Tri-County Meet Sees SOV, ALAH Finish within Proximity

Photo by Keith Stewart Abby Cravatta eyes the bar during her pole vault attempt Tuesday. She would finish fourth reaching a height of 7-0.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Abby Cravatta eyes the bar during her pole vault attempt Tuesday. She would finish fourth reaching a height of 7-0.

SOV boys finish highest in fourth

April 22, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com
Hosting their second meet of the year, the SOV boys’ track team placed fourth, while the girls settled for fifth. Neighboring Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond’s boys took fifth, while their girls were also a spot back in sixth.
The boys team finished with 72 points, and leading the Redskins was Zane Uphoff, who finished first in the triple jump going 40 feet, 3 inches. Uphoff also earned third in the long jump with a distance of 18-8. Teammate Cody Drake took second in the event with a jump of 19-0. The 4x200 relay of Uphoff, Charlie Goss, Luke Bowman, and Calen Landrus finished in second with a time of 1 minute, 38.26 seconds.
Other top four finishes included Zach Devore (fourth, 300m hurdles, 46.03), Bowman (third, long jump, 5-10), Drew Harris (fourth, long jump, 5-10), JT Bland (fourth, 800m, 2:13.94), Logan Pedigo (third, pole vault, 10-6), and the 4x4 relay of Uphoff, Goss, Landrus, and Devore (fourth, 3:46.42). Read More

Lady Redskins Cruise Past St. Anthony 14-3

Photo by Keith Stewart Sullivan sophomore Bailee Pratt slides in safely to third Tuesday evening. Pratt’s walk-off RBI in the fifth sealed the Lady Redskins’ 14-3 victory over Effingham St. Anthony.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Sullivan sophomore Bailee Pratt slides in safely to third Tuesday evening. Pratt’s walk-off RBI in the fifth sealed the Lady Redskins’ 14-3 victory over Effingham St. Anthony.

Pratt’s walk-off in the fifth brings early ending

April 22, 2015

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

With the wind howling out to left field, Sullivan softball muscled up to defeat St. Anthony by 10 runs in just five innings on Tuesday night.
Crooked numbers were key as the Lady Redskins scored four runs in the first, three in the second, and three more in the fourth all topped by a Bailee Pratt walk-off winner in the fifth. Heidi Clements got the start and the win for the now 10-6 squad, holding St. Anthony’s talented offense in check by trusting her defense.
Head coach Ben Richter thinks his team’s patient approach at the plate is paying dividends.
“I have been having them take pitches and try to work counts,” he said. “We have been swinging on the first pitch and that had been getting us in trouble. They did a great job seeing pitches and finding the pitches they want to hit. We jumped on a couple and they landed where we wanted them to land. So it was a good day offensively.” Read More

Nadler’s Walkoff RBI Completes Redskins 6-5 Comeback

Photo by RR Best Jacob Piper prepares to field a ball Saturday morning.

Photo by RR Best
Jacob Piper prepares to field a ball Saturday morning.

Last ditch heroics push Sullivan past Altamont Sat.

April 22, 2015

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Sullivan rallied from behind to win in dramatic fashion against the Altamont Indians Saturday at Leon Lane Memorial Field.
Nick Frerichs came up with a clutch two-out two-RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning, and Levi Nadler followed with an RBI single down the right field line for the game winner. The Redskins called on Tom Schibur to close out the final two innings, earning his first win supported by Dakota Clayton who pitched five strong innings of three run ball tallying five strikeouts.
Playing their fifth game in five days, Redskins head coach Troy Rogers saw what he called a gutsy performance.
“Our pitching staff is running on fumes,” he said. “This is only Tommy’s second time pitching varsity. He has pitched really well so far, and if we were not as deep as we are, he would be pitching for us a lot. He has been able to get a lot of innings in JV, but that was the first time I had seen him in a prolonged outing, and I was impressed.” Read More

Lady T-Wolves Take First Loss of the Season

Heyworth takes advantage of OV errors

April 22, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Before starting play at the Heyworth Round Robin Saturday, Okaw Valley first took on conference foe Cerro Gordo-Bement Friday, winning 7-2.
In what was a close game at 4-3 was broken open in the top of the seventh, starting with a two-out two-run home run by Jessica Robinson. Maddie Perrine then followed with a solo home run. Perrine also went the distance in the game from the mound with just one earned run on five hits while walking three and striking out seven. With the win, OV improved to 12-0 and 5-0 in the LOVC northwest division. Read More

