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.
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."
Just as they had the previous two meetings this season, the team on the east side of the county scored a win in a battle of Crawford County rivals.
Hutsonville-Palestine's boys' basketball team made it a clean sweep of rival Oblong following a 74-63 win at Hutsonville Friday night in the regular season finale for both teams.
It was the third win of the season for the Tigers over the Panthers, as they also won 81-68 at the Little Okaw Valley Conference Tournament Jan. 18 and at the annual Crawford County Shrine Game Jan. 31, 50-44.
Basketball games aren't always decided by layups and free throws, but when Robinson High School's boys' basketball team is involved, the result almost always is determined by layups and free throws.
The short-handed Maroons - who were without starter Ethan Shidler and reserve Nick Weber due to illness - battled a solid Sullivan, Ind., team for 32 minutes, but were unable to cash in around the basket or at the free throw line as often as they needed to and came out on the short end of a 68-59 decision in their regular season finale.
"We made those shots against Marshall (in a 70-58 win Tuesday night), but we didn't tonight," RHS head coach Mack Thompson said. "But, for us to shoot as poorly as we did from the free throw line, go 2-13 from three and all the missed shots we had around the basket and to score 59 points and only lose by nine without Weber and Shidler, that shows how hard our guys played."