Saluki Men’s Basketball hosts first-place Loyola on Senior Night

By Tom Weber,

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Southern Illinois hosts Loyola on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in a key Missouri Valley Conference showdown at SIU Arena. The Ramblers have already clinched at least a share of their first-ever MVC regular-season title. The Salukis, though, could still earn a piece of the title if they win their last two regular-season games and Loyola loses their last two games. SIU has not won a conference title since 2007.

Southern Illinois is 7-3 versus Loyola since the Ramblers joined the league in 2014, including a 3-1 mark at SIU Arena. Loyola head coach Porter Moser is 3-15 lifetime against SIU between his stops at Loyola and Illinois State. SIU G Armon Fletcher is a career 54 percent shooter in six games against Loyola, including 7-of-14 from 3-point.

In the first meeting this season between the teams on Jan. 17 in Chicago, Loyola shot 56 percent from the field, never trailed, and led by double digits the entire second half in a 79-65 win over SIU. Sean Lloyd led Southern with 21 points, but SIU made just 2-of-13 from 3-point range and turned the ball over 20 times. Donte Ingram led Loyola with 25 points.

Harrisburg seinoir Tyler Spmithpeters appearing in his final game at SIU arena.

SIU has won seven-straight home games, its longest home streak since winning nine-straight in 2014. SIU can finish anywhere from 1st to 3rd in the MVC standings. The highest SIU has finished in the last 10 years is 3rd (2008 and 2017). The last time SIU won 11 games in conference play was 2016. The last time it won more than 11 was in 2007 (15).

The team will recognize three senior players during pregame ceremonies — guard Tyler Smithpeters, forward Jonathan Wiley and forward John GardnerBarry Hinson has never lost on Senior Day as a college head coach (16-0).

Head coach Barry Hinson met with the media on Tuesday.

Preview tomorrow’s matchup vs. Loyola.
I think there’s a lot of hot teams in the league right now. We’re certainly one of them, but the hottest team without question is Loyola. They’ve won 12 of their last 13. There’s 13 statistical categories I look at before I go into a game, and they lead nine of those 13 statistical categories against us. What I’m looking for, we’re going to have to really play well, we know that. To be honest, what a great position to be in. We could be in a lot different positions. Our basketball team has put us in a position to possibly share a conference championship, and that was our goal to start the season, regardless of what’s happened to this team, regardless of the adversity we’ve gone through. Until they ship that trophy to Chicago, we’re going to continue to play for it.

How much closer are you to getting to playing your best ball?
I was disappointed — I think we have some individuals who can play much better than what they’re playing. We’ve battled some sickness. I think Kavion (Pippen) will be much healthier going into this game. He’s our leading rebounder and he has one rebound in the last two games. We’ve got to get through that. I am convinced and I know Marcus Bartley can play better than what he played at Indiana State. He’s been in foul trouble the past few games. People are attacking him to get him out of the game. I think when I say our best basketball is ahead of us, I believe that. It’s not coach-speak, it’s not media talk. I don’t think we’ve played our best basketball yet and I believe in what these guys can do.

Pippen has to have a great game to be the offset for what (Cameron) Krutwig can do.
I think he’ll respond well. He always has responded to most of his challenges. I think the reason we haven’t seen the real Kavion is because he had the flu. I’m sorry, it’s a 7-to-14 day period. I had the flu and felt bad for 17 days. Kids are more resilient than we are as adults. I think that has a lot to do with it. I think there’s five key matchups. Can we stop Krutwig and can we stop four guys on the perimeter? That’s going to be a challenge for us. When you have five guys averaging double figures, there’s a chance you’re going to win a lot of ballgames and they’ve won 23 of them.

Is there anything you’ll say to motivate them tomorrow before the game or are they just motivated by themselves?
There won’t be any Knute Rockne speeches tomorrow. This group is a low-key group, they’re not a rah-rah group. No, this is what we’ve come here to do. We’re not going to change anything we do. We’re certainly going to stay the course of what we’ve done all year long. Our goal yesterday was to get better, our goal today is to get better, our goal tomorrow night is to win the ballgame. These guys, I just don’t think they’re going to respond to rah-rah.

