SIJHSAA baseball/softball regional scores


DuQuion Class L Regional

Wed, Sep 20 at 3:30p
Game 1: DuQuion (9) over West Frankfort (6)
Wed, Sep 20 at 5:00p
Game 2: Hamilton County (5) over Benton (3)

Sat, Sep 23 at 10:00a
Regional Championship: Hamilton County vs DuQuion

Johnston City Class M Regional

Tue, Sep 19 at 2:00p
Game 1: Sesser-Vallier (9) over Johnston City (8)
Tue, Sep 19 at 4:30p
Game 2: Christopher (12) over Zeigler-Royalton (4)

Thu, Sep 21 at 4:00p
Regional Championship: Sesser-Vallier vs Christopher

Elverado Class S Regional

Tue, Sep 19 at 4:30p
Game 1: Ewing (10) over OLMC (0)
Tue, Sep 19 at 4:30p
Game 2: Desoto (13) over Thompsonville (0)
Tue, Sep 19 at 4:30p
Game 3: Pinckeyville 204 (14) over Giant City (3)

Thu, Sep 21 at 3:00p
Game 4: Elverado vs Ewing
Thu, Sep 21 at 4:30p
Game 5: Desoto vs Pinckeyville 204

Mon, Sep 25 at 4:30p
Regional Championship: Winner Game 4 vs Winner Game 5


Hamilton County Class L Regional

Wed, Sep 20 at 4:30p
Game 1: Benton (11) over DuQuoin (2)
Wed, Sep 20 at 6:30p
Game 2: Hamilton County (3) over West Frankfort (2)

Sat, Sep 23 at 10:00a
Regional Championship: Benton vs Hamilton County

Christopher Class M Regional

Tue, Sep 19 at 2:00p
Game 1: Christopher (9) over Zeigler-Royalton (1)
Tue, Sep 19 at 4:00p
Game 2: Sesser-Valier (7) over Johnston City (3)

Thu, Sep 21 at 4:30p
Regional Championship: Christopher vs Sesser-Valier

Giant City Class S Regional

Sat, Sep 16 at 11:00a
Game 1: Galatia (3) over Pope County (1)

Tue, Sep 19 at 2:00p
Game 2: Giant City (12) over OLMC (0)
Tue, Sep 19 at 4:00p
Game 3: Crab Orchard (14) over New Simpson Hill (9)
Tue, Sep 19 at 2:00p
Game 4: Unity Christian (12) over Galatia (2)
Tue, Sep 19 at 4:00p
Game 5: Carrier Mills (14) over Thompsonville (0)

Fri, Sep 22 at 4:30p
Game 6: Giant City vs Crab Orchard
Fri, Sep 22 at 4:00p
Game 7: Unity Christian vs Carrier Mills

Mon, Sep 25 at 4:30p
Regional Championship: Winner Game 6 vs Winner Game 7

Junior High/High School Sports Schedule 8/17/17

HS Boys Golf

WEST FRANKFORT at Carbondale

HS Girls Golf

Marion, Hamilton County at WEST FRANKFORT

Junior High Softball


BENTON at Marion

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Herrin) at THOMPSONVILLE

Junior High Baseball


BENTON at Marion

THOMPSONVILLE at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Herrin)

All events weather permitting



Junior High baseball/softball scores from Monday and Tuesday

by Steve Dunford



SESSER-VALIER 16  Johnston City 2

WEST FRANKFORT  16  Carbondale 3

BENTON 9 DuQuoin 0


Goreville 6  ZEIGLER-ROYALTON 5  Skylar Hudson 2-3, Bella Bates and Lainey Morris 1-3 at the plate for Z-R

WEST FRANKFORT 17  Carbondale 7




Adams (Creal Springs)  14  THOMPSONVILLE 11




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HS Basketball scoreboard 12/6/16


A trio of Sophmores for the Tigers- PG Tyson Kessler (23) at the free throw line, and Reed Raubach (11) and Anthoney Darge (21) in the post

A trio of Sophmores for the Tigers- PG Tyson Kessler (23) at the free throw line, and Reed Raubach (11) and Anthoney Darge (21) in the post


Carrier Mills 58 THOMPSONVILLE 34
Gallatin County 53 Crab Orchard 48
Galatia 60 Pope County 31


Okawville 72 SESSER-VALIER 45
Eldorado 60 WEST FRANKFORT 48
Carmi-White County 76 NCOE 63


Fairfield 55 Johnston City 28


Joppa 93 Shawnee 49

Century 87  Egyptian 59

Meridian 81  Agape Christian 35


Wayne City 47  Cisne 40

Webber Township 83  Sandoval 40




Muphysboro 57  Herrin 39


Du Quoin 52

Pinckneyville 44

Non Conference

CHRISTOPHER  49  Gallatin County  24

Graves Co. KY  48  Massac County  15

New Athens 57  Trico  10


Junior Rangers move into regional finals with 53-20 win over West Frankfort

By Jim Muir

The Benton Middle School 8th grade basketball team moved into Saturday’s Hamilton County Regional championship game with a convincing 53-20 victory over cross-county rival West Frankfort.

rangers logo xDerek Oxford led the way for Benton with 22 points and 12 rebounds – his 10th consecutive game with 20-plus points – and Austin Wills scored 13 points and added three rebounds, three steals and two assists in the lopsided victory that improved the Junior Rangers to 19-4 overall.

BMS will face the host Hamilton County Foxes in Saturday’s regional title game that will tip off at 10 a.m.

Coach John Cook’s team jumped out to a 12-5 first quarter lead, extended it to 26-14 at the intermission and then put the game on ice by outscoring the Redbirds 19-4 in the third quarter.

