High school football is back, Miners trim magic number to 1, SIU volleyball begins new season: The Fan Headlines 8/26/16


It’s the return of high school football tonight on 1300 The Fan as West Frankfort travels to Anna-Jonesboro. Rick Westemeier and Brady Haupt have the pregame beginning at 7:15 on the air and streaming live at 1300thefan.com. Other season openers tonight include:

Murphysboro at Carbondale, Benton at Carterville, Massac County at DuQuoin, Herrin hosts Waterloo, Harrisburg welcomes Mount Carmel, Nashville hosts Carlyle, Pinckneyville at Red Bud, Sparta hosts Freeburg, Mount Vernon is home to Taylorville and Centralia versus Salem.

In the Black Diamond tonight,
Johnston City visits Hamilton County, CZR at Carmi-White County, Vienna-Goreville visits Eldorado, Sesser-Valier is home to Edwards County, and Chester at Fairfield

And tomorrow, Marion’s game at Haywood Tennessee has been moved from 2pm to a 6pm kickoff due to the heat.

On Harry Potter Night, the Southern Illinois Miners found some magic of their own, rallying from a 6-0 deficit to beat Florence, 7-6. The Miners scored 5 times in the 6th to tie it, and in the bottom of the 9th, Steve Marino’s RBI single scored Craig Massey for the walk-off winner.
The Miners’ magic number to clinch the Western Division is down to 1, and they can wrap it up with a win in Evansville this weekend. Series opener tonight at 6:15 on US 97.7.

Despite hitting 4 home runs, the Cardinals were hammered by the Mets, 10-6. Adam Wainwright gave up 7 runs, and was chased after a 4-run 5th, he takes the loss. Brandon Moss homered twice, and Jedd Gyorko and Stephen Piscotty both went deep in the 9th to make it interesting.
The Oakland A’s come to Busch for a weekend series tonight at 7:15.

The White Sox rallied to beat the Mariners 7-6. Todd Frazier the hero, he had both the game tying and game winning RBI hits for the Sox. Game 2 of the 4 game set is tonight at 7:10 as Chris Sale goes for his 16th win.

The Chicago Cubs had the day off, they begin a weekend series in LA tonight versus the Dodgers.

Saluki volleyball opens up their new season tonight in Indianapolis at IUPUI’s tournament. Southern plays Central Michigan later this afternoon, Duquesne tomorrow morning and the host Jaguars tomorrow night.

NFL Preseason: the Chicago Bears will try and notch their first preseason win tomorrow afternoon versus Kansas City.

Dawgs name Straughan starting QB, SIU hoops unveils their non-conference schedule: The Fan Headlines 8/25/16


Saluki football is 9 days away from the season opener at Florida Atlantic, and we finally know who’s going to be the starting quarterback.  Head coach Nick Hill announcing yesterday that Division 2 transfer Josh Straughan has won the starting job over Sam Straub.  Coach Hill on why Straughan is his man…

Hill stressed that Straughan and Straub will not platoon when the Dawgs visit Florida Atlantic on September 3rd.

In other big Saluki news, Saluki men’s basketball finally revealed their non-conference schedule yesterday live on YouTube.  Barry Hinson and company will make trips to Arkansas, Minnesota and Louisville, and will play a record 8 non-conference home games.  Coach Hinson’s not the only one excited about the beefed-up schedule…

Southern’s home opener is against Wright State on November 11th.

The Southern Illinois Miners blew a 4-1 lead and lost to Florence, 5-4 last night. That sets up tonight’s rubber game at 6:45 on US 97.7.  Second-place Evansville won, so the Miners’ magic number to clinch the Western Division remains at 4 with 10 games to play.

The Cardinals smacked three home runs and beat the Mets, 8-1. Matt Carpenter, Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty all went yard in support of Carlos Martinez, who tossed 8 strong innings.  Rubber game is tonight at 6:15.

The Cubs completed a 3-game sweep in San Diego with a 6-3 win yesterday.  The Cubs jumped out to a 3-0 first inning lead for Kyle Hendricks, who won his 12th.  Willson Contreras hit his 8th homer of the year.   The Cubs visit the Dodgers for a weekend series starting tomorrow night.

And the White Sox lost to the Phillies 5-3.  Earlier in the day, the Sox announced new stadium naming rights. Beginning next season, the former US Cellular Field will be known as Guaranteed Rate Field thru at least the year 2029.


Saluki hoops will unveil their non-con schedule today, DeMello rescues the Miners in win over Florence: The Fan Headlines 8/24/16


Saluki men’s basketball will finally unveil their non-conference schedule later this morning.
Starting at 11am, Mike Reis and head coach Barry Hinson will unveil the schedule live on Saluki Athletics’ official YouTube page. Earlier this week, Saluki AD Tommy Bell announced in his monthly newsletter that Southern has withdrawn from the three-game Lone Star Showcase, and that contracts were being finalized to play eight, non-conference home games, and five road games, including trips to three Power Five conference opponents.

