Meet the Redbirds tonight at Johnson Field at 6:00 p.m.

WEST FRANKFORT, IL – Meet the Redbirds will be tonight at 6:00 p.m. at Johnson Field in West Frankfort.  Admission will be $2.00 and two can goods.

Football players will be selling Redbird Cards until tomorrow.  One is pictured above.  This is the only fundraiser for the team each year, so show your support to the program for purchasing one, and saving some money at area businesses.

Come out and support the Redbirds, tonight and at their home opener one week from tonight against Anna-Jonesboro.

Junior High/High School Sports Schedule 8/17/17

HS Boys Golf

WEST FRANKFORT at Carbondale

HS Girls Golf

Marion, Hamilton County at WEST FRANKFORT

Junior High Softball

WEST FRANKFORT at Herrin

BENTON at Marion

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Herrin) at THOMPSONVILLE

Junior High Baseball

WEST FRANKFORT at Herrin

BENTON at Marion

THOMPSONVILLE at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Herrin)

All events weather permitting

 

 

Shurtz named new Boys Basketball Coach for the Herrin Tigers

by Steve Dunford

HERRIN, IL –  The voice of the Herrin Tigers, Mike Murphy, broke this late last night.  The Herrin School Board named Benton native Sayler Shurtz as their head basketball coach last night.

Shurtz, spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach to Jacob Emling at Elverado.  In those two years, the fortunes turned at Elkville, going from an 0-25 season two years ago, to a 21-7 season, sharing a South Egyptian Conference title with Meridian and Cobden.

Shurtz also comes from a pedigree of coaches in his family.  His father Rod, was head coach of the Benton Ranger team that finished third in Class A in 1992.  That team was led by Jo Jo Johnson.  His brother Seger has led the Christopher Lady Bearcats to back to back regional titles.

Shurtz replaces Herrin AD, Mike Mooneyham, who came back for a one year second tour of duty after Irv Lukens resigned.  Mooneyham still remains as Athletic Director.

I look forward to talking with Coach Shurtz in this upcoming basketball season.  Coach Mooneyham was always accessible, and that means more than you know in preparing to write about a game.

In some other SIRR-Ohio news, the West Frankfort school board has hired Jory Dial to replace recently retired Richard Glodich as athletic director.  Dial has served as a long time assistant to football coach Brian Beery and served as an assistant to Matt Hampleman last year in girls basketball.

He was also an assistant in boys basketball to Kevin Toney and Dan DeWerff.  I will try to get with Coach Dial soon.

 

 

Redbirds finish fourth in the state in 1924

by Steve Dunford

I have a little more information about the daily post looking back in the archives.  I am getting this information from the following website Illinois post season scores.  The link is below.

https://sites.google.com/site/xtmi2000/

The Redbirds defeated Arthur Trout’s Centralia Orphans 20-18 in the West Frankfort Regional final.  According to the IHSA website, Trout was the coach.

They finished fourth in the state, being defeated by the Canton Little Giants in the 3rd place game.  This is ironic because the Redbirds were defeated by Canton in the first round of the playoff last fall in football.

I will share the scores until we get into the 1960’s.  Then you will see feature stories from time to time on the great teams of Southern Illinois.

The scores of the West Frankfort Sectional are below.

West Frankfort

West Frankfort 25-14 Metropolis

Flora 20-17 Marion

Centralia 28-21 Bridgeport

Belleville 19-12 Trenton

West Frankfort 21-11 Flora

Centralia 15-13 Belleville

West Frankfort 20-18 Centralia

 

WEST FRANKFORT (20): Lockman 9, Culley 6, Syfert 5.

CENTRALIA (18): Kell 8, Saul 4, Roanole 4, Lacy 2.

Redbirds bow out to the 1923 Centralia sectional to the Marion Wildcats

Note – The database I am getting these from skips several years of regionals.  Thank you for the positive response.   I wonder if Trout was built yet?  -sd

Centralia

Flora 22-8 Paris

Greenville 23-18 Chesterfield

Marion 14-10 Mount Vernon

West Frankfort 27-14 Robinson

Greenville 18-14 Flora

Marion 25-18 West Frankfort

Greenville 33-29 Marion

West Frankfort Redbirds, 1922 Benton Regional Champs

There might be some scores missing, but it looks like West Frankfort won the 1922 Benton Regional defeating Eldorado, 21-16.  They fell in the first round to of the Mt. Vernon Sectional to the Centralia Orphans, 28-19

