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Championship Saturday: Baseball, Softball Action Heats Up on Hot Saturday Video included

The IHSA baseball and softball postseasons are in full swing this Memorial Day weekend, and Saturday's scorcher outdoors did not disappoint with dramatic finishes and exciting games on the diamond.

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High School Boys Track & Field: Local Athletes Seize Gold

The IHSA boys track and field state finals saw local athletes seize their moment on the big blue track at EIU and bring state championships home.

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IceHogs Stay Alive, Send West Final Back to Texas Video included

The Rockford IceHogs refused to go home on their home ice, winning Game 5 of the Western Conference Final against the Stars, 3-1, to send the series back to Texas.

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IceHogs win in OT to force game 5 Video included

The Rockford IceHogs avoided elimination, beating the Texas Stars, 3-2 in overtime, setting up a game five Friday night in Rockford.

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RU shot putter makes school history as first track athlete to Nationals Video included

Since Rockford University moved to the NCAA DIII ranks in the 1980s, the school has never had a track and field athlete make it to the National meet. Until this year.

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IceHogs lose in OT to fall into 0-3 hole Video included

The Rockford IceHogs scored a game-tying goal with less than a minute to play to force overtime, but the Texas Stars scored a little more than five minutes into the extra session to beat Rockford, 6-5, and take a commanding 3-0 series lead.

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Tuesday high school playoff roundup Video included

The high school playoffs are heating up in various sports as the school year winds down. In the 1-A softball Sectional semifinals, Orangeville knocked off Dakota, 9-6, to advance to the title game in Freeport.

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Stars Take 2-0 West Final Lead after Game 2 OT Win over IceHogs

Curtis McKenzie scored at 10:46 of overtime to lift the Texas Stars to a 3-2 victory over the Rockford IceHogs in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals Sunday night.

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Drive for Five: RVC Softball Wins 5th Straight Title Video included

The Rock Valley College softball team doesn't rebuild - they reload, annually, and have the banners and rings to prove it.

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High School Girls Track: Area Athletes Win State Titles

The IHSA girls track & field state series sent many an athlete from the Northern Illinois region to the winners' podium at Eastern Illinois.

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High School Boys Tennis: Sectional Titles Send Athletes to State

The IHSA boys tennis state series will have plenty of local flavor on the court next week as athletes successfully secured spots in the season's final week on Saturday.

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High School Baseball: North Boone's Historic Win Highlights Regional Finals Video included

The North Boone baseball team ended a 25-year drought without a regional championship, headlining a big day of title games on the high school fields.

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High School Softball: Local Teams Win 1-A & 2-A Regional Titles

The IHSA spring postseason was in full swing throughout the region on Saturday as local teams took the diamond for regional championship action.

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Stars Hand IceHogs First Playoff Loss in Game 1 of West Final

The Rockford IceHogs' perfect postseason came to an end in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final, dropping a 4-2 series opener to the Texas Stars.

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Diduch leaves Forreston, to join Guilford football staff

Denny Diduch will become an assistant football coach at Guilford pending Rockford Public Schools board approval, leaving his post as Forreston's head coach, a position he has held for a decade.

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Rockford Youth Lace Up for Football Camp

The Rockford Park District's annual youth football camp offers young players a unique opportunity to sharpen their skills, and learn from experienced teachers. This year was no exception.

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IceHogs Reach First Calder Cup Conference Final, Sweep Moose

The Rockford IceHogs remain perfect in the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs, and are about to play in the franchise's first conference final since joining the American Hockey League.

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RVC Postseason Sweep - Softball and Baseball Win Big at Home

Rock Valley College had a successful Saturday on both the softball and baseball diamonds.

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IceHogs Take 2-0 Series Lead, Beat Moose in Game 2

Chris DiDomenico and Carl Dahlstrom each nabbed second-period goals to snap a 1-1 deadlock and push the Rockford IceHogs to their fifth consecutive victory in the Calder Cup playoffs, a 4-1 decision over the Manitoba Moose in Winnipeg.

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Only on 13 News: Amber Lamb's Softball Journey

Meet the ace of Highland softball's staff - Rockford native Amber Lamb, Harlem High Class of 2003.

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IceHogs to Face Moose in Calder Cup's 2nd Round

The Rockford IceHogs will take on the Manitoba Moose in the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs.

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RVC Softball Rounding into Form for Postseason

The Rock Valley softball team, chasing a fifth straight national tournament championship, is hitting its stride at the right time of the season.

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Fred VanVleet Returns to Help Raptors Eliminate Wizards

Rockford native Fred VanVleet had missed four of the first five games of the Toronto Raptors' first round series with the Washington Wizards, but his Game 6 return helped put his team into the second round.

