2007 Boys Season Preview
By Aaron Brown
Led by an outstanding trio of seniors (John Barrett, Luke Baldwin, Tom
Parolin), the Friars look to be a dominant force once again in 2007. Add
the talented group of Chris Wendt, Andrew McKernin, and Chris Bonk and it
will be hard to stop the Friars on the offensive end. Senior Kegan Daugherty will look to replace Chris Jones in the net, while
younger players like Dan and Brian Barron should round out the lineup and
provide Fenwick with plenty of depth and speed.
2. ST PATRICK
With James Ridgeway leading the way on offense, the Shamrocks should give Fenwick
their biggest challenge in 2007. Goalie Pat Szyska continued to improve
last season and will definitely be one of the top goaltenders in the state
in 2007. Brandon Skelton, Jeff Winter, and Steve Collins also look to
contribute for the Shamrocks on both ends of the pool, while seniors Mike
Morun, Tom Pederson, and Matt Bozek provide the Shamrocks with a great
deal of experience and depth.
Almost all of the starters return to a team that finished third in state
last year, including offensive standout Scott Nemecek. The list of strong
players is seemingly endless for the Lions, including Peter Cosentino,
Paul Busse, Mark Castro, and Mark Nemecek. Lyons also boasts outstanding depth with
junior Kevin Tully and sophomore Peter Bruton, plus field players Connor
Burke and Patrick Donovan.
4. BROTHER RICE
Led by seniors Sean Coghlan and goalie Joe Frantz, the Crusaders will be a
dangerous team in 2007. Drew Velasquez, Matt Joslyn, and Roberto Hernandez
also return to help make Brother Rice a strong contender this season.
Even though the Romans lost key players from last year's squad, Grant
Wilkie and Tim Wickes could make enough of a difference to get Latin back
to state. Conor Allen, Tim Barry, and a potent incoming class of freshmen
have the Romans thinking big things this season.
Nathan LeRoy has the all-around ability to lead the Ramblers to another
state berth, while goaltender Adam Weissert also returns to make Loyola a
tough team to score on. Seniors Matt Stonequist, Joe Toops, and Conor
also return for the Ramblers, plus junior Evan Rourke has the talent to
make a major
impact for Loyola this year.
7. NAPERVILLE NORTH
Senior Alex Buck will have his chance to lead the Huskies back to state
after a three-year drought. Head coach Kurt Johns also expects big things
from juniors Conor Handley and Jackson Hill. North will need goalie
Christian Flessnor to play a big role in 2007. Mark Tatara, Brandon
Bateman, and Landon Savino could also help fill out the starting lineup.
8. NAPERVILLE CENTRAL
Many of the starters from Central's three-year run at state have
graduated, so the Redhawks will need to rely on sophomores Tyler Kelley
and Max Saltzman and seniors Jadd Shammas and Matt Stablein to keep their
streak of state appearances intact. They also
look for new faces like Mark Giuliani, Bobby Rickert, and Ben Reasons to
contribute at the varsity level this year. Senior Ben Li and junior Zack
Cejna also give the Redhawks valuable experience either as starters or
coming off the bench.
9. NEW TRIER
The Trevians have always relied on depth and speed, and with most of their
team returning in '07, they could have enough to get back to state for the
first time since 2004. Senior Rick Farmer leads the way, while returnees
Ben Wampler, Mark Saleh, Sam Lopez, Brendan Nyhan, and new goalie David
Melnick are all expected to play major roles this year. Sophomore Bill
Farmer could also make the leap to the varsity level and make a big
difference for the Trevians.
10. ST IGNATIUS
Brian Jucas and Matt Middleton lead the way for the Wolfpack, a team that
has continued to improve over the past few years and could challenge for a
state berth in 2007. GT Wrobel, Matt Noonan, and Chris Tracz also return
to give Ignatius a chance at their best season in team history. Younger
players Garrett Mulchrone and Cameron Hecht could also make a big
contribution this year.
The Eagles are always in contention each year under head coach Jim
Caliendo, and Kevin Dommer should have a big year for Sandburg in 2007.
Max Kryzminski and David Stachniak also return to the lineup, while Robert
Pozdal could make a difference this season.
The majority of the starting lineup that led the Mustangs to the state
tournament for the past two years is gone, so Mundelein will look to
senior Grant Gates and juniors Ricky Lukacs and Mike McClure to lead them
to a third straight trip to state. Goalie Kevin Coughlin and junior T.J.
Klink should help the Mustangs as starters in 2007, and the team could be
aided by the speed of senior Aaron Slattery.
The Patriots are led by Dmitry Simonoff, one of the top returning goaltenders
in the state. Stevenson should challenge Mundelein for a berth to state
with returning players like Sean Madden, Greg Spiegelman, and Kyle Seplowin making big
contributions on both ends of the pool. Ali Khan could see more minutes in
2007, while younger players like Ty Kuper, Brad Feng, and Jaime Clark
could be called upon at the next level for the Patriots.
