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64TH ANNUAL WAYNE CITY HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
Webber wins WC title
Charles Neal's 25-point, 10-rebound effort leads Trojans championship win
O'Neal nets 16 for Wayne City; Gallatin Co., Crab Orchard, Cisne win on final day

12-16-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
WAYNE CITY – The Wayne City Holiday Tournament has an all-tournament team but the event doesn't name a Most Valuable Player.

If they did, there is little doubt who would have taken home the trophy.

64TH ANNUAL WAYNE CITY HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
Indians move into title game
Wayne City overcomes mistakes, rallies for 48-41 OT win over Red Hill
Hosts will face Webber Township Saturday night
Louisville North Clay outlasts Cisne in 2OT

12-15-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
WAYNE CITY
Friday night's contest between Red Hill and the host Indians at the 64th annual Wayne City Holiday Tournament was a story that really wasn't worth writing home about.
But on this night, with the winner advancing to the title game on Saturday night, the final chapter of the saga was all that really mattered to Wayne City.

58TH ANNUAL ST. ELMO HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
Pirates steal victory late
Magee nets 32-points, Cumberland rallies for 67-63 win over Aces

12-14-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
ST. ELMO – If the Cumberland Pirates performance on Thursday night was graded on a normal scale, a “B- or C+” would probably be the overall result.

Fortunately for head coach Justin Roedl, his top two players brought their “A” games to the contest, especially in the pivotal fourth quarter.

64TH ANNUAL WAYNE CITY HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
Webber Township wins OT battle
Trojans rally past Gallatin County, 53-48 to reach title game
Red Hill, Wayne City also win to set up Friday night showdown

12-13-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
WAYNE CITY – The Webber Township Trojans have been looking for an important victory.

A signature win that has eluded this veteran senior group since their freshman season three years ago.

MIDLAND TRAIL CONFERENCE
Woodlawn "clamps down" on CORL
Cardinals force 18-turnovers, improve to 4-3 overall with 60-29 win

12-11-17
BY JACK BULLOCK
WOODLAWN -
It took the Woodlawn Cardinals a little bit longer than they wanted to shake loose from their conference foe on Tuesday night at home.

Christ Our Rock Lutheran played a pretty good first half and trailed the hosts just 26-21 at halftime.

64TH ANNUAL WAYNE CITY HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
Hawks romp past Cisne
Goebel leads Gallatin County to easy win with 21-points
Webber Township, Crab Orchard also roll at Wayne City

12-11-17
BY JACK BULLOCK
WAYNE CITY - For the first few minutes of their game against Gallatin County on Monday night, Coach Kevin Bowen and his Cisne Lions were thinking upset.

The team did what they wanted to do, which was run clock and milk their first couple of possessions.

64TH ANNUAL WAYNE CITY HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
Salukis' muscle past Crab Orchard
Defensive effort stymies Trojans, Red Hill starts tourney 1-0
Webber Township, Gallatin County, host Indians win on opening day

12-17-16
BY JACK BULLOCK
WAYNE CITY – Coming off of a tough conference road loss less than 24-hours earlier against rival Olney Richland, head coach Bryan Havill wanted his Red Hill team to forget about the loss and concentrate on the game against Crab Orchard at the Wayne City Holiday Tournament on Saturday afternoon.

1A NON-CONFERENCE
Rockets romp past Sesser-Valier
Okawville forces mistakes, dominates middle quarters in 58-35 road win

12-05-17
BY JACK BULLOCK
SESSER – The Sesser-Valier Red Devils suited up for their first home game of the season on Tuesday night after spending a week in Du Quoin facing some pretty tough opponents at the annual Tip-Off Classic.
Coach Shane Garner's team even jumped out to a .....

CAHOKIA CONFERENCE KASKASKIA DIVISION
Steeleville's defensive effort earns win
Warriors shut down Valmeyer, improve to 1-0 in Kaskaskia Division

12-04-17
BY JACK BULLOCK
STEELEVILLE
- On nights when the offense doesn't produce enough made shots, good teams get the job done in other ways.

On Monday night against visiting Valmeyer in the Cahokia Conference Kaskaskia Division opener for both teams, Steeleville got the victory with a .....

