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NEWS > Jack Allen gets timed, measured, interviewed at NFL draft combine
By George M. Wilcox
The parents of former Hinsdale Central offensive lineman Jack Allen watched their son's performance at the NFL draft combine Friday, Feb. 26, from the comfort of their Hinsdale home.
John and Leslie Allen didn't have to wait long to see their son on TV. NFL Network's coverage began at 8 a.m. from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, and Jack Allen was the second runner in the offensive line group for the 40-yard dash.
"It was neat, but it was nerve-racking," Leslie Allen said. "You don't know the offensive linemen. You just have to wait to see how everyone else does and see how he falls ... READ FULL STORY
NEWS > Former Hinsdale Central star taking his shot at NFL Scouting Combine
INDIANAPOLIS - Michigan State center Jack Allen's local connections go beyond his prep days at Hinsdale Central.
His great-uncle, Bob Konovsky, played for the Chicago Cardinals from 1956-58, was with the Bears in 1960 and played for the Denver Broncos in 1961. Before his pro football career, Konovsky was a three-time Big Ten heavyweight wrestling champ, and after his football days were over, he wrestled professionally as "Killer Konovsky."
At Hinsdale Central, Allen was a state champion wrestler at 285 pounds, and the ability to grapple in the trenches and use leverage to his advantage are qualities prized by NFL offensive line coaches.
The 6-foot-1, 294-pounder is one of the smaller ... READ FULL STORY
NEWS > High school sports roundup: Hinsdale Central's Matt Allen, Hinsdale South's Josh King, Maddie Nowak shine in state finals
Feb. 25, 2016
By BILL STONE - firstname.lastname@example.org
PALATINE – Before her last girls gymnastics state finals, Hinsdale South senior Maddie Nowak again relied on the power of three.
“Just before I went on every event, it was like, ‘Think of three key words that you can focus on. Your body knows what to do,’” Nowak said. “I just think of three things that my coach said or I’m feeling, if I’m nervous on a skill.”
In fitting fashion Feb. 20 at Palatine High School, Nowak collected three top-five all-state medals for the second year in a row – and she performed even better than in 2015.
Nowak tied for second ... READ FULL STORY
NEWS > Matt Allen continues family's wrestling reign with state
By George M. Wilcox
Contact Reporter Pioneer Press
CHAMPAIGN - No family in Hinsdale Central history has dominated like the Allen family when it comes to state championship wrestling.
Senior Matt Allen won a state championship of his own Saturday, Feb. 20, to join his older brothers Jack and Brian, who each had their moment at the top step of the awards podium in previous years at the State Farm Center. Matt Allen (45-1) won his Class 3A title match at 285 pounds 3-2 over Lincoln-Way Central senior Bryan Ditchman (45-3), who was ranked No. 3 entering the state meet by Illinois Matmen.
The top-ranked Allen suffered his only loss of the season ... READ FULL STORY
NEWS > #NFLCombine - Jack Allen
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When an NFL offensive line coach sees that a young lineman was a high school wrestler, a smile comes across his face. Grappling in the trenches is what a lineman does -- and is something at which Allen excels. The former Illinois state title holder at 285 pounds is not the largest center in the country, but no other "man in the middle" matches this four-year starter's toughness, anchor, and aggressive nature. The two-time USA Today All-American missed a couple of games with an ankle injury in 2015, but came back to help his team to a Big Ten title.
STRENGTHS Has a compact build with above average ... READ FULL STORY