Also, on the offensive side with be Jason Pike and Austin Wenthe. Pike had three goals and four assists, and Wenthe had six goals last season.
Junior Tyler Katz is slotted in as a starting forward. Michael Carie will look to contribute for the offense, and will also split duty by kicking for the football team.
"Tyler has one of the strongest legs I have see in three years," Witges said. "He has a strong left foot, and has also been working on the right foot as well. Michael started two years ago halfway through. He's physical, and plays with no fear.
"They both have a lot of potential, and we are looking for them to step up to fill the void of goals we lost from graduation."
A better conference finish?
Effingham's goals include a better showing in the Apollo Conference and their regional. Mattoon and Charleston are both early conference opponents, but will not count for the standings.
"It was disappointing last year when you have 13 wins, but not conference title to go along with it," Witges said. "It's something we can definitely reach, but it will be tough. Mattoon and Charleston are both good again. The kids know it won't be easy, but they have it in their sight s. They have confidence, and I believe in them."
Last season, Effingham gave co-Apollo champion Mount Zion their only loss, but were bounced by the Braves in the post-season. The team is hoping for a better showing.
"A personal goal for me is winning a regional game," Witges said. "It depends on where we are placed. I truly believe winning a regional game is a reachable goal."
Starting Captains named
Steele, the Knight twins, and Pike are named the captains of the team.