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The St. Edwards HS Booster Club needs your support. The boosters along with the athletic department want to promote nightly sporting events under permanent lights on St. Eds football/soccer field. If you are in favor of this idea can you please do the following.
2007 Team Preview;
It would surely be easier for head coach Mike Rolando to go down the list of the positions he needed to fill this year than the ones that have returning starters as the Greenwave brings back 20 out of 22 starters.
“Our line is all juniors with a couple of sophomores. We’ve got youth, but they’re juniors with a couple years of experience.” Rolando says referring to his team that is recovering from an exodus of players two season ago. (Look for our story on St. Edward’s situation in week two).
Beside a lot of experience returning on the line, coach Rolando is excited about a couple of his other players as well. Matt Ardiente a third year starter at running back. Will be looking to add on to his 500 yards from last year.
“He’s fast as lightning.” Rolando says about Ardiente, who’s also one of the linebackers, will be seeing more time at wing back, a position Rolando feels is more natural for a small elusive player like him.
Two other third year starters are junior Moises Quiroga (RB/MLB) who had 600 yards last year and junior Ryan Gilbert at QB. Who Rolando feels has really matured and turned into the leader they needed him to be.
Gilbert will be looking to hit Cory Diaz (WR jr.) the team’s leading receiver last year. Being the team’s main receiving threat last year, Diaz seen plenty of double coverage.
Shane Finnane will most likely be the standout on the line that Rolando was talking about. A sophomore center, Finnane went to a freshman combine over the summer and won the strongest man in the country for the underclassmen combine. Rolando says he’s most likely the strongest kid on the team as well. He also added that this season has been different from the two previous years, as the kids seriously it the weight room over the summer.
But Rolando isn’t fooling himself; he knows the Greenwave has gone 0-18 since he has been there. Rolando, who is a tough competitor, says the biggest key to this season will be the first game against Hampshire. “Getting a win and building on the confidence from there. I think a team can totally change their attitude, their style of play and their dedication when they get a win under their belt.”
At the same time Rolando doesn’t discount his team’s chances in the incredibly tough Suburban Catholic Conference. When asked who’s the team in the conference to beat this year “All of them.” Is the answer without hesitation.
Coach Ro as he’s often referred to by his players points out the most likely front runners, Driscoll, Montini & Marian Central, but doesn’t stop there. “It could be a Marmion, it could be anybody. St Francis has a new coach. Who knows what they can do. It could be us. You never know.”
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