Looking at Lake Forest’s fall sports teams

FELTON — Last fall was a good one for Lake Forest sports teams.

Not only did the football team go 10-0 in the regular season but the once seemingly perpetually rebuilding boys’ soccer team finished with a winning record and nearly made the playoffs.

Not to be outdone, the Lady Spartans of field hockey staged a late season rally that saw them finish above .500 as well and nearly in the state tournament.

No doubt Lake Forest squads are entering the 2015 campaigns aiming to repeat last year’s successes and maybe even improve some.

Here is a look at the fall sports programs at Lake Forest for the 2014 season.

Football

Coach: Fred Johnson

Lake Forest begins its football season at home Friday night. (The Journal/file photo)

Lake Forest begins its football season at home Friday night. (The Journal/file photo)

2014 record: 10-1 overall, 6-0 Henlopen South

First game: Friday, 7:30 p.m., at home versus Hodgson

Outlook: Coming off its best season in two decades, Lake Forest would like nothing more than to take the ultimate step forward this year and capture a Division II state title.

But the Spartans will have to do so without the services of several talented players that graduated off last year’s squad, including state Defensive Player of the Year John Flamer, all-state linebacker Brian Thomson and Blue-Gold member DJ Cornish.

Fortunately for Lake, it does return multiple all-conference players to the huddle this season. Included in that group is offensive linemen Tre Harding and Jamar Brow, linebackers Dominick Sabino and Tyler Davis, safety Jordan Simpson and quarterback Noah Feague-Johnson. All of that group are seniors.

Other key returnees, head coach Fred John said, are RB/DB Trevon Milton, Rb/DB Amire White, LB/WR Cameron Lewis, OL/DL Dawaunta Parker, WR/DB Andrew Greenley, OL/DL Will Banks, OL/DL Tre Hardeman and LB/RB/WR Benjamin Moore.

“I feel we are going to be a very competitive team and our goal is to improve every week,” Johnson said. “If we can stay healthy after the first three games, we will be very competitive in the Henlopen Conference Southern Division. We have several kids that are capable of making big plays for us this year.”

Lake will open the season Friday, 7:30 p.m., at home against defending state champion Hodgson. The Silver Eagles upended the Spartans in the first round of last year’s playoffs.

Boys’ soccer

Coach: Pietro Randazzo

2014 record: 9-5-1 overall, 3-2-1 Henlopen South

First game: Saturday, 6:30 p.m., versus Dickinson at Dover High

Outlook: Entering last season, the improvements Lake Forest made on the pitch between the previous two campaigns didn’t show up in the win-loss column.

Pete Randazzo and his staff hope for even bigger things from the Spartans boys' soccer team this fall. (The Journal/file photo)

Pete Randazzo and his staff hope for even bigger things from the Spartans boys’ soccer team this fall. (The Journal/file photo)

History did not repeat itself.

Last year’s Spartans finished arguably their best season in school history, winning nine times and nearly making the Division II playoffs.

While head coach Pete Randazzo declined to make any predictions regarding the Spartans’ potential postseason fate this season, he did say his team was ready to get rolling.

“It’s still too early to determine our season, but the team is enthusiastic in getting the season going, they are excited and ready to go out and compete,” he said. “My goal has always been to provide an environment and a foundation to build on. “I feel that we can accomplish what we accomplished last year or more.”

Returning to the team this season are co-captains Eric Berardicelli and Kurt Moyer. The team also returns Brock Beyer, Anthony Oviedo and Anil Kara.

Along with the returning talent, Randazzo said the team’s strengths will be in the midfield and defensive third.

“We are defending really well,” he said. “I feel confident that our boys are growing in their ability to take on roles.

“I know Spartan pride is growing in soccer and it’s great to see our team believes that they are able to compete with any school in our division.”

Lake opens the season Saturday, 6:30 p.m., versus Dickinson at Dover High.

Cross country

Coach: Eric Payne

2014 record: Boys: 7-4; Girls: 7-4

First meet: Both teams begin Saturday hosting the Lake Forest Invitational

Outlook: Both Lake Forest cross country teams ran away with Henlopen Conference Southern Division titles last season.

Head coach Eric Payne is hoping they can do it again this year.

Returning male harriers are Drew Harris, Elisha Griffin and Alex Argo while the girls’ team brings Hannah Fox, Desiree Amaya and Jess Kenton.

“(I’d) just like to see both programs improve from last season,” Payne said. “We have a lot of new runners this year so it’s going to be interesting to see how they all do.”

Payne will get an early look at the new runners’ potential Saturday when Lake Forest hosts its annual invitational.

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