Rangerettes defeat Massac 39-36 in Ohio Division match up

By Jim Muir

The Benton Rangerettes picked up a big victory Thursday night, knocking off Massac County 39-36 in a SIRR Ohio Division match up.

The Rangerettes jumped out to a 17-8 first quarter lead and extended the lead to 11 at halftime, leading 26-15. Benton Coach Andy Sloan said he felt his team missed an opportunity to put Massac away in the first half.

“We played with a lot of energy early and got the lead,” Sloan said. “I really felt like we could have extended the lead even more in the second quarter but made some poor decisions with the ball and we had too many turnovers.”

The Lady Patriots outscored the Rangerettes 21-13 over the final two quarters but Benton held on for the important conference win.

“We were in foul trouble and that was a big issue for us in the second half,” Sloan said. “Carlton (Zoe) and Wallace (Madyson) sat most of the third quarter with four fouls. We gave up the lead late but came back and got it right back. That’s a credit to our kids. We fought hard the entire game.”

Sloan said his team “did just enough to get the win.”

“But, we will take them any way we can get them,” said Sloan. “We were only 11-27 from the free throw line so if we hit our free ones it wouldn’t have been as close. But, credit our kids for not giving up.”

The Rangerettes were led in scoring by freshman Addisyn Miller who tallied 17 points, the lone Benton player in double figures. Wallace, despite sitting out much of the second half in foul trouble, scored eight points. Rounding out the scoring Katy Johnson scored four points, Ember Milby and Macie Cockrum had three points each and Eb Casey and Zoe Carlton each scored two points.

The win improved the young Benton team to 6-10 overall and 2-3 in Ohio Division play. Benton is back in action on January 9 when they travel to Herrin for an Ohio Division match up and then travel to Du Quoin on January 11.


Rangerettes fall to Hamilton County in non-conference matchup

By Jim Muir

A fourth quarter run by Hamilton County spelled defeat for the Benton Rangerettes in non-conference action on Monday night. The loss dropped the Rangerettes to 2-4 on the season.

Benton trailed only 35-33 heading into the final frame but was outscored by the Lady Foxes 18-7. Benton Coach Andy Sloan said a four-minute surge by Hamilton County in the decisive fourth quarter was the difference-maker.

“We executed our game plan for 28 minutes but unfortunately a high school basketball game is 32 minutes long,” said Sloan. “We trailed by two points with four minutes to play and lost by 13.”

Sloan said turnovers by his young team were costly.

“We just had too many mental errors and mistakes down the stretch that really cost us,” said Sloan. “But, we got beat by a good basketball team tonight.”

The Rangerettes were led in scoring by sophomore Madyson Wallace who scored 23 of the 40 points her team tallied. Ember Milby added seven points, Kelsey Wilcox added four and Eb Casey, Addisyn Miller and Zoe Carlton all scored two points each.

“Hopefully this will help us move forward,” Sloan said. “We want to be like Hamilton County, they are a good team. But, we’re not there yet.”

The Rangerettes are back in action on Saturday afternoon to take on the always-tough Nashville Hornettes. The Junior Varsity game will begin at 1 p.m. with the varsity matchup to follow.





Rangers improve to 2-1 with 51-38 victory over Hamilton County

By Jim Muir

The Benton Rangers improved to 2-1 on the season with a 51-38 victory over a scrappy Hamilton County team in Friday night action from the Goreville Invitational Tournament.

Both teams played dead-even in the opening stanza with the score knotted at 10-10. The Rangers outscored the Foxes 14-6 in the second to gain a little breathing room with a 24-16 halftime lead.

Benton put together a good third quarter, outscoring the Foxes 11-5 to open up a 35-21 lead entering the final frame. The game was decided in the two middle quarters with the Rangers outscoring the Foxes in the second and third quarter by a total of 25-11. Hamilton County outscored Benton in the fourth quarter 17-16.

