Sports: A look back

Posted 5/22/20

With no new sports going on now or in the near future, here is a look back at what happened this week in local sports in years gone by.

1 year ago — 2019

May 18: Robinson High School’s …

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Sports: A look back

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With no new sports going on now or in the near future, here is a look back at what happened this week in local sports in years gone by.


1 year ago — 2019

May 18: Robinson High School’s baseball team won what was essentially a mini-Little Illini Conference Tournament, as they captured the IHSA Class 2A Newton Regional with a 9-4 win over Newton in the championship game. Levi Hodge led RHS at the plate with a home run, two singles, three runs scored and two runs batted in, while Kade Lassen doubled, singled, knocked in two runs and scored a run. Brayden Childress earned the win on the mound, allowing three runs on six hits and striking out 11 over five innings.

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May 18: Oblong High School’s softball team won a back-and-forth affair over Woodlawn, 6-5, to win the IHSA Class 1A Bluford (Webber Township) Regional. Abbie Dart led OHS with a double, two singles, two runs batted in and two runs scored, while Kenzi McIntosh doubled, singled twice and knocked in a pair of runs. Jenna Bailey picked up the win in relief, allowing a run on three hits and striking out five in four innings of work.

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May 20: Robinson High School senior Cade Slaughter signed a letter-of-intent to continue his baseball career at Hannibal-LaGrange University, a NAIA school in Hannibal, Mo.

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May 21: Former Lincoln Trail College baseball player Jordan Brewer was named Big Ten Player of the Year after batting .358 with 12 home runs, 18 doubles, 52 runs batted in, 51 runs scored and 19 stolen bases in his junior season at the University of Michigan.

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May 23: Robinson High School junior Negus Bogard was the only county athlete out of more than dozen that competed in the preliminary round at the IHSA Class 1A Boys Track State Finals in Charleston that was able to advance to the final round. Bogard qualified for the finals in the 1600 by virtue of winning his heat with a time of 4:25.71.

5 years ago — 2015

May 18: Hutsonville-Palestine’s baseball team overcame a pair of early deficits to post a 16-8 win over Martinsville in the first round of the IHSA Class 1A Cumberland Regional. Brandon Ramsey led the Tigers at the plate with a home run, a single, six runs batted in and two runs scored, while Ben Martinez homered, singled and drove in three runs. Jayden Woodward picked up the win in relief, allowing three runs (one earned) on two hits and striking out eight in six innings.

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May 18: Robinson High School’s baseball team built an early lead, then fell behind late, only to rally in their final at-bat on their way to a 6-5 win over Lawrenceville in the first round of the IHSA Class 2A Lawrenceville Regional. The Maroons held a 3-0 lead after two innings, but trailed 5-3 heading into the seventh, only to rally for three runs to pull out the victory. Logan Miller led RHS at the plate with three singles and two runs scored, while Darin Cox singled twice and knocked in two runs. Cole Wesner earned the win in relief, allowing two runs on two hits and striking out seven in four and two-thirds innings of work.

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May 19: Oblong High School’s softball team rolled to a 7-0 win over Cisne to advance to the championship game of the IHSA Class 1A Red Hill Regional. Baylee Sparks was dominant on the mound, tossing a one-hitter and striking out four over seven innings. Camryn Travis led OHS at the plate with a home run, a double and three runs batted in, while Summer Johnson hit an inside-the-park home run, drove in two runs and scored twice.

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May 21: Robinson High School’s boys’ track team dominated the field on the way to winning their third straight Regional championship after claiming the IHSA Class 1A Lawrenceville Regional. The Maroons won six events and qualified 12 athletes for the state meet in 10 different events. Winning events for RHS were Noah Tennison (1600), Joe Smith (long jump), Jason Richart (discus), the 400 relay team (Phil Salesman, Parker Bopp, Smith, Garrett Blagrave), the 800 relay team (Ethan Hose, Smith, Salesman, Blagrave) and the 3200 relay team (Joey Wright, J.B. Chapman, Tennison, Henry Treadway).

