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  • John Lentz of Mundelein tees off during the Huntley boys golf sectional at Blackstone Golf Club in Marengo.

       John Lentz of Mundelein tees off during the Huntley boys golf sectional at Blackstone Golf Club in Marengo.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Stevenson's Luke Feder putts last season at the Arboretum Club.

       Stevenson's Luke Feder putts last season at the Arboretum Club.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

 
 

ANTIOCHCoach: Jeff Moxley

Last season: seventh in North Suburban Conference meet, third in Class 2A Grayslake Central regional, 11th in Freeport sectional

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Key losses: Andrew Gagnon, Cody Albrecht, Kyle Thode, Bailey Moser

Returning golfers: Dillon Kreutzer (Sr.), Jason Mrkonich (Sr.)

Outlook: At the Grayslake Central regional last year, Dillon Kreutzer's 74 helped the Sequoits earn a sectional berth by virtue of their third-place finish. Kreutzer and Jason Mrkonich were the only juniors to tee it up for Antioch in the regional, and both golfers return this season, as the Sequoits look to battle for top honors in the North Suburban Prairie Division. Mrkonich (44) and Kreutzer (45) led the Sequoits (193) in Thursday's Woodstock invite. The lineup also included Cole Rieke, Brett Mohr, Braden Ward and Adam Regalado.

CARMELCoach: Jim Nolan

Last season: 6-2 in East Suburban Catholic Conference, third in ESCC meet, third in Class 3A Zion-Benton regional, seventh in Huntley sectional

Key losses: Jackson Wietecha, Jared Moore, Nick Tasch, Chris Amato

Returning golfers: Dan Horn (Sr.), Jack Lake (Sr.), Ben Kloss (Sr.), Riley Ley (Jr.), Quaide Delacluyse (Jr.), Mike Roy (Jr.)

Notable additions: Tyler Anderson (So.), Brock Ambrose (Jr.)

Outlook: The Corsairs graduated a strong senior group that included state-qualifier Jared Moore. Longtime coach Jim Nolan is back after taking a medical leave of absence last season. "We got some great players," Nolan said. "They play a lot of golf. They played all summer." Sophomore Tyler Anderson "made some noise" in some IJGA tournaments this summer, Nolan added. The Corsairs shot a 157 in beating Libertyville at Pine Meadow on Wednesday. Juniors Riley Ley and Quaide Delacluyse led the way with a 37 and 38, respectively.

GRANTCoach: John Eiduke

Last season: 12th in North Suburban Conference meet, ninth in Class 3A Zion-Benton regional

Key losses: Austin Basala, Chris Bautista, Tyler Corcoran, Joe Henningsen, Pat Nesterowicz, Collin Uyttebroeck

Returning golfers: Matt Burkart (Jr.), Brandon Halleck (Sr.), Mitch Meier (Sr.), Joey Paret (Sr.), Sam Saghafi (Sr.)

Notable newcomers: Jordan Favela (Jr.). Robert Leishman (Jr.), Michael Maye (Jr.), Alec Sadouskus (Jr.), Kevin Volpe (Jr.), Tanner Wendt (Jr.)

Outlook: Veteran coach John Eiduke has a veteran group that he says seeks to win the North Suburban Prairie Division and its own tournament. "Hopefully our returning players and our newcomers we will be able to focus on the challenges at hand, maintain that focus and execute one shot at a time," Eiduke said. "We look forward to making progress every day, and we will definitely have a fun season."

GRAYSLAKE CENTRALCoach: Jim Mazzetta

Last season: 5-5, 3-2 in Fox Valley Conference, sixth in Class 2A Grayslake Central regional

Key losses: none

Returning golfers: Connor Fitzgerald (Sr.), Josh Schneider (Sr.), Tommy Triggs (Sr.), Michael Murdy (Jr.), Kyle Reynolds (Jr.), Cooper Brunk (So.)

Notable additions: Michael Sisk (Fr.)

Outlook: Junior Kyle Reynolds leads the way after his 84 in the Rams' own Class 2A regional last year earned him a sectional berth. "We've had a great start to the season," coach Jim Mazzetta said, "and look forward to this year's team being competitive and building on last year's success."

