Saturday Sports Show: 2018-19

The WMIX Saturday Sports Show runs every week for the entire year, with new seasons beginning with football previews in August and ending the final Saturday in July.  You can listen to the Saturday Sports Show live on AM 940, 96.5 FM or right here on wmixsports.com

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Saturday, August 4, 2018
Guests: Quinn McClure (Mt. Vernon Boys Golf Coach), Mason McReaken (former Centralia HS pitcher recently signed by the Atlanta Braves organization), and Brenden Schaeffer (St. Louis Cardinals / Blues Writer for KMOV-CBS St. Louis) to talk Cards trade deadline. Plus, are you #TeamKetchup or #TeamMustard?

Saturday, August 11, 2018
Guests: Vimal Patel (Mt. Vernon Boys Soccer), Brooke Poninski (Mt. Vernon Volleyball), Clint Turner (Mt. Vernon Boys Cross Country), Doug Dunahee (Host of Big Sports Now on WILY The Big 1210 AM), Steve Kozuszek (Nashville Football), Justin Groves (Benton Football), Kevin Greene (Salem Football), and Bobby Brenneisen (Centralia Football) all joined the program. Also, what is your favorite in-game promotion at a sporting event?

Saturday, August 18, 2018
Full high school football preview show. Guests: Jerod Kessler (Mt. Vernon), Kerry Martin (Marion), Brian Beery (West Frankfort), John Shadowens (Sesser-Valier-Waltonville), AJ Hill (DuQuoin), Bryan Lee (Carbondale), and Justin Townsend (Fairfield). Also, what dance do / did you prefer in high school? Homecoming or Prom?

Saturday, August 25, 2018
Guests: Heather Day (Sandoval Golf), Jerod Kesler (Mt. Vernon Football), Jason Karnes (Herrin Football), Kenzi Tate (MV Alum and New SIU Asst. Softball Coach), Randy Knox (Mt. Vernon Tennis), and Sara Lamczyk (Woodlawn Volleyball). Also, what is your ideal vacation spot?

Saturday, September 1, 2018
Guests: Travis Sanders (Centralia Soccer), Josh Konkel (Nashville Volleyball), Jerod Kessler (Mt. Vernon Football), Ryan Roddy (Centralia Football Broadcaster), Tod Rushing (Pinckneyville Football), Jason Hall (Hamilton Co. Volleyball), Brad Hargis (Salem Cross Country), and Kevin Westall (Webber Cross Country). Also, what is the hardest pro sports championship to win?

Saturday, September 8, 2018
Guests: Andrew Williams – Fairfield Golf, Adam Rosoho – Christopher Volleyball, Jerod Kessler – Mt. Vernon Football, Clint Turner – Mt. Vernon Boys Cross Country, Brooke Poninski – Mt. Vernon Volleyball, Brandon Kiley – Exec. Producer of Kevin Wheeler Show on 101 ESPN in St. Louis to talk Cardinals baseball, and Christopher Birkner – Carlyle Football. Also, what pro / college sports stadium do you have to visit before you die?

Saturday, September 15, 2018
Guests: Cody Wingo – Zeigler-Royalton Volleyball, Vimal Patel – Mt. Vernon Boys Soccer, Jerod Kessler – Mt. Vernon Football, Kurt Simon – Carmi Football, Matt Hamplemann – West Frankfort Cross Country, and Jeff Fritchtnitch – MVTHS District Superintendent on the future of athletic facilities at the high school Also, is a hot dog a sandwich?

Saturday, September 22, 2018
Guests: Barry Vaughan – Hamilton Co. Golf, Reggie Norman – Benton Boys Golf, Jerod Kessler – Mt. Vernon Football, John Shadowens – Sesser-Valier-Waltonville Football, Cathy Kohnen – Pinckneyville Volleyball, Christy Gillett – Salem Volleyball, Jean Orr – Nashville Cross Country, and Sam Knox – IHSA Asst. Executive Director over Officials to talk about the need for more officials in Illinois. Also, what is your favorite season?

