Harlem’s Carson Racich, Brenton Shaw playing varsity golf, football

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER It didn’t take any time at all for Harlem graduates Carson Racich and Brenton Shaw to break into varsity lineups of their chosen sports at the college level. They both were record breakers of “first-ever” quality while playing golf and football for the Orange and White. […]


Harlem swim team closes out week with victory over Jefferson

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER Harlem’s varsity girls swimming and diving team closed out a short week by defeating Jefferson, 144-33, in a NIC-10 dual meet. Trinity Goertz started things off by scoring 142.20 points to win the diving competition. Harlem’s took all three relay events. That included the 200-yard medley, […]


Harlem seeks qualifying 5th victory Friday night in Belvidere

Harlem seeks qualifying 5th victory Friday night in Belvidere

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER Winning five football games doesn’t guarantee a berth in the annual Illinois High School Association’s annual playoffs. But five wins is needed to become eligible and that’s what Harlem will be looking to do when it travels to Belvidere for a 7:15 p.m. game Friday. The […]


Village prepares for next phase of Rebuild Machesney road work

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER Improving the village’s roads is an ongoing process and it has been in the works since the Build Machesney pro-gram started in 2008. The next phase is coming up and officials are beginning to take the necessary steps to make it happen during the 2018 construction […]


Girls finish up; boys have week to go in HCC Summerball 2017

Girls finish up; boys have week to go in HCC Summerball 2017

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER Champions have been crowned in the four softball divisions as the regular season comes to a close in this year’s Harlem Community Center Summerball program. Meanwhile, the four baseball divisions are in their final week, with the concluding tournament on Saturday and Sunday. Three of the […]


Harlem graduates a presence in sports at the college level

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER When he was an athlete at Harlem High School, Drake Robison no doubt heard coaches talk often about playing sports at the next level. He did that and made a name for himself in helping the University of Iowa’s baseball team win its first-ever Big 10 […]


Sue Elliott, Civil Service Commission member, to be honored

By Margaret Downing REPORTER Loves Park aldermen made quick work of the July 24 city council meeting. City Clerk Bob Burden announced that long time Civil Service Commission member Sue Elliott has resigned that position. The council will present her with an appreciation plaque for her service at an upcoming […]


Rockford Park District, Loves Park collaborate on employment opportunity

The Rockford Park District and City of Loves Park have worked together for years and that relationship is only going to get stronger as a critical role in the Rockford Park District is filled by a long-time City of Loves Park employee. The Rockford Park District hired Dan Jacobson, Director […]


Early baseball, softball showdowns take place in Summerball

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER June 13 was the day for early showdowns among some of the front-runners in baseball and softball divisions, during Harlem Community Center’s Summerball 2017. One of them came in the Coach Pitch Girls division where, in a battle for first place among undefeated teams, head coach […]


Harlem celebrates triumphs of spring sports teams, players

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER State qualifiers in track, a conference champion in softball and standout individual performances, such as a second straight NIC-10 MVP in softball and the conference MVP selection in field events for girls track, recently were celebrated during Harlem High School’s annual awards night for spring sports […]