the kids coming back from last season, two of the Greater Egyptian
Conference teams have a lot to look forward to in 2018-19.
Gallatin County and Thompsonville
have the bulk of the varsity minutes returning from squads that
combined to win 37-games.
Hawks have a new coach in Jeff Hermann who inherits nearly an
intact group that made it to the regional championship game
a season ago.
was an assistant to head coach Doug Miller, who has left the
program in good hands.
left to mentor his home town program at Hamilton County and
he didn't leave an “empty nest.”
Gallatin County club lost to Cairo at home in the regional title
tilt last February after having upset the Pilots the season
before at Hardin County.
mentor Pete Gordon has four of five starters back and some key
reserves from a club that played well in defeat in the Z-R 1A
Regional semi-final loss to eventual regional champ and sectional
for the Tigers vs. Hawks' battles to be close like they were
won the annual GEC tournament championship game last January,
beating the Hawks in the semifinals, while Gallatin County took
home the “globe” for the regular season league honors
with a win over the Tigers at home.
only do those two clubs look to be the best in the league, they
also will have their sights set on postseason success as well.
is a coaching change at Norris-City-Omaha-Enfield
as Evan Wyllie departed for West Frankfort and long time assistant
Jim Tucker takes the reigns.
Fighting Cardinals have some talent of which to work with in
Jon Brown at Crab Orchard has few
kids with experience returning from a 19-11 squad while head
coach Rodney Lane at Hardin County
continues to put competitive teams on the floor.
Trojans traditionally are in the running for 20-wins but they
will need to do some rebuilding.
strengthening of the Cougars' schedule has helped the program
out in "quality" of play as opposed to "quantity"
of wins. The long run looks to be better for it.
County has some players back for
head coach Jim Simmons as the Pirates produced a winning season,
going 17-10 in 2017-18.
Mills and head coach Keil Peebles
took some lumps last season with a young squad.
good news is some key players return a year older and with valuable
experience in place and the incoming freshman are coming off
of a outstanding eighth grade campaign.
youngsters should end up helping out immediately.
and head coach Rod Wallace also has some kids returning from
an 11-17 club.
Greater Egyptian Conference race should boil down to Tigers
and Hawks and maybe Cougars, oh my!
complete team-by-team previews, click on the team links below.