- Boys’ basketball holiday tournament tips off tonight
- Ribbon-cutting for Children’s Holiday Shoppe Nov. 26; shop is open Nov. 29-Dec. 21
- Rockford Rescue Mission invites community to Thanksgiving banquet Nov. 26
- Rockton’s new business district welcomes family owned Dr. Detail U.S. Cellular
- 2014 Illinois Emerging Writers Competition winners named
- Open house for new library executive director tonight
- Freeport murder suspect Damon Dixson taken into custody in Rockford
- Local gas station employee arrested for selling liquor to minor
- Renewable Fuel Standard delay ‘a mixed blessing,’ Bustos says
- Rockford delegation presents inaugural ‘Rockford Award’ to Norwegian Air
Rockford Riverdawgs semi-pro basketball team returns Oct. 19
By Doug Halberstadt
Professional basketball returns to the Rockford area this weekend. The Rockford Riverdawgs tip off their third season at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, when they welcome St. Louis onto their new home court at the Patriot’s Gateway Center, 615 S. Fifth St.
The Riverdawgs play a fast-paced, high-powered brand of basketball featuring some of the region’s top players. They are members of the Independent Basketball Association. The league uses a 22-second shot clock instead of the National Basketball Association’s 24-second clock.
Rockford Auburn High School Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach James Fisher will be the Riverdawgs’ bench boss for the second consecutive season. Fisher has more than 20 years of coaching experience.
“We are excited for this opportunity to continue to unite professional basketball within the community for our third year,” Fisher said. “Our coaches, players and staff value hard work, determination, discipline and respect. We look forward to working within the community to inspire area youth.”
If you’re unable to attend opening night, the Riverdawgs will suit up again at home the following afternoon (Sunday, Oct. 20) against Kankakee. Game time is 5 p.m.
Adult tickets are $6, students are $3 with an I.D., and children younger than 10 are admitted free.
Following is the opening-night roster for the Riverdawgs:
L.C. Robinson — Rockford Jefferson High School, Florida A&M
Kevin Haas — Rockford Boylan Catholic High School, Rock Valley College
Branden Fisher — Rockford Jefferson High School, Bluefield State
Geoff Wing — Oregon High School, Rockford University
Dewaun Neal — Rockford Auburn High School, Rock Valley College
Maurice Smith — Machesney Park Harlem High School, Rockford University
Brandon Parker — Rockford Jefferson High School, Bellevue University
Nick Trent — Hales Fransican High School, Kendall College
Robert Malone — Stephens High School, Rockford University
Deauntae Tatum — Rockford Auburn High School, Sauk Valley Community College
John Hodges — Clinton High School, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Darryl Watkins — Rockford Auburn High School, Rockford University
Kwan Waller — Rockford Auburn High School, Kentucky Wesleyan
Mike Church — Beloit Turner High School, St. Ambrose University
Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
From the Oct. 16-22, 2013, issue