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Alfano hopes to save Helms baseball field

Modified: Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- There isn't much baseball played at the Helms diamond nowadays, but Rochelle Little League coach Chris Alfano is looking to change that.
Alfano approached the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park Distrct at its board meeting last Monday with an idea to renovate the main baseball facility at the park. Alfano, a former Hub baseball player who once called the field
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Lady Hubs host annual invite

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The Rochelle Lady Hubs tennis team hosted its annual invite this past Saturday at Douglas A. Creason Athletic Complex, taking fifth place in a tournament that included DeKalb, Freeport, Kaneland and Newman Central Catholic.
The Lady Hubs were led in singles play by seniors Julia Frey and Anna Carpenter, who defeated Freeport's Kaitlyn Williams in straight sets (6-3,
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Baker, Walsh lead the way

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2016
STERLING -- The Hubs and Lady Hubs cross country teams competed at the Rock River Run in Sterling this past Saturday.
Junior Morgan Baker and sophomore Katherine Bakken led the girls in the varsity race with times of 20:20.9 and 20:38.6, while seniors Spencer Disimoni and Levi Johnson spearheaded the charge for the boys varsity team with times of 18:26.0
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Freshman team falls to Ottawa

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2016
The Hubs freshman football team battled hard at home but lost to a tough Ottawa squad to fall to 2-3 on the season. Austin Greifenkamp (above) made his first start of the season for injured quarterback Ethan Etes, and the young gunslinger received a big boost on the offensive line from Devlen Buh (below), who is seen pancaking an Ottawa
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Hubs battle in Sterling, DeKalb

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2016
STERLING -- Juniors Garrett Glosser and Noah Griffith are looking to end the regular season on a high note, leading the Hubs golf team at the Sterling Varsity Invite this past Saturday at Emerald Hill Golf Course.
The Hubs placed 15th overall, with Griffith shooting a team-low 85 and Glosser finishing with a 90 through 18 holes. Juniors Mason VanDierendonck
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Tooley, Saldana lead Royals at local invites

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2016
STERLING -- The Rochelle Middle School cross country teams have been a busy bunch over the past several days.
The teams competed at the Rock River Run in Sterling this past Saturday, and the boys and girls also battled at the Byron Invite last Wednesday after taking on Sycamore and Belvidere South in the Sycamore Invite last Tuesday.
The
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Girls teams take on Sycamore

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Fresh off a 3-1 overall match record against DeKalb Rosette last Tuesday, the Rochelle Middle School seventh and eighth grade volleyball teams took on Sycamore this past Thursday looking to continue their winning ways.
The girls combined to go 0-4 against Sycamore earlier in the season, and the Royals' opponent proved to be just as difficult on Thursday,
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Eighth grade team headlines Junior Tackle sweep of Oregon

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The Rochelle Junior Tackle program has been rolling over the past few weeks, with each of the teams including the eighth-graders topping Oregon this past Saturday at Helms Park to extend their winning streaks to two games apiece.
The four RJT teams began the month of September with a clean 4-0 sweep of Byron before going 0-3-1
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Hubs shut out Pirates for third straight win

Posted: Saturday, Sep 24th, 2016
OTTAWA -- An increasingly confident Rochelle football team rolled into Ottawa Friday night and proved that its early season success was no fluke.
The Hubs dominated the Pirates in all phases on Friday, racking up 415 total yards and ruining Ottawa's homecoming celebration with a 41-0 victory to move to 4-1 on the season and 1-0 in Northern Illinois Big
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Volleyball teams roll on

Posted: Saturday, Sep 24th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The Rochelle Middle School volleyball teams have been busy over the past week, with the girls battling DeKalb Huntley on Monday and DeKalb Rosette on Tuesday after facing off against Burlington Central and Prairie Knolls last Thursday.
The seventh grade teams combined to go 2-4 over the three-match stretch, with the A team recording both victories. The eighth
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Galvan impresses in singles

Posted: Saturday, Sep 24th, 2016
MENDOTA -- Jasmin Galvan hadn't played a singles match since her freshman year, but the Lady Hub tennis player responded well after being inserted into the No. 2 singles spot in Rochelle's 5-0 loss to Mendota on Thursday.
"It felt like something new again," Galvan said. "It was more work because I'm used to someone always being there but
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Girls team shines in Byron

