Morthland men and women split final exhibitions


The Morthland College men and women basketball teams closed out their exhibition schedules this evening with the Morthland men winning on the road against the McKendree JV team, 99-86, while the Lady Patriots fell at home to Southeastern Illinois College, 95-60.

Will Carmickle lead the way for the Morthland men with 37 points and 19 rebounds, while Josh Overturf added 13 points and 9 rebounds.

The Lady Patriots could not contain SIC guard Anna Best who exploded for 38 points in the midst of breaking the school record for three-pointer in a game with nine.

The Morthland women had four players in double digits led by Shayly Wilce (22), Jade Vaughn (15), and newcomer Kristen Vincent chipped in 12 points in her second game as a Patriot. Junior Ashley Slack recorded 11 points and 17 rebounds to record her first double double of the year.

“We played with a lot of effort and executed the best we have all year tonight,” said head coach Ray Lewis. “Everyone played hard and played pretty good team basketball.”

The Morthland men and women will travel to Springfield, Ill. to take on Benedictine College Thursday. The women will tip-off at 5:30 p.m. and the men will hit the court at 7:30 p.m.

Morthland men and women fall to Blue Mountain College

The Morthland men and women basketball teams hosted the Blue Mountain College Toppers in a Monday night doubleheader at Rend Lake College. The Lady Patriots fell to BMC 94-38, while the Morthland men could not hold off the Toppers (3-4), falling 81-76.

The Lady Patriots (0-6) were led by Shayly Wilce and Jade Vaughn who both chipped in 14 points. Junior forward Ashley Slack scored 8 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for the Pats.

The Morthland College men’s basketball team came out sluggish after the first six minutes trailing the Toppers of Blue Mountain, Miss. 10-2, but Eldorado native Will Carmickle led the charge for the Patriots scoring 19 of this 32 points in the first half to give Morthland a 46-39 lead going into the locker room.

Morthland allowed BMC to score the first 8 points of the second half to take a 47-46 lead. The undersized Patriots kept battling in the second half but could not stop BMC from driving to the basket for easy scores. Morthland allowed 18 offensive rebounds, 10 of which came in the second half, allowing the Toppers to capitalize with 19 second chance points.

Will Carmickle scored 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Morthland while freshman Roby Boatright was the only other Patriot in double-digits with 10 points.

“They really jumped on us early in the second half after we battled back at the end of the first to gain the lead,” said head coach Rich Herrin. “They are a heck of a team for only having two wins this season, and they are going to win a lot more.”

The Morthland men and women will be back in action Dec. 1, when they travel to McKenzie, Tenn. to take on Bethel College.

WF City Council to discuss next step in electric aggregation process


A regular meeting of the West Frankfort City Council is slated for tonight at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 201 E. Nolen St. One of the items listed in the agenda is the next step in the city’s electric aggregation process: Commissioners will consider approval of an agreement with the city of Marion to pool their households and buy energy under the same contract.

West Frankfort voters approved an electric aggregation referendum earlier this month, which allows the city to buy power in bulk on the futures market for residents, a move that can save households 20 to 25 percent on the purchased power rate on their electric bills.

Both Marion and West Frankfort have contracted with Select Energy to facilitate the electric aggregation process, and the company has recommended the two cities buy under one contract, as more households can add up to greater savings.

West Frankfort residents will be given the opportunity to “opt out” of electric aggregation and continue to buy their electricity from Ameren before the program begins.

The Council is also expected to approve a $35,000 loan to Morthland College. This had been discussed at a previous council meeting, but tabled. There had been concern that the city would not be able to grant the loan to the private college.
A third major item on the agenda is the next step in renovating the now cleared site of UMWA Hospital, on West St. Louis Street. The site, being purchased by the city, will be offered to developers. At tonight’s meeting, the Council is expected to approve a $2,500 expenditure to begin Phase One of the environmental site assessment.
A new tenant is expected to be approved for the Business Incubator, Street Department grievances will be discussed, and routine business is also expected to come before the council tonight. As always, the meeting is open to the public.

Lady Patriots drop game to Martin Methodist

PULASKI, Tenn. – The Morthland College women’s basketball team fell to host school Martin Methodist University 107-45 on Friday.

The Lady Patriots are off to a 0-4 start to their season, but fatigue might be a factor after playing just six players on the road last night at Bethel College, along with a quick turn-around for today’s game. Martin Methodist got off to a quick start and never looked back following a 52-26 first half. The Redhawks (4-5) shot 55 percent from the field, and 35 percent from downtown.

Morthland was led by Jade Vaughn who scored 18 points, while Gena Jones scored 15 and pulled down 5 rebounds.

The Lady Patriots won’t be back in action until Nov. 26, when they take on Blue Mountain College.

Morthland Lady Patriots fall to Bethel College

The Morthland College women’s basketball team fell to Bethel College on Thursday night, 86-38.

The Lady Patriots shot just .240 percent in the first half behind scoring leader Jade Vaughn, who scored 16 points.  Junior Gena Jones put in 13 points while pulling down 6 rebounds.

The Morthland women will be back in action on Saturday when they travel to Pulaski, Tenn. to take on Martin Methodist University.

Morthland College men play first-ever home basketball game tonight

The Morthland College Patriots men’s basketball team will play the school’s first-ever home game tonight at 9:30 p.m. at Max Morris Gymnasium in West Frankfort.

The game is part of the four-team Doctors Classic exhibition tournament being held in West Frankfort this weekend. Here’s the full tournament schedule:

Friday, Nov. 16

  • 7:30 p.m. – McKendree JV vs. Webster JV
  • 9:30 p.m. – Morthland vs. Greenville JV

Saturday, Nov. 17

  • 6 p.m. – Greenville JV vs. McKendree JV
  • 8 p.m. – Morthland vs. Webster JV

Admission is free for Morthland College students, faculty and staff, and $5 for the public.

Area doctors Dr. Kent Herron, Dr. Tim Morthland, Dr. Dennon W. Davis, Dr. Norman Chiou, Dr. Rodney Herrin and Dr. Don Griffin are sponsoring the tournament.


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