What’s it like to see Jonathan Wiley and Tyler Smithpeters go through Senior Night?
I’ve never hidden my emotions on Senior Night. I’ve always told you guys the two most important games of the year you play are the conference championship tournament game and Senior Night. That’s how I’ve always felt. It will be a very emotional night for a lot of people, especially the head coach and his seniors. Tyler Smithpeters has meant so much to this university, to our athletic program and to our region. He comes from a basketball tradition-rich family. This is going to be the last Smithpeters to have an impact for quite some time until I coach Tyler’s sons.

How much do you look back at the last game vs. Loyola versus the recent games?
We do both. These guys beat us worse than anybody in the league. It’s our worst loss in the league. It was a bad game at Loyola, we didn’t play well, and they had a lot to do with it. I go back, when you put us head-up against Loyola, we can’t just have an average game because we’re at home and win, we’re going to have to play our best basketball of the year to beat these guys. This is a team that won at Florida and Florida is a top 20 team. We refer to the past but we focus on the present.

Johnston City Class 2A Regional Preview: #8 West Frankfort (5-21) vs #10 Vienna (8-18)

By Steve Dunford 

JOHNSTON CITY – I am going to be a homer for all five Franklin County teams as they start post season play.  The West Frankfort Redbirds, the only Class 2A team in the county, will face the Vienna Eagles tonight, in a play-in game at the Johnston City Regional.  The time snuck up on me as it is a 6:00 p.m. tip.  The winner will face the Anna-Jonesboro Wildcats.

It has been a year of almosts for the Redbirds.  They have had barn-burners with state ranked Eldorado, their cross-county rivals and SIRR champs, the Benton Rangers, the Harrisburg Bulldogs, and if they advance they have had a couple dandies with A-J.

Going into tonight, I have the Redbirds as heavy favorites. Vienna’s eight wins have came mostly against GEC and SEC schools and a couple over Z-R, all 1A schools.  They won the seventh place game at the Superman Classic by defeating the punching bag over the years at Massac, Fort Campbell KY.  They do not have an impressive resume, especially losing to NCOE in the Eldorado Holiday Tournament.

Here are some points and some insight into tonight’s game.

  • The Redbirds need to get out of the gate quick like they did down at Massac Friday night.  Rick Westemeyer was saying Joe Hosman was “fit to be tied.”  When I heard West Frankfort had them down by 20 early in the second quarter, my first thoughts were, I bet Joe is “real happy”  Congratulations on getting a conference win.
  • There is no one on the Eagles roster that can compare to C.J Johnson.  Look for him to light it up for 20+ tonight.
  • The Eagles have a veteran backcourt in Ben Dane and Noah Dancke.  Dancke is a big guard at 6′ 3″.  He can cause Lucas Wolfe and Kyle Hammers some match-up problems.
  • They interchange four or five guys in the post that are between 6′ 3″ and 6′ 5″.  They are not nearly as physical as Bradlee Croslin, Keagan Thrash, or Josh Melvin.

If the Redbirds take care of business tonight, they will advance to have their fourth meeting with the Anna-Jonesboro Wildcats.

Tonight, everyone is 0-0.  This Redbird team can do some damage in the post season.  If I was an opposing coach, I would not want to face the veteran Kevin Toney on the sidelines.  Go Birds!!!!!!!!!


Jacksonville State completes season-opening sweep of SIU

By John Lock 

OXFORD, Miss. – The Southern Illinois University baseball team dropped a 6-0 decision to Jacksonville State on Sunday afternoon at Choccolocco Park. The Gamecocks swept the season-opening three-game series.

Jacksonville State took an early lead with a solo home run in the second inning, and the Gamecocks added another solo shot in the fourth. A two-out error added another JSU run in the fifth, but SIU starter Mason Hiser, who was making his first Division I start after transferring from Barton College, limited damage in his five innings of work to keep the Salukis close.

