Preps Talk

51 Days to Kickoff: Geneva

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51 Days to Kickoff: Geneva

CSNChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Jul. 31, we’ll unveil the @CSNPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: Geneva

Head coach: Rob Wicinski

Assistant Coaches: Jim Kafer, Gale Gross, Brad Wendell, Frank Martin, Joe Ninni, Gary Campana, Scott Stuewe, Reed Allison, Brett Shannon, Adam Gregait, Greg Hansen, Troy Thorgensen, Rob Williams, Kevin Bell, Charlie Bell, Steve DeLabar, Doug Rossell, Jon Schaus

How they fared in 2016: 3-6 (2-4 Upstate 8 River Conference), failed to qualify for the IHSA state playoff field.

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 25 – Joliet Catholic

Sept. 1 – Kaneland

Sept. 8 – St. Charles East

Sept. 16 - Streamwood

Sept. 22 - @ Larkin

Sept. 29 – Batavia

Oct. 6 - @ Elgin

Oct. 13 - @ St. Charles North

Oct. 20- West Aurora

Biggest storyline: Can the Vikings bounce back in 2017?

Names to watch this season:  Senior WR Jacob Temple Senior DB Troy Tams

Biggest holes to fill: The Vikings will need to reload especially on offense with just two starters back from a season ago.

EDGY's Early Take: Geneva had a rare down season in 2016 and look for the Vikings to bounce back this fall. While the schedule is once again a challenge look for the Vikings to rely upon a defense with experience back plus a roster always heavy with plenty of talent on hand. 

Preseason Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 10 Bloom

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Preseason Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 10 Bloom

Bloom

2017-18 record:
16-11, 6-4 Southland

Postseason results: Lost to Marist in Class 4A regional finals.

Players to watch: The perimeter trio of juniors Donovan Newby, Keshawn Williams and Dante Maddox Jr. are all worth watching as they form one of the best backcourts in the state. Junior big man Martice Mitchell provides size inside at 6-foot-9 while Kevin Vance was an intriguing forward this summer. 

Why they're in the power rankings: A year ago, Bloom had the talent to compete with anyone in the area. But with four sophomores and one junior in the starting lineup, the Blazing Trojans were too young. Now, a year later, Bloom looks like a very dangerous team after a strong summer. The Blazing Trojans have multiple Division I prospects on a team with huge aspirations. 

Did you know? Bloom will play one of the elite schedules in the area this season. The Blazing Trojans are scheduled to take part in the Chicago Heights Classic, Chicago Elite Classic, Pontiac Holiday Tournament and When Sides Collide Shootout -- to name a few marquee events.   

Preseason Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 11 Benet

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Preseason Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 11 Benet

Benet

2017-18 record: 27-5, 8-1 East Suburban Catholic

Postseason results: Lost to Larkin in Class 4A super-sectionals.

Players to watch: Returning starters include senior forward Will Engels and junior center Colin Crothers while the program also received a surprising Division I prospect transfer in 6-foot-6 forward Kendrick Tchoua.   

Why they're in the power rankings: Benet would probably be ranked without the addition of another Division I prospect, but the frontcourt of Engels, Crothers and Tchoua figures to be one of the area's best. The Redwings should once again be a major factor in the East Suburban Catholic Conference as long as their guard play can match teams like St. Viator.

Did you know? Benet has nine consecutive 20-win seasons under head coach Gene Heidkamp as he's built a consistent winner. The Redwings have won four sectional titles and made two state finals appearances during that nine-year run.