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December 11, 2019

Childress signs with Rend Lake Baseball
Childress signs with Rend Lake Baseball
Robinson High School senior Brayden Childress recently signed his letter-of-intent to continue his baseball career at Rend Lake College. Childress is pictured alongside Rend Lake assistant coach Drew Millwood, while in back are: (L-R) RHS assistant coach Khristian Reynolds, his mother, Cher, his father, Justin, RHS head coach Reggie Truitt and assistant coach Dale Mendenhall. (Josh Brown photo)


RHS's Childress to play baseball at Rend Lake
As Robinson High School's baseball program continues to rise, so have the opportunities for their players to continue their careers at the next level.

The latest to take that step is senior Brayden Childress, who recently signed his letter-of-intent to play at Rend Lake College after his RHS career is finished.

"This has been a lifelong dream of mine to play in college," Childress said. "To see it come true is awesome."

"Once again, the RHS baseball program and everyone involved is really proud of one of our guys," RHS head coach Reggie Truitt said. "Brayden is a great young man with a lot of talent and a ton of potential. Two signings in two weeks (Kade Lassen recently signed to play at Lincoln Trail College) is something that doesn't happen often and we're enjoying the moment."


Friday, December 6, 2019


Lady Panthers beat Lady Maroons, 55-47
County rivalry games are meant to be close and Tuesday night (Nov. 26)'s game between Crawford County rivals certainly was.

When the dust settled, it was the visiting squad that came out on top this time, as Oblong High School's girls' basketball team opened play in the Lady Maroons Thanksgiving Invitational with a 55-47 win over host Robinson.

"The biggest thing I take away from this game is we didn't have the intensity we normally play with in the first half, but in the second half, we were a totally different team," OHS head coach Kaydie Grooms said. "To see that growth and to be able to make that adjustment was a huge step for us."

"We are still struggling with chemistry and figuring out where everyone is supposed to be," RHS head coach Sherry Bopp said. "It's taken longer than what I had hoped, but I believe it will happen for us and we will be a better team as the season goes on."


Monday, December 9, 2019

Statesmen hammer SE Illinois, 87-64
The beat rolled on for Lincoln Trail College's men's basketball team Tuesday (Nov. 26), as the Statesmen continued their winning ways with a lopsided road victory in conference play.

Lincoln Trail jumped out to an early lead and never looked back en route to an 87-64 win at Southeastern Illinois College in a Great Rivers Athletic Conference contest.


Monday, December 9, 2019

Lady Statesmen score first GRAC win at Southeastern Illinois, 76-57
A big second half helped Lincoln Trail College's women's basketball team overcome an early deficit and roll to their first conference win of the season Tuesday (Nov. 26).

The Lady Statesmen nearly matched their opponent's entire game total with their second-half output in a 76-57 win at Southeastern Illinois College in Great Rivers Athletic Conference play.


Monday, December 9, 2019

Maroons scuffle in 70-59 loss to Mattoon
Winning three of four quarters was not enough to put Robinson High School's boys' basketball team in the win column Tuesday night (Nov. 26).

The Maroons outscored Mattoon in three of the four periods, but were outscored by 20 in the one period they lost, which put RHS in a hole they would not climb out of in a 70-59 loss at the Effingham St. Anthony Turkey Tournament.

"We can't give up 70 points, especially to a team that lost nearly everyone from a varsity standpoint from last year," RHS head coach Mack Thompson. We didn't guard anybody and we did a poor job rotating. We were pretty poor on that end tonight."


Monday, December 9, 2019

Tigers lose to Judah Christian, 69-48
Coming off a disappointing finish in a season-opening loss Monday, Hutsonville-Palestine's boys' basketball team was hoping to right the ship Tuesday (Nov. 26), but they were unable to do so.

The Tigers dropped their second game in as many nights, falling to Champaign Judah Christian, 69-48, at the Tri-County Turkey Tournament at Shiloh High School.


Monday, December 9, 2019

RHS wrestlers beat Charleston, 48-30
First matches can be tough and Monday (Nov. 25)'s certainly was for Robinson High School's wrestling team, but the Maroons were able to perform well enough to open the season with a victory, as they downed Charleston in a dual match, 48-30, in the RHS gym.

"We had a lot of mat rust tonight, as the kids hadn't wrestled since last February," RHS head coach Tanner Keeler said. "But, all of the kids did a great job of competing. Even in our losses, the kids did a great job of staying the match. I was proud of our effort."


Monday, December 9, 2019

Lady Pioneers edge Martinsville in OT, 39-38, for 2nd straight win
Strong play to start the season continued for Palestine-Hutsonville's girls' basketball team Monday night (Nov. 25).

The Lady Pioneers now find themselves in the midst of a winning streak following a 39-38 win over Martinsville in overtime in their home opener.

It was the second straight win for the Lady Pioneers, who already have two more wins this season than they had all of last year.


Monday, December 9, 2019

Lady Panthers pick up first win of season at Dugger, Ind., 53-50
Following a rough start to the season last week, Oblong High School's girls' basketball team was able to get its feet under them Monday night (Nov. 25) and found their way into the win column in the process.

The Lady Panthers picked up their first victory of the season with a 53-50 win at Union-Dugger, Ind.


Monday, December 9, 2019

Maroons fall to Teutopolis, 62-54
Missed opportunities proved costly for Robinson High School's boys' basketball team and spoiled a strong effort in their season opener Monday night (Nov. 25).

The Maroons played well throughout most of their first pool play game at the Effingham St. Anthony Turkey Tournament, but they could not close the deal and wound up on the short end of a 62-54 decision to Teutopolis.

"They hit some big shots when they needed to and we had some looks that didn't fall," RHS head coach Mack Thompson said. "That was the big difference in the game. "We had some point blank shots that if we hit those and we make some free throws, the outcome could have been different."


Monday, December 9, 2019

Tigers fall short to Tri-County, 68-62
A strong effort was not quite enough for Hutsonville-Palestine's boys' basketball team in their season opener.

The Tigers led for a good portion of their opening game at the Tri-County Turkey Tournament in Shiloh Monday night (Nov. 25), but faltered late in a 68-62 loss to host Tri-County.


Monday, December 9, 2019


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