Dynasty Six state championships. Three years. Two teams. One school.

Dynasties rarely happen in sports. It takes a collection of determined athletes, determined coaching staff and a little luck to lift a single state trophy. In a three-year period, the girls cross country team and the boys soccer team have created a dueling dominance that has never been seen before. The teams have garnered attention around the nation, accumulating awards and honors throughout their 2016, 2017 and 2018 seasons.

Here are their stories...

2016 Girls Cross Country
2016 Boys Soccer
2017 Girls Cross Country
2017 Boys Soccer
2018 Girls Cross Country
2018 Boys Soccer

Interactive Timeline

A quick season-by-season timeline of the past three years, complete with memorable moments and photos.

Family ties

See into the family connections within both teams, including a pair of soccer brothers, a father-son tandem and a quartet of Konrads.

"Pressure is a privilege"

NNHS athletics thrived this past season under pressure from coaches and teammates alike. Both teams overcame obstacles on their path to a third state championship.

Beyond the Championships

Alex Morris, Claire Hill, Megan Driscoll, Campbell Petersen, Lucy Westlake, Audrey Mendrys and Maggie Gamboa went on to the Nike Cross Nationals in Oregon for the race on December 1, while Colin Iverson and Tom Welch traveled to Florida to play in the High School All-American Game for soccer the same day. The coaching staff racked up multiple awards and honors, including coach of the year awards.

Player Profiles

Profiles of the athletes who were instrumental in successful state runs over the past three years.

The Huskie girls cross country team won a total of seven races in the past three seasons, all of which led to successful trips to Nationals where the team placed in the top 10 each of the three years. The runners and coach Dan Iverson have found a string of successes that was previously unseen by Naperville North, with the last consecutive state titles won in 2004-2006.

The same can be said for the boys soccer team. This is the first time since the IHSA state series was split into classes in 1997 that the same school has won the soccer state series for three consecutive years.

So, looking ahead to future years for both teams, will the success continue?

Looking to next year, star goalie Tom Welch will pursue basketball at Loyola University and Colin Iverson will continue his soccer career at Bowling Green State University. Welch and Iverson will graduate at the end of the year alongside key players Jacob Vrankin and Cameron Ferus. The girls cross country team will say goodbye to three of their state runners, Megan Driscoll, Alex Morris and Claire Hill, the latter of which recently committed to Mizzou.

Returning for another season, however, is Ohio State commit Ty Konrad, along with juniors Patrick Koenig, Zach Smith, Christian Romano, Jason Barba and several others who are a part of the Galaxy SC travel team that won the Under-17 club national championship during the previous offseason. Cross country will bring back sophomore Maggie Gamboa, sophomore Audrey Mendrys and freshman Lucy Westlake. With so much success from the 2018 championship season returning, both teams are likely to have winning seasons again, and could potentially go on another run towards a state title.

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