GRAYSLAKE NORTHCoach: Tim Hough

Last season: 3-7, 1-6 in Fox Valley Conference, eighth in Class 3A Zion-Benton regional

Key losses: Christian DiBerardino, Scott Wonsil, Kyle Sagendorph

Returning golfers: Bobby Krebs (Jr.), Kyle Baker (Sr.), John Mix (Sr.)

Notable additions: Alex Wrobles (So.), Adam Baker (So.)

Outlook: The Knights hope to rebound after last season ended for all of their golfers in the regional. "We have a younger team that is looking to improve on our conference and overall record," coach Tim Hough said.

LAKESCoach: Kyle Naughton

Last season: 2-4, ninth in North Suburban Conference meet, seventh in Class 2A Grayslake Central regional

Key losses: Jackson Schultz, Jeff Cherry, Connor Fitzgerald

Returning golfers: Mike Barry (Sr.), Andrew Whitis (Jr.), Ian Nuxoll (Jr.)

Notable additions: Adam Nuxoll (So.), Tyler Dietz (So.)

Outlook: Kyle Naughton takes over as head coach and is the Eagles' third in as many years. He inherits a two-time sectional qualifier in senior Mike Barry. The Eagles lack overall experience, however. "We are a young team this year," Naughton said, "starting four sophomores on varsity."

LAKE ZURICHCoach: Terry Geoghegan

Last season: eighth in North Suburban Conference meet, eighth in Class 3A Palatine regional

Key losses: Jacob Edwards, Brent Rogers, Aman Roy

Returning golfers: Matt Clarkson (Sr.), Scott Finley (Jr.), Sean Baldwin (Sr.), Teddy Noll (Sr.)

Notable additions: Matt Gadomski (Jr.), Michael Madura (Sr.), Bret Pugliese (Jr.)

Outlook: Longtime teacher and coach Terry Geoghegan is in his eighth season running the boys golf team. His season-opening lineup included senior veterans Matt Clarkson, Sean Baldwin and Teddy Noll, as the Bears shot a 184 in the Woodstock invite at Plum Tree National. Noll's 44 for nine holes was the Bears' top score, followed closely behind by Clarkson (45) and junior Matt Gadomski (46).

LIBERTYVILLECoach: Sean Matthews

Last season: fourth in North Suburban Conference meet, fourth in Class 3A Zion-Benton regional

Key losses: Billy Knutson, Matt Reed, Jack Lipp, Tad Carlson

Returning golfers: Matt Cordan (Sr.), Tony Salazar (Sr.), Brian Hoffmann (Jr.), Jacob Mueller (So.), Garrett Feiereisel (Jr.), Michael Watson (Jr.)

Notable additions: Michael Watt (So.)

Outlook: The Wildcats qualified five golfers to the sectional last season but four -- Billy Knutson, Tad Carlson, Matt Reed and Jack Lipp -- graduated. Sophomore Jacob Mueller returns along with senior Matt Cordan. Coach Sean Matthews is carrying nine golfers on his roster. "I like them. They're really good," Matthews said of his 2014 squad. Matthews paired sophomores Mueller and Michael Watt together against Carmel on Wednesday at Pine Meadow. Mueller shot a 42, while Watt carded a 43. "I put them together to have some fun," Matthews said. "They've played in tournaments before. I think it's good to have some young guys that are really competitive and try to get at it." Libertyville shot a season-opening 321 in a quad at Willow Glen, before carding a 168 in losing to Carmel.

MUNDELEINCoach: Todd Parola

Last season: second in North Suburban Conference meet, first in Class 3A Zion-Benton regional, ninth in Huntley sectional

Key losses: Bret Cigelnik, Derek Parola, Bennett Weise

Returning golfers: Jeff Lee (Sr.), John Lentz (Sr.), Brett Parola (So.), Ryan Magee (So.), Tyler White (So.)

Notable additions: Nick Chuma (Jr.), Zach Zentz (So.)

