A recap of the fall sports season

Grace Ainger, Managing and Polaris Editor

Fall sports have officially come to an end at Naperville North High School. Before we shift our attention to winter sports, let’s take some time to celebrate and recognize the 2022-23 seasons of our fall sport teams at North.

Girls Tennis

Girls Tennis had an incredibly successful season, winning the sectional and DuPage Valley Conference (DVC) championship. Sophomores Brooke Coffman and Gabby Lee advanced to the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) state finals, placing 2nd in the doubles category. The girl’s finished 32-3 overall. The team won first place trophies in meets at Oswego High School, Downers Grove South and more. 


Huskie football finished 7-3 overall and was ranked 37th in the state. Despite losing to Naperville Central in the Crosstown Classic with a score of 10-7, the team defeated them in week nine with a score of 21-3. The team also defeated Dekalb, Glenbard North and Homewood-Flossmoor, advancing them to the IHSA playoffs. However, the team lost to #10 ranked Marist with a score of 42-28,  ending the boy’s season. The season had presented its ups and downs, but the Huskie football players showed strong resilience through it all. 

Boys Soccer

The boys soccer team continued their history of strong showings this season, finishing with a record of 17-4-4. The team won the regional championship, placed 2nd in the DVC and finished 11th in the state. Their season unfortunately ended after losing to the now state champions Naperville Central in the sectional final. The team is filled with talented seniors including captain Alexander Barger who was named the Illinois Boys Soccer Player of the Year of 2021.

Girls Swimming 

The girls swim team has had a jam-packed season. The team placed 3rd in the DVC matchup with many individual DVC champs including Aimee Duhamel, Caroline Pendlay, Andrea Bandera and Payton Schrier. The team competed at sectionals this past weekend and many swimmers advanced individually to state. Throughout their season, the team won at the Deerfield Invite, placed 3rd at the Rosary Invite and swam hard at the Huskie Invite. 

Girls Volleyball

The girls volleyball team has been a powerhouse all fall. The team finished with a record of 35-4 overall, claimed the DVC and Regional championships and defeated the reigning state champions, Metea Valley, twice. After winning their sectional semi-final, the team fell short to #2 ranked Benet Academy in the sectional final. Even with the final loss, the team showed strong bonds and playing abilities throughout the whole season. Senior captain Paige Lautawasser became the 5th Naperville North player to produce 1,000 kills in one season. 

Field Hockey

Field Hockey is a unique sport to NNHS as it is not offered at every high school. The NNHS field hockey team had a strong season despite traveling the occasional hour and 45 minutes to games. The team finished with a record of 6-10 and 13th in the state. They won games against Lakes High School, Homewood-Flossmoor and Lake Forest Academy. With 11 graduating seniors, the team hopes to continue a successful season next year. 

Girls and Boys Golf

The girls golf team has fought through tough competitors the whole season, improving with every match. The team placed 3rd at regionals and made it to the sectional competition. Their overall record was 2-15, defeating crosstown rival Naperville Central both times. Senior Sarah Sanek had a stellar season having a 42 average score and placing 8th individually at the DVC matchup. The team itself placed 4th at DVC. 

The boys golf team fought through the season finishing with a final record of 2-8. Senior Zach Roos performed well at the DVC matchup with a low score of 77 and the team placed 5th overall. The team did not advance to any sectional or regional competitions. 

Girls and Boys Cross Country

The girls cross country team has been a dominant force for many years. This year was no different. The team finished the season as DVC and regional champions, placed 2nd at sectionals and 3rd at the IHSA state meet this weekend. Additionally, the team won the annual Twilight meet hosted at Naperville North with all top five NNHS finishers achieving personal records. Some members of the team also competed in Minnesota where they placed 4th overall against many of the top teams in the Midwest. 

The boys cross country team battled through a rough season filled with injuries and sickness. Despite this, the team preserved and finished stronger by the end. The team finished 6th in the DVC, 5th place in regionals and 8th place at their sectional. The team had some talented runners with sophomore Ammar Bhanpuri winning six of the races he competed in and being the team’s top finisher at sectionals. 

Congratulations to all the fall sports on successful 2022 seasons. With winter sports now beginning, be sure to check our website at nnhsnorthstar.com for recaps of more games throughout the year. Also, follow our social media accounts on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok @nnhsnorthstar for fast, on-the-go coverage.