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School: Sycamore Spartans
Head coach: Joe Ryan
Assistant coaches: Randy Zeitler (defensive coordinator), Jake Countryman (special teams coordinator/defensive backs), Curt Countryman (linebackers), Brian Koehne (offensive line), Brian Hutsler (receivers).
How they fared in 2015: 6-4 (3-1) Northern Illinois Big 12 East Conference. Sycamore made the Class 5A state playoff field and lost to eventual champion Nazareth Academy in opening-round action.
Biggest storyline in 2016: Can the Spartans reload this fall, especially in a handful of key spots?
Names to watch this season: QB/S Ty Sulaver, RB Chris Pawola
Biggest holes to fill: Who steps up to replace several graduated starters, including do-it-all Nick Niemann (Iowa)?
EDGY's early take: The Spartans always seem to find a way. While Sycamore will be a bit inexperienced on both sides of the ball, the Spartans will again challenge for the NIB12 conference title.