2012 IHSA Boys 2A Regional Previews

Some coaches and fans complain that the IHSA should eliminate the regional round. Do not tell that to the teams that go to the line looking for a regional title. Here is a look at each of the Boys 2A regionals that will occur at 15 sites throughout Illinois.

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Belvidere Sectional

Kaneland Regional – 11:00 AM

#4 Crystal Lake Central should be the team to beat in this regional. #16 Kaneland, Burlington Central, Sycamore, and Prairie Ridge should be the next teams in line. Alex Baker of Crystal Lake Central, the FVC champion last week, enters this competition as the individual favorite. FVC runner-up Joe Cowlin of Prairie Ridge should again challenge Baker. Clay Musial & Josh Schwarting of Burlington Central and Kyle Carter of Kaneland should be close behind.

Antioch Regional – 10:00 AM

We could see an interesting team race between #11 Deerfield and #20 Vernon Hills on the Fox River Park course. Grayslake Central will be the chief team challenger. Alex Gold of Deerfield is the individual favorite in this race. Also watch for Kyle Whitney & Ben Mohrdieck of Vernon Hills, and Ryan Prais of Lakes to challenge Gold.

Belvidere North Regional – 10:45 AM

Host #2 Belvidere North should be the team favorite in this meet. Watch to see what their 1-5 gap will be in this race. It is getting closer with every meet. #10 Dixon will be the chief challenger to the North Stars. The Dukes looked good last week at the NIB-12 conference meet. Garrett Lee of Belvidere North will be the individual favorite in this race followed close by his teammate Tyler Yunk and Simon Thorpe of Dixon.

Bensenville Fenton Sectional

DeLaSalle Regional – 11:00 AM

#1 Jones College Prep could run their JV team and still win in this meet. That is how much talent they have. Last year, Jones did not run their top 5 in the regional. I can’t see them running their big 5 on Saturday. They still will be the favorite. With Jones’ top 5 not running, expect Armando Rodriguez of Jones to be the individual favorite.

Elmwood Park Regional – 10:00 AM

Lake View ran a good team last week at the Chicago City championships and could be one of the team favorites in this race. Elmwood Park, Payton, and St. Patrick will also challenge for the team title. Anthony Campanaro of St. Patrick, Juan Berumen of Lake View and Jacob Turner of Payton will be three of the front runners in the individual race.

St. Viator Regional – 10:00 AM

#14 Fenton will be challenged by #22 St. Viator for the team title in this regional. Mather and Niles Notre Dame could challenge in the sectional’s toughest regional. Fabiel Uruza of Fenton, Nick Brey of St. Viator, and Deivi Tahiraj & Claudio Flores of Mather will be the top individuals in this race.

Decatur MacArthur Sectional

Taylorville Regional – 11:00 AM

#7 Mahomet-Seymour enters this meet as the team favorite. The Bulldogs are coming off of a tight race and a two point loss to Normal University. #24 Charleston has come on the past few weeks and should battle for 2nd. Champaign Central and Mattoon should be in the hunt for the next positions. Riley McInerney should be the favorite in a good individual field. Johnny Leverenz of Danville, Forrest Smoes & Jonathan Schaap of Mahomet-Seymour, and John Righter of Mattoon will be in the front pack as well.

Troy Triad Regional – 10:00 AM

This will be a tough team battle with any of 4 teams battling for the top spot. #23 Carbondale is coming off of a tough two point win last week at their conference meet with Mt. Vernon. #25 Troy Triad and Waterloo were close also at the Mississippi Valley Conference. Do not be surprised if 15 points separate the these teams.  The individual race should be good as well as the Mascoutah duo of Chris Martin and Murphy Affolder will be challenged by Josh Rodenberg of Waterloo.

Jacksonville Regional  – 10:00 AM

#5 Springfield looked great last week at their conference putting 6 runners in the first 11. Look for a tight pack from them Saturday. #13 Springfield Sacred-Heart Griffin and #19 Chatham-Glenwood will battle for 2nd. Marc Maton of Chatham Glenwood should be the individual favorite after his win last week at the CS8 Conference meet. Sam Welbourne of Jersey and Tyler Owens  & Nathan Hoffman of Springfield.

Peoria Notre Dame Sectional

Normal West Regional – 10:45 AM

#6 Normal University looks to be the top team in this good regional field. #17 Pontiac and #18 Metamora should challenge the Pioneers. Josh McCoy, Shawn Milhauser & Zac Justus of Pontiac should challenge Adam Bruno and Brendan Hoskins of Normal University for the individual title.

Galesburg Regional – 10:45 AM

A good 3 team battle at the Lake Storry course with #12 Peoria Notre Dame, #15 Dunlap, and #21 East Moline United going for the regional crown. Individual race should be good as well with Zach Plank of Dunlap, Austin Webster & Tyler Rasso of East Moline United, and Jordan Starkey of Geneseo  chasing to be first across the finish line.

Morris Regional – 10:45 AM

Lincoln-Way West should be the team to beat in this regional. Also watch for West’s Ryan Kennedy to be the individual favorite.

West Chicago Wheaton Academy Sectional

Wheaton Academy Regional – 11:00 AM

Only 7 teams in this field which means all advance. This race will be all about regional pride. #1 Yorkville & #8 Glenbard South will battle for the team title. Jake & Luke Hoffert of Yorkville will challenge for the individual title going against John Wold & Joe Singleton of Glenbard South and Matt Meyers of Aurora Central Catholic.

Riverside-Brookfield Regional – 10:00 AM

Host Riverside-Brookfield should be the team favorite in this regional. Leonardo Flores of Kennedy looks to be the individual favorite in this race.

Illiana Christian Regional – 11:00 AM

#9 Illiana Christian is the team to beat in this regional. Bremen, Oak Forest, and Marian Catholic will battle for the second position. Watch for teammates Nick Fiene and Anthony Wondaal of Illiana Christian to battle for the individual honors.

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Posted on October 19, 2012, in IL 2A Boys Team XC Ratings, Meet Previews, Video Recap & Preview Shows and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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