FARINA SOUTH CENTRAL
BY JACK BULLOCK
Head coach Jamie VanScyoc returned to his Alma mater (not to be confused with Kinmundy-Alma from years ago) to coach his former team he used to play for.

Although his team struggled some a year ago, they managed to be a more than respectable 11-16 on the season, before falling to CHBC in the Altamont 1A Regional.

Coach VanScyoc has some kids coming back that should make his second season back home even better than 2016-17.

Although senior starter Trevor Markley is gone, the ones returning should all be improved heading into 2017-18.

Coach VanScyoc has two seniors returning; 5-foot-10 guard Trent Geiler and 5-foot-10 Ryan Matheny.

Two other returning starters are 5-foot-8 junior guard Logan Lotz and 6-foot-2 sophomore Hunter Brandt.

That is the core of the Cougars' club that this mentor will have to build around and for the future.

South Central will also have 5-foot-10 senior Ean Fox along with Ryan McCown, also a 5-foot-10 senior.

Another 5-foot-10 senior expected to play is Cauy Blomberg.

A pair of juniors, 5-foot-9 guards Daniel Roberts and Seth Shumate, are also in the rotation.

I feel like we have the potential to possibly upset some teams. We are returning four starters from last years team and have five others returning that saw considerable playing time last year,” said Coach VanScyoc. “We will have a small lineup again this year and like last year one of my biggest concerns will be the rebounding department. We will have to use our speed and quickness to our advantage. Will have to focus on the defensive end of the floor.”

“If you 'fail to prepare, then prepare to fail' is a quote that I have used my entire coaching career,” added Coach VanScyoc. “If you prepare yourself then you have that chance at success.”

OUTLOOK – The Cougars are going to have to use their quickness to overcome their small lineup but the hard work that this head coach will demand will certainly pay off. They have a veteran team that should be able to handle anything that comes their way this season. Look for Round Two to be better than Round One for Coach VanScyoc.

2017-18 VARSITY SCHEDULE

N20-25

Mulberry Grove Turkey Tournament J16 @ Neoga
N28 St. Elmo-Brownstown J19 @ Beecher City-Cowden-Herrick
D1 @ Odin J22-27 NTC Tournament @ Altamont
D5 @ Vandalia J30 @ Patoka
D8 @ Altamont F6 Effingham St. Anthony
D15 @ Centralia Christ Our Rock Lutheran F9 Mulberry Grove
D26-29 Vandalia Holiday Tournament F10 NTC/LOVC @ Toledo Cumberland
J5 Cisne F13 Sandoval
J9 @ Windsor-Stewardson-Strasburg F16 Louisville North Clay
J12 @ Dieterich F19-23 IHSA Regional TBD