NCMC soon to be only a memory
It would appear the days of the North Central Athletic Conference are numbered.
"This is the last year of the NCMC football conference," said Charles Guthrey, Marshall High School activity director. "Unless someone has a change of heart."
Guthrey spoke Tuesday night to the Marshall Board of Education. He said in a meeting last week representative of Rockbridge High School submitted a letter stating the school would withdraw completely from the conference at the end of the year.
Representatives of Fulton, Mexico and Moberly have all made known their intentions to withdraw from from football at the end of this year and from all other activities at the end of next year.
Guthrey said the problem with the conference was essentially the size disparity of some of its members.
"Rockbridge outgrew us," he said. "They're a 6A school now."
The Rockbridge representatives indicated that playing the smaller schools in the NCMC did not prepare them for the challenges of playing their 6A peers, Guthrey said.
At the other end of the spectrum, administrators from Fulton, Mexico and Moberly said there schools were no longer interested in playing teams from Helias and Hannibal.
If Marshall cannot find another conference to join before the end of the NCMC, the district will schedule a season as an independent. Marshall Superintendent of Schools Joe Aull said the district is willing to talk to anyone, but can't make a commitment just yet.