Robinson's seventh grade basketball team won the championship at the 12th Annual Robinson Youth Basketball Tournament March 7-8. Robinson went 5-0 with wins over Albion, Monticello, Paris Crestwood, Mt. Carmel and Casey-Westfield. Team members are: (front L-R) Brysen Legg, Matthew Trimble, Ian Gilmore, Blake Green and Parker Hardiman. In back are: (L-R) assistant coach John Brimberry, Luke Wernz, Trevan Webster, Connor Erton, Liam Bryant, Jevan Wampler and head coach Ryan Bryant. (Contributed photo)
Former Oblong High School standouts Summer and Samantha Johnson have signed letters-of-intent to continue their athletic careers at four-year schools. Summer is shown surrounded by her Parkland College teammates after signing her letter several weeks ago to continue her softball career at Georgetown (Ky.) College, while Samantha recently signed her letter to play volleyball and softball at Oakland City (Ind.) University. (Contributed photos)
Two athletes, three sports, two different four-year institutions.
That is what twin sisters Samantha and Summer Johnson have lined up for themselves after the former Oblong High School standouts signed to continue their athletic careers recently.
Even though sports are done for the school year thanks to the coronavirus outbreak, improvements to the athletic facilities at Lincoln Trail College continue to progress.
A little more than a year ago, the LTC Foundation donated 11 acres of land west of the baseball diamond to allow for the addition of two soccer fields to house the LTC women's team and the soon-to-debut men's team, as well as a softball diamond to bring the LTC softball team back to campus after utilizing the Robinson City Park as home for many years.
Statesmen Park - which is the name for the entire complex - broke ground last May and hit some snags along the way, which prevented soccer fields from being completed in time to play on during the fall season.
As the number of days without sports continues to grow and the thought of losing an entire season of contests looms larger each day thanks to the outbreak of COVID-19, the executive director of the IHSA is hopeful the spring sports season can eventually resume.
A changing of the guard is on tap for Lincoln Trail College's softball team.
Following an unusual season that was cut short due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the country, LTC announced recently they will have a new leader of their softball program beginning next season.
In a press release issued last week, associate head coach Erica Arnold was promoted to head coach of the Lady Statesmen, replacing the retiring Gary Rodgers.
In addition, while Rodgers is retiring from coaching, he is not leaving LTC, as he has been named to the newly created position of Director of Athletic Grounds.
Continued concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic have led to some difficult decisions across the sports landscape, which have trickled down from the professional side, to college and even the high-school and junior high level, including schools and teams here locally.
The sports world has basically come to a standstill as a result of leagues and organizations suspending and in some cases cancelling sports seasons, some of which had just begun or were about to begin.
As the threat of the coronavirus pandemic continues to hit closer to home, more and more events are becoming impacted, including some on the local level.
On the heels of the NBA season being suspended amid a player contracting the virus and the NCAA deciding to hold tournaments without fans, the Illinois High School Association and Illinois Elementary School Association have followed suit. Thursday, March 12, 2020