Category: Football

Auburn’s Lowe to stay at Illinois

CHAMPAIGN – Vederian Lowe, the road grader lineman who powered Auburn to back-to-back NIC-10 football titles, will take advantage of the NCAA rule granting players an additional year of eligibility to play a fifth season at the University of Illinois. Lowe has started 40 games on the offensive line for the Illini, including the last […]

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East alum to play in Reese’s Senior Bowl

Robert Jones, the Rockford East graduate who has worked himself from an unknown talent into an NFL prospect, will play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl. The 2016 East graduate finished his second year at Middle Tennessee State as a guard and tackle. Now 6-5, 330 pounds, Jones decided to pass up a chance to play […]

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Auburn grad Lowe named honorable mention All-Big 10

Auburn graduate Vederian Lowe earned his secon postseason award at the University of Illinois by being named an honorable mention All-Big 10 offensive lineman. Lowe finished his fourth season as a starter for the Illini. He has played in 40 of his 44 career games for Illinois, starting 39, the last 33 in a row. […]

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Ninth Hall of Fame class impressive, but ceremony on hold

A former major league baseball player and a tireless youth sports advocate are among the athletes, coaches and contributors who will be honored at the annual Rockford Public Schools Champions Ball and Athletic Hall of Fame.When the ceremony takes place, though, still is yet to be determined.Rockford Public Schools announced on Dec. 8 that its […]

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Coates could be RPS’ next NFL player

Rockford Register Star writer Jay Taft this week detailed the path of Guilford’s Julius Coates to big-time college football. The former Vikings wide receiver has filled out to 6-6, 289 pounds and, after stops at two different junior colleges, has turned himself into a disruptive defensive lineman for the University of Arkansas. Click here to […]

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Guilford star QB excelling in Texas oil industry

HOUSTON – Sean Cook, who finished second in the NIC-10 in passing at Guilford and followed that up with an outstanding Division 1 college career, is thriving in the oil industry in Texas. In 1983, Cook passed for 1,037 yards at Guilford, leading the Vikings to a 6-3 record. He went from Rockford to Texas […]

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Guilford football star still making sure things run smoothly

ROCKFORD – Drew Sweeney was one of the big reasons Montell Clanton was able to set District 205 rushing records that stood until this past fall. Sweeney was an All-NIC-9 tackle in 2002, opening the holes that Clanton burst through to win the conference rushing title. Sweeney continued to excel at Western Illinois University, where […]

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Last thanks to East’s super seniors

In May, East announced its annual top awards and scholarship winners. Athletes of the Year: Roberto Davila and Kabrea Jamerson. Scholar Athletes of the Year: Hailey Hunter and Jack Bathje., Austin Rux Memorial Scholarship: Carter Wyatt. Craig Stalcup Memorial Scholarship: Tay’Veon Lake. Austin Rux was an East student who died just before his sophomore year […]

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Jefferson football star now a star maker in California

Prince Vaughn III, a 1991 All-NIC-9 defensive end for the Jefferson J-Hawks, is carving out an increasingly large role for himself in the entertainment industry in California. Vaughn is the vice president of casting for UnRealistic Ideas in Burbank, Calif. The production company is owned by Mark Wahlberg among others and created the documentary “Run […]

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Auburn wrestling great helps others reach goals in Denver

Terry Griffis, the greatest wrestler in Auburn history, is a health and wellness trainer at the Colorado Athletic Club in Denver. At Auburn, Griffis was a three-time NIC-9 wrestling champion and three-time IHSA state qualifier at 189 pounds and heavyweight. He was 88-17 over his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. He also was a first […]

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