It seemed like a good idea at the time, but winning matters.
The Du Quoin Board of Education recently voted to end its two-year co-op with Elverado High School for football. The Indians finished 9-10 the past two years, which included a Class 3A playoff berth last fall.
Du Quoin fell to Bloomington Central Catholic by a score of 27-0 in the opening round of the postseason. But the Indians were fortunate they didn’t up in Class 4A.
At 545 students, which includes Elverado’s enrollment, the Indians had the third largest enrollment in 3A, just behind BCC (546.5) and Princeton (547). Carterville was the smallest 4A playoff school with an enrollment of 549.
Elverado only had a few starters on the 2015 Du Quoin squad, but its 154 students bumped up the enrollment from Class 2A to nearly Class 4A. Obviously, those things will fluctuate from year to year.
But it couldn’t have been easy for Du Quoin fans to watch Nashville (380), which only had 11 fewer students than Du Quoin High School (391) by itself, roll through the 2A playoffs all the way to the state semifinals while the Indians were one and done in a bigger class.
The Indians defeated Nashville, 28-7, in Week 7 and shared the SIRR Mississippi Division championship with Carterville, which they also beat earlier in the season.
If Elverado is looking for a school to co-op with in football, it might not be a bad idea to give administrators at Murphysboro a call. The Class 4A Red Devils had an enrollment of 567, and even with the addition of Elverado’s 154 students, it still would have left Murphysboro firmly in Class 4A for the playoffs.
That would have put Murphysboro’s enrollment with Elverado at 721, which would have been 101 students shy of getting bumped to Class 5A.
This type of a move doesn’t seem like it would hurt Murphysboro unless the school feels like it could have declining enrollment and possibly drop to Class 3A in the future.
Once again, it’s all about winning.
Royce Newman: The Nashville multi-sport standout verbally committed to Ole Miss for football recently and should sign this week. Newman, a 6-foot-7, 260-pound tight end and defensive end will likely be moved to the offensive line for the Rebels. The senior originally committed to Mizzou, but even with the switch, he’ll still get to play in college football’s greatest conference, the SEC.
Avery English: The Carterville senior set the girls basketball program’s all-time scoring record when she racked up 26 points in a contest at Nashville Thursday. That brought English’s total to 1,545 points during her four-year varsity career. English averages 19 points per game for the Lions this season.
Kyle Cox: The Dongola senior crossed 2,000 career points in a basketball game at Egyptian Friday. The 6-foot-1 guard/forward has helped the Demons to a record of 11-8 so far this season. Cox and his teammate, Alex Zeschke, have both reached the 1,000-point milestone in their prep careers.
Makayla Abney: The Benton post player recorded her 1,000th career point in a victory over West Frankfort on Tuesday. Benton is off to a great start at 25-2 and has already clinched at least a share of the SIRR Ohio Division title. Abney is averaging 15 points per game this year.
Kandace Jones: Carbondale’s dominant post player earned her spot in the 1,000-point club in a game against Dexter (Missouri) on Saturday. Jones is averaging 16 points per game for the 16-6 Terriers. Jones and the Terriers are 7-1 in the South Seven Conference and appear to be on their way to another league championship.
John Lauzon: The multi-sport athlete at Carbondale finished a good bowling career at the state finals in O’Fallon this past weekend. Lauzon finished 24th overall with a total of 2,675 over four rounds, which included a perfect 300 in his finale. He averaged 222.9 per game during the two-day event.
Gallatin County: The Hawks trailed Crab Orchard nearly the entire game during the Greater Egyptian Conference Tournament championship matchup late Saturday night. But Gallatin County was able to force overtime and ultimately earned a 62-52 victory.