3A Defending Girls Naperville North Is Ready For All-Comers

Naperville North head man Dan Iverson breaks down his team's 2018 state championship

Head Coach/coaches: Dan Iverson/Anna Kraftson, Jen Weigand, Dan Billish, Kim Castner
Last year's finish: State Champions, Nike Cross Nationals Runner-Up
Key returners: Maggie Gamboa (Jr), Campbell Petersen (Jr), Lucy Westlake (So), Audrey Mendrys (Jr)
Projected top 7: The four returners would seem to have a good shot to make it again, but we also have Molly Morton (jr), Jana Dawson (sr), Alexa Betjemann (sr), Julia O'Dekirk (sr), Claire Bruce (sr), Josie Bond (jr), Kate Donaldson (jr), Sophie Golobitsh (so), and Madeline Cody (jr) who all should believe they can make it. We have several others who definitely could also emerge into that mix.
Newcomers: Norah Hess (fr) and Sam Falkner (fr)
Coach Iverson's thoughts on the team: We should be a deep team with good, solid talent throughout each class. We lost significant leadership last year, and we will have to re-define ourselves once again this year with new leadership, a somewhat-new cast of characters and a new team dynamic. The summer has shown that we have tremendous potential to be very good, but we also have a great deal of work to do before we can realize that potential.
Tonyprepster's thoughts: Make no mistake about it, this team is still very armed and dangerous despite losing some arsenal. But when you build a dynasty the next group of talent is waiting in the wings for their chance to shine on the big stage.