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)
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."
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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
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."
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).
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.