Having to replace four starters and a lot of stats from a 20-win season is the challenge facing head coach Kevin Wolff.

The Carmi-White County Bulldogs finished their season 20-9 with a loss to Harrisburg in the semifinals of the Eldorado 2A Regional.

In fact, the first two seasons under Coach Wolff, the Bulldogs finished with identical 20-9 marks.

Last season's highlights included winning the Du Quoin Tip-Off Classic to begin the season and then they ended up third place at the Eldorado Holiday Tournament.

The four starters missing were good ones who helped in the success of 40-wins in two seasons.

Matt Rice, Justice Stubblefield, Jake Simon, and Jarrett Pollard were all productive parts of the CWC run.

Rice was second on the club in points (12.5 p.p.g.) while Simon netted just under 10.

Stubblefield was the point guard on the club.

Carmi-White County will rebuild around some players who return with varsity experience.

Coach Wolff will have two returning starters; Travis Black and Bryce Northcott.

Both were important parts of last season's success.

Black is a 6-foot-3 senior who tossed in about 13 points a contest while Northcott, a 5-foot-10 senior guard, averaged just over six a night.

Coach Wolff expect great seasons from both of those veterans.

The first player off the Bulldogs' bench last year was 5-foot-11 senior Justin Lamp. With just under five points a night, look for his numbers (along with Black and Northcott) to increase.

Lamp missed some games last season due to a concussion but Coach Wolff looks for him to have a really good season.

This mentor looks for seniors Colton Yates and Dylan Courty to step forward along with sophomore Ethan Mahon to be in the mix for minutes.

“I think our conference is going to be very competitive once again. There are some really good coaches, players and teams in the conference. You can never take anyone lightly. We are looking forward to the challenge of another tough conference schedule,” said Coach Wolff, who is a 2004 CWC graduated. “I just want to continue to build off of the success that we have had the past two seasons. We have a really good bunch of kids that love to play basketball and are looking forward to another good year.”

OUTLOOK – This coach has things going well for this program, with back-to-back 20-win years. Despite the graduation loses, look for the Bulldogs to be in contention in the tournaments that they play in and one of the teams vying for the conference crown.

N21 @ Junction Gallatin County J15-20 Carmi-White County Invitational


Du Quoin "Tip-Off Classic" J27 Grayville
D5 @ Norris City-Omaha-Enfield J30 Albion Edwards County
D8 @ Johnston City F2 Johnston City
D12 Benton F3 Benton "Rich Herrin Shootout"
D15 McLeansboro Hamilton County F6 Eldorado
D26-28 Eldorado Holiday Tournament F9 @ McLeansboro Hamilton County
J5 @ Eldorado F13 @ Lawrenceville
J9 @ Albion Edwards County F16 @ Fairfield
J12 Fairfield F19-23 IHSA Regional TBD