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Hubs survive Pirates at Kingman

Posted: Saturday, Dec 3rd, 2016
OTTAWA -- With his team trailing 59-58 with 23.4 seconds remaining in the game, Rochelle senior Landon Griffith connected on one of the biggest shots of his high school career.
Griffith splashed home a 3-point shot from the left corner to give his team a 2-point lead and help send Friday night's game against the Ottawa Pirates into overtime. The
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Lady Hubs fight hard in narrow loss to Ottawa

Posted: Saturday, Dec 3rd, 2016
OTTAWA -- The last time this sports editor saw the Lady Hubs in action, they exploded for 62 points in a narrow loss to Rockford Guilford.
But Friday night's conference game against the Ottawa Lady Pirates proved to be a much different story.
Rochelle and Ottawa locked themselves in a defensive battle early, with neither team giving up much
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Hubs flex muscles in back-to-back meets

Posted: Saturday, Dec 3rd, 2016
LASALLE -- After more than a week without competition, the Rochelle wrestling team hit the road for back-to-back meets on Wednesday and Thursday against Rock Falls, Erie-Prophetstown and conference rival LaSalle-Peru.
The Hubs began the week with a three-team meet with Rock Falls and Erie-Prophetstown at Rock Falls High School, with RTHS earning victories against both teams. Rochelle began on
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Johnson finding his rhythm by challenging himself

Posted: Saturday, Dec 3rd, 2016
AS more and more pins smashed the back of the rack at Sycamore's Four Seasons Bowling Center, Rochelle sophomore Tyler Johnson began to piece together one of the greatest individual performances of his early career.
Johnson dominated the lanes on Wednesday, rolling a career-high 675 series that included two 226 games and one 223 game. While the Spartans defeated the
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Rochelle Little League in need of volunteers for 2017 season

Modified: Friday, Dec 2nd, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Little League is anxiously seeking volunteers to fill key positions for the 2017 season.
RLL will host a meeting on Monday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Baldwin Room of Abraham's Bar & Grill. The meeting will be the last of 2016, and RLL will be electing officers for the 2017 season.
Volunteers interested in
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Beck’s buzzer-beater lifts Rochelle over Genoa-Kingston

Modified: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
GENOA -- With the game tied at 50 and with almost no time left, Rochelle head coach Josh Johnson drew up a play for sophomore Johnny Beck to win it for the sophomore basketball team against Genoa-Kingston Tuesday evening.
"We ran Noah [Knight] through a double screen and then Greg [Ricketts] set a great screen for Johnny," Johnson said. "He
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Gould pours in 28 points as Hubs dismantle Cogs

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
GENOA -- After watching Caleb Gould's first shot go right through the net, Rochelle head basketball coach Tim Thompson knew the senior captain was in for a special night.
Gould was spectacular on Tuesday, exploding for a team-high 28 points including 15 in the second quarter to propel the Hubs over the Genoa-Kingston Cogs by a score of 64-49. He
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Dummer, Elder dazzle in back-to-back home matches

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle juniors Katie Dummer and Carlie Elder both understand the importance of hard work during the offseason, and the Lady Hub bowlers each put their talents on display Tuesday and Wednesday evening when the varsity team squared off against Ottawa and Sycamore at T-Byrd Lanes.
The Lady Hubs opened up their season on Tuesday with a 10-0
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Sophomores shine on the road

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
SYCAMORE -- The Hubs bowling team is still searching for its first win of the season, but head coach Doug Koch is slowly seeing the boys round into shape.
Rochelle competed in back-to-back matches this week, facing Huntley on Tuesday before going to Sycamore on Wednesday for a conference match against the Spartans. The Hubs recorded their highest pin total
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Freshmen rebound to top Cogs by 30

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
GENOA -- After falling to the Ottawa Pirates on Monday, the Rochelle freshman boys basketball team came right back with a dominant performance on Tuesday, taking down the Genoa-Kingston Cogs by a score of 46-16.
Austin Brown scored 14 points to lead the Rochelle offense, while Austin Greifenkamp added seven points in the victory. The freshmen are now 2-3
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Royals battle Sycamore, Belvidere Central

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
ROCHELLE -- As the season winds down for the Rochelle Middle School seventh and eighth grade boys basketball teams, the Royals played two more opponents to start this week, facing off against Sycamore on Monday before taking on Belvidere Central Tuesday.
Both grades fought valiantly, but only the seventh grade A team was able to add another win against either
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Griffith leads Hubs in narrow loss to Sycamore

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
SYCAMORE -- Trailing by just three points with nine seconds remaining in the game, Rochelle senior Kyle Seebach made a 2-point shot to bring the Hubs within one point of the Sycamore Spartans in the third place consolation game of the Strombom Holiday Tournament.
But the Spartans would hang on to win the game after drawing a Rochelle foul and
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Shank wins MVP at Harlem Invitational

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
MACHESNEY PARK -- Brady Shank has been the Rochelle boys bowling team's No. 1 player this season, and the sophomore Hub continued to roll well at the Harlem Varsity Boys Invitational this past Saturday at Forest Hills Lanes.
Shank led the Hubs varsity team with an 1,186 six-game series in the invite, shooting a 650 series (224, 203, 223) during
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Hubs double down with wins over Sycamore, North Boone

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
FREEPORT -- After a pair of losses to start tournament play, the Hubs sophomore basketball team rebounded with a pair of victories this past Saturday, taking down Sycamore and North Boone to move to 2-2 on the season.
The boys began the morning with a 53-40 win over Sycamore, with Johnny Beck scoring 25 points to lead the team.
"I
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Brown nets 13 in loss to Pirates

