Stevee Walker (left) lunges for a shot, while teammate Ella Dorfmueller (right) looks on during one of their matches at No. 2 doubles. during the Robinson Invitational recently. The duo won their flight, while the Lady Maroons won the tournament title as well. (Josh Brown photo)
Finishing first in three of four flights helped Robinson High School's girls' tennis team to a championship in their own tournament Saturday (Sept. 7).
The Lady Maroons won both doubles flights and one singles flight en route to finishing first at the Robinson Invitational.
The tournament features a different format, as every game won in a match counts as a point for the player or players. Robinson totaled 153 points, which was well ahead of second-place Newton, who finished with 133. Paris was third with 113, followed by Centralia (105), Fairfield (90), Charleston (85), Paris JV (61) and Robinson JV (45).
"Each team played 196 games and received a point for each win," RHS head coach Steve Jenkins said. "The reason why I love this format is every game counts as a point."
Starting fast was a point of emphasis this week for Robinson High School's football team and they couldn't have had a faster start than the one they got Friday night (Sept. 6).
The Maroons scored just 13 seconds into the game, as Dylan York took the opening kickoff and raced 90 yards down the sideline for a touchdown to give RHS a lead they would not relinquish en route to a 35-0 victory over Red Hill in a Little Illini Conference contest.
As if the kickoff return wasn't a good enough start, Robinson would tack on a second score a few minutes later, as the RHS defense forced a three-and-out, then on the fourth play of the ensuing drive, Tyler Beard broke loose for a 54-yard touchdown run to give the Maroons a 14-0 lead at the 7:29 mark of the opening period.
"You can't ask for a much better start than taking the opening kickoff back, then having Beardy house one a couple of plays later," RHS head coach Casey Pinnell said. "It's a good thing we got those two quick scores, because our offense kind of fizzled for a while after that."
Both Crawford County teams finished in the top half of the field, but only one was able to snag some hardware at the Robinson Invitational volleyball tournament Saturday (Sept. 7).
Oblong rolled through pool play unbeaten, then lost in the championship match to finish second. Meanwhile, Robinson went 2-1 in pool play, then dropped the third-place match to finish fourth in the eight-team tournament.
"Wow, what a great day for the Lady Panthers," OHS head coach Pam Johnson said. "We playedas a team with the same goal. I can tell you hundreds of things that we did good. That is the way it should be. I am very proud and so excited as we continue to work together to achieve our goals."
"We continue to have periods of very good play and then periods of not-so-good play," RHS head coach Eric Dean said. "Being a young team that is expected, but I think ours are areas where we should be more consistent. The good thing is when we are on we will be tough for anyone to beat. We did a lot of good things today and there were a lot of very good, competitive games in the tournament. I was very impressed with Oblong and how they did today. Coach Johnson has her team playing very well early on in the season."
Progress may have been made, but it was not enough for Oblong-Palestine-Hutsonville's football team to find the win column.
Despite nearly doubling their offensive output and cutting down their points allowed by more than half from the previous week, OPH still came out on the short end of a 28-14 decision to Farmer City-Blue Ridge Friday night (Sept. 6) in Palestine.
A strong start did not result in the end Lincoln Trail College's volleyball team had hoped, but they still made a solid showing at the Joliet Tournament over the weekend.
The Lady Statesmen opened play with a pair of wins Saturday (Sept. 7), but then lost both of their matches on Sunday (Sept. 8) to finish fourth in the 16-team field.
"The first two games Saturday the girls played great," LTC head coach Dana Goodwin said. "But, during the third set of the Kishwaukee game, J'Amy (Jackson) twisted her ankle, resulting in her to sit out on Sunday. With a new line-up, things didn't work out well in our favor."
Solid individual performances in a talented field led to a middle-of-the-pack finish for Robinson High School's boys' cross country team Saturday (Sept. 7) at the annual Chrisman Cowchip Classic.
In this unique event - which is the only one of its kind in Illinois - each of the team's seven runners run against each other in separate races and scoring is based on each runner's finish in all seven races.
Robinson placed all seven of their runners in the top-10 of their respective flights and finished with a total of 43 points, which placed the Maroons seventh out of 14 full teams that competed. Monticello won the event with 13 points, while Urbana University High was right behind with 14. Paxton-Buckley-Loda (33), St. Joseph-Ogden (33), Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond (40) and Tolono Unity (40) also finished ahead of the Maroons, while Effingham St. Anthony (48), Marshall (59), Teutopolis (70), Cumberland (74), Prairie Central (83), Tuscola (86) and Villa Grove-Heritage (98) completed the field.
A strong start was not enough for Robinson High School's volleyball team to get back in the win column Thursday (Sept. 5).
The Lady Maroons played well throughout most of their non-conference match with Effingham St. Anthony, but let it slip away late in a three-set loss, 25-15, 24-26, 14-25.
"We let one slip away tonight," RHS head coach Eric Dean said. "We were in control up until midway through the second set. They got on a run, we started missing serves and things turned quickly. We have to learn how to put a team away."
Strong play continued for Robinson High School's girls' tennis team Thursday (Sept. 5), but unfortunately, it was not enough to get a win this time.
The Lady Maroons played well against a talented Effingham St. Anthony team, but still came out on the short end of a 6-3 decision in their dual match at Washington Park.
"They are extremely well coached and the best team in the Central/Southern Illinois area," RHS head coach Steve Jenkins said. "I was really proud of how well our team played tonight. We were competitive in our matches. Playing a team of this quality will only make us better as we go through our season."