BY JACK BULLOCK
After starting the season in 2018-19 with five seniors, Coach Rob Flanagan gets to start again with less experience than last year.

The group he had went from 14-16 in 2017-18 to 23-6 last winter.

Of the five seniors, three were all-conference picks.

Brent Hatten, Sutton Dunn and Dakotah Brown will certainly be missed.

But there is a lot of talent returning, but not nearly as experienced as the team that ended its season losing to Effingham in the semifinals of the Olney 3A Regional.

Five-foot-eleven junior guard Braden Flanagan (coaches' son) is a two time all-LIC performer and averaged 11.5 points per game as a sophomore.

He will take over full time point guard duties.

According to his coach he is a good passer and has gotten stronger with a great off-season.

Sophomore Chase Travis, a 6-foot-5 forward, was last year's sixth man for the Tigers and he returns with experience from last season.

Look for 6-foot-8 junior Zach Duenas to be huge in the paint for Richland County this season.

He is a long, athletic player who will help at both ends of the floor.

Five-foot-eight junior guard Cole Lambird has been a steady player, according to Coach Flanagan.

Drew Blank is a 6-foot-1 sophomore will get more experience early in the season.

Coach Flanagan, who is nearing 500 wins, has some other players worthy of a mention.

Hayden Laughlin, Quinn Miller and Garrett Wright are juniors who could help while sophomores 5-foot-9 Kitch St. Pierre and Alec Kocher will also be asked to

Juniors include 6-foot-2 Hayden Laughlin and 5-foot-11 Garrett Wright, Sophomores Kitch St. Pierre and 6-foot-1 Alec Kocher will need to contribute.

Two freshmen; 6-foot Carter Beard and 5-foot-8 Ronald Baskerville, are all strong, athletic perimeter players that will come in from football and contribute.

“This team will be competitive. We only have one senior so this will be a two year project,” said Coach Flanagan. “I'm excited to get started.”

OUTLOOK – The Tigers will be in the race of the Little Illini Conference and could end up on top. They won the league tournament last season but they have a lot of new kids in the lineup. Coach Flanagan has done a great job with this program. Now if suddenly they were a 2A team instead of a small 3A program, they would be much more optimistic about their postseason chances. They will once again be in the 20-win range with a punchers chance at a regional title.

N29-30 Lawrence County "Capital Classic"
Enrollment: 738 (1A)
D6 Robinson
Conference: Little Illini
D10 @ Effingham
Colors: Orange/Black
D13 @ Red Hill
Head Coach: Rob Flanagan
D20 Paris
2018-19 Won/Loss Record: 22-6
D23 @ Effingham St. Anthony
State Tournament Result:
D26-28 Pinckneyville "Duster Thomas Classic"
Lost to Effingham, 49-41
J4 Breese Mater Dei
@ 3A Olney Richland County Regional.
J10 @ Marshall
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J11 St. Anthony Shootout
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J14 Fairfield
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J17 @ Flora
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J24-31 LIC Tournament @ Paris
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F4 Charleston
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F7 Lawrenceville
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F11 North Clay
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F14 @ Newton
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F17 @ Mount Carmel
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F18 @ Salem
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F25 Mattoon
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M2-6 IHSA Regional TBD
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