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Blake Baumgartner

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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...

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...

Benet shuts out top seeded Hononegah

With the weather getting worse and the days getting shorter, Ben Hickey is ready to run. For the Benet junior running back, Saturday against Class 7A’s top...

Deinhart helps Naperville Central roll past West Aurora

As much as he enjoys throwing the ball, Naperville Central junior quarterback Payton Thorne acknowledges where his bread is buttered. In some ways, All-DVC running...

Glenbard North pounces on Neuqua

This was the opportunity Neuqua Valley’s Cameron Raupach wanted. With his partner-in-crime in the backfield – junior Will Chevalier – out, the senior running back...

Davis leads Naperville North past Central

Drake Davis was still in awe of what he had just done. Given a shot at Naperville Central, Naperville North’s senior quarterback wasn’t about to...

The 2017 Crosstown Classic is slated for Friday

North Central College is a special and unique place. You don’t have to tell that to Naperville Central junior quarterback Payton Thorne. As Naperville North and...

St. Edward’s running game too much for Naperville Central

Tommy Carlsen’s ability to put his personal goals aside for the greater good has been a boon for Naperville Central. He knows better than most...

Raupach, Chevalier help Neuqua rush past late Naperville North surge

There’s little doubt senior quarterback Jake Eskoff can wing it for Neuqua Valley. But he certainly has no issues turning to his right or left...

Saturday Visit From Ohio Power Offers Naperville Central Special Opportunity

Payton Thorne has heard the stories. Naperville Central’s visit to Lakewood, Ohio last fall and 35-14 loss to highly touted St. Edward offered opportunity to...

Naperville Central resorts to run attack to defeat Wheaton Warrenville South

You can’t put too much emphasis into one play. But did Payton Thorne’s interception on his first pass of the game Friday against Wheaton Warrenville...

Naperville Central rallies late to defeat Waubonsie Valley

Payton Thorne wasn’t about to get rattled. Waubonsie Valley sophomore safety Jamarri Moore’s end zone interception in the third quarter just represented another opportunity to...

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