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IBCA All-Star Rosters set
ABV POY's Winchester, Bultman will represent 1A/2A South
Wesclin's Brent Brede will coach the squad; E.J. Liddell of Belleville West will play for 3A/4A South

05-23-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association announced the rosters for their annual All-Star Game to be held on June 8, 2019 at Pontiac High School.

Among the participants expected to play are two-time Mr. Basketball in Illinois and Ohio State University signee E.J. Liddell.

He will lead the 3A/4A South Team along with teammate

The All-Star games will be held on Saturday, June 8th in the Pontiac Community High School Gym.

Ohio State bound and two time Illinois High School Player of the Year and two time 4A State Champion from Belleville West, E. J. Liddell, will represent the 3-4 South Boys All Stars in our IBCA All Star Weekend Experience on June 7th and 8th in Pontiac.

He will be joined by senior All Stars from across the state of Illinois.

From southern Illinois ABV Carbondale Supersectional Area 1A "Player of the Year" Tyler Winchester of Sesser-Valier and 2A "Player of the Year" Bryce Bultman of Nashville are both on the 1A/2A South roster.

Others from the ABV area include All ABV 2A players Jayzale O'Neal of regional winner Fairfield, Clint Weber and Dawson Smith of sectional winner Teutopolis, CJ Johnson from regional champion West Frankfort, Will Aubel of sectional champion Okawville, Austin Rager of regional titlist Mount Carmel, Audie Goebel of regional winner Gallatin County, Sam Painter of Litchfield, Nate Brede of Wesclin, Karson Huels of Waterloo Gibault and Keith Kiner III of Chester.

Brian Estes of Fairfield was named as an alternate for the 1A/2A squad.

The 3A/4A team from the South includes Liddel of two-time defending champs Belleville West along with teammate Lawrence Brazil III.

Also from the Deep South part of the state are Landon Wolfe of Effingham and Donovan Clay of Alton.

The girl's games will also be played on the same day, starting earlier in the afternoon.

The 1A/2A South Team will feature ABV area players Sammi Matoush of Hillsboro, Karsyn Davis and Brooke Meylor of Harrisburg, both Abigail Reinneck and Emily Reinneck of Lebanon, Kaleigh Dodson of Hamilton County, Libby Ahlers of Nashville and Haleigh Keeling of Vienna.

Three Deep South players will be on the 3A/4A South squad; Bryce Dowell of Belleville East, Kierra Winkeler of Breese Mater Dei and Carsyn Fearday of Effingham.

The 1A/2A girl's game will begin at noon followed by the 3A/4A girl's game at 2 pm.

The 1A/2A boy's contest will start at 4 pm and the 3A/4A matchup is slated for 6 pm.

Admission is $5 at the door for all four games.

ABV gearing up for 22nd season
More businesses, teams involved
11-18-18
BY JACK BULLOCK
MT. VERNON - After another great season of A Baseline View it is back to work as I gear up for yet another basketball season.

Beginning in 1998-99 with a newsletter/magazine and moving to the world wide web in 2001-02, this all adds up to 21 years heading into 22.

I've added a few new advertisers and I have also reached out to some additional schools to perhaps expand.

The ABV motto is if you send the information this way, I will put it on the website.

That includes scores, standings, schedules, preview, etc.

I'm looking forward to hearing from some new coaches and schools.

The more I learn about teams, the better the preseason previews and rankings look.

This past season was a good one as southern Illinois was well represented at the state finals with Nashville placing second and Moweaqua Central A&M finishing third.

Both the Hornets and the Raiders will have strong teams coming back next season so their fans will have plenty of cheering ahead of them.

The 2A ABV area will have a much different look to it with several teams moving down from 3A and some 2A teams dropping on down to 1A.

This will make things much more interesting in the Deep South postseason.

Benton, Breese Central, Breese Mater Dei, Carterville, Columbia, Freeburg, Massac County, Murphysboro and Salem will all drop into the 2A class while Casey-Westfield, Dupo, Edwards County and Red Hill will go from 2A to 1A.

