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Athlete of the Week – Kaitlyn Flynn

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — The girls volleyball season is usually far in the rearview mirror at this point in the school year. However, COVID-19 pushed the season to spring, giving seniors like Kaitlyn Flynn of Guilford a final taste of high school volleyball.

"We're pretty excited. We have a good group of girls this year and hopefully we have a big year," said Flynn. "Hopefully win conference it's our goal, but yeah, we're all super excited."

Flynn continues to get better as time goes on, something that sets her apart from the pack.

"I think this year's been a big year for Kaitlyn, most players they get the less out of every year the older they get, you know? You grow a lot when you start then it tapers off," said Trace Noack, the head coach for Guilford girls volleyball. "I think for her it's been a big year of growth for her so that's been awesome to see. I think committing is a big deal for her. I think that's helped her calm down and stuff, and yeah it's been a great year for her I'm excited to see what the rest of the school season has for her."

In his first year as a coach, Noack credits Kaitlyn for making his job a bit easier.

"Yeah I think everyone would like to start their first year with an senior outside who's committed D1 is very nice," said Noack with a smile. "I'm very thankful and scared for next year for sure."

As for Flynn, she looks forward to competing at Eastern Illinois University.

"I'm really excited to spend the next four years there," said Flynn. "It's a very good group of girls, an awesome coach. It's her first year coaching there, they've been pretty good this season and rebuilding years and going to have a good next few seasons so excited for that."

Kaitlyn Flynn, excited for the future, while finishing her senior year at Guilford.

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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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