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Sports

2017 Sports Stories of the Year: St. Charles North's memorable fall

It became a "Fall of Firsts" for St. Charles North.

Girls volleyball, boys soccer and football all rose to new heights, which included conference championships.

Volleyball: North enjoyed a 25-match win streak that vaulted the program to its first ever state appearance, taking fourth after two losses. North Star junior Kate Lanz dominated her way to 283 kills and 89 aces. Though, her leadership growth helped the Stars reach uncharted territory and the Kane County Chronicle Girls Volleyball Player of the Year.

Football: North won the final Upstate Eight River title in the conference's history, and first for North since 2004 after knocking off previously-undefeated Batavia. North fell in the second round of the playoffs, but senior two-way star, Lucas Segobiano, earned the Kane County prep Football Player of the Year after 934 rushing yards, 25 total touchdowns and 1,725 all-purpose yards.

Soccer: The North Stars earned their second state appearance in program history finished in fourth place. A seven-game win streak snapped amid their previous furthest advancement back in 2006, when North reached the Class AA state quarterfinals under the two-class system. Senior forward Jake Persenico earned the Kane County Chronicle Boys Soccer Player of the Year.

Swimming: Led by cancer survivor Jillian Stachion, who medaled three times in the Athletes with Disabilities Division, and Missouri recruit Audrey Guyett, who won three medals, North finished third in the state for the second time in three seasons.

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