Oblong High School's football team celebrates with the Crawford County Shrine Game trophy for the third year in a row after the Panthers beat rival Palestine-Hutsonville in the annual game, 40-12. The third consecutive victory in the series means the Panthers get to keep the trophy in the school's trophy case. (Josh Brown photo)
County rivals took to the field in Oblong Friday night (Sept. 16) and it was a battle early on.
However, host Oblong imposed their will in the second quarter and were able to pull away from rival Palestine-Hutsonville on their way to a 40-12 victory in the annual Crawford County Shrine Game.
It was the third straight victory in the series for the Panthers, which means they get to keep the traveling trophy in their trophy case.
"That's a big deal for these kids," OHS head coach Travis Reider said. "Our core group of seniors (Drew Reider, Dawson Maus, Avery Inboden, Hunter Goodwin) all played in this game as freshmen when we lost by one point. They have taken it on themselves that they weren't going to lose this game again. They wanted to make sure they won the Shrine trophy every year and they did. They all had big games tonight and our other seniors - Gage Tiefel and Will Cox - also contributed for us tonight."
For the third straight game, Robinson High School's football team was involved in a shutout.
Friday night (Sept. 16) was different though, as the Maroons were on the right side of the blanking with their 22-0 shutout victory over visiting Casey-Westfield in Little Illini Conference play.
"I'm really happy for our team," RHS head coach Tim Nolen said. "They deserve to reap some rewards for all the hard work they put in. This may not be the two best Robinson or Casey teams that have played, but they were very evenly matched and our guys really proved something with such a decisive win."
Solid efforts from their top runners garnered Robinson High School's boys' cross country team a fifth-place finish at the Olney Invitational Saturday, Sept. 17.
The Maroons scored 139 points, which placed them behind Mattoon, who won with 86, along with Princeton, Ind. (96), Lawrenceville-Red Hill (121) and Olney (124). Rounding out the field were Breese Mater Dei (176), Mt. Vernon (188), Salem (193), Herrin (194), McLeansboro (Hamilton County) (244), Teutopolis (307), Newton (321), Casey-Westfield (345), Mt. Carmel (365), Centralia (387), Effingham (414), Dieterich (479) and Louisville-North Clay (519).
"It was a very good performance," RHS head coach Tony Cork said. "I was pleased with how we ran."
Another trip to Casey resulted in another rain delay for Robinson High School's girls' tennis team Saturday, Sept. 17.
After a two-hour delay, the Casey-Westfield Doubles Tournament finally got underway, but with shortened matches. The Lady Maroons played well at times, but only good enough to muster a fifth-place finish in the eight-team tournament.
"This is a great tournament for the girls to learn how to work together as a team and make quick adjustments during a match," RHS head coach Steve Jenkins said. "The format was shortened to have each team from the four flights play each other five games instead of seven. That meant each individual team still played 35 for a team total of 140."
Competition was tough Saturday (Sept. 17) and it resulted in four losses for Oblong High School's volleyball team at the Charleston Invitational.
The Lady Panthers dropped all four of their matches in the round-robin event in straight sets, as they fell to Paris (18-25, 14-25), Charleston (11-25, 13-25), Meridian (9-25, 23-25) and Cumberland (15-25, 15-25).
A complete effort from start to finish propelled Robinson High School's volleyball team to a win Thursday night, Sept. 15.
The Lady Maroons played well for the entire match on their way to a 25-20, 25-11 win over Flora in Little Illini Conference play.
"I'm very proud of our girls and the way they played tonight," RHS head coach Eric Dean said. "We've played well in spurts this season, but tonight was the first time we put it together and maintained it throughout the night."
A busy couple of days netted Robinson High School's girls' tennis team a win and a loss in a pair of dual matches recently.
The Lady Maroons rolled to win over Charleston on Wednesday (Sept. 14), 8-1, then fell just short in a 5-4 loss to Casey-Westfield (Sept. 15) in a match that started almost a month ago and was suspended by rain.
For the second straight night, Hutsonville-Palestine's volleyball team found themselves in a three-set battle, only to come up short again.
The Lady Tigers rallied to force a third set in their non-conference match against Casey-Westfield (Sept. 13), but could not pick up the win, as they ended up on the wrong end of a 21-25, 26-24, 21-25 decision.
"We played catch up all evening," HHS-PHS head coach Jolene Crippes-Callaway said. "In the first and third set, we ran out of time by spotting our opponent points early in the match due to passing errors. We did the same in the second set and were behind 12-20 at one time and ended up pulling it out 26-24. I saw flashes of brilliance, then we would let our confidence dwindle when we would catch up in score. We have got to start out of the gate on the upswing instead of spotting our opponents points and then battling to get within reach of them."