Saturday, September 29, 2018
Guests: Sam Root – Woodlawn Baseball, Jerod Kessler – Mt. Vernon Football, Bryan Lee – Carbondale Football, Jeffrey Tolliver – Salem Boys Golf, Quinn McClure – Mt. Vernon Golf, Loni Lewis – Carlyle Volleyball, and Alyssa Williams – Benton Girls Tennis. Also, what is your favorite thing relating to pumpkins?

Saturday, October 6, 2018
Guests: Bobby Brenneisen (Centralia Orphans Football), Jerod Kessler (Mt. Vernon Rams Football), John Shadowens (Sesser-Valier-Waltonville Red Devils Football), plus best of content featuring Jeff Fritchtnicht (Mt. Vernon Township High School Superintendent), Sam Knox (Illinois High School Association), Kenzi Tate (SIU Softball Assistant Coach). Also, what is the most random thing in your wallet/purse/fanny pack?

Saturday, October 13, 2018
Guests: Jeff Rush – Hamilton County Football, Vimal Patel – Mt. Vernon Soccer, Jerod Kessler – Mt. Vernon Football, Aaron Crow – Christopher Cross Country, Jessica Piper – Salem Girls Tennis, Dan Breslin – Pinckneyville Girls Golf, Mike Karoski – West Frankfort Boys Golf, and Reggie Norman – Benton Boys Golf. Also, do you love or hate the wave?

Saturday, October 20, 2018
Guests: Sara Lamczyk – Woodlawn Volleyball, Brooke Poninski – Mt. Vernon Volleyball, Jerod Kessler – Mt. Vernon Football, Ryan Roddy – Centralia Football Broadcaster, Jason Hall – Hamilton Co. Volleyball, Cathy Kohnen – Pinckneyville Volleyball, Josh Konkel – Nashville Volleyball, and Darren Kinnard – Sports Director at WSIL ABC Ch. 3 to talk about the football regular season that was in 2018. Also, what is your favorite candy?

Saturday, October 27, 2018
Full IHSA high school playoffs preview show! Guests: Kevin Greene – Salem, Brian Beery – West Frankfort, AJ Hill – Du Quoin, Justin Townsend – Fairfield, John Shadowens – Sesser-Valier-Waltonville, Steve Kozuszek – Nashville, Kerry Martin – Marion, and Bryan Lee – Carbondale. Plus, what team in southern Illinois do you think will make the deepest postseason run?

Saturday, November 3, 2018
Guests: Gary Carter – Murphysboro Football, Ryan Bruns – Pinckneyville Cross Country, Kerry Martin – Marion Football, Bryan Lee – Carbondale Football, Brett Detering – Anna-Jonesboro Football, Bill Belton – Chester Football, Joe Rivers – Edwards Co. Football, and “Big Jake” Jacob Linder for a mini basketball preview. Also, should the IHSA move towards district play in high school football?

Saturday, November 10, 2018
Girls Basketball Preview! Guests: Rick Metcalf – Sesser-Valier-Waltonville, Jeff Lonnon – Mt. Vernon, Katie Meador – Centralia, Matt Patterson – Woodlawn, Cheyenne Spurlock – Webber, Andy Sloan – Benton, Clint Winemiller – Hamilton Co., and Doug Althoff – Nashville. We also have a pre-recorded interview with Josh Konkel from earlier this week on Nashville’s trip to the Class 2A state semifinals in volleyball. Finally, what is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Saturday, November 17, 2018
Boys Basketball Preview! Guests: Doug Creel – Mt. Vernon, Jeff Lonnon – Mt. Vernon Girls, Wayne Harre – Nashville, Lee Bennett – Centralia, Ronnie Winemiller – Benton, Shane Garner – Sesser-Valier, Anthony Lowery – Waltonville, Brian Gamber – Woodlawn, and Brad Beaty – Webber. Also, you’re snowed in and can’t leave your house, how are you spending your day?

Saturday, November 24, 2018
Guests: Doug Creel – Mt. Vernon Boys Basketball, Jeff Lonnon – Mt. Vernon Girls Basketball, Scott McElravy – Fairfield Boys Basketball, Lenny Clark – Johnston City Girls Basketball, Ryan Roddy – Centralia Orphans and Annies Broadcaster, Jason James – Du Quoin Boys Basketball, Megan Kessler – Salem Girls Basketball, and Jacob Emling – Elverado Boys Basketball. Plus, what food are you eating the most of at Thanksgiving?

