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Sports

Football: North Stars' Supernova

St. Charles North two-way star Lucas Segobiano is the Player of the Year

St. Charles North senior Lucas Segobiano is the Kane County Chronicle football player of the year.
St. Charles North senior Lucas Segobiano is the Kane County Chronicle football player of the year.

ST. CHARLES – His stats only tell part of the tale.

In 25 varsity games, St. Charles North two-way star Lucas Segobiano has 175 carries, 85 receptions, 2,817 all-purpose yards, 39 total touchdowns, 106 total tackles and three interceptions between the lines.

Years preceding high school, Segobiano's bulldozing running style and versatility showcased on Friday nights was evident in a budding youth football career that started in the first grade.

Despite starting as a lineman in the early going, Segobiano's jets were soon cleared for take-off after asking his coach, Walt Jimenez, for a chance to carry the football.

"He never stopped after that," Jimenez reminisced. "There's never a yard that he wouldn't try and get."

Segobiano's training regimen in sixth grade was so strict that his trainer denied him the privilege of eating birthday cake.

Now, if one asks North coach Robert Pomazak, there's little hesitation regarding who is the Upstate Eight Conference's best player.

"Hands down," Pomazak said on Segobiano following North's victory in the first round of the Class 7A playoffs over Highland Park last month. "There's nobody who does as much as Lucas does on offense, defense."

As a senior, North's feature player had 934 rushing yards, 25 total touchdowns and 1,725 all-purpose yards.

"When it comes down to the stats, I have to give my team the credit," Segobiano said.

Yet, outside the high school field lines, and prior to earning the Kane County Chronicle Football Player of the Year recognition, Segobiano's impending football supernova nearly evaporated before his varsity career truly began.

A family with a football-laden background that dated back 60 years, and marked by three generations, the football gods couldn't let a Segobiano trade the Friday night lights for a different path at the cusp of his ascent to stardom, could they?

"When you're a Segobiano, you play football. That's what you do," the 5-foot-11, 195-pound Segobiano asserted.

A testament to the family passion, driving from Bloomington/Normal, Illinois, his grandfather, at 76 years old, never missed a game for his grandson's last two years.

Yet, flirtations with collegiate lacrosse powerhouse programs in Syracuse and Maryland – among others – as Segobiano's freshman year began seriously tested his loyalty to the sport that's synonymous with the family name.

Segobiano's lacrosse star was increasingly beaming, and the physicality of football began to weigh on his mind as college lacrosse's premier programs' recruiting spotlight intensified.

"I was contemplating: I don't want to play football, and jeopardize getting hurt," Segobiano reflected. "I was set on lacrosse for awhile...these schools are the best of the best. If one kid gets hurt, they're going to find a new kid."

The first two weeks of his varsity career as a sophomore went swimmingly, but in practice leading up to Week 3, Segobiano partially tore his labrum. He pushed through the pain.

After a light work load that weekend, he shredded his shoulder in Week 4 against Geneva during the first quarter; tearing his labrum completely, partially tearing his rotator cuff and chips of bone from his shoulder socket tore off cartilage.

In the parking lot of a Gap clothing store, the Maryland – and later Syracuse – lacrosse candles had been blown out by phone calls.

Surgery and a grueling six-month rehab awaited; but, similar to taking on a linebacker at the point-of-attack, Segobiano lowered the boom through the rehab with an impermeable work ethic.

"It was horrible, [and it] was a tough experience," Segobiano said on the injury. "[Although], it made me a better person, and a better football player."

The day before his sophomore lacrosse season began, Segobiano was cleared to play. He played three games that weekend, but sustained a concussion within the first week. Although, he was able to return quickly.

Back on the football field and healthy, Segobiano's junior football campaign took off. He returned in full-force for 1,014 all-purpose yards and 14 total touchdowns.

Now, with his senior season finished following a second-round playoff loss to St. Rita, Segobiano will return to the lacrosse pitch one more time; but, hopes to play college football if the right opportunity presents itself. Segobiano has a standing offer from Butler.

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