Cook  has mixed and matched his eighth and seventh grade players this year and many times the seventh graders played three and sometimes four quarters in the seventh grade game before also contributing many minutes at the eighth grade level. With no seventh grade contest last night Cook said the fresh legs off the bench by his seventh graders helped in the win.

“We received a great deal of energy off the bench from our seventh graders, Hamilton Page and Gehrig Wynn,” said Cook. “I thought they both did a great job of coming in and bringing a little more intensity to both ends of the floor. Hamilton played positions that he isn’t used to playing and he knew exactly what to do and where to be. That shows how much he pays attention to detail in practice.”

Cook also lauded the effort in holding the West Frankfort team to only 20 points on the night.

“I was pleased with the defensive effort,” said Cook. “We communicated well on ball screens and had good rotations on the bottom of our defense.”

Noting the one-and-done format of post season where a loss now ends the season, Cook said he was pleased but at the same time downplayed the victory.

“Certainly this was a good win for us,” said Cook. “But it is also only one step toward where we ultimately want to be.

Also contributing to the win for Benton was Blane Pankey with eight points and three rebounds, Tyson Houghland with four points and four rebounds, Gehrig Wynn with three points and three rebounds, Scott Mosely with three points, and Hamilton Page with five rebounds. Also seeing action in the semi-final win was Oliver Davis, Parker Williams, Tony Tillman, Jordan Richey, Brett Bonenberger and Jordan Garbo.









Fundraising dinner, girls basketball celebration Thursday at CJHS


The 14-4 West Frankfort 8th grade girls basketball team will be celebrated with a ceremony Thursday before their home game against rival Benton. The games start at 5:30 p.m. at the Central Junior High School gymnasium.

Before the game, there will be a Fazoli’s spaghetti dinner in the school cafeteria.

The meal will be served from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and includes pasta with meat sauce, a small salad, a drink and two breadsticks. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children.

Take-out meals will also be available.

Eldorado Holiday Tournament draw set


The West Frankfort Redbirds have been assigned their 2012 opening opponent in the Eldorado Holiday Tournament. The Redbirds will play the Fairfield Mules in their first round game.

Fairfield was seeded No. 8, and will play West Frankfort in the 11:30 a.m. game, on the tournament’s first day, Dec. 27. If the ‘Birds win that game, they advance to play the winner of top seeded Harrisburg/Hardin County. Should the Redbirds drop the contest they play the breakfast game at 8:30 a.m. the following morning.

The tournament grid begins at 8:30a.m., when No. 4 Union County, Kentucky, tips off with Carrier Mills. The next game is set to begin at 10 a,m. when No. 5 Massac County plays Hamilton County. The Redbird game follows this one. Then, at 1:45 p.m., the Harrisburg Bulldogs take on Hardin County.

The Herrin Tigers return to the EHT field for a 3:15 p.m. game vs. Carmi-White County. Herrin is seeded No. 6. The tournament’s third seed, the Meridian Bobcats, play the 4:45 p.m. game against NCOE.

The evening session begins with a match-up between No. 2 seed Gallatin County and Galatia. The evening session concludes with host Eldorado, a surprising 7 seed, meeting Anna-Jonesboro.

The tournament concludes Saturday night with the title game starting at approximately 9 p.m. Harrisburg, top seeded and state rated with an unbeaten mark, is a heavy favorite to win the tournament.

FCA Daily Devotion – Renewal

II Corinthians 4:16
When do you feel like your body is wasting away and your strength is drying up?  Maybe that’s at the end of practice, half-way through preseason or with one week to go in a long, difficult season.  How can we have our hearts renewed and find the strength to press through such feelings?  Today’s scripture gives us such encouragement.
In the second letter to the church at Corinth at chapter 4 and verse 16 we read, “Therefore we do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”  Paul was aware of his friends’ perilous times and the physical toll it was taking on them.  He identified with their plight.
It’s the nature of competition and long seasons to wear down our bodies.  We can identify with these people and the outward wasting away of their bodies.  The wisest among us also know how to be inwardly strengthened, day by day in our hearts.
Here’s the challenge for us.  Can we trust our hearts to lead us to do the right thing, even when our bodies are crying out for us to quit?  Can we continue to find new strength through renewed hearts and press through the hard times?
As you prepare to compete today, trust your heart to the one who gives strength without measure.  Ask Him to fill your heart with courage and to enable you to compete strongly.  You will be amazed at how your mind and your body will respond to your heart’s lead.
Bible Reading Plan:
Song of Solomon 4:8-16
Jeremiah 52

FCA Daily Devotion – Character Tests

I Peter 1:6
What do you find to be a trial while competing in your sport?  What parts of your character are tried in that process?  Does it test your will, your body, your attitudes, your emotions, maybe all the above?  How deeply are you affected by those trials?
In Peter’s first letter to his friends in what is now Turkey, at chapter 1 and verse 6 we read, “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials.”
While we all find great enjoyment and fulfillment through playing the game, while many of us seemingly live for competition, the trying parts of the process often wear us down.  The grief that comes with sore muscles, painful joints, disappointing losses and strained relationships are all trials for all of us.
We greatly rejoice in the best parts of our game, but we also, for a little while, may have to undergo plenty of grief through the more difficult parts of competition, practice, travel and study.
As you approach this day’s competition, focus your mind on your favorite part of this game.  Put the grief and the trying parts of it behind you.  Keep clearly in view your team’s goals and press on toward a great finish and a tremendous victory.
Bible Reading Plan:
Ecclesiastes 11
Jeremiah 39-43
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