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Jake Koinaszewski of the Belvidere Bucs Varsity football team drags a Jefferson J-Hawk player into the end zone for a touchdown in the Bucs win over Jefferson on Friday, 09/05/14.




By Paul Anthony Arco

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

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

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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Pictures submitted by Bob Crocker


Stats by Ronald K. Ramos

Belvidere Varsity Game Stats
Belvidere Varsity Season Stats
Picture gallery coming soon

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
Belvidere Varsity Season Stats
Belvidere Sophomore Game Stats-COMING SOON
Belvidere Sophomore Season Stats-COMING SOON

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.”

Click here to see press release

Scores submitted by Coach Jimmy Ivacic

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

Andres Murillo
Emmanual Resendiz
Oscar Nieto-Perez
Andres Murillo
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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