In 2010, '11 and '12, Marian Catholic's Julian Childers beat Homewood-Flossmoor's Brad Holt for a sectional tennis title.
In the last two of those sectionals, Andrew's Kevin Karczynski topped teammate Brian Moy for third place, both earning a state trip.
With Childers now playing at Illinois and Holt at Western Illinois, it might look like it's Andrew's turn today, when sectional action returns to H-F. Unless you're looking through the eyes of Marian's two-time defending team champs.
"I think it's our tournament to lose," the Spartans' Kyle Scheffers said.
And, apparently, it's Scheffers' to lose as well.
The Marian junior, a two-time state doubles qualifier, drew the top seed in singles at Wednesday's seeding meeting. Karczynski is No. 2, followed by Moy, H-F's Jeremy Miller and Devohn Hall and Illiana Christian's Kent Pitsenberger.
Scheffers is 31-3 on the season, with a win Tuesday over Karczynski and one early in the season over Miller.
"He's very solid," Marian coach Scott Bodnar said. "He's a tall kid (6-foot-3), which gives him lot of stretch to the ball, and he hits great, deep topspin that keeps opponents pinned back.
"Plus, he can grind. So, he can stay in long matches against good players."
Scheffers won the East Suburban Catholic title, keeping Marian's streak alive after Childers' four straight conference crowns. While he's not likely to match Childers' second-place state finish of a year ago, he's happy to be trying after two years playing doubles — last year, he and Mitch Zavesky lost in the consolation quarterfinals, playing eight matches at state.
"Doubles is good, but I'm glad to get to play singles for a little variety," Scheffers said. "My style of play is more baseline-oriented. Thanks to doubles, I'm not afraid to volley, but I'm not trying to come into the net every point."
Scheffers is the lone Marian player with state experience. But, the Spartans' second-seeded doubles team, senior Tim Lavelle and junior Patrick Murday, could be quick studies — they're each No. 1 in their respective classes, and Lavelle is going to Harvard in the fall.
"That doesn't necessarily make them great tennis players," Bodnar said, "but it's a good story."
The sectional team competition ought to be as well. While Marian has two straight team wins, H-F, including its shared crown with Andrew in 2010, won 44 in a row dating to 1966. The first 16 of those, technically, were district titles, the IHSA switching to the sectional nomenclature in 1983.
Marian beat H-F in a dual this season, and lost to Andrew. In both cases, the teams split at Nos. 1 and 2 singles and doubles.
H-F's Alex Eng and Danny Kopas earned the top doubles seed ahead of Lavelle and Murday. Andrew sophomores Austin Wabi and Alan Wang are seeded third, Marian's Sam Roche and Paul Lamb fourth, H-F's Jacob Miguest and Jesse Myles fifth and Andrew's Mark Sivak and Mike McGrath sixth.