Nuttall Middle School's eighth grade volleyball team won the Little Eastern Illini Conference Tournament over the weekend in Newton. The Lady Raiders won matches over Marshall (25-19, 25-20), Casey-Westfield (14-25, 25-9, 15-7) and Jasper County (25-19, 15-25, 15-13) to claim the title.
It took longer to get going than they wanted, but once Lincoln Trail College's men's basketball team got started, there was no stopping them.
The Statesmen shook off a sluggish start by putting together a huge run late in the first half and rolled to an 87-74 win over Lewis & Clark Community College to close out the regular season Wednesday night.
The two teams traded baskets during the opening minutes, but a 15-6 run by Lewis & Clark - including seven in a row at the end - gave the Trailblazers a 22-11 lead with 10:57 remaining.
After a time-out, LTC brought their starters back in that had been subbed out during a rough stretch minutes earlier. The starters responded once they got back in the game, as the Statesmen put together a 31-6 run over the next 10 minutes that turned the tide in their favor for good.
"We talked before the game about being active defensively, being active with our hands and feet, communicating and rebounding and we weren't doing that early on," LTC head coach Luke Stuckey said. "We subbed in five new guys and once the starters went back in, they got the point and we did a great job defensively and offensively from that point on."
Ramping things up on the defensive end helped Robinson High School's boys' basketball team pull away for an opening-round victory to start the postseason Monday night.
The Maroons shook off a shaky start by concentrating on the defensive end, as they took out the host team, Paris, with a 55-38 win at the IHSA Class 2A Paris Regional.
"Our guys did a good job of ramping up the pressure and they did a good job guarding without fouling," RHS head coach Mack Thompson said. "Paris hit some threes to stay in it, but we were able to maintain control in the second half."
Winning close games has been a difficult proposition for Lincoln Trail College's men's basketball team this season and winning games at all has been difficult recently, but the Statesmen were able to accomplish both Monday night.
Lincoln Trail was able to snap a six-game losing streak on the road, as they edged Shawnee Community College, 58-56, in a Great Rivers Athletic Conference contest.
The season was going to end one way or another Saturday for Robinson High School senior Jeff Hermann, but it came to a close faster than he had hoped.
After splitting matches on Thursday and winning his lone match on Friday to make it to the final day, Hermann saw his season and his career end one match short of the medal round at the IHSA Class 1A Wrestling State Finals.
It wasn't the prettiest performance of the season for Lincoln Trail College's women's basketball team, but it was effective enough to get in the win column Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Statesmen used a strong start to build an early lead, then used a solid fourth quarter to secure a 63-54 win over John A. Logan College in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference contest on Sophomore Day.
"It was good to get a win on Sophomore Day," LTC head coach Scott Sparks said. "Any win is a good win and this was one of those games we just had to grind out. It was good to send the sophomores out with a win in their final home game."