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2016 Rockford Marathon/Half Marathon/10K

9th Annual Event To Be Held on Sunday, May 22
Registration Opens THIS Tuesday, Sept. 15,
for 2016 Rockford Marathon/Half Marathon/10K
​With special limited pricing specials for each running event

ROCKFORD, IL—September 9,  2015—It's only September, but organizers are ​ ​offering a limited number of pre-registration prices for the 2016 Rockford Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K Run to be held on Sunday, May 22.

​  Registration opens at Noon on Tuesday, September 15, at​

  • ​Registration for the ​FIRST​ 200 registrants for the full (26.2-mile) marathon and ​FIRST ​
    300 registrants for the half (13.1-mile) marathon is $25.
  • For the ​FIRST​ 50 registrants for the 10K the pricing is $18.34 (for 1834, the year Rockford was founded).
  • The discounts are on a first-come, first-served basis until Thursday, October 1.  ​After October 1 through December 31, the registration cost increases to $50 for the marathon, $40 for the half marathon, and $25 for the 10K Run.

Start time for the 2016 Rockford full and half marathons is 6:00 a.m. (7:00 a.m. for the 10K run).  The start/finish line is State and Main in downtown Rockford. 

The event, with run course routes along the Rock River, will be celebrating its 9th year in 2016.

In 2015 the runs attracted more than 1,000 sprinters from nearly 20 states. A portion of event proceeds will again benefit the Northern Illinois Food Bank.


UPDATE-The Battle for Belvidere is now over. The Bucs would lose the contest 41-26. The Bucs would take the lead early in the game scoring quicklyu in the 1st quarter twice of passes from Austin Revolinski to Tre Gooden (35 yards) and Dayquan Coleman (77 yards). NBorth would respond with a drive culminating with a 35 yard run from Jared Cantu. In the second quarter both teams would score, the Bucs off of another Revolinski pass to Shawn Dean (47 yards). North would score off of a run by Jason Rodgers. The score at the half would be 20-14, Bucs. The second half would see the Blue Thunder score off of running plays 5 times (Rodgers with runs from the 3, 1 and 1 yard lines and runs from Bennett O'Connell from the 4 and 43 yard lines). The Blue Thunder put on a clinic on option football. The Bucs would score one more time in the final quarter with a run from the 1 yard line by Eric Munoz. The contest would end 41-26. The Bucs still lead the series 5-4 but this now the Blue Thunder's second consecutive win in the Crosstown Classic

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Next week, the Bucs visit Jefferson while the Blue Thunder play Auburn at home.

This week's Friday Night Lights showdown is for the title of who is the best in Belvidere. The #6 5A seeded Belvidere Bucs go against crosstown rival Belvidere North Blue Thunder. Although the Bucs are ranked, they go against a Belvidere North team who won a shared NIC-10 title and also won the Crosstown Classic title last season. The Bucs lead the series 5-3 winning 4 in a row and losing to north last year.

The Bucs return over 20 players from last years squad while the Blue Thunder return 2. But don't let that fool you. One of the Blue Thunder returners is Jared Cantu, a 5'4", 150 pound ground pounder who is hard to bring down. Cantu gained last year 726 yards last season under a spread offense.The switch for North going from spread to option should amke Cantu's rushing opportunities increase tremendously.

In last weeks contest for North versus Jefferson, the Blue Thunder rushed for 265 yards. That is not to say that the Bucs are shabby on the run. The Bucs have 2 legitimate rushers, Quarterback Austin Revolinski and Fulback Eric Munoz. Rev, as he is commonly called, in last week's win over Boylan rushed for 148 yards while Munoz rushed for 133.

Where the battle for the game is going to be decided is in the trenches on both sides of the ball. The Blue Thunder's lines average over 235 pounds while the Bucs average around 220.

The battle tonight starts at 7:00 pm at BHS' Funderburg Stadium. This is also the Bucs' Senior Night for Football, Cheer, Poms and Band, Teacher Appreciation Night and the Bucs also are having the Belvidere Fire Department present a color guard. Should be an exciting night. Come out and see who will be the victor in tonight's contest...the #6 seeded Bucs or the conference co-champ and reigning Crosstown Classic Champs, Blue Thunder.


The Boylan Titans played host to the #6 AP 5A seeded Belvidere Bucs in a showdown reminicent of days of old. The Bucs would come away victors in their first contest of the year and would beat Boylan the second year in a row. The score would be 21-20.

Next week the Bucs go against crosstown rivals, the Belvidere Noreth Blue Thunder at Fenderburg Stadium.

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Belvidere North girls cross country finish fifth in state
By Paul Anthony Arco

The Belvidere North girls cross country team made the most of their first state appearance.
Led by sophomore sensation Jenna Lutzow, the Blue Thunder capped off a solid season with a fifth-place finish on Saturday at the Class 2A state cross country meet at Detweiller Park in Peoria.
“I was hoping we could do better as a team, but I’m so thankful that we got here,” said Jenna, who placed third (17:15) overall. We had a chance to place, but we’re happy to take fifth place. People now know who we are.”
North finished with 194 points. Other Blue Thunder runners include: Sabrina Elder (41st, 18:12); Carly Lutzow (69th, 18:42); Mia Rodriguez (74th, 18:45); Carol Garcia (75th, 18:46); Stephanie Robles (115th, 19:20) and Natali Monaghan (141th, 19:39).
“They were confident until about 10 minutes before the race, and then it hit them where they were at,” said North coach John Paddock. “I think nerves caught up to them a little bit. It had to be expected for their first time here.”
Yorkville took home first place with 79 points. Lake Forest (165) was second followed by Dunlap (187) in third. Lemont (191) was fourth.
“We’re happy with a fifth place compared to not even qualifying last year,” said Paddock. “Ideally, it would have been nice with a top-three finish after being so close (7 points off). It stings a little bit, but we’re happy for the girls and happy for the program.”

