Category: Tennis

Last list for 2021 – all the RPS spring all-conference athletes

ROCKFORD – Five Rockford Public Schools athletes were named MVPs in spring sports, a strong showing to end a very strange year for athletes around the country. Chris Park and doubles teammates Drew Lican and Sharan Kamaraj were the MVPs in boys tennis for the conference champion Auburn Knights. Super sophomore Michelle Gasmund was girls […]

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Young American awards shows off best of RPS

The Rockford Register Star has been giving the Young American award to outstanding teenagers since the 1950s. This year, the newspaper picked 17 outstanding young men and women and has been publishing a profile a day of each of the honorees. A couple from this past week featured Rockford Public Schools students who excelled both […]

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Auburn sends five to state tennis meet

Two doubles teams and Auburn’s top singles player qualified for the IHSA Class 2A tennis meet Saturday at Harlem. Drew Licari and Sharankumar Kamaraj will be heading to state on a roll. The NIC-10 doubles champions were up 5-2 over Hononegah in the sectionals when the Indians team had to drop out. They’ll be joined […]

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Auburn boys tennis dominates NIC-10 meet

The Auburn Knights won their third straight NIC-10 boys tennis championship this weekend in dominating style. The Knights were undefeated in dual-meet action and then won four of the five divisions to easily outpace second-place Hononegah. Chris Park was the big winner, defeating Hononegah’s Thomas Ptacin, 6-1, 7-6, in No. 1 singles. Park will graduate […]

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Auburn tennis star to test herself in PAC-12

ROCKFORD – Belen Nevenhoven, the Auburn tennis star who missed out on a chance to be the NIC-10’s first girls state champion because of the coronavirus, announced Monday that she’ll attend the University of Arizona as a preferred walk-on. It’ll be a huge step up for Nevenhoven, who finished fourth in the state when she […]

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Giving thanks to our coaches

ROCKFORD – The Rockford Sports Coalition is extremely thankful on this Thanksgiving Day for all the staff and coaches who work daily with District 205 students to help them succeed. The Rockford Public Schools resevoir of dedicated and effective coaches has never been deeper, which was illustrated by the fact that RPS coaches earned coach […]

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Solid fall season for several RPS athletes

ROCKFORD – In a season that wasn’t typical, Rockford Public Schools had lots of athletes turning in typically outstanding seasons. RPS runners swept the MVP awards in cross country. Three boys cross country runners made first team All-NIC-10 and another was named special mention. Four RPS runners made the first team girls team and another […]

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Auburn perfect in girls tennis

ROCKFORD – Auburn’s Belen Nevenhoven completed a perfect NIC-10 career, rolling to her fourth straight conference tennis title on Oct. 10. Nevenhoven beat Guilford’s Kasey Aucutt, 6-0, 6-0, in the final and her teammates were perfect as well. The Knights went 9-0 in dual meets this year and then won both singles divisions and all […]

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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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