Krefft takes over as Immaculate Conception football head coach
Patience proved to be a virtue for Bill Krefft — but he didn’t have to wait too long.
After applying for the Immaculate Conception football head coach position following the resignation of Mike Alberts in 2010, the Knights opted not to promote Krefft from his spot as a defensive line and offensive line coach. Instead, the program hired Chris Van Dyke, who served as a first-year head coach for IC this past fall.
However, with the Knights opting not to retain Van Dyke as of Jan. 12, the 27-year-old Krefft was named the program’s fifth head coach since 2004.
“It was great working with Chris (Van Dyke),” said Krefft, who was defensive coordinator in 2011. “He’s a great person and we were able to work well together.”
Krefft, a 2003 IC graduate, was an all-state defensive end on the 2002 Class 3A state championship team. In 2007, he earned a business degree from Augustana College, where he was a three-year letterman at linebacker. The Melrose Park native returned as an assistant coach for the Knights in 2008, when the team won a Class 2A state title.
This past season, IC finished with a 6-4 overall record and a 4-1 mark in the Suburban Christian Conference. The Knights closed out their campaign with a 30-29 loss at Winnebago in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs.
“Our kids have been dedicated and they’re already in the weight room,” Krefft said. “We have a real tight knit group and that is the foundation that we will build on. There might still be a learning curve, but our kids should be able to adapt. I’ve known a lot of these kids since they were in middle school.”
MLK tourney champs
Posting a 5-0 record, York’s boys basketball team claimed first place at Galerburg’s Martin Luther King Tournament.
David Cohn, Jake Rzeszutko and Matt DiFrancesca were all named all-tournament as the Dukes collected wins over Maine South (55-53 on Jan. 9), Minooka (56-31 on Saturday), Kankakee (65-37 on Saturday), Galesburg (57-37 on Monday) and Bloomington (61-46 on Monday).
Rzeszutko poured in 24 points against Maine South. Against Minooka, DiFrancesca finished with 16 points while Cohn added 15 points and three assists.
A well-rounded effort against Kankakee featured Cohn with 16 points, five assists and four steals; Chris Klos with 12 points and five rebounds and Rzeszutko with nine points and eight assists.
Against Galesburg, Klos had 13 points and six rebounds, Cohn posted 12 points and five rebounds and DiFrancesca collected 12 points and three assists.
Cohn led York over Bloomington with 21 points, six assists and five rebounds.
York’s Cori Duncan is taking her lacrosse career to the next level when she joins the Augustana College women’s team next school year.
The 5-foot-6 defender, who served as a captain with the Dukes last spring, will continue her high school career this spring and also competes at the club level. She is a member of the National Honor Society and is a four-year honor roll member as well. Duncan plans on majoring in pre-health professions.