 Jenna met her goal of finishing third. “I’m very proud,” said Jenna, who finished 15th at state a year ago. “I struggled at the end, but I’m so glad that I was able to accomplish so much as a sophomore. Last year, I was nervous here, but this year I was more excited. It goes by quickly.”
Her coach was impressed.
“Jenna is such a gutsy racer,” said Paddock. “Her time was 35 seconds faster than last year. She’s going to be one of the elites.”
Now that North has reached state, the team’s expectations are to get back next year. The Thunder lose just two seniors from this year’s squad. “They have confidence knowing they can step up to the finish line and be successful against these other teams,” Paddock said. “It’s going to have a trickledown effect on our program.”
Jenna agreed. “We can learn from this,” she said. “We were so close. Maybe we can be state champs one day.”


Eryk Yunk finishes 7th at state cross country meet
By Paul Anthony Arco


Belvidere North’s Eryk Yunk had one goal coming into the Class 2A state boys cross country meet Saturday in Peoria.
“I wanted to be top 10,” he said.
Eryk got there, thanks to a strong finish. The junior runner placed 7th with a time of 14:53 to reach his goal.
“It was great,” said Eryk. “I was eighth or ninth in the first mile, and I kept up with the pack in the second mile. I felt great in the last mile, until the last 600 when I got passed by two guys at the bottom of the hill. Then something clicked in my head and I just took off.  It was now or never. I had faith in my training and that got me to the finish line.”
Yorkville won first place in Class 2A with 105 points. Yorkville’s Jake Hoffert won individual honors with a time of 14:30.
Eryk finished 13th last year and wanted to top that effort this year. “Last year, the course was a lot slower,” he said. “I watched the 1A race earlier today and saw the times drop so I knew it was going to be a fast course. I just took off and ran a good race.”
“Mentally, it would have been tough to finish behind that this year,” said North coach Troy Yunk. “It was nice for him to finish strong. His time was a P.R. so everything was positive.”
It was the second consecutive year Eryk went to state as an individual. As a freshman, he was part of the North team that finished second at state.
“It’s a little lonely,” said Troy. “We tried to keep him busy the day before. He was quiet at the beginning of the day, but he’s been to the state finals before as a kid to watch his older brothers run. I think that experience helped calm him down. He kept it together.”
“It’s different, but once I step up to the starting line I have to think about what I have to do to race hard,” said Eryk. “My team was here cheering me on. It felt good to have their support.”
North looks to rebound and hopefully return to state as a team. “We have some young kids who are hungry,” Troy said. “We’ll have quite a few seniors next year, and hopefully they’ll get the job done. We just have to keep working to get to where we want to go. Good things will happen if we do that.”

And Eryk is thinking beyond a top 10 finish. Of the six runners who finished ahead of him Saturday, three graduate next spring. “This experience will only build my confidence,” said Eryk. “I’ll be thinking about that during training. It will definitely motivate me.”



Troy Yunk Named to Illinois Track and Cross Country Association Hall of Fame
By Paul Anthony Arco

Belvidere North boys cross country and track coach Troy Yunk has been named to the Illinois Track and Cross Country Association Hall of Fame Class of 2015.

The ceremony will take place January 10 at Oak Park-River Forest High School.
“It’s a great honor to be recognized by my peers and nominated by Doug Chapman, the former athletic director who hired me at Belvidere High School,” says Yunk. “I’m very fortunate to have coached some great kids over the years.”
In the late 1980s, Yunk started coaching and teaching at Belvidere High School, where, as a student, he ran cross country and track for the Bucs. In 2007, he moved on to Belvidere North High School where he took on the challenge of starting a program from scratch. It didn’t take long for him to achieve success – his Blue Thunder boys cross country team won three consecutive state titles from 2009-2011, sandwiched around two runner-up finishes.
“To me, it’s not about one high school. It’s all about the Belvidere community,” he says. “I’m just proud to be coaching in the town where I grew up.”

Yunk has been named NIC-10 Coach of the Year 14 times. He’s a three-time winner of the Illinois Cross Country Coach of the Year (2009, 2010, 2011), and three-time recipient of the NIC-10 Male Coach of the Year Award (2008, 2009, 2010). In 1998, he was recognized with the NIC-10 Community Service Award. Yunk also coached the Belvidere Park District summer track club program for 21 years.

“I’m most proud of the consistency of success from putting in a lot of hard work,” he says. “There are a lot of coaches out there who work just as hard as I do, but weren’t blessed with the talent that I’ve had to coach. I’m very fortunate to get this honor.”

Joining Yunk in the 2015 Class is Tony Rainey (Luther South); Mark North (Sparta); Will Kupisch (Downers Grove North); Bud James (University High of Chicago); Tony Holler (Harrisburg, Plainfield North) and Dale Donner (Buda Western, Bureau Valley).


Former Belvidere North Runners compete in Cross Country Conference competition
by Coach Troy Yunk


In the Big Ten Championship on Sunday, November 2nd at the University of Iowa, running for the University of Illinois, Senior Paul Zeman finished as Illinois 5th runner and ran the 8K course in 24:42, Sophomore Garrett Lee finished in 53rd and was Illinois 7th runner with a time of 24:52. Illinois finished 6th.

In the Big 12 Championship on Saturday, November 1st, hosted by the University of Kansas on the historic course of Rim Rock Farm, University of Kansas Sophomore Tyler Yunk finished in 38th place running the hilly 8K course in 25:24 as the J-Hawks 4th runner helping his team finish 5th.

At the Ohio Valley Conference meet on Saturday November 1st, hosted by the University of Tennessee Martin, Sophomore Paxson Menard, running for Eastern Illinois University, finished in 19th place and was E.I.U.s second runner with an 8K time of 25:14. Eastern Illinois finished 5th.

At the Missouri Valley Conference meet hosted by Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Senior Kristen Levi finished 15th as SIU's 3rd runner. Levi ran the 5K course in 17:41 earning Honorable Mention helping her team to a 3rd place finish.



Boone County football scores hat trick
North, Belvidere and North Boone all reach postseason play
By Paul Anthony Arco

Belvidere North, Belvidere and North Boone all took different routes to make the IHSA state football playoffs.

