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This past Monday was the official start Date for fall sports around the state. But things got busy in a hurry and the includes Carterville High School and AD Brett Dial.

I had a chance to catch up with Coach after the first practice on Monday.

Next Friday night will be the annual ”Meet the Lions” night where all of the fall sports teams will be introduced prior to the start of the football scrimmage.

The football Lions will see two new regular season opponents this season when the face Madison Trojans on October 8th and will wrap up the season on October 22nd when the Harrisburg Bulldogs travel to Lions Field.

Here is the complete football schedule for this season

If you haven’t done so already, make sure you stay up to date with all Lions sports by going to the the website

Good luck to all of our students this new school year! As always….Roar Lions Roar!

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Play-by-play tonight for Double header tonight at Rent One Park.

Here is the link for the Youtube livestream

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The SIRR Conference released the list of players receiving all conference honors for football.

The following players made 1st Team Offense:

Running Back - Preston Sumner

Running Back/Wide Receiver - Townsend Barton

Wide Receiver - Bryce Anderson

Offensive Line - Trevor Stewart

Punter - Zach Bonovz

At Large - Eli Downen

The 1st Team Defense list includes:

Defensive End - Jordan Cordes

Defensive Line - Luke Smolak

Defensive Line - Trevor Stewart

Linebacker - Ivan Jones

Defensive Back - Matt Wallace

Congratulations to all our players who received this recognition.

Here is the entire SIRR Conference - Mississippi Division Selections

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  • Began his radio career in radio at WXAN (Ava, IL) in 1985

  • Has worked at several radio stations in the Southern Illinois area including, WDQN (DuQuoin, IL),  WQRL (Benton, IL), WDDD (Marion, IL).

  • Currently works for Max Media in Carterville, IL.  Dave has worked on each of the five station in that group including WOOZ (New Country Z100), WCIL-FM (Today's Hit Music 101.5CIL-FM), WUEZ (Magic 95.1), WJPF-WCIL-AM (NewsRadio WJPF), WXLT (103.5 ESPN).

  • On-Air Talent on New Country Z100 since 2004 and host/producer of the Saturday Morning Oldies Show.

  • Host of "Riding the Pine", on 103.5 ESPN, a weekly sports talk show covering the Southern Illinois Miners, Southern Illinois' minor league baseball team in Marion, IL.

  • Program Director for 1035 ESPN

  • Play-by-play announcer for Carterville High School sports including football and basketball on NewsRadio WJPF.

  • Fill-in host for the Morning Newswatch with Tom Miller, heard Monday-Friday on NewsRadio WJPF.

  • Emcee/host for Music & Motion Marching Band field competition held each October at Saluki Stadium hosted by the SIU School of Music (2011-2016).

  • Emcee/host for the Walk for a Cure for Arthritis held every May at the University Mall in Carbondale, IL.

  • Main stage Emcee for the first Bluegill Music Festival held July 4th, 2015 at the Rend Lake Dam.  Over 20 music acts performed throughout the day.

  • Herrinfesta Italiana stage host for various music acts

  • Commercial voice-over work

  • Live remote broadcasts at various businesses and events throughout Southern Illinois.

  • Event Coordinator for five station group

  • Experienced HR/Safety/Environmental Manager for manufacturing and transportation companies.

  • Public Address Announcer for the Southern Illinois Miners Minor League Baseball team (2016).

  • 2016 Illinois Broadcasters Association "Silver Dome Award" 2nd place for Best Sportscaster in Medium Market radio.

  • 2017 Illinois Broadcasters Associations "Silver Dome Award" 2nd place for "Best Radio Play-by-Play for Medium Market Stations".

  • 2017 Southern Illinois Miners On-Field Host

  • Two-time segment host of the "show that made country music famous", the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN (February 7, 2010 and May 6, 2017)

  • On-Field Host for the Southern Illinois Miners Minor Leagues Baseball team (2017-2021)

  • 2018 & 2019 Illinois Broadcasters Association Silver Dome Award Winner for Best Play-by-play in Illinois.

  • 2018/2019/2021/2022 PONY Baseball International Colt World Series Play-by-play

  • 2019 Play-by-play Broadcaster for National Pro Fastpitch TV (Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois)

  • 2022/23/24 - Play-by-play Broadcaster of John A. Logan College Men and Womens Basketball

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