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)
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."
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
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.
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).
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."
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."