Stride Pro Wrestling coming to Christopher Saturday Night


The old Christopher Grade School gym is the place to be Saturday as Saturday night as two former CCHS graduates, Jay Spade and Tony Flood duke it out for the Stride Pro Heavy Weight Championship.

Proceeds will go toward helping students take a trip to New York.

You might see some familiar faces down the card before the main event of the night.

Here is a link below from WSIL morning news man, and pro wrestling enthusiast Kevin Hunsperger of an assembly at Christopher Grade school yesterday with Flood and Heath Hatton. -Steve

Water nearly over the Norris City blacktop

Hamilton County Sheriffs Office photo

MC LEANSBORO –  The above photograph is taken from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s office late Wednesday afternoon of the Norris City Blacktop between Broughton and Norris City. This area is very prone to flooding.

The road is still open at this time, but unsure if the water has receded.

I was unaware that several from Christopher take that way to NCOE.  I just wanted to make you aware.  An alternate route is to take Route 14 to Enfield and go south on US 45. -sd

Students earn high marks at WYSE Academic Challenge

INA – Over 150 students from 10 area high schools competed in the 2018 Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) Academic Challenge Regional in the last two weeks. Eight of the schools met on Rend Lake College’s campus on Wednesday, Feb. 7 to participate; however, due to weather, two other schools held make-up events on later dates.

During the WYSE Academic Challenge, schools with similar enrollment compete against one another in divisions. Christopher High School, Wayne City High School, Zeigler-Royalton High School, Sesser-Valier High School, Waltonville High School, and Webber Township High School make up Division 300. Division 700 consists of Benton Consolidated High School, Pinckneyville Community High School, and Hamilton County Senior High School. The lone Division 1500 school is Mt. Vernon Township High School.

Each student who competes in the WYSE Academic Challenge completes two exams in pre-selected subjects. They can choose from biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, math, or physics. Below are the regional results, followed by team photos. Students who qualify for the WYSE Sectional will compete at Southern Illinois University Carbondale on Wednesday, March 14. The Illinois State Finals will be held April 16-19 at the I-Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign.


Christopher Unit District #99 addresses an issue of an incident with student

CHRISTOPHER – CUSD #99 would like to address an issue that occurred at CES. Recently, a non-functional AirSoft gun was brought to the school by a student. Students made the staff aware of the presence of the non-functional AirSoft gun. Administration was notified and addressed the issue quickly. The student has been addressed accordingly.

It needs to be emphatically stated; Students were NEVER in danger at ANYTIME. The toy gun was not functional. It was NEVER used.

We want to commend the students, staff, administration, and School Resource Office for quick action. With all that has gone on recently, CUSD #99 is totally committed to keeping all of our students safe. Every decision and action is directed towards that goal.

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Christopher defeats Woodlawn in Girls HS basketball in final regular season game

By Steve Dunford 

CHRISTOPHER,-  The Christopher Lady Bearcats end the regular season on a high note, as they defeat the Woodlawn Lady Cardinals 39-31

Courtney Hoppers and Kassie O’ Brien led the Lady Bearcats with 10 Points each.

Christopher improves to 14-12 on the season and finished 6-6 in the Black Diamond West.  They enter p post season play as the five seed Monday Night at 7:30 by facing Z-R in the Zeigler-Royalton Class 1A Regional.  Cobden is the other site in the Regional/Sectional complex.

Madison Tiemann led Woodlawn with 12 points.  They will play the winner of  Z-R/Chirstopher. at 7:30 Tuesday at the Zeigler-Royalton Class 1A Regional.


Box Score

Woodlawn (31) Lueking 1 4-6 6, Tiemann 5 1-2 12, Doza 2 0-0 5, Estes 2 1-3 5, Bailey 1 0-0 3

Team Totals: 11 6-11 31

Christopher (39) Williams 4 0-0 8, Miller 1 1-2 3, Hoppers 4 2-2 10, Dejear 3 0-0 6, O’Bryan 5 0-2 10, Parks 1 0-1 2

Team Totals: 18 3-7 39

Three Pointers: Woodlawn 3 (Tiemann 1, Doza 1, Bailey 1) Christopher 0 (None), Fouls: Woodlawn 12 Christopher 10,Fouled Out, None

Score By Quarters

Woodlawn    6 – 15 – 7 – 3  – 31

Christopher    12 – 10 – 15 – 2   – 39




Christopher survives a last minute rally

By Steve Dunford 

SESSER – The Christopher Bearcats punched their ticket to the semi-finals of the Sesser-Valier Holiday Tournament as the defeat their BDC west foes, the Chester Yellow Jackets 58-53 yesterday.

