2019 KY High School Preview

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Photo Courtesy of Fredrick Douglas Lacrosse

With tryouts and practice starting in February we are just about two months out from games getting under way in the Bluegrass. The 2019 season will bring us new storylines, new coaches, new teams, and more. It’s going to be a very fun ride so whether you are a coach, player, parent, official, or fan enjoy it. 

Coaching Changes

Collegiate: Reid Wesley stepped down as the head coach of the Titans and assistant coach Bobby Schmitt takes over as the head coach.

Oldham County: Danny DiSantis stepped down as the head coach of the Colonels for the second time in his career and Oldham County alum Stephen Farrow will take over as the head coach of the Colonels. 

Male: Joseph Palazzo stepped down as the head coach at Male and the Bulldogs made the hire of the year with Rutgers alum and current Atlanta Blaze midfielder Chad Toliver.

Bryan Station: Tim Jones left his position as the head coach at Bryan Station to become the defensive coordinator and goalies coach with the Madison County Mavericks Lacrosse Club.

Bowling Green: Trent Erps stepped down as the head coach at Bowling Green after one year at the helm.

Offseason News/Changes Around the State

Atherton: The Atherton Rebels joined the KSLL after being independet of any league for their first season in 2018. The Rebels will be in dictrict 1 with Male, Collegiate, and St. Xavier.

KLA: The Kentucky Lacrosse Association (KLA), US Lacrosse’s Kentucky chapter, was reorganized as US lacrosse undergoes changes similar within chapters across the United States. Find more information on the KLA Facebook page.

Jessamine County: West Jessamine and East Jessamine High School announced the start of a combined boy’s and girl’s lacrosse team. They will go by the Jessamine Jays.

Players to Watch

Seiver Utsey, A/M, Male, Senior – Transylvania commit

Schyler Pennington, M, Madison Mavericks, Senior – Univ. of Cumberlands commit

Patrick Anderson, A, St. Xavier, Senior – Towson Signee

Blake Godwin, D, Trinity, Senior – Transylvania commit

Chase Hill, A/M, North Oldham, Senior – Westminster (PA) commit

Jack Guiffre, A, Collegiate, Senior – Kenyon commit

Blake Rose, D, Manual, Senior – Univ. of Cumberlands commit

Brandon Thong, D, Bowling Green, Senior – Mt. Vernon Nazarene commit

Seth Cianfoni, A, Male, Junior

Will Warner, M, Trinity, Senior

Campbell Coorssen, M, Trinity, Senior

Carson Craig, FO/M, Lexington Catholic, Junior

Will Hubbs, St. Xavier, Senior

Clay Graves, D, Henry Clay, Senior

Anthony Estrada, D South Oldham, Junior

Henry Zahn, A, Sayre, Senior

Jack McClellan, G, Trinity, Junior

Matt McGee, FO/M, Henry Clay, Junior

Matt Stamper, A, Anderson County, Junior

Parker Clements, A, Christian Academy, Junior

Malachi Wilson, G, Eastern, Junior

Everette Thompson, LSM, Woodford County, Senior

Nolan Cunningham, Fredrick Douglas, Senior

Teams to Watch

Top Tier

The four teams that have been at the top and should remain at the top of the state and their respective leagues are Trinity, St. Xavier, Lexington Catholic, and Henry Clay. These squads are always great and compete among the top in the state. In the KSLL Trinity and St. Xavier are basically shoe ins for the State Championship game. In the Commonwealth League it’s a similar story with Lexington Catholic and Henry Clay. 

Outside looking in

Every year there are a few teams that have a lot of talent and put together really good seasons to possibly give one of those top tier teams a run for their money. In 2019 these teams look to be South Oldham, Fredrick Douglas, Covington Catholic, Dunbar, Sayre, Christian Academy, and Eastern. 

Sleepers

Who are the teams that aren’t getting any preseason hype but just might suprise you once the season get’s going? Looking at what each squad brings back it looks like Ballard, Collegiate, Oldham County, Woodford County, and Collins may be those few sleeper teams in 2019. 

Teams of Interest

Some of the teams that you should have a special interest in during this 2019 season include Male, Jessamine County, and Atherton. Male has a new highly touted head coach, Jessamine is just starting out, and Atherton is entering a league and really playing their first full season.

Predictions

KSLL Finals Four: Trinity, South Oldham, St. Xavier, Christian Academy

KSLL Championship: Trinty vs St. Xavier

KSLL Champion: Trinity

Commonwealth Final Four: Lexington Catholic, Henry Clay, Frederick Douglas, Dunbar

Commonwealth Championship: Lexington Catholic vs Henry Clay

Commonwealth Champion: Lexington Catholic

 

 

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