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.




Rangers double up West Frankfort

By Steve Dunford 

Cade Thomas #3 is getting ready to be picked up by C.J. Johnson #21 on help side defense for the Redbirds. (BCHS Athletic Director Ryan Miller photo)

BENTON –  The Benton Rangers race out to a 19-9 first quarter lead , led all 32, and never looked back as the Benton Rangers defeated the West Frankfort Redbirds tonight 62-31 at Rich Herrin Gym.

As close as the game ever was was 6-5 on a three pointer by CJ Johnson who Tied Benton’s Parker Williams for a game high 19 points.

Along with Williams’ 19, Gehrig Wynn, and Hamilton Page added 11, Karson Lewis nine Cade Thomas six, Mason Morris three, Braxton Lutz and Brett Bonenberger added a bucket a piece for the Rangers.

Johnson’s 19 carried most of the offensive load for the Redbirds, as Keagan Thrash had five, Lucas Wolfe three,  Kyle Hammers and Bradlee Croslin had two for the Redbirds.

Benton improves to (21-3) and  in the drivers seat for another SIRR Ohio Division crown at 7-0.  They will be in action tomorrow in the Rich Herrin Classic as they face the Staunton Bulldogs (12-7).

The Bulldogs dropped to (2-4) in the very tough South Central Conference, as they fell to the Vandalia Vandals 61-50 this evening.

The Redbirds fall to (4-17) on the season, and (0-6) in the conference.

Joe Hosman and his Massac County Patriots  come calling to Max Morris Gym on Tuesday night, in a makeup contest.    Massac fell on the road tonight to the Harrisburg Bulldogs, 66-47.  Their record is (8-2) and (0-5) in the River-to-River.

DuQuoin jumps out to big lead….Defeats WF 67-52 Tuesday night

WEST FRANKFORT — Du Quoin blistered the nets in the first three quarters taking a 28-point lead at one point to win its third game in a row with a 67-52 win over West Frankfort in a cross-division River-to-River Conference boys basketball game Tuesday.

“They had several kids shoot the ball well from the perimeter and when we finally got out to contest their shooters that obviously left open the middle, so it was pick your poison,” said West Frankfort coach Kevin Toney. “They’re athletic and skilled and they can all shoot it and they give us some difficult matchups because of their size and length. I was glad our kids hung in there and competed in the second half.”

Kyle Hammers led the Redbirds with 13 points with Gavin Gaylor and Brendan Russell finishing with eight points each.

Please click on the link for the full story from Geary Dentison of the Southern Illinoisan.




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.





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


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





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