BY JACK BULLOCK
When you look at the history of the South Egyptian Conference in boy's basketball, the Mounds Meridian Bobcats have had their way with the other teams.

Literally they have dominated.

They have lost (1) SEC game in the last 10 seasons in the regular season.

That loss came at Elverado on February 10, 2017.

Something else important in the conference also happened that night concerning one of the players in this league who is back for his senior season.

The record versus the South Egyptian brethren since December 18, 2009?

It's 83-1.

The Bobcats have had a few close calls over the years.

Last season Meridian, under first year head coach Jared Staple, got past both Cobden (67-65 on December 7) and Elverado (54-50 on February 1) in narrow victories to end up 8-0 again in the league.

The toughness of the non-conference games put the Bobcats at just 14-17 overall, including a loss to Gallatin County at the Hardin County 1A Regional semifinals.

Mounds Meridian lost their top scorer and will have a stiff challenge from Cobden coming this winter.

The Appleknockers had a strong 2018-19 season under head coach Wendell Wheeler.

However the “wheels fell off of the apple cart” at the Hardin County Regional as they lost to the host Cougars in OT in the semifinals after being the top-seed in that part of the sub-sectional.

A couple of standout players with experience return with a good supporting cast for Coach Wheeler who enters his season year at Cobden.

Elverado will enter this season minus the school's all-time leading scorer following his graduation from the best two-year run in the program's history.

Head coach Jacob Emling has done a fine job putting this program on the right course in his four seasons leading the Falcons.

Egyptian has a lot of talent returning for Coach Allen Pearman, including a scorer with a shot at 2,000 points for his career.

Joppa has a new head coach as do both Dongola and Shawnee.

All three of those programs are facing major rebuilding projects this season.

Agape Christian is not a full IHSA member but is a member of the SEC.

Coach Tim Weaver has some kids back to work with as the Knights look to get better.

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