Regardless of how they got there, all three teams are now busy getting ready for first-round action this weekend.
North took care of business Friday night, shutting out Jefferson 42-0 to win a share of the NIC-10 title with Hononegah. The Blue Thunder finish the regular season 8-1, to win its first championship in its eight-year history. North’s only loss came to Hononegah by a touchdown.
North Boone needed a late fourth quarter touchdown run by Nate Montemayor to come-from-behind to beat Marengo 29-28. The Vikings snapped a two-game losing streak to finish 5-4 and sneak into the playoffs. Montemayor finished with 65 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns to pace the Vikings.
Perhaps the biggest surprise, however, was Belvidere’s improbable playoff run. The Bucs started the season 1-4 and had to win out for any chance of postseason play. Belvidere did that by defeating Guilford, Freeport and East in consecutive weeks, before stunning Boylan 55-41 at home Friday night.
“It’s hard to persevere in that type of situation, but we stuck it out together,” said senior Jake Konaszewski. “We’re family and we stay together until the end. To get into the playoffs by beating Boylan, with our backs against the wall, was a great feeling.”
Senior quarterback Colton Bahling continued his spectacular play by throwing four touchdown passes, catching one and rushing for two more. Bahling rushed for 222 yards and threw for another 264 yards. He even intercepted a Boylan pass to finish off the Titans.
It looked bleak early as Boylan jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead. “I knew we were going to fight,” said Bahling. “We kept our heads up. As soon as we scored our first touchdown, I knew it was going to be a heck of a game.”
So did Belvidere coach Chuck Leonard. “I had a feeling that things could go well for us tonight,” he said. “I know how these kids have responded all year long. I know the character of these kids. We stayed the course. We told the kids that we can’t win four games in one night. We just have to get better every day and they bought in that and worked very hard. If you get better every day, good things happen.”
In Class 6A, Belvidere North will host No. 13 Lake Forest (6-3) Friday night. In Class 3A, North Boone travels to Chicago Harper (6-3) on Saturday.
And it doesn’t get any easier for the No. 16 Bucs. They’re on the road Saturday to play Geneseo, the top-ranked team in the state.
“I think we’re going to get the same effort from our players that we’ve gotten all year,” Leonard said. “They’re going to fight, regardless of who we play. When it comes down to it, I’d take the 40 kids in this locker room over anybody.”
It’s a new season starting this week.


Belvidere North sweeps cross country regional titles
By Paul Anthony Arco

Winning never gets old for the Belvidere North boys and girls cross country teams.

The North boys and girls teams won their team titles at the Class 2A Belvidere Regional at Belvidere High School.  

The North girls scored 28 points, while the boys had 37 points for the win. North’s Jenna Lutzow (18:11) and Eryk Yunk (15:47) won the girls and boys individual races.
Both teams advance to the Kaneland Sectional on Saturday. In addition to the North teams, Belvidere High School’s McKayla Morris and Wayne Kramer qualified individually.
The North boys have now won seven of the last eight regional titles. “We were very pleased,” said North boys coach Troy Yunk. “After losing to Hononegah in the conference meet last week, we needed to bounce back and have a good race. It was a whole team effort.”
Eryk Yunk won his first regional individual title a week after claiming the NIC-10 crown at Freeport.
“It was a lot more tactical than last week,” he said. “I went out slower, trying to get my teammates to the front pack. We were trying to be a team today and it worked out. We changed our lineup, bringing up Eli Walker and Jared Ellingson who were fresh. Have them step up was the biggest thing for us today.”
In Class 1A action at the Winnebago Regional, the North Boone boys team moved to sectionals with 172 points, good enough for sixth place. Junior Skyler Yunk led the way, finishing 11th with a time of 15:19. North Boone’s Irais Tenorio qualified individually in the girls race. 


Stats by Ronald K. Ramos

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10/24/14 Varsity – Bucs-55, Titans-41 (Bucs record 5-4)
10/24/14 Sophomore –Bucs-14, Titans-21 (Bucs record 6-3)
10/23/14 Freshman – TIE Bucs-14, Titans-14 (Bucs record 3-4-2)

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Belvidere North girls earn three-peat at NIC-10 cross country conference meet
By Paul Anthony Arco

While one streak continued, another streak came to an end for the Belvidere North boys and girls cross country teams.

Led by sophomore Jenna Lutzow, the North girls won conference for the third straight year. The Blue Thunder finished with 35 points to take top honors, while Boylan came in second with 44 points. 
Jenna Lutzow posted 17:31 to win the girls race, but she had plenty of help from her teammates. Senior Carley Lutzow (4th, 17:52), freshman Sabrina Elder (7th, 18:33), senior Carol Garcia (10th, 18:48), freshman Mia Rodriguez (14th, 19:16), junior Stephanie Robles (19th, 19:31) and freshman Natali Monaghan (23rd, 20:01) all finished in the top 25.
“From the beginning I was focused on staying strong and relaxed,” said Jenna. “My team motivates me a lot. We’re really close; we’re like a family.”
“Overall we met our goal,” said North coach John Paddock. “Jenna ran another solid, gutsy race. She led basically from the beginning.  With a mile left she put the hammer down and made a move. She’s running so strong.”
“The hardest part is keeping them motivated and healthy,” he added. “But they’re having so much success that it gives them a new life every week. That’s been beneficial for us.”
The Belvidere High School girls finished seventh with 190 points.
Meanwhile, North’s Eryk Yunk won the boys race with a time of 15:03 to give the junior runner his second straight NIC-10 title. But his team’s streak of six straight conference titles came to a halt as Hononegah scored 34 points to North’s 42 to win the 10-team event. The Indians had all seven runners finish in the top 14.
“Whenever you come out and win a race it’s a good feeling,” said Eryk. “My team had my back the entire race. We ran well, and I’m proud of the guys. You can’t ask for more. We tried to keep the streak alive, but we ran as fast as we could. Hononegah is just a better team.”
Alec Beutel (5th, 15:41), Kyle Graff (8th,15:57), Alec Scott (13th, 16:12), Max Vittore (15th, 16:23), Will Palmer (19th, 16:42) and Kevin Ahlenius (38th, 17:48) rounded out the scoring for North. 
 “Early in the race we looked like we were matching up,” said North coach Troy Yunk. “But in the last mile, Hononegah was just too strong.  They’re the team to beat. We’re disappointed that our streak ended but we just have to take it one year at a time.”
The Belvidere boys finished in eighth place with 228 points. The Bucs were led by Wayne Kramer (23rd, 16:58), Johnny Kmieciak (46th, 17:56), Branden Pierce (52, 18:32), Caleb Busch (53rd, 18:53) and Collin Scohn (54th, 19:06).
Belvidere North, along with Sterling, will be the favorites in next week’s regional meet at Belvidere High School.
“We just have to put this race behind us,” said Eryk Yunk.

