After this year’s varsity boys basketball team tied as conference champs, won districts and regionals, and played at Breslin to become state finalists, three of the players have recently committed to play the game they love at the next level while they earn their degrees. They have played together, along with several others on this year’s varsity team, since third grade in American Youth Basketball Tournaments, Gus Mackers, MVP and Courthouse leagues and many other tournaments to pursue their knowledge and passion for basketball in hopes to someday play at the next level. Ivy Johnson and Scott Nikodemski will attend Alma College. Mitch Caywood will attend Lake Forest College in Chicago. They’d like to thank all of their coaches through the years for helping them prepare to live their dreams playing college basketball.
by CINDY M. CRANMER Perseverance and “keeping at it” are keys to success with a weight-loss plan, according to a Rockford resident and “The Biggest Loser” Season 13 winner. Jeremy Britt, 23, lost 199 pounds during the 13th season, dropping his body weight to 190 pounds. His sister, 24-year-old Conda Britt, lost 115 pounds to drop from 294 pounds to 179 pounds and finish third. Britt said his weight loss of 51.16 percent during the show placed him in the top five contestants of all the show’s 13 seasons. Jeremy and Conda left Rockford, their jobs, families, friends and all the technologies that connect people to try and make a change to their lives. During a recent interview at MVP in Rockford, Jeremy spoke to The Rockford Squire about the things he gained in the process. “There are so many ways my life has changed,” he said. A tremendous weight loss, prize winnings of $250,000 and better health are some obvious things, Britt said. The friendships that he made and learning to change behaviors that were harmful to his health are things that may have been less obvious to the millions of television viewers who saw him win the live season finale in May. “There are definitely people I will always stay in touch with. I’m friends with the people on the show for the most part,” Jeremy said. “It was such a great experience.” Things have slowed down for him after a whirlwind of television and radio appearances, but Jeremy wants to continue to tell his story and let it serve as an inspiration for others. Jeremy said he eventually plans to return to college and finish pursuing an education such as the business and management degree he was working on. He currently wants to serve as a motivational speaker and help others as they struggle to overcome obstacles to weight loss and improved health. “I feel I have a story to be told right now,” Jeremy said. “It’s pretty amazing being among the top five contestants of all time.” Jeremy was the youngest winner in the 13 seasons at age 22, and one of the younger contestants on the show. While he could travel if he becomes a motivational speaker, Jeremy said he […]