Saturday, December 1, 2018
Guests: Doug Creel – Mt. Vernon Boys Basketball, Jeff Lonnon – Mt. Vernon Girls Basketball, Bob Waggoner – Pinckneyville Boys Basketball, Aaron Robinson – Benton Wrestling, Matt Crain – Carterville Girls Basketball, Rick Metcalf – S.V.W. Girls Basketball, Josh Fox – Flora Girls Basketball, and Tyler Mitchell – Odin Boys Basketball. Also, what is your favorite sports memory?

Saturday, December 8, 2018
Guests: Doug Creel – Mt. Vernon Boys Basketball, Jeff Lonnon – Mt. Vernon Girls Basketball, Seiger Shurtz – Christopher Girls Basketball, Anthony Lowery – Waltonville Boys Basketball, Adam Hanks – Sandoval Girls Basketball, Kevin Bowen – Cisne Boys Basketball, and Rick Arrington – West Frankfort Wrestling. We also have a special segment featuring an unofficial area coaches poll on whether they support district football in the state or not. Finally, how are you doing your Christmas shopping, in-store or online?

Saturday, December 15, 2018
Guests: Doug Creel – Mt. Vernon Boys Basketball, Jeff Lonnon – Mt. Vernon Girls Basketball, Pete Gordon – Thompsonville Boys Basketball, Katie Meador-Steffan – Centralia Girls Basketball, Sayler Shurtz – Herrin Boys Basketball, Brian Gamber – Woodlawn Boys Basketball, Janelle Kuhn – Carlyle Girls Basketball, and Donnie Lyons – Fairfield Wrestling. Also, what is your favorite Christmas tradition?

Saturday, December 22, 2018
Guests: Doug Creel – Mt. Vernon Boys Basketball, Jeff Lonnon – Mt. Vernon Girls Basketball, Matt Morgan – Zeigler-Royalton Boys Basketball, Mike McManus – Centralia Basketball Broadcaster, Brad Beaty – Webber Boys Basketball, and special guests Anne Carroll – St. Louis Cardinals Radio Network Manager, and Big Jake has an interview with Mike Reis – longtime voice of the SIU Salukis. Also, what do you want for Christmas this year?

Saturday, December 29, 2018
Guests: Chris Hugo – Mt. Vernon Rams Basketball Broadcaster, Brett Diel – New Carterville Football Coach, Andy Sloan – Benton Rangerettes Basketball, Jacob Linder, WMIX Showcase Broadcaster, and special guest Ryan Brown, Taylorville Boys Basketball Coach on the tornado aftermath, recovery efforts, and their season so far. Also plenty of holiday tournament talk and this week’s social media question: Do you make New Year’s resolutions (if so, what is your 2019 resolution?)

Saturday, January 5, 2019
Guests: Doug Creel – Mt. Vernon Boys Basketball, Jeff Lonnon – Mt. Vernon Girls Basketball, Lee Bennett – Centralia Boys Basketball, Evan Wyllie – West Frankfort Boys Basketball, Doug Miller – Hamilton Co. Boys Basketball, Chris Roberts – Herrin Girls Basketball, Matt Patterson – Woodlawn Girls Basketball, and Shane Garner – Sesser-Valier Boys Basketball. Also, what is your favorite pizza topping?

Saturday, January 12, 2019
Guests: Doug Creel – Mt. Vernon Boys Basketball, Jeff Lonnon – Mt. Vernon Girls Basketball, and Rob Wielt -former Play-by-Play voice of the Mt. Vernon Rams and the treasurer of the MVTHS Sports Hall of Fame Committee to announce and talk about the 2019 Induction Class.

Saturday, January 19, 2019
Guests: Jacob Linder – WMIX Showcase Broadcaster, Andy Palmer – Carlyle Boys Basketball, Cheyenne Spurlock – Webber Girls Basketball, Wayne Haare – Nashville Boys Basketball, and Tonya Conrad – Fairfield Girls Basketball on a slightly shortened show.

