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CHICAGO – Illinois rising senior Doug Kramer was presented with a Mental Toughness Award by the National Football Foundation at the NFF Chicago Metro Chapter Awards on Monday, February 17, at Halas Hall in Lake Forest, IL. Jeff Joniak, the voice of the Chicago Bears, once again served as master of ceremonies for the event for the 14th season.

Kramer, an honorable mention All-Big Ten honoree last season, was introduced by Fighting Illini offensive line coach Bob McClain.

Kramer graded out as the No. 8 center in the nation and No. 3 in Power-5 by Pro Football Focus (79.2) in 2019, helping the Fighting Illini reach a bowl game for ... READ FULL STORY
NEWS > #RedDevilsAlum Raiders Honor Seniors, Award-Winners

By John Painter

Football Banquet Caps 2019 Season, Looks Ahead to 2020

HAMILTON – Colgate Football wrapped up the 2019 season Saturday night with a thank-you to this year's captains, seniors and award-winners at the annual team banquet.
Head coach Dan Hunt recognized 22 seniors and four captains, thanking them for maintaining the poise to providing the guidance that lifted the Raiders to four wins in their final five games.
Nick Diaco took home the Andy Kerr Trophy for Offensive MVP. Diaco led all Raider pass-catchers with a 14.1-yard average. His 366 yards were second on the team and his 26 catches third. Diaco also tied for the team lead with two touchdown ... READ FULL STORY
NEWS > Ron Kruse making the most of his 'last turn' wrestling at Hinsdale Central

By Patrick Kelly

Hinsdale Central’s Ron Kruse is in the twilight of his high school wrestling career, and he is making the most of his senior season as a Red Devils captain.

Kruse has a goal to reach the state tournament in Champaign and is using the end of his junior season as motivation to get there.

“I always remind myself, ‘This is the last turn,’ ” said Kruse, who lives in Clarendon Hills. “I am never going to be playing a high school sport (again), I might as well make the most of it.”

As a sophomore, Kruse made it to the Class 3A sectional meet at 132 pounds, but ... READ FULL STORY
NEWS > Bear Report Rookie Diary: Thomas Ives Exit Interview

Jan 8, 2020

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The 2019 NFL season is over for the Chicago Bears as they finished 8-8 and missed out on the playoffs in what was a disappointing year.

As we begin a very important offseason for the franchise, we decided to look back to the rookie class and conclude the season with our exit interviews. We got the chance to sit down and talk with a few different rookies during locker clean out day at Halas Hall including wide receiver Thomas Ives.

The local product out of Hinsdale spent the entire season on the practice squad for the team he grew up rooting for. We caught ... READ FULL STORY
NEWS > Coaches aren't just married to the job

Partners say having a coach as a spouse poses challenges, engenders great pride

By Pamela Lannom
December 19, 2019

Evening and weekend games. Calls with recruiters. Early morning and after school practices. Emails to and from parents.

Coaching a team at Hinsdale Central High School requires a lot of hours - and a lot of dedication.

For coaches who are married and have kids, the schedule affects their families as well. The Hinsdalean talked to the spouses of three Central coaches about how the job has impacted their families.

Here are their stories.

New baby, new coaching job

Kelly and Brian Griffin were both new math teachers at Hinsdale Central when ... READ FULL STORY