Enough things went amiss last year to keep the DeSales High School football team from making the Division III playoffs for the second consecutive season, but coach Ryan Wiggins wouldn't categorize it as a lost season.
When Patrick Mulligan of the DeSales High School boys soccer team blasted home the decisive goal in a 2-1 victory at St. Charles on Sept. 9, coach Domenic Romanelli momentarily celebrated with his players.
When the New Albany High School football team played DeSales for the first time in 2005, then-assistant coach Pat Samanich considered the Stallions to be "the defining program in how we wanted to build our program."
Two of the five Central District teams to make it to at least a state semifinal last season will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, when the Marion-Franklin High School football team plays host to Hartley.
For as much fun as DeSales High School boys soccer coach Domenic Romanelli expects to have this year, he has given not-so-subtle reminders to his team that the Stallions are long overdue for a championship.
One of the motivational slogans displayed in the office of DeSales High School boys golf coach Tom Eckl reminds him of last year's team, which had a program-record third-place finish in the Division II state tournament at NorthStar.