“One of the home runs was a really good pitch,” SIU head coach Ken Henderson said. “That’s a really good lineup. Give them credit; they can really swing it. Mason did a good job and gave us a chance.”

Freshman Noah Farmer from Massac County works 2/3 innings out of the bullpen for the Salukis in yesterday’s loss to Jacksonville State.

Southern’s offense started the day with a leadoff double by Connor Kopach, but that was Southern’s only hit against JSU starter Colton Pate, who went five innings. The Salukis (0-3) limited the damage in several potential big innings — JSU (3-0) pounded out 12 hits in its eight times at bat — but the Gamecocks kept expanding the lead with single run-innings in the second, fourth, fifth, and sixth. They scored two in the seventh to set the final score.

“There will be a lot teams that will struggle to get through (JSU’s) lineup,” Henderson said. “You’re going to have to match them. We couldn’t do that today. They kept expanding the lead. It wasn’t out of reach, but all of the sudden we’re down 6-0 late in the game.”

Closer Ryan Netemeyer, a preseason Stopper of the Year candidate, pitched the final four outs and didn’t allow a hit. He was the only one of seven SIU relievers this weekend to not allow a run.

On the weekend, Logan Blackfan led the offense, going 6-for-13 (.462) with 3 home runs and 6 RBIs. He slugged 1.154. Connor Kopach bounced back from an 1-for-5 Friday and went 4-for-8 over the final two games. Newcomers J.T. Weber (freshman) and Alex Lyon (Volunteer State transfer) also had good weekends. Weber went 3-for-9 with a double and a home run, and Lyon went 3-for-10 with 2 doubles. The Salukis also flashed their great speed, going 8-for-10 stealing bases on the weekend.

“We did a lot of positive things,” Henderson said. “Nobody is happy about being 0-3, but we will be a good club. I have no doubt in my mind. We have a lot of new guys. We had to get down here, get going, and see what we have to work on. We will clean that up, and we’ll be a good club.”

The series is juxtaposed against last year’s opening sweep at Stetson. While Southern went 24-30 the rest of the 2017, the Hatters ended up finishing second in the A-SUN.

“It’s one weekend. We started 3-0 last year, and a few weeks later nobody remembered,” Henderson said. “We just have to get better every day. We will, and this will be a good year.”

The Salukis are back in action Tuesday at Austin Peay. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Box Score

Salukis suffer 62-53 setback at Loyola

By Will Becque

CHICAGO – Behind a game-high 19 points from Jessica Cerda, the Loyola Ramblers knocked off the Southern Illinois Salukis, 62-53 Sunday afternoon inside Gentile Arena.

Cerda finished 5-of-11 from the field, and 4-of-7 from three-point range. She was a major reason that the Ramblers were able to snap their four-game losing streak to the Salukis as she helped Loyola exceed it’s season average of 5.3 three-pointers per game. The Ramblers were 7-of-15 (46.7%) from the behind the arc in their wire-to-wire win.

SIU Salukis photo

“We were flat,” fifth-year head coach Cindy Stein said. “Whatever reason for it, we were flat today. I think Loyola played a great game and dominated the game from the tip. You have to give Loyola credit for a tough, great game plan. They made it tough for everybody to score.”

The Salukis were able to whittle the lead down to seven at the end of the third quarter on an up and under by Abby Brockmeyer and got to within four on multiple occasions in the fourth quarter, including with 27 seconds to go on a three-point play by Brittney Patrick, but were ultimately undone by costly turnovers down the stretch.

All 10 Salukis who dressed played, as Coach Stein shuffled her deck as much as she could in an attempt to give Southern’s exhausted starting five breathers throughout.

“We don’t want to use anything as an excuse,” Stein said. “If we want to have a chance at the MVC Tournament Championship, we are going to have to play three games in three days.”

Nicole Martin scored in double figures for the 11th time in her last 12 games, and 19th time overall this season, as she finished with a team-high 15 points to go along with four rebounds. Kylie Giebelhausen added nine points and four boards.

