In February, Yorkville Christian High School received full recognition to be an IHSA member school from the Illinois State Board of Education, and in turn will now compete in the Class 1A playoffs. Yorkville Christian will no longer compete in the Illinois Christian Conference, but rather as an independent school.
Additional changes include the addition of the Lisle Thanksgiving Tournament and the Plano Christmas Classic in December.
“I’m trying to get them battle tested, but at the same time be competitive. We’re the fourth smallest school in the state,” Yorkville Christian coach Aaron Sovern said. “We’re trying to develop a culture and the Mustang way. This has really been a positive step this year.”
Top returning players include junior guard Noah Lewis, senior guard Austin Wisniowicz and senior forward Dimitri Milakis.
“Noah and Austin are our two returning leading scorers and they are going to have a lot of responsibility,” Sovern said.
“Noah is probably one of the better athletes in the area and has really improved his game over the summer. He’s been working on his jump shot and we’re looking for big things from him. Austin was new to basketball last year and had about 11 points per game, and he’s developed into one of the better shooters in the area as well.”
Sophomore guard Jadon Pryor and freshman guard Christian Sovern are also expected to impact the Yorkville Christian lineup. The rest of the nine-player roster is made up of freshmen.
“We don’t have a lot of size, so our mantra is going to be running up and down and shooting the ball and playing pressure defense,” Sovern said. “Our goal is to be ready by mid-February for our first regional action.”