North Mac joining South Central Conference

About three months after the South Central Conference lost one of its members, a new member is in place, a school that is a somewhat familiar opponent in some sports.
In fact, its football team was knocked from the postseason by the Vandals last fall.
The North Mac Board of Education voted unanimously last Wednesday to join the SCC.
North Mac replaces Roxana, which decided in May to move to the Cahokia Conference.
Roxana is expected to stay in the South Central Conference through at least the remainder of this school year, with the move taking place no later than the 2022-23 school year.
North Mac isn’t expected to officially join the SCC until the fall of the 2022-23 school year.
North Mac is a district formed with the consolidation of the Virden and Girard school districts in the 2010-11 school year.
A number of Vandalia teams have faced North Mac in the past, the most recent being last year’s Vandals football squad, which slipped by North Mac, 7-0, in the first round of the IHSA playoffs.
Jason Clay, who is the Vandals athletic director and  head football and wrestling coach, said North Mac will be a good addition to the South Central Conference.
“We wanted to get another team in there to make it a 10-team conference," Clay said.
“It helps when you schedule football, especially, but it’s good for other sports, too,” he said.
“We pursued North Mac (because) we thought they’d be a good fit for our conference, and we had a lot of common schools that already played them, so we felt like they were a good fit as far as demographics.
“They’ve invested a lot in their facilities ($5 million for football, including a turf field, and $3 million for baseball, including a turf field), and they’ve got a good tradition in a lot of sports,” Clay said.  “They bring a lot at the table, they play a lot of sports and they’re competitive in a lot of sports so we look forward to that,” Clay said.

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