Six from RPS 205 honored in All Star Preps banquet

ROCKFORD – Six Rockford Public Schools 205 athletes and one coach were named best of the best Tuesday night at the Rockford Register Star’s annual All Star Preps Best of Rock River Valley banquet.

Roy Sackmaster was named boys coach of the year for guiding the East E-Rabs to their first NIC-10 basketball title since 1981 and first state appearance since 1978.

Chris Burnell, the point guard who led the E-Rabs to those heights, was named Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Burnell broke East’s all-time scoring record along the way.

The brother-sister combo of Quinten and Belen Nevenhoven again were named the boys and girls tennis players of the year. Both won the NIC-10 singles titles and qualified for the IHSA state tournament.

East’s Aydin Guttridge, who won the first wrestling state title for East since 1999, won the Wrestler of the Year award. 

The final award for RPS went to Guilford basketball player Kate Dennis, who was named the Fan Favorite of the Year.


Posted on 06.26.19