Redbirds fall in a nail biter against Harrisburg


The Redbirds place four in double figures, as C.J Johnson had a game high 15,  Kyle Hammers 14, Lucas Wolfe, 12 and Bradlee Crosilin 11.

Carson Burtis led the Bulldogs with 14. Isaiah Salsbury and Dalton Lambert had 13 for the bulldogs.

The Redbirds fall to (4-14) on the season and (0-5) in the SIRR-Ohio.  They travel to Anna-Jonesboro tonight, at team they lost to 55-51 in overtime in the Midwinter Classic last week.

Harrisburg improves to (17-4) and (4-1) in the conference.  They are idle until next Friday night when Joe Hosman’s Massac County Patriots visit Davenport Gym.

Please click on the link from Michael “Spyder Mann” Dann of the Harrisburg Daily Register


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


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–year-old-anna-teen-is-being-honored-for/article_8eb0c707-f167-5ace-a030-8cd57948a5e6.html#tracking-source=home-top-story

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








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





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.

Mid Winter Classic Pairings released




Saturday, January 13 6:30 Cairo vs. Marion

Monday, January 15

5:30 Carterville vs. Herrin

7:00 Eldorado vs. Anna-Jonesboro

8:30 West Frankfort vs. Christopher

Tuesday, January 16

8:30 Christopher vs. Eldorado

Wednesday, January 17

5:30 Herrin vs. Cairo

7:00 West Frankfort vs. Anna-Jonesboro

8:30 Carterville vs. Marion

Thursday, January 18

18 8:30 Cairo vs. Carterville

Friday, January 19

5:30 Anna-Jonesboro vs. Christopher

7:00 West Frankfort vs. Eldorado

8:30 Herrin vs. Marion

Saturday, January 20 Finals

3:30 4th Place Teams from Each Pool Play for 7th & 8th Place Overall

5:00 3rd Place Teams from Each Pool Play for 5th & 6th Place Overall

6:30 2nd Place Teams from Each Pool Play for 3rd & 4th Place Overall

8:00 1st Place Teams from Each Pool Play for 1st & 2nd Place Overall

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.

Eldorado Holiday Tournament Parings/Scoreboard

Game 19: 8:30 a.m.  Massac County 59  vs.  Union County KY 36  F (5th Place Bracket)

Game 20: 10 a.m.  Carmi-White County 51 Gallatin Co 34   (5th Place Bracket)

Game 21: 12 p.m.  Harrisburg 54 vs. Anna-Jonesboro 52 (semi-finals)

Game 22:  1:30 p.m.   Eldorado 64  West Frankfort 55 F (semi-finals) 

Game 23:  3:00 p.m.  Herrin 62   Edwards County  50 F (Consolation Championship)

Game 24:  6:00 p.m. Massac County 62  Carmi-White County  60  (5th Place)

Game 25:  7;30 p.m. Anna Jonesboro 42   vs West Frankfort  33 H  (3rd place)

Game 26:  9:00 p.m. Harrisburg  vs Eldorado (Championship)

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