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Icehogs outrun Wolves for series sweep

Beating Chicago gives the Icehogs just their second series sweep in franchise history.

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IceHogs Dominate Game 2 at Home, Put Wolves on Brink

The Rockford IceHogs enjoyed the comforts of the BMO Harris Bank Center, playing behind a raucous crowd and dominating the Chicago Wolves to the tune of a 5-2 victory in Game 2 of the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs.

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IceHogs Ride Power Play to 2-1 Game 1 Victory Over Wolves

The Rockford IceHogs cashed in on two power play opportunities to start the Calder Cup Playoffs, and took Game 1 in Rosemont, beating the Chicago Wolves, 2-1, for a 1-0 first round series lead.

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Rockton's Corey Anderson Dominates at UFC Fight Night

Rockton native Corey Anderson returned to the UFC octagon for the first time since a devastating November knockout, and rolled to a unanimous decision against Patrick Cummins in Atlantic City.

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Humboldt Tragedy Hits Home for Former Bronco Sheldon Brookbank

Rockford IceHogs assistant coach Sheldon Brookbank began his hockey career with the Humboldt Broncos, making this month's tragedy especially difficult for the former pro player turned coach.

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Belvidere North hires Todd Brannan as new boys basketball coach

Former Jefferson head boys basketball coach Todd Brannan confirmed to 13 Sports on Monday that he has accepted Belvidere North's offer to become their new head boys basketball coach.

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NIC-10 Sweeps Rising Stars Classic Doubleheader

The Rising Stars Classic has become an annual staple of the spring in the Rockford region, with high school seniors earning one last hurrah on the hardwood.

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I-90 Rivalry in Playoffs: IceHogs, Wolves to Meet in Round 1

The Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Wolves will face off in the first round of the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs.

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IceHogs Clinch Calder Cup Playoff Berth

The American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs clinched a berth in the 2017-18 Calder Cup playoffs with a victory over the Iowa Wild Tuesday night.

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Rockford Heat Show No Signs of Cooling Down

The Rockford Heat has produced more than 60 women's college basketball players as an elite AAU program, maintaining years of success as a destination for aspiring talent in our community.

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IceHogs Prepare for Playoff Push, Offer Support to Humboldt Broncos

The Rockford IceHogs have three games left in the regular season, with a playoff-clinching magic number of 1 entering Tuesday night's game at Iowa.

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Trio of Division One Talents Return to Rockford for Puma Cup

The Rockford Park District hosted hundreds of soccer players this weekend at Sportscore Two for the Puma Cup tournament and college showcase, but three names stood out as they enjoyed a homecoming to familiar territory.

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IceHogs Erupt for 4th Straight Win on Jersey Auction Night

The Rockford IceHogs had a successful Saturday night to end the month of March on and off the ice - they welcomed back Bryan Bickell for Jersey Auction Night, then scored four goals in less than five minutes to start the third period, beating the San Jose Barracuda 5-3 at the BMO Harris Bank Center.

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Clock Strikes Midnight on Loyola-Chicago in Final Four

Moe Wagner, Charles Matthews and Michigan erased a 10-point second-half deficit and the Wolverines ended Loyola-Chicago's storybook NCAA Tournament run with a 69-57 victory Saturday night in the Final Four.

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Adeja Lambert Makes Pro Volleyball Announcement

Keith Country Day graduate and soon-to-be Michigan gradaute Adeja Lambert made her future plans official at Sportscore Two on Saturday - she will play volleyball professionally overseas in Finland.

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Bobby Hull Visits Rockford's Collector's Bench

Chicago Blackhawks Hall of Famer Bobby Hull paid Rockford a visit on the last Saturday afternoon of March, spending time with local hockey fans and signing autographs at the downtown memorabilia shop.

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RAMBLE ONWARD: Loyola reaches Final Four

Sister Jean and the Loyola Ramblers are headed to the Final Four. This improbable NCAA Tournament just took its craziest turn yet.

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Friday Night Nets Plays of the Year

The 2017-2018 high school basketball season is officially in the books, with one more piece of business to attend to for the 13 Sports Authority - releasing our Plays of the Year from the the boys and girls hardwood.

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RVC Loses National Title Heartbreaker to Hostos

The Rock Valley College women's basketball team brought their season to the finish line, but couldn't cross it as national champions for the second straight year, losing a 58-52 title game to Hostos Community College (Bronx, NY).

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RVC Women's Basketball Returns to National Title Game

The Rock Valley College women's basketball game is back in the NJCAA Division III national tournament title game, beating Northland 56-50 at RVC on Friday night in the national semifinals.