Posted: Saturday, Sep 24th, 2016
BYRON -- The Rochelle Hubs and Lady Hubs cross country teams turned in possibly their best performances of the season on Wednesday, taking second place on the girls side and third place on the boys side in the Byron Invite at Byron Forest Preserve.
The Lady Hubs finished second in the 5K meet with 42 points. Five Rochelle girls placed
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Crossbar dooms Hubs in loss

Posted: Saturday, Sep 24th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The crossbar on a goal can be a demon in the game of soccer, and the Hubs varsity team learned that the hard way on Thursday in a 4-2 loss to the Kaneland Knights.
Forward Komla Gati (2') put Rochelle ahead 1-0 at the beginning of the match, and with some miscommunication from the Kaneland side early in
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Hubs look to avoid trap game at Ottawa

Posted: Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The Rochelle football team is rolling into conference play on a high note, taking down both Yorkville and Morris over the past two weeks to move to 3-1 on the season.
And with a struggling Ottawa Pirates team on their schedule this week, the Hubs will need to keep their eyes on a swivel if they hope to
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Nalley shoots season-low score

Posted: Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Tyler Nalley has been working hard on his game since the start of the season, and the junior golfer showed off his newfound skills with a season-best score of 50 in Rochelle's loss to Sterling on Tuesday at Fairways Golf Course.
"I've gotten better at my driving, my putting and seeing where the ball lands," Nalley said.
Juniors
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Infante, Milan score in loss to Sterling

Posted: Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The Hubs soccer team has been getting all it wants on offense over the past several games, but the boys faced a stiff challenge in the Sterling Golden Warriors on Tuesday.
Rochelle fell in a 3-0 hole early in the match, and despite goals from sophomore Jessee Infante and senior captain Juan Milan in the second half, Sterling's
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Crawford rises up in loss

Posted: Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The Lady Hubs volleyball team has been looking to generate some more offense from the middle of the court. And despite falling 25-11, 25-14 to Sterling on Tuesday evening, the girls received a big boost up front from junior middle hitter Alexis Crawford.
Crawford totaled three crucial kills for the Lady Hubs and helped the girls get off
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Royals battle DeKalb

Posted: Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016
ROCHELLE -- After facing off against two Belvidere schools last week, the Rochelle Middle School soccer teams took on DeKalb Huntley on Monday before battling DeKalb Rosette on Tuesday.
The A team went 1-1 over the two-game span, defeating Rosette at home after falling to Huntley on the road Monday and moving to 3-2-1 on the season. The B team
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Registration starts Saturday, Sept. 24 for youth bowling at T-Byrd Lanes

Posted: Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016
ROCHELLE -- All local youngsters who would like to participate in the T-Byrd Lanes youth bowling program will have the opportunity to sign up the next two Saturday mornings at the bowling alley.
Registration is being held this Saturday, Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and also Saturday, Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. to noon, which is also
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Former Hubs inducted to Dubuque Hall of Fame

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016
DUBUQUE, Iowa -- Former Rochelle basketball player Jesse Wooten wasn't sure what to think when his phone rang on a hot summer day this past July.
It was a Saturday afternoon around 2 p.m. when Wooten's phone indicated he had an incoming call from former University of Dubuque head basketball coach Jon Davison. Wooten, who played for Davison from
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Griffith medals at Chapel Hill

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016
PRINCETON -- Noah Griffith has been near the top of the leaderboard all season long, and the junior golfer turned in another solid performance this past Saturday in the Princeton Invite at Chapel Hill Golf Course and Events Center.
Griffith shot a team-best 86 through 18 holes to place eighth out of 54 golfers in the tournament. The junior
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Bakken earns top-5 finish

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016
MAPLE PARK -- She may only be a sophomore, but Rochelle's Katherine Bakken is already outpacing most of the competition she faces.
Bakken placed fifth out of 146 runners in the 3-mile freshman/sophomore cross country race at the Kaneland Invite this past Saturday with a time of 20:21. Bakken's performance follows up a strong showing at Rochelle's home meet at
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Lady Hubs rebound against Streator

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- After falling to Geneseo in conference play last Thursday, the Lady Hubs tennis team returned home and defeated Streator in emphatic fashion on Monday by a score of 4-1.
The girls rebounded strongly in both singles and doubles play, with seniors Julia Frey and Anna Carpenter each picking up victories on Monday. Frey rallied from an 0-6 loss
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Sophomores go 3-0 to win Oregon tournament

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016
The Rochelle sophomore volleyball team continued a strong start to the season with a dominant performance at the Oregon Sophomore Tournament this past Saturday at Oregon High School. The Lady Hubs (8-2 overall) defeated Hall Township in straight sets (25-13, 25-8) before topping Christian Life (25-11, 25-14) and conference rival Geneseo (25-15, 25-18) to take first place in the tournament.
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Bakken leads Lady Hub runners at home meet

