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Athlete of the Week – Mallory Powers

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AMBOY (WREX) — Taking down rival Eastland last Thursday, after scoring her 1,000th career point earlier in the week, it doesn't get much better for Amboy's Mallory Powers.

"You know it was great, it was a great accomplishment for me, my teammates have had my back this whole season and the past seasons to push myself and they've provided me with great passes and just getting me the open shots to get to 1,000 points," said Powers. "It was great to do it against one of the better teams in the conference, it really made me feel good about my team and myself."

Scoring her 1,000th point against rival Eastland and then beating them later in the week meant even more to Powers, after a couple of heartbreaking losses to the Cougars.

"You know it was really awesome to get the last bite of them and take that win and take it to heart," said Powers. "We took that loss, and accepted it and took it as motivation and came out Thursday and beat them at our home field which was nice for us."

Head Coach Mike McCracken has enjoyed watching Mallory grow into a great player and student, one he will miss when she graduates.

"Having Mallory has been great," said McCracken. "My daughter is an eighth grade coach beside so we were well aware of her before that and she'd been to basketball camp for a long time."

Amboy is a part of Mallory. She takes pride in being a Clipper for life.

"This town of Amboy is small but it's got so much pride in it," said Powers. "It brings so much pride to the Clipper family and the pride that Amboy has shown throughout my basketball career and all my sports careers is something that I'll never take for granted."

Hometown proud, then she will take her talents to Illinois Wesleyan to continue her basketball career.

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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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