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October 17, 2018

Heading to the end zone
Heading to the end zone
Robinson's Brayden Childress (5) races past Lawrenceville defenders toward the end zone for a 34-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter Saturday afternoon (Oct. 6), as receivers Elliott Stifle (43) and Riley Simpson (12) block on the play. Childress ended the day with 230 yards rushing and four touchdowns in the Maroons' 31-12 victory over Lawrenceville. (Josh Brown photo)


Robinson XC boys win Little Illini title
Championships continue to pile up for Robinson High School's boys' cross country team.

The Maroons claimed their third title in less than a month after winning the Little Illini Conference championship Tuesday (Oct. 9) in Olney.

"We had a pretty good day," RHS head coach Tony Cork said. "It was a pretty exciting race and pretty close between us and Olney."


Friday, October 12, 2018


Lady Statesmen lose at Lewis & Clark in three sets
Struggles continued for Lincoln Trail College's volleyball team Tuesday (Oct. 9), as the Lady Statesmen lost in three sets at Lewis & Clark Community College, 18-25, 19-25, 21-25, for their fifth straight defeat.

"We have clearly been in a slump these past few games," LTC head coach Dana Goodwin said. "The girls have a lot to focus on, especially going into four games this weekend. The team morale has been off and when we can't work together, we get negative results."


Friday, October 12, 2018

Lady Tigers down Martinsville in two
It wasn't their best showing, but it was good enough for Hutsonville-Palestine's volleyball team to get in the win column Tuesday night (Oct. 9).

The Lady Tigers picked up their first conference win of the season by downing visiting Martinsville in two sets, 25-18, 25-20, in their Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division match.

"It showed the girls had a couple days off because we were sluggish tonight," HHS-PHS head coach Shandy Matthews said. "Each game we are playing better as a team, which helps. We played good enough to win tonight. We just have to keep moving, get more aggressive and attack more."

Friday, October 12, 2018

Lady Panthers lose to Heritage in two sets in LOVC SE Division match
A competitive match fell the way of the visiting team Tuesday night (Oct. 9), which spelled bad news for Oblong High School's volleyball team.

The Lady Panthers hung with a strong Heritage team, but came out on the short end of a 16-25, 22-25 decision in their Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division contest.


Friday, October 12, 2018

Robinson girls' tennis drops match at Olney, 8-1
Wins were hard to come by on the court Tuesday (Oct. 9), resulting in Robinson High School's girls' tennis team suffering an 8-1 loss at Olney.

"We had some well-played matches, we just didn't get the wins," RHS head coach Steve Jenkins said.


Friday, October 12, 2018

County golfers unable to advance to state
None of the four local golfers that took to the course for Sectional play were able to extend their seasons Monday.

Crawford County was represented by four individuals (three girls, one boy) at tournaments in Centralia and Effingham, but none of them were able to score well enough to advance to this weekend's state meets.


Friday, October 12, 2018

Hut-Pal XC boys 13th at Cumberland
Hutsonville-Palestine's boys' cross country team finished in the middle of the pack Saturday (Oct. 6) at the annual Cumberland Invitational.

The Tigers placed 13th among 18 complete teams with a score of 360. That placed them ahead of Chrisman (373), Altamont (376), Paris (386), Dieterich (404) and Sullivan (516), while they were well off the pace of champion Freeburg, who won with a score of 69. Completing the field were Marshall (98), Cumberland (111), St. Joseph-Ogden (148), Effingham St. Anthony (166), Tuscola (170), Lawrenceville-Red Hill (186), Tolono Unity (218), Rantoul (224), Neoga (226), Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond (283) and Mattoon (290).


Friday, October 12, 2018

Maroons run over Lawrenceville, 31-12
Solid performances in all aspects led Robinson High School's football team to a convincing win Saturday afternoon.

The Maroons played well in all areas and rolled past Lawrenceville, 31-12, in a Little Illini Conference contest, spoiling the Indians' Homecoming in the process.

"I'm proud of the guys," RHS head coach Casey Pinnell said. "We ran the ball well, were efficient in the throw game and the defense played well."


Thursday, October 11, 2018

RHS girls' tennis team finishes 2nd at Little Illini Conference meet
Strong showings from all entries led Robinson High School's girls' tennis team to a second-place finish at the Little Illini Conference Tournament Saturday (Oct. 6).

The tournament was actually played in two locations, as the tournament began in Paris, but just as the final round matches were set to begin, thunderstorms rolled in and everyone packed up and headed south to Robinson to finish the tournament on the courts at Washington Park.

Robinson finished the tournament with 18.5 points, putting them behind only Olney, who won with 20 points. Flora came in third with 16 points, followed by Newton (15), Paris (12.75) and Casey-Westfield (1.75).

"We were excited to finish second as a team," RHS head coach Steve Jenkins said. "It was a definitely a team effort today. No other team had players score as many points in every slot as we did."


Thursday, October 11, 2018

OPH falls to Villa Grove-Heritage, 24-14
Football a lot of times can be a battle of attrition and that was the case for Friday night (Oct. 5).

Unfortunately for Oblong-Palestine-Hutsonville's football team, as a couple of injuries factored significantly in OPH losing the battle between the lines as well.

OPH held a lead late in the third quarter, but ultimately dropped a 24-14 decision to Villa Grove-Heritage in their Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division contest, which also spoiled Homecoming at Palestine in the process.

"Personnel is a major factor in small-school high school football," OPH head coach Mark Ambrose said. "Tonight came down to a personnel thing and it was an unfortunate situation for us to be in."


Thursday, October 11, 2018

NMS XC boys, girls win Sectional
History was made for Nuttall Middle School's cross country teams Saturday (Oct. 6), as they began their postseason journey.

Both NMS squads won their respective IESA Class 2A Sectional meets at Shelbyville Saturday, marking the first time in a decade that both teams advanced to the state meet in the same season.


Thursday, October 11, 2018


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