14. LINCOLN-WAY EAST
The Griffins return seniors Tim Lilja, Kevin Puskaric and goalie Ryan
Golden to a team that finished 28-2 last season. Juniors Zach VanSwol and
Andrew Chemers and sophomores Mike Reilly and Karl Zoellick also look to
make an impact this season.
With Seniors Ben Terry and Greg Pierce plus juniors Ben McBratney and
Steven Devine, the Wildkits should be a difficult team to play against
this season. Senior Jack Killheffer returns
in the net for Evanston, while senior Ben Vogel looks to have his best
year in 2007.
16. WAUBONSIE VALLEY
Senior Kyle Drake leads a young but talented Warriors squad in 2007.
Sophomore Jim Zuponeck got a great deal of varsity experience as a
freshmen and should be even better this season. Younger players like Adam
Kozak, Jack Poletto, and Kurt Neaderhiser should also make an impact at
the next level for Waubonsie Valley.
17. NEUQUA VALLEY
John Mikuzis had a great first year for the Wildcats in 2006, and he could
have another great offensive season to help lead Neuqua Valley in 2007. Also returning to the lineup for new head coach Martin Bell are
Dylan Klossner, Ryan Jadwin, Chris Walter and Phil Kaseska.
18. OAK PARK
The Huskies return an experienced group of seniors, including standout
Mike Nickels, and they will look to challenge Lyons in the West Suburban
Conference. John Kawsang, Mike Schmidt, and Scott Satinover also return
to an OPRF team that continued to improve last season and could be even
better in 2007.
The Pirates remain the team to beat in the MSL, with Mitch Tucker and
goalie Spencer Blackham returning. Mike Nocella and Whitaker Davis are
also expected to help on the offensive end in 2007 as Palatine looks to
qualify for the state tournament for the fifth-straight year.
The Vikings look to challenge Lincoln-Way East and Sandburg with top
returning starters Dave Kuchta and Greg Nelson leading the way. Most of
the starting lineup returns for head coach Tim Caldwell, including solid
players like senior David Schefke and junior Jack Oliver.
BEST OF THE
21. St Rita-Junior Luke
Ginger leads a well-coached team under head coach Chuck Knibbs.
22. Andrew-Tim Arif has
the talent to make the Thunderbolts a very dangerous team once again in
2007. The T-Bolts also return seniors Mark Kircher and Matt Skender.
23. Hinsdale South-Lenny
Wanta, Coleman Lange, and Dan Jung help lead what should be a very fast
and high-scoring Hornets team.
24. Lincoln-Way Central-The
Knights hope to reload in 2007 with players like Conner Currier and Ian
Whyte leading the way.
25. Glenbrook South-Chris
DeLetto and Andrew Schmitt have GBS ready for another solid season.
26. Prospect-Sean Hansen,
Tim O'Grady, and Matt Reiner return to lead the Knights.
27. Fremd-Junior Spencer
Sophie returns to lead a usually deep Vikings team in the Mid-Suburban
League. Tom Banasiak, Tom French and Andrew Heidman have speed and should
be strong on the offensive end in 2007 for Fremd.
Krolikiewicz, Kent Van Horn, and Ricky Waychunas return to a Dukes squad
that looks to be competitive in the West Suburban Conference.
Lejeune, Jordan Liss, Ben Glick, and Brian Haber are back for a talented
30. St Viator-The Lions
will continue to improve with Mike Barry, Ryan Torii, and Mike Miossi in
the field and Robbie Vavrik in goal.
Paul Ivnik (Lockport),
Ben Bentley (Lockport), Ryan Oldendorf (Lockport), Brett
Heniken (Glenbrook North), Jon Montgomery (Glenbrook North),
Chris Glass (Glenbrooth North), Eric Maczko (Wheeling), Ade
Nolla (Wheeling), Chad Mikesell (Hersey), Joe Armour (Hersey),
Mike Covello (Buffalo Grove), Owen Fassnacht (Barrington),
Chris Cornillie (Barrington), Eric Schroeder (Barrington),
Mike Varga (Conant), Adam Longo (Conant), Greg Seymour (Stagg),
Nathan Hicks (Stagg), Ryan Murphy (Hinsdale Central), Mike
Smith (Hinsdale Central), TJ Turnock (Mt Carmel), Brenden Duhig
(Mt Carmel), Ben Steadman (Lake Forest), Mike Davitt
(Lake Forest), Bill Dabrowski (McHenry), Jay Wright
(Bradley), Piyum Zonooz (Hoffman
Estates), Robert Wood (Vernon Hills), Luke Shafer (Rolling
Meadows), Jake Grosser (St Charles East), Tim Chapman
(Morgan Park), Max Kakacek (Northside), Tom McClean
(Deerfield), Dane Christensen (Elk Grove), Jeff Davis