Palestine-Hutsonville's Taci Newlin (13) blocks a shot attempt by Robinson's Kelsie Thompson (11) during Thursday night's Little Illini Conference game in Robinson. Newlin did not score in the game, but she blocked three shots and grabbed 11 rebounds in the Lady Pioneers' 49-35 win over the Lady Maroons. (Josh Brown photo)
Another round of winter weather was not going to keep Robinson High School's boys' basketball team off the floor Friday night.
Despite snow falling and the threat of more severe winter weather that led to many other teams around the area calling off their games, the Maroons played host to Cumberland for their first Little Illini Conference game of the season and came away with a big win.
The Maroons jumped on Cumberland early and rolled to the league win, 63-28.
Four wrestlers finished fifth or better in their respective weight classes Saturday, as Robinson High School's wrestling team finished 11th out of 17 teams at the annual Petersburg PORTA Invite.
Robinson totaled 62.5 points, which was better than just six other teams in the meet. Shelbyville rolled to the win with 237.5 points, while host Petersburg PORTA was second with 199.5. Auburn finished third with 159.5, Argenta-Oreana was fourth with 155, Litchfield was fifth with 148, Lincoln was sixth at 105.5, Pittsfield finished seventh with 103, Deer Creek-Mackinaw was eighth with 83.5, Beardstown was ninth with 77 and Kewanee rounded out the top-10 with 73. Riverton (54), Midwest Central (46), Farmington (36), Warrensburg-Latham (32), AC-PORTA B (31) and Havana (13) completed the field.
Being competitive is one of the main goals for Robinson High School's girls' basketball team during the early stages of the season and the Lady Maroons were able to do that Saturday, but only for a short period of time.
Robinson hung with a solid Olney squad in the early going of their make-up Little Illini Conference contest, but the Lady Tigers quickly put the clamps on and pulled away from the Lady Maroons to the tune of a 69-26 defeat.
"We knew they were going to try to make it an 84-foot game with intense pressure," RHS head coach Bob Coffman said. "I thought we started well and I think it even caught them off guard a bit. But all of a sudden, they turned the pressure on."