DONGOLA
BY JACK BULLOCK
Dongola has a new coach, their third different coach in four years.
Coach Duffy Sanders takes over from Kevin Cox after last season's Demons had a devil of a time winning ballgames.
Although they played well at times and scored a lot of points, they ended up 11-13 on the year.
The new coach starts over with a whole new starting five that is missing a 2,000-point scorer Kyle Cox and a 1,000-point scorer Alex Zeschke from last season as the Demons lost in the second round of the regional to Mounds Meridian at the 1A Ullin Century regional.
Coach Duffy mentioned a few kids he is working with to get a feel of who is going to play where.
Three of them are seniors.
Kennan Stokes, a 6-foot-1 center, 6-foot forward Jordan Hatton and 5-foot-10 guard Jordan Thompson.
He added the names of three sophomores to the list.
Six-foot-three Charlie Duty, 5-foot-9 Nathan Williams and 5-foot-10 Clayton Smith.
“We are young and inexperienced and our freshmen will get some quality varsity time due to only having six upperclassmen,” said Coach Sanders.
2017-18 VARSITY SCHEDULE
N24-25 Crab Orchard Turkey Tournament J16 Marion Agape Christian

N28

@ 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