BY JACK BULLOCK
The Bearcats nearly messed up the whole postseason plans of eventual Elite Eight team Sesser-Valier at the 1A Sesser-Valier Regional.

Coach Eric Stallman's crew had the Red Devils on the ropes but fell just short, 46-44, in the semifinals.

Christopher ended up 12-18 overall but there are some good players returning for this mentor in 2019-20.

Five-foot-eleven senior Gabe Motsinger returns along with 6-foot-1 senior Bryce Pratt.

Grant Gordon, a 5-foot-10 senior, moved back to Christopher from Benton for his senior year after growing up in this community.

He should be a big help in the backcourt as he will join 5-foot-9 junior Kye Garver.

Coach Stallman mentioned 6-foot-4 sophomore Payton Mazur and 5-foot-8 sophomore Colin Sveda along with 6-foot-3 senior Braden Ingoldsby and
5-foot-8 Anthony Rolla as being part of the plan

“We are going to have much more experience this season. Last year both our senior starters were injured so we relied on two juniors to lead. We had three freshman and a sophomore on the court at many times,” said Coach Stallman, who is three wins away from the Christopher all-time wins' mark. “This year we are going to have some senior leadership and should be much improved. I am very excited to see how this group improves as the season progresses.”

OUTLOOK – This is a team that will have varsity vets at each position and they have faced some good teams in gaining that experience. Coach Stallman will know a lot more about his club after three games in his own Thanksgiving tournament.

N25-30

Christopher Turkey Tournament
Enrollment: 228 (1A)
D3 Cobden
Conference: Black Diamond West
D6 @ Carrier Mills-Stonefort
Colors: Orange/Blue
D10 Sparta
Head Coach: Eric Stallman
D13 @ Woodlawn
2018-19 Won/Loss Record: 12-18
D17 @ Waltonville
State Tournament Result:
D20 Sesser-Valier
Lost to Sesser-Valier, 46-44
D26-30 Sesser-Valier Holiday Tournament
@ 1A Sesser-Valier Regional.
J7 Trico 1
J10 @ Hamilton County l
J11 Johnston City l
J14 @ Zeigler-Royalton l
J17 @ Goreville l
J20-25 Johnston City "Arrowhead Classic" l
J28 Chester l
J31 @ Vienna l
F4 @ Trico l
F7 Goreville l
F11 @ Chester l
F14 Vienna l
F18 @ Sesser-Valier l
F21 Zeigler-Royalton 1
F24-28 IHSA Regional TBD 1