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56 Days to Kickoff: Wheaton North

56 Days to Kickoff: Wheaton North

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.
 

School: Wheaton North

Head coach: Joe Wardynski

Assistant coaches: Travis Cherry, Jeff Butikofer, Mike Oleszek, Paul Connor, Jack Schomig and Nick Reicher

How they fared in 2017: 7-3 (6-2 DuPage Valley Conference). Wheaton North made the Class 7A IHSA state playoff field and defeated Fenwick in the opening round. They lost to Batavia in second round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 25 @ Evanston

 

Aug. 31 @ Lake Forest

 

Sept 8 @ St. Charles North

 

Sept. 14 @ Lake Park

 

Sept. 21 vs. Glenbard North

 

Sept. 28 vs. Wheaton South

 

Oct. 5 @ Geneva

 

Oct. 12 vs. St Charles East

 

Oct. 19 vs. Batavia

 

Biggest storyline: The new conference. Can the Falcons soar in their first season in the DuKane Conference?


Names to watch this season: TE Jake Johnson, LB Xander Mueller and DE Jacob Secrest

Biggest holes to fill: The Falcons will need to replace nine graduated starters on offense this fall. 

EDGY's Early Take: Wheaton North joins the new DuKane Conference this fall along with former DuPage Valley rivals Wheaton South, Glenbard North and Lake Park. They’ll merge with Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles North and St. Charles East. Will the new conference be a plus or a negative for the reloading Falcons? Wheaton North always seems to find a way. They will look to their underclassmen to step up and replace several graduated starters this fall.  

High School Lites Roundup: Basketball Week 3

High School Lites Roundup: Basketball Week 3

High School Lites returned to the hardwood this week as we had IHSA basketball highlights from all over the area. Plus we also had a football commitment from the state's top prospect right before the signing period.

WINTRUST ATHLETE OF THE WEEKBrother Rice's Marquise Kennedy

TEAM OF THE WEEK PRESENTED BY SAINT XAVIER: Curie Condors 

Crystal Lake South's Trevor Keegan commits to Michigan

THURSDAY'S GAME

No. 2 Curie topples No. 12 Simeon

FRIDAY'S GAMES

Lincoln Park upsets No. 1 Whitney Young

No. 3 Bloom takes down No. 9 Homewood-Flossmoor 

No. 4 Evanston races by Niles North

No. 20 Uplift runs past Marshall

Glenbard West upsets No. 21 Downers North

No. 23 Romeoville holds off Plainfield South

Lemont beats Shepard on buzzer-beater

Payton knocks off Taft

Elmwood Park beats Guerin Prep in Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

Dundee-Crown defeats Crystal Lake South 

WATCH: Trevor Keegan, the top 2019 football recruit in Illinois, to announces his college decision

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WATCH: Trevor Keegan, the top 2019 football recruit in Illinois, to announces his college decision

It can't be easy being a low-key 6-foot-6, 310 pound senior in high school. But Crystal Lake South’s four star-ranked offensive tackle Trevor Keegan, the state's top recruit for the Class of 2019, has (for the most part) remained as ‘under the recruiting radar’ as possible.

Keegan has been very quiet. He hasn't revealed much when it comes to specific college leanings throughout his recruiting process. But that’s all about to change, as he makes his college announcement Friday night at 6:15 in South’s auditorium.

The calm before the announcement storm, so to speak, makes it all the more intriguing. It’s an event you can see live on @NBCSPreps via Periscope at 6:15 p.m. or on our live stream page here.

Keegan, who last week narrowed down his final top destination list to Michigan, Penn State and Georgia, is at the end of a rigorous decision process. He racked up 35 total scholarship offers from most —if not all— of the major players from every Power Five conference across the country. 

So which school will Keegan select on Friday night? 

According to Rivals.com Midwest Football Recruiting Expert Josh Helmholdt, "Trevor has been very quiet and really hasn't said much at all up to this point. Most roads for me on his decision leads to Michigan, yet if he decided on either Penn State or Georgia I would not be shocked."

Expect Keegan to make Friday’s verbal commitment official this coming Wednesday, Dec. 19, when the football Early National Letter of Intent Signing Period begins. 

Keegan, along with the rest of the Class of 2019, will be just the second football class allowed to sign an early Letter of Intent. Last December, the Class of 2018 took full advantage of the first early signing window as nearly 75 percent of all BCS scholarship players signed during the early period.

The Class of 2019 is projected to equal or even surpass last year's 75 percent early signing rate.