Athlete Showcase: Niles’ Austin Franco

Austin Franco is a senior on the Niles wrestling team.

What has been one of your greatest accomplishments as an athlete?

AF: Final four at team state.

Austin Franco

Who is a “hero” in your life and why?

AF: Lebron James, because he is the king.

When are you the most nervous while you are competing?

AF: Losing in a close match.

Describe an embarrassing athletic moment.

AF: Giving up a takedown in Ohio.

How do you tend to workout/train when by yourself?

AF: Run.

What other sport would you like to compete in if you were not playing yours?

AF: Cross country.

Why are sports an important part of a high school experience?

AF: It teaches you life lessons.

How would you give away $50,000?

AF: I would give it to Niles athletics.

If you could be the head coach of a team for a year, what team would you choose?

AF: The Cleveland Cavaliers.

If I did not play sports, I would…?

AF: Get a job.

What is the most challenging thing for you to do in your sport?

AF: Making time for family and friends.

If you could change one rule about your sport, what would it be?

AF: Locking hands.

What is the best compliment you have ever received?

AF: “You have fast feet.”

What was the last thing you saw someone do that really impressed you?

AF: Watching Davin Simpson go out with three pins in Ohio.

What is your favorite hobby? Why?

AF: Fishing.

Choose one word to describe yourself:

AF: Taciturn.

Business

Niles Main Street launches social media campaign focused on shopping small during the holiday season

Edwardsburg

Two involved in Edwardsburg drug bust arraigned on charges

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Berrien, Cass, Van Buren counties report additional COVID-19 deaths

News

Niles City Council welcomes new member

Business

The Strand to offer hayride tour of Sister Lakes

Buchanan

Buchanan City Commission discusses master plan, marijuana application, trees complaints

News

Niles City Council approves outdoor dining zone

News

UPDATE: Rite Aid expands no-cost COVID-19 testing

Dowagiac

Dowagiac city utilities portal receives positive feedback from community

News

Niles District Library decorates for holidays

Business

New Niles restaurant to celebrate creativity

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Michigan reports 314,216 cases, 8,543 deaths

News

Niles man charged in downtown bank robbery

Berrien County

Pokagon Band donates proceeds from Four Winds Invitational to Beacon Children’s Hospital

Berrien County

Local effort underway to support Wreaths Across America

Dowagiac

SMC unveils Grady Scholars initiative

News

MDARD, MI Retailers Association, Meijer urging consumers to shop as normal

News

Further protecting construction, manufacturing workers, MIOSHA enhances inspection efforts

Berrien County

Police rescue man trapped under vehicle after two-car crash in Niles Township

News

Niles mayor asks public to heed warnings after testing positive for COVID-19

Business

Local tree farm opens for holiday season

Edwardsburg

Edwardsburg Sports Complex asking for support on GivingTuesday

Education

Niles High School students finish out investment tournament in top half

Dowagiac

Dowagiac Rotary Club planning to support Feed the Hungry campaign