DeKALB – The DeKalb boys soccer team opened practice Wednesday in tryout-mode, and will stay that way through Friday as the coaching staff figures out their three level of teams, coach Brent McIntosh said.
McIntosh said he liked what he saw on Day 1, and is "cautiously optimistic" heading into the season, which starts August 22 when the team hosts the Barb Invite.
"I saw a lot of effort out of a lot of numbers, so that''s always a good thing," McIntosh said. "I'm really pleased with out junior and senior group. We have a large pool to pull from, in that pool we have a lot of experience coming back."
DeKalb finished 8-9-4 last year and hosted a 3A regional last year, losing in the final to McHenry, 1-0.
With a lot of seniors on the club this year, senior defender Lincoln Draper said he hopes the team can put together a good campaign.
"We've got 10 or 12 seniors, plus a lot of promising sophomores and juniors coming up," Draper said. "Hopefully they'll come together and make a really good team this year."
Senior forward Tristan Bujarski said he liked what he saw on Day 1.
"There was a little bit of rustiness from the intensity of the real season coming around, but we pulled it together and had a really good training session," Bujarski said. "I expected it too. We have a really good team."
H-BR girls golf relying on junior leadership: Like football and unlike the other four sports, golf started their practices on Monday as well. And Royals coach Greg Jourdan has liked what he's seen from his juniors.
Without any seniors on the squad, the Royals will be leaning on Allison Ryan, Katie O'Dwyer, Lauren Engel and Anais Lawler.
"They came into this program as freshmen and had some fantastic senior leadership and great role models to work from," Jourdan said. "Since their first practice with the incoming freshmen, they've shown how much progress they've made and they've shown they're going to make this program theirs for the final two years."
On the course results have been good too, Jourdan said.
"I was pleased with their first two nine-hole rounds," Jourdan said. "They posted scores close to last year's averages. I think they're ready to go."
Kaneland cross country runs, volunteers: After their first workout of the year, the both the Knights boys and girls went to volunteer at Marklund Hyde Center in Geneva, which provides services for people with developmental disabilities.
Girls coach Doug Ecker said the teams try to get out there at least once a year to volunteer. He said it sometimes includes softball on a specially built, wheelchair accessible field that was donated by the Chicago White Sox.
The Kaneland girls bring back four of their top seven runners from last year, when they took ninth in the state.
"We had 26 show up and we hope tomorrow we get a few more to break 30," Ecker said. "It was a good practice and nobody got hurt."