Benton Coach Ron Winemiller said he felt like neither team every got in a ‘good flow’ offensively. Winemiller said the play of senior Cade Thomas, who had the highest point total of his varsity career with 15, was a bright spot in the contest.

“I thought Cade had a really good game,” said the Benton coach. “He looked to score tonight and made the best of his opportunities.”

The Rangers, who have gone 14-1 at the GIT in the previous three years, have a pair of tough games on Saturday, facing an up-tempo Johnston City team in a 10 a.m. matchup and then coming back Saturday night to meet the host Goreville Blackcats in the tournament finale at 8:30 p.m.

Winemiller said both games on Saturday with be “tough matchups.”

Johnston City is fast and they have some shooters and Goreville is always tough on their home floor,” said Winemiller. “Both those games could come down to who takes care of the basketball in the final four minutes.”

Along with Thomas’ 15 points Parker Williams added 11, Gehrig Wynn chipped in eight points and Carson Lewis added seven points. Rounding out the Rangers’ scoring Hamilton Page and Brett Bonenberger each had four points and Braxton Lutz added two points.




Rangerettes rally from 15 down to defeat Herrin in Ohio Division matchup

By Jim Muir

BENTON — It was clearly a tale of two halves for the Benton Rangerettes on Tuesday night.

In the home-opener and the kick off to the SIRR Ohio Division the Rangerettes trailed by 13 points at halftime and by as many as 15 early in the third quarter before putting together a furious second half rally to defeat Herrin 54-46.

“For as bad as we played in the first half I thought we really played well in the second half,” said Coach Andy Sloan. “We picked up the defensive intensity in the second half and created some much-needed offense from our defense. It was a great comeback.”

And the longtime and successful Benton girl’s coach was not exaggerating when he pointed out that his team got the offense rolling in the final two quarters. The Rangerettes managed only 13 first half points and trailed 27-13 at halftime. Whatever the halftime talk consisted of must have hit home as the Rangerettes exploded for 41 second half points. Benton outscored Herrin 21-12 in the third frame to cut the Herrin lead to 39-34 heading to the fourth quarter. The Rangerettes turned up the heat some more in the fourth quarter outscoring the Lady Tigers 20-7 to pick up an important Ohio Division victory. Overall, the Rangerettes trailed by 15 in the first minute of the second half and won by eight – a 23-point swing in only 15 minutes of basketball.

While Sloan had praise for the second half effort he pointed out that his team has developed a pattern of starting slow, something he hopes to correct.

“We have to find a way to get off to a better start in games,” Sloan said. “But I have to say that this team does not have any quit in them at all.”

Only one week into the season, Sloan said his young team is getting better.  “We’re a work in progress,” Sloan said. “But, we’re going to figure it out.”

Senior Eb Casey led the Rangerettes in scoring with 17 – 14 coming in the second half. Casey hit five 3-pointers in the contest. Also in double figures was Madyson Wallace with 11 points – 10 in the decisive second half. Freshman Addisyn Miller also hit double figures with 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Rounding out the scoring Zoe Carlton added eight points, Ember Milby chipped in six points and Katy Johnson had two points. Madison Russell led Herrin with 16 points followed by Kristen Wade with 11.

The victory improved Benton to 2-3 overall and 1-0 in Ohio Division play. The Rangerettes are back in action on Monday, December 4 when they host Hamilton County in a non-conference matchup.

Rangers drop season opener to AJ in overtime

By Jim Muir

The Benton Rangers let a seven point halftime lead get away and Anna-Jonesboro rallied down the stretch to pull out a hard fought 67-65 overtime victory in opening night action at the Goreville Invitational Tournament.

The Rangers jumped out to an 18-14 first quarter lead and outscored the Wildcats 17-14 in the second stanza to go up 35-28 at the intermission.

Benton Coach Ron Winemiller said he felt the two factors in the loss was a lack of rebounding and a lack of toughness on his team.