Posted: Saturday, Sep 17th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The Hubs and Lady Hubs cross country teams met at Skare Park on Thursday under beautifully sunny skies and faced off against Amboy, Clinton, Oregon and DeKalb High Schools in Rochelle's first home meet of the season.
Sophomore Katherine Bakken took fifth place out of 69 girls in the 3-mile run to kick off the European-style meet with
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Challand throws 300 game

Posted: Saturday, Sep 17th, 2016
Local league bowler Austin Challand threw a 300 game at T-Byrd Lanes on Sept. 8 in the Thursday Night Classic League. The perfect game was the first of Challand's career, and the 701 series he racked up was also his highest ever. (Photo by John Shank)
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Versatile Wyatt leading Lady Hub volleyball squad

Posted: Saturday, Sep 17th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- When the Lady Hubs varsity volleyball team initiates its offense, it's almost a given that Jacie Wyatt will be in the center of the action.
The junior setter touches the ball nearly every time the Lady Hubs attack, often passing the ball up high to her teammates so they can execute their kill shots. As the team's starting
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Torres scores hat trick in Hubs win

Posted: Saturday, Sep 17th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Max Torres has only been on the varsity soccer team for a few matches, but the freshman forward has wasted no time making his presence felt with the big boys.
Torres scored three goals on Thursday to lead the Hubs to a 6-0 victory over Hinckley-Big Rock and record his first varsity hat trick of his high school
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Hubs stand tall in Morris defeat

Posted: Saturday, Sep 17th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The Morris Redskins were knocking on the door, but the Rochelle Hubs refused to let them through.
Pinned in their own red zone with less than a minute to go in the fourth quarter, the Hubs defense stopped two consecutive runs before forcing two incomplete passes by Morris quarterback Ricky del Favero to take over on downs and
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RTHS Class of 2016 Hall of Fame inductees

Modified: Friday, Sep 16th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- When the Rochelle Hubs take on the Morris Redskins this Friday night at Douglas A. Creason Athletic Complex, the school will honor its newest members of the RTHS Athletic Hall of Fame.
The Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2016 includes five former Hub athletes, three women and two men, who enjoyed tremendous success as student-athletes at RTHS.
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Ball movement key to derailing undefeated Morris

Posted: Thursday, Sep 15th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The Rochelle football team took a big step in the right direction last Friday, upending the larger Yorkville Foxes 18-14 to move to 2-1 on the season.
But the Hubs will have no time to rest, as an even larger Morris Redskins team will come to Douglas A. Creason Athletic Complex this Friday on Hall of Fame night
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Shank, Stecker shine in varsity debut

Posted: Thursday, Sep 15th, 2016
LASALLE-PERU -- Sophomores Brady Shank and Luke Stecker were the stars of the show when the Hubs golf team shot its lowest total of the season against LaSalle-Peru on Tuesday.
Rochelle totaled a 179 on Tuesday, falling to the Cavaliers by just seven strokes. With junior Mason VanDierendonck and sophomore Isaac Musselman out, it was Shank and Stecker who came
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Brown nets first varsity goal in loss

Posted: Thursday, Sep 15th, 2016
GENESEO -- Austin Brown saw the corner kick by teammate Juan Milan curving toward the front goal post, and the freshman midfielder knew right away he had to make a play.
Attacking in front where no Geneseo defenders saw him, Brown was able to escape the crowd of players around the net and headed the ball in between two defenders
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Girls top Ottawa for first conference win

Posted: Thursday, Sep 15th, 2016
OTTAWA -- Junior outside hitter Kendra DeLaTorre and the rest of the Lady Hub volleyball girls were ecstatic to earn their first conference win of the season on Tuesday, taking down Ottawa in straight sets 25-12, 25-12.
Senior Ali VanVickle led the girls with nine kills, with junior Jacie Wyatt pacing the offense with 15 assists and senior Paige Myroth
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Doubles teams show growth in loss

Posted: Thursday, Sep 15th, 2016
STERLING -- Juniors Raquel Montelongo and Lillian Fulgencio continued their string of hot doubles play in the Lady Hubs 5-0 loss to Sterling on Tuesday.
While the girls have yet to pick up their first victory together, they took the most games of any Lady Hub doubles pair for the third consecutive match. The girls took six games total in
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