Kroner's football tour: St. Thomas More (w/video)

Kroner's football tour: St. Thomas More (w/video)

CHAMPAIGN — Julian Boswell’s career passing record at St. Thomas More lasted just two years.

Cameron Mammen’s Twin City career passing record may fall after one season.

Senior quarterback Storm Joop is rapidly climbing the all-time charts and is poised to take down another mark this fall.

A year ago, the St. Thomas More multi-sport standout passed Boswell as the Sabers’ career passing leader. Joop has 3,356 yards through the air. Boswell, a 2011 graduate, threw for 3,261 yards.

Next up is the Twin City passing mark (4,613 yards) that Urbana’s Mammen established in 2012.

In his varsity career, Joop has thrown for an average of 167 yards per game. At that pace, he would eclipse the Twin City standard in Week 8.

What’s special about Joop are the traits in evidence when he plays point guard in basketball or shortstop in baseball.

“His leadership is there,” Sabers coach Dan Hennessey said. “He takes command and doesn’t settle for mediocrity.”

As the Sabers prepare for a season that will start on Aug. 30 at home against Olympia, Joop will be throwing to a new primary receiver. Kevin Carroll — the area’s receiving leader each of the past two years — is now on the Illinois roster.

Top pass-catching returnees are Michael Plecki, who had 21 receptions last year, Cameron Deedrich, who scored touchdowns on three of his eight catches last fall, and veteran Sean Sullivan.

In all, St. Thomas More returns 12 athletes who started a year ago, including guards Chase Kangas and Brett Roos, who is converting to tackle.

Joop’s next TD pass will tie Boswell’s career school mark (34).

Deedrich, Joop, Kangas, Plecki, Roos and Sullivan are among the 10 seniors on STM’s 45-player roster, which includes four athletes from the soccer team.

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