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North hammers Guilford on Homecoming
By Paul Anthony Arco

On team loaded with high-powered offensive players, it’s one of the smallest players on the field who is making the biggest impact for Belvidere North
Junior running back Jared Cantu rushed for 202 yards and 4 TDs as the Blue Thunder throttled Guilford 40-10 Friday night at home.
Coming into the season as a backup, the 5-foot-4 Cantu has been pressed into duty due to an injury to starter Scot Hornick. Cantu has made the most of his chances, rushing for 489 yards for the season.
“We knew Jared was a special player,” said North coach Jeff Beck. “He’s one of those kids who can break a game wide open. Our offensive line did an excellent job tonight, and they’re the reason he’s able to do so many things.”
The Homecoming win gave North a 4-1 record and part of a three-way tie for the NIC-10 lead with Hononegah and Harlem.
Last year, Guilford beat North 35-7. The Blue Thunder were never threatened by the Vikings this year, however, as they jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead and 24-3 at halftime.
“We were just as dialed in as we were last week against Harlem,” said Cantu. “We don’t overlook anyone and Guilford is a good team. I can’t give enough credit to the offensive line. They busted their butts. They were awesome.”
Hornick continues to be sidelined due to a hip injury, but North hasn’t missed a beat.  
“We have a deep depth chart,” Cantu said. “I know we have a strong group of seniors, but our juniors aren’t bad, either. Anyone can get hurt at any time. You just have to be ready when your name is called.”
While North emphasized the pass last season, the Blue Thunder is focusing on a more balanced attack this season.
“We were so banged up last year,” Beck said. “We passed out of necessity rather than want. We worked all summer on being more balanced. You have to be balanced to beat good teams.”
North’s defense gave up 177 rushing yards against Guilford, but the Vikings managed only one touchdown and a field goal.
“I was happy only giving up 10 points, but our run defense wasn’t very good,” Beck said. “Our goal is to stop the run first, but Guilford is very physical and has a couple of talented running backs. We have to be more sound on run defense.”
Especially this week, when North travels to Freeport to face the Pretzels (2-3) and the NIC-10’s leading running back, Steve McShane.
“We can’t overlook any team,” said Cantu. “We’ve got the momentum. Now we just have to keep it going.”

Stats by Ronald K. Ramos

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09/26/14 Varsity – LOSS Bucs-21, Huskies-32 (Bucs record 1-4)
09/26/14 Sophomore – WIN Bucs-30, Huskies-13 (Bucs record 3-2)
09/24/14 Freshman – LOSS Bucs-6, Huskies-19 (Bucs record 1-2-1)
Up next for Belvidere are the Vikings of Guilford for Homecoming next Friday at Funderburg Stadium.

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Stats by Ronald K. Ramos

Belvidere Varsity Game Stats
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09/19/14 Varsity – LOSS Bucs-28, Indians-42 (Bucs record 1-3)
09/19/14 Sophomore – LOSS Bucs-6, Indians-28 (Bucs record 2-2)
09/18/14 Freshman – LOSS Bucs-22, Indians-65 (Bucs record 1-2-1)

Up next for Belvidere is Harlem next Friday in Machesney Park.

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Thunder rolls against Harlem
By Paul Anthony Arco

Belvidere North suffered a heartbreaking loss to Hononegah a week ago. The Blue Thunder made sure there was no disappointment against Harlem Friday night at home.

North totaled 382 yards of offense and the opportunistic Thunder defense forced four turnovers on the way to a 48-22 rout over previously unbeaten Harlem.
“After last week’s performance, which we thought was subpar, we told the kids that if they wanted to be taken seriously as one of the best teams in the conference, they needed to come out and show it tonight,” said North coach Jeff Beck. “We did that. We controlled the game from beginning to end.”
Last week, the Huskies (3-1) rolled over Boylan 54-13.
“We focused on what they could do to us, not what they did to Boylan,” said offensive tackle Justin Rosendahl. “Words don’t express how disappointed we were in the loss to Hononegah. But you have to look past that. If you don’t, that’s how a team crumbles. It was the best week of practice we’ve had all year, and it showed tonight.”
North (3-1) scored 24 points in the second quarter to break open a 7-7 tie. Travis Dworzynski scored on a 7-yard run, Jared Cantu scored on a 52-yard run and a 50-yard flea-flicker pass from receiver Kevin Tevebaugh to Jeff Young put the Thunder up 31-7 at half.
For the second straight week, the Blue Thunder played without running back Scot Hornick, who is nursing a hip injury. “We’re just playing it safe,” Beck said. “Scott is such a tough kid, and he wants to be out there more than anything. We don’t want to risk further injury and have him miss the rest of the year.”
It didn’t matter as North rushed for 215 yards. Cantu led the way with 14 carries for 122 yards and 2 TDs. Dworzynski chipped in with 81 yards on 12 carries and 2 TDs.
“If we can run the ball it opens up our passing game, and everyone knows we have a good passing game,” said Cantu. “We wanted to show people we can run the ball, too.”
North also got a 6-yard TD pass from Jace Bankord to Tevebaugh. Kicker Luis Garcia continued to show his strong leg with 37-yard and 49-yard field goals.
“We were able to establish the line of scrimmage on both offense and defense,” said Rosendahl. “When you do that, it’s hard not to be successful.”
On defense, North was just as tough. The Thunder gave up 245 yards rushing, but intercepted three interceptions (Mat Guedel, Brian Bello and Tanner Hudson), and recovered a fumble. The Blue Thunder held Harlem’s Raymond Lee, the NIC-10’s fifth leading rusher, to just 69 yards on 16 carries.
“The defense was outstanding,” said Beck. “We were able feed off the intensity tonight. Our kids were tackling very well. There were several big hits out there.”
Next week North plays its homecoming game against Guilford (3-1). The Blue Thunder knows its another big game against a top team. “It’s all about practice and playing as a team,” said Rosendahl. “As Coach Beck says, it’s an us game and not a you game.”


