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Athlete of the Week – Johnny Beck

ROCHELLE – Rochelle senior Johnny Beck is our WREX Athlete of the Week, sponsored by Rock Valley College.

Beck is a standout pitcher for Rochelle’s baseball team, and the 6’8″ Beck also played a big role for the Hubs on the basketball court. He explains the differences in going from basketball to baseball season.

“[In] basketball you have to get a lot more pumped, definitely,” Beck said. “It’s a lot more fast-paced. You have to be mentally prepared to deal with the worst and forget it quick. Baseball, you can think longer and correct it faster. That’s why I like baseball more. You can fix what you did wrong. You have more time to think about it.”

Beck doesn’t have much time left to think about his time with the Hubs. The Western Illinois baseball commit looks forward to helping the Hubs go on a deep playoff run when the postseason starts next week.

Derek Bayne

Derek Bayne joined 13 WREX as the sports director in December of 2011. He grew up in the Chicago suburbs and moved back to Illinois after working several years in North Carolina. For any sports story ideas or tips, you can email

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