BELVIDERE, Ill. (WIFR) After missing the playoffs for the first time under head coach Jeff Beck in 2016, Belvidere North started 2017 2-4, putting it in jeopardy of missing the postseason for a second straight year, but the Blue Thunder had too much talent to let it go to waste.
North went on quite the run to end the season reeling off three straight to get to that magic number of five wins.
The Blue Thunder rolled on from there, earning Beck's first playoff victories against Auburn and Grayslake North before falling to Hoffman Estates in the 6A quarterfinals.
Players, like senior Clayden Davis, believe they now have the blueprint for continued success.
"We're not going completely off of what was last year," said Davis. "We're taking our own talent and figuring out what we need to do to be the best we can. But I do believe that we are kind of modeling some of the stuff after what we did last year."
"It's a new team," said Beck. "We're about half new starters on each side of the ball. So we cant' say for sure that we have all this great deal of experience coming back. We got a solid core of experienced guys but we're also coaching up new guys at positions. So this team is going to have to make their own way and find out how to be successful on their own."