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May 21: Oblong High School’s baseball team rolled to a 9-1 win over Dieterich to advance to the championship game of the IHSA Class 1A Dieterich Regional. Ryan Gill led OHS at the plate with a triple, two singles, two runs batted in and a run scored, while Dawson Maus singled three times, scored two runs and knocked in a run. Maus also earned the win on the mound, allowing a run on four hits and striking out seven in five innings.

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May 23: Oblong High School’s softball team scored the only run of the game in their first at-bat en route to a 1-0 win over Edwards County to win the IHSA Class 1A Bridgeport Regional. Hallie Allen led OHS at the plate with two singles and a run scored, while Camryn Travis singled and knocked in a run. Emily Lockhart tossed a two-hitter to earn the win, while recording nine strikeouts over seven innings.

10 years ago — 2010

May 18: Hutsonville-Palestine’s baseball team scored an upset win over Red Hill, 3-1, in the first round of the IHSA Class 1A Red Hill Regional. Luke Mehler went the distance to earn the win for the Tigers, allowing a run on one hit and striking out 11 in seven innings. Decoda Halter led Hutsonville-Palestine at the plate with two singles, a run batted in and a run scored, while Grant Kiger singled and drove in a run.

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May 18: Three members of Robinson High School’s boys’ tennis team earned All-Apollo Conference honors, while the team finished second in the conference tournament. Austin Siler finished third in singles, while the doubles team of Branden Kurzeja and Aaron Siler also finished third.

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May 19: Lincoln Trail College freshman Tessa Johnson is leaving the Lady Statesmen after one season to continue her career at Marshall University, joining fellow Lady Statesman Lateidra Elliott, who also signed to play at Marshall.

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May 19: Robinson High School senior Dani Phillippe signed a letter-of-intent to continue her softball career at Kaskaskia College.

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May 20: Oblong junior Taylor Krick was the lone Crawford County athlete to advance to the finals from the preliminary round at the IHSA Class 1A Girls Track State Finals in Charleston. Krick competed in four events, but qualified for the finals in just one, as she advanced by winning her flight in the long jump at 16-4.25, which was ninth-best overall.

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May 21: Seven members of the Robinson High School boys’ track team and one from Oblong will compete at the state meet following their performances at the Robinson Sectional. Winning for RHS were Chase Dugan (800), Brady Harp (3200) and Austin Weck (triple jump), while also advancing were Austin Dart (3200), Garrett Kimmel (110 hurdles), Blake Hale (1600) and Steven Salesman (pole vault). Advancing from Oblong was Tres Mehler, who finished second in the 3200 hurdles.

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May 22: Oblong’s Taylor Krick finished seventh at the IHSA Class 1A Girls Track State Finals with a distance of 16-9.75 in the long jump. Krick also earned OHS three team points, which tied the Lady Panthers for 56th among the 71 teams that scored in the meet.

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May 22: Robinson High School senior Austin Siler became the first RHS boys’ tennis player to advance to state since 2002 after finishing second in singles play at the IHSA Effingham St. Anthony Sectional.

25 years ago — 1995

May 18: Four school records were broken by Nuttall Middle School athletes while competing at the Southern Illinois Junior High School Association Class L State Meet in Marion. The boys’ team broke one record and finished fourth, while the girls’ team broke three records despite finishing 13th. In the boys’ meet, Tad Hughlett won the 100 hurdles (14.0) and long jump (19-2.75), finished second in the high jump (5-11) and fifth in the 100 (11.8), while accounting for 21 of Robinson’s 21.67 points in the meet. The rest of Robinson’s points came from Andy Wheeler and Adam Williamson, who were involved in a three-way tie for sixth in the pole vault. In the girls’ meet, Marci Neely led NMS by finishing third in the 100 (13.3) and 200 (27.8), while Kelly Jared was fifth in the 1600 (5:59.3), Stephanie Miller was sixth in the high jump (4-8) and Nicki Stone was eighth in the 100 hurdles (16.95).

