Chippewa Falls was 2-14-2 last season, but with a more experienced team, the Cardinals are looking to take the next step this fall. Starting goalkeeper Steel Brooke made 100 saves last season as a sophomore. Jordan Simonson (three goals) and Landon Brunke (two goals) are among the team’s top returning scorers. ... Hudson was the conference runner-up last fall and may be the favorite this year. The Raiders won 17 games a year ago. Midfielder Sam Ross is back after earning second team all-conference honors last fall, and forward Teig O’Kelly was an honorable mention. ... Menomonie has a pair of second team all-conference selections to build around. Goalkeeper Jonathan Fenton is a third-year starter and had an 82% save percentage last fall. Shane Drazkowski is back after garnering league recognition as a defender. The Mustangs also have their top point-getter back in Gabe Tronnier (nine points). ... Rice Lake went to state in Division 3 last year, falling in the semifinals to McFarland. The Warriors graduated some of their top players, but have starting goalie Zach Holmstrom back. Jake Engebritson earned honorable mention All-BRC status as a junior. Rice Lake will look to improve on last year’s third-place finish in the conference. ... River Falls has two second team All-BRC players returning in Owen Wise and Josh Linton.
Cumberland won seven games last season and has several pieces to build around this fall. Midfielder Tanner Johnson tallied 10 points a year ago, and goalie Matthew Friess posted three shutouts. The Beavers have experience back in every phase of the game. ... McDonell/Regis is focusing on growth while dealing with a shortened schedule and working in some players who are new to the sport. Seven members of the Saints’ 16-player squad are sophomores and four are freshmen.
Outlooks by Spencer Flaten, based on information provided by coaches