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home : sports : sports June 24, 2017

State Champion
State Champion
Palestine-Hutsonville's Nathan Kiger displays his medal after winning the championship in the high jump at the IHSA Class 1A State Finals in Charleston Saturday. The recent Palestine High School graduate cleared 6-7 to claim the title.


Pal-Hut's Kiger wins high jump state title
Years of hard work and persistence paid off for Palestine-Hutsonville's Nathan Kiger Saturday (May 27).

The recent Palestine High School graduate capped off his stellar career with a state championship, as he won the high jump at the IHSA Class 1A State Finals in Charleston.

"I feel like all of the hard work that I have put in from the past seven years has finally paid off in my last high school meet ever," Kiger said. "I think that was the perfect way to end my high school track career."


Monday, June 12, 2017


Seven from RHS on All-Little Illini teams
Just over a handful of Robinson High School athletes were recognized for their performance on the diamond this spring by being named to one of the All-Little Illini Conference teams recently.

Four softball players and three baseball players received honors, with four of those players being First Team selections.


Monday, June 12, 2017

15 from county make All-LOVC SE teams
More than a dozen baseball and softball players from Crawford County were recognized for their achievements on the field this past season by receiving All-Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division honors recently.

A total of 15 players received accolades, with Oblong leading the way with 11 selections (six softball, five baseball), while Hutsonville-Palestine had four players chosen (three softball, one baseball).


Monday, June 12, 2017

Robinson's Wright 11th at state in 800
A strong start to the weekend ended with a disappointing finish for Robinson High School's Joey Wright at the IHSA Class 2A Boys Track State Finals in Charleston.


Monday, June 12, 2017

Kiger lone Pioneer to advance to finals
Three entered but only one remains after day one of the IHSA Class 1A Boys Track State Finals in Charleston.

Palestine-Hutsonville had three athletes compete in four events Thursday (May 25), but only one was able to advance to Saturday's finals.

Nathan Kiger advanced to the finals in the high jump for the second straight year, as he tied for first with a height of 6-2.


Friday, June 02, 2017

Panthers lose to North Clay, 11-1
Momentum can be a big part of sports and that was the case Thursday night (May 25).

Oblong High School's baseball team appeared to have momentum early in their IHSA Class 1A Sectional game, but Louisville-North Clay quickly seized it and never let it go, sending the Panthers to an 11-1 defeat in their semifinal contest at Louisville.


Friday, June 02, 2017

Lady Panthers fall short at Marissa, 2-0
A lack of offense brought the season to a disappointing end for Oblong High School's softball team Wednesday (May 24).

The Lady Panthers could not get anything going at the plate and the end result was a 2-0 loss to Marissa-Coulterville in the semifinals of the IHSA Class 1A Marissa Sectional.

"We played pretty well," OHS head coach Galen Slover said. "They were a better team than we were."


Friday, June 02, 2017

LTC baseball, softball players earn accolades
Several Lincoln Trail College athletes were recognized recently for their achievements on the field this past season by receiving all-conference and/or all-region accolades.

Lincoln Trail had three baseball players earn All-Great Rivers Athletic Conference honors and two receive All-Region 24 recognition, while the softball team had one representative on each squad.


Friday, June 02, 2017

Panthers blank Dieterich, 5-0, for title
Pitching dominated during the early stages of Monday's IHSA Class 1A Regional championship baseball game in Oblong, but the host team was able to eventually break through.

The third-seeded Panthers plated a pair of runs in the middle innings and tacked on a few more late to pull away for a 5-0 win over second-seeded Dieterich to claim their second straight regional title.


Friday, June 02, 2017

RHS boys' tennis 4th at Sectional; do not advance anyone to state
Every entrant for Robinson High School's boys' tennis team won over the weekend, but they did not win enough at the IHSA Class 1A Casey-Westfield Sectional to advance to the state meet.

All of Robinson entrants won at least one match, but could not string together enough wins to move on, as the team finished fourth out of 11 teams.

"We were so close in so many matches," RHS head coach Tom Buchanan said. "If you make it to the semifinals, you qualify for State and we had two singles and one doubles team in the quarterfinals. However, we missed our opportunities."


Friday, June 02, 2017

Statesmen eliminated in district semis
A strong start quickly went south for Lincoln Trail College's baseball team at the NJCAA Northern District Tournament over the weekend.

The Statesmen had all three of their games decided by double figures, but they came out on the wrong side of two of them and were eliminated from the tournament on Sunday.

Following a strong end to the regular season and an undefeated run through the Region 24A Tournament, Lincoln Trail opened with a 14-3 win over Triton College Friday, but then dropped back-to-back games to Wabash Valley (12-1) and Indian Hills Community College (15-3) Sunday to end their tournament run.

"Our postseason run started about mid-April," LTC head coach Kevin Bowers said. "We have been playing about .750 baseball since then. I always felt this club was capable of doing what they did. It took a little time for the guys to settle into their roles, but once they did, we started to hit our stride."


Friday, June 02, 2017


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