- A Whopper of an honor: Local company named top Burger King franchisee (11/15/17)3
- Southern Illinois farmer's grapevines destroyed by dicamba; four years of work lost (10/29/17)2
- Aldi store reopens after renovations (11/14/17)3
- Decisions coming soon on steel mill, smelter in New Madrid (11/17/17)1
- Residents view pedestrian bridge as eyesore; city manager says it's designed to rust (11/13/17)8
- State audit: Bollinger County tax levies violate state law; county commission disagrees (11/17/17)3
- Cape native co-directs Thanksgiving-related indie film, 'Drinksgiving' (11/17/17)
- The Tungsten Groove to release first album featuring original songs (11/17/17)
- Son of Westboro Baptist Church patriarch discusses abuse, faith (11/15/17)6
- Federal jury finds surgeon Fonn guilty of kickback scheme (11/10/17)4
Charleston wins Christmas Tournament
Congratulations to the Charleston boys basketball team.
The Blue Jays held off the upset-minded Advance Hornets to claim the championship game of the 72nd annual Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament on Friday night at the Show Me Center.
Charleston, the top seed in the tournament, defeated the seventh-seeded Hornets 66-60 to win its 18th Christmas Tournament title and first since 2012.
"No one was expecting to get this far, I don't think," Advance senior Dawson Mayo said after the Hornets' semifinal win. "It ain't that we want to stop. I mean we're proud of where we're at, but we don't want to stop. We want to keep trying to go on and win the whole thing. But it's definitely going to be something to remember."
It was definitely a memorable tournament.
There's plenty of season left, and we're looking forward to following along as our local teams compete in the postseason. We wish them all the best of luck down the stretch.
Thank you to all the players, coaches, referees, volunteers, sponsors and fans who helped make this year's tournament a great one. Thanks to tournament director Matt Asher for a successful tournament.
If you haven't gotten enough of the tournament you can listen to the Semoball Podcast for a tournament wrapup at semoball.com/podcast. The championship game is available to watch in full at semoball.com/christmas.