• Dave McKenzie

Merry Christmas Lions Nation

There are so many things to talk about today I just need to jump right in to it.

Lions Name New Head Football Coach

Today it was learned that Carterville High School Athletic Director will be the new head football coach, replacing Dennis Drust who is retiring.

Brett was an assistant coach for Coach D prior to taking the AD position.

Brett will be joining Scott and I during halftime tonight on NewsRadio WJPF.

I’m looking forward to working with Brett during the upcoming 2019 football season.

IHSA Votes to Change To District Play Starting In 2021

This week it was announced that starting in the 2021 football season, Illinois High Schools will switch to districts instead of the current conference football schedule.

As explained from the press release this week from the IHSA, the new ”district” format will be as follows:

Beginning in 2021, the IHSA will assign football teams to eight or nine team groupings (i.e. “districts”) based on classification and geography. Previously, schools did not officially know their postseason classification until the completion of the regular-season. The IHSA will assign each school’s regular-season games against their district opponents. Districts will be set for two years, allowing home and away scheduling within the district. Schools will have the autonomy to schedule their non-district opponents for any open weeks, but those non-district games will not count toward playoff qualification. The district assigning process will be similar to how schools are assigned to Regionals and Sectionals in other IHSA sports and activities.

Proposal 23 as it was called passed by a 324 to 307 margin with 69 schools not having an opinion one way or the other.

I will have to chance to ask Carterville Head Coach Brett Dial what his thoughts are on the new format tonight during our halftime interview.

Carterville Lions Cheer Team Wins The CHS Invitational Cheer Competition

Last Saturday, the CHS High School and Jr High School competitive cheer teams won their respective divisions in the 2nd CHS Invitational.

Coach Linda Drust‘ squad took top honors competing against twelve other schools in their division.

I want to say congratulations to the CHS administration, Athletic Department, coaches, teams and to all of the volunteers for an outstanding event. We are lucky to have a facility and administration that want to host events such as this. It is a great opportunity to showcase CHS.

On Sunday, the Lions finished second at the Edwardsville competition, giving them two first place finishes and one second place so far this season.

Today (Friday), Coach Linda Drust announced that her team would be competing in the ICCA Invitational Championship in Springfield, IL on Saturday, January 5th.

Although this is not a IHSA State competition, this is a very competitive event in which the best in the state are invited to compete in. Scores from the competitions so far this year were high enough to be invited.

This is the first time since 2006 that a Carterville squad has been allowed to compete in this event.

IHSA sanctioned events will begin on January 26, 2019.

Congratulations to the both the Jr High and High School Cheer teams for outstanding seasons so far with more to come.

Former CHS Athlete Receives Surprise Scholarship From John A Logan

Last weekend, former Carterville Lion football and basketball player Justin Johnson received a full scholarship to continue to play basketball for Coach Kyle Smithpeters and the John A Logan Volunteers.

Justin and one other player, who are walk-on players this year, were given the surprise scholar announcement last Saturday when John A. played Lewis and Clark.

Congratulations Justin!

Holiday Basketball Is On Us

The Carterville Lions boys and girls basketball teams are getting to play in Christmas Holiday tourneys starting next week.

Tonight, the boys will face the #1 team in class 2A in the Nashville Hornets Prior to playing in the Eldorado Holiday Tourney starting next Thursday.

Join Scott and I for all the action on NewsRadio WJPF starting at 7:30 pm.

You can watch the live-stream of tonights game here:

Coach Matt Crain and the Lady Lions will host Pinckneyville on Saturday at 2:30 pm.

The Lady Lions will begin play in the Benton Rangerette Christmas Tourney starting next Thursday as well.

Finally, I just want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!