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The Hubs freshman basketball team returned home on Monday for a Northern Illinois Big 12 West showdown with the Ottawa Pirates, falling in a fast-paced game by a score of 56-42.
Austin Brown led Rochelle with 13 points, and Brown has scored double-digit points in each of his last three games. Seth Gould added eight points, while Traevon
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Simms shines at Rockford East Tournament with perfect run

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
ROCKFORD -- The Rochelle wrestling season may have just begun, but freshman Kaleb Simms is already making a name for himself.
The freshman Hubs traveled to Rockford East High School this past Saturday morning to kick off their first tournament of the season, with Simms leading the way for Rochelle by dominating at the 160-pound weight class. He took down
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Game-winner lifts freshmen to victory

Modified: Monday, Nov 28th, 2016
ROCKFORD -- With 12 seconds left in the game, Rochelle freshman Kaytlin Neale inbounded the basketball to teammate Katie Van Hise, who scored the game-winning basket to lead the Lady Hubs freshman team over Belvidere North by a score of 30-28 in tournament play at Rockford East High School.
"It was a roller coaster of a game," head coach Elise
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Johnson named Junior Tackle president

Modified: Saturday, Nov 26th, 2016
ROCHELLE -- Community, commitment and safety are the three words that come to Derek Johnson's mind when he thinks of the Rochelle Junior Tackle program.
Johnson has worked with RJT since 2011 when he signed on as a flag football coordinator, and shortly after he became one of the program's board members. But Johnson will be filling his biggest role
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Lady Hubs conclude tournament play

Modified: Saturday, Nov 26th, 2016
ROCKFORD -- The Lady Hubs freshman basketball team concluded tournament play at Rockford East high school on Friday, with the girls playing two games against Rockford East and Rockford Guilford after squaring off against Rockford Auburn on Wednesday.
The girls carried a perfect 3-0 record into Wednesday's game against Auburn, and despite a valiant effort Rochelle lost its first of
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Hubs jump out to 2-1 start at Strombom Tournament

Modified: Saturday, Nov 26th, 2016
SYCAMORE -- It hasn't been pretty, but the Hubs varsity basketball team is off to one of its best starts in recent years.
Rochelle set out for Sycamore High School on Tuesday to begin play in the 54th Annual Leland G. Strombom Holiday Basketball Tournament, with the Hubs taking down South Elgin in an exciting battle by a score of
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Freshmen rally from losses to top Jefferson

Posted: Saturday, Nov 26th, 2016
ROCKFORD -- It was a busy start to the weekend for the Rochelle freshman boys basketball team on Friday, as the boys traveled to Rockford Jefferson High School for a trio of games against Rockford Boylan, Winnebago and the host team Rockford Jefferson.
The freshmen began tournament play in the morning on a sour note, falling to Boylan by a
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Wrestling more than a sport for Hubs’ Villalobos

Posted: Saturday, Nov 26th, 2016
HE may only be a sophomore, but Rochelle's Eddie Villalobos is well on his way to becoming one of the high school's and even one of the state's top wrestlers.
The fiercely competitive Villalobos was stellar his freshman year, earning a 34-13 record at the 126-pound weight class and qualifying for the IHSA Class 2A Sectional in Washington after placing
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Hubs survive South Elgin in first round of Strombom Tournament

Modified: Wednesday, Nov 23rd, 2016
SYCAMORE -- Caleb Gould scored 19 points, Kyle Seebach added 19 more and the Hubs varsity basketball team survived a late rally by the South Elgin Storm to win 59-58 in the first round of the Strombom Varsity Tournament.
Rochelle (1-0) led by as many as 17 points, but South Elgin turned up the heat in the second half and
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O’Rorke Tournament an honorable tribute to a beautiful soul

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 23rd, 2016
When Conor O'Rorke was a little boy, his grandfather Don Romes would carry him on his back and prance around the backyard of his home on beautiful summer afternoons.
"We did this thing called ‘Freddy Horse Ride,'" Romes said. "I was the horse and he would ride on my shoulders… He would constantly badger me to do that… We were
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Hubs split matches with Dixon, Burlington Central

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 23rd, 2016
is match tied 2-2, Rochelle sophomore Nick Henson saw an opportunity to take down Burlington Central heavyweight Jacob Janavich and earn six points for his team.
After taking control of the neutral area, Henson hurled Janavich to the ground and pinned him near the top-right area of the ring, earning his first victory of the year and jump-starting the Rochelle
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Girls top Winnebago, Christian Life to extend streak

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 23rd, 2016
FORRESTON -- After winning their first basketball game of the season against Forreston on Saturday, the Lady Hubs doubled down with two more victories in the Forreston Thanksgiving Tournament over Winnebago and Christian Life on Monday and Tuesday to extend their winning streak to three games and improve to 3-3 on the season.
The girls capitalized off the momentum gained
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Driver leads with 245 game in loss

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 23rd, 2016
LASALLE -- Rochelle sophomore Dallas Driver shot one of his best games of the year in the Hubs' bowling match against LaSalle-Peru on Tuesday, rolling a team-best 245 game in the boys' 3,359-2,726 loss to the Cavaliers.
Driver began his series with a 183 before bowling a 245 and cooling off with a 118 to finish with a 546 series
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Royals rebound with big effort vs. Rosette

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 23rd, 2016
ROCHELLE -- The Rochelle Middle School seventh and eighth grade boys basketball teams faced off against a pair of DeKalb schools recently, losing three games against Huntley last Thursday but bouncing back to win three games against Rosette on Monday.
RMS combined to go 4-4 against the two schools, with the seventh-graders leading the way with a 3-1 record over
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