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Boylan's boys bow out in 3-A Super-Sectional

The Boylan boys basketball team took their season to the brink of state, but ran into a tough North Chicago team at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.

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Winnebago Finishes 2nd at 2-A State Series

The Winnebago Indians completed their run to state with a 2-A runner-up finish, falling to Chicago Orr in a 76-49 championship game in Peoria.

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Highland Wins District Championship in Comeback Fashion

The Highland men's basketball team is headed to the NJCAA national tournament after a thrilling comeback on their home court, beating MSU-West Plains 77-75 to win the District 4 championship in Freeport.

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Highland Sweeps Region IV Tournament Titles

Highland Community College had a double dose of victory on Monday, as both Cougars basketball teams won Region IV tournament championships in Freeport.

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NIU men fall at buzzer in MAC Tourney

Kevin Zabo converted a layup as time expired as Kent State claimed a dramatic, 61-59 victory over the Northern Illinois University men’s basketball team on Monday night in the Mid-American Conference Tournament First Round at the MAC Center.

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IceHogs' Delia earns AHL Player of Week

The American Hockey League today announced that Rockford IceHogs goaltender Collin Delia has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending March 4, 2018.

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RVC Women's Basketball Returns to Nationals

The Rock Valley College women's basketball team will bring a 12-game winning streak to the NJCAA Division III national tournament, hosted by RVC this year. The Lady Golden Eagles won the District Championship in dominant fashion, beating Columbus State CC by a 92-53 margin of victory.

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Friday Night Nets - March 2nd Highlights & Scores

The first Friday in March definitely provided the "Madness" known to high school basketball fans this time of year - a full slate of boys basketball playoff games with regional and sectional titles on the line.

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Monday High School Hoops: Boylan Girls Bows Out, Big School Boys Tip Off

Monday's high school basketball schedule had a full slate of games, highlighted by Boylan's girls playing in the 4-A Super-Sectional.

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RPS Hosts 2018 Champions Ball

Rockford Public School hosted its annual Champions Ball Saturday night, honoring a new class of inductees into the RPS Athletic Hall of Fame.

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Local Medalists at IHSA Boys Swimming & Diving State Meet

The 2018 IHSA boys swimming and diving state meet produced several local medalists from the area on the season's final day.

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Stockton finishes historic season as 1-A runner-up

The Stockton girls basketball team completed a historic year on the hardwood as the 2nd place team in Class 1-A, losing the state championship game to Schlarman, 53-31, at Redbird Arena in Normal.

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Friday Night Nets - Feb. 23 Highlights & Scores

The postseason was in full swing in the latest installment of WREX's Friday Night Nets, with boys and girls postseason brackets unfolding in our area.

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Only on 13 News: Evan Scott, Inspiration on Ice

Four-year old Evan Scott has overcome many an obstacle, but you wouldn't know when he laces up his skates and plays with his ice hockey team.

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Fred VanVleet named in Yahoo! Sports report alleging improper benefits

Former Auburn High School and Wichita State star Fred VanVleet has been implicated in an FBI investigation regarding improper benefits in a report released Friday by Yahoo! Sports. 

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IHSA Individual Wrestling Finals Feature Local Champions

The 2018 IHSA individual wrestling state series is bringing back a host of medals to the Northern Illinois region after an action-packed weekend of grappling at the State Farm Center in Champaign.

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Harlem Girls Bowling Roars to State Championship Repeat

The Harlem Lady Huskies girls bowling team proved to the rest of the state that the queens of strikes and spares reside in Northern Illinois, winning the 2018 IHSA state championship in convincing fashion. The Lady Huskies won the team title by 419 pins.

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Auburn Retires VanVleet's #23 Jersey

Auburn High School hosted a jersey retirement ceremony honoring former Knight Fred VanVleet, hanging his #23 uniform in the Auburn gymnasium, never to be issued to a boys basketball player again.

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Jefferson Hosts Boys Swimming & Diving Sectional

The IHSA boys swimming & diving season has reached the final stage, with sectionals sending local athletes to the state meet next week. Boylan won the team sectional title, with 239 total points.

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Friday Night Nets - Feb. 16 Highlights & Scores

Another Friday, another exciting night of high school basketball for 815-area schools as the girls postseason heats up and the boys regular season winds down.

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Tuesday Night High School Hoops

Tuesday night offered a jam-packed schedule of high school basketball as the regular season winds down on the boys' side, and the postseason is in full swing on the girls' side.

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Brotherly Love for Rockford Regents Basketball

The Rockford Regents men's basketball team has received a double dose of Diemer this season - and R.U. will need it as they head into the final stretch of the schedule.

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Local Wrestlers Qualify for State

The IHSA state tournament will feature a packed local field of individual wrestlers grappling for a state championship after a busy day of sectionals across Illinois.