Saturday, January 26, 2019
Guests: Doug Creel – Mt. Vernon Boys Basketball, Jeff Lonnon – Mt. Vernon Girls Basketball, Andy Fehrenbacher – Salem Boys Basketball, Clint Winemiller – Hamilton Co. Girls Basketball, Sean Laughlin – Mt. Vernon Girls Soccer, Shane Hawkins – Carterville Boys Basketball, Scott Burzynski – Johnston City Boys Basketball, and interviews with each of the current and former Cardinals that stopped in Mt. Vernon for the Cardinals Caravan. Also, what did you name your first car?

Saturday, February 2, 2019
Guests: Lance Boldt – Mt. Vernon Boys Basketball Asst. Coach, Kyle Norris – Mt. Vernon Girls Basketball Broadcaster, Nathan Mayberry – Sandoval Boys Basketball, Brad Beaty – Webber Boys Basketball, Matt Patterson – Woodlawn Girls Basketball, Rick Metcalf – S.V.W. Girls Basketball, and Doug Althoff – Nashville Girls Basketball. Also, what is your favorite sports-related movie?

Saturday, February 9, 2019
Guests: Doug Creel – Mt. Vernon Boys Basketball, Jeff Lonnon – Mt. Vernon Girls Basketball, Anthony Lowery – Waltonville Boys Basketball, Brady Haupt – Co-Host of new sports show “618 Fandemonium” on our sister station 95.5 The Fan, Chris Roberts – Herrin Girls Basketball, Katie Meador-Steffan – Centralia Girls Basketball, Matt Crain – Carterville Girls Basketball, and Andy Sloan – Benton Girls Basketball. Also, what athlete did you look up to growing up?

Saturday, February 16, 2019
Guests: Doug Creel, Mt. Vernon Boys Basketball, Jeff Lonnon – Mt. Vernon Girls Basketball, Pete Gordon – Thompsonville Boys Basketball, Shane Garner – Sesser-Valier Boys Basketball – Bob Waggoner – Pinckneyville Boys Basketball, Doug Althoff – Nashville Girls Basketball, Brian Gamber – Woodlawn Boys Basketball, Wayne Haare – Nashville Boys Basketball, and Darren Kinnard – Sports Director at WSIL on basketball in southern Illinois this season. Also, what do you miss the most about warmer weather?

Saturday, February 23, 2019
Guests: Doug Creel – Mt. Vernon Boys Basketball, Andy Fehrenbacher – Salem Boys Basketball, Rob Flanagan – Olney Boys Basketball, Ryan Roddy – Centralia Basketball Broadcaster, Chris Curry – JCSA on baseball and softball signups, Sayler Shurtz – Herrin Boys Basketball, Jim Miller – Carbondale Boys Basketball, and Chris Hugo – Mt. Vernon Basketball Broadcaster. Also, what high school gym in southern Illinois has the best basketball atmosphere?

Saturday, March 2, 2019
Guests: Doug Creel – Mt. Vernon Boys Basketball, Wayne Haare – Nashville Boys Basketball, Jon Kraus – Okawville Boys Basketball, Mike McManus – Retiring Centralia Broadcaster, Chris Deichman – Former MV Police Chief and Area Pro / College Baseball Umpire, Jake Linder – WMIX Showcase Broadcaster, Shane Garner – Sesser-Valier Boys Basketball, and Brian Gamber – Woodlawn Boys Basketball. Also, what superpower would you like to have and why?

Saturday, March 9, 2019
Guests: Tim Holloway – Mt. Vernon Baseball, Clint Turner – Mt. Vernon Boys Track & Field, Ryan Laney – Zeigler-Royalton-Christopher Softball, Sam Root – Woodlawn Baseball, Mallory Kauling – Centralia Softball, Brett Blondi – Benton Baseball, Chris Sexton – Salem Girls Soccer, and John Kiselewski – Waltonville-Sesser-Valier Softball. Also, what is your favorite flavor of pie?

Saturday, March 16, 2019
Guests: Tim Holloway – Mt. Vernon Baseball, Sean Laughlin – Mt. Vernon Girls Soccer, Matt Patterson – Woodlawn Softball, Kyle Geiger – Du Quoin Baseball, Trevor Clark – Johnston City/Thompsonville Baseball, Jeff Karcher – Hamilton County Baseball, Mark Landreth – Webber Baseball, Katrina Johnson – Centralia Girls Track & Field, and a special interview with Wayne Harre on the Nashville Hornets’ second place finish in Class 2A in boys basketball. Also, where are you going for your next vacation?

