Kellinger added that matchups against Howard and Mt. Hebron — the team’s biggest rival — are already circled on the calendar.

Glenelg

Coach: Josh Hatmaker

Last season: (11-0, 16-3)

Top players: Seniors Nick Forrest (A), Tyler Wasson (MF), Landry Marshall (G), Craig Burris (D), Luke Cheswick (MF) and Tommy Chaisson (A); junior Matt Baxter (A).

What to expect: Coach Josh Hatmaker said he doesn’t pay much attention to records, numbers or statistics. “Personally, I don’t think it’s fair to the kids,” he added. “You can’t put that responsibility on a sophomore that was in the fifth grade five years ago.”

Still, while the nine-year coach doesn’t like talking about his teams’ success, the play from his loaded roster this season may speak for itself.

Senior Nick Forrest (54 goals, 34 assists, 88 points) returns as not only the top offensive weapon for Glenelg, but also in all of Howard County. Add in goalie Landry Marshall, who recorded a league-best 64.1 save percentage last season, and it doesn’t seem like the team will miss a beat after graduating some important pieces.

Hatmaker said his biggest concern will be playing with consistency, as some of the team’s younger talent will learn to work with the rest of the unit.

Hammond

Coach: Chris Reagle

Last season: 0-11, 1-14

Top players: Seniors Robbie Eddy (MF), DJ Penders (D), Alex Gladstone (MF), Logan McCombs (MF), Blaze Fischer (MF) and Nikhil Patel (A).

What to expect: Second-year coach Chris Reagle is expecting big things from his group of underclassmen, but the biggest challenge will still be getting them to adjust to the speed of the varsity game.

“We did a great job of really working hard in the weight room during the offseason,” Reagle said. “I think this is going to allow us to matchup physically with some of the best teams in the county.”

Last year’s Golden Bears failed to win a game in county play, and with no selections on the first or second all-county teams, the time to shine for the young talent on Reagle’s squad could be now.

Joel Thomas (sophomore), Brendan Smith (freshman) and Elijah Kane (junior) all look to contribute on the offensive end of the field in breakout fashion, while Reagle also expects midfielder Eric Smith to have a big season as well.

Howard

Coach: Jimmy Creighton

Last season: 9-2, 16-3