DATELINE SPORTS TO BROADCAST BLACKCAT ATHLETICS
Dateline Sports has recently entered into a partnership with Goreville Community Unit District #1 to become the broadcast "Voice of the Goreville Blackcats!" The Web site (www.datelinesports.com) will stream a select number of Goreville boys and girls high school basketball games as part of the agreement. The tentative schedule includes games from the Goreville Invitational and Sesser-Valier Holiday Tournament as well as at least 10 other total boys and girls games. Click the file below to listen to the Goreville Blackcats commercial!
6 BLACKCATS FOOTBALL BDC ALL-CONFERENCE!
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2014 GOREVILLE BLACKCAT INVITATIONAL DECEMBER 2-7
The 2nd Annual Goreville Blackcat Invitational Tournament will be held December 2-7 at the High School Gymnasium. The tournament features Benton vs. Egyptian and Anna-Jonesboro vs. Goreville on December 2; Egyptian vs. Anna-Jonesboro and Johnston City vs. Benton on December 3; Goreville vs. Egyptian and Anna-Jonesboro vs. Johnston City on December 5; Egyptian vs. Johnston City and Goreville vs. Benton on December 6; and Benton vs. Anna-Jonesboro and Johnston City vs. Goreville on December 7.
The Goreville Jr. High Blackcats baseball team defeated Nashville to win their FIRST EVER Southern Illinois Junior High School Athletic Association (SIJHSAA) STATE CHAMPIONSHIP!
CONGRATULATIONS ON MAKING SCHOOL HISTORY!!! WE ARE PROUD OF YOU!!!
BRYANT SINGS NATIONAL ANTHEM FOR IASA CONFERENCE
Goreville High School freshman Christine Bryant was the feature entertainment for the Illinois Association of School Administrators' (IASA) 49th Annual Superintendent's Conference where she led over 400 school administrators in the Pledge of Allegiance and sang the National Anthem during the 1st General Session in Springfield. Dr. Webb is currently the President of the IASA.
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SCHAEDE AND SOPCZAK BDC ALL-CONFERENCE
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WEBB BECOMES PRESIDENT OF IASA
Goreville superintendent takes reins of statewide association July 1
SPRINGFIELD – The superintendent of the Goreville Community Unit District 1 will become president of the statewide association for school superintendents and administrators. Dr. Steve Webb will begin his one-year term on Monday (July 1) as president of the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA).
“It is a complete honor to be selected to represent school administrators across the state as we work together to make a positive impact on the future of educating kids,” said Webb, who will succeed Dr. Kathryn J. Robbins, who recently retired as superintendent of the Leyden High School District in Franklin Park. “If nothing else, I hope I can contribute some common sense in terms of dealing with issues we face in moving our education system forward.”
Brent Clark, executive director of the IASA, praised Webb as the right person to lead the IASA at this challenging point in time for public education.
“These are very difficult times for public education given the deep state budget cuts and unfunded mandates facing school districts,” Clark said. “Steve Webb not only is a well-respected educator, but he also has the experience and a common-sense approach that will serve our association well.”
In addition to serving this past year as president-elect of the IASA, Webb also has served in various capacities the past six years, including Treasurer from 2010-2012, and stints as chairman of the Budget Committee and the Membership Committee.
Webb also is President of the Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools Board of Directors, a position he has held since 2010. He also was appointed to Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon’s “Classrooms First Committee” to study the issue of school district consolidation and collaboration.
A native of Goreville, Webb has served the past 10 years as superintendent of the school district he attended, and where his father served as a teacher and administrator for 31 years. Webb previously served as superintendent in Thompsonville and as principal in Joppa. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from McKendree University, his Master’s of Science in Education and his Doctor of Philosophy in Education Administration from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.
Goreville School Board President Kenneth Robison called Webb “a true leader with a great work ethic.” “Dr. Webb not only is a leader in educating our children, but in making every effort to improve our everyday lives by writing grants for the school and community, using his optimism and caring personality in helping to resolve problems as they occur, or simply throwing on his work clothes and doing the work himself,” said Robison, noting that Webb was selected the Village of Goreville “Volunteer of the Year” in 2009. “Some people lead with their mouths and telling you what they are going to do. Dr. Webb just does it.”
Webb has been married to his wife, Angie, for 20 years and the couple have four children, Nate (18), Alison (17), Braden (13), and Kanon (9).
JR. LADY BLACKCATS SIC TOURNAMENT CHAMPS!
The Goreville Jr. High Lady Blackcats defeated Cobden and Jonesboro to win the Southern Illini Conference Tournament Championship!
Congratulations!!! We are PROUD OF YOU!!!
JR. BLACKCATS AND JR. LADY CATS REGIONAL CHAMPS!
