Lady Devils win their fifth straight BDC West title

By Jim Muir

The Sesser-Valier-Waltonville Lady Devils won their 61st straight Black Diamond Conference game Wednesday night and won their fifth consecutive conference title with a 75-29 victory on the road at Chester.

S-V-W made short work of the Lady Yellowjackets, jumping out to a 20-8 first quarter lead and extended the advantage to 35-16 at the intermission.

“Our defense was outstanding again tonight,” said SVW Coach Rick Metcalf, who has guided the incredible run during the ‘five-peat.’ “Tucker (Paige) had a huge game for us on the offensive end.”

Tucker took game scoring honors with 30 points, including 12 in the opening stanza.

The victory moved the Lady Devils to 21-2 overall and 10-0 in BDC West play. The Lady Devils have two conference games remaining – January 29 at Goreville and Feb. 1 at home versus Zeigler-Royalton.

Along with Tucker’s 30-point performance the Lady Devils also got double figure scoring from Sami McCowen who tallied 14 points. Rounding out the scoring Jada Hale had seven points, Ella Zahm scored six points, Carlie Page had four points and Paolina Marlo, Rylee Breeze and Adrianna Fedderke all scored two points each.

SVW will jump out of conference action on Saturday (Jan. 27) hosting Anna-Jonesboro. Game time is at 11 a.m.

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








Devils move to 5-0 in the BDC West, defeat Goreville 64-48

SESSER –  The Sesser-Valier Red Devils outscored their opponents 24-11 in the fourth quarter to take a nice 64-48 victory from the Goreville Blackcats.

The Devils put four players on the night in double figures as Lukas Gunter led the way with 18 points, Tyler Winchester 13, Preston Launius and Joshua Gunter had ten points each on the night for Sesser-Valier.

Braden Webb led the way for the Blackcats with 14 and Landon Albright added 10.  Post player Tanner Dunn did not play for Goreville, as he was out with the flu.

Sesser Valier improves to (10-5)(5-0) on the season and will make the short trip to Z-R Friday night, before heading into the BIT.

Goreville (11-4)(2-2) will host the Christopher Bearcats on Friday night before facing the Carbondale Terriers in the first Round of the Superman Classic.

Jared Curry is supposed to return to the Bearcat lineup of Friday night.

Link to Les Winkler’s story from The Southern Illinoisan

Link to Jack Bullock’s story from A Baseline View

Link to current Black Diamond Standings


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




Redbirds drop a road SIRR win to the Herrin Tigers

HERRIN –  Kyle Hammers, Keagan Thrash, and Bradlee Croslin had 14 points each on the night at the Redbirds last night as they fall to the Herrin Tigers 68-59.  Here are some links to stories written about last night’s game.

Here are a couple links about last night’s game.




Saturday, January 13

3:30 Sesser-Valier-Waltonville  vs. Herrin

5:00 Pinckneyville vs. West Frankfort

Tuesday, January 16

5:30 Herrin vs. Pinckneyville

7:00 West Frankfort vs. Sesser-Valier-Waltonville

Thursday, January 18

5:30 Pinckneyville vs. Sesser-Valier-Waltonville

7:00 Herrin vs. West Frankfort

Tie Breakers

1st tie breaker is the head-to-head play within your division 2nd tie breaker is each team’s free throw percentage.

The 30-point mercy rule will be in effect during the fourth quarter.

A Baseline View releases new rankings



The Sesser-Valier Red Devils are ranked fifth and the Christopher Bearcats sixth in the latest poll Class 1A released by Jack Bullock (ABV Jack) of the website

The Thompsonville Tigers crack the honorable mention slot in Class 1A, and  the West Frankfort Redbirds crack the 2A honorable mention slot.

Please click on the link below for the latest poll.

All Tournament Team: Sesser-Valier Holiday Tournament

Cameron Bowby – Marissa-Coulterville

Matt Campbell –  Johnston City

Tanner Dunn – Goreville

Blake Fewkes – Woodlawn

Lukas Gunter – Sesser-Valier 

Gage Hawkins – Christopher 

Tyson Kessler – Thompsonville

Keith Kiener III – Chester

Preston Launius – Sesser-Valier 

Peyton Massey – Goreville

Blake McKay – Woodlawn

Chase Selby – Johnston City

Braden Webb – Goreville

Tyler Winchester – Sesser-Valier 

Bradley Young – Christopher 

SVHT Preview: #4 Sesser-Valier (5-4) vs. Waltonville (2-6)

By Steve Dunford 

The number four seed in the tournament the Sesser-Valier Red Devils come into the tournament on a hot streak winning five in a row.

Their record might have been ugly, but their four losses have been against some very stiff competition.  The have a blowout win over Joe Hosman’s Massac County Patriots, and double digit wins over BDC west foes Chester and Christopher on their resume.

Waltonville’s two wins are against winless Zeigler-Royalton and Sandoval.

Sesser-Valier is probably one of the deepest teams entering into the tournament.  They have three returning starters who have started for coach Shane Garner for three years, in point guard Lukas Gunter, who I feel is the best 1A point guard in Southern Illinois.  They have sharp shooting guard Tyler Winchester, and Preston Launius who is a hybrid guard/forward.

Seeing some significant varsity minutes for the Devils last season in the post was Seth Boles and Addison Page as well as Joshua Gunter who can play anywhere.

Peyton Rock, who is a post player who was injured from football, is back in the program.  Eli Gunter, Reid Basso, and Kaden Kislewski, logged some varsity minutes.

Most of Waltonville’s offense goes thorugh McKendall Malone.  Reagan Newell, and Jaxson Haley are their two other scoring threats.  The Spartans were decimated by graduation and transfers.

On paper, the Devils are the heavily favorite.  However when these two teams get together, you can throw the record books out.  They will tip it up at 8:00 if the tournament runs on schedule.


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