By Pat Brozynski

The Tigers will probably shine in 2009, too

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By Phil Brozynski

All weekend long, my fellow scribe from the other great metropolitan daily and I were musing how Wheaton Warrenville South was going to make us look like geniuses.

Both of us had ranked the Tigers No. 1 in the preseason, but they had clearly played their way out of that position for much of the season. But when the dust settled Saturday, there they were, holding the big trophy for the fourth time in five years.

And don’t be surprised if WW South is ranked No. 1 in the preseason again next spring, and don’t be surprised if they win it all again.

There will be contenders – Marist, Sandburg, Glenbard East to name a few – but few teams capable of putting as many weapons on the court as WW South.

Meanwhile, it’s time to look forward to the fall and girls volleyball. Naperville Central, Benet and Downers Grove will be serious contenders, with Mother McAuley fielding another strong team along with St. Francis.

The list of top 50 girls players is already being compiled, and honestly, it’s a little crowded. Illinois continues to produce some of the best volleyball talent in the country – regardless of gender.

And finally, congratulations to Northside Prep's Nicole Flores, who was named "Coach of the Year' by the Chicago Public Schools. Flores guided her boys team to the city title this spring and her teams, boys and girls, are always among the citry's best.

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