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Gold medal performance of these Winter Games will be avoiding tragedy

By Doug Halberstadt Sports Columnist Thousands of the world’s greatest amateur and professional athletes have descended on the Russian city of Sochi
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Tales from the Trough: Rockford goes 1-1 during New York swing

By Todd Reicher Sports Columnist Prior to this season, it had been five years since the Rockford IceHogs traveled to the state
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Dodge ball tournament to benefit Children’s Safe Harbor

Staff Report Dodge ballers are gearing up to hit the court for a great cause. Dodge ball team registrations are now
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Why not start the Super Bowl earlier in the day?

By Doug Halberstadt Sports Columnist It’s Super Bowl Sunday afternoon, and I just returned home from the neighborhood grocery store. My daughter
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Prep basketball: Auburn starting to roll with eye on Boylan to end season

By Matt Nestor Prep Sports Reporter For several years, the Rockford Auburn Knights dominated the conference in boys’ basketball. Every game they
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Nason, Sargent to represent Rockford at Speedweeks

By Eric Huenefeld Two top local racers are preparing to make the southern trek to Florida during the month of February,
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Tales from the Trough: IceHogs win 4 of 6 points in weekend series against Milwaukee

By Todd Reicher Sports Columnist This past weekend had been on the minds of many of the Rockford IceHogs players over the
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Halberstadt: Bowling champ Belmonte introduces new two-handed technique

By Doug Halberstadt Sports Columnist Last Sunday (Jan. 26), I sat down to watch professional bowling’s premier event. It was long known
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Halberstadt: Hitting the slopes in your 50s about preserving your manhood, not proving it

By Doug Halberstadt Sports Columnist As far as winter sports go, I have two favorites — one I participate in, the other
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Prep basketball: Sughroue, Wilson turning the tide for Hononegah

By Matt Nestor Prep Sports Reporter For Rockton Hononegah, it has been a struggle on the offensive side of the ball lately.
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Super Bowl prediction: Denver 28, Seattle 17

By Doug Halberstadt Sports Columnist As I correctly predicted in this column last week, the 2014 Super Bowl in New York Feb.
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E-Rabs’ boys’ basketball program reaches milestone

By Matt Nestor Prep Sports Reporter The Rockford East boys’ basketball program has picked up a lot of wins in the program’s
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Tales from the Trough: IceHogs mid-season recap with Mike Peck

By Todd Reicher Sports Columnist This past week, I sat down with the Rockford IceHogs’ play-by-play announcer and director of communications Mike
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With no NFL, dreary days lie ahead for sports fans

By Doug Halberstadt Sports Columnist Now that the only games left in the current NFL season are the Pro Bowl and the
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Tales from the Trough: IceHogs lose a few tight games in Week 16

By Todd Reicher Sports Columnist A few one-goal games hurt the Rockford IceHogs this week as the ’Hogs lost two. The first
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Monster Jam invades BMO Harris Bank Center Jan. 31-Feb. 1

Staff Report Tickets are on sale for Jan. 31-Feb. 1 Monster Jam shows at Rockford’s BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm
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Free Disney On Ice tickets to kids in Disney costumes at Jan. 20 IceHogs game

Online Staff Report “Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic” will be at the BMO Harris Bank Center for seven
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Championship NFL picks: Seahawks, Broncos will meet in Super Bowl

By Doug Halberstadt Sports Columnist The San Francisco 49ers will take on the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship game this Sunday
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Tough weekend sends Hononegah spiraling downward

By Matt Nestor Prep Sports Reporter A week ago, things could not have looked much better for the Rockton Hononegah Indians boys’
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Rockford Speedway announces key dates for 2014 season

By Eric Huenefeld LOVES PARK, Ill. — With the new year upon us, the new season of racing, entertainment and excitement
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Big 8 Series to tackle Rockford Speedway twice in 2014

By Eric Huenefeld LOVES PARK, Ill. — The Big 8 Late Model Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet is celebrating its 10th
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Doug Halberstadt: Why do we still care about Dennis Rodman?