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Harlem Rolls to Sectional Girls Bowling Title

Harlem senior Treasure Childs had a day to remember at the IHSA girls bowling sectional in DeKalb, rolling a 300 in the second game, and an individual championship best 1377 to lead the Lady Huskies to a team sectional title.

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Hononegah Beats Guilford by Two Points for NIC-10 Boys Swimming Title

Hononegah (256 points) edged Guilford (254 points) for the 2018 NIC-10 boys swimming and diving team championship at Freeport.

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Friday Night Nets - Feb. 9 Scores & Highlights

Thursday night's snow storm postponed many of Friday's high school basketball games, but not all of them - the small school girls playoffs tipped off in regional championships, while big school boys teams continued conference play.

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National Signing Day - Local Athletes Commit to Colleges

The first Wednesday in February marks National Signing Day, with plenty of local athletes making their college decisions official to continue their careers at the next level.

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Lutheran Captures Cheerleading Championship

Rockford Lutheran's cheerleading team brought home a fresh addition to the school's trophy case - the IHSA small cheer team state championship.

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Belvidere North Repeats as Cheerleading Champs

Belvidere North captured its second consecutive co-ed division cheerleading state championship, completing the repeat on Saturday at Bloomington.

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Brian Urlacher Inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame

Brian Urlacher will be the latest Chicago Bears inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, one of five from his era headed to Canton this year.

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Wrestling Regionals Feature Local Champs

The high school individual wrestling postseason is underway, with local grapplers taking to the mat to begin their push for state championships.

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Girls Bowling Regionals Start Postseason Play

Defending IHSA state champion Harlem won the team regional championship at Freeport on Saturday as they begin defense of their girls bowling crown.

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Friday Night Nets - Feb. 2 Scores & Highlights

The first Friday in February brought a great night of basketball to the area courts as conference races heat up for the homestretch, and others wrap up before the postseason tips off.

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VanVleet Sets Another New Career-High in Raptors Win over Lakers

Rockford native Fred VanVleet continued his record-breaking January with another career-high in scoring, breaking a mark he set earlier in the month.

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Lady Titans Outlast Hononegah in NIC-10 Thriller

Boylan girls basketball's perfect season remains intact after a thrilling comeback on the road at Hononegah on Saturday, winning 48-45.

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RVC Hosts Fifth Annual Rumble in the Rock

The fifth annual Rumble in the Rock featured two NIC-10 girls games, two NIC-10 boys games, and both RVC basketball teams taking the court for a full Saturday of games.

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Hononegah Wins NIC-10 Wrestling Championship

Hononegah won its fifth consecutive NIC-10 wrestling championship, with nationally ranked heavyweight Tony Cassioppi providing the final exclamation point on a dominant showing from the Indians.

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Belvidere North Leads Loaded Local Field to State Cheer Finals

Belvidere North, the defending IHSA co-ed cheerleading state champions, won the sectional championship on their home floor on Saturday to qualify for state and earn an opportunity at a repeat.

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Hononegah Wins Boys Bowling State Championship

For the fourth time in five years, the IHSA boys bowling state champions hail from the NIC-10 as Hononegah won this year's title by 420 pins.

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Friday Night Nets - Jan. 26 Highlights & Scores

Friday Night Nets wrapped up the month of January with another great showing on the high school basketball court, and on the ice.

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IceHogs Use Big Third Period to Down Condors

The Rockford IceHogs broke through a scoreless first two periods on Tuesday night at the BMO Harris Bank Center, scoring all four of their goals in the final 20 minutes to earn a 4-1 victory over the Bakersfield Condors.

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Byron Beats Lutheran Despite 40 from Strawbridge

The Byron boys basketball team earned a big win in the Big Northern standings on Tuesday, defeating Lutheran, 78-75.

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RACVB Eyes Growth in Sports Tourism

The Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is striving to build on sports tourism in the community, with a new organizational position to help plan even further growth for the future.

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Super Bowl LII: Patriots to defend title against Eagles

Super Bowl LII, set to air on February 4th at 5:30 pm on 13 WREX, will feature the defending champion New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles.

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IHSA Boys Bowling Sectional - Harlem Wins Team Title

Harlem will return to the IHSA state series to defend their boys bowling state championship, leading a loaded local field of teams and individuals to O'Fallon next week.

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IHSA Competitive Dance Sectionals

Three NIC-10 teams qualified for the IHSA competitive dance state series, advancing out of the Sycamore sectional on Saturday.

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Friday Night Nets - Jan. 19 Highlights & Scores

It was another exciting night of high school basketball as local 815 teams took the court for conference matchups featured on 13 WREX's presentation of Friday Night Nets.

