Tuesday, September 17, 2019

History Lesson: Rockford's forgotten football pioneer

Thank you to Matt Trowbridge for setting up a weekly history column in the Rockford Register Star. Each week, well as many weeks as I can, I'll be filing some kind of piece on local sports history.

Considering it's the 100th season of the NFL, I used my first one to highlight the great Laurie Walquist, who played 111 games in the NFL from 1922 to 1931.

Click here to read the entire piece.


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

1975 Girls Tennis

Big Nine Meet
School Points
Rockford Guilford 63
Freeport 62
Rockford West 57
Rockford Boylan 45
Machesney Park Harlem 39
Rockford Jefferson 21
Rockford East 21
Rockford Auburn 9

Big Nine Champions
No. 1 singles Mary Johnson (West) def. Cindy Bogdonas (Boylan), 6-1, 6-2
No. 2 singles Kim Olson (Guilford) def. Kathy Bull (Freeport), 6-1, 6-4
No. 3 singles Luann Swanberg (Guilford) def. Sally Kaisek (Freeport), 6-3, 6-2
No. 4 singles Marcy Mellon (Freeport) def. Ann Lackner (Guilford), 6-3, 6-4
No. 5 singles Teri Brown (Freeport) def. Mary Waffle (Guilford), 6-1, 6-3
No. 6 singles Shelley Crosby (Guilford) def. Julie Greene (Freeport), 7-6, 6-1
No. 1 doubles Mary Johnson-Jan Rumer (West) def.
Cindy Bogdonas-Mary Kay Noble (Boylan), 6-7, 6-4, 7-6
No. 2 doubles Marcy Mellom-Jennie Ward (Freeport) def.
Luann Swanberg-Ann Lackner (Guilford), 7-5, 6-2
No. 3 doubles Carrie Holmquist-Martha Hyzek (West) def.
Mary Waffle-Shelley Crosby (Guilford), 2-6, 7-6, 6-3

IHSA Meet
Place Player School
5th in singles Cindy Bogdonas Boylan
5th in singles Mary Johnson West

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Breakout Athletes: Carrie Jeanmaire, Belvidere


Belvidere Accomplishments
1999 Second in NIC-9 in No. 1 singles
2001 NIC-9 No. 1 singles champion
2002 NIC-9 No. 1 singles champion
Notes: Four-time state qualifier. Posted a 145-24
record in high school with a 147-38 record in USTA
matches. Member of the Wightman Cup in 2000 and 2002.


Western Michigan Accomplishments
2003-2004 Second Team All-MAC. Earned 26 wins in singles and 54 overall.
Team MVP.
2004-2005 MAC Academic Honor Roll. Won 47 matches in singles and doubles.
2005-2006 First Team All-MAC and MAC Academic Honor Roll.
Lead team with 31 singles wins and third with 53 overall.
Led Western Michigan to NCAA tournament.
2006-2007 First Team All-MAC. Finished WMU with 204-104 record in singles
and doubles. Graduated as all-time WMU leader in wins.
Team MVP. MAC Academic Honor Roll.
Led Western Michigan to NCAA tournament.

Carrie Jeanmaire Kalapala today

Monday, September 2, 2019

2014-2015 Girls Bowling

NIC-10 Standings
Pl. School
1. Freeport
2. Machesney Park Harlem
2. Belvidere North
4. Rockford Guilford
5. Rockton Hononegah
6. Rockford Boylan
7. Belvidere
8. Rockford East
9. Rockford Auburn
10. Rockford Jefferson

First Team All-Conference
Bowler School Year
Kayla Ewing Hononegah Sr.
Haley Solberg (MVP) North Sr.
Emily Ashens North Sr.
Bree Zimmerman Harlem Sr.
Meagan Johnston Hononegah Sr.
Mylee McCracken Harlem So.
Miranda Rodriguez Boylan Sr.
Brigitte Jacobs Freeport Jr.
Johanna Simmonds Guilford Sr.
Meredith McNally Harlem Sr.

Special Mention All-Conference
Bowler School Year
Hannah Hoffman East Jr.
Stephanie Richards Harlem Fr.
Allie Dawson Freeport Sr.
Amy Niswonger Guilford So.
Tiffany Wagner North Sr.

