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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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High school hoops Friday roundup Video included

Friday marked the final full slate of NIC-10 games before teams break for holiday tournaments. Here's a look at scores from around the area.

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Winnebago knocks off Lutheran in Big Northern showdown Video included

Winnebago and Rockford Lutheran played a back and forth game for awhile, but Winnebago pulled away to win, 82-74.

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Weiskircher, Penn State's season comes to close

The Penn State women's volleyball team lost in the national semifinals to Nebraska in a five set thriller.

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NIU's Sutton Smith named consensus All-American

Northern Illinois University defensive end Sutton Smith is a 2017 Consensus All-American, as determined by the NCAA and announced Thursday.

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Pokka gets called up to Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks today announced they have recalled defenseman Ville Pokka from the Rockford IceHogs.

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IceHogs lose late to Wolves

Paul Thompson lofted a backhanded shot into the Rockford net with just 1.6 seconds remaining to help the Chicago Wolves escape with a late 2-1 win over the Rockford IceHogs at the BMO Harris Bank Center Tuesday night.

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Perrone earns 400th career win Video included

Boylan girls basketball coach Paul Perrone reached the 400 win milestone for his career, as the Lady Titans beat Belvidere North, 77-44.

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Angel Martinez back with Team USA after another title Video included

Angel Martinez capped off a big 2017 with what he calls his biggest win yet.

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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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High School Football - Saturday Spotlight on Round 1

The 2017 IHSA football playoffs featured a jam-packed Saturday schedule for teams across the Northern Illinois region, with the second round cemented for next week as teams advanced, and others went home.

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Postseason Underway in Girls Volleyball Regional Semifinals

The IHSA girls volleyball postseason is underway, with regional semifinal action making up the Tuesday night schedule for local athletes beginning their journey through the brackets towards a spot at the state tournament in Normal.

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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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