Robinson High School's boys' cross country team won the Little Illini Conference Meet Tuesday(Oct. 11) at Lawrenceville. The Maroons placed four runners among the top 10 overall to edge Lawrenceville-Red Hill by two points. Pictured are: (front L-R) Gordon Pinkston, Wyatt Bonnell, Lukas Baird, Joey Wright, Kobe Lorance, Maverick Wright and Zach Buttolph. In back are: (L-R) head coach Tony Cork, Lucas Blunier, Will Hawkins, Trayton Tragesser, Morgan Beabout, Riley Guyer and assistant coach Jay Jared. Not pictured was Koty Amdahl.
What appeared to be a mismatch on paper was anything but in the first half Friday night, Oct. 14.
Oblong High School's football team had its hands full with a fired up Martinsville team early on, but the Panthers got rolling in the second half and pulled away for a 53-28 win in the Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division contest.
"We didn't play very well at all in the first half," OHS head coach Travis Reider said. "Martinsville played hard and played well. They gave us everything we wanted for a half. But, we made some adjustments at halftime and played much better in the second half."
A two-minute stretch just before halftime put Palestine-Hutsonville's football team in a hole they could not get out of Friday night, Oct. 14.
The Pioneers trailed just 6-3 with two and a half minutes to play before halftime, but two touchdowns in a span of 2:11 of clock time gave Tri-County a 21-3 halftime lead and the Pioneers couldn't recover, resulting in a 35-19 loss in the Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division contest.
"We were right there," PHS-HHS head coach Mike Monan said. "This game was winnable and we had our opportunities."
Another strong effort resulted in a strong finish for Robinson High School's boys' cross country team Saturday, Oct. 15.
The Maroons placed two runners among the top 25 runners in a deep and talented field, helping RHS to a third-place finish at the 45-team Patriot Invitational in Peoria.
Robinson scored 180 points in the meet, which placed them behind only Elmwood-Brimfield, who won with 164 and St. Joseph-Ogden, who was second at 179. Lawrenceville-Red Hill finished fourth at 199, while Athens (207), Illini West (237), Carlinville (262), Mercer County (306), El Paso-Gridley (314) and Sterling Newman Central Catholic (323) rounded out the top 10.
"We didn't run poorly, but we scored well despite not running our best team race," RHS head coach Tony Cork said. "It was plenty warm Saturday. I have been going up there a long time and we'd never had to run into a strong south wind like we did. It definitely made things interesting."
It was a slow start but a strong finish for Robinson High School's volleyball team at the Edwards County Tournament Saturday, Oct. 15.
The Lady Maroons dropped both of their matches in pool play to start the day, only to come back with three straight wins to finish first in the Bronze Flight.
Robinson opened with losses to Edwards County (12-25, 23-25) and Marshall (10-25, 25-20, 13-15), before rebounding to beat Mt. Carmel (25-6, 25-20), Casey-Westfield (25-23, 26-24) and Wayne City (25-15, 25-17).
"After a slow start to the day, we played pretty good volleyball in the afternoon," RHS head coach Eric Dean said. "Edwards County is a good team. We hung with them the second set, they just made some nice plays in the end to win. We were horrible against Marshall in the first set. We bounced back and almost pulled that one out. We were very good against Mt. Carmel. We were on from the start. The Casey win was a big one for us. They had beaten us a few weeks ago and we'll play them in regionals. It was nice ending the day with the win against Wayne City, although Abby Chipman was injured in that game and we aren't sure of her status for this week."
It was a near carbon-copy for Robinson High School's volleyball team Thursday night (Oct. 13), but once again the Lady Maroons came out on the right side of things.
The Lady Maroons played their second straight close, three-set, Little Illini Conference match and were able to come up with a win, this time over Paris 23-25, 26-24, 25-22.
"It was another exciting and entertaining game tonight," RHS head coach Eric Dean said. "For the most part, we played well. We went through streaks where we were off in all three sets, but made some big plays at key times to get the win."
A strong start was not enough to get Hutsonville-Palestine's volleyball team back in the win column Thursday, Oct. 13.
The Lady Tigers played well early, but faltered late in a 25-21, 20-25, 13-25 loss at Heritage in Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division play.
"In the first set we looked good and in the second set we still played well but started slow," HHS-PHS head coach Jolene Crippes-Callaway said. "In the third set, we beat ourselves with unforced errors."
Scores were close, but when the dust settled, Hutsonville-Palestine's boys' cross country team found itself in second place in a meet at Paris Thursday, Oct. 13.
The Tigers finished the meet with 59 points, which trailed only Newton, who won with 50. Casey-Westfield and Paris each finished with 62 points, while Tri-County did not have enough runners to post a team score.
Four of the top five runners earned all-conference honors for Robinson High School's boys' cross country team, leading the Maroons to the Little Illini Conference championship Tuesday, Oct. 11, in Lawrenceville.
Robinson placed four runners among the top 10 on their way to scoring 40 team points and edge Lawrenceville-Red Hill, who came in second with 42. Olney finished third with 76 points, followed by Marshall (83), Paris (146), Newton (152) and Casey-Westfield (164).
"I figured it would be really close and it was really close," RHS head coach Tony Cork said. "Lawrenceville's kids ran well and our kids ran well. It made it pretty exciting. We hung in there pretty well and got the job done. It was truly and team effort and we were glad to get the win."