The 13th Annual MaxPreps Tour of Champions presented by the Army National Guard made a stop in Naperville, Illinois Friday, Dec. 15 to recognize the Naperville North (Ill.)
boys soccer team for winning its second straight IHSA Class 3A
state championship with a ceremony held at halftime of the boys varsity basketball game.
After upending Libertyville 1-0 in the title match, the Huskies ran their record to 27-1-1 and finished the season ranked No. 1 in the nation according to MaxPreps National Rankings
As the basketball game drew closer to halftime, the crowd grew in anticipation of the presentation being made by MaxPreps and the Illinois Army National Guard. By halftime there were over 750 people in the crowd waiting in anticipation for the ceremony to begin. Three members of the boys basketball team played soccer in the fall, and as the halftime buzzer sounded they raced over to put on shirts that the Illinois Army National Guard presented to the soccer team.
Lining up with quick attentiveness, the boys marched on to center court to cheers from the crowd to receive their award. The crowd quieted as Sergeant First Class Kenneth Schreiber of the Illinois Army National Guard took center court to congratulate and recognize the team's accomplishments. SFC Schreiber compared the likeness of Naperville North's work ethic to that of the Army National Guard's core values of leadership, teamwork, dedication and commitment. His congratulatory remarks included praise for the team's incredible record, hard work and an honorable coaching staff.
SFC Schreiber handed the microphone over to Naperville North head soccer coach Jim Konrad who concluded with comments of gratitude to MaxPreps and the Army National Guard for the prestigious award. Konrad thanked the fans, his assistant coaches and his team for such an amazing season!
A highlight that seemed dominant in the memories of some of the players was that their 27-1-1 record came by no error. Both senior forward Marcel Francis and senior midfielder Ethan Harvey, a team captain, commented during pre-ceremony interviews that the Huskies were probably not the most talented team, but that they worked hard and with unity to accomplish each win. Francis said that there was such a bond and unity among the guys that brought them team success.
Konrad beamed with great pride for the boys he'd had the opportunity to lead last fall. There were many comments of encouragement from hovering fans popping off photos with the trophy and discussing and looking forward to next season!! Not every team earns the opportunity to be ranked No. 1 in the country.
Congratulations to coach Konrad and the Naperville North Huskies boys soccer team on a great year and for working hard to accomplish the No. 1 ranking for the 2017-18 Season!!!
to view the Naperville North TOC photo gallery and for more information about the Soccer TOC, please visit the MaxPreps Tour of Champions site