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Boys Bowling Postseason Underway in Regional Round

The 2018 IHSA boys bowling postseason is officially underway, with teams competing at regionals this weekend for a spot in the sectional round.

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Friday Night Nets - Jan. 12 Highlights & Scores Video included

Martin Luther King holiday basketball tournaments will occupy much of the next several days for high school hardwood athletes, but there was still plenty to offer on the court for Friday Night Nets leading into the three-day weekend.

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Fred VanVleet's Career Night Fuels Raptors' Blowout of Cavs

Rockford native Fred VanVleet put together the best game of his young NBA career in the national television spotlight, leading the Toronto Raptors to a 133-99 blowout of the defending Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Tuesday Hoops: Aquin's Cummins Hits 1,000 Points, Byron Beats Stillman Valley

Tuesday night's high school basketball scene was highlighted by Aquin senior Zac Cummins reaching the 1,000-point mark in his Bulldogs career, scoring 23 points in a 70-56 Dawgs win.

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Bears Introduce New Head Coach Matt Nagy

The Chicago Bears formally welcomed new head coach Matt Nagy to the organization on Tuesday, introducing the new bench boss to the media at Halas Hall in Lake Forest.

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IceHogs Can't Close Out Admirals in 5-4 Shootout Loss

Bobby Butler potted his second goal of the game with 58 seconds remaining to force overtime and Harry Zolnierczyk netted the shootout winner to lead the Milwaukee Admirals over the Rockford IceHogs.

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Woollacott's Career Day Lifts NIU Past Buffalo

Rockford Lutheran graduate Abby Woollacott had her best on-court performance for the NIU women's basketball team on Saturday, pulling down a career-high 13 rebounds in an 86-84 overtime victory over Buffalo in DeKalb.

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Friday Night Nets - Jan. 5 Scores and Highlights

The 13 Sports Authority tipped off the New Year with its first 2018 installment of Friday Night Nets.

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Josh Black's Comeback to College Football

Harlem graduate Josh Black suffered a major knee injury this past season, shortening his sophomore campaign at Syracuse to four games. He's intent on making sure it's a minor setback for a major comeback in his college football career.

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Bears end another last place season, losing to Vikings

Minnesota's defense turned in another dominant performance and Latavius Murray rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Vikings secure a first-round bye for the playoffs with a 23-10 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

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Packers' season ends in blowout loss to Lions

Matthew Stafford threw three touchdown passes and the Detroit Lions beat the turnover-prone and short-handed Green Bay Packers 35-11 Sunday in a matchup of teams out of the playoff race.

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Wisconsin goes to Miami and wins Orange Bowl over Hurricanes

Alex Hornibrook threw four touchdown passes, three of them to Danny Davis, and No. 6 Wisconsin capped off the winningest season in school history by topping No. 11 Miami 34-24 in the Orange Bowl on Saturday.

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Northwestern hangs on for Music City Bowl victory

The Northwestern Wildcats broke up Kentucky's 2-point conversion in the final minute of the fourth quarter, holding off off U.K. 24-23 on Friday in the Music City Bowl.

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Wieting Sets Up Iowa's Pinstripe Bowl Victory

Rockford Lutheran graduate Nate Wieting made a big contribution to the Iowa offense in the Hawkeyes' Pinstripe Bowl victory over Boston College.

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Only on 13 News: Corey Anderson Regroups for 2018

Rockton native Corey Anderson was knocked out in November at UFC 217, but he wasn't knocked down for long. The light heavyweight fighter is gearing up for a fresh start in 2018.

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Blackhawks Recall Glass, Kampf from IceHogs after Crawford Put on I.R.

The Chicago Blackhawks announced that they have recalled forward David Kampf and goaltender Jeff Glass from the Rockford IceHogs after placing goaltender Corey Crawford on injured reserve.

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Duke Overwhelms NIU in Quick Lane Bowl

Daniel Jones threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as Duke beat Northern Illinois 36-14 in the Quick Lane Bowl on Tuesday.

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13 Sports Authority's Top 13 of 2017

As the 2017 calendar year comes to a close, the 13 Sports Authority looks back at the top 13 sports stories from the past year.

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Bears beat winless Browns at snowy Soldier Field

The Cleveland Browns got pushed to the brink of a winless season, hurt by two more interceptions by DeShone Kizer and two turnovers in the red zone on the way to a 20-3 loss to the Chicago Bears on a snowy Sunday.

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Vikings blank Packers on frigid Saturday night

The Minnesota Vikings shut out an opponent for the first time in nearly a quarter-century, beating the injury-depleted Green Bay Packers 16-0 on Saturday night to stay in the hunt for a first-round playoff bye.