The Goreville Jr. High Lady Blackcats softball team defeated Unity Point to win their 2nd straight Southern Illinois Junior High School Athletic Association (SIJHSAA) Regional Championship while the Jr. Blackcats baseball team defeated Vienna to win their 3rd straight SIJHSAA Regional Tournament! The Lady Cats were defeated in the semifinals of the IJHSAA State Tournament.
Congratulations on a GREAT SEASON!!!
MARCHING BLACKCATS WIN MT. VERNON PARADE!
The Goreville Marching Blackcats, wearing their new uniforms, won 1st Place overall in the Mt. Vernon Fall Fest Parade out of 12 schools!
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ROBISON WINS COOPERATIVE STATE TEACHER OF THE YEAR!
Goreville High School Agriculture Teacher and FFA advisor Jeff Robison has been named the 2013 Illinois State Cooperative Teacher of the Year for leading the Goreville FFA chapter to a top 10 ranking in the nation!
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10 JR. BLACKCATS SIC ALL-CONFERENCE!
The State Champion Goreville Jr. High Blackcats baseball team had a school and conference record 6 players chosen by the Southern Illini Conference coaches as "All-Conference" while the Jr. Lady Cats placed 4! For the Jr. Cats, Braden Webb, Chance Duringer, Tanner Dunn, and Brodie Lennon were named 1st Team All-Conference and Peyton Geyman and Peyton Massey were named 2nd Team All-Conference. Braden Webb was also named "MVP" of the conference! For the Jr. Lady Cats, Macy Goins, Hannah Link, Cheyenne Walker, and Hollie Link were all named 1st Team All-Conference.
Congratulations!!! We are PROUD of you!!!
GOREVILLE SCHOOLS GETS HIGH-SPEED INTERNET
Clearwave Incorporated has completed its installation of fiber optics to supply Goreville Schools with high-speed internet! This is the latest accomplishment in a 3 year strategic plan to update technology resources for the entire district. The new high-speed access takes the information capacity from 7 MBps (megabytes per second) to over 70 MBps. This will provide teachers with the instant resources to better utilize their SMARTboards and other new state-of-the-art technology that the district has added over the past 3 years to enhance students' engaged learning.
The Goreville Blackcat Bass Fishing Team, for the 3rd consecutive year, qualified for the Illinois High School Association State Bass Fishing Tournament in Carlyle, IL! J.T. Russell and Shon Messmer hauled in 19.5 pounds of bass to take 2nd place overall in the IHSA Sectional Tournament. Shon Messmer also won the "Big Bass" award by catching a 6.12 pound bass during the competition. Mason Bishop and Connor Seavers hauled in over 13 pounds in their boat. The team thanks their volunteers Steve Sanders, Chad Morgenthaler, Randy Spurlock, Mont Bishop, Joel Trovillion, Bennie Adams, B.J. Barger, Randy Hudson, and the Johnson County Bass Club for all of their help this season. They then placed 9th out of 54 schools in the State Bass Fishing Tournament held at Carlyle Lake.
Congratulations Bass Fishing Team on a GREAT SEASON!!!
Three Goreville basketball coaches were honored by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Asociation as "Coach-of-the-Year" for Region 21 due to their outstanding 2012-2013 seasons. High School Girls Basketball Coach Mike Helton (31-2), Junior High Girls Basketball Coach Teresa Cash (24-3) and High School Boys Basketball Coach Todd Tripp (26-5) received their awards at Illinois State University in Bloomington, IL. Coach Helton was also named Coach-of-the-Year by the Southern Illinois Coaches Association and will receive his award this fall.
Congratulations Coach Helton, Coach Cash, and Coach Tripp!!! We are PROUD of you!!!
22013 LADY BLACKCATS 3RD IN STATE!
The Lady Blackcats defeated Illini Bluffs in the IHSA State Tournament to take 3rd Place in State! A parade and reception will be held when they return to Goreville on Sunday at approximately 4 PM. The Lady Cats end their historic season at 18-15.
Congratulations ON A GREAT SEASON!!!
GOREVILLE FFA NAMED TOP 10 IN AMERICA!
The Goreville High School FFA Chapter was named the Section 25 Champion, State Champion in Community Development and was ranked 3rd overall in the State of Illinois out of 408 schools and has now been named "Top 10 in the Nation" - the only school from Illinois! The chapter competed in the Program of Activities also known as the "National Chapter Award" sponsored through the National FFA Organization. The National Chapter Award is made up of three divisions: Student Development, Chapter Development, and Community Development. A State Winner is named in each division and the overall point leader is named the Illinois Banker's Plaque winner which carries the title of the number one chapter in the state. The chapter was recognized at the State FFA Convention in Champaign, IL. One Section Winner is chosen from each of the 25 Sections and then the top five in the state are ranked and placed. The chapter also won the State Cooperative Award and the State Heritage Award for the first time in school history and will now compete for #1 in America!
