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December 11, 2017

Cinching it in
Cinching it in
Robinson's Landon Shonk attempts to hold his opponent's shoulders to the mat during a match at the Lawrence County Tournament Saturday in Lawrenceville. Shonk (113) was one of five RHS wrestlers to finish third in their respective weight class, while the Maroons finished third as a team as well. (Josh Brown photo)

LOVC exodus has OHS, Pal/Hut searching
Once again, Oblong High School and the Palestine/Hutsonville co-op are looking for a new home, but this time it was not their decision.

A mass exodus last week from the Little Okaw Valley Conference has left the Crawford County schools searching for what is best for their student-athletes in the future.

This development comes just three years after the local schools departed the Little Illini Conference for the LOVC, citing competition against schools more their size.

A total of 15 schools out of the 19 that are members of the LOVC decided to submit letters of withdrawal last week, citing a variety of reasons.

"At this time, there is a restructuring of the conference and schools are doing what they feel is in the best interest of their students and communities," Matt Shoaff, principal at Okaw Valley High School and president of the LOVC said in a press release issued Friday (Dec. 1).

Thursday, December 07, 2017

H-P's Alspach to play volleyball at LTC
Another standout player from Crawford County has decided to stay home to continue her volleyball career.

Hutsonville High School senior Mandi Alspach recently signed a letter-of-intent to play at Lincoln Trail College next season.

"It feels good to be able to say I'm a college volleyball player because it's been a goal of mine throughout high school," Alspach said. "I decided my freshman year that I wanted to play in college because that's when I started club volleyball and really got more serious about it."

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Lady Panthers roll past Dieterich, 59-34, for third straight victory
Two big quarters helped propel Oblong High School's girls' basketball team to another victory Monday (Dec. 4).

The Lady Panthers jumped out to a big lead and rolled past Dieterich, 59-34, in non-conference action for their third straight victory.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Lady Statesmen beat LBU JV, 64-46
Strong play throughout the first three quarters helped Lincoln Trail College's women's basketball team get back in the win column Monday (Dec. 4).

The Lady Statesmen stepped out of conference and were able to snap a four-game losing skid with a 66-48 victory at Lindenwood-Belleville JV.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Offensive struggles continue for Lady Maroons in 47-17 loss to CW
Scoring continues to be an issue for Robinson High School's girls' basketball team.

The Lady Maroons were once again held under 20 points and the end result was a 47-17 loss to Casey-Westfield in Little Illini Conference play (Dec. 4).

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Maroons outlast Olney in OT, 70-66
When a pair of storied programs like Robinson and Olney get together, you can always expect a competitive, hard-fought contest and Friday night (Dec. 1)'s Little Illini Conference boys' basketball game was no different.

The Maroons and Tigers went toe-to-toe and four quarters was not enough to decide a winner. But when the dust finally settled, Robinson had pulled out a 70-66 win in overtime in the LIC opener for both teams.

"It was good for us to experience something like this," RHS head coach Mack Thompson said. "It was a great atmosphere and (Olney) coach (Rob) Flanagan always has his guys ready to play. Olney played well, but our guys made enough plays to win."

Thursday, December 07, 2017

RHS wrestlers 3rd at Lawrence Co. tourney
Solid contributions across the board helped Robinson High School's wrestling team to a third-place finish at the Lawrence County Tournament Saturday (Dec. 2).

"To say that we had a lot of fun Saturday at Lawrenceville would be an understatement," RHS head coach Joe Cunningham said. "It has been a long time since RHS Wrestling has brought home a trophy from a tournament and I really did not think that this would be the year, but the kids really came through as a team."

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Lady Statesmen drop 4th straight, fall 51-47 to OCC in GRAC contest
Another strong defensive effort was not enough to get Lincoln Trail College's women's basketball team back in the win column Saturday afternoon.

The Lady Statesmen held their opponent to just 51 points, but they were unable to reach that threshold themselves and the end result was a 51-47 loss at Olney Central College in Great Rivers Athletic Conference play.

"We struggled to find our offensive rhythm and get to the foul line," LTC head coach Scott Sparks said. "I was happy with our effort and defense. We need to get our confidence back offensively. I think we are thinking about it too much instead of trusting our instincts."

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Statesmen can't keep pace with OCC in 101-76 loss in GRAC play
Struggles on the defensive end continued for Lincoln Trail College's men's basketball team Saturday (Dec. 2).

The Statesmen gave up triple figures for the second time in less than a week and the end result was a 101-76 loss at Olney Central College in Great Rivers Athletic Conference play.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Tigers hammered by Marshall, 79-29
It was another rough night on the court for Hutsonville-Palestine's boys' basketball team Friday night (Dec. 1).

The Tigers struggled to get much of anything going on either end of the floor en route to a 79-29 loss at Marshall in non-conference action.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Statesmen beat Rose-Hulman JV, 93-72
A balanced offensive attack helped Lincoln Trail College's men's basketball team get back on the winning track.

The Statesmen rebounded from a lopsided loss at Vincennes Wednesday, cruising past Rose-Hulman JV for a 93-72 win Thursday night (Nov. 30).

Thursday, December 07, 2017

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