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NEWS > Braden Contreras and Hinsdale Central went through months of uncertainty, but never took their eye off the ball

By JOSHUA WELGE @jwelge96

Braden Contreras checks off typical items on his summer to-do list as he prepares for his last high school football season.

Contreras, a Hinsdale Central receiver, routinely throws with his quarterback. Training camp starts June 17.

He's made three college visits recently.

It's a far cry from six months ago, when Contreras and his family contemplated the reality of moving for the second time in a year.

The Contreras family moved from Clarendon Hills to Burr Ridge right around Thanksgiving, weeks before the Hinsdale High School District 86 board voted to cut football for the next school year. This came after a $166 million bond referendum ... READ FULL STORY
NEWS > #RedDevilsAlum BEARING down - Two Hinsdale Central alumni try out for the Chicago Bears

May 28, 2019  

By Mike Ellis

Hinsdale Magazine June 2019 HM+

Featured: Ian Bunting, Thomas Ives
NEWS > #RedDevilsAlum Roster moves: Bears sign 22 undrafted rookies

May 2, 2019

Larry Mayer

The Bears on Thursday signed 22 undrafted rookie free agents. Here's a capsule look at all of them:


Ian Bunting, TE
Caught 28 passes for 313 yards in 47 games with 12 starts in four seasons at Michigan (2014-17) and California (2018) … Played in 13 games with four starts last year as a graduate transfer at Cal, catching 18 passes for 195 yards … Graduated from Michigan in organizational studies in 2018 before enrolling in public health master’s program at Cal … Graduated from Hinsdale Central High School, where he teamed with fellow Bears undrafted rookie receiver Thomas Ives.

Thomas Ives, ... READ FULL STORY
NEWS > Griffin ready to help Hinsdale Central move forward

Kevin Schmit

If anyone knows and understands Hinsdale Central football, it's Brian Griffin.

A 2003 graduate and an 11-year assistant coach in the program, Griffin's next move became clear over the last two months.

Griffin on Wednesday was named Hinsdale Central's next head football coach following approval by the Hinsdale Township High School District 86 school board.

"It's something I've always wanted to do with the right program," Griffin said. "To be able to do this at a place I played at and was so formative for me, it's very exciting."

It's been a tumultuous off-season for the Red Devils after the school board in December voted to eliminate football ... READ FULL STORY
NEWS > Interim no more: Brian Griffin officially named Hinsdale Central's football coach

Gregg Voss
Pioneer Press


Count junior cornerback Owen Goss among the players who are excited Brian Griffin is officially Hinsdale Central’s new football coach.

Griffin recently was named the Red Devils’ interim football coach, but the “interim” tag was removed with District 86 school board approval on Wednesday.

“He’s been kind of a mentor since I got brought up to varsity as a sophomore, and he’s always making sure I’m being a leader and just being a good person, not only in the aspect of football,” said Goss, who lives in Hinsdale. ”He’s just an extremely passionate coach. He loves the game, and he likes making us the best ... READ FULL STORY