Robinson High School senior Jake Powell recently signed a letter-of-intent to continue his football career at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute. Powell (front, center) is pictured along with his parents, Rheana and Brant, while in back are RHS head football coach Tim Nolen (left) and Powell's sister, Katy (right). (Josh Brown photo)
The love of the game and a chance to get a good college education helped make the decision on where to continue his football career a fairly easy one for Robinson High School senior Jake Powell.
Those two factors led Powell to make the decision to play college football at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
"This is a continuation of what I love to do," Powell said. "I don't feel like I am done playing. I've always wanted to play college football, plus the educational opportunity (at Rose-Hulman) will be incredible."
Two games had two totally different results for Robinson High School's boys' basketball team over the weekend.
The Maroons continued their strong play against Little Illini Conference foes with a 60-49 win over Red Hill Friday night (Feb. 10), but then ran into a buzzsaw at the Wooden Shoe Shootout in Teutopolis Saturday (Feb. 11), resulting in an 89-56 loss to Danville.
Getting back on the winning track was the goal and that's exactly what Oblong High School's boys' basketball team accomplished Friday night (Feb. 10).
After letting one slip away in a loss to Heritage-Villa Grove Tuesday night, the Panthers rebounded with a solid effort and a 54-47 win over Cumberland in Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division play.
"Overall, I thought we played really well," OHS head coach Gregg Brooks said. "We were a little sluggish early, but the kids played hard in the second half. Our defense went to another level in the third quarter and I think they (Cumberland) got tired and that was the difference in the game."
It was a rough weekend for Hutsonville-Palestine's boys' basketball team, as they suffered a pair of narrow defeats.
The Tigers dropped a Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division contest to Martinsville, 56-55, on Friday (Feb. 10), then fell short to Neoga, 50-46, in the LOVC-NTC Shootout Saturday (Feb. 11) at Cumberland.
The effort was there, but unfortunately the results were not what Robinson High School's wrestling team had hoped for over the weekend.
Robinson picked up a few wins, but could not string enough of them together to advance anyone from the IHSA Class 1A Vandalia Sectional to the state finals.
Five wrestlers combined to earn four wins in consolation bracket action, with one coming up just one victory shy of reaching the state meet.
"While I am a bit disappointed that we did not get anyone through to state, I am very happy with the effort the kids gave us this weekend," RHS head coach Joe Cunningham said. "In fact, we have been very blessed by the effort of the entire team this season. The boys all wrestled very hard and competed in each match and that is all we could have hoped for."
A berth in a regional championship game was within reach for Oblong High School's girls' basketball team Wednesday night (Feb. 8), but it slipped away late.
The Lady Panthers led at all quarter stops but the one that counts the most and ended up falling short in a 46-35 loss to Altamont in the semifinals of the IHSA Class 1A Effingham St. Anthony Regional.
"I couldn't be more proud of how hard the girls fought tonight," OHS interim coach Tim Johnson said. "We pretty much led most of the game, we just couldn't hold on in the fourth quarter."
It was a tale of two halves for Lincoln Trail College's women's basketball team Wednesday night (Feb. 8).
The Lady Statesmen had a strong start to their game at Shawnee Community College and held a six-point halftime lead, but they were outscored 42-26 in the second half en route to a 70-60 loss in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference contest.
Offense was a problem for one team but not the other, which spelled bad news for Lincoln Trail College's men's basketball team Wednesday (Feb. 8).
The Statesmen struggled to find the basket for much of the night, while host Shawnee Community College had little trouble hitting shots, resulting in a 91-57 loss for LTC in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference contest.
After losing by 30 points in their first meeting a little over a month ago at the First Financial Wabash Valley Classic, Robinson High School's boys' basketball team was out to prove they were better that performance in Tuesday night's (Feb. 7) rematch with Terre Haute North in Robinson.
That's exactly what the Maroons did, but unfortunately they still came up just a bit short, as they fell on a buzzer-beater, 54-52.
"The guys fought and fought and kept battling," RHS head coach Mack Thompson. "They executed their play really well at the end and we bit on it. You hate to see a game like this one end because it was a fun game to be a part of. I loved our energy and our fight. I wish we could have gotten this one."
Keeping pace with one of the top teams in the area is easier said than done.
Robinson High School's girls' basketball team was able to stay with Marshall for awhile, but could not hang around for the entire game on their way to a 63-28 loss in the semifinals of the IHSA Class 2A Regional at Marshall (Feb. 7).