The latest enrollment tallies are effective for the next two school years (2019-20 thru 2020-21) so these teams will be locked in to their spots.

If you are not already following me on Twitter or Facebook, please do so.

Most of the updates that I do, concerning basketball and advertising, are announced on one or both of those platforms.

Advertising is what keeps this ship afloat.

It is how I have managed to keep doing this for now 22 years.

In any case 2019-20 looks to be even better.

Thanks again for stopping by to check on my site.

I appreciate everyone who does.

See you at the Gym.

Jack

ABV 1A/2A ALL-SOUTH TEAMS - 2018-19
Bultman, Winchester, Gordon III earn POY's
Coaches Harre, Gordon, Kraus deserve COY's
03-16-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
MT. VERNON
– The ABV 2018-19 All-South Teams are complete.
Each year I put together a list of the top players in the different areas I cover.
However this year there was/is a bit of expansion in place.
At the beginning of the season I really needed to do some extra work.
2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Hornets finish second
Orr wins third-straight title 50-36; 0-11 3-point shooting dooms Nashville
03-09-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
PEORIA – The figure that stood out the most on the final stat sheet of the IHSA 2A state championship game between Chicago Orr and Nashville???
0-11.
That was the performance from the 3-point line by the Nashville Hornets in their 50-34 title game loss to the now three-time tournament champion Spartans.
1A THIRD PLACE GAME
Central A&M grabs third place
Raiders roll past Triopia, 70-39; Paradee, Heaton combine for 43 points
03-09-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
PEORIA
– Building towards the future, ending the season with a win and giving everyone a last look at next year's 1A Carbondale Supersectional favorites.

That is what the Central A&M victory over Concord Triopia in the third place game provided Saturday afternoon at Carver Arena.

2A STATE FINALS - PEORIA
Hornets advance to title game
Nashville survives free throw shooting woes; play Chicago Orr Saturday

03-05-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
CARBONDALE
– In typical Nashville fashion, the Hornets defense bailed them out of their state semifinal game against stubborn Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley.

And as the game unfolded Friday night, Coach Wayne Harre's club needed every stop they got.

1A STATE FINALS - PEORIA
Cissna Park moves to title game
Timberwolves lead from the start, improve to 32-4; St. Mel awaits

03-08-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
PEORIA
– Going back to the 1980's, singer Phil Collins had a song called “Inside Out.”

That fit to a tee the offensive beginning for the Cissna Park Timberwolves in their 56-44 win in the 1A semifinals over Central A&M.

1A STATE FINALS - PEORIA
Central A&M, Cissna Park collide on Friday
Raiders, Timberwolves bring impressive resumes to Peoria

03-07-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
PEORIA
– In what undoubtedly an interesting matchup in the semifinals, ABV top-ranked Central A&M, fresh off of their 1A Carbondale Supersectional conquest on Tuesday night, will tangle with Cissna Park at 11 am at Carver Arena.

The Raiders and Timberwolves have size, athletic ability and skills and both .....

2A STATE FINALS - PEORIA
Nashville faces veteran Falcons
Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley rides 31-game win-streak to Carver Arena
03-07-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
PEORIA
- The Nashville Hornets have made yet another trip to Peoria, their first since a second place finish and seventh appearance at Carver Arena since the finals were moved there in 1996.

The first state finals showing in the schools history, in 1978, produced a state .....

TOURNAMENTS
Vandalia to play at Benton Invitational
1A/2A CARBONDALE SUPERSECTIONALS
Raiders, Hornets head north
Central A&M, Nashville punch tickets to Final Four
03-05-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
CARBONDALE
- For Central A&M head coach Rob Smith, what a difference a year made for him and his basketball team.

The Raiders came into their supersectional game last March against Goreville at SIU Arena flying high but they came crashing to the ground after a poor showing .....

