Boys Volleyball: McFarland, South stars can’t get past North squad
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media June 9, 2014 10:38PM
Updated: July 11, 2014 6:31AM
Lincoln-Way North’s Brad McFarland isn’t afraid to be heard.
As one of 20 seniors selected to participate in the 3rd Annual All-Star Game hosted by the High School Volleyball Coaches Association, McFarland showed off his pipes just as much as his dangerous arm swing.
“There needs to be a guy like the Harlem Globetrotters,” McFarland said, “just yelling out stuff — whatever comes to his mind. So I thought, ‘Why not me?’ Everyone could use a little laughter.”
McFarland, along with Lincoln-Way North teammates Jake Walenga and Austin Faller, played for the 10-man South Team, which had a distinctive Lincoln-Way feel with four state champions from Lincoln-Way East participating: Austin Royer, Josh Phalen, Ryan Vorderer and Nate Van Dellen.
Andrew’s Nick VanderZanden, Sandburg’s Neil Naughton and Brother Rice’s Kevin Myren also were on the South Team that was coached by Lincoln-Way North’s Matt Lawrence.
“It was insanely fun,” VanderZanden said. “Everything from club season and high school season was great, but this was my highlight of the whole year. I loved this.”
The North team was coached by Kurt Steuer of Downers Grove South, the 2013 state champion. The North swept the South 29-27, 25-23, 25-18.
Brother Rice’s Mitch Weiler and Loyola’s Collin Merk and David Wierczorek, who are Catholic League rivals, played for the North Team.
Also participating were Lyons’ Marko Kostich, Lake Zurich’s Michael Savio, Glenbrook North’s Zach Lillig, New Trier’s Jack Serrino, Wheaton South’s Jared Wilcox, Minooka’s Mitch Perinar and Waubonsie Valley’s Michael Simmons.
“There were such amazing players here,” said Naughton, who mentioned Perinar as the toughest guy to block. “I was really excited when I found out I was playing in this.”
McFarland and VanderZanden both were impressed by the Pepperdine-bound Wierczorek.
“Dave from Loyola,” McFarland said. “He hits the ball really high and really hard across. It’s not fun to block him. I wasn’t trying to lose a finger.”
Perinar, Simmons, Walenga and VanderZanden make up Lewis’ 2014 recruiting class.
Meanwhile, Savio is headed to Southern California, Kostich to Harvard and Serrino will go to MIT.