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February 28, 2020

LEIC Tourney Champs
LEIC Tourney Champs
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.


Statesmen down Lewis & Clark, 87-74
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."


Friday, February 28, 2020


RHS boys' track fares well at Mt. Zion
Close to a dozen Robinson High School athletes traveled north to kick off their track season with an indoor meet at the new fieldhouse in Mt. Zion Tuesday.

The Maroons had 11 athletes compete in the meet, which did not keep team standings and they fared well.


Friday, February 28, 2020

Maroons fall short to Teutopolis, 63-58
Beating a team three times in a season is never easy and Robinson High School's boys' basketball team made that task as difficult as possible Tuesday night.

The eighth-seeded Maroons gave second-seeded Teutopolis everything they wanted and more, but still came up just short in a 63-58 loss in the semifinals of the IHSA Class 2A Paris Regional.

"I am proud of all of our guys and their efforts tonight," RHS head coach Mack Thompson said. "We just came up a hair short."


Thursday, February 27, 2020

Panthers, Tigers drop regional openers
Two boys' basketball teams from Crawford County saw their postseasons begin and end on the same night on the same floor Tuesday.

Both Oblong and Hutsonville-Palestine opened postseason play at the IHSA Class 1A Bridgeport Regional and both the Panthers and Tigers saw their runs come to an abrupt end.


Thursday, February 27, 2020

Statesmen split twinbills with SUCC
A pair of doubleheaders resulted in a pair of sweeps over the weekend, which was both good and bad for Lincoln Trail College's baseball team.

The Statesmen played a pair of twinbills at Southern Union Community College and got swept in the first set before winning both ends of the second set to salvage a split in the four-game series.


Thursday, February 27, 2020

Maroons pull away from Paris, 55-38
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."


Thursday, February 27, 2020

Lady Statesmen beat Shawnee, 79-72
Closing out the regular season strong was the goal for Lincoln Trail College's women's basketball team and that's exactly what they did Monday night.

The Lady Statesmen finished the regular season on a two-game winning streak following a 79-72 victory at Shawnee Community College in Great Rivers Athletic Conference play.


Thursday, February 27, 2020

Statesmen rally past Shawnee, 58-56
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.


Thursday, February 27, 2020

Robinson's Hermann unable to place at wrestling state finals
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.


Thursday, February 27, 2020

Lady Statesmen beat John A. Logan, 63-54
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."


Thursday, February 27, 2020

Statesmen fall to Logan in OT, 86-83
Although Lincoln Trail College's men's basketball team has proven throughout the season they can play with the best teams in the country, the Statesmen have yet to score that win that proves it.

The Statesmen came oh so close once again Saturday, but saw their upset bid fall just short in an 86-83 loss to 13th-ranked John A. Logan College in overtime, spoiling Sophomore Day at LTC.

"Our guys fought the entire game," LTC head coach Luke Stuckey said. "But, credit John A. Logan, they made plays and free throws down the stretch."


Thursday, February 27, 2020


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