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January 23, 2018

Hang time
Hang time
Robinson's Walker Sandschafer makes an adjustment mid-air on his way to the basket during a Little Illini Conference game against Flora Jan. 5. Sandschafer led RHS with 24 points and 15 rebounds in a 78-49 win. (Josh Brown photo)


Lady Statesmen beat Kaskaskia, 76-60
Another solid performance from start to finish led Lincoln Trail College's women's basketball team to a conference win Wednesday night (Jan. 17).

The Lady Statesmen grabbed an early lead and slowly pulled away on their way to a 76-60 victory over visiting Kaskaskia College in Great Rivers Athletic Conference play.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018


Lady Maroons lose to Casey-Westfield at LIC tourney, 56-36
The effort was there, but that unfortunately did not net the results Robinson High School's girls' basketball team was hoping for Wednesday night (Jan. 17).

The ninth-seeded Lady Maroons took to the court with a chance to reach the consolation championship game of Little Illini Conference Tournament, but a slow start prevented them from keeping pace with fourth-seeded Casey-Westfield, resulting in a 56-36 loss in the consolation semifinals at Casey-Westfield High School.

"(Casey) has been in school the last two days and we haven't, so that meant our practices couldn't be mandatory," RHS head coach Sherry Bopp said. "Plus, (starting point guard) Ella (Florkowski) is still out with a concussion. We had a rough start, but I implored them not to give up and leave everything on the court. I told them to show Casey we are not the same team they played at the beginning of the year and they did just that."


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Statesmen struggle offensively in 74-47 loss to Kaskaskia
A low-scoring first half was made worse by an even lower-scoring second half and it all added up to lopsided loss for Lincoln Trail College's men's basketball team Wednesday night (Jan. 17).

The Statesmen struggled once again to put the ball in the basket and the end result was a 74-47 loss to Kaskaskia College in a Great Rivers Athletic Conference contest.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Lady Panthers fall to VGH in semis, 70-48
Oblong High School's girls' basketball team picked a bad night to have a bad night.

The Lady Panthers saw their 10-game winning streak snapped Wednesday (Jan. 17), as they lost to Villa Grove-Heritage, 70-48, in the semifinals of the Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division Tournament in Toledo.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

RHS wrestlers go 1-2 at Vandalia Duals
Results were not what they were hoping for, but the day was not a total loss for Robinson High School's wrestling team at the Vandalia Duals Saturday (Jan. 13).

The Maroons did not wrestle as well as they had hoped, but still managed to come away with a 1-2 record in their three matches.

Robinson opened with a 72-6 loss to sixth-ranked Vandalia, then dropped a 56-21 decision to Monticello before finishing the day with a 42-40 win over Murphysboro.

"Ironically, I thought our best wrestling of the day was against Vandalia," RHS head coach Joe Cunningham said. "Vandalia just does not have any gaps in their line-up and we did not embarrass ourselves despite the lopsided team score. I thought that we might have caught up with Monticello this year, but we did not show it today. Momentum plays a role in all sports and we came out flat against Monticello. We got the win against Murphysboro, but it was not really a very good performance."


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Panthers lose again to Dieterich, 66-34
Offensive woes continue to plague Oblong High School's boys' basketball team.

The Panthers were held to single digits in the first half Wednesday night (Jan. 17) and the end result was a 66-34 loss to Dieterich in a non-conference contest.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Lady Maroons fall to Olney, 55-25, in LIC tourney quarters
The third time was not the charm for Robinson High School's girls' basketball team Saturday (Jan. 13).

The Lady Maroons faced Olney for the third time this season, but came out on the wrong end of the decision yet again, this time 55-25 in the quarterfinals of the Little Illini Conference Tournament at Casey-Westfield High School.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

LTC basketball swept at Wabash Valley
Two games resulted in two losses for Lincoln Trail College's basketball teams on the road at Wabash Valley College Saturday, but they came in entirely different fashions.

The Statesmen held a lead at halftime of the men's game, but could not hold on in a 76-73 loss. Meanwhile, the Lady Statesmen could not keep pace with a very talented Wabash Valley team in a 100-45 loss.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Lady Pioneers lose opener to VGH, 64-21
Struggles on both ends of the floor led to another lopsided loss for Palestine-Hutsonville's girls' basketball team Saturday (Jan. 13).

The Lady Pioneers gave up more points in the first quarter than they would score in the entire game on their way to a 64-21 loss to Villa Grove-Heritage in the opening round of the Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division Tournament in Toledo.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Lady Maroons knock off Red Hill in first round of LIC tourney, 49-30
Conference wins have been eluding Robinson High School's girls' basketball team so far this season, but the Lady Maroons were able to pick up a big one Thursday night (Jan. 11).

Robinson came into Thursday with zero conference wins and were seeded ninth in the Little Illini Conference Tournament, but the Lady Maroons took control of their opening-round game at Casey-Westfield High School from the start and rolled to a 49-30 win over eighth-seeded Red Hill.


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Lady Panthers dump Lady Pioneers, 50-21
It was deja vu all over again for Oblong and Palestine-Hutsonville's girls' basketball teams Thursday night (Jan. 11).

For the second time this season, the Lady Panthers walloped the Lady Pioneers by the exact same score.

Oblong rolled to a 50-21 victory in the Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division contest, duplicating their win in the annual Crawford County Shrine Game Dec. 15.


Wednesday, January 17, 2018


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