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Athlete of the Week – Ian Peterson

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DAKOTA (WREX) — Leadership starts with the seniors, and that's exactly what Ian Peterson brings to the Dakota boys golf team. The Indians standout golfer recently placed first in a nine-hole tournament at Silver Ridge, shooting an impressive 38.

Peterson is happy he still got the chance to play his senior season, given what is happening with the ongoing pandemic.

"I'm surprised we have one because school's going downhill with COVID," said Peterson, as Dakota goes remote for at least two weeks due to cases at the school. "Everyone's getting it so as long as it sticks with it for like two more weeks until postseason, I'm cool with it."

Head coach Kurt Mills raved about Peterson's coachability.

"I definitely rely on him, he's my 'Mr. Steady'," said Mills. "When it comes to golf I can always put him in. He actually shines a little more when we do a tournament, an 18-hole tournament instead of the 9-hole."

Mills continued and also commended Peterson's ability to stay level-headed.

"He can brush things off. He brushes things off and he can just roll with the punches easier than some, probably easier than his coach," Mills said with a laugh. "I'm kind of dramatic, up and down, where he's 'Mr. Steady'."

When it comes to golf strategy, Peterson keeps it simple.

"I don't know, just clear the mind, take every shot, think about it, just do me."

Ian hopes to play at the next level, and plans on reaching out to college coaches in the spring.

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Sam Knox

Sam joined the WREX news team in the Spring of 2020.

He graduated from Emerson College in May of 2020, just two days before moving to Rockford to take the job at WREX as a Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter. He majored in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Sports Communication.

Sam is originally from Sturbridge, Massachusetts, and has been an avid sports fan his whole life. He played basketball and baseball in high school, and he went on to play collegiate baseball at Emerson.

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