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May 19: Robinson High School’s boys’ track team dominated the field at the IHSA Class A Robinson Sectional, placing in 17 of 18 events and qualifying for state in 14 of them en route to a Sectional championship. Kyle Johnson won three events (100, 200, 400) despite a sore hamstring, while he was also a member of the 400 relay team that won along with B.J. Stephens, Duane Neely and Brian Culp. Also winning for RHS were Chad Veenstra (1600), Brian Cain (300 hurdles), Patrick Cork (3200) and the 3200 relay team (Dusty Childress, Chris Reis, Charlie Rinesmith, Veenstra), while others advancing to state were the 1600 relay team (Rinesmith, Culp, Branden Lewis, Neely), Cain (110 hurdles), Jeremie Hughlett (long jump), the 800 relay team (Neely, Rinesmith, Culp, Lewis), Brandon Hoalt (pole vault) and Justin Weger (shot put).

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May 19: Hutsonville High School’s baseball team jumped out to an early lead and never relinquished it in a 5-2 win over county rival Palestine in the opening round of the IHSA Class A Regional. Justin Bloomer led HHS at the plate with a 3-for-3 effort, including a home run and three runs batted in, while Ben Drake went 3-for-4. Caleb Piersall earned the win on the mound, allowing two runs on three hits and striking out six in seven innings. Scott Ham and Mike Ramsey hit solo home runs to account for the offense for PHS, while Ramsey also took the loss on the mound after giving up five runs on eight hits and striking out seven in six innings.

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May 20: A solo home run accounted for the only run of the game in Robinson High School’s baseball team’s 1-0 win over Hutsonville in the quarterfinals of the Class A Regional in Robinson. Brett Schrey’s solo home run in the fourth inning accounted for the game’s only run, while Duane Correll tossed a two-hitter and struck out six to earn the win on the mound for RHS. Cory Sheets and Fred Strohm had a base hit apiece for HHS, while Eric Atwood suffered the hard-luck loss after giving up a run on four hits in six innings.

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May 20: A four-run second inning gave Oblong High School’s softball team the separation they needed in a 5-0 win over Palestine at the IHSA Class A Regional. Stacey Bachelor led OHS at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a run batted in and a run scored, while Stacey Jennings got the win on the mound after allowing two hits and striking out three over seven innings. Patty Conover collected both hits for PHS, while Carol Brashear was tagged with the loss after allowing five runs on five hits and striking out two.

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May 22: Another pitcher’s duel went the way of Robinson High School’s baseball team, as the Maroons outlasted Cumberland, 2-1, in 10 innings in the semifinals of the IHSA Regional at Robinson. Brett Schrey scored the winning run for RHS after being hit by a pitch, advancing to second on an error and scoring on a base hit by Duane Correll in the bottom of the 10th. Tony Graham picked up the win in relief, tossing three scoreless innings, including striking out the side in the top of the 10th to set up the Maroons’ heroics in the bottom of the inning.

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May 22: Oblong High School’s softball team jumped out to an early lead and never let up in a 13-0 win over Marshall in the semfinals of the IHSA Class A Regional. Kamee Hoke led OHS at the plate, as she just missed hitting for the cycle. Hoke went 3-for-4, including a home run and triple, while Erin Glezen also had a home run. Stacey Jennings tossed a three-hitter to earn the win, facing just three batters over the minimum in five innings of work.

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May 23: Four runs in the top of the sixth gave Robinson High School’s baseball team a 7-4 lead, but Newton rallied for a run in the sixth and three in the seventh to end the Maroons’ season in the championship game of IHSA Class A Regional. Robinson ended its season 21-7, just one win shy of tying the school record for victories in a season.

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