Posted On: 11/19/19 11:20 PM

A year ago the then ten-team Mid-Continent League (MCL) produced the class 3A state championship third place team, Norton, and the class 2A fourth place team, Trego.  Neither team won the league.  Thomas More Prep earned that reward.  This year's version of the MCL is promising to be even more challenging.

Of the 15 players who filled out the first, second, and honorable mention all-MCL teams in 2019 only six were lost to graduation.  Norton, Phillipsburg, and TMP - three of the top four teams - each lost two.  Just that little shave off the top will make the league even more competitive, but that is not all.  Now add new 2A league member 2A Hoxie, which brings with it a pair of all-Northwest Kansas League players.  Now figure in recognized talents from a year ago who did not make an all-league team and freshmen who will make a splash.  This league will be absolutely brutal.

The 2020 version of the league is now composed of eleven teams that compete in the post-season in three different classifications: 3A (three), 2A (seven), and 1A (one). The lone 1A, Stockton, is only a few students below the 2A enrollment cutoff.  The size

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