ROBINSON
BY JACK BULLOCK
Head coach Mack Thompson appears to have enough to make a challenge to Marshall to win the Little Illini Conference title this season.
Following an 11-17 season last winter but a pretty good 7-2 conference mark, the Maroons lost one starter but have some size and ability back to be a much improved team.
Robinson will have five letter winners back, including three really tall frontcourt players.
Dylan Dirks is a 6-foot-7 senior forward, 6-foot-5 junior Walker Sandschafer and 6-foot-4 junior Alex Weber return as do two backcourt players; 6-foot-2 senior Ethan White and 6-foot Joey Wright.
Dirks is nearly the 1,000-point plateau.
Jackson Taylor, a 6-foot-5 junior, transferred back to the school after leaving in sixth grade.
Coach Thompson also has two additional players back after having missed all of 2015-16.
Bryston James, a 6-foot-2 junior, was injured and didn't play while 6-foot-4 Branton Scott has decided to come back to the team.
“I really like our team to this point. We have a little more depth than years past and got some pretty good size and length on our team. Lots of experience back from last years team that just couldn't quite get over the hump in several games. Hopefully our preparation the last several months will help us in those close games and propel us on a good post-season run,” said Coach Thompson.
2017-18 VARSITY SCHEDULE
N20-25 St. Anthony Thanksgiving Tournament J16 @ Lawrenceville

D1

@ Olney Richland J19-26 LIC Tournament @ Bridgeport Red Hill
D5 @ Mount Carmel F2 @ Paris
D8 Casey-Westfield F3 Evansville (IN.) Harrison
D9 South Knox (IN.) F6 @ Terre Haute (IN.) North
D15 @ Newton F9 Bridgeport Red Hill
D16 @ Teutopolis F10 Teutopolis Shootout
D19 @ Effingham St. Anthony F13 @ Marshall
D26-29 Pizza Hut Classic @ Terre Haute (IN.) F16 @ Sullivan (IN.)
J5 Flora F19-23 IHSA Regional TBD