Stats by Ronald K. Ramos

Belvidere Varsity Game Stats
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Belvidere Sophomore Game Stats-COMING SOON
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09/12/14 Varsity – LOSS Bucs-28, Knights-13 (Bucs record 1-2)
09/12/14 Varsity – LOSS Bucs-44, Knights-26 (Bucs record 2-1)
09/11/14 Varsity – LOSS Bucs-0, Knights-38 (Bucs record 1-1-1)

Up next for Belvidere is Hononegah next Friday in Rockton.

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ROCKFORD – The sixth annual “Go Nuts!” Golf Play Day, sponsored by Rockford Health System, will be held Friday, October 3, at Timber Pointe Golf Club, shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.

The purpose of the “Go Nuts!” golf event is to raise awareness and funds for testicular cancer prevention and research and men’s health issues. The beneficiary is Healing Pathways Cancer Resource Center, a local non-profit organization that offers complimentary programs and services to cancer patients and survivors (

The cost to play in the “Go Nuts!” Golf Play Day is $100 per person. That includes greens fee, cart, beverages, dinner, golf gift, and the chance to win great prizes. To register, contact Healing Pathways at 815-977-4123, or visit

New this year is a kick-off party, Thursday, September 25, at Ciao Bella, 6500 E. Riverside Blvd., from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Stop in for fun, tasty appetizers, and the chance to win great prizes.

More than 8,000 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer each year. The disease occurs most often in men between the ages of 20 and 39, and is the most common form of cancer in men between the ages of 15 and 34. The exact causes of testicular cancer are not known. Several factors increase a man’s chance of developing this disease, including congenital abnormalities, history of testicular cancer, and family history of testicular cancer.

 “For too long, men have been uncomfortable talking about their health,” said Paul Anthony Arco, a testicular cancer survivor and chair of the Go Nuts! Golf Play Day. “Thanks to events such as the ‘Go Nuts!’ that’s about to change.”

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Scores submitted by Coach Jimmy Ivacic

Belvidere vs. Auburn (Belvidere-4, Auburn-1)

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Emmanual Resendiz
Juan Resendiz
Benji Delgado
Benji Delgado
Andres Murillo
Nic Chocklingam
Edgar Gomez
Corner Kicks
JV Score

Scores submitted by Coach Andrew McCormick

Golf Course: Timber Pointe


Team1: Belvidere North
Cam Batson's Score: 45.00
Josh Cassaro's Score: 42.00
Tyler Arnold's Score: 48.00
Travis Hursh's Score: 45.00
Jake Dykstra's Score: 49.00
Brenton Payne's Score: 52.00
Sum of 4 Lowest = 180.00

Team2: Harlem
Joey Watts's Score: 44.00
Tyler Born's Score: 44.00
Austin Young's Score: 45.00
Martin Schwebke's Score: 41.00
Josiah Wolf's Score: 48.00
Nick McCormick's Score: 49.00
Sum of 4 Lowest = 174.00

Team3: Belvidere North
Adam Veruchi's Score: 48.00
Garrett Nelson's Score: 46.00
Tony Lazzerini's Score: 47.00
Matt Konkler's Score: 51.00
Nate Lyons's Score: 48.00
JD Kirane Score: 49
Sum of 4 Lowest = 189.00

Team4: Harlem
Johnson's Score: 62.00
Power's Score: 51.00
Connelly's Score: 51.00
Sneath's Score: 55.00
Fry's Score: 49.00
Sum of 4 Lowest = 206.00

Scores submitted by Coach Bradley Stott



Golf Course: Sinnissippi Golf Course

Team1: Belvidere
Jazmin Vasquez's Score: 49.00
Maddie Sturm's Score: 49.00
Sara Redig's Score: 56.00
Morgan McNulty's Score: 55.00
Gracie Thies's Score: 68.00
Josie arid he's's Score: 63.00
Sum of 4 Lowest = 209.00

Team2: Boylan
Jessica Slattery's Score: 43.00
Taylor Pyzynski's Score: 45.00
Leah Ports's Score: 51.00
Alli Erdmier's Score: 50.00
Abby Davidson's Score: 60.00
Edie Ports's Score: 50.00
Sum of 4 Lowest = 188.00

Scores submitted by Coach Andy Werhane



Golf Course: Timber Pointe Golf Course

Team1: Belvidere
Alec Weber's Score: 45.00
Gunnar Gleason's Score: 53.00
Garrett Keeney's Score: 77.00
Jesse Theis's Score: 49.00
Larry Larson's Score: DQ
Xander Gehrke's Score: 65.00
Sum of 4 Lowest = 212.00

Team2: Boylan
K. Slattery's Score: 43.00
M. Alexander's Score: 37.00
A. Eaton's Score: 39.00
M. Marsilir's Score: 38.00
H. Engelbrecht's Score: 44.00
N. Lunnon's Score: 43.00
Sum of 4 Lowest = 157.00

Pictures submitted by Bob Crocker





Bucs roll to first win of the year
By Paul Anthony Arco
Photos and Stats by Ronald K. Ramos

Belvidere Varsity Game Stats
Belvidere Varsity Season Stats
Belvidere Sophomore Game Stats
Belvidere Sophomore Season Stats

