• Dave McKenzie


Just want to catch up on a few items from this week. So here we go.

Earlier this week, the Carterville Lions baseball/softball/JV baseball team made a trip to Anna-Jonesboro to play the Wildcats in a SIRR Conference game. All three teams beat the host Wildcats.

But it was not the competition on the field and the final scores that impressed me, although I always like seeing our Lions win. It was the coming together of these teams for a single cause that was more impressive.

Earlier this year, AJ Freshman Marlee Smith was diagnosed with leukemia and is currently undergoing treatment.

It was for Marlee that the Lions and the Wildcats came together as the Carterville teams presented over $1000 to Marlee's fundraising campaign.

I truly enjoy watching our Lions teams when they compete on the field or on the court, however, seeing the good deeds our Lions show throughout the year are what I enjoy seeing the most.

Thanks April for posting this on the Carterville Athletic Booster Club Facebook page.


I know it's baseball season and yes I pay attention to what the Cardinals are doing everyday, but I never fully focus on baseball until the St. Louis Blues finish the hockey season.

The "never quit gang" in St. Louis found themselves down 2-0 after the first period in Winnipeg. But they fought back scoring three goals in the third period. Here are the highlights from Game 5.

The road team has won all five of the games in this series so far. Saturday night the Blues can break that trend at home and move on to the second round with the win.

Let's Go Blues!


Former Carterville Lion Luke Ford, who transferred to the Illini from the Georgia Bulldogs is still waiting to hear from the NCAA on whether he will be eligible to play this season for Lovie Smith and Illinois.

This week, Luke Ford was trending on twitter after Roquan Smith, the Chicago Bears TE re-tweeted the following from Illini Barstool:

The NCAA has yet to make a decision on Luke's eligibility waiver, but momentum is gaining with the #FREELUKEFORD hashtag this week.

This should be a no brainer for the NCAA, especially after Justin Fields, Luke's former teammate at Georgia, was granted immediate eligibility after announcing he was leaving Georgia the same day that Luke announced.

Add to that, Tate Martell of Ohio State announced he was leaving the Buckeyes after Fields arrived at Ohio St. and he was granted immediate eligibility for the Miami Hurricanes.

Hopefully we will hear something soon from the NCAA, but in the meantime I will continue to tag #FREELUKEFORD

Bo Duke In The House

Yesterday, New Country Z100 was honored to have John Schneider or Bo Duke as most will remember in the studio for the Live Radio Roadhouse.

Not only is he a gifted actor, most well known for playing Bo Duke on The Dukes of Hazard, but he is a fantastic musician as well.

He stopped by the studio and played a private 90 minute acoustic set and told a ton of stories for the audience and live on Z100.

John really is a "Just a good ol' boy!"

In the meantime, I hope you have a fantastic Easter weekend.