Oblong High School's football team celebrates with the Crawford County Shrine Game trophy for the third year in a row after the Panthers beat rival Palestine-Hutsonville in the annual game, 40-12. The third consecutive victory in the series means the Panthers get to keep the trophy in the school's trophy case. (Josh Brown photo)
The beat rolled on for Oblong High School's football team Friday night, Sept. 23.
The Panthers scored 40 points for the third straight game and picked up their third consecutive victory in a 45-29 win over Tri-County in Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division play.
"We played well," OHS head coach Travis Reider said. "We took the opening kickoff and scored in about two minutes, then we got the ball back and hit a long pass for another score. That set the tone for us to have a good night."
Scores were competitive Monday (Sept. 26), as 10 strokes separated the top five team places and the top 13 individuals at the Little Illini Conference Golf Tournament at Oak Glen Golf Course.
When the dust settled, Robinson High School's boys' golf team found themselves just a couple of strokes off the pace in fourth among the seven teams in the field.
Robinson posted an 18-hole team score of 354, which was just nine shots back of champion Marshall, who finished with 345. Paris was a close second at 346, while Flora was third at 351. Lawrenceville-Red Hill placed fifth at 355, Olney was sixth at 390 and Casey-Westfield came in seventh at 397.
A much better performance helped Robinson High School's volleyball team get back in the win column Monday night, Sept. 26.
The Lady Maroons snapped a two-game skid by going across the Wabash River to beat North Central in straight sets, 25-15, 25-17, 25-16. Matches in Indiana are best-of-five, so Robinson had to win three sets to win the match.
"We played much better tonight," RHS head coach Eric Dean. "Our passing was on point. We made much fewer hitting errors as well."
Three top-25 finishes put Hutsonville-Palestine's boys' cross country team in the middle of the pack at the Lawrenceville Invitational Saturday, Sept. 24.
The Tigers totaled 139 points to place them fifth, which was better than Salem (146), Mt. Carmel (148) and Dieterich (170). However, it was well off the pace of Lawrenceville-Red Hill and Olney, who tied for first place. Lawrenceville-Red Hill would be declared the winner via the sixth man tiebreaker. Hamilton County finished third with 90 and Newton was fourth with 128.
It was a tale of two halves for Robinson High School's football team at their annual Homecoming game Saturday (Sept. 24) afternoon.
The Maroons wanted to stay close with Class 3A No. 5-ranked Newton into the second half and they did that, trailing just 20-8 at halftime.
However, a couple of miscues in the third quarter gave Newton a couple of quick scores and the Maroons could not recover, resulting in a 48-8 loss in the Little Illini Conference contest.
"We had a plan to slow the game down and get ourselves in contention in the second half," RHS head coach Tim Nolen said. "We didn't tackle as well in the first half as we needed to and we had a couple of missed opportunities on offense, but we were still in contention, which was the plan. But, they did what good teams do and they made their breaks and pulled away."
What appeared to be a close game got away from Palestine-Hutsonville's football team in a hurry Friday night, Sept. 23.
The Pioneers weathered an early storm from visiting Cumberland and looked to be headed into halftime with some momentum, but two late scores gave the Pirates more than enough cushion as they spoiled Homecoming at Palestine by sending the Pioneers to a 52-7 defeat in Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division play.
"We were right there late in the second quarter," PHS-HHS head coach Mike Monan said. "We weathered their storm early, got a score and then the wheels came off. They hit a couple of big plays late in the half for touchdowns and we couldn't recover."
A decent day on the course placed Robinson High School's boys' golf team in the middle of the pack Friday (Sept. 23) at the Charleston Trojan Classic.
The Maroons posted a score of 352 to finish eighth out of 14 full teams in the meet. Champaign Central won the meet with a score of 305, followed by Charleston Gold (310), Mattoon (326), Effingham (330), Danville (337), Monticello (345) and Champaign Centennial (346). Rounding out the field were Rantoul (356), Charleston Red (366), Paris (380), Olney (385), Bloomington (388) and Mt. Zion (400).
As it usually is, Thursday night (Sept. 22)'s volleyball match between county rivals Oblong and Hutsonville-Palestine was a tight one.
When the dust settled, it was the home team that came out victorious, as the Lady Panthers downed the Lady Tigers in two sets, 26-24, 25-19, in their Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division contest.
"It's always a competitive match between these two teams," OHS head coach Pam Johnson said. "We never gave up and we stayed positive." Tuesday, September 27, 2016