Northwest Upstate Illini Football Preview - Lena-Winslow

To the High School ranks. We've finished the NIC-10, gone through the Big Northern West...So now, let's hit the Northwest Upstate Illini.

The conference put five teams in the state playoffs last season. Lena-Winslow, Forreston, Dakota, West Carroll and Pearl City.

Let's begin with the conference champs. Lena-Winslow. The Panthers tore through the conference at 7-0, 11-1 overall.

The school has been to the postseason eight straight years. Head coach Ric Arand and his squad lost some big-time players. But he plans on keeping the tradition marching on...

Ric Arand

"We do have a tradition going and the one thing we hang our hat on is we work hard and we play great defense. Offensively, we've been up and down over the years but the one constant has been our defense. That's kind of what we build things around and again, that's what we'll do this year. "

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