Looking at the returning players and the addition of some key newcomers, the Goreville Blackcats are looking another season of being a postseason threat.

Head coach Todd Tripp, two years removed from a supersectional win and a fourth place finish in the state, lost senior Logan Frassato to graduation but return everyone else from a regional runner up finish to Cairo last February at the 1A Goreville site.

Six-foot-two senior Landon Albright is back after playing a lot of basketball on varsity in his previous seasons in Black and Gold.

Trent Glidewell, a 6-foot-4 senior, and 5-foot-10 classmate Luke Brown are also returning.

Six-foot-one junior Kanon Webb and 6-foot sophomore Briley Dunn are part of a solid returning crew.

Two key transfers into the program from Trico; brothers Nick Compton and Dylan Compton will help out immediately.

Nick is a 6-foot-2 senior while Dylan is a 6-foot-1 sophomore.

Two other newcomers are 5-foot-9 junior Carter Bishop and 5-foot-11 Cam Hines.

“This year's team has a chance to be a special team. We have depth that we have not had before. We have a little bit of everything on this team but it will come down to chemistry and work ethic,” said Coach Tripp, who is 301-155 at Goreville in 15-seasons. “The kids are excited to get going and that excites me as a coach.”

OUTLOOK – The Blackcats will have to get better defensively this season if they are going to still be playing in March. But they have the athletes and the depth to make a case for themselves to be a factor late in the year.


Enrollment: 167 (1A)
D2-7 Goreville Invitational Tournament
Conference: Black Diamond West
D10 Zeigler-Royalton
Colors: Black/Gold
D14 Mounds Meridian
Head Coach: Todd Tripp
D17 @ Thompsonville
2018-19 Won/Loss Record: 18-15
D21 @ West Frankfort
State Tournament Result:
D26-30 Sesser-Valier Holiday Tournament
Lost to Cairo, 74-71
J7 @ Gallatin County
@ 1A Goreville Regional final.
J10 @ Trico
J11 Vienna 1
J14 @ Sesser-Valier l
J17 Christopher l
J20-25 Massac County "Superman Classic" l
F1 @ Woodlawn l
F4 Chester l
F7 @ Christopher l
F8 Benton "Rich Herrin Shootout" l
F11 @ Zeigler-Royalton l
F14 Sesser-Valier l
F15 @ Vienna l
F18 @ Chester l
F21 Trico l
F24-28 IHSA Regional TBD 1