CSNChicago.com is your top destination on the road to the 2015 high school football season. CSN preps contributor “Edgy” Tim O’Halloran will take a look at 100 teams in 100 days, counting down to the opening night kickoff on Aug. 28.
School: Lake Zurich
Head coach: David Profitt
Assistant coaches: Jeff Bartlett, Tim Beagle, Nate Boekholder, Randy Dunbar, Peter Kupfer, Nick Summers, Aaron Towne, Shane Williams, Kevin Dajka, Ricky Erickson, Jim Brown, Drew Cooper, Will Koukal and Steve Piff.
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How they fared in 2014: 5-5 (3-3 North Suburban Lake); Lake Zurich made the 7A playoff field. The Bears lost to Hinsdale South, 7-3, in the opening round.
Biggest storyline in 2015: Can Lake Zurich quickly return to form and once again become one of the most feared 7A programs in the state? Can the Bears survive its first three games (Fremd/Cary-Grove/Stevenson)?
Names to watch: Running back Ben Klett (standout DI-level recruit) and quarterback Joey Lindstrom (big, tall and strong senior).
Biggest holes to fill: The offensive and defensive line. Lake Zurich returns just one starting lineman on each side of the ball.
EDGY's early take: Lake Zurich is on a 13-year IHSA state playoff appearance streak and I expect another this fall. But the rigors of the North Suburban Lake, along with the Bears non-conference slate, will undoubtedly make getting into the playoff field a real challenge.