The streak of Class A state titles will end at two for Canterbury. But only because the Cavaliers are being bumped up to 2A, starting this season.
The Cavs have dominated the lower class for each of the first two seasons of class soccer and will look to see what they can do in the higher class, with plenty of returning firepower to make another postseason run.
They could run into Warsaw, last year’s 2A state runner-up. The Tigers return plenty of experience from a team that lost 1-0 to Columbus North in the state title match last year.
The following is a look at 2013’s players, teams and possible stories:
Britt Watts, Canterbury: The senior forward had 24 goals and 22 assists in 2012.
Uriel Macias, West Noble: The senior is being recruited by Indiana and was named the top offensive player of the school’s camp this summer.
Nick Strack, Bishop Luers: The senior forward was named the SAC boys player of the year.
Marshall Gilbert, Carroll: The senior defender earned All-NHC and All-District honors.
Kaleb Williams, East Noble: The senior goalie earned second-team All-District honors.
Canterbury: The Class A state champion returns Watts, as well as junior Jacob Fritz and sophomores Jonathan Vanden Akker and Brandon Renninger.
Carroll: The Chargers return seven starters from a 13-5-0 team, including senior defenders Troy Wickliffe and Marshall Gilbert, the team’s co-MVP’s, along with senior goalie Michael Didion.
Warsaw: The 2A state runners-up have experience coming back on defense in seniors Matt Williams, Stephen Kolbe, Gustavo Rodriguez and Miguel Rivera.
Bishop Luers: Remaining in Class A, the Knights return Strack and senior Riley Bubb and won’t have to face postseason nemesis Canterbury.
East Noble: The Knights, who went 13-4-1 last year and tied for third in the NHC at 5-2, lose only three players.
Britt’s back: Britt Watts of Canterbury chose to leave the Development Academy in Indianapolis and stay with high school soccer.
Double duty: Carroll’s Bayden Lee will be kicking for the Chargers’ football team.
Panthers pushing: Snider coach Greg Roberts won his 500th game last year, but the team got only five wins and Roberts promises a faster-paced game and a return to SAC dominance.
Young experience: Huntington North has 11 seniors on its roster, but only three started last year and two of them didn’t even play in 2012.
Postseason moves: Some postseason rounds will look a little different this year with the movement created by the success factor and enrollment changes.