Three Lightning headed south of the equator

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Have you ever wondered what the Rockford Lightning players are doing now that the season is over? I can tell you three of the players have packed their gear and headed south.

No, not to a sunny beach for a vacation—they’ve gone south of the equator to play more basketball.

Venezuela will be the summer home for Cordell Henry, Ronnie Fields and John Jackson. All three former teammates will now be competing against each other.

Henry will be suited up for the Guaros de Lara. His team is currently tied for third in the Liga Profesional de Baloncesto.

Fields joined the team that is currently in first place, the Trotamundos de Carabobo.

Jackson is playing for the sixth-place team, Los Cocodrilos.

Lightning Head Coach Chris Daleo said: “The Lightning always tries to place as many player as they can overseas or in summer leagues. This allows them to continue to find employment and keep honing their craft.”

Doug Halberstadt is a local resident and is track announcer at Rockford Speedway. He can be reached via e-mail at

From the April 5-11, 2006, issue

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