Pictures of Senior Night for Football, Cheer, Poms and Band
Pictures of the Varsity Game
Pictures of Sophomore Game

09/05/14 Varsity – WIN Bucs-41, J-Hawks-0 (Bucs record 1-1)
09/05/14 Varsity – WIN Bucs-34, J-Hawks-0 (Bucs record 2-0)
09/04/14 Varsity – WIN Bucs-24, J-Hawks-8 (Bucs record 1-0-1)

BELVIDERE, ILLINOIS-The Belvidere Bucs were looking for a way to put their disappointing Week One loss to Belvidere North behind them. The Bucs did that and more Friday night in their home opener against Jefferson. Quarterback Colton Bahling rushed for five touchdowns and amassed 235 yards of total offense and the Bucs defense stymied Jefferson’s offense en route to a 41-0 shutout win. Belvidere has beaten the J-Hawks 17 times a row.
The game was never in doubt as Belvidere (1-1) led 34-0 at halftime.

“The kids played well and they executed the game plan,” said Belvidere coach Chuck Leonard. “We didn’t meet our expectations last week of what we wanted to do. This week we came out more physical and took the fight to them. That’s what impressed me.”

“We got outcoached, we got outplayed, we got beat in every facet of the game,” said Jefferson coach Patrick “Bucky” Babcock. “I was impressed with Belvidere. They handled their business and executed very well. They were big and physical.”

After giving up 286 rushing yards to North the previous week, the Bucs defense held Jefferson in check all night. Belvidere forced three fumbles and blocked a punt. Jake Konaszewski led the Bucs defense with 12 tackles. Kolby Soltow and Tyler Bruneau each had a sack. “Coming into the game we wanted to hit them right away,” Leonard said. “Everyone on defense has a responsibility. Someone is on the dive, someone is on the quarterback and someone is on the pitch. It’s assignment football. A lot of the credit goes to guys who probably didn’t record a tackle tonight. Those interior defensive linemen have the sole responsibility to penetrate and create a clog in there. They did a nice job.”

The other big story of the night was the stellar play of Bahling. The senior quarterback scored on TD runs of 13, 6, 29, 3 and 3 yards. He finished with 13 carries for 50 yards to go along with 185 yards passing.“He’s been a real nice leader for us,” Leonard said. “Colton isn’t going to be the guy jumping up and down screaming; he’s going to lead by example. On the field, we knew that his legs were going to help us this year with a dimension that we didn’t have last year. He can slide in the pocket, or move and create space and get us out of bad situations. He’s done a real nice job for us.”

“He threw a couple of passes so well that you can’t really defend them,” Babcock said. “He hurt us with his arm and with his legs.”


Bahling played quarterback as a sophomore but moved to wide receiver last year for quarterback Garrett Hyser, who passed for 1,699 yards and 16 TDs as a senior.  The return to quarterback has been pretty smooth so far.“I’m a little surprised how well things have gone,” Bahling said. “I definitely have had some rust and I haven’t always had the strongest arm. But I’ve worked on my passing with extra throws before and after practices. Last year, Garrett threw for a ton of yards and no one expected it, and I think it’s the same this year with me. But I have a good receiving corps and we’re going to keep at it.”

Against Jefferson, Bahling hooked up with Bryar Gunn for 6 receptions and 114 yards. Last week against North, Gunn had nine catches for 171 yards.   “He’s always getting open, and he rarely drops the ball,” said Bahling. “I’m looking at him a lot, but we have other guys who can step up, too.” The Bucs passing attack has been lethal so far this season with 516 yards in two games. “We’re throwing more than I thought we would,” said Bahling. “But that’s opening up the run game more.”

Konaszewski had Belvidere’s other score with a 2-yard run. He finished with 56 yards on two carries. The Bucs rushed for 126 yards on 26 attempts.

Up next for Belvidere is another home game against Auburn (0-2) on Friday. “It’s a big game,” Bahling said. “We need to come out and hit them like we did tonight.”

“We compete against ourselves every week,” Leonard said. “We have to minimize mistakes and turnovers and just execute. If we can do those things, we can hang in there.”


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Lady Vikings snap drought!
9/4/14 – Stillman Valley High School
Submitted by Jeff Rapp
Vikings                  25 / 25  (2)
Stillman Valley   23 / 23   (0)

                The lady Vikings have not won a match since the 2012 Regional Championship victory and only pulled off two game wins in all of last year’s rebuilding season, and after losing three straight (very close matches) to start this season. The lady Vike’s were due for a turn around, and they got it on the road in Stillman Valley Thursday night.

The Vikings rallied in both games against the Cardinals to come from behind and capture the win, led by 3 time Varsity Middle Hitter, Senior Katie Rapp who turned in a big performance at the net putting down several key kills and blocks for the Vikings, including the game two winning kill, to break the drought. Helping out Rapp at the net with big nights of their own was Juniors Miranda Gilmore (Outside Hitter) and Abby Rankin (Setter). Also adding several key kills for the Vikings were Senior Outside Hitters Emily Osterburg and Brooke Binski and Senior Libero Stephanie Torres covered a lot of court as she dug out and turned away many “would be” Cardinal kills.

