ROBINSON
BY JACK BULLOCK
Despite some graduation losses and a key injury, Robinson head coach Mack Thompson will have another very good Maroons' basketball team heading into the 2017-18 season.

Robinson went 20-11 last season, reaching the West Frankfort 2A Sectional final before losing to eventual second place finisher Mt. Carmel.

Gone via graduation are Dylan Dirks, Ethan White, and Joey Wright; three starters and major players in the success of last season's club.

But all is not lost as this program has been very good in recent seasons under this mentor and look for the Maroons to be in the running for more hardware this winter.

The returning players have experience and this should carry over into this season as they will be test early in the schedule.

Walker Sandschafer, a 6-foot-5 senior forward, returns for Coach Thompson.So, too, does two other frontcourt players; seniors 6-foot-4 Alex Weber and 6-foot-5 Branton Scott.

Having that sort of size in the lineup against the type of schedule this club plays against will be a huge plus.Coach Thompson has some underclassmen that he has to work with.

Six-foot juniors Chance Black and Dylan Smith along with 6-foot-5 junior Jason Meeks will add to the talented Maroons roster along with 6-foot-2 sophomore Brayden Childress and 5-foot-8 sophomore Kade Lassen.

They will begin their season with the stern tests of the Effingham St. Anthony Tournament and the Pizza Hut Classic in Terre Haute (IN.).

In fact five of their first seven regular season games before Christmas are on the road.

“We could have a pretty good season if we get some leadership out of our upperclassmen,” said Coach Thompson. “Our guards will be new to the varsity level but should adjust pretty quickly. It should be a fun group to coach!”

OUTLOOK – They are the defending conference regular season champs and they took home another regional championship last February. They gave Mt. Carmel all they wanted in the sectional finale. This coach will have this group improving throughout the season. The hardware that they secured last season will all be within reach in 2017-18.

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