thumbnail

Super 25 football countdown: No 3 Glenbard West

Aug 23, 2012

Known as a running school, Glenbard West, which is No. 3 in the Sun-Times’ preseason Super 25, has the weapons in place to air the ball out this season. But don’t expect the Hilltoppers to change their identity.

thumbnail

Super25 football countdown: No 4 WW South

Aug 23, 2012

Wheaton Warrenville South graduated its best player, current Northwestern slotback Dan Vitale, and all 11 defensive starters from last year’s Class 7A state championship game. The one place the Tigers — No. 4 in the Sun-Times’ preseason Super 25 — have some experience is the O-line.

Football: Frank Nicholas wins New Trier QB job

Aug 23, 2012

A concussion kept Frank Nicholas out of action last year, but the junior recently was selected as New Trier’s signal-caller over three other candidates.

thumbnail

Football: Lincoln-Way East on target for another big season

Aug 23, 2012

Lincoln-Way East has qualified for the state football playoffs for 11 straight seasons, every year of the school’s existence. The Griffins will be in serious contention for another postseason berth this fall.

Football: Ben Kleinhans now leading Metea Valley

Aug 23, 2012

Former Neuqua Valley assistant Ben Kleinhans has taken over the reins at Metea Valley, hoping to build on a program that went 4-5 last year, but faltered after a 3-0 start.

thumbnail

Football: Lincoln-Way Central aims for return to glory days

Aug 23, 2012

The coaches and players in the Lincoln-Way Central football program are well aware of the history. Their goal is return to the glory days.

thumbnail

Football: New coach Dave Ernst rushes to get Lincoln-Way West rolling

Aug 23, 2012

Lincoln-Way West has a new head coach in Dave Ernst, who said he learned some tricks of the trade from Matt Senffner, Rob Glielmi and Mark Vander Kooi, three coaches who enjoyed success during their careers.

thumbnail

Football: Neuqua Valley looking to break into top tier

Aug 23, 2012

Under the direction of new coach Bill Ellinghaus, Neuqua Valley will look for improvement over last season’s 5-5 record. The offense will lean on the prolific running back Joey Rhattigan, who rushed for 1,200-plus yards and 20 touchdowns last season.

thumbnail

Football: Expectations remain high at Sandwich

Aug 23, 2012

After back-to-back seasons that saw Sandwich’s football team reach the Class 4A semifinals and quarterfinals, the bulls-eye is squarely on its back. And the Indians wouldn’t have it any other way.

thumbnail

Football: Waubonsie ‘hungry’ for deep postseason run

Aug 23, 2012

After falling to 16th-seeded Belleville East in last season’s first round of the playoffs, Waubonsie Valley is eager to make amends, bolstered on offense by quarterback Dylan Warden, running back Austin Guido and tight end Troy Fumagalli.

thumbnail

Football: Elgin figures to have plenty of fight

Aug 23, 2012

Coach Dave Bierman will be the first to point out Elgin doesn’t have much depth on its varsity roster, but he doesn’t expect the lack of numbers to dampen his team’s competitive spirit.

thumbnail

Football: Streamwood hopes to take another step forward

Aug 23, 2012

Streamwood boasts three All-Upstate Eight River honorees and a Division-I bound wide receiver returning from the 2011 team that posted a 6-4 record and made the program’s first playoff appearance since 2002 last fall.

thumbnail

Football: Super 25 football countdown No 5 Mount Carmel

Aug 23, 2012

Quarterback Don Butkus and running back Draco Smith return for Mount Carmel, which won the 2011 Prep Bowl. The Caravan are No. 5 in the Sun-Times’ preseason Super 25, and will be looking for a deeper run in the IHSA playoffs after being knocked out in the second round last season by eventual Class 8A champ Bolingbrook.

Football: No ESPN but plenty to watch at Bolingbrook

Aug 23, 2012

Bolingbrook’s football team is honoring its commitment to Plainfield South and passed up an opportunity to play on ESPNU. However, the defending Class 8A state champion Raiders have plenty to watch again this season.

thumbnail

Football: Andrew Pyle powers Hinsdale Central defense

Aug 23, 2012

Behind returning quarterback Brian Owens, there are few doubts entering the season about Hinsdale Central’s ability to score points. Owens has tantalizing targets such as …

thumbnail

Football: Freshman quarterback, Steven Frank, gets starting nod at Oswego

Aug 23, 2012

Brian Cooney has made his first major decision as the new head coach at Oswego, selecting freshman Steven Frank to succeed three-year starter Ryan West at quarterback.

thumbnail

Football: Daunting schedule puts pressure on St Edward from start

Aug 23, 2012

St. Edward enters the 2012 season knowing one misstep could be enough to derail its hopes of returning to the playoffs, a lesson the Green Wave learned last year when it posted a 4-5 record and missed out on a trip to the postseason for the first time since 2008.

thumbnail

Football: New Huntley coach John Hart likes what he sees

Aug 23, 2012

When new Huntley coach John Hart assesses his squad, he doesn’t see a team that failed to reach the playoffs for the second straight season with last year’s 2-7 finish, but instead a team loaded with potential and ready to compete in the FVC Valley.

thumbnail

Football: Oswego East picking up the intensity

Aug 23, 2012

New Oswego East coach Tyson LeBlanc is picking up the pace at practice this season, hoping to see more energy and more intensity as the Wolves seek their first winning season in the history of the school.

