Spring sports preview

Baseball: With returning seniors Alex Lazes, Alberto Serna and Ryan Stubitsch, as well as juniors Nick Benkler, Ashton Bond and PJ Ford, the boys baseball team is looking to be strong in the conference this season. When asked about goals for this season, head coach Matthew Rice kept it simple.

 “Do the little things right, for the players to trust themselves and their teammates, for each individual to be the best they can be while putting the team first,” Rice said.

Boys Track: Top returning seniors are  Stephen Barretto, Mick Lawlor, Austin Schmidt, Nick Tannhauser and Noah Wilson. Head coach Frank Schweda emphasized improvement from week to week as a focus for this season.

 “I also want us to have fun, be safe and make some memories,” Schweda said. “We will have some guys who will compete for conference titles, state qualifications and possibly being all-state.

Girls Track: Top returning runners are seniors Caitlin Cherwin, Leah Chacko and Stephanie Leigh, juniors Bernie Goodwin, Margaret Lennon, Ore Orlo and Lauren Schiele. and sophomores Colette Lampa and Milena Moreno. With a young but experienced team, head coach Steven Henry hopes to get some conference medalists as well as state qualifiers this year but is mainly just glad to be having a full season.

 “After missing last year we just want to be able to complete our season and for the girls to enjoy being part of the team,” Henry said.

Boys Wrestling: Key returning wrestlers are seniors Sam Dornbos and Jose Medal, juniors Dominic Andrejek, Kyle King and Roman Melnyk and sophomores Javier Hurtado, Skip Rozanski and Jack Smialowicz. With a lineup consisting of mostly juniors and sophomores, the entire coaching staff is excited about what they have to offer and what the future holds for this young team. Head coach John Bassler has been impressed with the work that guys have been putting in during the offseason and hopes that translates well to matches. 

“Our team goals for this season are to get as many matches as possible, learn from the film and use that as a springboard for next season,” Bassler said. 

Girls Soccer: Top returning players are seniors Francesca Divito, Sadie Doctor and Ashleigh Ontaneda. Head coach Michael Drenth hopes to keep everybody healthy during this interesting year in high school sports and for the players to improve every game. With the cancellation of their season last year, most players have to be itching to get back out on the field and begin playing matches again. 

“It will be a much different year than in the past and the girls are really looking forward to getting out there since their season was cancelled last year,” Drenth said.

Boys Volleyball: Key returning players are seniors Jorge Sanchez and Michael Sobkowicz and juniors Carter Powers and Ryan Schoessling. With a pretty balanced roster of juniors and seniors, the team is looking to compete well at conference and regionals and have something to build off of for the next season. With expectations of winning the MSL East and the regional during playoffs, head coach Kevin Bourne will have to keep the team focused on the task ahead.

Girls Water Polo: Key returning players are seniors Sammi France and Izzy Konopka. With only a couple of returning players, the team will be made up of mostly younger and newer players to the sport. As a result, players will have to be open to teaching others and understanding the learning curve for those that have little experience playing.

 “Teaching and learning while respecting each other’s [individual] growth is important,” head coach Katlyn Tomasetti said. “Lastly, I want all my players to have fun in a safe environment.”

Softball: Key returning players are seniors Sami Benner and Sam Elenz. With a very young team made up of mainly sophomores and juniors, head coach Tony Wolanski wants the team to find growth and improvement every day in a talented conference. 

“We are a young team who is just trying to compete in a tough MSL conference,” Wolanski said. In order to compete with the top teams, they’ll have to quickly improve each week and learn from each other’s mistakes.