Yorkville’s defensive position seems to be ‘actually particular’


Might it’s the water?

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Larger, stronger, sooner is the mantra for highschool soccer gamers in all places.

However it has reached new ranges in Yorkville for a fearsome foursome on the defensive position that established itself as a power final fall within the Southwest Prairie Convention.

Massive issues — figuratively and actually — are anticipated once more from a rising senior group led by 6-foot-5, 260-pound defensive finish Andrew Laurich.

“The child is ginormous,” Oswego coach Brian Cooney stated of Laurich. “The seniors have been a bunch that has had some success since they had been freshmen and went 9-0.

“We don’t see them till Week 9, so we’ll see how issues develop.”

That was the case final season too, with the Foxes needing a win over the Southwest Prairie West champion Panthers (6-4) within the ultimate regular-season sport to make the playoffs.

The Foxes did simply that, taking a 48-26 resolution.

Yorkville (6-5) then avenged an early season loss to Plainfield Central in Class 7A first-round motion earlier than shedding 45-7 to Brother Rice.

Laurich, who not too long ago dedicated to Colorado State, is joined by 6-6, 240-pound Jake Davies on the different finish and 6-4, 250-pound Andrew Zook and 6-3, 300-pound Amani Kortie on the tackles.

Final season, Laurich totaled 41 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and 5 sacks, whereas Davies had 64 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and 7 sacks. Each earned first staff all-area honors. Zook added 54 tackles and Kortie had 39.

“Everybody left every thing on the market within the Oswego sport,” Zook stated. “Brother Rice, that sport clearly wasn’t enjoyable as a result of we bought destroyed.”

What did they be taught?

“Simply realizing there’s at all times guys on the market working simply as exhausting as you, so it’s important to maintain working,” Davies stated.

They are saying they’ve.

Davies and Zook have taken that aforementioned mantra to coronary heart, each including 30 kilos since final season.

“I placed on loads of good weight and power,” Zook stated. “It’s going to be exhausting for folks to dam me.”

“We’re a fairly tight group,” Laurich stated. “Though I performed up each freshman and sophomore years, final yr was the primary time I bought to play with my class. However we grew up enjoying youth deal with soccer collectively.

“We’ll golf and fish collectively.”

Additionally they be a part of teammates for sand volleyball matches beneath the lights at New Life Church, in response to Davies.

“The whole lot is at all times aggressive, particularly within the weight room,” Laurich stated.

“We push one another each day,” Kortie stated. “All of us have our robust lifts. I’m good at useless carry, Zook has bench press and Laurich leads in the remaining.”

They usually’re getting observed.

Laurich had 21 Division I scholarship presents, largely from Soccer Championship Subdivision faculties.

Colorado State, one of many largest spenders on athletics in its convention, employed coach Jay Norvell away from league rival Nevada within the offseason. Norvell had taken his staff to 4 straight bowl video games.

“He’s not younger however very energetic and has an ideal resume,” stated Laurich, who is inspired by reviews the varsity’s administration could also be pursuing a transfer to the Massive 12 Convention.

“That chance may be very interesting,” Laurich stated.

Davies has 9 Division I presents, together with Colorado State’s Mountain West Convention rival Wyoming, together with Kent State, South Dakota State and Southern Illinois.

Zook has a Division I supply from Valparaiso and a Division II supply from McKendree.

“Zook most likely ought to have performed at finish final season,” Yorkville coach Dan McGuire stated. “This yr, he’s quite a bit higher fitted to the deal with position.”

McGuire identified that Kortie has curiosity from a number of Division II and Division III faculties and isn’t completed but.

“To have one child with a excessive degree of curiosity is fairly superb — to have all 4 with that form of recognition is admittedly particular,” McGuire stated. “I do know they’re pulling for one another and dealing exhausting.

“They only need to show they deserve these alternatives.”

Junior linebacker Ben Alvarez additionally snared a Division I supply this summer season from Central Michigan.

Nonetheless, McGuire confirmed the Foxes misplaced loads of ability gamers to commencement. They’ve work to do.

Kortie insisted, although, there’s younger expertise developing able to show themselves.

“Now we have some spots to fill, however our offense might shock some folks,” Laurich stated.

That Foxes’ Kool-Assist seems to be tasty.


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