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Athlete of the Week – Makarious Luster

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — A 12-game win streak and finishing with the NIC-10 trophy in his hand, Makarious "Biggie" Luster has pictured this moment for a long time.

"Yeah I was ready, I knew we were going to make the championship. I couldn't wait, I've been waiting all week for this," said Luster. "Oh it means a lot, I'd do anything for these guys. I love them so much and to go out with them for our last game and win it, it means so much to me. I'm just glad we got this win because it's the last time I'm ever going to go out and play on the E-Rab court and it felt good to cut down the nets at the end of the day."

Luster will miss his teammates a lot, but coach Roy Sackmaster will always get Biggie's praise.

"He's done a lot for me, I got to give a lot of credit to him, not just becoming a basketball player," said Luster. "He made me become a man of life and teach me a lot of things I've never been taught before. I love him so much, I thank him for everything I do."

Likewise for coach Sackmaster, coaching an athlete like Biggie has been an honor.

"He trusted us," said Sackmaster. "That's what I can't talk about enough and appreciate enough is that he trusted us to allow him to get him better to the point to where he was a big part of that team a couple of years ago as a sophomore, to where he comes in now and he plays like a three-year varsity champion."

The nickname "Biggie" comes from a special source, his late grandmother.

"Before she passed away when I was younger she would say I have a super big head with a little body, and it stuck with the family and as I got more popular a little bit, the fans started calling me 'Biggie.' My teachers, coaches, all that, started calling me 'Biggie'," said Luster. "We did it, Grandma, I was just blessed to have her. That's what it is."

Makarious "Biggie" Luster is going out in style, finishing his career as a NIC-10 champion, while playing for his loved ones.

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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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