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UPSTATE EIGHT RIVER
Outlook: Individual talent abounds, but Batavia and Geneva still look like the teams to beat. Defending league champion Batavia is coming off an undefeated regular season and trip to the Class 6A semifinals.
Top five players Ht. Wt. Yr.
OL Connor Chapman, Geneva 6-5 265 Sr.
FB/LB Joe Hoscheit, St. Charles East 6-0 210 Sr.
WR Blake Holder, Streamwood 6-2 190 Sr.
OL Alex Schabert, Larkin 6-2 325 Sr.
WR Zach Strittmatter, Batavia 6-5 190 Sr.
Quote: “It looks like Batavia and Geneva again at the top, but with Streamwood being the dark horse and giving them a good race. I look at it being a dogfight for everybody every week.” — Larkin coach Mike Scianna
Predicted finish: Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles East, Streamwood, St. Charles North, Larkin, Elgin.