Robinson High School's 4x800 relay team finished third at the IHSA Class A State Finals in Charleston Saturday, May 28. Team members pictured alongside head coach Tony Cork (left) are: (L-R) Morgan Beabout, Joey Wright, Noah Tennison and Lukas Baird. Their time of 8:04.59 was the fourth best in school history. (Submitted photo)
A half-dozen Robinson High School athletes were recognized recently for their achievements on the diamond this past season, as they were named to the All-Little Illini Conference baseball and softball teams.
Palestine-Hutsonville junior Nathan Kiger and Robinson High School's 4x800 relay team of senior Noah Tennison, sophomore Lukas Baird, and juniors Morgan Beabout and Joey Wright both earned first place finishes at the May 26 preliminaries of the IHSA State Finals.
The quest for a state championship started off well for the Robinson High School boy's tennis team at Saturday's sectionals in Casey, but a victory in the second match of the day was just out of reach.
Pitching and defense wins championships and that is the formula Oblong High School's baseball team used to capture a regional title.
The Panthers have yet to allow a run or commit an error in the postseason and they ran their winning streak to nine games overall with a 3-0 victory over Casey-Westfield in the championship game of the IHSA Class 1A Oblong Regional Saturday.
Two area softball heavyweights did battle on the diamond Saturday and seven innings was not enough to determine a winner.
Unfortunately for Oblong High School's softball team came out on the short end, dropping a 2-1 decision to Casey-Westfield in nine innings in the championship game of the IHSA Class 1A Casey-Westfield Regional.
"It was a war," OHS head coach Galen Slover said. "We had a great crowd and it was a tremendous atmosphere to coach and play in. It was everything I expected, but I also expected to win. The kids battled and made a tremendous amount of good plays. They left it all out there. I just wish it would have went in the other direction."