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IHSA limits fans at boys basketball tournament amid COVID-19 pandemic

Staff Report BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) announced on March 12, that it will significantly limit attendance at the remaining games in the 2020 IHSA Boys Basketball State Series, as well as at other IHSA events, to preemptively reduce the potential spread of COVID-19. The decision comes after consultation with the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Peoria City/County Health Department, the latter of whom made the recommendation that no more than…

Lost in the Bears’ Flo

By: Robert Zeglinski Contributor Rushing the passer well is a touchy subject amongst NFL circles. Common convention maintains that pressures are more valuable than sacks because pressures are easier to create. They're m ore plentiful. Even when a defender or two doesn't manage to bring down the quarterback, a pressure influences the trajectory of a pass. It still has an effect on turnovers, incompletions, any general possible negative outcome when a team decides to drop back. The statistical…

The Bears’ linebacker paradox

By: Robert Zeglinski Contributor A linebacker was once viewed as the end-all, be-all cog of a defense. Where top-tier pass rushers wreaked havoc on the edges, where cornerbacks and safeties hemmed in the sidelines and boundaries, it was the linebacker who controlled the heart of the action; the middle of the field. A hawk patrolling the grasslands. A rabid wolf taught to "see prey, get prey," in a forest. A hunter, and a gatherer. The epitome of self-sufficiency. A field general. Being a…

IceHogs edge Stars in shootout

Staff Report CEDAR PARK, Texas - Gabriel Gagne tallied two goals and Dylan Sikura scored in the shootout to push the Rockford IceHogs past the Texas Stars 3-2 at the H-E-B Center here Wednesday. After a scoreless overtime period, the IceHogs and the Stars moved into the shootout. Collin Delia stood tall in net during the breakaway contest, stopping all four Texas shooters. In the fourth round, Dylan Sikura skated wide to the left, moved into the slot and snapped a wrister past Jake Oettinger’s…

The Bears’ Combine credo means nothing

By: Robert Zeglinski Contributor Public intelligence agencies are notorious for their secrecy. Outfits like the CIA and FBI are deliberate in what information they share, and what they deem classified. There are rigid factors to training and earned trust for any entry level data miner or intern, let alone a stereotypical suave field agent or field director. The Jason Bourne's and Jack Ryan's of the real world, on a smaller scale, aren't born overnight. The secretive standards they are held…

Blackhawks trade Gustafsson, Lehner

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - The Chicago Blackhawks made three roster moves before Monday's 2 p.m. NHL trade deadline. The fist trade sends Erik Gustafsson to the Calgary Flames in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. Gustafsson recorded 26 points (6G, 20A) in 59 games with the Blackhawks this season. In 214 career games with Chicago, the defenseman tallied 116 points (28G, 88A). Gustafsson also skated with the Rockford IceHogs during his time with…

AHL: IceHogs clip Rampage 1-0

Staff Report ROCKFORD - Alexandre Fortin netted a shorthanded goal and Collin Delia denied each of the 28 shots he faced to lift the Rockford IceHogs over the San Antonio Rampage 1-0 at the BMO Harris Bank Center Friday. On the penalty kill 8:22 into the first period, Tyler Sikura chased after a loose puck in front of the San Antonio bench. Sikura knocked the puck toward the middle of the ice for Fortin, who was left all alone in the slot. Fortin collected the puck, spun toward Rampage…

Girls Basketball: Hill, DaSani power Auburn to first regional title since 1987

Staff Report MACHESNEY PARK – Mariah Hill and DaSani Hannah spearheaded the Auburn defense to roll past DeKalb 52-32 and capture the Class 4A Harlem Regional here Thursday. Hannah had 18 and Hill 14 as the Knights won their first regional title since 1987 and just third in program history. Zhakyla Evan Evans had 10 and her biggest basket was when the Barbs had cut the lead to five, 25-20, early in the third quarter. Evans hit a three-pointer and then stole the ball and scored on a layup…

NFL owners approve terms for new labor agreement

By Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has put the labor ball in the players' hands. In a somewhat surprisingly strong decision, the 32 team owners voted Thursday to "accept the negotiated terms on the principles of a new collective bargaining agreement." Details of that agreement were not forthcoming from any of the owners or Commissioner Roger Goodell. They quickly scurried from a Manhattan hotel without nothing more than "sorry, can't help you," or "I can't…

Daytona 500 resumes after first postponement in six decades

By Jenna Fryer AP Auto Racing Writer DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The president is gone. So are the clouds, the long lines and most of the crowd. The Daytona 500 was scheduled to resume Monday afternoon after "The Great American Race" was postponed for just the second time in 62 years. Rain halted the event at just 20 laps, with pole-sitter Ricky Stenhouse Jr. out front the entire way at Daytona International Speedway.  The rain began moments after President Donald Trump and his…

IceHogs win third straight

Staff Report ROCKFORD - Collin Delia made 27 saves and notched an assist during his "Billionaire Strut" bobblehead night to lead the Rockford IceHogs past the Cleveland Monsters 4-1 at the BMO Harris Bank Center Saturday. The 'Hogs opened scoring early in the first period when John Quenneville dished a pass to a streaking Dylan Sikura on the power play 3:31 into the frame. Sikura skated along the left wing and slid a sneaky shot between the legs of Monsters netminder Brad Thiessen to give the…

Girls Hoops: Auburn caps championship season with win over Jefferson

Staff Report ROCKFORD -The Auburn Knights, who clinched the NIC-10 championship earlier this week, ended their conference schedule with  a 62-31 win over Jefferson Thursday. It was senior night and the Knights have seven. The coaching staff started five seniors and the first two off the bench were seniors as well. That relegated its top two scorers, Zhkylah Evans and Brooklin Gray, to the bench for much of the first quarter. It didn’t matter against the rebuilding J-Hawks who have no…

Eisenhower boys headed to state basketball tournament

Staff Report VERNON HILLS – The Eisenhower Eagles moved to 23-4 on the season by beating Lake In The Hills Marlow 44-34, Wednesday night in the IESA Class 4A eighth-grade sectional finals at Vernon Hills Hawthorn North. The Eagles will face Markham Prairie-Hills (19-2) on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Urbana Middle School in the IESA state quarterfinals with the semifinals taking place at 5 p.m. The Eagles are just the third Rockford Public Schools team to qualify for IESA state in eighth grade…

IceHogs complete mid-week road sweep

Staff Report WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Three different skaters notched multi-point games for the Rockford IceHogs to push them past the Manitoba Moose 5-2 at Bell MTS Place on Thursday evening. The IceHogs opened scoring near the end of the first period when Joseph Cramarossa and Garrett Mitchell netted goals 1:09 apart to put Rockford up 2-0. Cramarossa broke into Manitoba's zone on a 2-on-1 with Tim Soderlund 16:52 into the beginning stanza. Soderlund pulled the puck to his backhand and slid the…

Do you believe in miracles?: Athletes recall 1980 Winter Olympics

By John Kekis AP Sports Writer  Scott Hamilton gets goosebumps at the mention of Lake Placid.  He was a 21-year-old Olympic newcomer and sitting in a darkened theater when he felt a tap on his shoulder. "Halfway through the movie I get pulled out by our team captains," the figure skating great recalled. "They tried to make me think that I was being thrown out of the Olympics. Then they broke the news. I remember I was shaking so badly that when we went back to the Olympic Village…