There wasn't much to talk about last season for the Demons, as they had a 'devil of a time” with everyone on the schedule in 2016-17.

The crew finished 0-25 with a quick exit in the regional with a loss to Goreville at Cobden.

Preston Hall, a former coach at the school and current athletic director, with the help of assistant coach Kevin Cox, will try to rebuild the program from what appears to be scratch.

Nathan Williams and Clayton Smith, according to Coach Hall, are the only returning players with much experience from a year ago.

Both are 5-foot-11 juniors.

The Demons roster is filled with underclassmen as not a senior is on the list.

Two other juniors; 6-foot-5 Charlie Duty and 6-foot-1 Robbie Hammond, will give Dongola some size to work with.

Eight sophomores and three freshman are on the chart for this club.

Evan Treat, a 5-foot-11 sophomore, 5-foot-11 Colin Hall, 5-foot-4 Jose Zavala, 5-foot-11 Andrew Tarpley, 5-foot-10 Joey Thomas, 5-foot-9 Cameron Hogue, 5-foot-10 Ben Smith and 6-foot-1 Owen Kennedy round out the tenth graders.

The three freshman are 5-foot-10 Hunter McCommons, 5-foot-5 Matt Aden and 5-foot-3 Jacob Whitney.

“We are young this year with no seniors so we have no idea what this season will hold,” said Coach Hall. “But we are going to work hard to get the kids to play together and give 100 percent this season.”

OUTLOOK – They at least have strong enough numbers to have depth on the bench. Coach Cox being on board again will help with the youngsters on the roster. Any wins that could come about this season will be welcomed. Hard work could payoff with a win or two.

N24-25 Crab Orchard Turkey Tournament J16 Marion Agape Christian


@ Carrier Mills J20 @ Wolf Lake Shawnee
D1 Cobden J26 Ullin Century
D2 Fulton County (KY.) F2 Cairo
D5 Elkville Elverado F6 Tamms Egyptian
D12 Mounds Meridian F8 @ Golconda Pope County
D15 @ Tamms Egyptian F9 @ Marion Agape Christian
D28-29 Dongola Christmas Tournament F13 @ Ullin Century
J4 @ Elizabethtown Hardin County F16 Wolf Lake Shawnee
J9 Carlisle County (KY.) F19-23 IHSA Regional TBD
J13 @ Joppa-Maple Grove F27-M2 IHSA Sectional TBD