Hutsonville-Palestine's Paige Matthews (21) spikes the ball as teammate and sister Marah (13) looks on, while Oblong's Jalyn Collier and Alyssa Potts attempt to block during Tuesday (Oct. 16)'s Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division match. The Lady Tigers celebrated Senior Night with a win in two sets, 25-15, 25-14. (Josh Brown photo)
Wins continue to elude Lincoln Trail College's volleyball team.
The Lady Statesmen dropped their 11th straight match Wednesday (Oct. 17), losing in three sets at Lake Land College, 17-25, 15-25, 18-25.
"Way too many hitting errors really affected our game," LTC head coach Dana Goodwin said. "We were not playing 'smart' in order to strategically place the ball. We also had a hard time covering the tips on defense."
Another strong performance led to another win for Robinson High School's boys' cross country team.
The Maroons put the finishing touches on another perfect season in regular meets by winning a three-team meet at Mt. Carmel Tuesday (Oct. 16).
Robinson placed four runners among the top eight on their way to scoring 27 points, which placed them ahead of Olney (35) and Mt. Carmel (76). Newton and Casey-Westfield also had runners, but not enough to post team scores.
Sometimes you just get beat by a better team and Tuesday night (Oct. 16) was one of those nights for Robinson High School's volleyball team.
The Lady Maroons hosted Teutopolis for Senior Night, but had their evening spoiled with a two-set loss, 18-25, 12-25.
"We ran in to a good team tonight," RHS head coach Eric Dean said. "They are very big and are a well-coached team. It was Senior Night and it was a special night for our eight girls playing their last home game. Gracie Shidler, Gracie Gower, Lauren Weber, Kenzie Wisdom, Jaedyn Johnson, Amber Hillard, Alex Kirk and Sydni Bailey have not only been outstanding volleyball players, but wonderful leaders and representatives of our school, town and community. These girls all have a strong work ethic and they have a bright future ahead of them."
A back and forth match finally swung back the way of Robinson High School's volleyball team late and allowed the Lady Maroons to pick up a much-needed victory.
Robinson outlasted visiting Charleston in three sets, 25-19, 20-25, 29-27, their non-conference contest Monday (Oct. 15).
"Tonight's game might have been the best game I've ever been a part of," RHS head coach Eric Dean said. "We played so well most of the night. There were a few times where they put together runs, but we fought and fought for every point."
A rough weekend got even rougher for Lincoln Trail College's volleyball team Monday (Oct. 15), as the Lady Statesmen saw their losing streak climb to double digits.
Lincoln Trail dropped all four of their matches at the Illinois Central College Tournament over the weekend (Oct. 12-13), losing to Illinois Central (16-25, 7-25, 22-25) and Lake Land (20-25, 11-25, 16-25) Friday, then falling to Moraine Valley (22-25, 20-25, 23-25) and Wabash Valley (16-25, 25-20, 25-20, 24-26, 9-15) on Saturday.
"I was proud of the girls for finally turning it around on Friday and playing hard and showing their potential, even though the scores don't show it," LTC head coach Dana Goodwin said. "On Saturday, we played two beatable teams and it's frustrating that we get so close and give up at the end. The drive and want to win has been lacking the past couple of weeks."
A pretty successful regular season was followed by a quick end to the postseason for Robinson High School's girls' tennis team over the weekend.
The Lady Maroons participated in the IHSA Class 1A Effingham St. Anthony Sectional (Oct. 13) and picked up one win from each entrant, but were unable to record enough wins to qualify for the state finals.
"We were one of only three teams that had all of the girls win at least one match," RHS head coach Steve Jenkins said. "Our girls lost in either the second or third round to seeded players."
What was a good day on the course for Robinson High School's cross country team ended with a sour taste in their mouths (Oct. 13) at the Peoria Heights Invitational.
Runners from both the boys and girls' teams performed well individually, but there are no team results to show for it.
At the end of the boys' meet, coach Tony Cork was informed that his team had been disqualified for running eight runners in the meet instead of the normal seven. Extra runners normally run in the open race and Robinson had two runners compete in that race. However, Cork was not aware that they were not allowed to run more than seven in the main race prior to the event.
What had the makings of a good, old-fashioned shootout turned into just that Friday night (Oct. 12), but unfortunately for Oblong-Palestine-Hutsonville's football team, they did not have quite enough firepower to come out on top.
OPH scored in every quarter and amassed nearly 300 yards of offense, only to come up a couple of scores short in a 44-32 loss at Cumberland in a Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division contest.
"We played right with them and our guys didn't quit," OPH head coach Mark Ambrose said. "We kept coming back and gave them a game. It was a fun football game."