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J-Hawks star and college hall of famer now trains next generation of trainers

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Deann Trapp Petitgrout, one of Jefferson’s top girls athletes of the 1990s, is a college professor at her alma mater, Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. Deann was a two-time first-team All-NIC-9 star for the J-Hawks’ basketball program in 1993-1994 and 1994-1995. She also excelled, to a lesser extent, in volleyball and soccer. […]

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Chicagoland Summer Showcase postponed because of COVID-19

ROCKFORD – The second annual Chicagoland Summer Showcase was postponed indefinitely this week because of COVID-19. Rockford Public Schools was selected to host an event that was expected to hundreds of recruits hoping to impress college coaches on June 26-28. The school district was forced to postpone the event after the NCAA extended its “dead […]

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Auburn promotes Griffin to lead girls basketball program

ROCKFORD – Taylor Griffin, who has been an assistant girls baskeball coach at both Auburn and East high schools, will take over the NIC-10 champion Knights basketball program. Griffin was an assistant coach for this year’s team, which went 16-2 in the conference to win the first NIC-10 title in school history, and 26-7 overall. […]

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The 2.05 Run is going virtual

From now until June 12th – You can register for the 2.05 Run here: https://runsignup.com/Race/IL/Rockford/205Run Once you have completed your timed 2.05-mile run or walk, visit this link and submit your results to receive a race T-shirt and enter for a chance to win one of five local prize packages! The RPS school with the most […]

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Guilford swimming star helping build a better lawnmower

Stephanie Homewood Boozer, one of Guilford’s top swimmers from the 2000s, is now manager of program development, riding lawn equipment at John Deere in Cary, North Carolina. At Guilford, Stephanie was one of the top freestylers in conference history. She won seven individual conference titles, the 50 free style in 1994, the 100 freestyle all […]

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Commitment tracker: Madisen Perry, Auburn

The world of sports is at a standstill, but eventually we’ll reopen and when we do we’ll have a number of RPS 205 students competing at the next level. The list below are students who have announced where they are taking their talents:

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Commitment tracker: Jaszmin Minneyfield, Auburn

The world of sports is at a standstill, but eventually we’ll reopen and when we do we’ll have a number of RPS 205 students competing at the next level. The list below are students who have announced where they are taking their talents: Jaszmin Minneyfield, Auburn Roberto Davila, East, announced on April 17 Mikayla Land, […]

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Jefferson football star now a star maker in California

Prince Vaughn III, a 1991 All-NIC-9 defensive end for the Jefferson J-Hawks, is carving out an increasingly large role for himself in the entertainment industry in California. Vaughn is the vice president of casting for UnRealistic Ideas in Burbank, Calif. The production company is owned by Mark Wahlberg among others and created the documentary “Run […]

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East tennis star preaches to millions

John Ortberg, a two-time Big Nine boys tennis runnerup, is the senior pastor of Menlo Church in California and author of several Christian books. At East, Ortberg finished second in conference tennis in both 1974 and 1975. In 1974, he lost to West’s Mark Saunders in the final and in 1975 he came in second […]

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Auburn wrestling great helps others reach goals in Denver

Terry Griffis, the greatest wrestler in Auburn history, is a health and wellness trainer at the Colorado Athletic Club in Denver. At Auburn, Griffis was a three-time NIC-9 wrestling champion and three-time IHSA state qualifier at 189 pounds and heavyweight. He was 88-17 over his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. He also was a first […]

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