(7-23-22) Gunar Lobdell (6-foot, 185-pound), who was an impact player for Orangeville last season in 8-man football, has transferred and will play his Senior season for Lena-Winslow (11-man football) this year.

Last season as both a running back on offense (rushing for 2,389 yards and 42 touchdowns) and a linebacker (123 tackles) on defense he was a key part of the Broncos run to the 8-man state title where they lost to rival Polo 12-7.

Lobdell will get his first chance to prove what he can do in the 11-man game when the Panthers play Eastland-Pearl City (Coop) to open the NUIC season on August 26th.

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In a Rockford Register-Star story Lena-Winslow coach Ric Arand said-

“He’s a big, strong and fast kid, just an athletic guy that can help us, for sure. The kids knew that he might be coming over before I did. I just heard about that Orangeville kid and what he was thinking … Our kids just want to do what’s best for this team, and Gunar fits right into that thinking.”

Lena-Winslow, a dominate 1A powerhouse over the years, won another state title last season beating Carrollton 38-25.

Transfers in Illinois high school sports continue to grow every year.

This summer almost 90 Illinois high school basketball have transferred according to the listing of Aaron Britton on his Nesto Hoops site.