said. “I was like ‘this is crucial, we need it’ and I stopped and popped, and I was hoping and praying it went in and it did. I’m just speechless about it now.”

“I told the girls to put that one on me I struggled on the bench down the stretch,” Lancers head coach Craig Moffett said in regard to not fouling before Neuhauser’s shot. “I have to get better.”

As expected, and felt by everyone in the arena, Neuhauser’s bomb swept the momentum back in Sullivan’s favor and with the game tied at 77, Neuhauser scored down low again over Lancer Brooke Tabb and converted two at the line on her next trip, and between then and the last 1.4 seconds of the game, the Lady Redskins defense picked up and held the Lancers scoreless clinching the 84-77 victory. Read More

T-Wolves Suffer Heartbreaking Double OT Loss

Photo by Jeni Yantis Okaw Valley recognized its two boys’ basketball seniors Saturday night. Pictured left is Brody Sparks, and, right, is Colton Sroka.

Photo by Jeni Yantis
Okaw Valley recognized its two boys’ basketball seniors Saturday night. Pictured left is Brody Sparks, and, right, is Colton Sroka.

Free throws down the stretch aid Windsor

by Kirk Whitaker
Arthur/Sullivan Reporter

Free throws are the name of the game in basketball for a reason.

Saturday night, 12 of Windsor’s 22 first half points came from the free throw line, and all of those would prove vital for the Devils in their 68-63 2OT win, upsetting Okaw Valley’s senior night in the process.

“We preach getting to the free throw line, and I think we did a good job of not settling for an outside shot,” said Devils head coach Silas Pogue. “Mitch Haddock and Nick Hutchinson made some in the second half after we didn’t have very many in the first half, but it was a very good night.”

Windsor started the half on a 13-7 run, and Haddock’s lone 3-pointer of the game brought the Devils back to claim their lead 35-34, and the Devils held a 40-38 lead at the end of three. Read More

Buss Does Her Average Three Better and Leads Mt. Carmel to 78-43 Win Over Sullivan

Photo by Keith Stewart Mt. Carmel’s Tyra Buss eyes the basket on a breakaway Tuesday night. Buss, who is the nation’s leading scorer averaging 46.9 points per game did that and more with 50 points against Sullivan in her team’s 78-43 sectional semi-final victory in Casey.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Mt. Carmel’s Tyra Buss eyes the basket on a breakaway Tuesday night. Buss, who is the nation’s leading scorer averaging 46.9 points per game did that and more with 50 points against Sullivan in her team’s 78-43 sectional semi-final victory in Casey.

Lady Ace Sr. scores 50 in three quarters

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

For those familiar with Tyra Buss and her performance against Sullivan in last year’s sectional semi-final, the Mt. Carmel phenom proved why as a senior she was even more lethal in this year’s sectional. The future Indiana University athlete led the nation this year in scoring by averaging 46.9 points per game and did three better Tuesday night, scoring 50 in just three quarters, propping her team up to a 78-43 victory.

“I think in our case it’s Tyra Buss,” said Sullivan head coach Sheri McCain. “I thought Elissa Stewart did the best she could guarding Tyra. She stole the ball from her twice, took her to the hole twice, it’s just hard to maintain that type of play the entire game.” Read More

Led to Play Collegiately, Gottfriedt Goes on to Lincoln for Softball

Photo by Keith Stewart Sullivan high school senior and softball standout Taylor Gottfriedt signs with Lincoln College last Friday as Lincoln softball coach  Crystal Wurth watches.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Sullivan high school senior and softball standout Taylor Gottfriedt signs with Lincoln College last Friday as Lincoln softball coach
Crystal Wurth watches.

Sullivan catcher to enjoy immediate role next fall

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Taylor Gottfriedt is a leader.

Her summer softball coaches will tell you that.

Her high school softball coach will tell you that.

Even her forthcoming college coach will tell you that, and she’s only watched her play.

And it’s this clear leadership value that Gottfriedt brought to the table in her decade of softball that now has her seated at Lincoln College on a partial scholarship beginning next fall.

“I’m excited to get Taylor over to Lincoln,” said head coach Crystal Wurth. “She is a very, very smart ball player. She knows the game and does a very good job of communicating with her teammates so she will follow with the leadership from high school and carry that on into college.” Read More

Why Not Sullivan?

SullBoys

Photo by Keith Stewart
Sullivan’s boys’ basketball team reacts after earning the Okaw Valley Conference tournament championship trophy Saturday night.

Redskins battle through OV Tourney, defeating host in Championship Saturday

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

“Why not us.”

What had been a rhetorical question and even mantra became a simple statement Saturday night when Sullivan, the no. 5 seed, upended no. 7 seed and host Meridian in the Okaw Valley tournament championship.

After 12 long years, the trophy came back to Sullivan in what is the final year of the Okaw’s existence. Sullivan last won the conference tourney in 2002 when they defeated Monticello 51-43. But it was 14 years ago that a young Chester Reeder, then a junior on the basketball team, was a part of the ‘99 Sullivan group to win the trophy. Read More