Benton

Goreville 27-9 Chester

Christopher 32-20 McLeansboro

Galatia 24-14 Thompsonville

Percy 17-13 Chester

West Frankfort 21-16 Eldorado

Christopher 17-16 Marissa

Carrier Mills 21-13 Broughton

Thompsonville 45-20 Percy

Mount Vernon

Centralia 43-22 Greenville

Marion 58-26 Bridgeport

Collinsville 27-20 Olney

Centralia 28-19 West Frankfort

Marion 36-21 Collinsville

Centralia 32-12 Marion

Mt. Vernon Rams – 1921 Benton District Tournament champs

NOTE –  I finally stumbled across this page.  I will start sharing the scores of IHSA postseason tournaments from the past involving Franklin County Schools

Benton

Nashville 56-9 Galatia

West Frankfort 50-12 Thompsonville

Mount Vernon 39-10 McLeansboro

Pinckneyville 34-15 Christopher

Eldorado 28-27 Marissa

DuQuoin 24-14 Nashville

Mount Vernon 34-25 West Frankfort

Pinckneyville 32-22 Eldorado

Benton 74-10 Sesser

Mount Vernon 33-25 DuQuoin

Pinckneyville 22-21 Benton (2 OT)

Mount Vernon 37-16 Pinckneyville

 

MOUNT VERNON (37): Miller 21, Estes 8, Young 4, Forsyth 4.

PINCKNEYVILLE (16): Edwards 8, Gruner 4, Woolsey 4.

 

 

Southern Illinois River to River Ohio Division master football schedule

Benton (0-0)

Nickname: Rangers

Head Coach: Bob Pankey

2016 Record: 4-5

2017 Classification Enrollment: 564.00

MaxPreps schedule & stats

Date Time Result Score Opp.
Score
OT H/A Opponent Opp.
Record
Opp.
Enroll.
Other Site/Game Info
Aug 25 7:00 H Carterville 0-0 581.00
Sep 1 7:00 H Sparta 0-0 336.00
Sep 8 7:00 H Pinckneyville 0-0 418.00
Sep 15 7:00 A Herrin (H.S.) 0-0 757.00
Sep 23 12:00 A West Frankfort (Frankfort) 0-0 517.00
Sep 29 7:00 H Harrisburg 0-0 542.00
Oct 6 7:00 H Metropolis (Massac County) 0-0 591.00
Oct 13 7:00 A Murphysboro [Coop] 0-0 743.00
Oct 20 7:00 A Anna (A.-Jonesboro) 0-0 514.00

 

Harrisburg (0-0)

Nickname: Bulldogs

Head Coach:

2016 Record: 4-5

2017 Classification Enrollment: 542.00

MaxPreps schedule & stats

Date Time Result Score Opp.
Score
OT H/A Opponent Opp.
Record
Opp.
Enroll.
Other Site/Game Info
Aug 25 7:00 A Mt. Carmel 0-0 504.00
Sep 1 7:00 H DuQuoin (H.S.) 0-0 419.00
Sep 8 7:00 H Boonville, IN 0-0
Sep 15 TBA H West Frankfort (Frankfort) 0-0 517.00
Sep 22 7:00 A Metropolis (Massac County) 0-0 591.00
Sep 29 7:00 A Benton 0-0 564.00
Oct 6 7:00 H Murphysboro [Coop] 0-0 743.00
Oct 13 7:00 A Herrin (H.S.) 0-0 757.00
Oct 20 7:00 A Carbondale (H.S.) 0-0 988.00

 

Herrin (H.S.) (0-0)

Nickname: Tigers

Head Coach: Jason Karnes

2016 Record: 9-2

2017 Classification Enrollment: 757.00

MaxPreps schedule & stats

Date Time Result Score Opp.
Score
OT H/A Opponent Opp.
Record
Opp.
Enroll.
Other Site/Game Info
Aug 25 7:00 A Waterloo (H.S.) 0-0 877.00
Sep 1 7:00 A Carterville 0-0 581.00
Sep 8 7:00 A DuQuoin (H.S.) 0-0 419.00
Sep 15 7:00 H Benton 0-0 564.00
Sep 22 7:00 H Murphysboro [Coop] 0-0 743.00
Sep 29 7:00 A Metropolis (Massac County) 0-0 591.00
Oct 6 7:00 N West Frankfort (Frankfort) 0-0 517.00
Oct 13 7:00 H Harrisburg 0-0 542.00
Oct 20 7:00 A Breese (Central) 0-0 568.00

 

Metropolis (Massac County) (0-0)

Nickname: Patriots

Head Coach: John Warren

2016 Record: 1-8

2017 Classification Enrollment: 591.00

MaxPreps schedule & stats

Date Time Result Score Opp.
Score
OT H/A Opponent Opp.
Record
Opp.
Enroll.
Other Site/Game Info
Aug 25 7:00 H DuQuoin (H.S.) 0-0 419.00
Sep 1 7:00 H Nashville 0-0 411.00
Sep 8 7:00 A Anna (A.-Jonesboro) 0-0 514.00
Sep 15 7:00 A Murphysboro [Coop] 0-0 743.00
Sep 22 7:00 H Harrisburg 0-0 542.00
Sep 29 7:00 H Herrin (H.S.) 0-0 757.00
Oct 6 7:00 A Benton 0-0 564.00
Oct 13 7:00 A West Frankfort (Frankfort) 0-0 517.00
Oct 20 7:00 H Carterville 0-0 581.00

