Boys golf / Scouting the MSL meet
When: Monday, 8 a.m.
Where: Arlington Lakes Golf Club, Arlington Heights
Host team: Rolling Meadows
Defending team champion: Prospect and Barrington (co-champs)
Defending individual champion: Greg Conrad, Barrington
2012 Standings going into the tourney: Prospect 11-0, Fremd 9-2, Palatine 8-3, Barrington 8-3, Hersey 7-4, Rolling Meadows 7-4, Conant 5-6, Buffalo Grove 4-7, Hoffman Estates 2-9, Wheeling 2-9, Schaumburg 1-10, Elk Grove 0-11
Tournament scoring: Equal weight is given to regular-season performance and tournament standings. Each team earns 2 points for each regular season win, and another 2 points for each team they finish ahead of in Monday's meet.
Outlook: Palatine has enjoyed one of their better seasons in recent memory, but coach Mark Johnson knows it'll be tough to catch undefeated Prospect, gunning for its second consecutive title. The Pirates boast two standout players in seniors Matt Lynch and Will Baumgartner. "The Knights have proved to be the class of the league this year," said Johnson. "For the other schools that lumped second through fifth place, the tourament is wide open." Prospect will be banking on a top-flight group of golfers who have excelled all season, including Josh Johnson, Ryan Maloney, Jeff Blethen, Grant Gavin, Tyler Yarwood and Joey Corrado. Don't count out Fremd just yet. Former state qualifiers Zach Isoda and Josh Rosenzweig lead the Vikings, who are just 4 points behind Prospect entering tournament play. Barrington is very much in the mix, and Conrad, now a senior has a terrific chance to earn medalist honors again based on his play this season. A stellar year from Nick Schippel has also given the Broncos a big boost. Hersey and Rolling Meadows both have a longshot chance at the title; Grant Manno leads the Huskies, while Dan Wojtowicz has been outstanding for the Mustangs. Other individuals to watch: Ryan Curran (Conant), Ryan White (Elk Grove), David Rohlfing (Hoffman Estates), Jack Ferguson (Wheeling).
View from the top: "We know that this is a really tight race. With ourselves, Fremd, Barrington, Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Hersey all in the mix, it's going to be very competitive. We're well aware that at the tournament anything can happen."
-- Prospect coach Tom Martindale
-- compiled by Bill Esbrook