Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Speaking of father and son...

...coaching duos, Naperville Central's Mike Stine is the son of another legendary Illinois high school football coach, Everett Stine, above.

The elder Stine, a member of the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame, coached at Byron High School for 37 years (1967-2003). In 1999, Stine led the Tigers to the Class 3A title.*

On August 25, 2012, Byron named its football stadium after Coach Stine.

And this just in from one of my other sources in Naperville:

Great punt block and return by Dillon Grooss. I've known him since he was probably 7 years old and just putting on a helmet. He was THE quarterback at the youth level for his age group, with three national championships back in the day. His size ultimately moved him to defense, but he is such a heady player and his punt block was perfect. Very happy for him.

Peeking way ahead ... those in the know tell me the next class who could make some real noise and be a force in town is the current freshman class at Neuqua Valley. Still a long way off, but in terms of talent, size and skill, they're already being compared to the 2012 class, and before that, the Naperville North class that won state in 2007.

And in Division III news, Bethel University is still alive and hosts North Central College on Saturday up in Minnesota. The weather man is expecting nine inches of snow this week, followed by a brutal arctic blast over the weekend. Game time temperatures are expected to be in the low single digits. Goodness!

* Who won the big school crown that year? Yep; Naperville Central under Coach Joe Bunge.

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