Saturday, March 23, 2019
Guests: Tim Holloway – Mt. Vernon Baseball, Jason Irwin – Mt. Vernon Softball, Scott Haley – Waltonville-Sesser-Valier Baseball, Rachel Payne – Sesser-Valier Girls Track & Field, Chad Malawy – Nashville Baseball, Reid Cure – Elverado Baseball, and Andy Sloan – Benton Girls Track & Field. Also, who did you pick to win the NCAA tournament?

Saturday, March 30, 2019
Guests: Tim Holloway – Mt. Vernon Baseball, Connie Harre-Blair – Mt. Vernon Girls Track & Field, Randy Knox – Mt. Vernon Boys Tennis, Brian Lipe – Salem Baseball, Tonya Conrad – Fairfield Softball, Michael Warren – West Frankfort Baseball, and Pat Heston, IHSA Historian on the future of the IHSA State finals in basketball and more! Also, who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?

Saturday, April 6, 2019
Guests: Tim Holloway – Mt. Vernon Baseball, Sean Laughlin – Mt. Vernon Girls Soccer, Sam Root – Woodlawn Baseball, Ryan Miller – Benton Softball, Rick Damico – Herrin Baseball, Page Kirkpatrick – Z.R.C. Baseball, and best-of interviews with Anne Carroll – St. Louis Cardinals Radio Network Manager and Sam Knox – IHSA Asst. Executive Director over Officials. Also, when you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Saturday, April 13, 2019
Guests: Tim Holloway – Mt. Vernon Baseball, Jason Irwin – Mt. Vernon Softball, Jackie Smith – Okawville Baseball, Shaun Renth – Nashville Softball, Mike Rude – New Co-Head Coach of S.V.W. Football, Stacey Lux – Salem Softball, Kevin Crask – Breese Central Baseball, and Will Capie – Carterville Softball. Also, if you could be on one game show, which one would you want to be on and why?

Saturday, April 20, 2019
Guests: Tim Holloway – Mt. Vernon Baseball, John Kiselewski – W.S.V. Softball, Caleb Martin & Brady Haupt – 618 Fandemonium, Todd Bauer – Centralia Orphans, Randy Knox – Mt. Vernon Tennis, Tod Rushing – Pinckneyville Boys Track & Field, Billy Rogers – Fairfield Baseball, and Tyrone Nesby – Former NBA Player / Cairo Pilot. Also, what is your favorite Easter candy? 

Saturday, April 27, 2019
Guests: Tim Holloway – Mt. Vernon Baseball, Clint Turner – Mt. Vernon Boys Track & Field, Dusty Barr – Carlyle Baseball, Jason James – Du Quoin Softball, Matt Patterson – Woodlawn Softball, David Chick – West Frankfort Girls Track & Field, Mark Landreth – Webber Baseball, and Rhonda Knight – Co-Director of Region K, Special Olympics Illinois about the upcoming Region K Games at MVTHS. Also, you are invited to a potluck, what are you bringing?

Saturday, May 4, 2019
Guests: Tim Holloway – Mt. Vernon Baseball, Andy Sloan – Benton Girls Track & Field, Curt Jones – South Central Baseball, Len Novara – Murphysboro A.D. on facility improvements being done at Murphysboro H.S., Brian Tackitt – Flora Baseball, and a best-of interview with Pat Heston, IHSA historian on the future of basketball in the state. Also, what memory sticks out most to you when you think of weather getting involved with sports?

Saturday, May 11, 2019
Guests: Tim Holloway – Mt. Vernon Baseball, Jason Hobbs – Benton Boys Track & Field, John Fischer – Centralia Boys Track & Field, Sam Root – Woodlawn Baseball, Trevor Clark – Johnston City/Thompsonville Baseball, Chad Malawy – Nashville Baseball, Matt Patterson – Woodlawn Softball, Donette Wheatley – Elverado Softball, and Gary Kapper – South Central Softball. Also, what is your favorite memory of you with your mom?

