BY JACK BULLOCK
This season shapes up to be a bit better than last for head coach Mack Thompson and his Maroons.

In spite of three graduation losses and some points missing, look for Robinson the more involved in the conference race and a bigger threat for the postseason.

Two of the key player are gone, though.

Chance Black and Dylan Smith took roughly 29 points a night with them down the isle.

So the others coming back with need to “step it up.”

One of the returnees was important last season as he was second to Black on the scoring list.

Six-foot-three senior guard Brayden Childress is back (15 p.p.g) and will be approaching the 1,000 point mark for his career.

Another double-digit scorer from a year ago who returns is 5-foot-8 senior guard Kade Lassen (10 p.p.g).

Players who came off of the bench for Coach Thompson last season will have more opportunities to shine in 2019-20.

Six-foot-three junior forward Jeffrey Goble is ready as is 6-foot-1 junior Ethan Shidler.

Add the names Caleb Trimble, a 6-foot sophomore guard, to the lineup along with 6-foot-1 sophomore forward Rylan King.

Robinson will also have 5-foot-10 junior guard Owen Austin, 6-foot-1 junior guard Nick Weber, 6-foot-3 senior forward Maverick Wright, 6-foot-1 senior guard Sawyer Hoalt, and 6-foot-1 senior forward Ely Parker are all part of what looks like a pretty deep squad.

According to Coach Thompson a couple of newcomers to the program; 5-foot-11 freshman guard Wesley Jackson and 5-foot-11 freshman guard Nate Wernz, will vie for time.

“Our team will have much more varsity experience coming into this season than we did last season. The summer showed us that a few underclassmen have the potential to be impact players for us as the season progresses. We will need to have good team chemistry in order for us to have a successful season,” said Coach Thompson. “I believe that our experience from last year will help prevent the dramatic peaks and valley 'roller coaster' type level of play we experienced a year ago. I feel we will be a much more consistent team every night.”

OUTLOOK – This coach has more depth and more experience than he had at this point last year. They will play a very tough schedule and that is mostly (non-conference) on purpose. They should be part of the mix of LIC teams that will be a tough one to handle.

N25-30 St. Anthony Turkey Tournament
Enrollment: 453 (2A)
D6 @ Olney Richland County
Conference: Little Illini
D10 @ Mount Carmel
Colors: Maroon/White
D13 Casey-Westfield
Head Coach: Mack Thompson
D17 @ Charleston
2018-19 Won/Loss Record: 10-21
D20 @ Newton
State Tournament Result:
D26-28 1st Financial "Wabash Valley Classic"
Lost to Teutopolis, 69-41
J3 Wayne City
@ 2A Effingham St. Anthony Regional.
J4 Evansville (IN.) Harrison
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J7 Effingham St. Anthony
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J10 Flora
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J17 @ Hoopeston Area
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J21 @ Lawrenceville
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J24-31 LIC Tournament @ Paris
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F4 Vincennes (IN.) Lincoln
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F7 @ Paris
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F8 @ Teutopolis
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F11 @ Terre Haute (IN.) North
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F14 Red Hill
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F18 Marshall
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F21 @ Sullivan (IN.)
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F24-28 IHSA Regional TBD
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