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Oblong-Palestine-Hutsonville's Sam Brian works to maintain control of Mt. Carmel's Brian Kessinger during Tuesday night's dual match in Mt. Carmel. Brian won the match, 9-6, to provide the winning points for OPH in their 39-36 win. Amy Teska | Daily News

OPH wrestlers win opener at Mt. Carmel, 39-36

By JOSH BROWN
| November 23, 2022

The first-ever match for the Oblong-Palestine-Hutsonville wrestling co-op was a successful one, as they picked up a win in the first-ever dual match for the program. OPH kicked off its season at Mt. Carmel Tuesday and came away with a 39-36 win.

RHS wrestlers open season with 59-22 win over Charleston

By JOSH BROWN
| November 23, 2022

Depth proved to be a key factor for Robinson High School’s wrestling team in their first match of the season Monday. The Maroons placed a wrestler in every weight class, which helped RHS earn five forfeit victories out of the 10 wins they scored on the night, en route to a 59-22 win at Charleston in the season opener for both teams.

Statesmen hold off Rend Lake for 67-60 win

By JOSH BROWN
| November 23, 2022

A strong first half propelled Lincoln Trail College’s men’s basketball team to yet another win Tuesday night, but it wasn’t easy. The Statesmen built a big first half lead, then had to stave off a late rally to score a 67-60 win over Rend Lake College in their Great Rivers Athletic Conference opener.

Lady Statesmen fall at Rend Lake, 78-56

By JOSH BROWN
| November 23, 2022

Three-plus quarters of solid basketball was not quite enough for Lincoln Trail College’s women’s basketball team to find its way back into the win column Tuesday night. The Lady Statesmen hung right with host Rend Lake College into the fourth quarter, but faltered late en route to a 78-56 loss in a Great Rivers Athletic Conference and Region 24 contest.

Robinson's Nate Wernz puts up a shot over a pair of Effingham St. Anthony defenders during Monday night's game at the Effingham St. Anthony Turkey Tournament. Wernz led RHS with 12 points, but the Maroons lost the game, 50-43. Josh Brown | Daily News

Maroons drop season opener to St. Anthony, 50-43

By JOSH BROWN
| November 23, 2022

More times than not, the difference between winning and losing comes down to which team executes better and that was the case for Robinson High School’s boys’ basketball team Monday night. The Maroons were unable to convert some easy opportunities, while host Effingham St. Anthony was able to capitalize on the other end, resulting in a 50-43 loss for RHS in the first game of the Effingham St. Anthony Turkey Tournament.

OPH girls lose to North Clay, 53-26

By JOSH BROWN
| November 23, 2022

A slow start spelled doom for Oblong-Palestine-Hutsonville’s girls’ basketball team Monday and it resulted in the first loss of the young season. OPH fell behind early and never recovered in a 53-26 loss to Louisville-North Clay in a non-conference contest in Oblong.

OES 7th girls advance to Regional title game, NMS falls in semis

By JOSH BROWN
| November 23, 2022

One team remained alive in the postseason play and earned a chance at some hardware, while another came up just a bit short in junior high girls’ basketball action Monday night.

OES, HGS-PGS, New Hebron split, NMS drops four in recent junior high boys basketball action

By JOSH BROWN
| November 23, 2022

For the second time in less than a week, Oblong and Hutsonville-Palestine’s junior high boys’ basketball teams squared off against each other and the results the second time around were just like the first time.

Robinson High School senior Paige Sanders signed her letter-of-intent recently to continue her softball career at Danville Area Community College. Sanders was joined by her parents, Pat (left) and Melissa (right), while in back are RHS head softball coach Eric Dean, Sanders' travel coach, Nichole Dunlap and RHS assistant softball coach Gary Kapper. Josh Brown | Daily News

Robinson’s Sanders signs with Danville Area softball

By JOSH BROWN
| November 22, 2022

Being versatile and willing to adapt to any situation can take your far in sports and in life and that is something that has propelled Robinson High School senior Paige Sanders to reach a goal she has been dreaming of for years. Sanders recently signed a letter-of-intent to continue her softball career at Danville Area Community College next year, which is a dream come true.

