The Roseburg High boys lacrosse team is looking to claim its third consecutive Midwestern League championship this season after falling to Lakeridge in the second round of the OHSLA playoffs last spring.
Dave Heverly, who’s in his 12th year as Roseburg’s coach, is the reigning Midwestern Coach of the Year and his Indians are coming off of a 14-3 season. The Indians won all 10 of their league contests.
“I think that we are going to have another great year in conference, but with having kids that are coming back with a big senior class we are going to be able to do a little more and be able to mix up our offense a little more,” Heverly said. “We’re going to be able to cause some problems for some of the other teams that are out there. We have six really good offensive players.”
The Indians only graduated four players from last year’s squad and return two all-league players in seniors Jake Heverly and Jake Zielinski. Both received honorable mention all-state last year.
“We’re coming back with a lot of experience this year,” coach Heverly said. “It should be fun; I am excited to get out there and see what these guys can do this year.”
Zielinski has already committed to play for a Division III school in New York state next season, and could possibly be the top goalkeeper prospect in the state.
“Jake Zielinski is going to be the core for our defense, and I’m going to put a lot of pressure on him to help a lot of these guys that haven’t had a lot of experience. He’s really solid in the goal, and we are going to look for him to control the defensive side of the field,” coach Heverly said.
Jake Heverly, who will be looked to as the main force on the offensive end from his attack position, has a surrounding cast that could make a Roseburg a force throughout its tough schedule this season.
“Jake is going to really control the offensive side of the field, and he has a lot of guys on the field that can help him with that,” coach Heverly said.
Newcomer Dominic Bello, a junior attacker, will add to the offensive power for the Tribe. Seniors Zach Aalberg (second-team all-league) and Logan O’Hara (second-team all-league) and junior Travis Dever (second-team all-league) are other top returning players.
Roseburg opened Tuesday with a 14-3 nonleague win at Corvallis. Jake Heverly had five goals and one assist to pace the rout. Bello added three goals and one assist, Aalberg three goals, Dever two goals and O’Hara one goal and one assist.
“Overall, it was a pretty good showing,” Dave Heverly said. “There’s a lot of stuff we can work on, but it was definitely a good start. We’re ahead of where we were last year at this point.”
The Indians travel to West Linn Saturday and will host McNary of Keizer Tuesday at Finlay Field, beginning at 7 p.m.
Head Coach: Dave Heverly (12th year).
Assistants: Werner Krueger, Paul Bilder, Tom Dever, Sid Toleno.
Last year: 14-3, 10-0 Midwestern League (first); lost to Lakeridge in second round of state playoffs.
Top returning players: Jake Heverly, sr., attack; Jake Zielinski, sr., goalkeeper; Zach Aalberg, sr., midfielder; McKinley Morrow, sr., defender; Logan O’Hara, sr., attack, Travis Dever, jr., midfielder.
Top newcomers: Dominic Bello, jr., attack; Zach Caddock, soph., defender.