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Blake Baumgartner

Raised in Naperville, Blake Baumgartner is a 2001 Naperville Central alumnus and a 2005 graduate of Michigan State's School of Journalism. Since March 2010, he has covered football, boys' basketball and baseball for both The Naperville Sun and Positively Naperville. Follow him on Twitter @BFBaumgartner.

One special day at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing

With a quick flick of Michigan State freshman cornerback Charles Brantley’s right wrist, almost eight months of pent up emotion came out. In that one...

Remembering the legacy of Justin Wegner

Tightly nestled under a tree and a stone’s throw from Naperville Central’s varsity baseball scoreboard, the gravestone immediately grabs your attention. The gray, bench-like stone...

Naperville North alum Nick Solak Prepares for shortened MLB Season with Texas Rangers

The 33 games Nick Solak played for the Texas Rangers to close out the 2019 season gave him a small glimpse into big-league life. Now...

North Central’s Rutter Signs with San Francisco 49ers

Long an admirer of Kyle Shanahan, Broc Rutter has always watched the San Francisco 49ers with a sharply tuned eye. “I think it’s obvious that...

National Champs: North Central’s Football program rise to national prominence has been a cumulative effort

Naperville will always be in Broc Rutter’s heart. A semester at Indiana State after a two-year tenure as Neuqua Valley High School’s starting quarterback showed...

Naperville North alum Nick Solak makes MLB debut with Rangers

If nothing else, Nick Solak has impeccable timing. Just three games into his major league career, his first road trip with the Texas Rangers this...

Nick Lopez Becomes Naperville Central’s First Major Leaguer

Asked to fill in for Nick Ryan – the shortstop from Naperville Central’s 2010 Class 4A state champions – 10 games into his sophomore...

Neuqua’s Renner retires with 507 wins and 2007 State Title in storied career

In the biggest moment of his high school career, Ian Krol was young enough to possibly not grasp the gravity of the situation. With the...

Football: Benet has eyes set on DeKalb

Connor Reid welcomes the pressure. There’s no secret Benet will go as far as its vastly talented defense will take it. For the senior strong safety...

Maine South rallies late to defeat Naperville Central

It wasn’t the script Jayden Reed had written for himself and his Naperville Central teammates. Sidelined early Saturday against Maine South with an ankle injury, all the...

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