Robinson High School senior Brayden Childress recently signed his letter-of-intent to continue his baseball career at Rend Lake College. Childress is pictured alongside Rend Lake assistant coach Drew Millwood, while in back are: (L-R) RHS assistant coach Khristian Reynolds, his mother, Cher, his father, Justin, RHS head coach Reggie Truitt and assistant coach Dale Mendenhall. (Josh Brown photo)
As Robinson High School's baseball program continues to rise, so have the opportunities for their players to continue their careers at the next level.
The latest to take that step is senior Brayden Childress, who recently signed his letter-of-intent to play at Rend Lake College after his RHS career is finished.
"This has been a lifelong dream of mine to play in college," Childress said. "To see it come true is awesome."
"Once again, the RHS baseball program and everyone involved is really proud of one of our guys," RHS head coach Reggie Truitt said. "Brayden is a great young man with a lot of talent and a ton of potential. Two signings in two weeks (Kade Lassen recently signed to play at Lincoln Trail College) is something that doesn't happen often and we're enjoying the moment."
County rivalry games are meant to be close and Tuesday night (Nov. 26)'s game between Crawford County rivals certainly was.
When the dust settled, it was the visiting squad that came out on top this time, as Oblong High School's girls' basketball team opened play in the Lady Maroons Thanksgiving Invitational with a 55-47 win over host Robinson.
"The biggest thing I take away from this game is we didn't have the intensity we normally play with in the first half, but in the second half, we were a totally different team," OHS head coach Kaydie Grooms said. "To see that growth and to be able to make that adjustment was a huge step for us."
"We are still struggling with chemistry and figuring out where everyone is supposed to be," RHS head coach Sherry Bopp said. "It's taken longer than what I had hoped, but I believe it will happen for us and we will be a better team as the season goes on."
Winning three of four quarters was not enough to put Robinson High School's boys' basketball team in the win column Tuesday night (Nov. 26).
The Maroons outscored Mattoon in three of the four periods, but were outscored by 20 in the one period they lost, which put RHS in a hole they would not climb out of in a 70-59 loss at the Effingham St. Anthony Turkey Tournament.
"We can't give up 70 points, especially to a team that lost nearly everyone from a varsity standpoint from last year," RHS head coach Mack Thompson. We didn't guard anybody and we did a poor job rotating. We were pretty poor on that end tonight."
First matches can be tough and Monday (Nov. 25)'s certainly was for Robinson High School's wrestling team, but the Maroons were able to perform well enough to open the season with a victory, as they downed Charleston in a dual match, 48-30, in the RHS gym.
"We had a lot of mat rust tonight, as the kids hadn't wrestled since last February," RHS head coach Tanner Keeler said. "But, all of the kids did a great job of competing. Even in our losses, the kids did a great job of staying the match. I was proud of our effort."
Following a rough start to the season last week, Oblong High School's girls' basketball team was able to get its feet under them Monday night (Nov. 25) and found their way into the win column in the process.
The Lady Panthers picked up their first victory of the season with a 53-50 win at Union-Dugger, Ind.
Missed opportunities proved costly for Robinson High School's boys' basketball team and spoiled a strong effort in their season opener Monday night (Nov. 25).
The Maroons played well throughout most of their first pool play game at the Effingham St. Anthony Turkey Tournament, but they could not close the deal and wound up on the short end of a 62-54 decision to Teutopolis.
"They hit some big shots when they needed to and we had some looks that didn't fall," RHS head coach Mack Thompson said. "That was the big difference in the game. "We had some point blank shots that if we hit those and we make some free throws, the outcome could have been different."