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Boys golf previews: Morton looks to deliver for first-year coach

LT, Naz looking for return trips to state

Adam Powers, middle, returns to help lead the Morton boys golf team this season.
Adam Powers, middle, returns to help lead the Morton boys golf team this season.

The 2013 boys golf season is underway, and as teams across the area tee it up the ultimate destination is the Bloomington-Normal area Oct. 18 to 19 for the Class 2A and 3A state championship tournaments.

Morton Mustangs

Conference: West Suburban Gold

Home course: Fresh Meadows Golf Club, 2144 S. Wolf Road, Hillside

2012 results: 1-5 WSG, 6th in regional

Coach: Chris Blomquist

Top golfers:

Mike Kadela jr.

Jeremy Nadolski jr.

Adam Powers sr.

Thomas Skenandore so.

What to watch:

First-year coach Chris Blomquist takes over the program along with the help of frosh/soph coach Ray Lunz, who has 20 years of playing experience.

Blomquist inherits a squad led by returning sectional qualifier Jeremy Nadolski. Adam Powers, Mike Kadela and Thomas Skenandore are also expected to be key contributors to the varsity team. Blomquist added that he’s excited about Skenandore’s potential.

Lyons Township Lions

Conference: West Suburban Silver

Home course: La Grange Country Club, 620 S. Brainard, La Grange

2012 results: 2nd in regional, 3rd in sectional, 3rd in state

Coach: Brian Kopecky

Top golfers:

Mike Caplice jr.

Dan Hudson sr.

Jon Hudson jr.

Billy Spartz jr.

Matt Walsh jr.

Alex Wenstrup jr.

What to watch:

Four of the top six from last year’s state trophy-winning team are gone, but the two returners from that group are elite talents. Dan Hudson has placed in the top 30 at state each of the past two years and will be looking to move up.

“He’s one of the better players in the state we think,” LT coach Brian Kopecky said of Hudson.

His younger brother, Jon, is the other returner from the 2012 top six, and Matt Walsh was also a contributor last year. The talent at the top is as good as it’s been, but the Lions will need depth to contend for state again.

“We’re not going to be as deep as the last couple years,” Kopecky said.

The junior-heavy Lions will need a couple golfers from the group of Alex Wenstrup, Billy Spartz and Mike Caplice as well as sophomore Jason Miller to step up to match last year’s success.

Riverside Brookfield Bulldogs

Conference: Metro Suburban

Home course: Carriage Greens Country Club, 8700 Carriage Green Dr., Darien

2012 results: 8-6 dual meet record, 6th in regional

Coach: Larry Rocco

Top golfers:

Austin Adamec sr.

Chris Detloff jr.

Mike Gruber so.

Jack Robling jr.

Peter Smith jr.

What to watch:

The Bulldogs don’t have a lot of senior leadership, but top golfer Austin Adamec will provide RB with a steady No. 1. Adamec was a sectional qualifier last season and is a state hopeful this year.

“Austin is potentially a state qualifying golfer this year,” RB coach Larry Rocco said. “He is a hard worker and we expect him to be our leader.”

After Adamec, a number of younger golfers will be thrown into the fire as varsity newcomers.

Nazareth Roadrunners

Conference: East Suburban Catholic

Home course: Links of Carillon, Plainfield and Willow Crest Golf Club, Oak Brook

2012 results: 10-3 duel meet record, 2nd in regional, 1st in sectional, 5th in state

Coaches: Mike Morris and Jim Danko

Top golfers:

Matthew Clark so.

Andrew Dobis sr.

Dan Hubert sr.

Steven Patchak sr.

Kevin Saladino sr.

Danny Thiakos sr.

What to watch:

After placing fifth in Class 2A last fall the Roadrunners will need new faces to step up if they are to head back to state.

Sophomore Matthew Clark was in the lineup for the entire postseason run last year, but is the only returner from that group. Senior Andrew Dobis competed in the lineup in Naz’s sectional win.

Seniors Dan Hubert, Steven Patchak, Kevin Saladino and Danny Thiakos also will look to fill in the gaps from last year’s graduations.

Fenwick Friars

Conference: Chicago Catholic League

2012 results: 7-4 dual meet record, 7th in regional

Coach: Jerry Kribs

Top golfers:

Ryan Augustyn sr.

Owen Blakely sr.

Brian Boyle sr.

Liam McGarrity sr.

Matt Reilly sr.

Jack Williams sr.

What to watch:

The senior-heavy Friars are looking for big things this season thanks to a lot of returning talent. Brian Boyle and Owen Blakely were sectional qualifiers last year and four other seniors should fill out the top six.

“We hope to improve upon our dual record and contend for the Chicago Catholic League championship,” Fenwick coach Jerry Kribs said.

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