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The Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference is a high school athletic conference with twelve high schools in northern Illinois. The conference is divided into two divisions—East and West.

DeKalb, Kaneland, Morris, Sycamore, Yorkville

Geneseo, LaSalle-Peru, Ottawa, Rochelle, Sterling

Recent news about the NIB-12

Area girls cross country: Northern Illinois Big 12

Yorkville, which has won the last three Class 2A state titles, returns one of the top runners in the state in Skylar Bollinger. Last year, Bollinger won the Northern Illinois Big 12 conference title and finished 16th at state. Yorkville…Read More »

Daniels: Brown on fast track

DeKALB — Dre Brown committed to Illinois last March but didn’t think about enrolling early at Illinois. At the time. The running back at DeKalb — who starts his senior season with the Barbs at 7:30 p.m. Friday in a…Read More »

Tennis preview

There will be some new faces in the area tennis scene this season as more than half of the 2013 NewsTribune All-Area Team graduated. Below is a by the numbers breakdown of the area tennis scene. 1 Coach who has…Read More »

There's no place like a new home in high school football

Back when Glenbard South athletic director John Treiber assumed he’d ride off into the Western Sun, the new Metro Suburban Conference comprising four schools seemed destined for failure. The year was 2006. Glenbard South was a perfect fit for the…Read More »


10 players to watch: DeKalb — Dre Brown (RB, 5-11, 197, Sr.), Eriq Torrey (RB/DB, 6-0, 180, Sr.); Kaneland — Connor Fedderly (WR/DB, 5-8, 160, Sr.), Isaac Swithers (RB/DB, 5-8, 175, Sr.); Morris — T.J. Layne (OL/DE, 6-2, 220, Sr.),…Read More »

Kaneland football out to avenge loss, reclaim conference

Tom Fedderly and the Kaneland football team aren’t going to let history get in the way of appreciating a good season. The Knights went 9-2 last year, reached the second round of the IHSA Class 5A playoffs and missed out…Read More »

Defense hopes to lead DeKalb football resurgence

With Illinois signee and reigning Daily Chronicle Male Athlete of the Year Dre Brown anchoring a high-octane pistol-option offense, the defense on the DeKalb football team can get overlooked. It doesn’t help that the team gave up almost 29 points…Read More »

Defending champion Spartans say they’re not feeling like the favorite

They won the conference. They made the state semifinals. Their victory against Kaneland in the regular season ended the Knights’ 35-game conference winning streak. But despite their litany of accomplishments in 2013, Sycamore football players and coaches say they feel…Read More »

Football coaches see Northern Illinois Big 12 East title up for grabs

Rochelle won only one game in the Northern Illinois Big 12 East Division last year. With five of the division’s six teams making the postseason last year, the league was a tough one. Even with Rochelle leaving the East Division…Read More »

Hubs Move West In NIB 12

ROCHELLE-Rochelle hasn’t moved anywhere, but its football team has moved from the east side of the Northern Illinois Big 12 to the West side. The Hubs will no longer be grouped with natural rivals DeKalb and Sycamore, but the time…Read More »

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