IHSA Tournament Standings
Pl. School Score
1. Lockport Township 12,689
7. Belvidere North 11,894
9. Freeport 11,854

IHSA Individual Standings
Pl. Bowler School Score
1. Kyra Udziela Lemont 2,748
10. Emily Ashens Belvidere North 2,601

2015-2016 Boys Bowling

NIC-10 Standings
Place School
1st Rockton Hononegah
2nd Machesney Park Harlem
3rd Rockford Auburn
4th Freeport
4th Belvidere North
6th Rockford East
7th Rockford Guilford
7th Rockford Jefferson
9th Belvidere
10th Rockford Boylan


First Team All-Conference
Bowler School Year
Clay Coogan Hononegah Sr.
Collin Day Harlem Jr.
Kyler Gerl Harlem So.
Dawson Jones Harlem Jr.
Bailey Luy Freeport Jr.
Brandon Mooney Hononegah Jr.
Jacob Nimtz Harlem Jr.
Jordan Paulson North Sr.
Matt Seigel Auburn Fr.
Nick Sommer (MVP) Hononegah So.

Special Mention All-Conference
Bowler School Year
Zach Arachikavitz Freeport Sr.
Trey Arnold Hononegah Sr.
Austin Bull Harlem Sr.
Cole Damon Harlem Jr.
Mitchell Le East Jr.

IHSA Tournament Standings
Pl. School Score
1. Lincolnshire Stevenson 13,361
2. Rockton Hononegah 13,321
4. Machesney Park Harlem 13,110

IHSA Tournament Standings
Pl. Bowler School Score
1. Zach Singer Lincolnshire Stevenson 2,899
5. Jacob Nimtz Machesney Park Harlem 2,824
6. Brandon Mooney Rockton Hononegah 2,816

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Breakout Athletes: Olivia Fluehr, Harlem

Harlem Accomplishments
2013 First team All-NIC-10, leading Harlem to 15-3 conference record
2014 First team All-NIC-10, leading Harlem to 15-3 conference record
2015 First team All-NIC-10 and conference MVP, leading Huskies to 13-5 record

Rock Valley College accomplishments
Year G AB H HR RBI Avg. GP IP W-L SO ERA
2015-16 57 176 76 13 75 .432 28 152.2 22-4 137 2.02
2016-17 55 164 79 10 87 .482 23 131.2 21-1 114 0.96
2015-16: NFCA All-American, NJCAA All-American, N4C Conference MVP
2016-17: NFCA All-American, NJCAA All-American, N4C Conference MVP,
Dudley National Player of the Year

Missouri-Kansas City (NCAA)/Graceland Statistics (NAIA)
Year School G AB H HR RBI Avg. GP IP W-L SO ERA
2017-18 Miss.-K.C.  55 167 45 8 32 .269 42 141.2 8-12 52 4.84
2018-19 Graceland 47 153 55 10 52 .359 29 167.1 16-9 88 2.13

American Softball Association (ASBA) Statistics
Year Team G AB H HR RBI Avg. GP IP W-L SO ERA
2019 E1 Pro Ballers 6 15 3 0 0 .200 5 22.2 2-2 12 3.71

Friday, August 23, 2019

Breakout Athletes: Aaron Robinson, Guilford


Guilford Statistics
Year G Pts. Avg. Honors
1999-2000 27 305 11.3 First Team All-NIC-9
2000-2001 29 443 15.3 First Team All-NIC-9, Conference MVP
1999-2000: Led Vikings to conference title with 14-2 mark and 22-7 overall.
2000-2001: Led Vikings to second in NIC-9 with 14-2 mark and 22-8 overall.

University of Minnesota Statistics
Year G Pts. Avg. Reb. Ast. Stls.
2001-2002 25 19 0.8 14 17 14
2002-2003 23 45 2.0 33 29 12
2003-2004 30 79 2.6 33 43 17
2004-2005 32 269 8.4 82 93 55
Totals 110 412 3.7 162 182 98
2004-2005: Led Minnesota to NCAA tournament with
21-11 record. Finished fourth in Big 10 in steals.

Aaron Robinson today