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Former Jefferson football star making mark in Hollywood

Staff Report BURBANK, Calif. - A former Jefferson J-Hawk football standout is carving out an increasingly large role for himself in the entertainment industry. Prince Vaughn III, a 1991 All-NIC-9 defensive end for the Jefferson is vice president of casting for UnRealistic Ideas in Burbank, California. The production company is owned by Mark Wahlberg, among others, and created the documentary “Run This City,” currently running on the mobile app Quibi. Before working for Wahlberg, Vaughn…

Auburn names new girls basketball coach

Staff Report ROCKFORD - Auburn High School officials named a new girls basketball coach Tuesday, someone familiar to the game and the program. Assistant coach Taylor Griffin will take over as head coach for the 2020-21 season, pending approval from the Rockford School Board. Griffin helped Auburn Knights finish the 2019-20 season as NIC-10 Conference champions for the first time in school history, and earned the regional title for the first time in 33 years. "I'm very excited for the…

Former Guilford swimming standout now helps build better lawnmowers

Staff Report ROCKFORD - One of Rockford's top swimmers of the 1990s is helping a leading U.S. company make better lawnmowers. Stephanie Homewood Boozer, a 1996 graduate of Guilford High School, is manager of program development for riding lawn equipment at John Deere in Cary, North Carolina. At Guilford, Boozer was one of the top freestylers in conference history. She won seven individual conference titles, the 50 free style in 1994, the 100 freestyle all four years in high school and…

COVID-19: IHSA cancels spring state tournaments

Staff Report ROCKFORD - The Illinois High School Association Board of Directors on Tuesday announced that it has decided to cancel all spring tournaments. The decision comes in conjunction with Friday's announcement by Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois State Board of Education that all Illinois high schools will complete the 2019-20 school term from home via E-learning. "We support the decision by Gov. Pritzker and the Illinois State Board of Education, and given the logistics, we…

Girls Basketball: Hill, DaSani power Auburn to first regional title since 1987

Staff Report MACHESNEY PARK – Mariah Hill and DaSani Hannah spearheaded the Auburn defense to roll past DeKalb 52-32 and capture the Class 4A Harlem Regional here Thursday. Hannah had 18 and Hill 14 as the Knights won their first regional title since 1987 and just third in program history. Zhakyla Evan Evans had 10 and her biggest basket was when the Barbs had cut the lead to five, 25-20, early in the third quarter. Evans hit a three-pointer and then stole the ball and scored on a layup…

IHSA football playoff pairings announced

Staff Report Several area high school football teams that qualified for the IHSA playoffs will be in action this weekend.  The statewide field includes six teams from the NIC-10 Conference, five from the Big Northern Conference, three from the Northeastern Conference and two from the NUIC.  Class 1A #9 Forreston (7-2) at #8 Ottawa Marquette (7-2) Sat. 2 p.m. #12 Abingdon (A.-Avon) (6-3) at #5 Kirkland (Hiawatha) (8-1) Sat. 2 p.m. #15 Aurora Christian (5-4) at #2 Lena-Winslow (9-0)…

Auburn’s Belen Nevenhoven finishes second at IHSA tennis tournament

Staff Report BUFFALO GROVE – Belen Nevenhoven of Auburn got off to a strong start in her bid to become the first IHSA girls tennis champion in NIC-10 history. Leading 4-2 with a break point, she missed a volley that turned the match. Defending state champion Kiley Rabjohns rallied to win 10 of the next 13 games. The final score was 7-5, 6-2 for Rabjohns. That left Nevenhoven, who is a junior, with the distinction of being the first Rockford Public Schools player to make it to a girls…

Unbeaten Guilford on top of NIC-10 boys soccer standings

Staff Report ROCKFORD – The Guilford Vikings positioned themselves to win their second NIC-10 boys soccer title in the past three years with a pair of shootout wins this week. In the biggest Rockford Public Schools boys soccer showdown in years, the Vikings topped East on Tuesday. The high-scoring affair was tied at 4 at the end of regulation and an overtime period, but Guilford won the shootout, 4-3. The Vikings followed that up by surviving a defensive struggle against Boylan on…

Boys Hoops: Tip-Off Classic returns Nov. 25-30

Staff Report ROCKFORD - The sixth annual RPS 205 Tip-Off Classic is set for the last week of November. The national boys basketball tournament has grown each year and features 12 teams from three states playing in a total of 25 games. All four RPS 205 high schools – Auburn, East, Guilford and Jefferson – will be represented, along with tournament veterans Chicago Perspectives, Elgin Larkin, Hollywood McArthur, Indianapolis Pike and North Chicago. New this year are teams from Chicago…

Auburn introduces new girls basketball coach

Staff Report ROCKFORD - Auburn High School officials have introduced Milwaukee native Jason McClelland as the school’s new girls basketball coach. When play tips off in November, all four Rockford Public Schools 205 high schools will have new girls basketball coaches. McClelland comes to Auburn from HOPE Christian Schools where he served in case management, mentorship, special education and security. Pending school board approval, McClelland will serve as a building support specialist.…