The Double win moves the Lady Vikings record to 4-7 (games)  1-3 (matches) and most importantly it fires the team up as they get ready for conference play next week. The Lady Vikings will host Genoa Tuesday 9/9 and back on the road Thursday 9/11 against Burlington before heading to Byron Saturday 9/13 for the “Byron Tourney”

Scores submitted by Coach Bradley Stott



Golf Course: Timber Pointe

Team1: Belvidere
Jazmin Vasquez's Score: 62.00
Maddie Sturm's Score: 50.00
Sara Redig's Score: 57.00
Morgan McNulty's Score: 53.00
Gracie Thies's Score: 63.00
Josie arid he's's Score: 58.00
Sum of 4 Lowest = 218.00

Team2: Freeport
Kirsten Pontius's Score: 56.00
Allyson Hayner 's Score: 74.00
Allison Shields's Score: 55.00
Jessica Welling's Score: 103.00
Bethany Fosler's Score: 66.00
Emily Hayner 's Score: 65.00
Sum of 4 Lowest = 242.00


Belvidere North boys cross country team off to a fast start
By Coach Troy Yunk

The Belvidere North Boys' Cross Country Team got an early test when the Blue Thunder traveled to the Afton Forest Preserve in Sycamore on September 2 to compete in the Sycamore Invitational. This tough meet has grown from eight teams two years ago to 19 teams this year. Three of the top 10-ranked teams in class 2A were among the top teams.
Belvidere North finished third with 87 points behind champs Vernon Hills (45) and Sterling (82), who finished second.
Junior Eryk Yunk, last year’s conference MVP, was among the lead pack early on in the race and was able to turn it on the final 200 meters to win the race by 3 seconds over Tyler Smith from Vernon Hills. North had a group of 4 runners who ran together through the mile and a half mark before senior Kyle Graff took off and finished 12th, only 8 seconds out of the top 10. In all, 175 runners finished the hilly 3 mile race in hot conditions.  

Besides Yunk, who took top honors with a time of 15:43 and Graff (17:06) who was 12th, Alec Beutel (17:17) was 18th, Max Vittore (17:26) was 24th and Will Palmer (17:42) was 32. 

North, which has won six straight conference titles, is ranked No. 19 by
“I was very pleased with the way our team ran today,” said North coach Troy Yunk. “We had a good summer of training and the guys showed that they were ready to go.”
In the Frosh/Soph race, Belvidere North (32) placed five runners in the top 11 to coast to an easy victory over second place Riverside-Brookfield (64). Alec Scott (13:43) was No. 3, Jake Martocci (13:58) was 4th, Jared Ellingson (14:11) was 5th, Austin Harnois (14:21) was 9th and Jack Macaluso (14:37) was 11th.


North Boone looks to stay undefeated at home against Oregon
By Paul Anthony Arco
Photos submitted by Viviana Rivera

Aaron Sullivan experienced a first last week in his 9-year career as North Boone head coach – his team rushed 50 times in a game as the Vikings beat Clinton 22-12 in the opening game of the season.

“I have never seen that before,” he said. “We don’t normally hand off that much. But we started running goal line packages after the second drive and it kept working. The line played well and we kept feeding the ball to Nate Montemayor, who rushed 24 times for 123 yards. We try to be balanced between the run and pass, but we’ll take what the defense gives us.”
The Vikings rushed for 234 yards on the night and scored three rushing touchdowns on runs by Brad Buckner (5 yards), Grifin Schuster (1) and Montemayor (6).
“I was very pleased with the way we played,” Sullivan said. “You always worry about mistakes during the first game of the season. Clinton had already played a game and got their mistakes out of the way. We’re a young team with a lot of juniors and sophomores. We didn’t know what we had going into the game. But it was nice to a get a win at home against a good rival.”  
On defense, the Vikings held Clinton to two second-half scores, including one on a 52-yard run. North Boone gave up 261 yards rushing, but only 17 yards passing. “I’m happy with our defense,” said Sullivan. “We’re more concerned about how many points we give up.”
North Boone looks to go 2-0 on the young season Friday night, when the Vikings host Oregon. The Hawks beat Johnsburg 13-7 last week.
“We’ve seen Oregon on film and they’re really physical, they love to pound the ball and they play solid defense,” Sullivan said. “It will be a tough game for us.”
Last year, North Boone won just one home and three road games. Sullivan knows the key to reaching the playoffs is winning games at home.
“It’s nice to play here and get more fans out,” he said. “The key is going to be taking care of the ball. We can’t have selfish penalties and turnovers. We play a lot of close games as it is. We need to limit the mistakes in order to win those games.”


Submitted by Coach Tammy Rent

The Belvidere North HS Cheerleaders will be hosting their 8th annual "YOUNG THUNDER CHEER CAMP" September 16th, 17th and 18th  from 5:30 - 7:30 PM.  The camp is open to all area students entering grades 1 - 6, and the campers will cheer for a portion of the BNHS vs. Harlem home game on Friday, Sept. 19th.

Cost for the camp is $40, and includes 3 nights of instruction in cheers, chants, jumps, and stunts, as well as a nightly snack and T-shirt. 

Registration forms are available online at, or in the Belvidere North HS Athletic Office.  Registrations are due by Wednesday, September 10th!

Cheer Camp Registration Form

Scores submitted by Coach Andy Werhane


Golf Course: Sinnissippi Golf Course
Team 1: Belvidere
Alec Weber. 51
Garrett Keeney. 59
Gunnar Gleason. 54
Jesse Theis.  59
Larry Larson. 60
Ryan Snyder. 67
 Sum of 4 Lowest = 223
Total Score = 350

Team2: Auburn
Camden Rock. 36
Joe Rock  41
Jack Alexander  48
Area Thammavongsa. 44
Garrett Wood. 51
Matt Madden. 71
 Sum of 4 Lowest = 169
Total Score = 291

Scores submitted by Coach Bradley Stott


Golf Course: Sinnissippi Golf Course
Team1: Belvidere
Jazmin Vasquez's Score: 52.00
Brenna Rieches's Score: 80.00
Maddie Sturm's Score: 47.00
Morgan McNulty's Score: 60.00
Sara Redig's Score: 52.00
Gracie Thies's Score: 52.00
Sum of 4 Lowest = 203.00

Team2: Rockford Coop
Madasyn Petterson's Score: 40.00
Kristen Sayyalinh's Score: 44.00
Kaylin Janicke's Score: 51.00
Kristin Bunch's Score: 56.00
Whitney Sharp's Score: 55.00
Taylor Braun's Score: 53.00
Sum of 4 Lowest = 188.00


Golf Course: Timber Pointe Golf Course
Team1: Belvidere
Jazmin Vasquez's Score: 47.00
Czerina Quillao's Score: 61.00
Maddie Sturm's Score: 50.00
Morgan McNulty's Score: 54.00
Sara Redig's Score: 50.00
Gracie Thies's Score: 69.00
Sum of 4 Lowest = 201.00
Total Score = 331.00

