NOTE;  I was going to release mine today.  I started doing some notes on 2A, and I was nearly identical with Jack Bullock, so I will second his motion.

I know the West Frankfort Redbirds have only won four ball games, but they were going to get a six from me.  They are still the best team in Southern Illinois that has only won four ball games

In the Gallatin County/Meridian regional-sectional complex I was identical with Jack, except swapping Century with Egyptian for the eighth and tenth seeds. I came close to putting Pope County above both of them but I did not want to show too much GEC Bias.

In the Zeigler-Royalton/Norris City-Omaha-Enfield complex, we are all over the place with each other.  I will be releasing that soon. -Steve

Here is a link to Jack’s projected seedings


Here is a link to Jack’s weekly poll.




Christopher scores 56 second half points to defeat Goreville in a big BDC West game

By Steve Dunford 

CHRISTOPHER  – The Bearcats lived at the free throw line in the fourth quarter.  Goreville coach Todd Tripp called a timeout with just over 4:00 on the clock in the fourth quarter with Christopher up 74-60.

The Blackcats started fouling hoping to trade 3 for 2.  Eric Stallman’s team did a great job guarding the perimeter and  Goreville could not put closer than 10 at 85-75, as Christopher beat Goreville 91-78.

Peyton Massey played limited minutes for the Blackcats as he rolled an ankle

I am unsure what both teams shot from the field, but I would imagine over 50%.  It was not the defense optional game that would come to mind as you would read the box score.   Both teams only had seven turnovers each.  As the game was down at Goreville was on January 11, it was one of the better high school games that I’ve had the privilege to watch.

The Bearcats jump out to a 9-2 lead, then Braden Webb became Braden Webb to lead a rally of five unanswered points cut the lead to two.  Both teams traded baskets as the Christopher had the lead after one 17-13.

The Second Quarter was nip and tuck most of the way,  The Bearcats became hot behind the arc.  There were four ties in the quarter, as the Bearcats began to pull away and had a seven point lead Cole Tosh had a stick-back at the buzzer.  Both teams go to the locker room by a 35-30 lead.

The Bearcats began to expand their lead to nine.  Goreville cuts it to five with just under four minutes on the clock, after Webb drives the line to cut the score to 45-40,  Todd Tripp calls a time-out and throws on a full court press.

It was still a five point game until the clock drops down to 1:50, and the Bearcats hit threes on four consecutive possessions.  Jared Curry hits two, and Dalton Saeger and Bryce Pratt hits one in the rally to lead Chirstopher to a 61-49 lead after three.

The fourth quarter took a while to play.  After Coach Tripp starts fouling at the four minute mark Christopher goes 16-22 at the free throw line.  It was a strategy that I agreed with from the Goreville coach.

Christopher improves to (17-6) on the season and (6-2) in the BDC West.  They will be heading to Chester on Tuesday, which is a tough place to play.  Goreville beat the Yellow Jackets 58-56 on Tuesday.

Goreville falls to (14-8) and (3-4) in the conference.  They host the Zeigler-Royalton on Tuesday before hosting the Sesser-Valier Red Devils in a rubber match for the regular season.


Box Score:

Goreville (78) Brown 1 0-0 2, Geyman 1 0-0 2, Webb 11 6-9 32, Bishop 6 2-4 14, Frassato 1 0-0 2, Tosh 3 5-8 11, Dunn 2 0-0 4, Glidewell 1 0-0 2, Albright 3 3-3 9 – Team Totals: 29 16-24 78

Christopher (91) Saeger 1 2-4 5, Motsinger 1 4-4 6, Young 3 3-7 9, Pratt 9 7-9 26, Hawkins 8 3-4 19, Curry 9 4-7 26 – Team Totals: 31 23-35 91

Three Pointers:  Goreville 4 (Webb 4) Christopher 6 (Curry 4, Pratt 1, Saeger 1), Fouls Goreville 24, Christopher 19

Score By Quarters

Goreville    13- 17- 19 – 29  –  78

Christopher    17- 18 – 26- 30  –  91

Goreville travels to Christopher in a BDC West Showdown tongiht

By Steve Dunford 

CHRISTOPHER –  In two teams that are very familiar with each other, since the personnel is the same, as well as meeting three or four times a year, the Goreville Blackcats will travel to Christopher this evening.

Christopher,  16-6 and 5-2 in the Black Diamond, is coming off of a 48-45 overtime loss at Trico.  Goreville escapes with a 58-56 win at Chester Tuesday night.

The two teams first faced in the semi-finals of the Sesser-Valier Holiday Tournament, with Goreville winning 59-52.  The Bearcats were without the services of Jared Curry.  The second time the teams met, Christopher won 81-76 on a game that was moved up because of severe weather.

It sounds like the nasty flu bug that has been going around has struck Christopher.  Coach Eric Stallman says he hopes to have everyone and at full strength tonight.

