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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 […]

 
 

Bucs scalp Indians in total team triumph

By Bob Kopp Special correspondent ROCKTON – Legendary Clarion University wrestling coach Bob Bubb, who guided many grapplers to international prominence with Kurt Angle’s Olympic gold and multiple NCAA titles being especially notable, once told me, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight that counts.  It’s the size […]