Saturday, May 18, 2019
Guests: Tim Holloway – Mt. Vernon Baseball, Bobby Jackson – Carterville Baseball, Marty Manfredo – Marion Baseball, Kim Brown – Murphysboro Softball, Mallory Kauling – Centralia Softball, Tom Calhoun – PA Voice of the St. Louis Blues, and we say farewell to our board op Hunter for the summer by having him face a World Champion in a world famous sports game. Also, what would you name a biography movie about your life?

Saturday, May 25, 2019
Shortened show. Guests: Tim Holloway – Mt. Vernon Baseball, Andy Sloan – Benton Girls Track & Field, and Shane Boyett – Du Quoin Girls Track & Field on their state championship.

Saturday, June 1, 2019
We promote summer youth camps in the area in the month of June. Guests: Tim Holloway – Mt. Vernon Baseball, Katie Meador – Centralia Girls Basketball, Brian Gamber – Woodlawn Boys Basketball, Jeff Lonnon – Mt. Vernon Girls Basketball, Doug Creel – Mt. Vernon Boys Basketball, Bobby Brenneisen – Centralia Football, Seiger Shurtz – Christopher Girls Basketball, and Chris Hugo, Mt. Vernon Athletics Broadcaster to wrap up the year that was in MVTHS Athletics on WMIX. Also, what are your big summer plans?

Saturday, June 8, 2019
Guests: Erica Culpepper – Mt. Vernon Volleyball and Jacob Linder – WMIX Broadcaster and lucky man who attended Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals. We also re-air the announcement of the 2019 MVTHS Sports Hall of Fame Class.

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Part 1 of the 2019 Saturday Sports Show Weirdest High School Mascots in Illinois bracket. We announce the bracket with the unofficial mascot seeding committee chair, former central Illinois radio personality Michael Pickett. Then we have expert weird mascot bracket pickers in Jeff Lonnon – Mt. Vernon Girls Basketball coach, Bryan Lee – Carbondale Football coach, Andy Sloan – Benton Girls Basketball and Girls Track coach, Craig Choate – WCIA Sports Reporter, and Kevin Sargent – Mt. Vernon Fire Chief.

Saturday, June 22, 2019
We start the show with a recap of the first two rounds of the 2019 Saturday Sports Show Weirdest High School Mascot in Illinois bracket, then get analysis on the Final Four from current and former Withers sports broadcasters Mike McManus, Danny Czerwinski and Chris Hugo. Then we talk about the future of athletic facilities at Murphysboro and Mt. Vernon Township High Schools with Murphy A.D. Len Novara and MVTHS Superintendent Jeff Fritchtnitch. We wrap up the show honoring the Blues Stanley Cup run and re-airing our interview with Blues PA voice Tom Calhoun.

Saturday, June 29, 2019
We wrap up the 2019 Saturday Sports Show Weirdest High School Mascot in Illinois bracket, and we promote area summer camps coming up in July with Mt. Vernon football coach Jerod Kessler and Mt. Vernon soccer coach Vimal Patel. Also, if you had all the money in the world, what would be the first thing you buy?

Saturday, July 6, 2019
Guests: Matt Miller, Director of the Pony International Baseball Tournaments in Mt. Vernon this week, and a best of with Pat Heston, IHSA Historian on the changes coming to the IHSA State Finals in boys and girls basketball.

Saturday, July 13, 2019
Guests: Stephen Kozuszek – Nashville Football, Sayler Shurtz – Herrin Tigers, and Sam Knox – IHSA Asst. Executive Director over Officials about the state of officiating across Illinois.

Saturday, July 20, 2019
Guests: Tyler O’Daniel – RLC Baseball Coach on state of the program and the pipeline built with Mt. Vernon Rams baseball; Jim Corrona – Wayne City Boys Basketball on state of the program and his experiences coaching NBA JrPro in Asia; and Darren Kinnard, WSIL Sports Director on the IHSA football and basketball championships returning to local TV across the state.

Saturday, July 27, 2019
In the 2018-19 season finale, we re-air conversations we had with three coaches that took their teams to the state finals in 2018-2019. Guests: Josh Konkel – 4th Place in State Nashville Volleyball, Wayne Harre – 2nd Place in State Nashville Boys Basketball, and Shane Boyett – Class 1A State Champion Du Quoin Girls Track and Field.