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Harlem’s Nietz signs with Valparaiso

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — Harlem pitcher Cheyenne Nietz signed her letter of intent earlier this week, but since Harlem High didn't have a signing day due to the pandemic, Nietz and her family found a way to celebrate.

Family, friends and coaches gathered at Rascal's in Loves Park on their outdoor patio to recognize Cheyenne's accomplishments. Valparaiso was Nietz's only offer, but that was all she needed.

"Well I'm super excited, actually, and it's really unfortunate that COVID has taken over high school and my senior experience," said Nietz. "But it's an honor and a blessing and I'm extremely excited to go to Valpo. I just love the area, and the softball team when I was there was just so comforting and made me feel right at home."

Nietz heads to Valparaiso in the fall of 2021, she says she's expected to make an impact right away as a pitcher for the Crusaders.

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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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