Congratulations and GOOD LUCK AT NATIONALS!!! We are PROUD OF YOU!!!
2013 JR. LADY BLACKCATS 2ND IN STATE!
The Goreville Jr. Lady Blackcats defeated Pinckneyville and Gallatin County before falling to Aviston in the Illinois Junior High School Athletic Association State Tournament Championship! The Jr. Lady Cats were escorted back to town in a parade by the Goreville and Johnson County Police Departments to an asssembly held at the school gym. The Jr. Lady Cats end their season 24-3.
Congratulations Jr. Lady Blackcats on a GREAT SEASON!!!
2013 LADY BLACKCATS FALL IN SUPERSECTIONAL - MOST WINS IN SCHOOL HISTORY!
The Goreville Lady Blackcats lost an overtime heartbreaker to defending state runner-up Cowden-Herrick-Beecher City to end their season a school record 31-2 as a member of the "Elite 8" in state for the 3rd year in a row! The seniors Alison Webb, Taylor Odom, Allison Sullivan, and Jessica Wright also broke the school record for most wins in their career going 112-11 in 4 years and winning the conference title in all 4 years. Senior Allison Sullivan also qualified for the 3 Point Contest at the IHSA State Tournament for the 2nd time in her career.
Congratulations Lady Blackcats ON A GREAT SEASON!!! WE ARE PROUD OF YOU!!!
2013 BLACKCATS REGIONAL CHAMPS - MOST WINS IN HISTORY!
The Goreville Blackcats defeated Zeigler-Royalton 75-43 to win the 2013 IHSA Regional Tournament to break the school record for wins at 26, but were then defeated by Meridian in the first round of the IHSA Sectional Tournament at Hardin County. To view the article in the Southern, click here. They end their season 26-5.
Congratulations Blackcats on a GREAT SEASON!!!
GOREVILLE FFA 2013 STATE CHAMPS IN COOPERATIVE AND HERITAGE
The Goreville FFA Chapter has been named State Champion in Cooperative and Heritage Activities Awards sponsored through the Illinois Farm Bureau and Growmark! Projects including honoring our veterans with a "Where the Heroes Walked" display and our students restoring vintage tractors for community members were highlighted in the selection process. The Goreville FFA will be recognized at the Illinois State FFA Convention and receive their awards. In addition, four Goreville FFA members will receive a free trip to Washington, DC to represent our school and Illinois State FFA in national ceremonies.
Congratulations!!! WE ARE PROUD OF YOU!!!
GOREVILLE SCHOOLS NAMED TECHNOLOGY "SHOWCASE SCHOOL"
Goreville Elementary School and Goreville High School have been notified by SMART Technologies based out of Calgary, Canada, that they have been chosen as a "2012 Showcase School"! The award is based on a competitive application process where school districts from around the world describe their commitments to adding technology and engaged learning in classrooms. In 2010 and 2011, Goreville Schools added state-of-the-art whiteboard interactivity technology to their Pre-K, Elementary, Middle School, and High School as well as extensive training for their teachers on using technology to enhance learning. The school was recently recognized by the Chicago affiliate of SMART Technologies when they traveled to Goreville in April to tour the facility and host a SMART Experience event for the region. The event featured Goreville School's certified "SMART Exemplary Teachers" Rachel Jenkins and Melissa Robertson as well as Kindergarten Teacher Dana Harris and High School Business Teacher Diane Kirby where they provided inservice to parents and community members as well as teachers and administrators from school districts across Southern Illinois on the effective use of technology in their classrooms. Due to the award, Goreville Schools will now receive technology training and professional development scholarships; exposure in global SMART publications and marketing materials; a profile in the SMART Showcase Schools web directory; a "Showcase School" display for their school facility; access to low-interest loans for technology purchases; and special opportunities to test new technology products from SMART as they are developed. Goreville joins other Showcase schools from around the world including schools from Finland, Germany, Sweden, and the United Kingdom and their profiles can be found at www.smarttech.com/showcaseschools. You can also view the article on the SMART Experience Event hosted by Goreville Schools in the Goreville Gazette here.
2013 LADY BLACKCATS VOLLEYBALL MAKE "SWEET 16" - END SEASON WITH MOST WINS IN HISTORY!
The Goreville Lady Blackcats Volleyball Team dominated Cobden in two sets to make them one of the "Sweet Sixteen" teams left playing in the State for the 1st time in history, but then fell to Valmeyer in the IHSA Sectional Finals. To view the article in the Southern Illinoisan, click here. The Lady Cats end the season with the best record in school history at 25-8.
Congratulations Lady Blackcats on a RECORD BREAKING SEASON!!!