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SportShorts for Monday, March 25, 2019

BOYS BASKETBALL

Rock Falls’ Ellefsen
to play at Rockford

Rock Falls senior Kyle Ellefsen will continue his athletic and academic career at Division III Rockford University next fall.

Ellefsen was one of five seniors that helped the Rockets to a 31-3 record and the Class 3A Freeport Regional title in 2018-19. He averaged 6.1 points and 3.0 rebounds per game.

Rockford competes in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference. The Regents went 12-14 overall and 11-9 in NACC play last season.

FOOTBALL

EPC’s Kuberski to play at Monmouth

Pearl City senior Collyn Kuberski will continue his athletic and academic career at Division III Monmouth
College next fall.

Kuberski was a first-team
all-NUIC Northwest defensive back as a senior, helping Eastland-Pearl City to a 12-1 record and an appearance in the Class 2A semifinals.

Monmouth is 23-0 over the last four seasons in Midwest Conference play, and 35-7 overall during that span.

NFL

Gronkowski retires after 9 seasons

Rob Gronkowski, the New England Patriots’ fun-loving, touchdown-spiking tight end announced Sunday that he is retiring from the NFL after nine mostly dominant, Super Bowl-filled seasons.

The four-time All-Pro posted his decision on Instagram, saying that a few months shy of his 30th birthday “it’s time to move forward and move forward with a big smile.”

The playmaking tight end, who turns 30 in May, leaves as a three-time Super Bowl champion who established himself as one of the most dominant players at his
position.

But Gronkowski has been dogged in recent seasons by back, knee, ankle and arm injuries that have limited his ability to stay on the field.

Gronkowski, a second-
round pick in the 2010 draft, had his fourth career 1,000-yard receiving season in 2017, and was an All-Pro for the fourth time that season.

But he finished the 2018 regular season with just 47 catches for 682 yards and three touchdowns.

His 12 career postseason touchdown receptions are the most by a tight end in NFL playoff history. His 81 career postseason catches are also best among tight ends.

He also had 79 career TD catches – regular season and playoffs – which is third all-time by a tight end behind only Antonio Gates (116) and Tony Gonzalez (111).

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