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LHS girls fall a basket short
PARIS - Lawrenceville High School's girls basketball team came up a basket short Thursday, in the final game of the regular season.

Host Paris outscored LHS 8-5 in the fourth quarter and held off the Lady Indians, 31-29. The Lady Indians finished the season with a 19-10 mark and finished 5-4 in the Little Illini Conference. Paris finished 16-10 overall and concluded the conference season with a 7-2 mark, sharing the conference crown with Flora, Marshall and Olney.

Friday, February 5, 2016
Lady Indians handle Oblong, 63-39
OBLONG - Lawrenceville High School's girls basketball team outscored host Oblong in all four quarters on Tuesday and coasted to a 63-39 victory.

The Lady Indians, in improving to 19-9 with their third straight victory, led by scores of 16-12, 30-23 and 48-27 at the quarter stops. Lawrenceville then outscored the Lady Panthers 15-12 in the fourth period.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Lady Indians hold off Casey
LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrenceville High School junior Morgan Parrish sank two free throws with 18.6 seconds remaining Thursday evening, lifting the Lady Indians to a 50-48 Little Illini Conference win over Casey.

The victory wasn't secured until the Lady Warriors' Conner Cutright missed an open 3-point shot at the final buzzer.

Parrish topped LHS (17-9, 4-3 LIC) with 19 points in the victory, while senior Kelsie Ferrell and junior Brianna Mefford both added 10.

Friday, January 29, 2016
County wrestlers pin Mules
LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrence County's high school wrestling team took no prisoners on Monday, as it closed out the home portion of the schedule with a 57-12 dual meet spanking of Fairfield.

The combined Red Hill-Lawrenceville team claimed six straight contested matches by pin at one point, and won seven of nine contested matches in the meet.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Late run lifts LHS into consolation finals
OLNEY - Lawrenceville High School's girls basketball team used a 10-point scoring run late in the game Wednesday, on the way to a 62-51 win over Casey in the consolation bracket semifinals of the Little Illini Conference Tournament.

The fourth-seeded Lady Indians (16-7) will play third-seeded Paris (12-8) for fifth-place at 5 p.m. today.

Thursday, January 21, 2016
LHS girls stay alive in LIC Tourney
OLNEY - Thanks to an eight-point scoring run in the closing minutes of Monday's game, Lawrenceville High School's girls basketball team is still alive in the consolation bracket of the Little Illini Conference Tournament.

The Lady Indians held Robinson scoreless for nearly five minutes late in the game, on the way to a 49-42 win in consolation bracket action.

While the Lady Maroons (4-16) were eliminated from the tournament, the Lady Indians (15-7) will return to Olney at 6 p.m. Wednesday to face Casey (13-9) in a 6 p.m. consolation semifinal game. Should LHS win, it would face either Red Hill (6-7) or Paris (11-8) in Thursday's 5 p.m. consolation championship contest.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Indians unanimous pick for top seed
LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrenceville High School's basketball team will be the top seed in the Little Illini Conference tournament that it will host starting a week from today in the LHS gym.

All nine of the league's other coaches gave the Indians, ranked seventh in this week's Illinois Class 2A poll by the Associated Press, the No. 1 nod. Lawrenceville, 13-1, is tied with Robinson atop the LIC standings with a 4-0 league mark, and is on a seven-game winning streak.

The Indians will play at 3 p.m. Jan. 23, against either eighth-seeded Newton (6-10, 1-3 LIC) or ninth-seeded Casey (3-9, 1-3 LIC), who will play in an opening round game at 6 p.m. on Jan. 22.

Thursday, January 14, 2016
IHSA honors its coaches
Legendary Glenbrook South High School Boys Tennis coach Larry Faulkner has been named the National High School Boys Tennis Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). Faulkner is the 15th coach in state history to win national honors and the first in the sport of boys' tennis.