Lady Knights Win Ramsey Tourney Saturday

Miller’s bat helps propel ALAH to title

April 22, 2015
The Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond softball team won the Ramsey tournament on Saturday after a head-to-head tie breaker went in their favor.
The Lady Knights actually went 2-1 on the day and were tied with Windsor/Stew-Stras for the title in terms of allowing the fewest runs, but with ALAH defeating the Lady Comets, they came home with the title.
Taking on the Comets in the first game, ALAH won 8-5 on nine hits. Read More

Lady Red Take Second at Moweaqua

April 22, 2015

The Sullivan/Okaw Valley girls’ track & field team took second at the Central A&M meet April 14, behind not their usual rivals and host Raiders, but rather Warrensburg-Latham by just three points.
First place finishes went to Emily Neuhauser  in the 100m dash (12.77 seconds) and 200m dash (26.31), Alyssa Marshall in the 800m run (2.44), Megan Dash in the high jump (4 feet, 10 inches), Carlin Nuzzo in both the pole vault (7-6) and 400m dash (1:07.6) and the 4x4 relay team of Ashlynd Risley, Marshall, Laine Cameron, and Neuhauser. Read More

Lady T-Wolves Continue Romp Through LOVC

Another early outing for OV with win over Arcola

April 23, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com
Another early go of it and another conference win.
Okaw Valley tallied their sixth conference win Wednesday over Arcola, defeating the Lady Purple Riders 13-1 in just four and a half innings. Hinging on two big offensive-producing frames, Okaw Valley improved to 6-0 in the LOVC northwest standings and 14-1 overall.
The Timberwolves’ ace Amanda McClain claimed yet another win on the year, going all five innings allowing one earned run and one hit along with one walk and six strikeouts. Read More

Park and Timberwolves Shutout Indians

Photo by Keith Stewart Second baseman Peyton Hagerman hurls the ball to first Tuesday evening. Hagerman had two clutch throwouts at first in their game against Neoga.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Second baseman Peyton Hagerman hurls the ball to first Tuesday evening. Hagerman had two clutch throw outs at first in their game against Neoga.

OV ends Neoga’s unbeaten streak

April 15, 2015

by Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Okaw Valley baseball notched their 12th victory on the season Tuesday over undefeated Neoga 3-0. Dylan Park blanked the Indians across seven innings with five strikeouts in a complete game shutout. Drew Fructhl drove home the game winner in the third inning, and Garrett Fritz sewed it up with a two RBI double in the fifth.
Both pitchers tossed a pair of scoreless frames to start the contest before the bottom of the third when a leadoff walk and steal by Joe Jeffers set up an RBI chance for Drew Fruchtl, who drove home the game’s first run on a sharp single and advance to third on the throw home. The lone run would turn out to be all Park needed. Playing the role of insurance man Fritz hit a two-out two-run double to the gap in right center which let Timberwolves fans breathe easier heading into the final two innings.
Head coach Andrew Hagerman credited Neoga’s pitcher for making it an uncomfortable day for Okaw Valley at the dish, but in clutch times the team came up big. Read More

Undefeated Okaw Valley Sweeps Double Header Against ALAH

Photo by Keith Stewart Okaw Valley freshman Paige Robinson tries to beat out the throw to first baseman Emily Seegmiller Monday.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Okaw Valley freshman Paige Robinson tries to beat out the throw to first baseman Emily Seegmiller Monday.

Once again, big innings and bats provide win

April 15, 2015

By Matt Kracht
& Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

The Lady Timberwolves took two games in convincing fashion from Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond Monday night. Okaw Valley scored 10 runs in the bottom of the fifth to win 10-0 in the first contest and then rolled on to a 19-2 victory in the finale. Amanda McClain got her fifth win of the season and is now 5-0 leading a dangerous Timberwolves team.
But ALAH kept it competitive early in both games, yet the offensive onslaught proved too much. Timberwolves head coach Dave Benning thought the two games were a good test for his squad.
“I tip my hat to Arthur,” he said. “They came out and battled us especially well in that first game, and in the second game our offense momentum took over.” Read More

Sullivan Shows Off in Tuscola Showcase

Redskins net four big bombers Friday

April 15, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

“This kid isn’t going to ding it.”
“He ain’t no dinger.”
“Oh my god! He dinged it!”
If you were sitting in the stands of Friday evening’s Tuscola Showcase opener between Sullivan and Danville Schlarman, you too would have heard that conversation by way of a few shocked and awed Lanark Eastland baseball players waiting to take the field. The Lanark team made it just in time to see Levi Nadler demo a ball back over the left-field wall for a two-run homer, putting Sullivan up 18-0. Then Bryce Farris followed and on just the second pitch, knocked the ball over the right-field wall, much to the young spectators’ surprise.
And that was Sullivan’s fourth home run of the day in what was a 20-0 blowout aided somewhat by a strong westerly wind. Read More