MOUNT VERNON — As awards were handed out for the best coaches and athletes in the Mid-Buckeye Conference this winter season, one man didn’t feel like celebrating too much.
MBC Commissioner Ron Wintermute stood by the podium, handing out awards as the recipients’ names were read. He wasn’t smiling.
He was thinking about the MBC’s future. Or possible lack thereof.
“There’s a lot of history here,” Wintermute said. “It’d be a shame to see it go away.”
While the banquet was carrying on at the Knox County Career Center on Monday, the school boards at Utica, Northridge and Johnstown discussed accepting bids to join the newly reformed Licking County League.
Coincidently, it was Utica which garnered the most top awards at the banquet. Senior Scott Cline came away as Mid-Buckeye Conference boys basketball Player of the Year. His coach, Eric Sheck, earned Coach of the Year honors. And Utica’s Mike Garven was named wrestling Coach of the Year.
Centerburg’s Mackenzie Stoyle, already the All-Area Player of the Year as awarded by the Mount Vernon News, earned MBC girls basketball Player of the Year honors as well.