The Salukis return to action on Friday, Feb. 23 when they travel to Springfield, Mo. to take on Missouri State. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

Saluki Men’s Basketball downs Indiana State to win second-straight OT game

By Tom Weber,

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Southern Illinois erased a six-point deficit in the final four minutes of regulation, then won its second-straight overtime game, dropping Indiana State, 76-72, on Saturday at the Hulman Center.

The Salukis (19-10, 11-5) have lived on the edge of a dime throughout much of this conference season, but have shown a knack for making enough big plays down the stretch to get the W. The outcome of 12 of their 16 MVC games have come down to the final minutes, and today was no different.

After leading by as many as 12 points in the first half, SIU’s lead evaporated in the second half until they found themselves trailing, 63-57, with 3:54 remaining. Southern had trouble stopping dribble penetration as center Kavion Pippen and guard Marcus Bartley both fouled out of the game in regulation.

Super-sub Tyler Smithpeters of Harrisburg, goes up for two of his 11 points on the bench, with reserve center Rudy Stradnieks boxing out. (Photos by Tom Webber- SIU Salukis)

Saluki guard Aaron Cook, who led his team with 18 points, started the comeback with a pair of free throws to make it 63-59. After Brenton Scott split a pair of charity tosses for ISU, it was Tyler Smithpeters turn to go to the line for Southern. He knocked down two more to cut the deficit to 64-61 with 1:39 to go. Smithpeters, a 24-year-old senior sixth man, was superb off the bench with 11 points, a team-high seven rebounds and six assists.

Once again, missed free throws were the Sycamores’ downfall, as Jordan Barnes split a pair, allowing Southern to come down and get a pull-up jumper by Jonathan Wiley that made the score 65-63 with 58 seconds.

The defensive play of the game came on Indiana State’s next possession, as Cook swiped the ball from walk-on guard Matt Deady, which led to a breakaway layup for Sean Lloyd, tying the score, 65-65, with 15 seconds to go. Barnes took the last shot of regulation for Indiana State but came up well short at the buzzer.

“I let ’em down at the end of regulation — I didn’t have us very well organized,” admitted ISU head coach Greg Lansing. “Couple tough possessions there where you make a shot or you get to the free throw line, you probably win the game. That’s on me. We did not look like a well-coached team offensively there at the end.”

Saluki forward Jonathan Wiley gave the Dawgs 23 valuable minutes off the bench, as Center Kavion Pippen spent the day in foul trouble. Wiley had five points and seven boards.

In overtime, both teams made just two field goals, but the biggest shot was a long 3-pointer by Lloyd to give SIU some breathing room, 72-67, with 3:02 remaining. Lloyd had not made a 3-point shot for Southern since the first meeting with Indiana State on Jan. 24, but he made both of his 3-point tries today and had 13 points.

“He was in rhythm, he never hesitated, he just rose up and made it,” SIU head coach Barry Hinson said. “Players make plays.”

Indiana State misfired on several opportunities in the final minute of overtime. With his team trailing, 74-72, Barnes missed a free throw, but the Sycamores got the ball back on a 10-second violation. Barnes then missed a potential go-ahead 3-ball with 13 seconds to go. He had one more opportunity to tie the game with five seconds left, but his 3-pointer came up short.

Southern held Indiana State’s top two scorers — Barnes and Scott — to 23 points on 7-of-28 shooting. One of the league’s top 3-point shooting threats, Barnes was 2-for-11 from long range.

“Don’t let Jordan and Brenton beat you — make the other guys beat you,” Hinson said. “I thought we did a phenomenal job on Barnes and Scott, but we gave up straight-line drives to those other guys.”

The Sycamores (11-17, 6-10) lost their fourth-straight home game and their seventh game out of eight.

“I should have been doing a better job for them this year,” Lansing said. “They’re a good group that really plays hard. I’m big enough to take blame when blame is needed and a lot of these self-inflicted wounds are the head coach’s fault. I have to do better, we’ll do better, we have to stay positive.”

