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Firemen oust VFW with late-inning rally

Posted: Saturday, Jun 25th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The Rochelle Little League team Firemen came from behind and eliminated No. 6 seed VFW from the boys major division tournament by a score of 6-5 on Thursday.
With the win, the No. 4 seed Firemen will face No. 3 seed First National Bank in the bracket semifinals.
Firemen took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the
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First National Bank defeats Lions to advance to semifinals

Posted: Saturday, Jun 25th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The Rochelle Little League team First National Bank kept its major division championship hopes alive after ousting No. 1 seed Lions from the tournament with a 4-2 victory on Thursday.
FNB will face No. 4 seed Firemen in the loser's bracket semifinals. Firemen defeated No. 6 seed VFW 6-5 to clinch its spot in the next round.
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13U improves to 21-9 with wins over Petro, Rock Falls

Posted: Saturday, Jun 25th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The Rochelle 13U team added three wins to its record and improved to 21-9 on the season after beating Rochelle Little League team Petro 10-6 on Tuesday and defeating Rock Falls in a doubleheader on Wednesday, June 15.
The 13U team took game one of the doubleheader in dominating fashion by a score of 21-1 and won a
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Petro bounces back with win over Rock Falls

Posted: Saturday, Jun 25th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Jr. League team Petro earned another win Thursday evening with a 14-7 victory over Rock Falls.
Brady Shank spearheaded the Petro attack with two singles, a walk and three runs scored in the game. Gavin Ansteth reached base four times and scored once, while Justin Beck also reached four times and scored twice.
Rock Falls jumped
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Local tennis group still swinging away

Posted: Saturday, Jun 25th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The Mixed Evening Adult Tennis League headed up by Robin Kinser is a group that has been around for several decades, and they are still going strong.
A long time member, Marilyn May, said the group has been meeting to play tennis during warm weather months for more than 30 years.
"There has been a tennis group, but
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Former Hub Dobbs earns Academic All-American honors

Posted: Saturday, Jun 25th, 2016
ROCHELLE , Former Rochelle Hub and University of Chicago's Michelle Dobbs was named to the 2016 Academic All-America Division III Track & Field/Cross Country Teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Wednesday.
Dobbs was a second-team Academic All-America selection after stellar 2016 on the track. The junior computer science major's biggest highlight was winning the NCAA championship
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Police wins pair, holds top spot in Jr. League standings

Posted: Saturday, Jun 25th, 2016
STERLING -- Rochelle Little League Jr. Division team Police kept it rolling earlier this week with a double-header victory over Sterling on the road.
Police won 11-3 in the opener and took the second game 12-7 to stay atop the standings of the Little League District, which includes Rochelle Petro, Sterling, Rock Falls, Freeport 1 and Freeport 2.
Most of
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Kiwanis upsets Lions to continue magical postseason run

Posted: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 2016
ROCHELLE -- In stunning fashion, the Rochelle Little League boys team Kiwanis upset the No. 1 seed Lions 16-11 in the major division winner's bracket semifinals after scoring eight runs in the final inning of the game Tuesday evening.
Kiwanis, the No. 5 seed in the tournament, advanced to the semifinals after an epic comeback over No. 4 seed
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Rotary advances with win over FNB

Posted: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The Rochelle Little League boys team Rotary advanced to the major division winner's bracket finals with a narrow 5-2 victory over First National Bank Tuesday evening.
Rotary would jump out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning after Owen Angel tripled and Alex Burnett singled to plate the game's first run.
FNB tied the game 1-1
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1st State Bank tops Family Vision for major division title

Posted: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The Rochelle Little League girls team 1st State Bank defeated Family Vision 15-6 Monday evening to win the major division softball championship.
Ashley Knight led off for 1st State Bank and reached base five times in the game, scoring three runs. Second and third hitters Alayna Hanners and Hayleigh Jones combined for five runs, while Paige Dawdy, Macie
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Major league girls earn medals

Posted: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 2016
1st State Bank (top) and Family Vision (above) fought for the girls major league division softball championship Tuesday evening, with 1st State Bank prevailing by a score of 15-6. However, both teams were recognized for their achievements this season with first and second place medals. (Courtesy photos)
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Petro improves to 8-2 with win over Freeport

Posted: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Little League junior team Petro raised its record to 8-2 on Monday night with a convincing 14-4 win over Freeport at home.
Petro scored three runs in both the first and second innings and then rallied for six runs in the third to pull away quickly.
Freeport plated two runs in the second and two more in
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Former Hub Wilkinson continuing golf career on Florida pro tour

Posted: Thursday, Jun 23rd, 2016
FORMER Hub golfer Andrew Wilkinson admitted the toughest challenge in moving to Florida to compete on the West Florida Golf Tour was leaving everything including his family and close friends behind.
But the three-time All-Conference honoree and two-time state championship qualifier said he wouldn't change a thing about his decision to move out east and pursue his professional golf dream.
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Track club dominates at Saturday invite

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The Rochelle Area Track Club took first place in the 39th Annual Track Club Invite at Rochelle Township High School on Saturday after a dominant performance in both the track and field events.
The club finished first with 125 total medals, 85 from the men and 40 from the women. The club earned 41 gold medals, 33
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Hubs’ Porter reflects on Shrine Game experience

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
ROCHELLE -- For Hubs senior football player James Porter, learning he had been selected to represent his school in the 42nd Annual Illinois Shrine Game was one thing.
But experiencing everything the Shrine Game had to offer was something he said he would never forget.
"It felt awesome to be able to take the field on Saturday for one last
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Open gym volleyball helping create future two-sport athletes