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Cassioppi, McPeek Win Dvorak Titles

Two standout seniors on the local wrestling mat won championships at the 30th Al Dvorak Invitational at Harlem High School on Saturday.

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IceHogs Beat Griffins in Shootout, Sweep Home Set

For the second straight night, the Rockford IceHogs needed extra time to defeat a division opponent, this time dispatching the Grand Rapids Griffins, 3-2, in a shootout at the BMO Harris Bank Center.

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Winnebago Beats Byron in Forreston Holiday Tournament Title Game

Winnebago captured its fourth Forreston Holiday Tournament championship in the last six seasons, beating Byron 68-49 in the tournament finale on Friday.

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IceHogs Snap Three-Game Skid with Win over Wolves

The Rockford IceHogs enjoyed the comforts of home at the BMO Harris Bank Center on Friday, beating the Chicago Wolves, 3-2 in overtime.

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Winnebago, Newman Advance at Forreston Holiday Tournament

The 58th annual Forreston Holiday Boys Basketball Tournament saw last year's championship game participants advance to a semifinal rematch on Monday night.

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Rodgers throws 3 INT in return as Panthers beat Packers

Cam Newton threw for 242 yards and four touchdowns, and the Carolina Panthers spoiled Aaron Rodgers' return from a broken collarbone with a 31-24 win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

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Lions best Bears as Chicago loses 10th game of 2017 season

Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes and avoided mistakes, allowing the Detroit Lions to stay in the playoff picture with a 20-10 victory over the Chicago Bears on Saturday.

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NIU's Sutton Smith Adds More Accolades

Northern Illinois University defensive end Sutton Smith collected his second major national first team All-America honor Monday when he was named to the Football Writer's Association of America All-America team.

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Bears blow out Bengals to snap losing streak

Rookie Mitchell Trubisky threw for a touchdown and ran for another in his best showing yet, and the Chicago Bears ended a five-game losing streak by routing the lackluster Cincinnati Bengals 33-7 on Sunday.

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Packers keep playoff hopes alive with OT win in Cleveland

The Green Bay Packers came back to set the stage for Aaron Rodgers' comeback. Brett Hundley threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams in overtime as the Packers rallied from a two-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter for a 27-21 win on Sunday over the Cleveland Browns.

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IceHogs Sweep Home-and-Home with Griffins

The Rockford IceHogs brought their winning streak to four games on Saturday at the BMO Harris Bank Center, routing the Grand Rapids Griffins by a 7-2 margin to sweep a home-and-home series.

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Weiskircher, Penn State Advance to NCAA VB Final Four

Rockford native and Boylan graduate Bryanna Weiskircher recorded 19 assists to help Penn State women's volleyball advance to the NCAA Final Four.

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Friday Night Hoops Highlighted by Boylan beating Jefferson

The second Friday night in December delivered an exciting night of high school basketball in Northern Illinois, with a matchup of two undefeated NIC-10 teams in the boys ranks battling for sole possession of first place.

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Weiskircher, Penn State Advance to NCAA Volleyball Elite Eight

Boylan graduate Bryanna Weiskircher recorded 24 assists for the Penn State Nittany Lions women's volleyball team as they advanced to the 2017 NCAA regional final.

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Duke kicker/punter dismissed from team ahead of bowl game against NIU

Duke kicker/punter Austin Parker has been kicked off the football team after he was suspended from school for a violation of the university's academic policy.

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Blackhawks recall Hinostroza, activate Crawford

The Chicago Blackhawks announced Friday that they recalled forward Vince Hinostroza from the Rockford IceHogs and assigned forward Tanner Kero to Rockford. The Blackhawks also assigned J.F. Berube to the IceHogs and activated Corey Crawford off injured reserve.

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NIU's Sutton Smith earns All-American honors

Northern Illinois University defensive end Sutton Smith entered the 2017 season as a virtual unknown, a new name on the Huskie depth chart at the defensive line position NIU calls the “huskie”.

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Tuesday Night High School Hoops

The high school basketball season brought conference matchups to the court on Tuesday as teams assert themselves in their respect races early in the schedule.

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Dean Lowry's first career touchdown helps Packers past Buccaneers

Rockford native Dean Lowry scored on a 62-yard fumble return, one of just two touchdowns for the Green Bay Packers in regulation, before they downed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 26-20 in overtime at Lambeau Field.

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Robbie Gould's five field goals lift 49ers past Bears

Robbie Gould kicked a 24-yard field goal in the closing seconds, Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 293 yards  in his first San Francisco start, and the 49ers beat the Chicago Bears 15-14 on Sunday.