Meanwhile, the Salukis have won eight of nine and are still in the hunt for first place. They trail Loyola by 1.5 games pending the Ramblers’ game at Evansville on Sunday. The two teams will meet in Carbondale on Wednesday night where SIU can pick up a game in the standings if it wins.

“This is the first time in a long time we’ve had a chance to win a championship,” Hinson said. “There’s two games left and we’re two games back, but they have to come to our place. We control half of our destiny.”

Box Score

Cardinals, former closer Motte set for a reunion

Former Cardinal Closer Jason Motte, picking up a save for the 2011 World Champions against the Texas Rangers.

JUPITER, Fla. – The last closer to throw a World Series-clinching pitch for the Cardinals will rejoin team as soon as Monday with a chance to retrofit a rebooted bullpen.

Jason Motte agreed to terms with the Cardinals on a minor-league deal that will become official after he passes a physical Monday, a source confirmed Friday. The agreement includes a non-roster invitation to big-league camp, but no promises for the righthander, who last pitched for the Cardinals in 2014.

Motte, 35, spent last season with Atlanta and had a 3.94 ERA in 46 relief appearances for the Braves.

Please click on the link for the full story from Derek Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

Saluki Men’s Basketball plays at Indiana State at 1:00 p.m.

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Southern Illinois continues its conference season on Saturday when it travels to Indiana State for a 1 p.m. game televised live on ESPN3. The Salukis have a five-game winning streak against Indiana State, having swept the season series from the Sycamores the last two seasons. Southern is 24-18 all-time against Indiana State at the Hulman Center. Head coach Barry Hinson is 21-7 lifetime against ISU, including 7-5 while at Southern Illinois.

In the first meeting between the teams in Carbondale on Jan. 24, Aaron Cook poured in a career-high 25 points and Southern Illinois held off a late ISU rally to win, 82-77. Both teams shot better than 50 percent in the second half, but the difference in the game was at the free throw line where the Salukis were 22-of-31, compared to 10-of-13 for ISU.

Armon Fletcher goes up for a dunk in a home win against Indiana State

Four Salukis average double figures
The Saluki have four players averaging double figures in scoring this season — Armon Fletcher, Sean Lloyd, Kavion Pippen and Aaron Cook. The last season this happened was in 2002-03, when Kent Williams, Jermain Dearman, Darren Brooks and Stetson Hairston were all double-figure scorers. Since 1950, there have been 13 Saluki teams that have had four or more double figure scorers.

Kavion Pippen second in scoring among MVC newcomers
Juco transfer C Kavion Pippen (6-10, 240, Jr.) ranks second in scoring (12.6) among MVC newcomers, trailing only Illinois State’s Milik Yarbrough (16.5). Pippen leads the team in field goal percentage (.560) and blocked shots (38), and has scored in double figures in all but six games this season.  The nephew of NBA legend Scottie Pippen is a four-time winner of the MVC Newcomer of the Week (Nov. 12, Dec. 4, Feb. 5, Feb. 12). He is 45-of-66 (.682) from the field in the last six games.

Armon Fletcher increases output after move to “hybrid forward”
Since the Salukis switched to a four-guard offense on Dec. 13, and moved G Armon Fletcher (6-5, 207, Jr.) to the “hybrid forward” position, the team is 14-6 and his stats have shot up.
Position    GP    PPG    RPG    FG%    3FG%
Guard    8    11.9    4.7    .460    .296
Hyrbrid    20    15.3    5.4    .512    .362
Fletcher had a career night at Valparaiso on Jan. 6 with 32 points and 14 rebounds. He made the game-winning basket at Missouri State with six seconds left, and the go-ahead 3-pointer versus Valparaiso with less than a minute left on Feb. 3.

