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home : sports July 27, 2015

2nd in state
2nd in state
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.


14 LTC baseball players head to next level
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."


Wednesday, June 17, 2015


16 from county make All-LOVC SE teams
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.


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Half-dozen from RHS earn All-LIC honors
A half-dozen Robinson High School athletes earned postseason honors by being named to the All-Little Illini Conference baseball and softball teams.

Four players from the Lady Maroons were recognized, while a pair of baseball players also received accolades. Selections were based on the players' performance in conference games.


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wayne City wins pitchers' duel, knocks out OHS girls
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."


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

RHS 3200 relay finishes 2nd at state
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."


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

LTC baseball earns postseason honors
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

Maroons perform well at state track meet
Close but no cigar seemed to be the theme of the day for Robinson High School's boys' track team Thursday at the preliminaries of the IHSA Class 1A State Finals in Charleston.

The Maroons had several outstanding performances, but had only one entry qualify for Saturday's finals.

"That was probably as good a prelim day as we've had," RHS head coach Tony Cork said. "Every one of our kids improved from their Sectional ranking."


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

LTC's Pruitt signs with Florida Southern
A short but productive stint has netted Lincoln Trail College sophomore Jelani Pruitt a chance to play Division II basketball next season.

The 6-5 shooting guard spent just one season with the Statesmen, averaging 11.1 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists and just under one steal and one blocked shot in 29 games, including 20 starts.

That production turned into Pruitt signing recently to continue his basketball career at Florida Southern College.


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Lady Panthers down New Athens, 2-0, advance to title game
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."


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Panthers fall to St. A in title game, 6-1
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."


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Lady Panthers beat EC 1-0 for regional title
One run was all that was needed for Oblong High School's softball team to claim its second straight regional championship Saturday.

The Lady Panthers scored the only run of the game in a 1-0 win over Edwards County to claim the Class 1A Red Hill Regional at Bridgeport.

"It was a good game and an entertaining game," OHS head coach Galen Slover said. "They gave us all we wanted. There were a lot of good plays and good pitches made on both sides."


Tuesday, June 16, 2015


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