Robinson High School senior Brayden Childress recently signed his letter-of-intent to continue his baseball career at Rend Lake College. Childress is pictured alongside Rend Lake assistant coach Drew Millwood, while in back are: (L-R) RHS assistant coach Khristian Reynolds, his mother, Cher, his father, Justin, RHS head coach Reggie Truitt and assistant coach Dale Mendenhall. (Josh Brown photo)
As Robinson High School's baseball program continues to rise, so have the opportunities for their players to continue their careers at the next level.
The latest to take that step is senior Brayden Childress, who recently signed his letter-of-intent to play at Rend Lake College after his RHS career is finished.
"This has been a lifelong dream of mine to play in college," Childress said. "To see it come true is awesome."
"Once again, the RHS baseball program and everyone involved is really proud of one of our guys," RHS head coach Reggie Truitt said. "Brayden is a great young man with a lot of talent and a ton of potential. Two signings in two weeks (Kade Lassen recently signed to play at Lincoln Trail College) is something that doesn't happen often and we're enjoying the moment."
Another strong shooting night led to another lopsided win for Lincoln Trail College's men's basketball team.
The Statesmen shot over 50 percent from the field and knocked down 16 three-pointers en route to a 122-60 win over Missouri Baptist JV.
Just like in their previous meeting (a 125-67 LTC win Nov. 6), the outcome was never in doubt, as LTC built a 55-11 by halftime. The second half was considerably closer, but the Statesmen still outscored Missouri Baptist 67-49 to complete the lopsided victory.
Following a season where they did not win a single game, Palestine-Hutsonville's girls' basketball team did not waste much time in finding the win column this season.
After a strong start in a season-opening loss at Robinson Tuesday (Nov. 19), the Lady Pioneers continued that progress by picking up a 30-18 victory at Chrisman Thursday (Nov. 21), snapping a 21-game losing streak in the process.
Transitions can sometimes be smooth and sometimes they can be a bit difficult.
New Robinson High School wrestling coach Tanner Keeler is hoping the start of his coaching career features more of the former than the latter.
Keeler, a former RHS wrestling standout in his own right and a state medalist to boot, takes over the RHS mat men this season after former coach Joe Cunningham stepped down following a successful run.
"I always said one of my dreams when I was in high school was to come back and coach wrestling here and it's awesome now that it's not a dream, but a reality," Keeler said. "I am excited to work with a bunch of great athletes that want to be as good a wrestler as they can possibly be. It's an awesome feeling to be in this room again."
One team was looking to rebound from a rough start to the season, while the other was looking to start their season on a positive note when county foes Robinson and Palestine-Hutsonville took to the court in girls' basketball action Tuesday (Nov. 19).
Both of those things actually occurred, as the Lady Maroons bounced back from a season-opening loss, while the Lady Pioneers put forth a strong effort in a game that Robinson ultimately won, 33-31.
"It wasn't pretty, but a win is a win," RHS head coach Sherry Bopp said. "Playing two games in two days to start the season has been rough on us, but the girls found a way to get it done."
"I really wasn't sure what to expect coming in, but I was happy with our effort," PHS-HHS head coach Travis Blank said. "The kids kept fighting and finding ways to stay in it, we just came up a little short."
Another solid effort wound up finishing just short for Oblong High School's girls' basketball team Tuesday night (Nov. 19).
The Lady Panthers were competitive for the second night in a row, but they still don't have any wins to show for it on the young season. Oblong dropped its second game in as many nights to start the season after falling short to Casey-Westfield, 47-36.