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
CHRISSY Jeffers is entering just her second year as assistant coach of both the Rochelle Hubs girls basketball and girls volleyball teams.
But Jeffers has already found a way to get her Lady Hubs ballers excited about playing a new sport.
At the conclusion of girls basketball camp last week, Jeffers and head coach Tony Rowan would open up the
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Play Day winners announced

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The winners of the Rochelle Chamber of Commerce Play Day last Tuesday have been announced, according to an email from executive assistant Michael R. Cruz.
Among the individual winners were Chris Haas of Hub Printing, winner of the $1,000 Ball Drop, and Janeen Norquist of Just in Time Heating & Cooling, winner of $600 in the 50-50 raffle
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Kiwanis makes stunning comeback in 13-12 win

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
ROCHELLE -- With a 4-11 record and down 11-0 after two innings in the Major League post-season tournament Monday night, it looked like Kiwanis was in for a short night against Firemen.
But a nine-run rally in the third inning and four more runs in the top of the fifth lifted Kiwanis to a stunning 13-12 victory over Firemen in
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Major League dog fight for first place

Posted: Saturday, Jun 18th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- With the Rochelle Little League City Championship playoffs starting next week, there is a dog fight between three teams for first place in the Major League regular season standings.
Rotary and Lions have held the top spots in the standings for most of the season, but defending city champion Firemen worked their way back into the mix after
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New RCH fitness center helping patients, public stay healthy and strong

Posted: Saturday, Jun 18th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Community Hospital's new HealthWorks Fitness Center is located in Suite 100 on the south end of the new edition.
The remodeled fitness center houses cardiopulmonary rehabilitation where referred patients can meet with cardiopulmonary staff to get their vital readings and discuss rehabilitation.
The fitness center equipment is also open to the public through monthly memberships.
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New RCH fitness center helping patients, public stay healthy and strong

Posted: Saturday, Jun 18th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Community Hospital's new HealthWorks Fitness Center is located in Suite 100 on the south end of the new edition.
The remodeled fitness center houses cardiopulmonary rehabilitation where referred patients can meet with cardiopulmonary staff to get their vital readings and discuss rehabilitation.
The fitness center equipment is also open to the public through monthly memberships.
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Shrine Game a humbling experience for Hubs’ Porter

Posted: Thursday, Jun 16th, 2016
FOR more than 40 years, the Illinois High School Shrine Game has brought together the best high school football players from across the state to display their talents while also supporting a greater cause.
This Saturday, Rochelle Hubs football player James Porter will be one of the 88 athletes set to play in the annual event at Tucci Stadium
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Dobbs anticipates fun and competition at Track Club invite

Posted: Thursday, Jun 16th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Roughly 250 athletes will arrive at Creason Athletic Stadium on the campus of Rochelle Township High School this Saturday for the 39th Annual Rochelle Area Track Club Track and Field Invitational.
The invite is designed for youth athletes to compete in all track and field events. The events will run in order from youngest to oldest, with the
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Middle school camp begins Monday

Posted: Thursday, Jun 16th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Sign-up forms are still available for the Rochelle Middle School summer girls basketball camp.
The camp runs June 20-23 from 1-3 p.m. and is open to all girls entering sixth, seventh and eighth grade. Campers will be instructed on fundamental basketball skills, offensive and defensive team concepts and preparation for their upcoming school basketball season.
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Petro tops Police in Jr. League battle

Posted: Thursday, Jun 16th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Little League Jr. League team Petro earned another victory Monday evening with a 9-5 win over Police in a battle of two Rochelle teams.
Brady Shank singled, walked and scored twice for Petro, while teammate Justin Beck singled twice, reached on an error and scored three runs in the game. Gavin Ansteth finished with two singles and
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Girls tennis camp takes center court

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 14th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Roughly 15 youth girls tennis players arrived at Rochelle Township High School on a warm and sunny Monday morning ready to serve, swat and swipe the ball at the first day of youth girls tennis camp.
"It's beautiful today," coach Lizzie Swinderman said. "It's perfect tennis weather… We're just having a lot of fun. We're warming up and
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Rowan excited for next challenge at girls camp

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 14th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- With the conclusion of high school camp last week, Hubs girls basketball coach Tony Rowan was anxious to get his youth campers on the court Monday afternoon and begin demonstrating the basic fundamentals of basketball.
"I was excited to see that we had right around 30 campers today," Rowan said. "We had a lot more show up
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Gettin' their kicks

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 14th, 2016
The AYSO spring soccer season is underway, and young athletes across the area are getting the ball rolling as the play heats up every Saturday morning at Lincoln School. (Photos by Ben Shank)
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Golfing numbers up at Fairways so far this season

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 14th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Fairways Golf Course is quite busy this season.
After the city took over the accounting functions and the park district took over the maintenance operations, the long-standing golf course has seen increased play this spring.
Along with several outings the course has planned for the summer, Fairways is also seeing more children and women come out and
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Adjustments key to breakout season for Hubs’ Beach

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 14th, 2016
HUBS outfielder and pitcher Alec Beach wasn't always the slugger he is today.
The senior torched opposing pitchers this season, hitting .432 on the year and an astonishing .484 during conference play. He earned first-team All-Conference honors and was the only Hub to be named to the All-Conference first team in 2016.
But head coach Jarrod Reynolds admitted he was
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