Category: Football

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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Guilford’s Janusevic lands in San Diego

Jeff Janusevic, an All-NIC-10 defensive back for the Guilford Vikings, is a customer success representative for Teradata in San Diego. Janusevic played both quarterback and defensive back for the Vikings. His senior year, Guilford qualified for the playoffs and finished 5-5.  As a quarterback, Janusevic completed 45 percent of his passes for 472 yards and […]

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19 things to celebrate from 2019: No. 5 – Lake runs past record

Tay’Veon Lake was a little running back who left a big imprint in the Rockford School District record books. The 5-9, 160-pound Lake won the NIC-10 rushing title for the second straight year for East and shattered the Rockford Public Schools career rushing record along the way. Lake’s final total of 3,095 yards soared past […]

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19 things to celebrate from 2019: No. 18 – J-Hawks football improves

ROCKFORD – The Jefferson J-Hawks won three games in the 2019 football season – a marked improvement under first-year coach Jacob Arnold. The J-Hawks have not been to the IHSA playoffs since 1993. Arnold is the 10th coach to take a shot at turning around the program since that season. The prior three coaches won […]

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Auburn to play No. 4 seed in IHSA football playoffs

Rockford Auburn will play at Arlington Heights Hersey in the first round of the IHSA Class 7A football playoffs. Hersey at 8-1 drew a No. 4 seed, while Auburn is 29th out of 32. It will be Auburn’s seventh trip to the IHSA playoffs since they were started in 1974 and sixth in eight years. […]

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Lake sets East, RPS rushing records

ROCKFORD – Tay’Veon Lake has run his way up to the top of the East and Rockford school district record books. The senior running back now has 2,964 yards rushing, putting him ahead of John Brown (2,753), the star back from the 1985 East state champion team. Lake long ago passed future NFL player Jerry […]

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