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School: Woodstock North
Conference: Kishwaukee River Conference
Head Coach: Jeff Schroeder
Assistant Coaches: Chris Jackowiak - DC, John Fredericks, Matt Polnow
2016 results: 6-4 (3-3 Kishwaukee River Conference). The Thunder made the 5A state playoff field and lost to Rich Central in opening round action.
2017 Woodstock North Thunder schedule
Westosha Central (WI)
@ Burlington Central
@ Rock Falls
Returning Offensive Starters
Collin Mergl QB 6'5 190 2018
Dylan Martinez OL 6'2 270 2018
Brian Kline OL 5'9 190 2018
Trevor Stinger OL 6' 215 2018
Nicco Mazzanti RB 5'8 165 2018
Joe Grover RB/ WR 6' 2 175 2018
Returning Defensive Starters
Collin Mergl OLB
Dylan Martinez DL
Jake Miceli OLB 5'10 170 2018
Nicco Mazzanti FS
Trevor Stinger LB
Joe Grover DB
Newcomers to Watch
Chris Flores OL/LB 5'9 230 2018
Derek Freeman OL/DL 6'3 260 2019
2017 Woodstock North Thunder summer Camp/7on7 plans
Hosting our own on July 11/18 Richmond Burton on Saturday the 22nd
Top Impact Player for Woodstock North in 2017? Senior QB Collin Mergl has been a multi-year starter for the Thunder. Mergl will also play outside linebacker this season and will provide leadership on and off the field for Woodstock North in 2017.
Biggest Concern heading into 2017? Overall depth and number. The Thunder, like most programs in the State of Illinois these days has been dealing with decreased overall numbers at all levels of football. While the Thunder has talent they will also need to develop some much needed depth to make a run in 5A this fall.
EDGYTIM's Way Too Early Take on the 2017 Woodstock North Thunder?
Veteran head coach Jeff Schroeder always seems to find a way of getting his teams to compete. The Thunder are looking to make back to back state playoff appearances in 2017. Wood Stock North welcomes back a good core of experienced starters but as I mentioned above overall numbers and depth will be an issue this fall. If the Thunder can catch a few breaks (including avoiding the injury bug) look for them to again challenge in the Kishwaukee River Conference and beyond.
EDGYTIM's Way Too Early regular season record prediction for the Woodstock North Thunder? 6-3/5-4