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Senior Tyler Lass likes Senior Nights

Senior Tyler Lass likes Senior Nights

By Bob Kopp Special Correspondent MACHESNEY PARK – Scoring 18 points against Hononegah as the Bucs hosted the Indians on Belvidere’s Senior Night on February 20 to lead a dramatic 44-43 season series sweep of the Indians, he led all scorers again with 18 points on Friday’s Senior Night at Harlem as the […]

 
 

Thunder 7th in bowling Briggs finishes with 2 state wrestling titles in 4 years

Thunder 7th in bowling Briggs finishes with 2 state wrestling titles in 4 years

By Bob Balgemann Reporter BOONE COUNTY – Boone County high schools were well represented last weekend at state bowling and wrestling competitions in Champaign and in nearby Cherry Valley. North Boone senior Brandon Briggs finished his high school wrestling career with two state championships and two second-place finishes at the […]

 
 

3 wrestlers qualify Belvidere North wins girls bowling sectional to reach state

3 wrestlers qualify Belvidere North wins girls bowling sectional to reach state

By Bob Balgemann Reporter BELVIDERE – The Year of Thunder is continuing, what with the Belvidere North girls bowling team easily winning the Guilford sectional tournament Saturday, to reach the state finals for the first time since opening its doors in 2007. Senior Emily Ashens was the individual champion with […]

 
 

Hauser signs with Tennessee – Martin

Hauser signs with Tennessee – Martin

BELVIDERE – Two years ago, Belvidere standout outfielder and pitcher, Troy Vandenbroek received a baseball scholarship to Eastern Illinois University.  Two years later, Belvidere High School’s senior pitcher, Tyler Lass, signed his National Letter of Intent to play at Northwestern University in the Big Ten. Josh Hauser is now among […]

 
 

Thunder blue as Bucs sweep series

Thunder blue as Bucs sweep series

By Bob Kopp Special correspondent BELVIDERE – Following the baby Bucs sophomore sweep of their counterparts in a game more lopsided than the final 63-47 on Feb. 5, the Bucs nipped their cross-town rivals 48-47 in an electric evening that had no one reaching for Office Depot’s red button: “That […]

 
 

Bucs bond over E-Rabs victory

By Bob Kopp Special Correspondent ROCKFORD – Senior co-captain Ryan McKnight was the glue that bonded the Bucs to a convincing 72-60 win over Rockford East. McKnight’s confident court management, assists, steals, rebounds, and tight defense along with 12 points led the Bucs to a critical victory in the meat […]

 
 

Briggs finishes his last home match with a win

Briggs finishes his last home match with a win

By Tricia Goecks Editor POPLAR GROVE – It was Senior Night for the North Boone Vikings wrestling team on Thursday, Jan. 28. In pre-tournament ceremonies, team manager Brianna Weinmann and wrestlers Jack Zwart, Alex West, Mike Schaedel and Brandon Briggs were escorted by their parents into the gym. “It is […]

 
 

Bucs sink Vikings ship with decisive victory

By Bob Kopp Special correspondent ROCKFORD – Recruiters at the next level who overlook rapidly developing Kurtis Dimond will have lots of questions to answer as the 6’6″ senior continues to develop in all aspects of the game under Head Coach Aaron Pearson and top assistant Nate Lister.  Any recruiter […]

 
 

Bucs look ready for stretch run

By Bob Kopp Special Correspondent ROCKFORD – While a Buc proud parent blurted after Belvidere’s oldest high school in the city completed a strong 3-1 showing in the 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Shootout (Jan. 17-19) that Auburn is within striking distance, I said, “Hold on, cowboy!  We’re rising to […]

 
 

Tough Bucs take two to open tournament

By Bob Kopp Special Correspondent ROCKFORD – Improving its season record to 11-6, the Bucs began play in the 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Shootout hosted by Jefferson High School with wins over talented South Elgin 64-59 and deliberate McHenry 51-36. With senior Tyler Lass returning to the line-up for […]