Football: The future for Oak Park-River Forest’s Nile Sykes looks bright

Aug 23, 2012

College recruiters are starting to discover Oak Park-River Forest defensive lineman Nile Sykes.

thumbnail

Super 25 football countdown: No 7 Montini

Aug 23, 2012

Even after losing record-setting receiver Jordan Westerkamp and quarterback John Rhode to graduation, Montini, which is No. 7 in the Sun-Times’ preseason Super 25, returns plenty of talent on its quest for a Class 5A four-peat.

thumbnail

Super 25 football countdown: No 8 Joliet Catholic

Aug 23, 2012

Led by returning Sun-Times Player of the Year Ty Isaac, Joliet Catholic – No. 8 in the Sun-Times’ preseason Super 25 – again figures to have one of the state’s most explosive offenses.

thumbnail

Football: New players in key positions for Naperville Central

Aug 23, 2012

Following last season’s run to the state semifinals, Naperville Central junior quarterback Jake Kolbe will be heavily counted on to replace the production of the now-departed Ian Lewandowski, while senior running back Nick Thomas gets his chance to be a full-time running back.

thumbnail

Football: Kaneland starts season ahead of the curve

Aug 23, 2012

A year after seven sophomores helped Kaneland reach the semifinals of the Class 5A playoffs, coach Tom Fedderly welcomes back a veteran roster — including junior quarterback Drew David, junior running back Jesse Balluff, senior right tackle Alex Snyder and senior WR/DB Kory Harner.

thumbnail

Football: Joliet Catholic anything but a one-man show

Aug 23, 2012

Reigning Sun-Times Player of the Year Ty Isaac gets the publicity, and rightfully so, but Joliet Catholic’s football team is anything but a one-man show.

thumbnail

Football: Shoring up defense is Naperville North’s priority

Aug 23, 2012

Naperville North finished 5-5 last season, surrendering an average of 35.7 points a game during a season-closing three-game losing streak. Coach Sean Drendel said the Huskies might have some ‘growing pains’ on defense but is expecting improvement on that side of the ball later in the season.

thumbnail

Football: Yorkville seeking improvement up front

Aug 23, 2012

Yorkville coach Karl Hoinkes and his assistants are emphasizing the need for better play along the offensive and defensive lines as the Foxes try to take the next step after finishing one win shy of playoff eligibility last season.

thumbnail

Football: Outlook mixed for Bartlett entering season

Aug 23, 2012

On one hand, Bartlett is loaded on defense with four All-Upstate Eight Valley honorees back in the fold. On the flip side, the Hawks are undergoing an overhaul on offense after losing all of their top playmakers from last year’s UEC Valley championship team.

thumbnail

Football: Benet looking for improvement on offense

Aug 23, 2012

Because the Benet offense struggled so mightily throughout the 1-8 season in 2011, the Redwings’ defense was constantly put in bad spots but battled to keep them competitive. Now that is a point of optimism for coach Pat New in 2012.

thumbnail

Football: Kameron Hargrove, Korey Rogers keys for Joliet West

Aug 23, 2012

Running backs/receivers Kameron Hargrove and Korey Rogers have speed and are in their third varsity seasons. They will be keys as Joliet West attempts to improve on the 2-7 record it posted in each of its two seasons after its return to a separate program.

thumbnail

Football: Joliet Central relying on defense

Aug 23, 2012

Joliet Central hopes to score its first football victories since its return to a separate program a couple of years ago. If that is to happen, first-year head coach Brett Boyter says defense will be a key factor.

thumbnail

Football: South Elgin trying to fit its pieces together

Aug 23, 2012

Several new faces are the story at South Elgin this season. The Storm is going back to the drawing board after posting a 4-5 record last fall

thumbnail

Super 25 football countdown: No 9 Glenbard North

Aug 23, 2012

Quarterback Brian Murphy, running back Justin Jackson and receiver Ryan Storto are among the impact players who could make Glenbard North’s offense effective once again. The Panthers are No. 9 in the Sun-Times’ preseason Super 25.

