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Illinois Team Kneels During Anthem, AGAIN
(9-17-16) - For the second week in a row several Rockford (Illinois) Auburn football team members kneeled during the playing of the National Anthem. RPS 205 has not taken action against the team members. This week Auburn traveled to play Belvidere, last week the Knights hosted Belvidere North, this past week their was a security issue at the school that caused many students to stay home. Belvidere District school Belvidere Police officials would not confirm or deny it had anything with the actions of the kneeling the Friday before.
Coaches and students were not allowed to talk with the media, below our statements issued by RPS 205. Auburn, who is the defending conference champion, won both games against the Belvidere teams
Auburn Head Coach Dan Appino“The student athletes said they wanted to create more social awareness of racial injustice in America. They made it clear that they did not intend to disrespect our military; rather, they wanted to embrace the freedom of expression and other constitutional rights that our military fought so hard to preserve. This movement is sweeping the nation as a peaceful form of protest. I am not happy that football is being used as the platform for this protest, but I respect the passion our kids feel about this topic.”
RPS 205 Director of Athletic Activities & Program Developmens Mat Parker“Our schools are first and foremost educational institutions. Teaching and learning in Rockford Public Schools continues even after students leave the classroom. Auburn High School coaching staff and student athletes will discuss the team members’ actions and both the coaching staff and students’ thoughts on the national anthem in what we hope will be a meaningful dialogue.”
In the Stateline (West Central Ohio or East Central Indiana) area no reports of football players taking a knee during the National Anthem have been reported. The act is starting to pick-up steam; including more players in the NFL.
At the end of the Columbia City-DeKalb (Indiana) game, both teams kneeled in prayer for the Baron team who lost two of their players in a tragic traffic accident two weeks ago.
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The Register-Star reported on issues that concerned a possible threat on students at Belvidere North this past week. Speculation is that it might have been caused due to the Auburn players kneeling when they played the Blue Thunder last week. The Belvidere District would not comment on what the issue was.
1991 Ohio High School Regional Championship basketball game. Last second shot by Jill Froning for unranked Celina wins the game over Ohio's #1 rated Pickerington (were also rated in USA Today Top 5)...Celina went on to win the Ohio D1 State Championsip game. Game was played at Bellefontaine HS, Dave Schmidt doing the play-by-by for Celina Cable TV.