By Doug Halberstadt Sports Columnist I’ve previously written a column questioning the reasons why Dennis Rodman continues to play a role in
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Tales from the Trough: IceHogs sweep Monsters at home

By Todd Reicher Sports Columnist Coming in to week 15, the Rockford IceHogs had not won a game in their last seven
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Divisional NFL picks: Seattle, New England, San Francisco and Denver to advance

By Doug Halberstadt Sports Columnist The teams are now set for the divisional round of the NFL playoffs. In the NFC, San
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Boylan Titans starting to roll as the calendar turns

By Matt Nestor Prep Sports Reporter The season didn’t start the way the Rockford Boylan Titans had hoped. An early loss at
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Don Carter Lanes offers two new unique leagues for non-serious bowlers

Submitted by Don Carter Lanes Bowling ranks No. 1 of all participation sports. Don Carter Lanes is offering two new unique
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Doug Halberstadt: Quirky sports quotes worth reading

By Doug Halberstadt Sports Columnist Historically, people in the world of sports have been known to say some pretty foolish and/or funny
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Park District announces new initiatives to grow the game of golf

Staff Report Golf has played a critical role in the history of the Rockford Park District since the start of Sinnissippi
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A look back at the best sports stories of 2013

By Doug Halberstadt Sports Columnist This is the time of year when writers come up with lists. There seems to be a
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Week 17 NFL picks: Bears will claim NFC North title with win over Packers

By Doug Halberstadt Sports Columnist The final week of the NFL regular season is upon us. Multiple teams are battling for division
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Tales from the Trough: IceHogs scavenge 1 point in 2 games

By Todd Reicher Sports Columnist Rockford faced two difficult divisional foes this past week in the Grand Rapids Griffins and Milwaukee Admirals. The
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NIC-10 living up to hype prior to holidays

By Matt Nestor Prep Sports Reporter As we enter the holiday break this year, two things are certain: Rockford Auburn and Rockton
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Ho ho ho — Sports Christmas gifts for all

By Doug Halberstadt Sports Columnist The holidays are upon us, and since it is the gift-giving season, I’ve decided to come up
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Dec. 31 deadline for adult dodgeball winter league

Online Staff Report Registration is under way for Rockford Park District’s adult dodgeball league. Gather a group of friends, family or
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Aviators re-sign Bistagne, Hur, Rodriguez and Brueggemann

Online Staff Report LOVES PARK, Ill. — Michael Hur, Brian Bistagne, Elvin Rodriguez and Kyle Brueggemann have all signed contract extensions
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Get your kids up and moving over winter break

By Doug Halberstadt Sports Columnist The kids are out of school for the next week or so and undoubtedly will be looking
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Week 16 NFL picks: All wins for NFC North teams

By Doug Halberstadt Sports Columnist Jay Cutler made his return as the Bears’ starting quarterback last Sunday, Dec. 15. Despite throwing two
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Fantasy football — making the NFL even more addictive

By Doug Halberstadt Sports Columnist For the millions of fantasy football owners all over the country, this is Super Bowl weekend. I
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Hononegah grad honored as member of UW-Whitewater men’s soccer

Staff Report Ryan Reid, a Rockton Hononegah graduate, is one of four University of Wisconsin-Whitewater men’s soccer players named to the
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Tales from the Trough: IceHogs skate into second place

By Todd Reicher Sports Columnist The Rockford IceHogs tested their endurance with a tough three games in three days Dec. 13-15. Two
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Week 15 NFL picks: Bears will beat Browns

By Doug Halberstadt Sports Columnist At this point in the NFL season, it seems as if almost every game has some sort
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Bucs’ title defense stronger than originally thought

By Matt Nestor Prep Sports Reporter It would be easy to look back at Belvidere’s first-ever NIC 10 boys’ basketball championship last
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‘Grudge Match’: Stallone and De Niro worth seeing on Christmas Day

By Doug Halberstadt Sports Columnist It’s a rarity that I get overly excited about any movies coming out of Hollywood. There’s one
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RVC Athletics Booster Club establishes Coaches Hall of Fame

Staff Report The Rock Valley College (RVC) Athletics Booster Club is establishing a Coaches Hall of Fame for RVC coaches who
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Wheelchair Basketball Holiday tourney Dec. 14-15

Staff Report MACHESNEY PARK, Ill. — Cheer on the Rockford Jr. Chariots Wheelchair Basketball Team as they host and play in
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Aviators re-sign first baseman Kenny Bryant

Staff Report The Rockford Aviators announced Dec. 9 that first baseman Kenny Bryant has been signed to a contract extension. Bryant, 23,
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Tales from the Trough: IceHogs take 3 of 4 points in Charlotte

By Todd Reicher Sports Columnist In their second, and final, road trip to North Carolina this year, the Rockford IceHogs came home
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Zac Hare runs Stillman Valley to state crown

By Matt Nestor Prep Sports Reporter The whites on his jersey numbers were almost gone. Stillman Valley’s All-State running back Zac Hare
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Week 14 NFL picks: Bears will lose to Cowboys, Pack will beat Falcons

By Doug Halberstadt Sports Columnist Under normal circumstances, I write this column on Sunday afternoons/evenings following and/or during the NFL games. This
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Halberstadt: Whole family should be considered in admission cost for youth sporting events

By Doug Halberstadt Sports Columnist Basketball season is in full swing. The Bulls are playing for the rest of the season without
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