Aaron Cook hits game-winning FTs
Aaron Cook (6-2, 185, So.) made the game-winning free throws in overtime of Wednesday’s win over Missouri State. He hit both ends of a 1-and-1 with 4.1 seconds left to give SIU an 81-80 win. Cook has made significant improvement in his offensive game as a sophomore.
2016-17    2017-18
Scoring    3.0 PPG    10.0 PPG
FG Percentage    .333    .461
3FG Percentage    .185    .415

Dawg Bites
•The highest SIU has finished in the MVC standings in the last 10 years is 3rd (2008 and 2017). It last won the MVC title in 2007.
•The last time SIU won 11 games in conference play was 2016. The last time it won more than 11 was in 2007 (15).
•SIU has swept the series from two MVC foes so far (Northern Iowa and Missouri State). That’s the most sweeps since the 2016 team swept four opponents (Missouri State, Bradley, Drake, Indiana State).
•The Salukis need one more road win to match last year’s road win total of five. They had nine in 2016.
Tyler Smithpeters is 12-for-25 (.480)from 3-point range during his career vs. Indiana State (8 games).
•The Salukis have out-scored their last six opponents in Points in the Paint by an average of 12.6 points per game.
•11 of SIU’s 15 conference games have been “one-possession games” (three points or less) during the final three minutes of regulation.
•SIU has shot better than 50 percent during the second half in nine of its last 10 games.
•F Jonathan Wiley has played the last two games after missing 11 games with a knee injury.
•The Salukis are 7-2 in games decided by five points or less this season.
•The Salukis are 14-1 when they hold an opponent under 70 points and 3-9 when an opponent scores 70 or more.
•SIU has gone 111-consecutive games with at least one 3-point field goal.
•The Salukis have two injured players who are out for the season — F Thik Bol and G Eric McGill.

Senior night for Christopher, Sesser-Valier, and Thompsonville

By Steve Dunford 

Class 1A and 2A boys high school basketball teams are entering into their final weekend of the season, as February Fever will turn into March Madness.

There is a battle between two Franklin County teams, as Christopher will host the Zeigler-Royalton Tornadoes as it is senior night for Bradley Young, Jared Curry, Daniel Flowers, and Tyler Weeks.  Cole Sanders, Jon Meadows,  Noah Leeper, Andrew Basiallon, and Xander Schablowski played in their last regular season game for the Tornadoes last Tuesday night aginst Trico

It will not be their last appearance at Art Brandon gym. as Z-R will face the Woodlawn Cardinals on Tuesday night in their own regional.

Sesser-Valier tries to finish their perfect run in the BDC West as the face the Chester Yellow Jackets tonight.  It is Senior Night for Lukas and Joshua Gunter, Preston Launius, Peyton Rock, and Addison Page.

It is senior night for Zack Krikman and Jacob Dixon as the Thompsonville Tigers host the NCOE  Fighting Cardinals tonight at Doc Harvey gym.  It is always high scoring and a wild one when these old Mid South now GEC rivals get together.

The Junior Tiger Cheerleaders will be performing, and coach Lacey Cooksey has over 35 girls preforming.  There will be an overflowing crowd, so get a seat early.

Two grizzled veteran coaches will match up tonight down at Metropolis as Kevin Toney’s West Frankfort Redbirds and Joe Hosman’s Massac County Patriots will be hooking up.  Massac won in a makeup game at Max Morris Gym last Tuesday night.  It is the last chance for the Redbirds to pick up an SIRR-Ohio win on the season.

The Redbirds has senior night as Lucas Wolfe, Keagan Thrash, Bradlee Croslin, and Brendan and Jacob Russell played their last game in Max Morris Gym last Saturday night.  West Frankfort was defeated by the Herrin Tigers.

It will be senior night in Benton next Friday night as they face the Salem Wildcats.  The Rangers are trying to finish a perfect SIRR-Ohio campaign off as they face the second best team in the Conference the Murphysboro Red Devils at Rich Herrin Gym tonight.


Rangers Draw the Marion Wildcats in first round of the Carbondale Class 3A regional

BLOOMINGTON – The Benton Rangers will face the Marion Wildcats on Tuesday February 27, at 7:30 P.M in the first round of the Carbondale Class 3A Regional.  Below are the pairings for the Centralia Sectional.

