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School: Wheaton North
Head coach: Joe Wardynski
Assistant Coaches: Jack Schomig, Nick Reicher, Evan James, Paul Connor, Travis Cherry, Mike Oleszek, Jeff Butikofer
How they fared in 2016: 4-5 (3-5 DuPage Valley Conference), missed the 2016 IHSA state playoff field
2017 Regular Season Schedule:
August 25th @ Wheaton South
September 1st @ Joliet Catholic
September 8th @ Naperville North
September 15th vs Metea Valley
September 22nd @ Lake Park
September 29th vs Glenbard North
October 6th vs Neuqua Valley
October 13th @ Naperville Central
October 20th vs Waubonsie Valley
Biggest storyline: Can Wheaton North reload and replace kids in a few key spots for 2017?
Names to watch this season: Senior TE Tyler Johnson, Senior DB Jackson Gray
Biggest holes to fill: The Falcons will need to replace graduated three-year starting QB Luke Anthony this summer.
EDGY's Early Take: Year in and year out Wheaton North and head coach Joe Wardynski always seems to find a way to compete in the rugged DuPage Valley. North welcomes back 11 starters (four offense, seven defense) and while the defense has experience the biggest question remain under center and also on the offensive line with just one starter back in senior J'Kolbi Grant. If the Falcons can get its offense in gear, Wheaton North can challenge in the DVC and also for a state playoff spot in 2017.
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