Robinson High School's 3200 relay team takes its place on the medal stand after finishing second in the finals of the IHSA
Class 1A State Track Meet. The team of Noah Tennison, J.B. Chapman, Joey Wright and Henry Treadway finished with a time of
8:01.82, just over two seconds behind champion Tolono Unity, who won with a time of 7:59.63.
A successful season on the field has brought about promising futures for more than a dozen Lincoln Trail College baseball players.
Following a season that saw Lincoln Trail win the Great Rivers Athletic Conference regular season championship, finish second in the Region 24 Tournament and advance to the Northern District Tournament, the Statesmen had 14 players sign to play at four-year schools, including 10 at the Division I level.
"This has been a great run for these sophomores, winning the GRAC championship, advancing to the Super Regionals along with the numerous all-conference and all-region accolades," LTC head coach Kevin Bowers said. "But more than that, they are the very definition of student athletes. Every one of these young men hold a graduating GPA of 3.0 or higher. I can't be happier for them or prouder as a coach."
A strong season on the diamond for several Crawford County teams resulted in numerous all-conference selections.
Oblong High School's softball and baseball teams combined for nearly a dozen All-Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division selections, while Hutsonville-Palestine's softball and baseball teams picked up a handful as well.
One run was all that Oblong High School's softball team gave up in four games this postseason but that one run was all that was needed to knock the Lady Panthers out.
After three straight shutouts to start the postseason, Oblong came out on the short end of a 1-0 decision to Wayne City in the championship game of the Class 1A Odin Sectional Monday.
"Our kids played really well," OHS head coach Galen Slover said. "But, you've got to score to win and I don't think we were going to score. The kids hung in there and hung in there, but we just couldn't get anything going against their pitcher. She just overpowered us."
What was the third best time in school history turned into the fourth following the performance of Robinson High School's 3200 relay team at the IHSA Class 1A State Finals in Charleston Saturday.
Robinson improved its preliminary time by about a half-second on their way to a second-place finish in the finals of the 3200 relay, while earning eight points for the team in the process.
"I am very proud of them," RHS head coach Tony Cork said. "I knew we would be in the hunt if we ran well and we did. To do that in prelims and again in the finals and be that consistent was tremendous."
Postseason accolades have been rolling in for Lincoln Trail College's baseball team following a successful regular season and a strong showing in the postseason.
A handful of Statesmen were named to either all-conference, all-region or all-district teams following LTC's Great Rivers Athletic Conference regular season championship and their run to the Northern District Tournament. Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Pitching and defense win championships and that is a formula Oblong High School's softball team is using this postseason.
The Lady Panthers recorded their third straight shutout in the postseason and mustered just enough offense to pick up a 2-0 win over New Athens in the semifinals of the Class 1A Odin Sectional Tuesday.
"Survive and advance is the name of the game and that's what we're doing," OHS head coach Galen Slover said. "The kids are doing what they need to do and we are tickled to death to be where we're at."
A strong season ended on a disappointing note for Oblong High School's baseball team.
The Panthers reached another regional championship game, but once again came out on the short end, dropping a 6-1 decision to Effingham St. Anthony in the title game of the Class 1A Dieterich Regional.
"We just didn't get the hits when we needed them and they did," OHS head coach Chez Laino said. "We left nine or 10 runners on base, but they also made some great plays on us to end innings."