CARRIER MILLS
BY JACK BULLOCK
The Carrier Mills club this season will have a new look to them as graduation and a transfer away took a lot of talent away from a pretty successful run in 2016-17.

Coach Keil Peebles saw his club play very well in the second half of the season last winter, ended up 15-12 overall and 4-3 in the GEC.

But the names missing from the roster of a squad that lost to eventual regional champ Gallatin County in the semifinals will be very different.

Justice Hill, Brody Walker, Dylan Schwartz, Logan Shaw and Justin Austin all graduated in the spring while sophomore starter Will Gibbs moved to nearby Harrisburg.

Coach Peebles will turn to some new kids on the block to begin the season at the Vienna Thanksgiving Classic that have some experience.

Three of them are seniors with 6-foot-2 Billy Lewis, 6-foot-2 Andrew Lollis and newcomer to the program 5-foot-8 Nick Paris.

This coach, who was quite a player in his own right many years ago, will have a trio of sophomores to work with, 6-foot Rostin Lewis,6-foot-3 Darion Barners and 5-foot-10 Colton Betz.

The rest of the roster will likely be new faces from the underclassmen who work themselves into contention for playing time.

“We will be very young with very little varsity experience. Billy Lewis and Andrew Lollis as seniors will have to step up and lead the team,” said Coach Peebles, a all-stater as a prep at Johnston City and at one time the all-time leading scorer at SIU-Edwardsville. “Our sophomores (Darion Barners, Rostin Lewis and Colton Betz) will need to mature very quickly for us to be competitive.”

OUTLOOK – This coach has done a very good job at this school in his brief tenure and, although they lost a lot from last season's club, look for the Wildcats to be much improved by the end of the 2017-18 season.

2017-18 VARSITY SCHEDULE
N20-25 Vienna Thankgiving Classic J12 @ Norris City-Omaha-Enfield

N28

Dongola J16 Pope County
D5 @ Thompsonville J19 @ Cobden
D8 Hardin County J22-27 GEC Tournament @ SIC
D15 @ Pope County J30 @ Gallatin County
D19 @ Eldorado F6 Marion Crab Orchard
D26-28 Eldorado Holiday Tournament F9 @ Hardin County
J2 Hamilton County F14 Norris City-Omaha-Enfield
J5 Gallatin County F16 @ Galatia
J9 @ Crab Orchard F19-23 IHSA Regional TBD