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South Central coaches eager for National Trail Conference play

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By Andrew Harner

FARINA – South Central High School has joined the National Trail Conference this season, coming into the NTC at the same time Teutopolis is leaving.

South Central has previously been in the Midland Trail Conference for many years.

Prior to each sports season, The Leader-Union will be asking South Central’s coaches how they think the conference switch will effect their team.

Baseball

The Cougars are very familiar with most of the schools in the NTC, because that is where many of their non-conference games were played in both the fall and spring seasons.

“Baseball-wise, it’s not very different, because we played everyone but Windsor  anyway,” said coach Curt Jones. “I’m looking forward to it.”

The NTC has always been a conference with good pitching, and Jones doesn’t expect that to change this fall.

Ryan Beccue, coach of St. Elmo, said he is excited to have another conference rival.

“They bring a quality baseball team to us," he said.

Jones said pitching will make it difficult for the Cougars to win the conference this season – something they did almost annually in the Midland Trail – but he is excited to see what his lineup can do against some of the aces.

“There’s some good pitching in the NTC,” Jones said. “Going down the list, they all have at least one good pitcher.”

Volleyball

The Lady Cougars were extremely successful in the Midland Trail Conference, and they should have the opportunity to contend for this season’s NTC championship.

There will be a lot of challengers, but like the baseball team, the volleyball team is familiar with several of the NTC schools like St. Elmo, Altamont, Dieterich and Stew-Stras.

“Now, there will be even more pressure when we play these teams, since it will count on our conference record,” Brimberry said.

This season, the NTC is full of tough teams, but South Central should finish in the top half of the conference, and definitely had the potential to make the gold flight in the conference tournament.