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December 12, 2017

Statesman Slam
Statesman Slam
Lincoln Trail's Kendall Jones (3) finishes off one of several slam dunks he had against Ivy Tech Dec. 6. Jones posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Statesmen in their 93-81 win. (Josh Brown photo)

Statesmen pull away from Ivy Tech, 93-81
They don't all have to be pretty to land in the win column and Wednesday (Dec. 6)'s game certainly wasn't a work of art, but it was good enough for Lincoln Trail College's men's basketball team back in the win column.

A short-handed Statesmen squad was missing several regular rotation players, but managed to put together a big second half to pull away from Ivy Tech Community College for a 93-81 victory.

"This was the right game at the right time," LTC head coach Luke Stuckey said. "With our injury situation, we had some guys playing positions they hadn't played before, but we got some guys some confidence and found a way to win. It was a good win for us."

Monday, December 11, 2017

Lady Statesmen rally past Lewis & Clark, 58-54
A game full of runs and momentum swings ended in the favor of Lincoln Trail College's women's basketball team Wednesday (Dec. 6).

The Lady Statesmen shook off a rough start and rallied for a 58-54 win over visiting Lewis & Clark Community College in a see-saw affair.

"It was a grinder," LTC head coach Scott Sparks said. "I'm pretty happy with this one. This was a big win for us."

Monday, December 11, 2017

Lady Panthers roll past Lawrenceville, 61-40
Hot shooting from the outside propelled Oblong High School's girls' basketball team to another win Tuesday night (Dec. 5).

The Lady Panthers picked up their fourth straight win, rolling past Lawrenceville 61-40 in non-conference action.

"We played well," OHS head coach Tim Johnson said. "We made 11 more threes. We've now hit 24 in our last two games."

Monday, December 11, 2017

Maroons falter late in 61-45 loss at Mt. Carmel in non-conference action
A close game got away from Robinson High School's boys' basketball team late Tuesday night (Dec. 5).

Robinson and Mt. Carmel traded punches for much of the first three quarters, but the Golden Aces were able to deliver some knockout blows late, sending the Maroons to a 61-45 loss in the non-conference contest.

"We didn't shoot the ball well, but that is going to happen sometimes," RHS head coach Mack Thompson said. "But we have to do a better job with the silly turnovers and fundamental breakdowns. I also have no idea where our help side defense went tonight. We gave up too many open drives to the basket."

Monday, December 11, 2017

Panthers lose to Lawrenceville, 79-47
Two teams in search of their first win took the to the court Tuesday night (Dec. 5), but the game ended up not being as close as the records indicated.

Both Oblong and Lawrenceville's boys' basketball teams came into their non-conference game still searching for their first win of the season and unfortunately for the Panthers, it was the visiting Indians who came out on top, as they handed the Panthers a 79-47 defeat.

"We came out tonight and liked the matchup we had, but they (Lawrenceville) just controlled the tempo from the tipoff," OHS head coach Ryan Cheek said. "We put together a fairly strong first quarter and then after that their pressure got the best of us and we began to throw the ball away."

Monday, December 11, 2017

Lady Pioneers can't keep pace with Casey-Westfield in 46-26 loss
A slow start put Palestine-Hutsonville's girls' basketball team in a hole they could not climb out of Tuesday night (Dec. 5).

The Lady Pioneers lost their sixth game in as many tries this season, falling to Casey-Westfield, 46-26, in the non-conference contest.

Monday, December 11, 2017

H-P's Alspach to play volleyball at LTC
Another standout player from Crawford County has decided to stay home to continue her volleyball career.

Hutsonville High School senior Mandi Alspach recently signed a letter-of-intent to play at Lincoln Trail College next season.

"It feels good to be able to say I'm a college volleyball player because it's been a goal of mine throughout high school," Alspach said. "I decided my freshman year that I wanted to play in college because that's when I started club volleyball and really got more serious about it."

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Lady Panthers roll past Dieterich, 59-34, for third straight victory
Two big quarters helped propel Oblong High School's girls' basketball team to another victory Monday (Dec. 4).

The Lady Panthers jumped out to a big lead and rolled past Dieterich, 59-34, in non-conference action for their third straight victory.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Lady Statesmen beat LBU JV, 64-46
Strong play throughout the first three quarters helped Lincoln Trail College's women's basketball team get back in the win column Monday (Dec. 4).

The Lady Statesmen stepped out of conference and were able to snap a four-game losing skid with a 66-48 victory at Lindenwood-Belleville JV.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Offensive struggles continue for Lady Maroons in 47-17 loss to CW
Scoring continues to be an issue for Robinson High School's girls' basketball team.

The Lady Maroons were once again held under 20 points and the end result was a 47-17 loss to Casey-Westfield in Little Illini Conference play (Dec. 4).

Thursday, December 07, 2017

LOVC exodus has OHS, Pal/Hut searching
Once again, Oblong High School and the Palestine/Hutsonville co-op are looking for a new home, but this time it was not their decision.

A mass exodus last week from the Little Okaw Valley Conference has left the Crawford County schools searching for what is best for their student-athletes in the future.

This development comes just three years after the local schools departed the Little Illini Conference for the LOVC, citing competition against schools more their size.

A total of 15 schools out of the 19 that are members of the LOVC decided to submit letters of withdrawal last week, citing a variety of reasons.

"At this time, there is a restructuring of the conference and schools are doing what they feel is in the best interest of their students and communities," Matt Shoaff, principal at Okaw Valley High School and president of the LOVC said in a press release issued Friday (Dec. 1).

Thursday, December 07, 2017

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