District 205 boys basketball programs turning back clock to LBJ administration

ROCKFORD – Auburn and Guilford picked up wins Wednesday night, bringing the District 205 boys basketball programs a step closer to something they haven’t done since Lyndon Johnson was president.

Auburn knocked off Hononegah, 64-51, to move to 9-5 in the NIC-10 and 15-10 overall. The Knights are a virtual lock to record their 13th straight winning season under Bryan Ott.

Guilford beat Belvidere North in a defensive battle, 40-32, to improve to 6-8 and 14-12. That was a big step in the Vikings quest for their first winning season since 2006-2007.

East, which did not play last night, has clinched at least a share of its first conference title since 1981. The E-Rabs are 25-2 and one game away from tying the school record for wins in a season.

Jefferson was off Wednesday as well. After starting fast, the J-Hawks slowed down, but a win over third-place Boylan last week put Jefferson at 14-13.

If the J-Hawks and Vikings finish at .500 or better, it will mark the first time since 1966-1967 that all of the District 205 boys basketball programs finished at .500 or better.

In 1966-1967, the West Warriors went 28-2, the Auburn Knights went 13-9, the East E-Rabs finished 12-10 and the Guilford Vikings came in at 12-12.

There have been several strong years for District 205 in the interim, but there has always been one school with a losing record. According to the NIC-10 Sports History Book:

  • In 1969-1970, Auburn was 22-4, Guilford 14-10, West 14-9, but East went 10-13.
  • In 1973-1974, Guilford went 20-9, Auburn 14-11, West 14-11, East 12-12, but Jefferson was 11-17.
  • In 1979-1980, Jefferson was 19-11, East 16-8, Auburn 13-11, West, 13-13, but Guilford was 11-13.
  • In 1992-1993, Guilford was 27-7, Auburn 17-10, East 13-13, but Jefferson was 11-17.
  • In 1999-2000, Jefferson wetn 22-6, Guilford 22-7, East 20-11, but Auburn was 7-20.
  • In 2017-2018, Jefferson went 26-7, Auburn 20-12, East 20-11, but Guilford was 11-17.

There are several hurdles in the path of Jefferson and Guilford over the next two weeks.

The J-Hawks still have conference games left with Harlem (16-9), Belvidere (4-22), Belvidere North (12-14) and Guilford before the regionals.

The Vikings have games left against Hononegah (15-12), Freeport (4-21), Harlem (16-9) and Jefferson.

Posted on 02.07.19