Category: Basketball

Jefferson wins share of NIC-10 thanks to Auburn win

Auburn knocked off Boylan for the second time this season, Wednesday night, allowing Jefferson to claim a share of the NIC-10 basketball title. Auburn ended the Titans’ 41-game conference winning streak back on Jan. 5 with a 52-51 thriller, capped off by a last-second 16-foot jump shot by Yahmir Muhammad. Wednesday’s 57-45 win by the […]

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Last year’s trio of 1,000-point scorers having solid freshman years

(Kaleia Monteiro, Mardaeja Cross and Elizabeth Bankole pictured at the 2017 Rumble in the Rock) ROCKFORD – The three District 205 girls basketball stars who passed 1,000 career points in 2016-2017 are successfully making the jump to college basketball. Kaleia Monteiro of Guilford, Elizabeth Bankole of Jefferson and Mardaeja Cross of East all chose to develop […]

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Burnell passes 1,000, sets sights on Thoren

East junior Chris Burnell, a starter since his freshman year, passed 1,000 career points Friday night versus Boylan. He’s the 12th E-Rab to pass the mark and the second to do so this year. Barring something unforseen, he’s going to shatter the NIC-10’s longest standing career scoring record. Duane “Skip” Thoren, who would go on […]

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E-Rabs win Galesburg MLK tournament

GALESBURG – The East E-Rabs went 4-1 to win the Galesburg MLK tournament, improving the team’s overall record to 14-7. East, which is tied for third in the NIC-10 race at 6-2, won four games by blowout margins over Galesburg, Dunlap, Maine South and Minooka. Only a two-point loss to Peoria Saturday morning kept the […]

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Auburn girls basketball winning in classroom

The Auburn Knights girls basketball program is back on the rise in the first year under coach Darryl Watkins. Even more importantly, the girls are getting it done in the classroom as well. Auburn is 10-10 overall and 4-4 in the conference, a vast improvement over last year’s 6-22 record. Watkins on Friday posted even […]

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Auburn halts Boylan NIC-10 basketball winning streak

ROCKFORD – Yahmir Muhammad’s basket in the final seconds was just enough to give the Knights a 52-51 win over Boylan Friday night, halting a 41-game NIC-10 winning streak for the Titans. Auburn scored the game’s first 10 points, but Boylan rallied to take the lead in the fourth quarter. The teams traded the lead […]

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Auburn girls surpassed 2015-16 win total over Christmas

CHICAGO – Auburn’s girls basketball team blitzed the field in the Chicago Collins Holiday Tournament, improving to 9-9. The Knights topped Chicago Orr (79-18), Bulls College Prep (63-5), Chicago Crane (59-21), Chicago Comer (58-28), and Chicago Westinghouse in the title game (79-50). Serenity Potter and Nia Neal were named to the all-tournament teams. With the […]

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Auburn grads Cobb, Tyler having strong JUCO seasons

Former Rockford Auburn stars Nylek Cobb and Trayvon Tyler are having solid junior college seasons as they try to build on the Knights’ history of college basketball stars. Cobb was the second-leading scorer on the 2014-2015 Auburn team that won the NIC-10 with a perfect 16-0 mark and finished 29-2 overall. Three of Cobbs teammates […]

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Kennedy falls in 8th grade girls basketball sectionals

BARRINGTON – Kennedy’s eighth grade girls basketball team fell a step short of state, Wednesday, falling to Arlington Height South, 37-23. The Wildcats reached the sectionals by winning last week’s regional in Rockford. Kennedy knocked off RESA on Nov. 28, 52-26, to reach the finals. There, Kennedy, the top seed, topped Eisenhower, 50-42. Eisenhower, which […]

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East’s Stroberg signs with NCAA D2 basketball program

Rockford East senior Erin Stroberg signed a letter of intent to play basketball for McKendree University in Lebanon next season. The 6-foot-1 center averaged 6.5 points in 30 games for the E-Rabs last season when the team won a school-record 25 games. Stroberg was coming off a serious knee injury as a sophomore and excelled this past summer […]

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