Robinson's Brayden Childress (5) races past Lawrenceville defenders toward the end zone for a 34-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter Saturday afternoon (Oct. 6), as receivers Elliott Stifle (43) and Riley Simpson (12) block on the play. Childress ended the day with 230 yards rushing and four touchdowns in the Maroons' 31-12 victory over Lawrenceville. (Josh Brown photo)
A pretty successful regular season was followed by a quick end to the postseason for Robinson High School's girls' tennis team over the weekend.
The Lady Maroons participated in the IHSA Class 1A Effingham St. Anthony Sectional (Oct. 13) and picked up one win from each entrant, but were unable to record enough wins to qualify for the state finals.
"We were one of only three teams that had all of the girls win at least one match," RHS head coach Steve Jenkins said. "Our girls lost in either the second or third round to seeded players."
What was a good day on the course for Robinson High School's cross country team ended with a sour taste in their mouths (Oct. 13) at the Peoria Heights Invitational.
Runners from both the boys and girls' teams performed well individually, but there are no team results to show for it.
At the end of the boys' meet, coach Tony Cork was informed that his team had been disqualified for running eight runners in the meet instead of the normal seven. Extra runners normally run in the open race and Robinson had two runners compete in that race. However, Cork was not aware that they were not allowed to run more than seven in the main race prior to the event.
What had the makings of a good, old-fashioned shootout turned into just that Friday night (Oct. 12), but unfortunately for Oblong-Palestine-Hutsonville's football team, they did not have quite enough firepower to come out on top.
OPH scored in every quarter and amassed nearly 300 yards of offense, only to come up a couple of scores short in a 44-32 loss at Cumberland in a Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division contest.
"We played right with them and our guys didn't quit," OPH head coach Mark Ambrose said. "We kept coming back and gave them a game. It was a fun football game."
A series of unfortunate events turned what had been a solid effort from Robinson High School's football team into a halftime deficit they would not be able to overcome.
The Maroons played well for most of the first half against undefeated Paris (Oct. 12), then a series of miscues and bad breaks right before halftime caused the game to unravel and the end result was a 48-0 loss in the Little Illini Conference contest.
"We just can't put four quarters of football together," RHS head coach Casey Pinnell said. "We were only down 12-0 with two minutes to go and we just took a nap. You can't do that against a good football team like that."
An impromptu season finale ended with a victory for Robinson High School's girls' tennis team.
The Lady Maroons took on Newton (Oct. 11) in a final tune-up before postseason play begins and came away with a 12-8 victory.
"With both teams preparing to play in sectionals at Effingham (today), we decided the match would be a combination of varsity and junior varsity players playing single six-game sets," RHS head coach Steve Jenkins said. "We were able to get our six girls playing in sectionals an opportunity to play a match and some of our top JV players played against their varsity players, along with the rest of our girls playing 10 JV matches. We have a really good relationship with Newton's coaches and players, so we decided this would be a great way to end our regular season."
Four top-10 finishes propelled Hutsonville-Palestine's boys' cross country team to a win in a four-team meet at Paris Thursday (Oct. 11).
Hutsonville-Palestine finished the meet with 47 points to edge Paris, who totaled 51 points and Casey-Westfield, who came in third with 58. Newton also competed, but did not have enough runners to post a team score.
Inconsistent play continues to plague Hutsonville-Palestine's volleyball team, as they lost in three sets at Heritage, 12-25, 25-22, 14-25, in Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division play (Oct. 11).
"I don't feel like the score is a good reflection on the game, because we played okay," HHS-PHS head coach Shandy Matthews said. "It's still little continual things that beat us. We are still playing as a team, but we just aren't playing with any excitement or aggressiveness to want to win."
After starting conference play with four straight wins, Robinson High School's volleyball team has hit a skid late in the season, as they have dropped three of their last four Little Illini Conference matches to close out league play.
That included Thursday night (Oct. 11)'s contest, where Robinson came out on the short end to Paris in two sets, 17-25, 13-25.
"Tonight was one of those nights where we were in the right places, but Paris just made good plays and hit it where we weren't," RHS head coach Eric Dean said. "They played extremely well offensively and kept us out of system."
Struggles continued for Lincoln Trail College's volleyball team Tuesday (Oct. 9), as the Lady Statesmen lost in three sets at Lewis & Clark Community College, 18-25, 19-25, 21-25, for their fifth straight defeat.
"We have clearly been in a slump these past few games," LTC head coach Dana Goodwin said. "The girls have a lot to focus on, especially going into four games this weekend. The team morale has been off and when we can't work together, we get negative results."