Outlook: The Mustangs finished two shots behind Lake Forest in the NSC meet last year, denying them their third conference championship in a row. Gone are two-time state-qualifier Bret Cigelnik, who was the NSC meet medalist, and Derek Parola, who was the Class 3A Zion-Benton regional medalist. Back for the Mustangs are a trio of talented sophomores in Ryan Magee, Tyler White and Brett Parola, all of whom played well on varsity as freshmen. "We got a chance to be decent," coach Todd Parola said. "Hopefully we'll get better every week and be playing our best golf at the end of the year." The Mustangs got their season off to a great start Wednesday by shooting a 308 to finish third among 21 teams in a tournament at The Den in Bloomington. Magee's 71 was good for second place. "We had a good start, but we got to be more concerned about how we finish," Todd Parola said. "We got some young guys that were a little inconsistent last year, so that's one thing they definitely got to improve on. I don't care what sport, your seniors got to be key contributors."

STEVENSONCoach: John Rueth

Last season: third in North Suburban Conference meet, fifth in Class 3A Prospect regional

Key losses: Jerry Pan, Chris Krebs, Logan Brim

Returning golfers: Jason Gohde (Sr.), Luke Feder (Sr.), Will Sebastian (Sr.), Seth Gundmunson (Sr.), Kamaren Sandhu (So.), Kevin Chin (So.)

Outlook: The Patriots graduated sectional-qualifiers Jerry Pan and Chris Krebs, but they return senior Luke Feder, whose 79 at the Prospect regional last year also made him a sectional qualifier. Senior Jaso Gohde's 74 in the Patriots' season opener at Rolling Green was good for fourth place in the annual invite. Sophomore Kamaren Sandhu shot a 76 to place sixth.

VERNON HILLSCoach: Shawn Healey

Last season: 4-5 (3-1), fifth in North Suburban Conference meet, first in Class 2A Grayslake Central regional, eighth in Freeport sectional

Key losses: John Goehrke

Returning golfers: Justin Park (So.), Ricky Schmidt (Sr.), Bo Manso (Sr.)

Notable additions: Tanner Fulton (Jr.), Stephen Levine (Sr.), Brian Favia (Fr.), Ethan Lee (Fr.), Danny Furie (Sr.)

Outlook: The Cougars shared the NSC Prairie championship last season and won the Class 2A Grayslake Central regional at Renwood with 318, as then-freshman Justin Park led the way with a runner-up 73. Park returns this season. The Eagles have won three regionals in a row and host one this fall at White Deer Run. "We are more experienced than last year with a nice mix of youth and veterans," coach Shawn Healey said. "We aspire to win the Prairie Division of the NSC -- Antioch should be a formidable foe -- win our fourth straight regional title and, ultimately, qualify the team or individuals for the state tournament."

WARRENCoach: Mike Wittes

Last season: 2-4, sixth in North Suburban Conference meet, fifth in Class 3A Zion-Benton regional

Key losses: T.J. Collins, Mike Balla, Shane Roberts, Jason Sachs

Returning golfers: Jack Hansen (Sr.), Mike Spangler (Sr.), Josh Winkler (Sr.), Luke Maan de Kok (Sr.), Matt Moran (Sr.), Mitch Ryan (Sr.), Carter Wood (Sr.)

Notable additions: Orlando Avila (Jr.), Brandon Borbath (Jr.), Karl Tolentino (Fr.)

Outlook: For the first time in their history, the Blue Devils qualified four players for the sectional last season. T.J. Collins, Mike Balla and Shane Roberts graduated, but Jack Hansen returns for his senior season. Hansen, who's earned a sectional berth in each of the last two seasons, will lead a veteran squad that coach Mike Wittes says seeks to finish in top five of every one of its tournaments. "This year's team has the depth to get 4-5 scores in every meet," Wittes said.

WAUCONDACoach: Lee Oler

Last season: 11th in North Suburban Conference meet, fifth in Class 2A Grayslake Central regional

Key losses: Austin Wray, Brad Efflandt, Mike Gertz, Mitch Sharkey

Outlook: The Bulldogs boasted a sectional qualifier last year in Mike Gertz, who graduated. Senior Annette Yandall played for the Bulldogs during the regular season because Wauconda does not have a girls program. She competed in the girls state tournament and qualified for the sectional.

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