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)
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."
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."
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.
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.
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."