ADDISON – Addison Trail is hoping for a rebound season in 2013 and senior running back Jim Wislek is going to have to be a big part of it. Wislek is one of 13 returning starters for the Blazers and hopes that experience can propel them to a successful season.
Santaromita: With all the returners back, is there a lot of confidence with this group?
Wislek: We're all excited to be out here. It's a complete difference from last year. Last year practice was dead. This year we're always excited to be out here and we're always flying around and having fun.
Santaromita: How do you try to come back from a 2-7 season?
Wislek: We're the type of team that's not going to look back in the past. That's just the way we are. We look at what's important now. We don't look ahead.
Santaromita: What are your goals for the year?
Wislek: Take the team to the playoffs and get the conference championship back and make relationships with friends that I'm never going to forget.
Santaromita: Quarterback Mike Rybarczyk is replacing Matt Gontarek, who is moving to defensive back. How is that dynamic working?
Wislek: Mike has worked hard and Matt loves playing defense. It seems like Matt doesn't have a problem backing up Mike, but Mike is looking really well so I'm excited to see him out there.
Santaromita: What stands out about this team?
Wislek: We never give up. We're never down like we were last year. We're always excited to be out here and playing. We've got a lot more depth than last year.
Santaromita: What are you looking forward to most about your senior season?
Wislek: It's bittersweet. I am not looking forward to college. I love high school way too much. I always talked about how I was so excited for senior year and now it's here. It's insane how fast everything goes by.
Aug. 30 at Glenbard South, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 6 at Hinsdale Central, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 13 Downers Grove South, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 20 Leyden, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 27 at Hinsdale South, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 4 Morton, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 12 at Proviso East, 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 18 Glenbard West, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 25 at Willowbrook, 7:30 p.m.
WEEK 1 MATCHUP
Who: Addison Trail at Glenbard South
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Raider Stadium, 23 W 200 Butterfield Road, Glen Ellyn
2012 records: Addison Trail 2-7, Glenbard South 6-4
Outlook: Glenbard South poses a quality Week 1 threat to the Blazers. Quarterback Alex Jeske will lead the Raiders' spread offense, which has six returning starters. Addison Trail has won two straight openers, beating West Chicago both times. The Raiders are a better opponent than that, having won the Metro Suburban Conference both times since joining the league in 2011.