January 11, 2018


(OLNEY)  in Men’s Junior College Basketball last night – Olney Central College came up short
the Blue Knights to a tough John A. Logan squad in “The Dungeon”, 91-85
* Josiah Wallace led OCC with 29 points and 8 rebounds – Anfernee King added 19 points off the bench
* also double digits for the Blue Knights from Nathan Scott with 12 and Tyler Witz with 11
* 17th-ranked John A. Logan improves to 13-2 on the year, now 4-1 in the GRAC
* the Blue Knights fall back to 10-4 overall, now at 3-3 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference
* OCC is back in action Saturday afternoon at 3:00 at Lewis & Clark Community College over in Godfrey
elsewhere in conference and district play last night for Men’s Junior College Hoops
* Vincennes beat Southeastern Illinois, 98-61
* Shawnee beat Lake Land, 88-82
* Southwestern Illinois beat Lincoln Trail, 80-70
* Kaskaskia beat Rend Lake, 69-57
* Wabash Valley beat Lewis & Clark, 88-77
back to Great Rivers Athletic Conference and District 16 action this coming Saturday, weather permitting


(OLNEY)  in Women’s Junior College Basketball last night – Olney Central College had a big win at home
the Lady Knights held on to beat visiting John A. Logan, 74-70 in “The Dungeon” on Gene Duke Court
* sophomore Kayla Sanford led OCC with 20 points, while freshman Kimi Stokes scored 12 points
* sophomore Hannah Coleman had another double/double with 11 points and 10 rebounds
* the Lady Knights improve to 10-5 on the year, now at 5-1 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference
* the Lady Vols drop to 10-4 overall, now at 4-1 in the GRAC
* OCC is back in action next Monday night when they host the Greenville JV in “The Dungeon”
elsewhere in conference and district play last night in Women’s Junior College Hoops
* Vincennes beat Southeastern Illinois, 76-52
* Wabash Valley beat Volunteer State, 68-50
* Lake Land beat Shawnee
* Lincoln Trail beat Southwestern Illinois
* Kaskaskia beat Rend Lake
back to Great Rivers Athletic Conference and District 16 action this coming Saturday, weather permitting


(OLNEY)  in Boys Junior High Hoops – the WEAA Conference Tournament finished up last night
the tournament’s final three games were played at the Middle School in Cisne
* it was Grayville over Olney St. Joe in the consolation championship game, 40-28
* the Cats were led in scoring by Gabriel Rodriguez with 8 points
in the tournament’s final two games last night
* Geff beat New Hope in the third place game
* Jasper took the championship game with a win over the host Runnin’ Lions
St. Joe is back in regular season action at home tomorrow night against Grayville
* it will be 8th Grade Night as players and parents will be recognized – it’s junior varsity action at 6:00


(OLNEY)  it’s back to Olney Cubs Basketball tonight at the Richland County Middle School
the Cubs are scheduled to host the teams from Fairfield tonight in Olney
* due to the predicted forecast, tonight’s 7th grade game time has been moved up to 5:00, instead of 6:00
* that means the varsity 8th grade will start about an hour earlier than normal as well
* and it’s a special night in the Middle School Gym on this Thursday night
* Coach Rick Franklin will receive  the SIJHSAA Longevity Coaching Award that bears his name
* the presentation by the Southern Illinois Junior High School Athletic Association will be between games
* the SIJHSAA established the Rick Franklin Longevity Award during its October meeting last fall
* it’s for downstate coaches who have coached for at least 20 years in the same school district
* Lady Cubs Coach Norm Henderson was honored by receiving the award earlier this school year
* in his 49th consecutive year of coaching, Coach Franklin no doubt goes above & beyond his duties
the public is invited out to help recognize Coach Franklin tonight at the Richland County Middle School


(NEWTON/OLNEY)  in Girls High School Basketball – most area teams return to action tonight
however, the LIC teams are all idle on this Thursday night with the LIC Tournament scheduled to start
* the play-in game between 8th-seeded Red Hill will play 9th-seeded Robinson is tomorrow night at 7:00
the Tournament’s four quarter-final games are scheduled for Saturday at Casey-Westfield High School
* top-seeded Olney plays the Red Hill / Robinson winner at 3:00
* 4th-seeded Casey-Westfield plays 5th-seeded Flora at 4:30
* 2nd-seeded Paris plays 7th-seeded Lawrenceville at 6:00
* 3rd-seeded Marshall plays 6th-seeded Newton at 7:30
the semi-finals are slated for next week – winner’s bracket Tuesday night, loser’s bracket Wednesday night
the tournament’s final three games will be played a week from tonight in Casey
fans are reminded that admission is $4.00 per person, for both adults and students alike
the gates will open 30 minutes prior to the first game of the day or night
concessions will be sold in the school cafeteria near the northeast gym entrance


(OLNEY)  in Men’s Division One College Hoops – Illinois is back in Big Ten play tonight at home
the Fighting Illini will host Iowa in the State Farm Center in Champaign
* Illinois is 10-7 on the year and looking for their first conference win of the year, coming in at 0-4
* the Hawkeyes come to town at 9-9 overall and also looking for their first Big Ten win, at 0-5
it’s a 7:00 tipoff tonight – for all things Illini, logon at  www.fightingillini.com


                                           LOCAL AND AREA SPORTS REMINDERS


(OLNEY)  the St. Louis Cardinals have their Cardinal’s Caravans this coming weekend
* there are six separate Caravans with stops in Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky, and two other states
* the Cardinals again are implementing the Autograph Ticket system at each stop
* the first 400 children (15 and under) thru the door will receive a free Autograph Ticket
* this ticket guarantees one autograph from each current and former player available at each site
* due to the high demand, autographs will only be available for children age 15 and under
here’s the Caravan’s specific emcee, players involved, and stops in Illinois  :
Caravan #4 with emcee Ricky Horton & players Paul DeJong, Randy Flores, and Andy Benes
* Friday afternoon and evening, January 12th, in Champaign at 12:00 noon and in Peoria at 6:00
* Saturday afternoon, January 13th, in Bloomington, at 4:30
Caravan #5 with emcee Chris Hrabe & players Luke Voit, Alex Reyes, Sam Tuivailala, & Ray King
* Sunday afternoon, January 14th, at Lake Land College, south of Mattoon at 12:00 noon
* Sunday evening, January 14th, in Springfield, at 6:00
* Monday afternoon, January 15th, in Decatur at 12:00 noon and in Quincy at 5:00
Caravan #6 with emcee Dan McLaughlin & players Carson Kelly, Matt Bowman, & Al Hrabosky
* Sunday afternoon & evening, January 14th, in Mt. Vernon at 12:00 noon and in Evansville at 6:00
for more details, go online at  www.cardinals.com, click on the “fans” tab, then click on Cardinals Caravan




(OLNEY)  on our Sports Broadcast Schedule  :  it’s Fighting Illini basketball tonight on CBS Sports Radio WVLN with our Illini pregame show at 6:00 and tipoff at 7:00 – plus live online at  www.wvlnam.com  :  and it’s the latest in sports around the clock on CBS Sports Radio 107.1 FM / 740 AM WVLN Olney