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Aimone to play football for Eureka

SPRING VALLEY — Football was not high on Collin Aimone’s list of favorite sports. A breakout senior season, however, changed mind.

Helping to put Hall Red Devil football back on the map with a playoff appearance whet the Hall senior’s appetite for more. On Thursday, he signed to continue his football career for Eureka College.

“The senior year of football is what did it for me. Football was never my favorite. It was up there, but it wasn’t my favorite (sport),” he said. “After this year, how everything ended, it was really something special. At the end, I was like, ‘I don’t want to give this up,’ and luckily they’re giving me a chance to keep playing.”

Aimone was All-BCR First Team selection at both receiver and return specialist, an unanimous Three Rivers South selection at the latter. He found the end zone seven times as a receiver and two more on returns.

He said Eureka plans to use him in the same role as he had at Hall, moving him around from receiver and special teams.

“Collin is going to be a solid player for us,” Eureka coach Kurt Barth said. “He’s very versatile and very good with the ball in his hands.”

At Eureka, Aimone will be reunited with St. Bede’s Michael Slingsby, a former Illinois Valley Youth League teammate, who recently signed to play for the Red Devils. Aimone said they will probably room together and he’s been told to keep the stocky Slingsby well feed so he can better block for him.

Aimone plans to study criminal justice and would like to become a police offer and down the road a conservation officer.

Aimone also considered Carthage College to run track.

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