KCChronicle.com/preps Athlete of the Week: Geneva junior basketball player Nate Navigato

Nate Navigato

Geneva, Boys Basketball, Junior

Why he was selected: Navigato played a big part in regional wins last week against host Plainfield East and Bolingbrook – averaging 18 1/2 points in the victories – as the Vikings won their first regional title since 1985-86.

Geneva boys basketball junior Nate Navigato surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career in Friday's IHSA Class 4A Plainfield East Regional final win against Bolingbrook, helping the Vikings rally from an 11-point deficit in the final five minutes of the game for a 66-63 victory. Navigato, this week's Kane County Chronicle-St. Charles Bank & Trust Athlete of the Week, spoke with Chronicle sports editor Jay Schwab about the Vikings' big rally, tonight's East Aurora Sectional semifinal against West Aurora and more. The following is an edited transcript:

What was most impressive about the rally on Friday?

Just how we came together as a team. To be honest, some of our guys didn't realize how we even came back, but we just kept fighting to the end, and we made our free throws.

What kind of feedback have you guys gotten around town since Friday?

I've seen a bunch of people in Geneva just saying 'Congrats' and everything. It's just a good thing for this community. It's the first time we've won a regional since '86, so it's just awesome.

How does the West Aurora challenge compare to what you guys faced with Bolingbrook?

I think definitely a challenge – we're just going to approach it the way we do with every game. We're going look at the scouting report and try to get the win and fight hard.

If you had to pick one teammate to help you with some difficult homework, who would it be, and why?

Jack Dreyer because he's smart, intelligent and he's just a funny guy.