Duneland Athletic Conference
Players to watch: Harley Lohmeyer, Sr., F/MF; Bailey Arthur, Jr., MF; Jack Eaton, Jr., D/MF; Sam Weller, Sr., MF/D.
Outlook: The Class 2A state runner-up Trojans will have to reload after losing a combined 54 goals and 31 assists. Times 2016 Player of the Year Owen Hallas and Derek O’Dell were both All-Staters, so Lohmeyer (2 G, 5 A) and Arthur (1 G, 7 A) will be needed to take a step forward offensively. Weller, Eaton and Kevin Gaffigan (who didn’t play due to illness in 2016) return defensively. Senior Doug Filipek will man goalkeeper duties. “With one of the most difficult schedules in the state, our team will be battle ready and looking to make another deep postseason run,” coach Jamie Sensibaugh said.
Players to watch: Filip Stefanoski, Sr., MF; Parker Darnstaedt, Sr., MF; Zach Carpenter, Sr., D.
Outlook: Crown Point finished 9-7-2 last season, including taking Class 2A state finalist Chesterton to the brink in a 3-1 overtime loss. The Bulldogs endured tough injuries last year and lost improving keeper Sam Surufka to graduation. With a combined 10 goals scored, Stefanoski and Darnstaedt return to the midfield and are expected to anchor the Bulldogs offense.
Players to watch: Michael Bikos, Sr., MF/F; Noah Osearo, Sr., GK; Carson Shrader, Jr., MF/F.
Outlook: Lake Central unexpectedly lost in the Merrillville Regional semifinal to the Mustangs 1-0 last season after the Indians were ranked near the top of the polls in Class 2A all year long. Now with the move to the newly-formed 3A, L.C. expects to be in the state title conversation again. While the loss of two-time All-Area striker Cole Rainwater will hurt, arguably one the state’s most formidable strikers is back for the Indians in Bikos, while Shrader and Diego Ruiz-Avila also return for the Indians.
Players to watch: Lefteri Fegaras, Sr., F/MF;…