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Carterville newest member of the EHT

  • Carterville head coach and the Lions will be the newest member of the Eldorado Holiday Tournament this year, replacing Union County, Ky. The Braves were 9-13 in six seasons in the EHT.

    Carterville head coach and the Lions will be the newest member of the Eldorado Holiday Tournament this year, replacing Union County, Ky. The Braves were 9-13 in six seasons in the EHT.
    JUSTIN WALKER | jwalker@dailyrepublicannews.com

 
By Michael Dann mdann@dailyregister.com
updated: 1/16/2018 11:47 AM

The next installment of the Eldorado Holiday Tournament will have a new participant.

Carterville, who is replacing Union County, Ky., will be the newest member in the 16-team field.

The Lions, who signed a two-year contract for the EHT late last week, has never been a part of the EHT, while Union County, Ky. exists after six years and a 9-13 record.

Eldorado athletic director Greg Goodley said the opportunity to get Carterville in the EHT is something that has been in the works for a while.

"It's nice to have someone who hasn't been in it before," Goodley said. "It's good for the fans and good for the tournament to have a new team. That's been the case with us and some Kentucky teams that have filled some spots the last couple of years, but to have a team that is in your immediate area is great from a fan standpoint and from our standpoint, something we hope becomes longevity.

"Carterville has always been a team we have had our eye on and when coach (Shane) Hawkins got to come over and see a little bit of the atmosphere and what it was about, I think he was just as excited as we were to become a part of the EHT."

The 54th edition of the EHT will be played December 27th, 28th and 29th.

Michael Dann covers prep and college sports for the Harrisburg Register, Eldorado Journal & The Gallatin County Democrat. Follow him on Twitter: @spydieshooter.