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New Trier, Simeon coaches reach milestone

New Trier coach Mike Napoleon and Simeon coach Leroy Franklin each won their 700th career baseball game this week.

They became the eighth and ninth coaches to reach the 700-win plateau. Naperville Central coach Bill Seiple also won his 700th game earlier this season.

Napoleon reached the mark on Thursday when the Trevians defeated Maine South. Napoleon is in his 26th season coaching and has won two state championships at New Trier.

Franklin won his 700th game on Monday when Simeon defeated Morgan Park. Franklin has been at Simeon for 29 years.

Both coaches already belong to the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.