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Sports Highlights for Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017

Northwest Upstate Illini Football Schedules

Upstate Division

Milledgeville Missiles

Head Coach: Jason Wroble

2016 Record: 5-5

Classification Enrollment: 174

Aug. 25 – at Amboy

Sept. 1 – vs. Polo

Sept. 8 – vs. Stockton

Sept. 15 – vs. Varna Midland

Sept. 22 – vs. Orangeville

Sept. 29 – at Warren

Oct. 6 – vs. AFC

Oct. 13 – at River Ridge

Oct. 20 – at Freeport Aquin

River Ridge Wildcats

Head Coach: Doug Nicholas

2016 Record: 2-7

Classification Enrollment: 144

Aug. 25 – vs. AFC

Sept. 1 – at Orangeville

Sept. 8 – at Galena

Sept. 15 – vs. Warren

Sept. 22 – at Stockton

Sept. 29 – at Polo

Oct. 6 – vs. Freeport Aquin

Oct. 13 – vs. Milledgeville

Oct. 20 – at Mooseheart

Freeport Aquin Bulldogs

Head Coach: Troy Barr

2016 Record: 10-2

Classification Enrollment: 165

Aug. 25 – vs. Kirkland Hiawatha

Sept. 1 – vs. Warren

Sept. 8 – at AFC

Sept. 15 – vs. Polo

Sept. 22 – at Forreston

Sept. 29 – vs. Orangeville

Oct. 6 – at River Ridge

Oct. 13 – at Stockton

Oct. 20 – vs. Milledgeville

Polo Marcos

Head Coach: Jeff Bumsted

2016 Record: 6-4

Classification Enrollment: 185

Aug. 25 – vs. Orangeville

Sept. 1 – at Milledgeville

Sept. 8 – vs. Edwardsville Metro-East Lutheran

Sept 15 – at Freeport Aquin

Sept. 22 – vs. Warren

Sept. 29 – vs. River Ridge

Oct. 6 – at Stockton

Oct. 13 – at AFC

Oct/ 20 – vs. EPC

Stockton Blackhawks

Head Coach: Jesse Snyder

2016 Record: 9-1

Classification Enrollment: 190

Aug. 25 – at Warren

Sept. 1 – vs. Ottawa Marquette

Sept. 8 – at Milledgeville

Sept. 15 – vs. West Carroll

Sept. 22 – vs. River Ridge

Sept. 29 – at AFC

Oct. 6 – vs. Polo

Oct. 13 – vs. Freeport Aquin

Oct 20 – at Orangeville

Warren Warriors

Head Coach: Jared McNutt

2016 Record: 2-7

Classification Enrollment: 112

Aug. 25 – vs. Stockton

Sept. 1 – at Freeport Aquin

Sept. 8 – vs. Orangeville

Sept. 15 – at River Ridge

Sept. 22 – at Polo

Sept. 29 – vs. Milledgeville

Oct. 6 – at Le-Win

Oct. 13 – vs. South Beloit

Oct. 20 – vs. AFC

AFC Raiders

Head Coach: Brad Winterland

2016 Record: 2-7

Classification Enrollment: 155

Aug. 25 – at River Ridge

Sept. 1 – vs. Dakota

Sept. 8 – vs. Freeport Aquin

Sept. 15 – at Orangeville

Sept. 22 – at Varna Midland

Sept. 29 – vs. Stockton

Oct. 6 – at Milledgeville

Oct. 13 – vs. Polo

Oct. 20 – at Warren

Orangeville Broncos

Head Coach: Jay Doyle

2016 Record: 4-5

Classification Enrollment: 101

Aug. 25 – at Polo

Sept. 1 – vs. River Ridge

Sept. 8 – at Warren

Sept. 15 – vs. AFC

Sept. 22 – at Milledgeville

Sept. 29 – at Freeport Aquin

Oct. 7 – at Kirkland Hiawatha

Oct. 13 – vs. East Dubuque

Oct. 20 – vs. Stockton

Next Week: Three Rivers Conference – Rock Division

Varsity Football Preview

Forreston Cardinals

Head coach Denny Diduch and assistants Kyle Zick, Greg Burckhardt, and Mike McClellean lead a squad that finished the 2016 season as state champions with a prefect 14-0 record, 8-0 in the NUIC Northwest. Key returning players include: AJ Christensen (RB/DB), Gavin Fuchs (RB/DB), Matt Akins (RB/LB), Garrett Badertscher (RB/LB), Hunter Daws (QB/DB), Joe Bowers (RB/LB), Sam Barkalow (TE/LB), Michael Singley (OL/DL), Brayden Walton (OL/DL), Mitch Heinz (OL/DL), and Skylar Regez (OL/DL). Key newcomers are: Hunter Rogers (RB/DB), Evan Kelsey (RB/DB), Cade Kuelling (RB/LB), Noah Spittler (OL/DL), and Derrick Vince (OL/DL). “We are returning many players on both sides of the football,” Diduch said. “The team should be able to start the season at a very high level, which will be necessary because four of the first five teams they play were playoff teams last season.” He continued, “Our weakness is that we have yet to prove if we can match the intensity of our opponents every week.” Other area teams to beat? Lena, EPC, Dakota, Freeport Aquin and West Carroll.

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