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Big Ten sends eight schools to bowl games

The Big Ten Conference announced eight of its members will play in bowl games during the 2017 college football postseason.

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NIU to play Duke in Quick Lane Bowl

The Northern Illinois University Huskies will take on the Duke Blue Devils in the 2017 Quick Lane Bowl on Tuesday, December 26 at Ford Field in Detroit.

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IceHogs Scorch Stars on Teddy Bear Toss Night

Anthony Louis, Matthew Highmore and Will Pelletier each tallied second-period goals to help lift the Rockford IceHogs past the Texas Stars 6-2 on Teddy Bear Toss Night at the BMO Harris Bank Center on Saturday.

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Demry Croft Leaves Minnesota Football

Boylan graduate Demry Croft has been released from his scholarship with the Minnesota Golden Gophers football program.

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Robinson, Slattery, McShane Earn All-MVC Football Honors

The Missouri Valley Football conference released its all-conference teams after the 2017 regular season, with three 815-area players appearing on those respective rosters.

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2017 Friday Night Football Plays of the Year

The 13 WREX Sports Authority presents its Plays of the Year from the 2017 high school football season.

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Steelers' win on last-second field goal sends Packers to 5-6

Chris Boswell kicked a career-long 53-yard field goal as time expired to give the Pittsburgh Steelers a 31-28 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night.

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Eagles soar past Bears in 31-3 rout

Carson Wentz tossed three touchdown passes and the NFL-leading Philadelphia Eagles beat the Chicago Bears 31-3 Sunday for their ninth straight win.

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Lena-Winslow Completes 14-0 State Championship Season

The Lena-Winslow Panthers won their third state championship since 2010 in thrilling fashion, hanging on for a 21-20 victory over Tuscola in DeKalb.

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Only on 13 News - Thankful in Lena

Athlete of the Week Rahveon Valentine and Lena-Winslow football are one win away from a state championship. For the senior running back, it would be another moment in a lifetime of many that he'll cherish with a family built on a special foundation.

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High School Football Semifinals - Highlights & Scores

The 2017 IHSA football championship games are officially set, with matchups decided after Saturday's semifinals.

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Croft, Minnesota Overwhelmed by Northwestern

Clayton Thorson had three touchdown passes, Justin Jackson added 166 yards rushing on 31 carries and Northwestern won its sixth straight with a 39-0 rout of Minnesota on Saturday.

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Madasyn Pettersen Signs with Grand Canyon University

RPS 205 golfing standout Madasyn Pettersen made her college choice official on Thursday, signing with Grand Canyon University to continue her career at the NCAA level.

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Forreston, Lena-Winslow Ready for Anticipated Rematch

Forreston and Lena-Winslow have won four of the last seven 1-A state championships, with the Panthers owning the 2010 and 2013 crowns, and the Cardinals capturing the 2014 and 2016 titles. Now these two NUIC powerhouses collide in a semifinal showdown on Saturday.

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Byron has Home Field Advantage for first time in Semifinals

The Byron Tigers blanked a high-powered Williamsville offense in the 3-A quarterfinal to earn a home playoff game in the semifinal, the first to ever happen on the Tigers' turf.

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Hundley, Packers top Trubisky, Bears at Soldier Field

Brett Hundley threw for 212 yards and a touchdown, Nick Perry had three sacks and the Green Packers beat the Chicago Bears 23-16 to snap a three-game losing streak on Sunday.

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High School Sports Saturday

Saturday offered local high school sports fans the opportunity to see three different athletic disciplines in postseason form.

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Durand's State Series Debut Ends in Three-Set Loss

The Durand Lady Bulldogs brought a 34-1-1 record to Redbird Arena for the program's first ever girls volleyball state appearance on Friday. Stewardson-Strasburg outlasted Durand in a three-set thriller.

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Appino steps down as Auburn Head Football Coach

Head coach Dan Appino has Auburn ranked number 10 in the 7-A football poll. Head coach Dan Appino has Auburn ranked number 10 in the 7-A football poll.

On Wednesday, Auburn High School Football Coach Dan Appino announced that he will be stepping down from his position. 

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High School Football Playoffs - 2nd Round Highlights & Scores

The second round of the 2017 IHSA football playoffs featured a loaded local field of teams competing for spots in next week's quarterfinals as the road to DeKalb continues.

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Cross Country State Final Results

Two local teams earned team silver medals at the 2017 IHSA cross country state finals this weekend.

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Durand Girls Volleyball Clinches First Ever Trip to State

Durand's girls volleyball team will see its season end at the 1-A state series next weekend, as the one-loss Lady Bulldogs captured the Super-Sectional title in straight sets to clinch the program's first ever trip to state.

