Good Times for the Guido Family
One football-mad family can't ask for much more.
Capping an official visit last weekend to Western Michigan, Waubonsie Valley senior tailback Austin Guido verbally committed to play at Western Michigan for new Broncos coach and Kaneland graduate P.J. Fleck.
In December Austin's younger brothers, sixth-grade twins Jordan and Brandon Guido, helped the Naperville Patriots Division I Junior Pee Wees to a 13-0 record and national championship of the United Youth Football League. Their father, Mark, is an assistant coach.
"It was cool to watch that," said Austin, who attended the game in Plant City, Fla. "They'll remember that for the rest of their lives, obviously."
It's a big deal. In the semifinals the Guido twins' Pee Wee team laid 45 points on a Buffalo team that hadn't lost in three years and hadn't been scored upon in two. The other Patriots team to win a national title, an eighth-grade group of 14-and-unders, beat a Maryland squad whose offensive tackles went 6-foot-5, 325 pounds, Mark Guido said.
Jordan Guido is a cornerback, Brandon a safety. Austin Guido thrived on running past those types.
Packing 190 pounds on a 5-foot-10 frame, the Class 8A all-stater rewrote Waubonsie Valley's rushing records, setting 12 new program marks, including season and all-time rushing yardage and touchdowns. Toledo, Dayton, Drake, Butler and Middle Tennessee State were on his trail. Guido, though, was keen on Western Michigan ever since he attended a camp there in June.
Timed at 4.50 seconds in successive 40s, they liked him, too. Since Western Michigan has four backs set to graduate after the 2013 season, Guido was told he'll see time on special teams as well as some offensive reps to get him up to college speed.
Offensive line coach and run-game coordinator A.J. Ricker is a holdover from the prior staff while Fleck and running backs coach Charles Huff came in since Guido camped there in June. No matter. Last weekend's trip to Western Michigan was his only official visit, and he went to Kalamazoo twice to watch games.
When Fleck capped Sunday's individual meeting with the offer there was no doubt Guido would accept. It was Brandon and Jordan's turn to be impressed.
"They think it's awesome," Austin said.
That championship feeling
Lake Park boys bowling coach Greg Edwards recalls the Lancers' 2009 state championship and sees similarities between then and now.
"We kind of had our ups and downs. We didn't dominate very many tournaments. We weren't tearing it up, so to speak. Same thing this year. But at the end of the season we made it downstate and we came together as a unit and we won. I see the same thing in this team. Hopefully we can bring about some magic," he said.
The Lancers were headed downstate Thursday for the boys bowling finals held at St. Clair Bowl in O'Fallon on Friday and Saturday. Adalberto Suarez, perhaps better known as an all-Suburban Christian Conference offensive lineman from IC Catholic Prep -- the newly adapted name of Immaculate Conception -- is also competing as an individual, IC's first downstate bowler.
Lake Park, which went 36-4 and won the Upstate Eight Conference title for a sixth straight year, includes senior co-captains Matt Ostrowski and Connor Peck, senior Brandon Pharr, juniors Roarke Dunn, Corben Sadowski and Joey Kauther and sophomore Zach Niemann. …