Category: Football

How Auburn’s Appino built a winning culture

Auburn’s Dan Appino, who coached the Knights football program for the past six seasons, sat down with Thinker Ventures, a business development firm in Rockford, to talk about the importance of culture to creating a winning organization. Click here to give it a listen.

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Rockford flag football team enjoyed Orlando vacation

ROCKFORD – Ten Rockford Public Schools students got to mix a little competition with a trip to Disney World. The Rockford Bears, a team of 13- or 14-year-old boys playing in the Rockford Park District flag football, were picked to represent the Chicago Bears in the annual NFL Flag Championships Powered by USA Football. Each […]

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East running back to play at DII Quincy

ROCKFORD – Jalen Griffin, the Rockford East fullback who helped the E-Rabs qualify for the IHSA playoffs for the first time since 2001, announced on Twitter that he will play football at Quincy University. Quincy is a NCAA Division II program that plays in the Great Lakes Conference. Griffin, the son of East football coach […]

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Guilford’s Haynie to play football at Illinois State

Guilford Athletic Director Augie Toldo announced today there will a scholarship signing ceremony Wednesday afternoon for Julian Haynie, who is committing to play football for Illinois State. Haynie was a three-year varsity player for the Vikings in football, the past two seasons as starting quarterback and defensive back. The signing ceremony will be at 1:30 […]

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Guilford’s Woodard thriving at SMSU

Tyshonn Woodard, a two-way star at Guilford, has settled in as a solid defensive line contributor for Southwest Minnesota State University. Woodard started 10 games and played in all 11 at defensive end for the NCAA Division II Mavericks. The redshirt sophomore had 30 tackles, including 3 ½ tackles for loss and 1 ½ sacks. […]

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Ralph “Moon” Baker was ahead of his time

There is only one Rockford-area NIC-10 athlete in the College Football Hall of Fame. That’s Ralph “Moon” Baker, a star for Rockford High School who was Northwestern’s version of Red Grange. Baker was inducted in 1981, four years after he died. Northwestern has little on its own star. The NIC-10 Sports History Book has resurrected […]

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Auburn alum has solid season for Northern Iowa

Alfonzo Lambert recorded 25 tackles in 13 games in his redshirt freshman season for Northern Iowa. Lambert was a special mention all-NIC-10 linebacker for Auburn in 2014 and then a first team all-NIC-10 linebacker and conference devensive MVP for the Knights in 2015 when Auburn won 10 games for the first time in school history. The […]

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Auburn alum earns Big Ten All-Freshman mention

Vederian Lowe, who helped power Auburn High School to two NIC-10 football championships earning him a scholarship to the University of Illinois, was named as an honorable mention to BTN.com’s Big Ten All-Freshman team. Lowe played in eight games this season for Illinois, including starting seven of the final eight games at tackle. He’s the […]

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Twelve RPS football players named NIC-10 all-conference

The Rockford School District football programs combined to have their best football season since 1986 and coaches responded by naming 12 District 205 players to the NIC-10 all-conference team. Auburn, which finished second with an 8-1 record, led the way with five selections. Quarterback Quay Thompson, end Jamus Neal and offensive lineman Keivon Walston made […]

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Auburn football coach Dan Appino retiring

Auburn High School Football Coach Dan Appino is stepping down from his head coaching duties after six successful seasons leading the Auburn Knights. Appino submitted his resignation last week. “I have reached a point in my career and life where the energy and enthusiasm needed to maintain that high-level position has eclipsed my ability and […]

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