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School: Glenbard North
Head coach: Ryan Wilkens
Assistant coaches: Rich Smelko, John Cassidy, Bruce Donash, John Pullia, Tom Gudella, Kudret Kamabari and Matt Ng
How they fared in 2017: 5-5 (4-4 DuPage Valley Conference). Glenbard North made the Class 7A state playoff field and lost to Batavia in opening round action.
2018 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 24 @ Neuqua Valley
Aug. 31 vs Warren Township
Sept. 7 @ St. Charles East
Sept. 14 vs Batavia
Sept. 21 @ Wheaton North
Sept. 28 @ Lake Park
Oct. 5 vs St. Charles North
Oct. 12 vs Wheaton Warrenville South
Oct. 19 @ Geneva
[MORE: 50 Days to Kickoff - Neuqua Valley]
Biggest storyline: The Panthers have a new conference home. Can the Panthers reload and fare well in the DuKane Conference?
Names to watch this season: LB Michael Wellman and FB Jake Wilson
Biggest holes to fill: The Panthers will need several players to step up on offense with just one returning starter back from a season ago-- senior FB Jake Wilson.
EDGY's Early Take: Glenbard North says farewell to the DuPage Valley conference and says hello to all things DuKane. The Panthers will undoubtedly be a younger team in 2018. While some of the star power has graduated, head coach Ryan Wilkins will once again focus on establishing a strong, fast and physical running game. Getting off to a good start against a loaded schedule will be a big key for Glenbard North this season.