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home : sports : sports December 07, 2016

Gliding to the hoop
Gliding to the hoop
Robinson's Walker Sandschafer glides to the basket during Friday's Little Illini Conference game against Olney. Sandschafer led RHS with 23 points and 16 rebounds in the Maroons' 72-46 win. (Josh Brown photos)


Maroons score LIC win over Olney, 72-46
The conference and home schedule couldn't have started much better for Robinson High School's boys' basketball team.

The Maroons were dominant from virtually start to finish in their home and Little Illini Conference opener Friday (Dec. 2) and rolled to a 72-46 victory over visiting Olney.

"We played well in the first quarter, then we had some bad combinations out there due to foul trouble and gave up 19 points in the second quarter," RHS head coach Mack Thompson said. "But, we came back in the third quarter and early in the fourth and we played really good defense. We went to a (1-3-1) zone and I think that threw them off. We wanted to work on that and see what we could do and the kids did a good job with it."


Wednesday, December 07, 2016


Panthers cruise past Martinsville in non-conference contest, 70-41
Another fast start helped Oblong High School's boys basketball team pick up another lopsided victory Friday night (Dec. 2).

The Panthers raced out to a double-digit lead in the opening period and never looked back on their way to a 70-41 win over Martinsville in a non-conference contest.


Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Statesmen hold off Shawnee, 76-67
Playing at home continues to be a winning formula for Lincoln Trail College's men's basketball team so far this season.

The Statesmen won their fourth straight home game and got back to the .500 mark in Great Rivers Athletic Conference play following Saturday (Dec. 3)'s 76-67 win over Shawnee Community College.


Wednesday, December 07, 2016

RHS wrestlers 8th at LC tourney
More than a half-dozen Robinson High School wrestlers placed among the top six in their respective weight classes, including five in the top four at Saturday (Dec. 3)'s Lawrence County Tournament.

However, the Maroons were only able to finish tied for eighth as a team in the 10-team event.

Robinson tied with Carmi with 87 points, placing them ahead of only Whitesville (Ky.) Trinity, who finished with 52 points. Olney rolled to the win with 283 points, followed by Anna Jonesboro (214.5), Harrisburg (209), Lawrenceville-Red Hill (162), Fairfield (147), Mt. Carmel (121.5) and Owensboro, Ky., (109.5).

"We might not have placed high in the tournament results Saturday, but it was a pretty good day in the continuing return of Robinson wrestling," RHS head coach Joe Cunningham said. "I am so proud to be these kids' coach. They work very hard and represent very well what high school athletics should be about."


Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Tigers unable to keep pace with Marshall in 85-59 loss
The rough start to the season continued for Hutsonville-Palestine's boys' basketball team Friday, Dec. 2.

Despite tossing in a baker's dozen three-point shots, the Tigers could not keep pace with a high-powered Marshall offense, resulting in an 85-59 loss in the non-conference contest.


Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Lady Statesmen fall to Shawnee, 47-40
Scoring points continues to be a struggle for Lincoln Trail College's women's basketball team.

The Lady Statesmen were held to nine points or less in each of the first three quarters Saturday (Dec. 3) and the end result was a 47-40 loss to Shawnee Community College in a Great Rivers Athletic Conference contest.


Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Lady Maroons drop second straight game to Olney, 77-55
For the second time in less than a week, Robinson High School's girls' basketball team dug itself an early hole they could not climb out of in a loss to Olney.

The Lady Maroons once again fell behind early and could not recover in a 77-55 loss in the Little Illini Conference contest Thursday (Dec. 1). The loss came five days after Robinson fell to Olney in the fifth-place game of the Lady Maroons Thanksgiving Invitational, 50-27.


Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Lady Pioneers smashed by EC, 84-38
Too much firepower from the opposition resulted in Palestine-Hutsonville's girls' basketball team remaining winless on the season following Thursday (Dec. 1)'s non-conference contest.

The Lady Pioneers were held to single digits in three of four periods, while they allowed at least 17 points in each period, resulting in an 84-38 loss to Edwards County.

"They were just more athletic and quicker than us," PHS-HHS head coach Travis Blank said. "They were impressive. They have a nice team."


Wednesday, December 07, 2016

HP's Wilber to play softball at Kaskaskia
A dream come true is how Palestine High School senior Shaelyn Wilber described her earning a chance to play college softball.

The Hutsonville-Palestine standout recently signed a letter-of-intent to continue her softball career after high school at Kaskaskia College in Centralia.

"Ever since I started playing travel softball, I knew I wanted to play college softball," Wilber said. "Kaskaskia has a nice college, they have my major, the coach was nice and it's not too far from home."


Friday, December 02, 2016

Statesmen fall short at Lake Land, 86-84
Close games seem to have become the norm for Lincoln Trail College's men's basketball team.

In their last six games, four of them have been decided by four points or less and three of them weren't decided until the final possession.

The Statesmen are 2-2 in those games, including Wednesday (Nov. 30) night's 86-84 loss at Lake Land College in Great Rivers Athletic Conference play.


Friday, December 02, 2016

Struggles on offense send Lady Statesmen to 57-35 loss at Lake Land
A rough night offensively led to a lopsided loss for Lincoln Trail College's women's basketball team Wednesday night (Nov. 30).

The Lady Statesmen were held to less than 10 points in each of the first three quarters and the end result was a 57-35 loss at Lake Land College in Great Rivers Athletic Conference play.


Friday, December 02, 2016


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