"Larry Faulkner has enjoyed incredible success throughout his career, but he should be equally defined by his passion and support of high school tennis in Illinois," said IHSA Assistant Executive Director Shaunda Brown. "He has given back so much to the sport and is a role model for how our younger coaches should present themselves on and off the court."

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
LHS, RHHS face busy weekend
Both Lawrence County high school basketball teams will see double duty this weekend, and both will play one game in the Little Illini Conference.

Lawrenceville's Indians, with a record of 11-1 and winners of four straight games, will travel to Edwards County for LIC play this evening, then take part in the Effingham Shootout at 2:30 p.m. Saturday against Troy-Triad.

Red Hill's Salukis enter the weekend with a 6-8 record. The Salukis hope to get back to .500 after hosting Newton in LIC play this evening, then traveling to Fairfield for a non-conference game on Saturday.


Friday, January 8, 2016
Indians reach century mark, Loeb gets 1,000th point
LAWRENCEVILLE - Playing for the first time in 2016, the Lawrenceville Indians jumped out to a big lead early en route to an easy 100-46 non-conference win over Hutsonville Tuesday night in boys basketball action.

It's believed to be the most points scored by an LHS team since a 107-61 win at Palestine on Jan. 29, 2002.

Earlier in the day, the Indians learned that they were ranked sixth in the most recent Class 2A poll, released by the Associated Press.

The game had plenty of highlights. In addition to hitting the century mark, senior forward Harry Loeb notched his 1,000th point when he went high for a tip-in with 6:30 to play in the second quarter.

The game also saw 11 Indians getting into the scoring column with five reaching double figures. The reserves saw as much playing time as the starters, scoring 32 points.

The Indians, now 11-1 on the season, led 12-3 after two minutes and 26-5 with 3:07 to play in the first quarter

Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Three score 19 to lead Purple Aces
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Three players scored 19 points as the University of Evansville men's basketball team wrapped up its regular season non-conference schedule with a 91-70 victory over Alabama A&M on Tuesday night at the Ford Center.
Thursday, December 24, 2015
SIU dumps St. Louis U.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Southern Illinois rallied from a nine-point deficit to beat Saint Louis, 65-52, on Monday night at Chaifetz Arena, snapping a five-game losing streak in the all-time series between the schools.

The Salukis (11-2) beat SLU for the first time since 2008 and the first time on the road since 2001. They completed their non-conference schedule by winning three in a row and are off to their best start since the 2006-07 season.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Win or lose, Indians will benefit from games
LAWRENCEVILLE - Even if Lawrenceville High School's basketball team isn't successful in next week's Toyota Gibson County Teamwork Classic, veteran coach Randy Bishop says the experience will have long-term benefits.

It's the third and final year for the LHS boys team in the tournament, as plans are to play in a holiday tournament in Vincennes a year from now.

As a going away present, tournament officials have paired the Indians against two Evansville area powers, Castle and Evansville Reitz, neither of which has lost a game this season. Plus, instead of taking on Mount Carmel at a neutral site as in the past, the Indians will conclude pool play against the Golden Aces on their own court, on Dec. 23.

Friday, December 18, 2015
Lady Salukis top North Clay
BRIDGEPORT - Red Hill High School's girls basketball team will take a .500 record into its long Christmas break.

The Lady Salukis bounced back on Tuesday, one day after a disappointing loss to Newton, to whip visiting Louisville-North Clay, 63-41.

The Lady Salukis, who improved to 4-4, bolted to a 20-8 lead after the opening period and were never threatened. RHHS led 38-21 at halftime and 51-37 after three periods.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
LHS to play Flora, Salukis to begin tourney play
Lawrenceville High School's basketball team faces an important early-season Little Illini Conference challenge when it travels to Flora on Friday, while Red Hill High School's basketball team will play three times, including a pair of games Saturday in the 62nd annual Conrad Allen Invitational in Wayne City. The Salukis will also host Olney in LIC play on Friday.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Lady Indians ranked fourth
LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrenceville High School's girls basketball team will take the court against rival Red Hill tonight as the fourth-ranked Class 2A squad in the state of Illinois.

