Central Baptist College is changing athletic conferences that should reduce travel significantly and unite it with fellow Arkansas schools Lyon College and Williams Baptist.

The American Midwest Conference, based in St. Louis, has announced CBC as its newest member beginning in the 2015-2016 academic year.

Southern members of the AMC are Williams Baptist, Lyon and Freed-Hardeman in Henderson, Tenn. Other members are: Benedictine (Springfield, Ill.), Columbia College (Columbia, o.), Hannibal-LaGrange (Hannibal, Mo.), Harris-Stowe (St. Louis), Lindenwood (Belleville, Ill.), Missouri Baptist (St. Louis), Park University (Parkville, Mo.), St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Stephens College (Columbia, Mo.), Willaims Woods (Fulton, Mo.)

CBC is leaving the Midlands College Athletic Conference, another NAIA conference, that had institutions in Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Iowa.

The Mustangs will begin AMC competition with fall sports in 2015, starting with men’s and women’s soccer, and volleyball. Central Baptist also offers wrestling, making the AMC a complete conference in wrestling, along with men’s and women’s basketball in the winter season. In the spring season, Central Baptist will compete in men’s and women’s golf, as well as baseball and softball.

Further details in Saturday’s Log Cabin.