GREATER EGYPTIAN CONFERENCE
GEC once again is tough to call
Hardin County, NCOE, Crab Orchard, look the best; CM, Gallatin could make some noise
Projected Order Of Finish
1. HARDIN COUNTY, 2. CRAB ORCHARD, 3. NCOE, 4. GALLATIN COUNTY,
5. CARRIER MILLS, 6. GALATIA, 7. THOMPSONVILLE 8. POPE COUNTY
BY JACK BULLOCK
The Greater Egyptian Conference race should be a three-horse sprint to the finish.
The trio who finished 1-2-3 last season figure to be in those slots this season.
But the order in which they shake out is anyone's guess.
All three bring significant talent back from outstanding 2014-15 campaigns.
Coach Rodney Lane and his Hardin County Cougars look poised to win a GEC title and could make a strong run at 20-plus wins.
Hardin County won a regional championship last February and hung tough with Cairo before losing late in the sectional semifinals on their home floor.
Speaking of which, the Cougars have refinished the hardwood this season and are excited about a very underrated gymnasium.
Crab Orchard and head coach Jon Brown have won three regional titles in the past five seasons and he has some good kids coming back that will make them contenders for more trophies.
Norris City-Omaha-Enfield has a new coach in place and a pair of starters back from a club that won the consolation championship at the Eldorado Holiday Tournament last December.
As for the rest of the league, Gallatin County and head coach Doug Miller return one of the best guards in the league and will need to rebuild around him to improve on a 13-13 mark from last winter.
Carrier Mills will have Keil Peebles, a long time Johnston City head coach, in charge of the Wildcats.
He is the third mentor in as many years and CM graduated the most seniors of any GEC club.
Galatia didn't have a great season in 2014-15 but that didn't dampen the spirit of coach Kendall Hankins and his young Bearcats.
With just one senior and the rest underclassmen, Galatia is in the middle of rebuilding.
For the first time in a while, Thompsonville will have the numbers for Coach Pete Gordon to work with.
After not winning a contest in 2014-15, the Tigers have no where to go but up and this coach is looking to build with a combination of experience and youth.
Pope County has a few kids back from a 5-22 club.
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