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IceHogs fall to Monsters on Halloween

  The Rockford IceHogs erased a two-goal deficit, but the comeback effort was thwarted by the Cleveland Monsters, who handing the IceHogs their first road loss of the season, 3-2, at Quicken Loans Arena on Halloween.

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Freeport Boys Soccer Falls in Super-Sectionals

The Freeport boys soccer team rolled into the 2-A Super-Sectional at St. Charles North in pursuit of the program's first state appearance since 2009, but the Pretzels bowed out in the Elite Eight, 2-1 to St. Patrick from Chicago.

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Local Runners Qualify for Cross Country State Meet

The cross country sectionals gave way to local athletes qualifying for the 2017 IHSA state finals, held the first weekend in November.

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Bears' winning streak ends with loss to Saints

Drew Brees completed 23 of 28 passes for 299 yards against a Bears defense that ranked sixth against the pass, and the New Orleans Saints beat Chicago 20-12 Sunday for their fifth straight win.

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Forreston senior hurdler AJ Christensen is our new WREX Athlete of the Week.

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Athlete of the Week - Emily Offenheiser Video included

Stockton senior shot put and discus thrower Emily Offenheiser is our WREX Athlete of the Week.

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Athlete of the Week - Lexy Langloss Video included

Dixon senior soccer player Lexy Langloss is our new WREX Athlete of the Week. Langloss and the Duchesses are having a strong season, finishing off a Big Northern Conference title as they get ready for the postseason.

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Aquin senior three-sport standout Zac Cummins is our WREX Athlete of the Week.

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Keith Country Day long jumper Paige Yoder is our new WREX Athlete of the Week.

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Athlete of the Week - Noah Griffith Video included

Rochelle senior tennis player Noah Griffith is our WREX Athlete of the Week.

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Athlete of the Week - Josh Lynde Video included

Boylan senior volleyball player Josh Lynde is our new WREX Athlete of the Week.

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Athlete of the Week - Deion McShane Video included

Freeport senior track standout Deion McShane is our new WREX Athlete of the Week.

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Athlete of the Week - Bianca Barone Video included

Harlem senior softball player Bianca Barone is our WREX Athlete of the Week. She has the Lady Huskies off to a strong start to the season, thanks to her offensive and defensive abilities.

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Athlete of the Week - Andrew Wilhite Video included

Stillman Valley senior baseball player Andrew Wilhite is our new WREX Athlete of the Week.

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Athlete of the Week - Peyton Flynn Video included

Belvidere North soccer and basketball standout Peyton Flynn is our new WREX Athlete of the Week.

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Athlete of the Week - Ben Ambrose Video included

Boylan senior basketball player Ben Ambrose is our WREX Athlete of the Week.

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Athlete of the Week - Scott Gowan Video included

East senior basketball player Scott Gowan is our new WREX Athlete of the Week. Gowan has worked his way into one of the best players in E-Rabs' history.

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Athlete of the Week - Jacob Appino Video included

Boylan senior swimmer Jacob Appino is our Athlete of the Week.

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Athlete of the Week - Treasure Childs Video included

Harlem senior bowler Treasure Childs is our WREX Athlete of the Week.

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Athlete of the Week - Anna Broski Video included

Stillman Valley senior basketball player Anna Broski is our WREX Athlete of the Week.

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Athlete of the Week - Tony Cassioppi Video included

Hononegah senior wrestler Tony Cassioppi is our new WREX Athlete of the Week.

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Athlete of the Week - Nick Sommer Video included

Hononegah senior bowler Nick Sommer is our WREX Athlete of the Week.

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Athlete of the Week - Quillin Dixon Video included

Jefferson senior Quillin Dixon is our new WREX Athlete of the Week. Dixon joined the J-Hawks boys basketball 1,000-point club this week during the Jefferson MLK Holiday Tournament.

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Athlete of the Week - Ellie Packer Video included

Dakota senior Ellie Packer is our new WREX Athlete of the Week.

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Athlete of the Week - Andrew Morrissey Video included

Winnebago senior basketball player Andrew Morrissey is our new WREX Athlete of the Week.

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Athlete of the Week - Jared Van Vleet Video included

Stillman Valley wrestler Jared Van Vleet is our WREX Athlete of the Week.

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Athlete of the Week - Madeline Prestegaard Video included

Ashton-Franklin Center senior basketball player Madeline Prestegaard is our new WREX Athlete of the Week.

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Athlete of the Week - Kenny Strawbridge Video included

Rockford Lutheran senior basketball player Kenny Strawbridge is our new WREX Athlete of the Week.

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When she's not coaching Rock Valley's women's basketball team, Misty Opat is home raising four kids - her three nieces and her newly adopted son, Davion.

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