The Bearcats jump out to a 13-7 lead, when Bradley Young goes to the bench with his second foul.  Chester takes advantage of Young being on the bench and outscores Christopher 11-4. as it was 18-11 in favor of the Yellow Jackets after one.

Chester takes a double digit lead, and Eric Stallman has to put Young back in and goes to a zone.  He capitalized by scoring seven points in the frame, but the Yellow Jackets were up 32-26 at the half.

Chester comes out ice cold to start the second half.  They go on an eight minute field goal drought.  Christopher capitalizes and outscores the Yellow Jackets 14-2, to take the lead 40-32.  There was the sophomore connection in the third as Bryce Pratt and Gabe Motsinger picked up six points each.

The Bearcats extend it to a 54-41 lead until the Haberberger  brothers show up and start bombing threes.  They chip away and cut the lead to 57-53 with :30 left on the clock.  Motsinger and Pratt was perfect from the line as the Bearcats end up with a 59-53 victory.

Bradley Young had a game high 16 points.  He also had seven assists and nine rebounds.  Bryce Pratt added 13.  Gabe Motsinger was the third Bearcat in double figures with 10.

“We shared the ball really well and was very unselfish today,” Coach Eric Stallman said after yesterday’s win.

Keith Kiner led Chester with 17 Collin Wingerter sdded 14 for the Yellow Jackets.

Christopher improves to 8-2 on the season. The Bearcats face another BDC team, and one of their biggest rivals, the Goreville Blackcats at 1:30 p.m. this afternoon.

Coach Eric Stallman had this to say about the match-up with Goreville this afternoon.  “Goreville is a tough match up for us. They do a lot of things well. Guarding Webb is a challenge for any team. He does such a good job in transition and is always a threat to shoot the three.” 

Chester falls to 8-4 on the season.  They will face the Steeleville Warriors at high noon in the fifth place bracket.  The Yellow Jackets  defeated their Randolph county rivals, 59-52 in the third place game of the Murphysboro/Trico tournament.

Box Score

CHRISTOPHER (58)   Garver 0 0 0-0 0, Saeger 1 1 1-3 6, Motsinger 4 0 4-4 12, Young 4 1 5-8 16, Pratt 3 0 7-8 13, Hawkins 2 0 1-2 5, Flowers 3 0 0-0 6. 2 FG-15, 3FG-2, FT-18-25, PF-11.

CHESTER (53)  Jo. Haberberger 0 1 2-2 5, Ja. Haberberger 1 2 0-0 8, Cushman 1 0 0-0 2, Bollman 0 0 0-0 0, Reith 3 0 1-2 7, Wingerter 1 4 0-0 14, Kiner III 7 0 3-4 17.
2FG-13, 3FG-7, FT-6-8, PF-20.

Score By Quarters

CHRISTOPHER (8-2)  15 – 11 – 14 – 18 – 58

CHESTER (8-4)  19 – 18 – 2 – 19 – 53




Early morning structure fire in Coello

By Steve Dunford 

COELLO –  Coello and Christopher firefighters were toned to a fully involved structure fire on McKenzie Street in Coello at 3:06 this morning.
Buckner, Valier, Sesser, and Abbott EMS were called for mutual aid.
At this time the loss is undetermined.  Any further information, as well as if assistance will be provided to the family, will be added to this story.

Dispute over land in Mulkeytown continues after years of litigation

Izaak Walton Lake which is around two miles NW of Chirstopher. (WSIL Photo)

MULKEYTOWN, IL –  A fight over land in Franklin County has pitted neighbor against neighbor. For almost three years, the Christopher Izaak Walton Club has fought in court with a farm family in Mulkeytown. According to some club members, the ongoing fight has divided the community.

Winter brings a peaceful quiet to the land owned by the Christopher Izaak Walton Club.

But underneath the calm, a heated battle continues to sow dissension.

“This whole land steal lawsuit has divided families, friends,” says club member Tony Rosales.

Please click on the link below from Evie Allen of WSIL-TV

Colleo Dumpling Dinner tomorrow.

By Steve Dunford 

Tomorrow is chicken and dumpling Sunday at Coello Community Center.  Serving times are between 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Chicken and dumplings, corn, green beans, slaw, drink and dessert included for adults  $8. kids under 12 for $3.  It is all you can eat and there is a seconds bar.  Carry outs are available.

Proceeds go to the betterment of the community.  Please come out and enjoy a good meal at a reasonable price.

Structure fire in Chirstopher

by Steve Dunford 

Christopher, Coello, Buckner, and Zeigler firefighters are responding to a structure fire at 306 N Emma in Christopher.

Please avoid the area.  More information will be provided as it becomes available.