Centralia (H.S.) Sectional (map)

Manager: Lee Bennett

Phone: 618-532-7636, Fax: 618-532-9286


Tue., Mar. 6

Game 1 at 7:00 pm: Winner Waterloo (H.S.) Regional vs. Winner Carbondale (H.S.) Regional

Wed., Mar. 7

Game 2 at 7:00 pm: Winner Mt. Vernon (H.S.) Regional vs. Winner Highland Regional

Fri., Mar. 9

Game 3 at 7:00 pm: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2

Carbondale (H.S.) Regional (map)

Manager: Mark Albertini

Phone: 618-457-3371 x239, Fax: 618-351-9603


Mon., Feb. 26

Game 1 at 7:00 pm: (8) Metropolis (Massac County) vs. (10) Carterville

Tue., Feb. 27

Game 2 at 6:00 pm: (2) Carbondale (H.S.) vs. Winner Game 1

Game 3 at 7:30 pm: (3) Benton vs. (5) Marion (H.S.)

Fri., Mar. 2

Game 4 at 7:00 pm: Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3

Mt. Vernon (H.S.) Regional (map)

Manager: Doug Creel

Phone: 618-231-3226, Fax: 618-246-1765


Mon., Feb. 26

Game 1 at 7:00 pm: (7) Mt. Vernon (H.S.) vs. (9) Herrin (H.S.)

Tue., Feb. 27

Game 2 at 7:00 pm: (1) Centralia (H.S.) vs. Winner Game 1

Wed., Feb. 28

Game 3 at 7:00 pm: (4) Murphysboro vs. (6) Salem

Fri., Mar. 2

Game 4 at 7:00 pm: Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3

Waterloo (H.S.) Regional (map)

Manager: Mitchell North

Phone: 618-939-3455, Fax: 618-939-1373


Mon., Feb. 26

Game 1 at 6:00 pm: (7) Mascoutah vs. (10) Freeburg

Game 2 at 7:30 pm: (5) Columbia vs. (12) Waterloo (H.S.)

Tue., Feb. 27

Game 3 at 7:00 pm: (1) Alton (Marquette) vs. Winner Game 1

Wed., Feb. 28

Game 4 at 7:00 pm: (4) Bethalto (Civic Memorial) vs. Winner Game 2

Fri., Mar. 2

Game 5 at 7:00 pm: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4

Highland Regional (map)

Manager: Caleb Houchins

Phone: 618-654-7131, Fax: 618-654-6548


Mon., Feb. 26

Game 1 at 6:00 pm: (8) Breese (Mater Dei) vs. (9) Breese (Central)

Game 2 at 7:30 pm: (6) Cahokia (H.S.) vs. (11) Troy (Triad)

Tue., Feb. 27

Game 3 at 7:00 pm: (2) East St. Louis (Sr.) vs. Winner Game 1

Wed., Feb. 28

Game 4 at 7:00 pm: (3) Highland vs. Winner Game 2

Fri., Mar. 2

Game 5 at 7:00 pm: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game

Rangers #3 seed in the Boys Class 3A Carbondale/Centralia Sub sectional

Centralia (H.S.) Sectional (22T) (map)

Manager: Lee Bennett

Phone: 618-532-7636, Fax: 618-532-9286


Sub-Sectional A

1. Alton (Marquette)

2. East St. Louis (Sr.)

#3. Highland

4. Bethalto (Civic Memorial)

5. Columbia

6. Cahokia (H.S.)

7. Mascoutah

8. Breese (Mater Dei)

9. Breese (Central)

10. Freeburg

11. Troy (Triad)

#12. Waterloo (H.S.)

Sub-Sectional B

1. Centralia (H.S.)

#2. Carbondale (H.S.)

3. Benton

4. Murphysboro

5. Marion (H.S.)

6. Salem

#7. Mt. Vernon (H.S.)

8. Metropolis (Massac County)

9. Herrin (H.S.)

10. Carterville

Link for state wide seedings