This is what Goreville Coach Todd Tripp had to say about going into tonight’s contest,” It is always a battle between us and expect nothing less tonight. Both teams have lots of talent and should be a fun game to watch. We are looking forward to it. ” 

Both teams can end up in Peoria.  I think Christopher will know what Braden Webb, Tanner Dunn, and Peyton Massey will do, and on the other side of the coin, Goreville will know what to expect out of Bradley Young and Jared Curry.

If everyone was at full strength, I would give Christopher the edge.  When they played against Herrin, they brought things to a new level, especially Bradley Young.

Here is one thing though, these two teams can play ten times and each game would go down to the wire.  I will be watching it streaming and be covering it for you this evening.

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




Trico edges Bearcats in ovetime

Vogt nails game-winning 3-pointer, Pioneers win 48-45


CAMPBELL HILL – Senior Ryan Vogt scored just seven-points in the Pioneers game against Christopher on Tuesday night.

But his final three-points were the most important ones of the game.

The 6-foot-4 forward, with the clock running down in overtime with the game tied, got himself open in the left corner near the Trico bench.

His 20-footer found the bottom of the twine with :04 remaining to give his team a 48-45 hard fought win over the visiting Bearcats.

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



Four Franklin County programs mentioned in ABV Jacks latest rankings







In Jack Bullock’s latest rankings the Christopher Bearcats are ranked fourth, and the Sesser-Valier Red Devils fifth with Thompsonville knocking at the door being in the top 10 in 1A.

Even though they are 4-15 the West Frankfort Redbirds are honorable mention in 2A.  He had some kind words about the Redbirds.

Please click on the link below for his full list.





Anna Jonesboro Wildcat is being honored for saving a man’s life

ANNA — It was late Christmas Eve, and 16-year-old Kyle McMahan was driving home from his girlfriend’s house when something caught his eye off the southbound Interstate 57 exit into Anna.

Kyle wasn’t quite sure what it was, but turned his car around to go and take a closer look.

“I wasn’t really sure what I exactly saw,” Kyle said. “I hurried up and (turned my car around and) turned my hazards on and was running over to look and got over there …”

Please click on the link to read the rest of the story from Stephanie Esters of the Southern Illinoisan.

NOTE:  This young man comes off the bench for A-J Coach Mike Chamness.  The Wildcats are in action tonight facing the West Frankfort Redbirds at the Midwinter Classic.

He also was an all purpose back and served a huge role for coach Brett Detering’s final four football team in 3A


Bradley Young’s dunk against Goreville

GOREVILLE –  Several of you have asked for the link to Bradley Young’s dunk Thursday night against Goreville.  It is one of the better dunks in a high school game I have witnessed.  I am going to share a link below to Blackcats Network.

The dunk was part of one of the best High School games that I have watched in a long time. The whole video is worth watching.

I tried to get a screen shot, but it was to blurry to use.

That night Braden Webb had 31 points to lead all scores and Jared Curry in his second game back had 26 as Christopher defeated Goreville 81-76.

The dunk is at the 18:48 mark of the video in the link below.  Goreville streams every game on Blackcats Network.  I watch a lot of games on their stream. -sd





Midwinter Classic ticket information

Tickets for the Midwinter Classic go on sale tomorrow (January 10th) starting at 10:00 am in the following order:

All chair seats, $5.00
General Admission, $5.00
Student General Admission, $3.00

NOTE: Pre-Tourney Sales are for entire ticket packets ONLY at this time, for the Mon-Wed-Fri-Sat sessions.

NOTE: Chair seat holders can only purchase the # of chair seats that they purchase during the regular season during the 4:00pm-8:00pm time periods shown below.

**If you are in the Parent or Employee group, and DO NOT currently hold chair seats, you will be limited to purchasing 2 chair seats from 4:00pm-8:00pm.

**After 8:00pm, there is NO LIMIT to the amount of tickets that an individual may purchase.

NOTE: Single session tickets will only be sold beginning 2 hours before each session begins FOR THAT NIGHT ONLY!

4:00-6:00: Gold Chippers, Red Chippers, Parents of Players & Cheerleaders, and District Employees.

6:00-7:00: Current chair seat holders, Draw Cards 101-175

7:00-8:00: Current chair seat holders, Draw Cards 176-250

8:00-9:00: Any Redbird Fan (May purchase any # of tickets)

ABV Jack’s new ranklings: Devils, Bearcats ranked, Tigers, Redbirds honorable mention

Jack Bullock knows the pule on 1A and 2A Boys Basketball for Springfield south more than anyone.  There are a lot of polls floating around and I think they are a little off.

One thing that Jack mentioned is Jared Curry of Christopher will be back Friday night against Goreville.  The Bearcats have survived the storm since he has been injured.  Several have stepped up including Gage Hawkins in his absence.

Please click for his latest rankings form A Baseline View





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