Robinson High School's wrestling team finished third at the Lawrence County Tournament Saturday (Dec. 1). The Maroons had one champion, three second-place finishers and two third-place finishers and placed a total of 13 wrestlers among the top-six in their respective weight classes during the meet.
A strong start was enough - barely - for Lincoln Trail College's men's basketball team to get back in the win column Wednesday night (Dec. 5).
The Statesmen rebounded from their first loss of the season Saturday by building an early lead, then saw it slip away in the second half and needed overtime to pull out a 102-93 win over Ivy Tech Community College.
Defense, or a lack thereof, was the difference for Robinson High School's boys' basketball team Tuesday night (Dec. 4).
The Maroons played a solid first half on both ends to build a 12-point lead over visiting Mt. Carmel, but then struggled to get the stops they needed in the second half en route to a 70-62 loss in the non-conference contest.
"We have to find the desire to guard for 32 minutes," RHS head coach Mack Thompson said. "We had it for about 16 tonight. Our goal is to hold teams to 50 points and below and we barely did that in the second half tonight. We have been working on defense a lot in practice, but apparently it's not enough."
It was a tale of two halves Monday night (Dec. 3), but unfortunately for Robinson High School's girls' basketball team, their good half did not outweigh their bad.
The Lady Maroons nearly overcame a 16-point halftime deficit, but came up just short in a 47-44 loss at Casey-Westfield in Little Illini Conference play.
"We had a slow start and were down 16 at the half, but we made some second half changes and decided we would scrap our way out of the hole," RHS head coach Sherry Bopp said. "We nearly came back to win it. I am very proud of the girls for not giving up and deciding they weren't going down without a fight. I hope we come out with that same attitude on Thursday against Newton."
Strong outings across the board highlighted the day for Robinson High School's wrestling team Saturday (Dec. 1).
The Maroons placed a wrestler among the top six in all but two weight classes and had four wrestlers reach championship matches on their way to a third-place team finish at the Lawrence County Tournament.
Robinson finished the meet with 176.5 points, which placed them behind only Mt. Carmel (256) and Olney (223.5). Harrisburg (130), Carterville (122.5), Fairfield (119), Herrin (105), Lawrenceville (95) and Carmi (73) completed the field.
"Mt. Carmel's team is talented and deep and Olney has grown into one of the most consistent teams around, so we new catching up to them this year would be tough," RHS head coach Joe Cunningham said. "We performed better as a team than we did last year, but unfortunately so did they. I was very happy for our kids."
Getting opportunities is one thing. Finishing them is a whole other ball game.
Robinson High School's boys' basketball team did a good job with the former, but not the latter in Friday night (Nov. 30)'s Little Illini Conference opener and the end result was a 57-37 loss to Olney.
"We did some things we wanted to, we just didn't do enough," RHS head coach Mack Thompson said. "One of our big things is getting to the basket and trying to get to the free throw line. We did that, but it was a struggle there and it was our three best free throw shooters going to the line most of the night."