Robinson High School's boys' cross country team collected plenty of hardware Tuesday at the Little Illini Conference Meet, including the team championship. It was the fourth straight year the Maroons have won the team title and the second year in a row they won by just two points. Robinson also had five runners (four boys, one girl) earn individual All-Conference honors in the meet. See Sports on Page 8 for more pictures and details on the meet. (Josh Brown photo)
Less than ideal conditions suited Robinson High School's boys' cross country team just fine at the Patriot Invitational in Peoria Saturday (Oct. 14).
"It was a very interesting day," RHS head coach Tony Cork said. "We had a lightning and thunder delay right before the girls' race, then had a heavy downpour. Officials then decided to run the boys and girls together, which was 605 runners. I was amazed at how good the times were under the circumstances."
The rain and a sloppy track did not seem to bother the Maroons, as they finished fourth out of 40 complete teams in the meet, which is run at the site of the IHSA State Finals, Detweiller Park.
"We had a great day and the kids had a good time with it," Cork said.
A solid day resulted in strong finishes for a pair of Nuttall Middle School cross country runners, including one that was good enough to earn All-State honors at Saturday (Oct. 14)'s IESA Class 2A State Finals in Normal.
Getting beat is one thing. Getting manhandled by the opposition is another.
Both of those things happened to Robinson High School's football team in their 46-7 loss to Paris in their Little Illini Conference contest on Senior Night (Oct. 13) at RHS.
"We just physically got whipped tonight," RHS head coach Tim Nolen said. "We knew they were a strong team, but they were maybe a little stronger than we even thought. (Paris) coach Clodfelter told me they had a great offseason working out and it showed. We on the other hand are very weak and that's what happens when a strong team meets a weak team."
Playing in the postseason was short-lived for Robinson High School's girls' tennis team, as all four entries lost their first matches at the IHSA Class 1A Effingham St. Anthony Sectional Friday (Oct. 13).
Wins have come a bit easier for Robinson High School's volleyball team this week.
After a rough week last week that saw them lose two of three matches, the Lady Maroons picked up their second win in as many tries this week with a 25-15, 25-20 win over Paris in Little Illini Conference play on Senior Night (Oct. 12) at RHS.
"We had another good night," RHS head coach Eric Dean said. "We clicked in most areas."
The effort was better and although the play wasn't the best, it was good enough for Hutsonville-Palestine's volleyball team to pick up a victory Thursday night (Oct. 12).
The Lady Tigers held on to beat Heritage in three sets, 25-22, 20-25, 25-20, in their Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division match on Senior Night at Hutsonville.
"The girls played good," HHS-PHS head coach Shandy Matthews said. "The girls missed a few serves, but our stats look good. I would just like to see our passing percentage higher so we aren't running our setters every where and more importantly so we can get our hitters set up where they hit best, which is close to or on the net. They are still working and doing their best. I love to see the smiles on their faces and excitement from them on the floor."
A lackluster effort resulted in yet another loss for Lincoln Trail College's volleyball team Wednesday (Oct. 11).
The Lady Statesmen were sluggish from the start and the end result was a 9-25, 13-25, 16-25 loss at Southwestern Illinois College.
"We were totally flat and could not get anything going right from the beginning," LTC head coach Dana Goodwin said. "SWIC is a very good team, but we did not bring our A game. We had too many unforced errors and mental mistakes for this point in the season."