ARTHUR—The Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond volleyball team beat Sullivan in two sets Tuesday 25-11 and 25-9 in a non-conference match.

Madison Brown had four digs and 13 assists for the Knights. Taylor Powell and Hannah Wallen each scored five kills.

A-L-A-H improves to 7-0 and hosts Cumberland for a Little Okaw Valley Conference non-division match Tuesday.

Sullivan travels to Monticello Tuesday.

Tri-County wins

KANSAS—Tri-County defeated Marshall 25-10 and 28-26 Monday in a non-conference contest.

Ali Smith had six kills and Maiya Eskew got five digs for the Lady Titans.

Tri-County improves to 6-1 and hosts Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond at Oakland on Thursday.

Cumberland beats Flora

TOLEDO—Cumberland’s volleyball team defeated Flora 25-22, 19-25 and 26-24 Monday in a close non-conference match.

Danae Sowers led the Lady Pirates with nine kills. Claire Guyon scooped up 27 digs and Tayler McMechan had 13 assists.

Cumberland improves to 3-6 and travels to Arcola for a non-division Little Okaw Valley Conference contest Tuesday.

Neoga beats Bement

NEOGA—With Mary Hill’s 11 kills and Olivia Titus’ seven aces, Neoga defeated Bement 25-15, 11-25 and 25-19 Monday in a non-conference volleyball contest.

Jessica Atwell anZoe Meadows led the Lady Indians with four digs.

Neoga travels to Altamont for a National Trail Conference match Tuesday.

Casey-Westfield beats Martinsville

CASEY—Martinsville fell victim to Casey-Westfield in two sets Monday night 25-17 and 25-19.

Myriah Warner had 16 digs to lead the Lady Warriors and Emma Ross got five kills.

Casey-Westfield improves to 3-12 and hosts Hutsonville-Palestine for another non-conference match Tuesday.

Shelbyville places third in own tourney

SHELBYIVLLE -- Shayla Darnell and Lauren Russell made the 11-member Shelbyville Invitationl volleyball tournament team and Shelbyville went 4-1 Saturday, earning third place.

The Lady Rams swept Charleston 27-26, 25-22 and Marshall 26-24, 25-12 as well as New Berlin 26-24, 27-25 before faliing to Pana 25-15, 25-21. Shelbyille topped New Berlin again, this time for third place, 25-9, 17-25, 16-14.

Shelbyivlle is 7-3 and is to open play in the Central Illinois ConferenceThursday with a home match against Clinton.

SOCCER

A-L-A-H loses

ARTHUR—The Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond soccer team fell to Oakwood 3-2 Monday.

Collin Budd scored both goals for the Knights.

A-L-A-H hosts Macon Meridian on Thursday.

BOYS’ GOLF

Okaw Valley beats A/A-L-A-H

FINDLAY—Cameron Nickerson scored a low score of 42 to lead Okaw Valley to a 173-209 win over Arcola/Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond on Monday.

Case Crawford tallied a 43 for the Timberwolves while Tanner Coleman and Austin Harshman each scored 44.

Jacob Butler led Arcola with a 48.

A/A-L-A-H hosts WSS on Tuesday, while Okaw Valley is to play host to Sullivan at Eagle Creek.

Tri-County wins

TUSCOLA—Logan Richardson was match medalist for the eighth time this season leading Tri-County to a low team score of 181 and a win at Tuscola’s Iron Horse Golf Course on Monday. Shelbyville was second at 195.

Cody Richardson shot a 46 and Jacob Knofsky tallied a 49 for the Titans.

Cole Evans led the Rams with a 45 while Kyle Stauder and Will Leach each got a 47.

Tri-County improves to 6-5 and travels to Oblong on Tuesday.

Shelbyville travels to Taylorville for a quadrangular with Effingham and Mr. Zion on Tuesday.

Casey-Westfield/Martinsville wins

CASEY—Casey-Westfield/Martinsville’s boys’ golf team defeated Oblong 186-226 Tuesday.

Payne Austin shot a 42 and Ashton Rodgers had a 43 at Casey Country Club for the Warriors.

Casey-Westfield/Martinsville hosts Lawrenceville on Tuesday.

TENNIS

Shelbyville downs Decatur MacArthur

DECATUR—Shelbyville’s girls’ tennis team defeated Decatur MacArthur 6-3 Monday.

Kat Martin and Hannah Hicks each won a singles match and paired up for a doubles win. Maddie Smothers also won her singles match and teamed with Rachel Bly for a doubles win.

Shelbyville hosts Springfield Lanphier on Tuesday.

Shriver hits hole-n-one

MATTOON -- Matt Shriver hit the first hole-n-one this year at Rogala Saturday on the Par three, 153 yard number three. Shriver was playing in the Triple Nickel Golf Outing with Brian Milam, J.P.Kirk, and Beau Hamilton. It is Shriver's second hole-n-one at Rogala, his first was on hole number eight in 1997 during the Rogala Rickey-Butler Open.

Shelbyville defense shines

Trying to find a flaw on the Shelbyville football team through three weeks has been like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

The Rams have bulldozed through opponents, outscoring teams 174-19 on the way to a 3-0 start.

As expected, Turner Pullen, Kentrell Beck and the offense have been prolific. But that's not the sole reason head coach Bill Duckett is giddy.

The starting defensive unit hasn't allowed a point yet. All 19 points scored by the opposition have come against the Rams' reserves.

In fact, Duckett estimates the Rams starting defensive unit has only allowed three or four first downs so far.

“I think that's been our biggest thing,” Duckett said. “We knew the offense was going to be pretty explosive with all those playmakers, but the defense has made a lot of strides since last year.”

Cade Helton and Clayton Peterson have anchored the front seven of the defense, stopping the run against three run-heavy teams.

The third-year Rams' coach hasn't even seen anything quite like what his team has done so far.

“We've had some years where we started with three or four wins in a row,” Duckett said, “but not outscoring people like that and defensively being able to hold opponents to those lower numbers.”

Pullen has 13 passing touchdowns and five rushing touchdowns and has spread the ball to all of his weapons that include Beck, Cade Watson, Jack Lopez, Brett Spears and Mason Cameron.

As good as things have been so far, Duckett knows the combined records of the three teams – Pawnee, Cerro Gordo-Bement and Sullivan-Okaw Valley – is 1-8, with Central Illinois Conference power Tuscola coming to town Friday.

Therein lies the test.

“Tuscola is the team to beat,” Duckett said. “We haven't beat them yet with these guys at the varsity level.”

The Warriors come in with their own gaudy scoring differential, outscoring teams 137-28. Tuscola's won the last three meetings.

--Joey Wagner, Lee News Service

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