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  • Writer's pictureDave McKenzie

Lions Welcome In 2024!!!

Updated: Jan 4

The hollidays have finally come to an end and we are now in to 2024 portion of the basketball season.


The Carterville Lions open the New Year with two games coming up this weekend.


Friday night, the Massac County Patriots will travel to Carterville to face the Lions in SIRR Conference action.


The Patriots are coming off of their second place finish in the 59th Eledorado Holiday Tournement. The dropped the championship game 56-51 to the Herrin Tigers.


Carterville, who entered the EHT as the number one seed went a disappointing1-2 in the tourney and were bounced after consecutive losses to Harrisburg and Vienna.


The Lions enter Friday nights game with a 2-0 confernce record with wins over Herrin and Harrisburg, while Massac Co comes into the game with a 1-2 conference mark.


Game time is set for 7:45 PM on NewsRadio WJPF with me and John Homan.

You can watch the our YouTube livestream here:




Carterville will hit the road on Saturday as they head to St. Joseph-Odgen for the 2024 Christie Clinic Shootout.


The shootout will feature seven games during the course of the day, with action starting at 11:00 AM.


Coach Hawkins and the Lions will face Normal University High School at 12:30 PM. The Pioneers are 9-6 on the season as of this writing.


John Homan and I will have the call on NewsRadio WJPF starting at approximately 12:15 PM.

You can watch our Youtube Livestream coverage here:




Here is the complete schedule of games at the Christie Clinic at St. Joe-Ogden:


11:00 AM: Streator vs. Normal West

12:30 PM: Carterville vs. Normal University

2:00 PM:  New Berlin vs. Monticello

3:30 PM:  Belleville West vs. Bradley-Bourbonnais

5:00 PM:  Quincy Notre Dame vs. Unity

6:30 PM:  Pinckneyville vs. St. Joseph-Ogden

8:00 PM:  Washington vs. Mt. Zion

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