Tag: Rockford School District

Auburn, Guilford stars among 11 Raptors moving on to college teams

The Rockford Raptors youth soccer club is holding a college signing ceremony July 26 for 11 boys players who have committed to play for programs this fall. Two of the 11 are Rockford Public Schools stars. Gaige Cervantes and Carlos Galvan will play for Rockford University. Cervantes was a first-team all-NIC-10 defender for Auburn, while […]

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Keeping up with your coaches: Jan Ford

Many coaches have the calling at a young age. Some fill a need and stick with it. That’s the story of Jan Ford, the varsity girls volleyball coach at Auburn. The Inglewood, California-native began coaching because her daughter’s middle school needed a volleyball coach. She has stuck with it for nine seasons, the past four […]

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Keeping up with your coaches: Jessica Basford

The Rockford Public Schools athletic programs have made tremendous progress this decade in sports such as soccer, football and volleyball. The gains have not been as great so far in the stick-and-ball sports – baseball and softball. Jessica Basford is a 2003 Richmond-Burton graduate who is entering her third year as head coach of Auburn’s […]

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Auburn senior adds another impressive boxing title

Rockford Auburn’s Angel Martinez added a Junior Olympics title to his growing array of medals. Martinez won a USA Boxing National Championship back in December in Kansas City then followed it up with a National Golden Gloves title in Lafayette, Louisiana, in May. This past weekend, he was in Charleston, South Carolina, for the 2017 […]

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ESPN features progress of District 205 sports

Five years after featuring the Rockford Public Schools’ decision to eliminate requiring RPS athletes meet a tougher grade point standard than any other school in the NIC-10, ESPN’s Outside The Lines revisited the issue this week. In 2012, when ESPN first met with Rockford Public School issues, the GPA requirement was a contentious issue. Although […]

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Keeping up with your coaches: Douglas McArthur

Extra-curriculars in high school encompass more than just athletics. Douglas McArthur is entering his fourth year coaching Jefferson’s speech team, which includes a number of categories that have a common goal, teaching students how to present themselves professionally. Here’s more about Douglas: Full-time Job: Teacher Family: wife and two kids Hometown: University Park High School […]

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Auburn, East in boys summer basketball league semifinals

Auburn and East advanced to tonight’s semifinals in the East Summer Varsity League basketball tournament Monday night. The Knights, who were 5-1 in the three weeks of league play, knocked off Janesville Parker, 58-28, and Belvidere North, 49-40. Auburn will face Hononegah tonight at 6 p.m. The E-Rabs, who were 3-3 the first three weeks, […]

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Keeping up with your coaches: Darryl Watkins

Darryl Watkins is entering his first season as Auburn girls varsity basketball coach after spending the past five years as assistant coach for the Rock Valley College women’s basketball team. Watkins is returning home. He is a 2007 Auburn graduate. Here’s more about Darryl: Full-time Job: Building Support Specialist at Rockford Auburn High School  Hometown: […]

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East puts three on all-NIC-10 baseball, softball teams

Two East E-Rab juniors, Brandon Folk and Scott Gowan, were named first team all-NIC-10 in baseball, while Madi Hecox made first-team all-NIC-10 for East in softball. Folk played outfield and pitched for East, which went 10-7 in the NIC-10, good for fifth, while Gowan pitched and played shortstop. Two other Rockford Public Schools players joined […]

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Lee Marks, who coached Guilford boys track for 47 years, has died

Guilford High School announced Monday that Lee Marks, who ran the Vikings boys track and field program for 47 years, has passed away. “The Guilford family has lost a teacher, coach, friend and fan,” Guilford Athletic Director Augie Toldo said in an email. “Coach Marks dedicated so much of his life to Guilford High School […]

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