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home : sports December 02, 2016

To the hoop
To the hoop
Dylan Dirks gets past a pair of Breese Central defenders for a basket during Friday's game at the Effingham St. Anthony Turkey Tournament. Dirks was one of two RHS players, along with Walker Sandschafer, to make the All-Tournament Team for their efforts during the tournament, as they helped RHS to a second-place finish. (Josh Brown photo)


HP's Wilber to play softball at Kaskaskia
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."


Friday, December 02, 2016


Statesmen fall short at Lake Land, 86-84
Close games seem to have become the norm for Lincoln Trail College's men's basketball team.

In their last six games, four of them have been decided by four points or less and three of them weren't decided until the final possession.

The Statesmen are 2-2 in those games, including Wednesday (Nov. 30) night's 86-84 loss at Lake Land College in Great Rivers Athletic Conference play.


Friday, December 02, 2016

Struggles on offense send Lady Statesmen to 57-35 loss at Lake Land
A rough night offensively led to a lopsided loss for Lincoln Trail College's women's basketball team Wednesday night (Nov. 30).

The Lady Statesmen were held to less than 10 points in each of the first three quarters and the end result was a 57-35 loss at Lake Land College in Great Rivers Athletic Conference play.


Friday, December 02, 2016

Panthers roll past Clay City, 69-25, for fourth straight win
Momentum from last week's strong showing in their season-opening Thanksgiving Tournament carried over into the first true road game for Oblong High School's boys' basketball team Tuesday night (Nov. 29).

The Panthers jumped out to a big lead early and rolled to an easy 69-25 win at Clay City in a non-conference contest.


Friday, December 02, 2016

Robinson wrestlers drop season opening dual to Effingham, 48-31
There was good and bad for Robinson High School's wrestling team in their season opener Tuesday night (Nov. 29).

Robinson managed to win six matches during their dual match with Effingham, but they also lost five matches via pin and another three by forfeit, resulting in a 48-31 loss.

"Basically we wrestled the same Effingham team we faced last year and the match revealed that we have more work to do, but the match also marked a glimpse at what is possible if we continue to work," RHS head coach Joe Cunningham said. "Seven of our kids wrestled their first ever varsity match Tuesday night and of that group, four of the kids wrestled their first very first match. We had a nice group of fans in the stands Tuesday and I hope they saw what I saw and that is a whole bunch of kids with a lot of possibilities if we continue to work hard."


Friday, December 02, 2016

Tigers fall short to Red Hill, 75-57
Scoring was less of an issue for Hutsonville-Palestine's boys' basketball team Tuesday night (Nov. 29), but they still did not score enough to find the win column.

The Tigers opened up their home schedule by dropping a 75-57 decision to Red Hill in a non-conference contest.


Friday, December 02, 2016

Lady Panthers drop non-conference game to Lawrenceville, 70-46
A slow start proved too much for Oblong High School's girls' basketball team to overcome Tuesday night (Nov. 29).

The Lady Panthers fell behind by 21 points after the first quarter and never recovered en route to a 70-46 loss to Lawrenceville in non-conference action.


Friday, December 02, 2016

10 county football players All-LOVC SE
Football players from Crawford County occupied 15 positions on the All-Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division teams, including several players who received multiple nominations.

Oblong was represented by seven different players, five of which were tabbed for two different positions, while Palestine-Hutsonville received three First Team selections.


Thursday, December 01, 2016

Lady Panthers beat Edwards Co., 46-38
After coming close in their final tournament game Saturday, Oblong High School's girls' basketball team found a way to get back in the win column Monday night (Nov. 28).

The Lady Panthers snapped a six-game skid by slowly pulling away for a 46-38 win at Edwards County in non-conference action.


Thursday, December 01, 2016

Lady Pioneers come up just short in 35-31 loss at Red Hill
For the second straight game, Palestine-Hutsonville's girls' basketball team was within striking distance virtually throughout, only to come up just short in the end.

The Lady Pioneers are still in search of their first win after a 35-31 loss at Red Hill in non-conference action Monday night (Nov. 28).


Thursday, December 01, 2016

Maroons finish second at St. Anthony
Two games against two tough teams resulted in a win and a loss for Robinson High School's boys' basketball team over the weekend, but the Maroons still came out of the Effingham St. Anthony Turkey Tournament feeling pretty good about themselves.

Robinson got over a tough hurdle in previous years, as they outlasted Breese Central Friday (Nov. 25) in overtime, 56-50, to finish pool play undefeated. That sent the Maroons to the championship game (Nov. 26), where they nearly erased a 20-point deficit in the fourth quarter, only to fall short to Effingham, 73-67.


Thursday, December 01, 2016


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