GOREVILLE INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT
Anna-Jonesboro wins title
Wildcats beat Hardin County, 69-41, 5-0 for the week
Ham Co. defeats Johnston City; Benton beats host Goreville on final night

12-02-17
BY JACK BULLOCK
GOREVILLE – Two weeks ago on Saturday, most of the Anna-Jonesboro Wildcats were playing a playoff semifinal football game at Pleasant Plains.

Basketball was probably the furthest thing from their minds at that point.

DU QUOIN "TIP-OFF CLASSIC"
Pilots take bark out of Bulldogs
Cairo improves to 3-0 in the tournament, 54-38; CWC falls to 1-1
Du Quoin edges Sesser-Valier in nightcap

12-01-17
BY JACK BULLOCK
DU QUOIN – Disruption.

It's a common term in the English language.
Webster's Dictionary defines it as “disturbance or problems that interrupt an event, activity, or process.”

CARLYLE "KASKASKIAN CLASSIC"
Pinckneyville tops Midgets
Panthers roll to 87-48 win; Rockets edge Indians, 45-42
Okawville/Pinckneyville title game rematch set for Saturday

11-30-17
BY JACK BULLOCK
CARLYLE – The Pinckneyville Panthers can do a lot of things really well.

On Thursday night at the Carlyle Kaskaskian Classic in their game against Freeburg, Coach Bob Waggoner's club proved just how good they can be when everything is clicking.

TRICO PIONEER INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT
Harrisburg rolls past host Trico
Bulldogs win 64-41; Chester tops North Tech; Steeleville edges Sparta

11-28-17
BY JACK BULLOCK
CAMPBELL HILL
- Head coach Randy Smithpeters always wants his Harrisburg Bulldogs to get off to a good start defensively.

It has been that way ever since he took over this program in 1993-94.

GOREVILLE INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT
Goreville romps past JC
Blackcats first quarter run sets tone in 83-54 win
Ham Co tops Hardin Co in opener; A-J stuns Benton, 67-65 in overtime

11-27-17
BY JACK BULLOCK
GOREVILLE
Coach Todd Tripp wanted to see how his club was going to respond on the opening night of the Goreville Invitational Tournament against Johnston City.

In fact there were a lot of questions going into the first game of the season for the Blackcats.

CHRISTOPHER TURKEY TOURNAMENT
Christopher takes tourney title
Host Bearcats outlast Webber Township, 66-60 in overtime
Wayne City, New Athens, Waltonville win on final day of 43rd Annual event

11-25-17
BY JACK BULLOCK
CHRISTOPHER – The Christopher Bearcats captured the championship of the 43rd Annual Turkey Tournament.

And it took a gutsy performance by senior guard Jared Curry and his teammates to help the Bearcats outlast Webber Township 66-60 in overtime on Saturday night.

CRAB ORCHARD TURKEY TOURNAMENT
Crab Orchard wraps up turkey title
Trojans dominate Dongola, go 5-0 in tournament
Pope County, Elverado post final day victories

11-25-17
BY JACK BULLOCK
CRAB ORCHARD – Heading into the final day of the 19th Annual Crab Orchard Thanksgiving Tournament, the host Trojans had won 14-straight games in this event in taking home the last two tournament championships.

Win number 15 turned out to be an easy victory as they jumped out to a big ....

VIENNA "THE CLASSIC"
Eldorado stays unbeaten
Eagles dominate boards, force 25 Cobden turnovers, improve to 4-0


11-24-17
BY JACK BULLOCK
VIENNA In a basketball you don't want this to happen to you, ever.
It is sometimes referred to as the “turnover bug.”
At some point in time every team catches it. It can either be self inflicted or it can be forced upon your team.

CHRISTOPHER THANKSGIVING TOURNAMENT
Bearcats top WC
Young nets 32-points, hosts advance; Indians fall to third place game

11-22-17
BY JACK BULLOCK
CHRISTOPHER – With 5:34 remaining in the fourth quarter of their semifinal game against Wayne City and clinging to a narrow 51-49, Christopher head coach Eric Stallman called a timeout after giving up a 5-0 run.

Coach Stallman posed a question to his team when he asked “What is it that we do well?”