1A AND 2A SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
1A GALLATIN COUNTY SECTIONAL
Sesser-Valier takes sectional title
Seth Boles scores 23-points; Red Devils roll past rival Woodlawn, 55-39

03-01-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
JUNCTION
– Over 2,000 fans packed into Gallatin County High School Friday night for the sectional championship game between long time rivals and top notch programs Sesser-Valier and Woodlawn; with a trip to the Carbondale 1A Supersectional on the line.

The overflowing crowd was anticipating an epic postseason matchup between .....

1A OKAWVILLE SECTIONAL
Rockets handle West Central
Okawville takes another step towards Peoria, 61-44; Aubel 22-points paces host
02-27-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
OKAWVILLE
- Okawville head coach Jon Kraus couldn't have dreamed of a better beginning for his Rockets on Wednesday night in their 1A Okawville Sectional semifinal contest.

On the other hand, Winchester West Central mentor Ryan Sichting would .....

2A VANDALIA SECTIONAL
Mules roll to easy win
Fairfield ends Pana's Cinderella run, 70-33; Defense forces 23 turnovers
02-26-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
VANDALIA - Fairfield head coach Scott McElravy was probably a bit nervous heading into his Mules' sectional semifinal matchup with Pana on Tuesday night.

The Panthers had shot the ball really well in beating both Casey-Westfield and Marshall to win the Shelbyville Regional last week.

ABV 2A VANDALIA/DU QUOIN SECTIONAL PREVIEWS
Strong teams enter 2A Sectionals
Six top seeds survived regionals; Pana, WF crashed the party

02-25-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
On the 2A side of the ABV postseason ledger, there was only one example of what would be considered a major upset in the regionals that feed into the Du Quoin and Vandalia Sectionals.

Highly regarded and ABV ranked Casey-Westfield lost its first game of the ......

ABV 1A GALLATIN COUNTY/ALTAMONT SECTIONAL PREVIEWS
Regional Champs Set To Battle
Top four teams from ABV 1A Rankings make it to the sectionals
02-25-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
Two seeding favorites and two up-setters are still alive in the postseason heading into the Gallatin County 1A Sectional this week.

Both Sesser-Valier and Woodlawn advanced after being the top two seeds in Sub-Sectional A while both Gallatin County and Cairo managed to grab regional .....

1A WAYNE CITY REGIONAL
Cardinals "clamp down" on Tigers
McKay nets 27-points, Woodlawn adds to trophy case with 58-40 regional title win
02-22-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
WAYNE CITY
- The Woodlawn Cardinals have earned much better grades offensively in 2018-19 than they did on Friday in the title game of the 1A Wayne City Regional.

However on the defensive side of the floor Coach Brian Gamber's squad earned an emphatic “A+” in their runaway win over Thompsonville.

ABV REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PREVIEWS
02-22-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
Here is a quick look at tonight's ABV Area Regional title games.
Best of luck to all of the one's left.
1A GOREVILLE REGIONAL
Goreville, Cairo advance
Blackcats roll past Crab Orchard; Pilots ease past Pharaohs
Regional title game set for Friday night

02-20-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
GOREVILLE
- In the first semifinal game on Wednesday night at the 1A Goreville Regional, the Crab Orchard Trojans were making a game of it in the first half against the top-seeded hosts.

After a bucket by sophomore forward Keegan Peek off of a rebound of his own ......

1A SESSER-VALIER REGIONAL
Red Devils survive scare
Sesser-Valier edges rival Christopher, 46-44

02-19-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
SESSER
– Although the Sesser-Valier Red Devils led for most of their regional semifinal matchup on Tuesday night, they were never really comfortable.

But like most good teams that have been through a lot of close games, the hosts managed to make enough “feel good” plays when they counted.

MIDLAND TRAIL CONFERENCE
Waltonville takes home senior night win
Spartans' great start holds up; Victory ties Wayne City for second in MTC
02-16-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
WALTONVILLE - Senior night's, in most cases, are a final chance for the locals to get a glimpse at the kids who have played for the school on their home floor and for the team to play well in front of their faithful.

The Waltonville Spartans celebrated their final regular season game and .....