In the initial Class 2A poll released Wednesday by The Associated Press, the Lady Indians (8-0) were fourth behind top-ranked Breese Central (3-1) and Hillsboro (6-0) and Chicago Marshall (2-1), who were tied for second in the rankings.
Lawrence County team makes strides, wins two at Vincennes
VINCENNES - Lawrence County's High School wrestling team accomplished a lot on Saturday, and won a couple of dual meets in the process.

Sam Hyre, first-year coach of the combined Red Hill-Lawrenceville squad, noted that four of his first-year wrestlers registered their first career wins, including freshmen Zeth Stallings and Nolan Tewell at the varsity level.

Monday, November 30, 2015
Lady Salukis notch first victory
BRIDGEPORT - Four Red Hill High School girls basketball players reached double figures on Tuesday, as the Lady Salukis ran away from visiting Martinsville, 65-31, for their first win of the season.

The Lady Salukis (1-1) rolled to a 14-7 lead after one period, then stretched the margin to 36-15 at halftime and coasted home.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Lady Indians post 62-3 victory
MCLEANSBORO - Lawrenceville High School's girls basketball team came within a 3-point basket of posting a shutout Monday, in the opening game of the McLeansboro Thanksgiving Tournament.

Lawrenceville didn't allow a point until the second period, as it improved to 3-0 with a 62-3 win over the Lady Tornados. Seven Lady Indians scored more points than the Zeigler-Royalton team.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Lady Indians outscore Red Hill in all four quarters
BRIDGEPORT - Lawrenceville High School's girls basketball team outscored rival Red Hill in all four quarters on Thursday and pulled away to a 51-30 win in the Red Hill gym.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Lady Indians spread the wealth in victory
LAWRENCEVILLE - Not only did everybody get into the act for Lawrenceville High School's girls basketball team in the season opener Tuesday night, everybody did it early.

"It was neat to see every kids score in the first half," said LHS co-coach Chris Menning, after the Lady Indians destroyed visiting Edwards County, 73-32.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Evansville Purple Aces sign local product Dru Smith
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Evansville Reitz High School senior Dru Smith has signed his National Letter of Intent to play for the University of Evansville men's basketball team next season.

Head coach Marty Simmons is excited about adding Smith to his squad.

"We love everything about Dru. He is a great student, comes from a great family and is the total package as a basketball player," Simmons said.

Friday, November 13, 2015
Braves take two from Hutsonville
LAWRENCEVILLE - Parkview Junior High School's basketball teams evened their records at 2-2 Tuesday, with easy wins over visiting Hutsonville.

The seventh grade Braves of coach Corey Joergens whipped Hutsonville, 46-26.

PJHS led by scores of 10-2, 20-11 and 36-16 at the quarter stops.

Brayden Sherman scored 17 points to lead Parkview while Hunter Scott hit double digits with 10. Ethan Kelly added nine points, while Damon Zollars and Luke Waggoner both scored four and Drew Wilson added two.

Coach Kyle Shelton's eighth grade Braves blitzed the Tigers, 61-30. PJHS led by scores of 22-8, 37-18 and 53-25 at the quarter stops.

Jarrett Winkles led Parkview with 14 points, followed closely by Jordan Jones with 13. Logan Vaughn added eight points, Eli Ivers seven, Christion Beamon five, Cavan Rich four and Logan Williams, Skyler Tewell, Noah Weger, Caden Daugherty and Blayne Winningham two each.

The Braves will travel to Newton on Thursday.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
LHS junior Mefford named to LIC first team
NEWTON - Lawrenceville High School junior Brianna Mefford was one of 12 players chosen to the All-Little Illini Conference volleyball first team by the league's coaches.

Mefford was the top hitter on a Lawrenceville team that finished 9-21.

Two Lawrence County players, LHS senior setter Abby Higginbotham and Red Hill High School senior Kaylee Recco, were named to the team as honorable mention choices.

Monday, November 9, 2015


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