Paul Pelayo, one of 14 returning Whitewater letterwinners, battles with a Delavan-Darien defender Tuesday night during his team’s 1-1 opening effort. (Bob Mischka photo)

By David Paulsen

Correspondent

After a disappointing season one year ago, the Whitewater High School boys soccer team fully expects to compete for a Rock Valley Conference title this fall.

The Whippets return 14 letterwinners from last year’s 4-18-1 squad. Only one of the varsity players is not a returning letterwinner.

Among those returning are Austin Banda, a first-team all-RVC player a year ago, and Allan Sedano, a second-team all-RVC player.

The varsity squad includes 11 seniors, two juniors and two sophomores.

The remaining 30 players out for the team are on the junior varsity squad.

Head coach Rene Menager begins his sixth season coaching the Whippet boys. He is assisted by Ajet Dauti (eighth season), Dan McCrea (fourth) and newcomer Jon Brock.

Experience is the team’s main strength, but the team has no major weaknesses, the coaching staff indicated.

The team’s goal is to win the RVC title, as well as regional and sectional games.

Practices began Aug. 6, and in each practice the boys have given solid effort.

With the team fully expecting to contend for the RVC crown, it should be an exciting year for Whippet boys soccer.

Whitewater began its season Aug. 14 when the boys hosted Delavan-Darien in a non-conference game. The game ended in a 1-1 tie when the sprinklers went off with 51 seconds left to play, and no-one knew how to shut them off so the game could go into overtime. See additional information in next week’s issue of the Register.

 

Schedule

Next week, the Whippets will travel to Evansville for an RVC matchup on Tuesday, Aug. 21.

On Thursday, Aug. 23, at 6:45 p.m., the squad will host East Troy in another RVC matchup.

 
 

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