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Head coach: Joe Sanchez
How they fared in 2016: 9-2 (4-1 Mid Suburban West Conference), made the Class 8A state playoff field, defeated Leyden then lost to Maine South in second-round action.
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2017 regular season schedule:
Aug. 25 vs. Warren Township
Sept. 1 @ Elk Grove
Sept. 8 @ New Trier
Sept. 15 vs. Glenbrook South
Sept. 22 vs. Fremd
Sept. 28 @ Palatine
Oct. 7 vs. Hoffman Estates
Oct. 13 @ Schaumburg
Oct. 20 vs. Conant
Biggest storyline: Can the Broncos replace several graduated starters from a season ago?
Names to watch this season: senior QB/ATH Raymond Niro, senior WR/DB Alec Andrea
Biggest holes to fill: The Broncos welcome back just a handful of starters, and have to reload on both the offensive and defensive line.
EDGY's early take: Despite the lack of returning starters, the Broncos always find a way to compete under Sanchez. Niro is a speedy game breaker who could see action all over the field. Also, keep an eye on Andrea and senior wide receiver Jake Parsons.
Needless to say, it's been an eventual few weeks for Marist tight end TJ Ivy.
Ivy, who was verbally committed to West Virginia since the early summer, found himself having to reopen his recruiting process last week after the Mountaineers staff told him to keep his options open.
Monday night, Ivy decided to again end his recruiting process, giving the Indiana Hoosiers his verbal commitment.
"I'm just really happy about my decision to commit to Indiana," Ivy said. "After the entire West Virginia deal happened, the Indiana coaches were the first coaches to call me. I never really closed the door with them, and I'm very happy."
Ivy, who at one point earlier this summer had more than 20 FBS scholarship offers, always had the Hoosiers near the top of his list.
"Even before I decided to commit to West Virginia, Indiana was always in the picture and was neck and neck for a long time up until I made my decision," he said. "I love how Indiana's offense used and utilizes the tight end position. Coach (Mike) DeBord likes to really use the tight end as a big part of his offense, and it's just a great system and a great fit for me. I've been to Indiana a handful of times already, and everything else that Indiana has to offer is exceptional. Indiana offers a great education, one of the most beautiful campuses I've ever seen, and the football program is heading in the right direction. I'm also planning to major in Sports Marketing and Indiana has one of the top three academic programs in the nation for my major."
Ivy is now thankful that he never closed the door or disrespected any other schools during his recruiting process.
"I learned a long time ago to never close a door and to never leave a bad impression. In this day and age you just never know what can happen. I always try to stay positive and treat people with the utmost respect. That included all of the schools and coaches who recruited me."