Benton finishes their season 25-6 falling to Marion in the Carbondale Class 3A regional

CARBONDALE — It’s probably only fitting that longtime South Seven Conference rivals from Marion and Carbondale will meet up for a regional championship on Friday.

Marion defeated Benton, 77-53, in the nightcap. Carbondale held off Massac County for a 54-47 win in the early game.

“I thought our seniors were really locked in and ready to play,” said Marion coach Gus Gillespie. “(Saddoris) had a big night. He was ready to play and distribute the basketball. Benton is awfully hard to guard. They can spread you out, and they can all shoot it. Our kids had to guard as hard as they’ve had to because I was very concerned about Benton’s kids.”

Benton was led by Gehrig Wynn with 20, and Parker Williams had 17 on the night.  They end the season with a 25-6 record and capturing back-to-back SIRR Ohio crowns.

Here is a link to the story from Scott Mees of the The Southern Illinoisan.



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

Boys Basketball | Benton clinches share of SIRR Ohio

HARRISBURG — Benton clinched a share of the SIRR Ohio with a 58-51 win at Harrisburg Friday night behind 20 points from Gehrig Wynn.

Wynn, who knocked down six free throws in the final quarter, was one of four Rangers to score in double figures. Parker Williams added 13 points while Hamilton Page scored 12. Carson Lewis nailed three triples and finished with 11 points for Benton (23-3, 8-0 SIRR Ohio).

The Rangers, who won the league last winter, can earn an outright championship with a victory tonight in Metropolis.

“It feels good, but at the same time we talked to our guys in the locker room that this is nice, but this is just one step closer to the goal that we had. The goal that we had was to be a conference champion and we can accomplish that at Massac.”

Please click on the link for the full story from Jeffrey Drake of the Southern Illinoisan.


Rangers pick up votes in the latest Class 3A AP basketball poll

Here are the Southern Illinois teams that are ranked in the latest AP poll

CLASS 4A:  Belleville West third

CLASS 3A:   Centrailia eighth, Carbondale and Benton receiving votes

CLASS 2A:  Pinckneyville third, Eldorado 4th, Effingham St. Anthony receiving votes

CLASS 1A:  Cairo tenth, with Okawville receiving votes

Here is a link to the full poll

Hamilton Page had ice in the veins, as the Rangers escape Herrin with an OT win.

Hamilton Page fights through a pic from Herrin’s Brandon Anthony (Thank you Cindy Page)

HERRIN -Hamilton Page scored the last five points, including the tie-breaking free throws with 7.4 seconds left Friday night, as the Rangers eked out a 43-41 decision in Memorial Gym.

“He’s one of those guys who’s been through the wars before,” Benton coach Ron Winemiller told The Southen abot Page. “Quarterback in football, shortstop in baseball … he’s been through a few pressure situations.”

“They’re a much-improved team from when we saw them earlier this year,” Winemiller said of Herrin.

Please read the full story by clicking on the link from Bucky Dent of The Southern.

All South Football team released

The All South Football team was released this afternoon.  There are seven from Franklin County that are listed.   They are the following:


Hamilton Page – QB

Blaine Pankey RB/LB

Cade Thomas – WR/DB


Madison Allen – RB/LB

Greg Cooper – OL/LB


Lukas Gunter – WR

Bryce Jones


High school basketball schedule for today

West Frankfort Midwinter Classic

3:30 p.m.  Sesser-Valier-Waltonville vs. Herrin (girls)

5:00 p.m.  West Frankfort at Pinckneyville (girls)

6:30 Cairo vs. Marion boys

Martin Luther King Shootout at Meridian

Thompsonville plays Agape Christian from Marion at 2:00 p.m.

Click and scroll down for the full schedule

Cancellations/Makeup Dates

West Frankfort at Massac County, February 6th

Zeigler Royalton at Vienna is postponed for tonight a makeup date will be announced next week.

Benton-Murphysboro, Will be determined at a later date

Crab Orchard at Galatia, February 3rd








Rangers edge Patriots

Benton improves to 13-2, 4-0 in SIRR Ohio, with 59-56 victory

BENTON – For head coach Ron Winemiller and his 2017-18 Benton Rangers, the beginning of the season has been one of the surprises in southern Illinois boy’s basketball.

After graduating most of what turned out to be a record-breaking 31-3 squad from a year ago which produced the first ever SIRR Ohio Division championship in the programs’ history, this squads’ expectations weren’t nearly as high heading into this campaign months later.

Please click on the link for the full story from Jack Bullock of A Baseline View.

Rangerettes drop Ohio Division match up at Murphysboro

By Jim Muir

The Benton Rangerettes fell behind early and battled back but came up short in a 50-36 loss to Murphysboro in Tuesday night action.

The Rangerettes fell behind by double digits at the end of the first quarter, trailing the Lady Red Devils 18-6 after one in the SIRR Ohio Division match up. Murphysboro outscored Benton 15-9 in the second quarter to open up a 33-15 halftime lead.

Benton Coach Andy Sloan said turnovers continue to hurt his young team.

“We just had too many costly turnovers between the middle of the first quarter to the middle of the second quarter,” said Sloan. “We were down by 22 at one time and battled back and got it to 10 but couldn’t get any closer.”

Sloan said he was disappointed in his team’s defensive effort.

“We didn’t guard very well as a unit and we gave up far too many second and third opportunities to Murphysboro,” Sloan said. “The result is disappointing because I thought we were prepared and had a good game plan. We let their athleticism take over early and I think that’s what cost us the game.”

Madyson Wallace led Benton in scoring with 15 and drew praise from her coach. Wallace, a sophomore, did not play last year and is competing at the varsity level for the first time.

“I thought she (Wallace) had a good game,” Sloan said. “She is getting better each game.”

Rounding out the scoring for Benton, Addisyn Miller and Zoe Carlton each had six points, Eb Casey had five points and Kelsey Wilcox had four points.

The Rangerettes are back in action on Thursday, January 4 when they host Massac County and then hit the road for a pair of road games next week, facing Herrin on January 9 and Du Quoin on January 11.

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