Throughout the next week we will take a look back at the conferences in southern Illinois and the results of the 2017-2018 season. We will look at the standings and the All Conference/Top players that will return for the 2018-2019 season. we will share a little insight and then later on in the summer/fall we will get more in depth by team in a full preview of next season.
Next up on our list is the Mississippi Valley Conference. The final standings for the year were:
1. Civic Memorial 10-0
2. Highland 7-3
3. Jerseyville 7-3
5. Waterloo 2-8
6. Mascoutah 2-8
Civic Memorial and Highland have been at the top of the conference for the recent stretch. Jonathon Denney has built a strong program that continues to push talent up through the ranks. The Jr Eagles programs and Trimpe Middle school have been stocking his incoming freshman classes with talent on a regular basis. His main conference rival, Highland will bring back a roster full of talent but will move onto the Clint Hamilton era. Hamilton replaces retired coach Mike Arbuthnot who had been with the Bulldogs for 5 seasons.
All Conference players returning for the 2018-2019 season include:
- Anna Hall 5’11 Junior Civic Memorial
- Clare Breden 5’5 Sophomore Jerseyville
- Ellie Brown 5’6 Junior Highland
- Kourtland Tyus 5’6 Junior Civic Memorial
- Abby Manns 5’8 Junior Jerseyville
- Ali Barisch 5’6 Senior Triad
- Emmy Nyquist 5’7 Senior Highland
- Caliegh Miller 6’0 Senior Triad
- Tori Standefer 5’6 Sophomore Civic Memorial
- Alanna Brooks 5’6 Sophomore Mascoutah
- Heather Rood 5’6 Senior Triad
- Mae Riffel 5’8 Senior Highland
Civic Memorial loses two 4 year starters in Kaylee Eaton and Alaria Tyus and will look to retool their lineup and approach to match the strengths of the roster. Highland returns a strong nucleus both inside and out and first year Coach Hamilton looks to make a splash in his debut. Jerseyville returns Breden who averaged 17.8 points per game in her Freshman year including an exciting 39 point effort in a double OT win late in the season against Highland. An in depth preview will come later in the summer/fall where we will give our predictions for the upcoming season.