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School: Oak Lawn
Head coach: Nick Novak
Assistant Coaches: Bob Novak Jim Clendenning Milt Seaton Mike Ogle Matt Arthur Dave Duer Adam Probst Pat Probst John Robinson Matt Creech Luke Sakal Steve Reed
How they fared in 2016: 3-6 (1-5 South Suburban Red), the Spartans failed to qualify for the 2016 IHSA state playoff field.
2017 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 25 – @ Marian Catholic
Sept. 1 – vs. Julian
Sept. 8 – @ Bremen
Sept. 15 - vs Eisenhower
Sept. 22 - vs Argo
Sept. 29 – @ Shepard
Oct. 6 - Reavis
Oct. 13 -@ Evergreen Park
Oct. 20 - @ Richards
Biggest storyline: Can the Spartans continue to improve and win more games in 2017?
Names to watch this season: Senior OL/DL Patrick Michaels, Senior OL/DL Kameron McNicholas and Senior OL Don Ott
Biggest holes to fill: The Spartans will need to reload in the offensive skills in particular this fall with just senior WR Antonio Jones the lone returning starter from last season.
EDGY's Early Take: The Spartans have a good base upfront on both sides of the football and the line play will be asked to help lead an inexperienced group surrounding them. If Oak Lawn can find some answers especially early on in the offensive skills they could be a nice surprise team to watch.
Lucas Giolito was an easy choice to be named the International League Pitcher of the Week.
Though the No. 4 prospect in the White Sox organization only made one appearance, he dazzled. The 22-year-old threw a seven-inning no-hitter on Thursday against the Syracuse Nationals, the organization that dealt him in a deal for Adam Eaton this past offseason. It was the fourth no-hitter in Charlotte Knights history, and the first since 2013.
Giolito has had his struggles in 2017 but feels he's moving past them. After a shaky start he has been stellar in his last three outings, allowing just five earned runs in his last 18 innings.
The Knights are the first team this year to have three different players win Player of the Week awards. Outfielder Willy Garcia and top prospect Yoan Moncada previously won Batter of the Week honors.