NON-CONFERENCE
Okawville tops Sparta
Rockets' big third quarter provides spread for road win; Heckert nets 21-points

02-12-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
SPARTA - For the Okawville Rockets on Tuesday in their road game against Sparta, priority one was to g
et the ball inside to their big man while also working for the best percentage shot possible.

Six-foot-seven junior center Jackson Heckert took control in the paint .....
NON-CONFERENCE
Tigers get past Gateway Academy
Furlow's 25-points leads to 66-54 win; Thompsonville improves to 26-2

02-11-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
THOMPSONVILLE
– In a contest that in the biggest of regular season pictures amounted to little more that a make up game scrimmage from a snowed out shootout, the Thompsonville Tigers played it like it was a regional title game.

Coach Pete Gordon had his team ready to go against private school Gateway ......

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS RIVER-TO-RIVER CONFERENCE
Hornets take conference command
Nashville "throttles" short-handed Panthers; Lead SIRR Mississippi Division

02-09-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
NASHVILLE
- The return match up between SIRR Mississippi Division rivals Nashville and Pinckneyville on Saturday night didn't turn out to be the kind of contest that most fans had in mind when they entered Nashville's Assembly Hall.

The two teams battled back on January 4th with the host Panthers escaping with .....

BLACK DIAMOND CONFERENCE
Chester keeps BDC West title in sight
Behind triple-double by Keith Kiner III, Yellow Jackets stay league perfect

02-05-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
CHRISTOPHER - In high school basketball, a triple-double is rare.

While it is seemingly an everyday occurrence in the National Basketball Association, it is uncommon in prep basketball.

BENTON "RICH HERRIN SHOOTOUT"
Hornets "wear out" Wooden Shoes
Nashville's second half defense "stings" Teutopolis; 57-39
Herrin, Benton, Marion, Sesser-Valier, Goreville, Harrisburg win
02-02-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
BENTON
– In what was considered the marquee matchup of the “Rich Herrin Classic” Shootout on Saturday at Benton High School lived up to its advanced billing.

At least it did for a half.

NATIONAL TRAIL CONFERENCE
North Clay takes care of road business
Cardinals nail down 57-40 NTC win at Dieterich; Improve to 19-7

02-01-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
DIETERICH
– Coming off of a tough loss on the road at Neoga on Tuesday, head coach Josh Zink was hoping his North Clay Cardinals would respond with a “big effort” on the road Friday night.

This mentor got exactly that.

NON-CONFERENCE
Sesser-Valier nabs key road win
Winchester hits overtime game winner, Red Devils top Woodlawn, 38-36

01-29-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
WOODLAWN
– On Tuesday night, in a defensive struggle between two long time rivals, the Woodlawn Cardinals' defense held Sesser-Valier sharp shooter Tyler Winchester well below his scoring average as he finished with just eight-points on the night.

As it turned out, they needed to hold him to just six.

84TH ANNUAL NATIONAL TRAIL CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT
Bulldogs "Dust" Altamont
Jacob Dust nets 28-points in 68-50 win; St. A nabs third straight NTC title
North Clay takes third, St. Elmo/Brownstown wins consolation, South Central seventh

01-26-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
ALTAMONT
– When the going got tough in the second half for Effingham St. Anthony head coach Cody Rincker's game plan was simple.

Get the ball to the “big man.”

GREATER EGYPTIAN CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT
Crab Orchard, Galatia post wins
Trojans hold off CM-S; Bearcats rallies past NCOE

01-24-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
HARRISBURG
– The Crab Orchard Trojans used a couple of big scoring runs, one each in the second and third quarters, and held off a furious rally by Carrier Mills-Stonefort in the fourth quarter, to earn a spot in the consolation championship game with a 67-59 win Thursday night.
Coach Jon Brown got 23-points from junior Hunter Throgmorton along with 19-points from junior Tony Lakotich as the Trojans improved to 14-9 on the season.

GREATER EGYPTIAN CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT
Gallatin County, Pope County advance
Hawks roll over Galatia; Pirates ease past NCOE
01-22-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
HARRISBURG
– When you are a higher seed in a tournament, you want to make sure you have the least amount of drama possible in your opening round contest.

