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CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 4 Glenbard West

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School: Glenbard West

Head Coach: Chad Hetlet

Assistant Coaches: John SIgmund, Rick Heckman, Jon Schweighardt, Carl Landi, Mike Hofland, Joe Kish, Shea Moroni

How they fared in 2016: 10-3 (4-2 West Suburban Silver Conference), made the Class 8A state playoff field, defeated Neuqua Valley, Homewood-Flossmoor and Edwardsville before losing to Loyola in the semifinal round.

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

August 26th vs Maine South

September 2nd vs Proviso East

September 8th @ Addison Trail

September 16th vs York

September 22nd @ Downers Grove North

September 29th @ Lyons Township

October 7th vs Hinsdale Central

October 13th @ Oak Park-River Forest

October 21th vs Proviso West

Biggest storyline: Can the Hilltoppers run the table in 2017?

Names to watch this season:  Senior RB Ryan Diver, senior WR Alec Pierce, senior RB/LB Dre Thomas

Biggest holes to fill: The Hilltoppers will look to reload on the offensive line this summer with just one returning starter back in senior OC Connor Skryd. 

EDGY's Early Take: Glenbard West and head coach Chad Hetlet will look toward the offense - in particular his backfield - as a strength with senior RB Ryan Diver along with senior RB Dre Thomas headlining the Hilltoppers running attack. Senior QB Alex Hollensbe is a threat with the run and the pass and senior WR Alec Pierce is a headliner. If the defense comes ready to play out of the gates this has the makings of another team capable of big things in 2017.