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home : sports January 24, 2017

To the hoop
To the hoop
Dylan Dirks glides to the hoop for a basket against Lawrencevile Jan. 17. Dirks netted 20 points and three rebounds in the Maroons' 62-41 win, while also going over the 1,000-point mark for his career. (Josh Brown photo)


Maroons hammer Lawrenceville, 62-41
Strong performances on both ends of the floor led Robinson High School's boys' basketball team to a dominating victory Tuesday night.

The Maroons led pretty much the entire game except for about two minutes of the first period and rolled to a 62-41 win over Lawrenceville in Little Illini Conference action.

"To play a team that has been playing as well as they have and for us to control the game as well as we did, I'm very pleased with that," RHS head coach Mack Thompson said. "It was a good way to end this segment of the season as we head into the conference tournament."


Monday, January 23, 2017


Rally falls short for Lady Panthers in 55-50 loss to Villa Grove-Heritage
A slow start and a furious rally late added up to Oblong High School's girls' basketball team falling just short in the semifinals of the Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division Tournament Wednesday night (Jan. 18).

The third-seeded Lady Panthers dug themselves an early hole that they almost climbed all the way out of, only to lose to host and second-seeded Villa Grove-Heritage, 55-50.

"It was a game of halves," OHS head coach Mike Johnson said. "We had a terrible two and a half quarters, falling behind by 18 in the third quarter and then made a good run at the end. We had a chance to cut it to two points a few times and could not get it done."


Monday, January 23, 2017

Lady Statesmen fall to John A. Logan, 53-48
It was a tale of two halves for Lincoln Trail College's women's basketball team Wednesday night (Jan. 18) and unfortunately for the Lady Statesmen, the second half was their downfall.

A solid first half saw Lincoln Trail build a double-digit lead, but their advantage would slowly dwindle after halftime and the Lady Statesmen ended up on the wrong end of a 53-48 decision to John A. Logan College in a Great Rivers Athletic Conference contest.


Monday, January 23, 2017

Statesmen blown out by Logan, 93-61
Too much firepower from the opposition spelled doom for Lincoln Trail College's men's basketball team Wednesday night (Jan. 18).

The Statesmen could not contain a hot-shooting John A. Logan squad and the end result was a 93-61 loss for the Statesmen in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference contest.

"Credit them, they made a lot of shots and it was an impressive display of shooting," LTC head coach Luke Stuckey said. "But, we were not on our gameplan tonight to say the least."


Monday, January 23, 2017

Maroons drop dual match to North Knox, Ind., on Senior Night, 41-39
Having a big cushion at the start of the match was not quite enough to get Robinson High School's wrestling team in the win column Wednesday night (Jan. 18).

The Maroons received 30 points on forfeits in their dual against North Knox, Ind., but were only able to win two of the nine contested matches and came up just short in a 41-39 loss, spoiling Senior Night at RHS.

"We let this one get away from us," RHS head coach Joe Cunningham said. "We started the match up 30-0 with the forfeits they gave us, but they proceeded to beat us seven matches to two on the mat. We are still giving up way too many pins, but most of that has to do with our inexperience and body position awareness. Wrestling is an unforgiving sport and your mistakes can very often lead to getting pinned."


Monday, January 23, 2017

Lady Maroons lose to Lawrenceville, 64-51
For three quarters, Robinson High School's girls' basketball team was right with Lawrenceville in their consolation bracket game at the Little Illini Conference Tournament in Marshall.

Unfortunately, that was not enough for the Lady Maroons to overcome the 13-point lead they spotted the Lady Indians in the first quarter. Robinson once again could not climb out of an early hole, resulting in a 64-51 loss Wednesday night (Jan. 18), ending their tournament appearance with an 0-2 mark.


Monday, January 23, 2017

Panthers fall short at Dieterich, 53-46
The rubber match went the way of the home team Tuesday night.

After splitting their first two meetings of the season in holiday tournament action, Oblong High School's boys' basketball team and Dieterich did battle for a third time in a regular season contest at Dieterich and the Panthers came out on the short end of a 53-46 decision.


Monday, January 23, 2017

RHS wrestlers 13th at Cumberland
Competition was tough for Robinson High School's wrestling team and the end result was a 13th-place finish out of 17 teams at the Cumberland Skull and Crossbones Invitational Monday (Jan. 16).

The meet was originally scheduled for December, but was postponed due to inclement weather.

"The Skull and Crossbones tournament is a very good test for kids heading into the last few weeks of the season," RHS head coach Joe Cunningham said. "The atmosphere is close to that of a Sectional with a lot of highly-ranked kids competing who will be wrestling for medals in Champaign at the state meet in a few weeks."


Monday, January 23, 2017

Lady Panthers smash Lady Pioneers in LOVC SE tourney opener 70-21
Just as they did in the first two meetings this season, Oblong High School's girls' basketball team seized control early against rival Palestine-Hutsonville and rolled to a lopsided win.

The third-seeded Lady Panthers jumped out to a big lead and never looked back en route to a 70-21 victory over the sixth-seeded Lady Pioneers in the first round of the Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division Tournament at Villa Grove Monday night (Jan. 16).


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Panthers roll over North Clay, 80-42
Strong shooting and solid defense led Oblong High School's boys' basketball team to a lopsided win Saturday night (Jan. 14).

The Panthers made nearly half of their field goal attempts and forced Louisville-North Clay into almost as many turnovers as they scored points en route to an 80-42 victory in the non-conference contest.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Statesmen edged at VU in OT, 86-85
Lincoln Trail College's men's basketball team played well in a place they have not had a lot of success over the years, but it was still not enough to earn them a victory.

The Statesmen battled 19th-ranked Vincennes University from start to finish, only to come out on the short end of an 86-85 decision Saturday night (Jan. 14).


Thursday, January 19, 2017


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