Robinson High School senior Sydni Bailey signed her letter-of-intent to continue her volleyball career at Lincoln Trail College next season. Bailey is pictured alongside her parents, Carol Reeter (left) and Curtis Bailey (right), while in back are RHS head volleyball coach Eric Dean (left) and LTC head volleyball coach Dana Goodwin (right). (Josh Brown photo)
Solid play from start to finish kept Lincoln Trail College's men's basketball team unbeaten on the young season and earned the Statesmen a conference victory in the process.
The Statesmen played well early, then fell behind at halftime, only to put together a huge second half to pull away from visiting Lake Land College for an 86-73 win in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference opener for both teams (Nov. 14).
"It feels great to start (league play) with a win," LTC head coach Luke Stuckey said. "This was a really important win for our team. To not only win our first region game, but to win at home and defend our home court is huge for us."
Strong starts can be crucial to a team's success and Lincoln Trail College's women's basketball team used that to their advantage Wednesday night (Nov. 14).
The Lady Statesmen played well from start to finish and opened up Great Rivers Athletic Conference play with a 71-57 win over visiting Lake Land College.
"It could have easily gone the other way and we'd be singing a different tune," LTC head coach Scott Sparks said. "But, the people who needed to get off to a good start did and that set the tone for the rest of the night. It was a good win for us to start league play."
First games always tend to be rough and Tuesday night (Nov. 13)'s battle between Crawford County teams definitely was at times.
But, Robinson High School's girls' basketball team was able to gain traction a little bit better than Palestine-Hutsonville and the Lady Maroons came away with a 39-23 victory in the season opener for both teams.
"We got the first game out of the way and everyone got in, which was my goal," RHS head coach Sherry Bopp said. "This gives us something to build on and move forward with."
"We just went in spurts," PHS-HHS head coach Travis Blank said. "We did some good things for a little bit, then we would struggle for stretches. But, the girls kept fighting until the end, which was good to see."
Points were hard to come by for Oblong High School's girls' basketball team Monday night (Nov. 12), but they were able to pick up the pace as the game went on and eventually put up enough points to win their season opener.
The Lady Panthers overcame a rough first half and rallied past Red Hill for a 46-39 win in the non-conference contest.
"It wasn't pretty, but we got the job done," OHS head coach Tim Johnson said. "We got off to a slow start, but we picked things up in the third quarter. Then we made some big shots in the fourth quarter to help seal the win."
Although it wasn't quite as dominating as the weekend before, Lincoln Trail College's men's basketball team was still able to pick up two more wins at the Olney Central College Blue Knight Classic to remain unbeaten on the young season.
The Statesmen pulled out a 78-71 win over Malcolm X College on Friday (Nov. 9), then pulled away from Clark State on Saturday (Nov. 10) for an 85-58 victory to move to 4-0 on the season.
"We definitely have gained a lot of confidence," LTC head coach Luke Stuckey said. "We are learning how to win games and figuring out a lot about our team. It (playing these four games at Olney over the past two weekends) has given our squad a great understanding of what their role is and how they fit in to what we are doing."
More than a dozen football players from Crawford County were recognized for their efforts on the field this past season by being named to one of their respective conferences' All-Conference teams.
Oblong-Palestine-Hutsonville had 10 players named to at least one of the All-Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division teams, while Robinson had four players selected to one of the All-Little Illini Conference squads.
Just over a half-dozen volleyball players from Crawford County were recognized for their play on the court this past season by being named to their respective All-Conference teams recently.
Robinson had four players chosen to the All-Little Illini Conference teams, while Hutsonville-Palestine had two named to the All-Little Okaw Valley Southeast Division teams and Oblong had one representative.