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NON-CONFERENCE
Hornets roll past Gibault
Nashville dominates every category, win 54-21; Parker nets 22 in victory

12-08-2018
BY JACK BULLOCK
NASHVILLE – After spending two weeks on the road playing tournament games and one regular season contest, the Nashville Hornets on Saturday night made their way back into their comfort zone; the Assembly Hall.

Coach Wayne Harre's club, the preseason ABV 2A top ranked team, had ....

65TH ANNUAL WAYNE CITY HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
Holiday Tournament begins Saturday
Hawks, Salukis, lead solid field at Wayne City

12-08-2018
BY JACK BULLOCK
WAYNE CITY – The 65th annual Conrad Allen Wayne City Holiday Tournament has arrived.

Beginning on Saturday, December 8th eight teams in two pools of four will battle for a chance to take home the top trophy in one of the longest running boy's basketball events in the state's history.

NON-CONFERENCE
Granite City forces Eagle mistakes
Warriors take 60-50 road win at Columbia; Watson, Moore combine for 40-points

12-06-2018
BY JACK BULLOCK
COLUMBIA – Head coach Mark Sandstrom set up some severe tests for his team going into the 2018-19 season as he has in recent campaigns.

He ratcheted up the degree of difficulty of the Columbia Eagles' varsity schedule to help better prepare his club for potential 3A postseason matchups.

MIDLAND TRAIL CONFERENCE
Webber nabs big home win
Trojans rally past Odin, 48-46; Kaiden Taylor leads club with 17-points

12-04-2018
BY JACK BULLOCK
BLUFORD
– On Tuesday night, the Webber Township Trojans stepped onto their home floor less than 24-hours after dropping a road game to Zeigler-Royalton, 54-47.

The loss was to a team who hadn't tasted victory in over a year.

CARLYLE "KASKASKIAN CLASSIC"
Pinckneyville wins tourney title
Panthers' second half run dooms Woodlawn; Hillsboro, Greenville, Freeburg win

12-01-2018
BY JACK BULLOCK
CARLYLE – The Pinckneyville Panthers have come a long way in just over a week's time.

Back on November 21, Coach Bob Waggoner's club lost to West Frankfort on the road, 86-79 in overtime.

GOREVILLE INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT
Rangers "rattle" Hardin County
Early dominance takes away drama; 64-31; JC, host Blackcats also win

11-30-2018
BY JACK BULLOCK
GOREVILLE – The game of high school basketball is played for 32 minutes of regulation time.

The contest between Benton and Hardin County on Friday night was basically over after the first four minutes.

TRICO/MURPHYSBORO INVITATIONAL
Steeleville rolls past Red Bud
Warriors defense sets pace in 58-18 win; Sparta host Pioneers

11-28-2018
BY JACK BULLOCK
CAMPBELL HILL – The Steeleville Warriors let their defense set the stage for a romping victory on Wednesday night.

Although the squad missed some easy chances on offense during a second quarter stretch, they were a stingy crew on defense.

ABV WEEK 1 HIGHLIGHTS
Tournament champs make early season statements
Unbeaten teams roar out of the gate; Highlight Week 1 of 2018-19
11-26-2018
BY JACK BULLOCK
MT. VERNON - After the first week of the season there are some major ABV props to send out.

The Fairfield Mules won one of the toughest first week tournaments, going 4-0 to take home the title of the Lawrence County Capital Classic.

CHRISTOPHER "TURKEY" TOURNAMENT
Thompsonville dominates in title win
Tigers lead from start to finish in 53-33 championship game triumph
11-24-2018
BY JACK BULLOCK
CHRISTOPHER – In the first two games of the season for Coach Pete Gordon's Thompsonville Tigers, which began at the Christopher Turkey Tournament, they got of to relatively slow starts.

In contests against Zeigler-Royalton and Norris City-Omaha-Enfield this club .....

NON-CONFERENCE
Sesser-Valier tops West Frankfort
Winchester nets 36-points, passes 1,000 for his career in 81-65 triumph
11-23-2018
BY JACK BULLOCK
SESSER – The senior season for Sesser-Valier guard Tyler Winchester opened with a “bang” on Friday night in front of a large home crowd.

It is safe to say this 6-foot-2 shooting guard didn't disappoint anyone wearing Maroon and White on opening night.

CHRISTOPHER "TURKEY" TOURNAMENT
Christopher opens season with win
Garver, Pratt lead Bearcats to semifinals; Webber drops into consolation side
Wayne City advances past Waltonville

11-19-2018
BY JACK BULLOCK
CHRISTOPHER – There were a lot of question marks heading into the Christopher Bearcats season opener against Webber Township at the 44th annual Christopher “Turkey” Tournament.

One of the questions that needed to be answered was who was going to step up .....

ABV Annual Preview - November 18, 2018
11-18-18
BY JACK BULLOCK
MT. VERNON - The ABV Preview for the 2018-19 is completed.

Well, nearly all of it.

The 3A conferences Mississippi Valley and South Seven are like an election.

Not all of the precincts have reported.

I have information from five of the MVC, and two of the South Seven.

A couple of more days won't hurt anything.

Many of the schools won't start for another few days anyway.

I have received information (most of it promptly) from nearly every school I contacted that I normally try to preview.

Some still refuse to participate.

I'm not going to rant this year about those (3) coaches. It is what it is.

I also added a few teams that came from coaches outside of the area that wanted to be a part of ABV.

My policy is “No Team Left Behind.”

If you send the info, I will put something together.

There are some changes this season in the Rankings and you can read about it on the “RANKINGS” page by clicking on that link.

I have added a few northern schools to the process and some were very receptive to providing the information.

This season was much better all around in the gathering and the writing.

I hope it looks that way on the pages.

Ad sales were up this season, which is a good thing.

There are no pop up ads or click bait on my website. Just simple links to follow.

For those of you who are not familiar with my website, to find the different teams that are previewed you click on the link at the top and bottom of ALL of the pages on my website that is labeled “TEAMS.”

You can then scroll down and find your favorite team by picking the conference affiliation.

Many of the teams are Independents or are in the conference that is out of the ABV area yet they still feed into one of the three postseason supersectionals in which ABV deals with.

All of those teams are in the link called “Southern Illinois Independents.”

The Carbondale Supersectionals for both 1A and 2A along with the 1A Jacksonville Supersectional.

If you are a frequent follower of ABV, be sure to refresh pages to get the newest edition of the page.

If you are still seeing the older versions, it is probably because your old data and cache files need to be cleared from your browser.

Depending on which browser you use, this is generally a simple fix.

As with most years, there will be some mistakes made but most can also be fixed.

The rankings I do are my opinions of what I believe will happen during the year, culminating with the only tournament that really matters; the IHSA state tournament.

If I pick someone number #1, I believe that they are eventually going to end up at Carver Arena playing for a state championship.

If I didn't believe it, I wouldn't type it.

Anyway, this is season number #21 for me, four doing a newsletter, 17 on the web.

I hope you enjoy this edition of the ABV Preview.

See you at the Gym.

Jack