Last season finish: 13-8, 4-3 GSSC. Lost in Class 2A Sectional 33 opener to Bishop Noll.
Inside the Oilers
Leading returning scorer: Nick Filipek, 12 ppg
Leading returning rebounder: Filipek, 3 rpg
Star power: Filipek, Sr., G. He can bring up the ball, shoot the lights out of the gym and is as level-headed as they come.
Newcomer to watch: Cameron Chorba, Sr., G/F. Chorba's significant varsity experience will help him get acquainted with his new starting role.
Not a cupcake anymore
When Milenkoff came to Whiting in 2007, the Oilers went 0-21 and lost by an average margin of 25.8 points. After eight combined wins over the next two years, the team made a drastic improvement by winning 12 games in 2010. Last season's 13 wins were the highest the program has seen in more than two decades. Now that Milenkoff has had some time to incorporate his own expectations in a program that opponents used to cross off the schedule as win, teams are going to take the Oilers more seriously now. "We're not gonna be an underdog in the gym anymore," he said. "A lot of teams will be waiting to play us because of the revenge factor." Filipek returns as the only significant scorer. He'll look go from one of the most underrated players to one of the players to watch. The Oilers have older players in the program who will contribute on the varsity level right away like Adam Cuculich, Tom Hildebranski, Cameron Chorba, Andy Franko and Patrick Petruf, who are all upperclassmen. "They have put their time in and now it's full steam ahead," Milenkoff said. "They come to practice and listen and there's not really any messing around." The mentality of this team is to work hard and play defense, which will be key to Whiting's success. "We have to prepare even harder now and we'll only be as good as our defense is. The other thing we have to do is get used to playing together. We have the talent, but we have to trust each other," Milenkoff said.
! ~ Paul Honeycutt