Audie Goebel of Gallatin County made sure that his Hawks were in a “drama free” zone Tuesday night in their opening round domination of Galatia.

GREATER EGYPTIAN CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT
Thompsonville, Hardin County open GEC with wins
Tigers roll past Carrier Mills-Stonefort; Cougars edge Crab Orchard in OT
01-21-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK

HARRISBURG
– To repeat as champions of a bracketed tournament, there can be no mistakes in any game.

You have to win the first one to defend that last one (tournament) and on Monday night at the annual Greater Egyptian Conference Tournament .......

NASHVILLE INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT
Hornets, Knights win
Nashville drills Brentwood (MO.); Mater Dei holds off Granite City

01-16-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
NASHVILLE
– The Nashville Hornets took a few minutes to get going on Wednesday night in their opening game of their 37th annual Nashville Invitational Tournament.

However the Hornets' “smoldering warm up” soon turned into a “roaring fiery rage” as the Hornets romped to a lopsided 60-25 victory.

OKAWVILLE INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT
Rockets rally past Gibault
Okawville, Madison post Tuesday victories; heading for Saturday night showdown

01-15-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
OKAWVILLE
– Two important elements of the Okawville Rockets' game plan came together in their 48-38 win over Waterloo Gibault on Tuesday night at the Okawville Invitational Tournament.

The scoring of 6-foot-4 senior Will Aubel and some key offensive .....

CARMI-WHITE COUNTY INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT
CWC out-guns Harrisburg
Ethan Mahon hot start propels Bulldogs to 64-48 triumph
Fairfield, Mt. Carmel roll to opening night victories

01-12-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
CARMI
– Carmi-White County's Ethan Mahon may have had better games in his prep basketball career.

However it is unlikely the 5-foot-11 junior guard could've produced a better offensive start of a contest than he enjoyed on Monday night at the 40th annual ......

WEST FRANKFORT "MID-WINTER CLASSIC"
Carterville edges Eagles
Downen hits last second shot, Lions win in OT, 67-65

01-12-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
WEST FRANKFORT
– If you wanted to see a great game to open up an invitational tournament, you couldn't have picked a better one than the contest on Saturday night at West Frankfort.

The matchup between Carterville and Eldorado featured 17 tie scores and 10 lead .....

GREATER EGYPTIAN CONFERENCE
Trojans pick up road win
Crab Orchard holds off Carrier Mills-Stonefort, improves to 12-6 with 54-45 triumph

01-08-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
CARRIER MILLS – Conference road wins are always tough to come by, or so it seems.

Crab Orchard and veteran head coach Jon Brown know that fact “too well.”

NON-CONFERENCE
Murphysboro tames Bobcats
Big third quarter run gives Red Devils 59-41 triumph

01-05-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
MOUNDS
– For head coach Daryl Murphy getting a win on the road at Mounds Meridian on a Saturday afternoon was very important.

After coming off of a good win Friday night over Harrisburg, the Red Devils were a bit sluggish at the beginning of their matinee on Saturday, according to .....

BLACK DIAMOND CONFERENCE WEST
Blackcats roll past Vienna
Goreville never trails in 54-39 romp on the road

01-05-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
VIENNA – Coaches, when talking about the beginning of games, like to use the phrase “punched them in the mouth” when describing a good start.

That is exactly what the Goreville Blackcats did, metaphorically speaking, to their Johnson County rivals Vienna on Saturday night.

38TH ANNUAL SESSER-VALIER HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
Red Devils win title
Sesser-Valier edges Marissa-Coulterville, 57-54; first SVHT title in 18 years
Woodlawn, Goreville, Cobden post final day victories

12-28-2018
BY JACK BULLOCK
SESSER
– It was the year 2000. America had survived the Y2K scare and a controversial presidential election.

Red Devils' head coach Shane Garner was a guard at his Alma mater Sesser-Valier.

