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Athlete of the Week – Eric Nystrom

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — Rockford Lutheran senior guard Eric Nystrom is our new WREX Athlete of the Week. Nystrom sacrificed scoring his senior year to get his teammates more involved, and so far it's resulted in a Big Northern Conference championship and a 2-A Regional championship.

"[He averaged] 16 points per game last year, this year he's at 10," head coach Tom Guse said. "But you look at his assist numbers and they're off the charts. He takes a lot of pride in being that team player."

Nystrom brings an intense mental approach that's rubbed off on his teammates this year.

"[Play] fired up, don't care what other people think," Nystrom said. "Play your hardest."

That effort and his knowledge of the game have allowed him to serve as an extension of the coach on the floor.

"I know all the plays," Nystrom said. "I've known them for four years. It's pretty fun out there being able to call things."

With the season winding down, Nystrom hopes to lead his Crusaders to a few more wins before his time on the court comes to a close.

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 dbayne@wrex.com.

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