BY JACK BULLOCK
The Egyptian Illini Conference is a league that features just five teams competing for the title.

Dwindling enrollments aside, the schools put together teams and they still play hard and have been more than just pushovers in the postseason.

Two of the teams, St. Elmo-Brownstown and Patoka, have won regional titles in recent seasons.

The Eagles and head coach Greg Feezel won their own regional with a 56-53 win over rival Altamont.

St. Elmo-Brownstown lost to Nokomis, 57-34, in the semifinals of the Altamont Sectional.

Coach Feezel will try to keep things going after going 20-12 last winter with three returning starters back from that run.

Patoka and head coach Joe Eddy went 6-22 a year ago with a mostly young group, losing to Odin, 68-51 at the Odin Regional.

Having experience returning should help the cause for the Warriors this time around.

Mulberry Grove was on a brink of a season for the record books in 2018-19 when they were knocked out of the regional by the host Eagles, 53-50 at Odin in the semifinals.

Odin went on to win its first regional title in schools history leaving the Aces thinking of what might have been.

MG went 20-8 last winter and 20-10 the season before, which was a huge accomplishment for this small school.

Coach Andrew Beckham must replace a lot of production heading to the future.

Ramsey and head coach Mike Kellow saw the curtain drawn on their season with a loss to Okaw Valley, 58-34 at the 1A Edinburg Regional.

This coach will have four seniors and junior returning with experience.

Coach Donovan Riley enters his second season running the program that is a cooperative of Cowden-Herrick and Beecher City, commonly referred to as CH/BC.

The Bobcats went just 6-24 last season, dropping out of the 1A Neoga Regional, losing to the host Indians, 40-25.

CH/BC lost nine seniors to graduation and have just one starter returning.

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