The Lax Reporter has put out the word to every high school and college team in the state (or has attempted to) that we’d be ever so pleased if somebody would drop by with a season preview. The first to answer the Horn of Gondor is Britt Cornaby, head coach of the Centennial High School Patriots. Some might think that its a bit early to start thinking about spring 2012; Coach Cornaby clearly disagrees and has a whole bunch to say. ILR would like to thank Coach Cornaby for the effort he put into this write-up. Take it away, Coach.
Centennial should be in the mix to compete for the TVLL title in 2012. Centennial’s varsity and JV squads made it to the TVLL championship game and lost. So hopefully, it will be a reloading year versus a rebuilding year. We return 7 starters from the 2011 team who lost to Bishop Kelly in the TVLL final and return 16 of 26 varsity players. Last year our strength was our attack, this year our strength will be our defense; it should one of the best if not the best defensive unit in the TVLL in 2012.
Jarrin Wallace (Jr.) returns for his 3rd year as a starting goalie and had the best save % in the TVLL last year as a sophomore. He also earned the BYU lacrosse camp Goalie MVP this past summer and a dark horse All-American in 2012. Kyle Grove (Sr.) Mike Anderson (Sr.) and Garrett Garner (Sr.) will most likely start at close defense, I wouldn’t be suprised if 2 of them are 1st team TVLL players. Mike and Garrett are both members of the CHS football team and Kyle participated in several camps over the summer and will play fall ball. All are great athletes (5’10+ and 180 lbs+) who can play an aggressive, physical style defense, handle the ball and can score in transition. All of them were team leaders in groundballs last season. Kyle scored more points than any other TVLL defender in 2011. Evan Maynard (Jr.) and Lance Sibal (Sr.) will take wing on face off, run LSM, and rotate in at close defense. JV also had some talented defenders who will try to crack the rotation.
We graduated 2 of the TVLL leading scorers from our attack line, but AJ Gravel (Sr.) will be a big scoring threat. He was the 7th leading scorer (43g, 13a) in the TVLL and gained confidence this summer playing in the men’s league where he averaged 3-4 goals a game. AJ has the skills to be a 1st team TVLL attack/All-American in 2012. He will most likely be joined by Mike Thompson (Jr.) and Charlie Dolar (So.) as the starting attack. Charlie and Mike both played summer league and developed more confidence in their game and should contribute heavily to our offense in the spring. Mike is a feeder/finisher and is a natural left y. Charlie broke his hand and missed the last 1/3 of 2011. Charlie has all the skills to be a solid performer in the spring and we expect great things from him. All 3 are playing fall ball, Mike and Charlie are also playing Sawtooth. JV also had some talented offensive players who will compete for the attack spots.
Centennial hasn’t had a dominant scoring midfielder for several seasons. Hopefully, that will change this year. We lost our leading scorer at midfield, but look to Alex Irish (Sr.) 6’5′ 220lbs, to become a more consistent scorer (27g. 5a). He led the TVLL in faceoff win % last year, took more face-offs than any other player and he did all this with a torn knee ligament, which was fixed in the summer. If he is at 100% in the spring, he should be a dominant offensive force, he is currently playing football for CHS. Sam Maison (So.) and Mark Chatterton (Jr.) are potential 1st line middies, both have played varsity since their freshman year and should blossom offensively this year. Sam is the team’s most natural dodger and finished his freshman season as a starter. He has become stronger and more confident over the summer. Sam will play both fall ball and Sawtooth. Mark was playing his best at the end of last season and should be an offensive threat if he stays in Idaho, he might be moving to Utah (Bingham or Alta), he is also playing fall ball. Tom Sant (Sr.) has been one of the TVLL’s best d-mids for the past 2 seasons and will make the transition to o-mid this spring. He plays football and basketball for CHS so athleticism is not an issue. Levi Smith (Jr.) and Ryan Smith (Jr.), not related, should also contribute to offense this year as they move onto the 1st-2nd line midfield, both are potential 20+ point scorers. Ryan also is a good face off player. Cody Lamb (Jr.) will play d-mid again this year, he likes the challenge, is athletic enough to cover almost any middie and is capable of scoring in transition. JV has several players who will compete for 2nd and 3rd midfield lines and defensive midfield duties.
Centennial returns BOTH coaches for the first time in 6 years. Britt Cornaby and Ross Miller will divide the offensive and defensive responsibilities. Centennial has finished 3rd (2010) and 2nd (2011) maybe 2012 is the season. We are playing another competitive spring schedule; travelling to Portland over spring break and playing 3 games in 24 hours. This year we will play Glencoe, Wilsonville and Tualatin, all should finish among the top 10 Oregon teams. Centennial also plays Bingham (UT) and Pleasant Grove (UT) at home, also tradionally top 10 Utah teams with the possibility of Copper Hills (UT) and Alta (UT) at home. Add this to a full TVLL schedule with Boise and Timberline at home and Eagle, Bishop Kelly, and Mountain View on the road…it will be challenging.
There you have it. Thanks again to Coach Cornaby and good luck, Pats. If you’d like to contribute a season preview for your team, email ILR at firstname.lastname@example.org.