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2020 State Street Mile canceled

Staff Report ROCKFORD - Due to the health risks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and per the guidelines from the Winnebago County Health Department and state and local governments, the 2020 SwedishAmerican State Street Mile has been canceled. The State Street Mile would have celebrated its 36th year this summer. The mile-long race is held every August in downtown Rockford and brings families and individuals of all ages together for fun and fitness. The race also gives away $2,250…

Former Jefferson football star making mark in Hollywood

Staff Report BURBANK, Calif. - A former Jefferson J-Hawk football standout is carving out an increasingly large role for himself in the entertainment industry. Prince Vaughn III, a 1991 All-NIC-9 defensive end for the Jefferson is vice president of casting for UnRealistic Ideas in Burbank, California. The production company is owned by Mark Wahlberg, among others, and created the documentary “Run This City,” currently running on the mobile app Quibi. Before working for Wahlberg, Vaughn…

Auburn names new girls basketball coach

Staff Report ROCKFORD - Auburn High School officials named a new girls basketball coach Tuesday, someone familiar to the game and the program. Assistant coach Taylor Griffin will take over as head coach for the 2020-21 season, pending approval from the Rockford School Board. Griffin helped Auburn Knights finish the 2019-20 season as NIC-10 Conference champions for the first time in school history, and earned the regional title for the first time in 33 years. "I'm very excited for the…

There wasn’t much Don Shula didn’t do in the NFL

By Steven Wine AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — Measuring Don Shula by wins and losses, no NFL coach had a better year. Or career. He looked the part, thanks to a jutting jaw and glare that would intimidate 150-pound sports writers and 300-pound linemen alike. Shula led the Miami Dolphins to the only perfect season in NFL history, set a league record with 347 victories and coached in six Super Bowls. Near the end of his career, Shula's biography in the Dolphins' media guide began with…

Rockford Park District announces golf course openings

Staff Report ROCKFORD - Local golf courses owned by the Rockford District will open for the season starting May 1. Aldeen Golf Club, Elliot Golf Course and Sinnissippi Golf Course will open May 1. Sandy Hollow will open May 6 while Ingersoll gets going May 11. Under guidelines under Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home order extension that will be in effect through May 30, the 6-foot social distancing rule will be enforced at all courses. Players are limited to twosomes, carts allowed only…

COVID-19: IHSA cancels spring state tournaments

Staff Report ROCKFORD - The Illinois High School Association Board of Directors on Tuesday announced that it has decided to cancel all spring tournaments. The decision comes in conjunction with Friday's announcement by Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois State Board of Education that all Illinois high schools will complete the 2019-20 school term from home via E-learning. "We support the decision by Gov. Pritzker and the Illinois State Board of Education, and given the logistics, we…

Sports Illustrated launches coronavirus podcast

Staff Report NEW YORK -  Maven Media Brands and Sports Illustrated announce the launch of Coronavirus + Sports, a free podcast sharing candid stories of how the global COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the world of sports. Hosted by Luis Miguel Echegaray, the series features SI reporters, athletes, experts, and sports figures telling daily stories of how those in and around sports are responding to the unprecedented event that brought sports to a halt around the world. "Sports Illustrated…