38TH ANNUAL SESSER-VALIER HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
S-V rolls past Tigers
Red Devils make the last run count, beat Thompsonville, 66-52
Marissa-Coulterville awaits S-V in title game showdown

12-28-2018
BY JACK BULLOCK
SESSER
– With the game even at 44-all at the end of the third quarter, the Sesser-Valier Red Devils were looking for a difference maker heading to the fourth quarter to decide who would join Marissa-Coulterville in Saturday night's championship game of the 38th annual SVHT.
Six-foot-one junior Peyton Bates filled that role.

54TH ANNUAL ELDORADO HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
NCOE shocks host Eagles
Sophomore Melton hits game winning shot, Cardinals advance 57-56
Top-seeds Fairfield, Massac, Herrin cruise into quarterfinals

12-27-2018
BY JACK BULLOCK
ELDORADO
– There will be no repeat champion in the 54th annual Eldorado Holiday Tournament.

Norris City-Omaha-Enfield sophomore Joe Melton saw to that Thursday night in the seventh game of the 16-team bracketed event.

38TH ANNUAL SESSER-VALIER HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
Meteors struggle into quarterfinals
Cold shooting Marissa-Coulterville tops Waltonville, 55-40
Woodlawn, S-V, Thompsonville advance; Cobden upsets JC

12-26-2018
BY JACK BULLOCK
SESSER
– The number four-seed at the 38th annual Sesser-Valier Holiday Tournament certainly didn't play like a team that entered the tourney on an eight-game winning streak.

But the Marissa/Coulterville Meteors were anything but “blazing” as they shot the

54TH ANNUAL ELDORADO HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
Mules look to "kick down" EHT door
Fairfield, Massac, Herrin, Gallatin County round out top seeds

12-25-2018
BY JACK BULLOCK
ELDORADO
– Heading into the 54th annual Eldorado Holiday Tournament the defending champions, the host Eagles are the eighth-seed as they lost a lot of talented kids from a two-season run that produced the most wins in the school's storied history.

Head coach Josh Bradley guided his troops to a 54-7 mark, including .....

38TH ANNUAL SESSER-VALIER HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
Cardinals, Red Devils lead loaded field
Top-seeds Woodlawn, S-V face tough challenges
Thompsonville, Marissa-Coulterville loom large in 16-team bracket

12-24-2018
BY JACK BULLOCK
SESSER
– The 38th annual Sesser-Valier Holiday Tournament is shaping up as the most balanced in the events most recent history.

The folks at SVHS have put together a strong 1A field with a couple of 2A teams thrown in for good measure as the 16-team bracketed tournament is set for .....

DONGOLA CHRISTMAS TOURNAMENT
Egyptian tops Pope County
Pharaohs, Pirates, Rangers end up tied; Joppa wins tie-breaker for championship

12-22-2018
BY JACK BULLOCK
DONGOLA
– The “ups and downs” of high school basketball can be tough to take.

It was that way for the Egyptian Pharaohs on Saturday at the Dongola Christmas Tournament.

NON-CONFERENCE
Warriors rally for OT win
Luke Richards hits two free throws to top Fairfield in battle of unbeatens

12-21-2018
BY JACK BULLOCK
FAIRFIELD
– It was a battle of unbeaten teams at Fairfield on Friday night that turned out to be a defensive gem and an offensive struggle.

At least for the early going.

NON-CONFERENCE
Nokomis' early run dooms hosts
Redskins roll to 18-2 lead, hold Eagles at bey, 57-41

12-20-2018
BY JACK BULLOCK
ST. ELMO
– The Nokomis Redskins picked up a non-conference road win at St. Elmo/Brownstown on Thursday night as they jumped out to a big early lead.

While in a perfect world Coach Steve Kimbro's squad would have cruised into high gear and won with ease, but in the 57-41 triumph they .....

NON-CONFERENCE
Wayne City edges NCOE
Indians recover from bad fourth quarter, win 40-36; Improve to 9-3

12-18-2018
BY JACK BULLOCK
WAYNE CITY
– The Wayne City Indians were heading to a relatively easy double-digit victory on Tuesday night against visiting NCOE.

