MIDLAND TRAIL CONFERENCE
Woodlawn eyes on another title
Odin, Webber, Wayne City look to challenge
CORL, Cisne, Waltonville in the mix; Grayville, Sandoval look to improve
BY JACK BULLOCK
The Midland Trail Conference boy's basketball regular season race will once again come down to who is going to step up and deal with the Woodlawn Cardinals.

Coach Gamber enters season number three as head coach with nearly everyone back from yet another 20-win season.

This program has been a postseason force in the IHSA since the switch to four-classes.

Don't look for any sort of letdown by anyone involved.

They have the horses to take the fan base up north again.

If there is going to be a major challenge to the Cardinals for this championship, it could be the Odin Eagles and head coach Tyler Mitchell.

Mitchell left Waltonville and found a new home in Marion County and his team was a few seconds away from winning its first ever boy's basketball regional title last February at the Patoka Regional.

They lost to Dieterich, 62-59 as a three-quarter court shot went in for the Eagles but was waved off for hitting the guide wire above the rim.

Odin had a seven-point lead at one point in the fourth quarter before Dieterich rallied.

This season Odin looks to improve off of that 18-11 run.

Webber Township made a lot of good memories last season as the seniors on that club got to relish a regional championship.

After not winning a varsity game as freshmen, this group got better each year and it resulted in just the second regional title in the program's history.

Coach Brad Beaty deserves a lot of the credit for his work with this team and the Trojans have a pretty good group of kids coming back that now have their shot.

Wayne City's coaching situation hasn't been good recently with four different coaches in five years.

Now veteran head coach Jim Corona has returned to southern Illinois to call Wayne City his home.

He will have some good kids to work with that have some varsity experience from last season.

Waltonville also has some players returning after taking some losses the past couple of seasons.

Coach Anthony Lowery, a former Spartan player, will be in his second season as he hopes to build this program back up to where it is used to be.

Christ Our Rock Lutheran returns some good ones from last season as well for Coach Steve Britt.

The Silver Stallions proved that they belong in the MTC in their third year in the conference.

Cisne mentor Kevin Bowen came back to the bench last season and he worked in some veterans with youngsters and after an inauspicious start, they got better later in the season.

Look for continued improvement at Cisne.

Grayville went just 2-19 a season ago and head coach Brian Hucker will look for continued growth of his program as four starters return from that youthful squad.

Sandoval didn't dent the win column last season for head coach Nathan Mayberry but they have some kids willing to work, which is always a good sign.

ABV believes the Cardinals will be tough to deal with once again and will be in the hunt (as always) for a trip to the state finals.

For complete team-by-team previews, click on the team links below.

ABV Projected Order Of Finish