“I think one key was that we couldn’t get a defensive rebound early in the game,” said Winemiller. “I thought they (A-J) was tougher than us, particularly early in the game. I think we got better as the game went along.”

A decisive third quarter played huge in the game as the Wildcats outscored the Rangers 22-13 to erase a seven point deficit and take a two-point lead, 50-48, heading into the final quarter. The Rangers outscored A-J 11-9 in the fourth quarter knotting the game at 59-59 at the end of regulation.

Zach Parr, who scorched the nets for 33 points and game scoring honors, scored 15 in the decisive third frame. Parr also scored seven of A-J’s eight points in overtime including the game winner that sealed the victory. McGrath added 11 for the Wildcats, the only other A-J player in double figures.

The Rangers had balanced scoring with three players in double figures, led by Parker Williams with 19, Gehrig Wynn added 16 and Hamilton Page adding 11. Sophomore Carson Lewis added 8 in his first varsity action and Joey Craig and Brett Bonenberger added two each to round out the scoring.

“You never know how a player will react when they make the jump to varsity, but I though Carson (Lewis) played well for his first game.”

Heading into the start of a new season, Winemiller said his biggest concern is a lack of depth and varsity experience.

“I think we could see a lot of games just like this one where it comes down to one possession,” he said.

The Rangers will have very little time to lick their wounds as they head back to the hardcourt on Tuesday night to take on Hardin County in a 5:30 p.m. matchup. All five teams will take Wednesday and Thursday night off before the tournament resumes on Friday with three games and then six games on Saturday.

The Rangers play Hamilton County at 7 p.m. on Friday, Johnston City at 10 a.m. Saturday and then close out the tournament against the host Goreville Blackcats at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.








Multiple car accident on Route 37 North of Marion

by Steve Dunford

MARION, IL –  There have been reports of a Multi Car accident north of Marion near Dee’s Pets.

Please avoid the area.  Further updates will be passed along as they become available.


The Following Preliminary Information is Being Released by Illinois State Police District 13

WHAT: Two Vehicle Personal Injury Traffic Crash

WHERE: Illinois Route 37 at Cedar Grove Road, Williamson County

WHEN: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 12:00 P.M.

VEHICLES: 2011 Ford Focus and a 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis

DRIVERS: Ford – Bessie S. Ward, a 75 year old female of Vienna, IL – Non-Incapacitating Injuries – Transported via ambulance to a local hospital.
Mercury – Geraldine Covington, a 77 year old female of Herrin, IL – Non-Incapacitating Injuries – Transported via ambulance to a local hospital.

PRELIMINARY: Preliminary investigative details indicate both the Ford and the Mercury were north bound on Illinois Route 37 at Cedar Grove Road with the Ford following the Mercury. The Mercury slowed for traffic and the Ford struck the rear end of the Mercury. Both vehicles were towed from the scene due to damage.

CHARGES: Ward was cited with Failure To Reduce Speed To Avoid a Crash.


West Frankfort Police Department Report


WEST FRANKFORT, IL –  Please click on the link above from the West Frankfort Gazette for the monthly police report for June by WPFD chief, Mike Irwin.

National Tourism Week

Press Release from State Representative Dave Severin (R- Benton) 

This week is National Tourism week and, like much of the state, tourism is a big part of our Southern Illinois’ economy.

Looking at some of the statistics from last year, tourism in Illinois is doing better than ever.  According to the Illinois Office of Tourism, the state saw one million more visitors in 2016 than in 2015, and 83% of these visitors came to the state for a vacation.

The 117th’s options for outdoor recreation are second to none, with a variety of spots for fishing, hiking, cycling, golfing, and other activities. On top of that we have a growing number of wineries and local breweries for those looking for good food and drinks.

The 117th district truly has something for everyone to enjoy, which is why we should be proud of everything we have to offer. Check out some of the links to local tourism websites provided below:

Visit SI http://www.visitsi.com/

Rend Lake http://enjoyrend.com/index.html

SI Eclipse http://southernillinoiseclipse.com/

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