thumbnail

Football: Quarterback competition continues at Batavia

Aug 23, 2012

Senior Daniel Albrecht and junior Micah Coffey have battled all summer for the starting quarterback spot at Batavia. With just a week left before the season opener, coach Dennis Piron has yet to name a Week 1 starter.

thumbnail

Football: Zach Cinnamon spices potent Morris attack

Aug 23, 2012

Zach Cinnamon transferred in from Streator and will quarterback what already figured to be a potent Morris offense.

thumbnail

Football: Marmion seeks redemption after injury-plagued 2011 campaign

Aug 23, 2012

The Marmion football team is seeking redemption after a injury-plagued campaign in 2011. The Cadets will face a rugged schedule that includes quality opponents such as Jacobs, Marian Central, Montini, Aurora Christian and St. Francis.

thumbnail

Football: Larkin hoping to maximize potential

Aug 23, 2012

Short on numbers, Larkin will rely on some brawn up front and a united roster to make a push to reach the playoffs for the first time since qualifying five years ago. Alex Schabert and Adam Hamiel are two experienced linemen who figure to pave the way in 2012.

thumbnail

Football: Joe Hoscheit back to lead hungry St Charles East

Aug 23, 2012

After two straight 0-5 starts resulted in 3-6 seasons, St. Charles East knows a quicker start is critical in 2012. Senior fullback/linebacker Joe Hoscheit should help the cause as he brings toughness and leadership to both sides of the ball.

thumbnail

Football: St Charles North hopes to send Mark Gould out a winner

Aug 23, 2012

In his final season at St. Charles North, retiring North Stars coach Mark Gould would rather keep the focus on his players. The Stars have a lot to focus on this season, too, especially at the skill positions on offense.

thumbnail

Super 25 football countdown: No 10 Simeon

Aug 23, 2012

With Elcee Burke taking over as Simeon’s starting quarterback, the Wolverines’ offense could go in a different direction this fall. But the Public League power, which is ranked No. 10 in the Sun-Times’ preseason Super 25, is setting its goals as high as ever.

thumbnail

Football: Lemont looks to extend playoff run

Aug 23, 2012

Lemont has been to the state quarterfinals or beyond every year since 2007. This year, the Indians are stocked well enough to continue that run.

thumbnail

Football: Bright lights nothing new to Providence

Aug 23, 2012

Providence opens its season at home Aug. 24 against Joliet Catholic, and the game will be televised on ESPNU. Coach Mark Coglianese said when you play at Providence, you expect to be in the limelight.

thumbnail

Football: Lockport hoping to build off turnaround season

Aug 23, 2012

Lockport’s football team finished 7-4 in 2011, Don McKillip’s first as the Porters’ head coach. Lockport hopes to build off last season and earn another trip to the playoffs.

thumbnail

Super 25 football countdown: No 11 St Rita

Aug 23, 2012

With a veteran offensive line and two returning backs, St. Rita – No. 11 in the Sun-Times’ preseason Super 25 – looks to ride its running game to another successful season.

thumbnail

Super 25 football countdown: No 12 Stevenson

Aug 23, 2012

Though Stevenson graduated several major-college recruits from a Class 8A quarterfinalist that ended Maine South’s run of state titles, the Patriots – No. 12 in the Sun-Times’ preseason Super 25 – look to have the pieces in place for another solid season.

thumbnail

Super 25 football countdown: No 13 Marist

Aug 23, 2012

Quarterback Ian Woodworth and receiver Nic Weishar return to lead Marist, which aims to improve defensively in 2012. The RedHawks are No. 13 in the Sun-Times’ preseason Super 25.

thumbnail

Super25 football countdown: No 14 Wheaton North

Aug 23, 2012

Wheaton North lost all five starters and the top two reserves from an offensive line that helped the team to an 8-3 record last season. But the Falcons, who are No. 14 in the Sun-Times’ preseason Super 25, return quarterback John Peltz, running back Patrick Sharp and enough key defensive players to challenge for the DuPage Valley Conference crown.

thumbnail

Super 25 football countdown: No 15 Lincoln-Way East

Aug 23, 2012

Lincoln-Way East graduated one of the state’s premier passing tandems in quarterback Blake Winkler and receiver Jason Robertson. But there’s still plenty of talent returning for the Griffins, who are No. 15 in the Sun-Times’ preseason Super 25.

thumbnail

Super 25 football countdown: No 16 Hinsdale Central

Aug 23, 2012

Veteran quarterback Brian Owens and an improved running game are reasons for optimism for Hinsdale Central, which is No. 16 in the Sun-Times’ preseason Super 25.

thumbnail

Football: Naperville North opens with ‘great enthusiasm’

Aug 23, 2012

Naperville North officially got its 2012 season under way Wednesday, holding its first practice. The Huskies are hoping to rebound from a 5-5 season and first-round exit from the playoffs.


football Galleries