 

Murphysboro [Coop] (0-0)

Nickname: Red Devils

Head Coach: Gary Carter

2016 Record: 4-5

2017 Classification Enrollment: 743.00

MaxPreps schedule & stats

Date Time Result Score Opp.
Score
OT H/A Opponent Opp.
Record
Opp.
Enroll.
Other Site/Game Info
Aug 25 7:00 H Carbondale (H.S.) 0-0 988.00
Sep 1 7:00 A Anna (A.-Jonesboro) 0-0 514.00
Sep 8 7:30 H Carterville 0-0 581.00
Sep 15 7:00 H Metropolis (Massac County) 0-0 591.00
Sep 22 7:00 A Herrin (H.S.) 0-0 757.00
Sep 29 7:00 H West Frankfort (Frankfort) 0-0 517.00
Oct 6 7:00 A Harrisburg 0-0 542.00
Oct 13 7:00 H Benton 0-0 564.00
Oct 20 7:00 A DuQuoin (H.S.) 0-0 419.00

 

West Frankfort (Frankfort) (0-0)

Nickname: Redbirds

Head Coach: Brian Beery

2016 Record: 6-4

2017 Classification Enrollment: 517.00

MaxPreps schedule & stats

Date Time Result Score Opp.
Score
OT H/A Opponent Opp.
Record
Opp.
Enroll.
Other Site/Game Info
Aug 25 7:30 H Anna (A.-Jonesboro) 0-0 514.00
Sep 1 7:00 H Pinckneyville 0-0 418.00
Sep 8 7:00 A Sparta 0-0 336.00
Sep 15 TBA A Harrisburg 0-0 542.00
Sep 23 12:00 H Benton 0-0 564.00
Sep 29 7:00 A Murphysboro [Coop] 0-0 743.00
Oct 6 7:00 N Herrin (H.S.) 0-0 757.00
Oct 13 7:00 H Metropolis (Massac County) 0-0 591.00

West Frankfort Redbirds 2017 Football Schedule

NOTE:  The IHSA released the 2017 football schedules for all schools statewide today.  I will be posting all four county programs on the website today.  I will be posting a master schedule for the SIRR and Black Diamond tomorrow.  If you click on the highlighted opponents, It will take you to the IHSA website so you can view their schedule

West Frankfort (Frankfort) (0-0)

Nickname: Redbirds

Head Coach: Brian Beery

2016 Record: 6-4

2017 Classification Enrollment: 517.00

MaxPreps schedule & stats

Date Time Result Score Opp.
Score
OT H/A Opponent Opp.
Record
Opp.
Enroll.
Other Site/Game Info
Aug 25 7:30 H Anna (A.-Jonesboro) 0-0 514.00
Sep 1 7:00 H Pinckneyville 0-0 418.00
Sep 8 7:00 A Sparta 0-0 336.00
Sep 15 TBA A Harrisburg 0-0 542.00
Sep 23 12:00 H Benton 0-0 564.00
Sep 29 7:00 A Murphysboro [Coop] 0-0 743.00
Oct 6 7:00 N Herrin (H.S.) 0-0 757.00
Oct 13 7:00 H Metropolis (Massac County) 0-0 591.00
Oct 20 7:00 A Nashville 0-0 411.00

West Frankfort regional champs in 1945

by Steve Dunford

This came up in my news feed on Facebook in the memories.  There is a website that I will try to find again that has a lot of old post season scores.  I hope to find it and post things from time to time.

What is impressive about the West Frankfort Regional of 1945 is it was a Franklin County tournament except for Johnston City.

The FCHS auditorium, the most likely site of the 1945 regional tournament. The FCHS wrestling team uses the auditorium for matches. (Hudl photo)

This was before Max Morris gym, which was built in 1949.   The site was most likely the auditorium, or the gym at Central Junior high, which was located behind the post office.

Valier, Royalton and Thompsonville were definitely district schools.  You had to win your district to play in the regionals.  Sesser and Christopher might have been also.

Zeigler was not a district school because of their success in athletics during that time.

It looks like my Tigers hung around with the Benton Rangers in the first round.

Here are the scores from the regional below:

West Frankfort 109-42 Christopher

Johnston City 82-22 Sesser

Benton 40-30 Thompsonville

Zeigler 70-38 Valier

Benton 33-29 Zeigler

West Frankfort 68-37 Johnston City

West Frankfort 47-30 Benton