OPH boys continuing program rebuild

By JOSH BROWN
| November 22, 2022

Building a program takes time and with that comes the need for patience. It also takes a collective effort from all involved in order to make it work. That is the message Oblong-Palestine-Hutsonville boys’ basketball coach Harry Marshall is preaching to his team as he embarks on his second year at the helm of the co-op.

Lincoln Trail's Chris Felix (11) shoots a jumper over a Brescia University JV defender during Friday night's game in Robinson. Felix shared scoring honors for the Statesmen with 14 points and was one one nine players in double figures for LTC in their 121-49 win. Josh Brown | Daily News

Statesmen roll past Brescia JV, 121-49, for 5th straight win

By JOSH BROWN
| November 22, 2022

Strong play continued for Lincoln Trail College’s men’s basketball team Friday night, as they rolled to their fifth straight win. And everyone got into the act for the Statesmen, which made their 121-49 win over Brescia University JV even more enjoyable.

OPH girls outlast Chrisman in overtime, 42-40

By JOSH BROWN
| November 22, 2022

It took an extra period, but Oblong-Palestine-Hutsonville’s girls’ basketball team was able to pick up its second win of the season in as many tries Thursday night. OPH rallied late to force overtime, then was able to win the extra period to pull out a 42-40 victory at Chrisman.

Lady Maroons down Newton, 42-27

By JOSH BROWN
| November 22, 2022

A strong second quarter gave Robinson High School’s girls’ basketball team a lead it would not relinquish Thursday night, as the Lady Maroons picked up their second win in as many tries on the young season. Robinson overcame a sluggish first quarter to take a double-digit lead at halftime en route to a 42-27 win at Newton in a non-conference contest.

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November 22, 2022

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Lady Statesmen fall short at Ancilla, 50-42

By JOSH BROWN
| November 22, 2022

A double-digit halftime deficit proved too much for Lincoln Trail College’s women’s basketball team Friday, as a late comeback attempt fell short in a 50-42 loss to Ancilla College.

Junior high boys basketball teams compete recently

By JOSH BROWN
| November 22, 2022

All junior high boys’ basketball teams from Crawford County were in action late last week and several picked up wins, including some at the expense of a fellow local squad.

Junior high girls basketball teams post mixed results

By JOSH BROWN
| November 22, 2022

County rivals met Thursday and the end result was a split between the two teams in junior high girls’ basketball action. Palestine-Hutsonville and Oblong’s girls’ basketball teams squared off in Palestine, with PGS-HGS coming away with a 30-27 double overtime win in the eighth grade game, while Oblong scored a 26-18 victory in the seventh grade game.

Robinson's Wesley Jackson sets to fire a pass downfield during a game earlier this season. Jackson finished his senior season with the Maroons by throwing for 1,839 yards and 16 touchdowns and running for 659 yards and 21 touchdowns on his way to earning Illinois High School Coaches Association Class 3A All-State honors. Josh Brown | Daily News

Robinson’s Jackson named to IHSFCA All-State Team

By JOSH BROWN
| November 17, 2022

Another accolade rolled in for Robinson High School senior Wesley Jackson recently, as he was recognized as one of the best football players in the state in his class. Jackson was one of 18 players named to the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association’s Class 3A All-State Team recently.

Maroons have deep, talented squad

By JOSH BROWN
| November 17, 2022

Size is something that can’t be taught, but it can be fun to work with, especially at the high school level. Robinson High School’s boys’ basketball team has that in droves this season, as there are seven players on the varsity roster listed as 6-3 or taller. Not only that, but the Maroons also return a ton of varsity experience this season which has head coach Mack Thompson excited about the prospects for the upcoming season.

Five LTC soccer players earn All-Region honors

By JOSH BROWN
| November 17, 2022

A handful of Lincoln Trail College soccer players were recognized for their achievements on the pitch this past season by being named recently to the NJCAA All-Region 24 teams.


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