Category: Tennis

Auburn’s Nevenhoven wins top female athlete award

ROCKFORD – Auburn tennis star Belen Nevenhoven was named Female Athlete of the Year Thursday night in the Rockford Register Star’s annual All Star Preps Best of Rock River Valley awards. Normally, the announcement comes during a grand gala. Thursday’s awards ceremony was conducted online because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Register Star made […]

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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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19 things to celebrate from 2019: No. 4 – Nevenhoven’s state run

Auburn tennis star Belen Nevenhoven became the first Rockford Public Schools player to make it to an IHSA girls tennis final this past spring. She got off to a strong start in her bid to join West’s Dan Wykse as the only state tennis champions – boys or girls – in RPS and NIC-10 history, […]

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19 things to celebrate from 2019: No. 7 – Auburn boys tennis title

ROCKFORD – Auburn won its second straight NIC-10 boys tennis championship – this time by the tiniest of margins.  The Knights topped Rockton Hononegah 52.4 to 52 and the title wasn’t decided Chris Park and Drew Licari beat Harlem’s Lucas Crane and Anthony Buffington, 6-3, 6-4, to win the No. 1 doubles title. There was no […]

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Nevenhoven battles, but finishes second in IHSA tennis

BUFFALO GROVE – Belen Nevenhoven of Auburn got off to a strong start in her bid to become the first IHSA girls tennis champion in NIC-10 history. Leading 4-2 with a break point, she missed a volley that turned the match. Defending state champion Kiley Rabjohns rallied to win 10 of the next 13 games. […]

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Auburn’s Nevenhoven one match from history

BUFFALO GROVE – Auburn junior Belen Nevenhoven is one match from winning the first girls state tennis title not only in District 205 history but in NIC-10 history. On Friday, Nevenhoven knocked off Auburn Rabjohns of Lake Forest, 6-4, 6-3, and Ali Benedetto of Winnetka New Trier, 6-4, 6-4. The two wins already give her […]

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Auburn’s Nevenhoven leads large RPS group in IHSA tennis

The IHSA 2A girls tennis tournament kicks off this morning and seven RPS 205 players are looking to make their mark. Three-time NIC-10 champion Belen Nevenhoven opens her tournament against Sara Jankovic of Roselle Lake Park. Nevenhoven is looking to win the first IHSA girls tennis title in NIC-10 history. The other players playing today […]

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Big weekend for Auburn football, girls tennis teams

ROCKFORD – The Auburn girls tennis team won its first NIC-10 title in eight years and the football team qualified for the IHSA playoffs in exciting fashion. Friday night, the Knights trailed Jefferson 22-20 when backup quarterback Ja’Quan Brady connected on a 56-yard desperation pass to Kevin Williams on the last play of the game. […]

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Auburn tennis player, Guilford runner are National Merit semifinalists

ROCKFORD – Two RPS 205 athletes are semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship program. Victoria Wu, a tennis player at Auburn, and Caitlin Ehrhardt, a cross country and track athlete at Guilford, are among 16,000 students across the country with qualifying test scores for the scholarships. Wu and Ehrhardt can continue in the competition […]

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Auburn football, Auburn tennis among top performers

ROCKFORD – A year after setting a record for touchdown passes at Auburn, Khamani Sanders threw four more to open the season with a 45-6 win over Guilford. The Knights play Freeport next Friday. Auburn’s girls tennis team won the eight team Niles North/West Invitational on Saturday. Two-time NIC-10 champion Belen Nevenhoven went 3-0 in singles. […]

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