Team2: Hononegah
Chelsea Meyer's Score: 51.00
Erin Markley's Score: 51.00
Lauren Kerch's Score: 61.00
Emily Murray's Score: 61.00
Ellie Sedivy's Score: 54.00
Audrey Johnson's Score: 56.00
Sum of 4 Lowest = 212.00
Total Score = 334.00



Belvidere North captures another Boone County Open
Story and Photos By Paul Anthony Arco

It’s getting to the point where organizers might have to change the name of the Boone County Open to the Belvidere North Invitational.  
Since the tournament started five years ago, the Belvidere North boys golf team has dominated the event, winning the first four years. It was the same result on Tuesday, when the Blue Thunder (164) topped North Boone (187) and Belvidere (214) on a gorgeous afternoon at Swan Hills Golf Course.

“We wanted to keep the plaque,” said North junior Cameron Batson. “It’s always nice to keep winning. We’re all pretty good friends. It was a fun round.
Batson led North with a 39, his best 9-hole round of the young season. “I tend to do much better when I’m just out there having fun, and not being totally serious,” he said. Batson had back-to-back birdies on Nos. 6 and 7. “It was a short par-5 that I went over, but I was able to get on and make my putt for birdie. On No. 7, I got on in two and made my putt. Besides two bogies, I had a pretty solid round.”
North coach Alan McCormick was pleased with his team’s overall effort.
“I’m just glad the guys came out and shot well,” he said. “Freshman Jake Dykstra came out and shot a season-best 40 today after shooting a 50 last week.  We’re looking for guys to be more consistent. I don’t want to see a 40 today and a 55 tomorrow. I want them to peak at conference and regional time. Right now is about getting your swing down and getting ready for the end of the season.”
The Blue Thunder’s greatest strength might be its depth. Batson, Tyler Arnold (45) and Josh Cassaro (43) are all capable of being the Thunder’s top man on any given day.  “We don’t have one guy that is going to blow any one away, but even our sixth man is capable of shooting well,” said McCormick. “It’s a nice problem to have.”
North has little time to celebrate the win. On Wednesday the team plays host to Rockford East at Timber Pointe Golf Club.
Belvidere was led by Alec Weber, who shot a 44. North Boone was paced by three golfers who all scored in the 40s.  



Belvidere Varsity Game Stats-Summary
Belvidere Varsity Game Stats-Detail

Belvidere Sophomore Game Stats-Summary
Belvidere Sophomore Game Stats-Detail

08/31/14 Varsity – LOSS Bucs-20, Blue Thunder-41 (Bucs record 0-1/Blue Thunder record-1-0)
08/30/14 Sophomore – WIN Bucs-38, Blue Thunder-29 (Bucs record 1-0/Blue Thunder record-0-1)
08/31/14 Freshman – TIE Bucs-14, Blue Thunder-14 (Bucs record 0-0-1/Blue Thunder record-0-0-1)

BELVIDERE, ILLINOIS- The Battle for Belvidere, at least on the Belvidere North football field for 2 second year head coaches, Coach Jeff beck for the Blue Thunder and Coach Chuck Leonard for the visiting Belvidere Bucs.  It was also the second year in a row that the season opener for both teams would end up in a postponement in the 1st quarter due to weather, in particular, lightning. Game play resumed on Saturday night but unfortunately things did not go as planned for the Bucs as they take their first loss of the season, 41-20.   

North would score early with 2 rushing touchdowns by the running back, Scot Hornick who would score in the first quarter on a 46 yard run and in the 2nd quarter on a 6 yard run.  Then it was a passing frenzy.  First BBHS’ Bahling would connect with Dayquan Coleman on a 9 yard pass on the 2nd quarter.  BNHS Bankord would respond with seconds left in the half by connecting with receiver, Kevin Tevebaugh on a 9 yard pass.

The second half would see Bankord throw for 3 more touchdowns in the 3rd quarter to receivers, Ty Berkenpas (9 yard reception) and 2 touchdowns to Jared Cantu (68 yard pass and a 29 yard pass).  The Bucs would not stop fighting though as they too would score on two more passing TDs  from quarterback Austin Revolinski to receiver, Bryar Gunn (8 yard and a 44 yard).  As far as numbers go on paper, both teams were pretty even.  Belvidere with 401 yards total offense (86 yards rushing and 315 yards passing) while North had 387 yards total offense (286 yards rushing and 101 yards passing). 

In the lower levels, the Sophomores would see the Bucs take the advantage beating North, 38-29. While the Freshman would tie with North, 14-14.

The Bucs Cross Town Classic winning streak ends at 4.  They still lead the series rivalry at 5-3.

The Bucs play next Friday at Funderburg Stadium and are celebrating Senior Night while Belvidere North is playing at Auburn.   Why not come out and check out a game!  Go Bucs!  Go Blue Thunder!

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Scores submitted by Coach Andy Werhane


Golf Course: Timber Pointe Golf Course
Team 1: Belvidere
Alec Weber. 53
Garrett Keeney. 72
Gunnar Gleason. 52
Jesse Theis.  67
Larry Larson. 62
Ryan Snyder. 66
 Sum of 4 Lowest = 233
Total Score = 372

Team2: Hononegah
Adam Norwood. 42
Reid Anderson.  45
Nick Schultz  38
Varun Menon. 38
Christian O'Brien. 43
Tyler Hergert. 45
 Sum of 4 Lowest = 161
Total Score = 251


Golf Course:
Team1: Belvidere 
Alec Weber  46
Gunnar Gleason 59
Larry Larson 59
Jesse Theis  60
Garrett Keeney 53
David Leonard 69
Sum of 4 Lowest = 201
Total Score = 346.00

Team2: Hononegah
Joey Watts 36
Tyler Born 43
Young 36
Schwebke 43
Wolf 44
MCormick 46
Sum of 4 Lowest = 217
Total Score = 248



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