Matt was born in Arkansas, but has lived in the Rockford area since the age of 12. He graduated from Harlem High School in 1999 and attended both Michigan State University and Western Illinois University while pursuing his degree in journalism. Matt served as the sports editor during his time at Western Illinois, and also worked for the Macomb Journal in Illinois and the Monroe Times in Wisconsin. He's entering his fifth year covering the NIC-10 for the Rock River Times. Matt's been a life-long Dallas Cowboys fan. He loves the St. Louis Cardinals, and considers himself a college basketball addict. Any free time left over is spent with his wife, Kate, and his stepson, Logan, the two most important people in his life.
Auburn Out-muscles, Outlasts Belvidere With Rumble Looming
Two teams were frustrated in Belvidere. Frustrated that the ball was having trouble going in the hoop. Frustrated at some unforced errors. Mostly frustrated about calls as fouls mounted on both sides slowing the game down mightily. In the end Auburn was able to overcome their frustration...
Big Weekend of High School Hoops On Tap
A lot going on - the holidays were a haze, but it is time to start going strong. A lot of game coverage this weekend coming from the Stateline Sports Hub. We will have coverage of the big game at Boylan tonight.
Great Field Preparing For Jefferson MLK Tournament
The annual Martin Luther King tournament at Jefferson High School has become a mid-season highlight for the basketball season. Area teams like Jefferson and Boylan will line up to take on teams like Elgin Larkin and Waukegan. Todd Brannan stopped by the Stateline Sports Hour to talk about the upcoming tournament field and some of the games he is looking forward to...
RVC Overcomes Size, Shoots Past Indian Hills 77-67
It certainly isn't the first big win Rock Valley College has had in their incredible run of success. It certainly won't be the last. NJCAA D1 Indian Hills is one of the premier junior college programs in the country however.
Auburn, Byron Highlight Big Area Playoff Matchups
The first round of the playoffs was not kind to the NIC-10. Certainly Hononegah and Harlem were underdogs in their games, so to see the first round losses was not a shock. Hononegah acquitted itself well in a competitive game, but Harlem struggled in a 40-0 loss...
Van Vleet Makes Toronto Raptors Final Roster
After an impressive preseason stint, Rockford Auburn's Fred Van Vleet has realized his NBA dream, claiming the final spot on the Toronto Raptors roster. Van Vleet has played well for the Raptors in preseason. His minutes increased after an injury to Delon Wright, but according to reports, team officials were impressed with his play...