The Tornadoes have a new coach who is familiar with the surroundings in this part of Franklin County.

Jimmy Stevens, who prepped at Z-R a few years ago (2010), will take over “the wheel” from former head coach Matt Morgan who has stepped away to take a position at the school.

Stevens inherits some talent that have been learning on the fly the past two seasons.

Two of the players returning with experience are senior's 5-foot-9 David Eldridge and 5-foot-8 Dalton Humphrey.

Coach Stevens is counting on five juniors, including 6-foot-7 forward Gannon Dollins who has two seasons of varsity experience heading into the year.

Five-foot-nine Landon Bate, 6-foot-2 junior Trevor Mills, 6-foot-2 junior Rick Chekevida and 6-foot-1 junior Cole Gelso all made the list of players ready for this season to commence.

“The kids really committed themselves to working on their games and improving on their skills. We also had a number of players commit themselves to the weight room this off-season and it has helped them tremendously on the court,” said Coach Stevens.

Junior Nick Mckinney and sophomores Joe Earl and Cole Freeman were also mentioned by Coach Stevens that will be part of the Tornado process.

Seniors Jakob Imhoff, Dalton Walls and Ivan Newton are also in the photo.

OUTLOOK – The Tornadoes were 6-22 last season, which was significantly better than the season prior. Look for the kids who have been part of the rebuilding to keep getting stronger and more competitive.


Christopher Turkey Tournament
Enrollment: 179 (1A)
D3 @ Sesser-Valier
Conference: Black Diamond West
D6 Webber Township
Colors: Navy Blue/White
D10 @ Goreville
Head Coach: Jimmy Stevens
D13 Vienna
2018-19 Won/Loss Record: 6-24
D17 Odin
State Tournament Result:
D26-30 Sesser-Valier Holiday Tournament
Lost to Christopher, 53-33
J3 Chester
@ 1A Sesser-Valier Regional.
J10 @ Vienna 1
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J17 Sesser-Valier l
J20-25 Egyptian "Mid-Winter Classic" l
J28 Waltonville l
J29 @ Chester l
F3 @ Johnston City l
F4 @ Shawnee l
F8 @ Trico l
F11 Goreville l
F14 Galatia l
F18 Trico l
F21 @ Christopher l
F24-28 IHSA Regional TBD l