The Southern Illinois Miners’ magic number to clinch the Western Division is down to 4 after beating Florence 7-6 in 10 innings last night. The Miners blew a 5-1 lead, but in the bottom of the 9th, Toby DeMello hit a solo homer to tie it at 6 and send it to extras. Then in the bottom of the 10th, DeMello won it with a walkoff single, his 4th hit of the night.
Game 2 of the series is tonight at 6:45 on US 97.7.

The St. Louis Cardinals lost to the Mets, 7-4. Jaime Garcia gave up 6 runs in just 4 innings, including a 3-run homer to Wilmer Flores in the first. The Cards would tie it up at 3 in the bottom of the first, as Mets starter Jonathon Niese had to leave with a knee injury. But rookie Robert Gsellman, making his Major League debut, and five relievers would only allow a Randal Grichuk home run the rest of the way. Miami lost, so the Cardinals’ wildcard lead remains a game and a half.
Game 2 of the series is tonight at 7:15.

The Cubs beat San Diego, 5-3. Jake Arrieta tossed 8 scoreless innings and becomes the National League’s first 16-game winner. Both Addison Russell and Kris Bryant homered for the second night in a row. Bryant, his 33rd. Russell hit his 19th. The Cubs go for the 3-game sweep this afternoon.

And the White Sox beat the Phillies, 9-2. Jose Abreu and Justin Morneau hit back-to-back home runs as part of a 3-run 5th inning. Same two clubs tonight at 7:10 on the Southside.

Saluki Fan Fest is tonight, Cubs power past the Padres, Miners magic number is 5: The Fan Headlines 8/23/16


We’re just 11 days away from a new Saluki football season, and tonight at Saluki Stadium, it’s the annual Fan Fest event. This free event allows fans to meet both the Saluki football and volleyball players and coaches, along with spirit teams and mascots. You can also tag and purchase your football season tickets, shop the team store and enjoy free Prairie Farms ice cream, chocolate milk and juice, while supplies last. Fan Fest begins tonight at 6:30 at Saluki Stadium.

The Southern Illinois Miners are back home tonight for a 3-game series with the Florence Freedom. The Miners clinched a playoff spot over the weekend, and their magic number to clinch the Western Division is 5. A win tonight combined with an Evansville loss would trim that number down to 3. Pregame on the air at 6:45 on US 97.7.

The Cubs won their series opener in San Diego, 5-1 over the Padres.
Addison Russell homered and sac-flied to give the Cubs a 2-0 lead. Then in the 5th, Kris Bryant hit his 32nd home run of the year, and Jason Heyward followed with his 6th home run of the season a couple of batters later. Jon Lester wins his 14th. Game 2 of the series is tonight at 9:10.

The Cardinals are back home to play the Mets at 7:10. The Mets trail the Cardinals by 4 and a half games for the final National League Wildcard spot. The Cardinals have a one and a half game cushion over Miami heading into tonight.

And the White Sox begin a home series against the Phillies tonight at 7:10.

Gates is new Miners all-time hits leader; Cards blank Philly, Rox wallop Cubs: The Fan Headlines 8/22/16

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Our countdown to Saluki football is at 12 days before the season opener at Florida Atlantic. After Saturday’s scrimmage, new defensive coordinator Kraig Paulson liked what he saw on both sides of the ball…

SIU kicks off the new campaign at Florida Atlantic on September 3rd.

The Southern Illinois Miners clinched their third straight playoff berth on Saturday, and last night, the Miners clinched another series, winning a 13-9 slugfest over Normal. Trailing 5-3 after 2 innings, the Miners would score the next 10 runs, including 4 in the 5th. Normal would answer with 4 of their own in the 6th, but didn’t score again. And with a single in the 5th inning, Aaron Gates passed Joey Metropoulos to become the Miners’ all-time leader in career hits with 304. The Miners return home to play Florence tomorrow night.

The Cardinals took 2 out of 3 in Philadelphia. They hit 4 home runs and blanked the Phils, 9-0. Mike Leake with plenty of run support, he tossed 7 scoreless. The Marlins swept the Pirates in Pittsburgh, so the Cardinals lead for the final NL Wildcard spot is a game and a half over Miami. The Cardinals are back home to play the Mets tomorrow night.

The Cubs were walloped in Colorado, 11-4. The Rockies tagged Jason Hammel for 7 runs in the first, Hammel would give up 10 total in just 3 and a third. The Cubs hadn’t lost a series since July 24th. They travel to San Diego to begin a 3-game series tonight at 9:10.

And the White Sox doubled up Oakland 4-2. Jose Abreu homered for the second game in a row. Jose Quintana won his 10th. The Sox return home to play the Phillies tomorrow.

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