They led by as many as 13-points in the third quarter and a 3-point bomb by top scorer Travis Dickey gave the hosts' a 35-23 lead with 7:01 remaining in the fourth quarter.

IHSA Schools Approve Football Districting & 10 Other Proposals

12-17-2018
BLOOMINGTON - The proposal about the Illinois High School Association changing the football regular season scheduling has passed.

The following is an official IHSA press release .....

IHSA Fall Classifications for 2019-20 and 2020-21
Changes effect several ABV area schools

12-17-2018
BLOOMINGTON - From the IHSA Press Release. IHSA Fall Classifications Posted For 2019-20 & 2020-21 Sports.

The first release of information about the IHSA's new two-year classification cycle, which was adopted by the IHSA Board of Directors in June 2018, has been posted. The classification cycle covers the next two school years: 2019-20 and 2020-21. During that period, classifications in multi-class sports and activities will not change.

65TH ANNUAL WAYNE CITY HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
Red Hill captures title
Salukis' handle Hawks, 60-43; North Clay, Crab Orchard, Cisne post final day wins
12-15-2018
BY JACK BULLOCK
WAYNE CITY
– The Red Hill Salukis began playing in the Wayne City Holiday Tournament in 2015 and they played very inconsistently in each of those first three events.

They came home with fourth place finishes each time.

59TH ANNUAL ST. ELMO HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
Eagles edge Vandals
SE/B rallies past Vandalia to reach championship game; CH/BC tops Patoka

12-14-2018
BY JACK BULLOCK
ST. ELMO
– The St. Elmo/Brownstown Eagles advanced to the title game of their own holiday tournament for the fourth consecutive year by rallying for a 66-65 win over a “stunned” Vandalia Vandals' club.

The visitors had everything going for them in the first half and were on .....

59TH ANNUAL ST. ELMO HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
Aces advance to title game
Mulberry Grove beats top-seed Cumberland; Latham nets 20-points

12-13-2018
BY JACK BULLOCK
ST. ELMO
– The Mulberry Grove Aces, despite an undefeated record, came into the 59th annual St. Elmo Holiday Tournament as just the fourth seed and head coach Andrew Beckham and his club believe that they deserved a higher ranking.

Not only were they searching for some respect coming into Thursday night's semifinal game against Cumberland, the Aces were also seeking a .....

65TH ANNUAL WAYNE CITY HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
Red Hill, Wayne City win
Salukis handle Crab Orchard; Indians top Cisne

12-12-2018
BY JACK BULLOCK
WAYNE CITY
– On Wednesday night at the Conrad Allen Wayne City Holiday Tournament the Red Hill Salukis didn't get their normal showing from leading scorer Drew Moore.

Moore came into the tournament averaging 17.6 points per outing but he got into foul trouble on the night and never got things going for himself, netting just six-points.

59TH ANNUAL ST. ELMO HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
St. Elmo Tourney "Tips Off" Tuesday
Pirates, Vandals looking to steal title; host Eagles, Aces in the hunt

12-11-2018
BY JACK BULLOCK
ST. ELMO – The 59th annual St. Elmo Holiday Tournament begins tonight with eight teams vying for the championship in the bracketed event.

The tournament has attracted two 2A teams along with an unbeaten .......

ABV COMMENTARY
AP Basketball Poll Continues To Be A Bad Joke

12-11-2018
BY JACK BULLOCK
I normally don't write much commentary on my website although I will occasionally complain through my Twitter account on non-sports issues.

Nevertheless something peaked my interest (angered me) this past week that I want to address.

65TH ANNUAL WAYNE CITY HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
Hawks handle Grayville
Gallatin County improves to 2-0 in the Pool B; Crab Orchard, North Clay post wins

12-10-2018
BY JACK BULLOCK
WAYNE CITY – Sometimes entering a second contest against a team that you defeated handily the first time, being focused in the early parts of the first quarter is very important.

Head coach Jeff Herrmann got his Gallatin County team ready .....

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