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NIC-10 Conference

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…

Girls Hoops: Auburn caps championship season with win over Jefferson

Staff Report ROCKFORD -The Auburn Knights, who clinched the NIC-10 championship earlier this week, ended their conference schedule with  a 62-31 win over Jefferson Thursday. It was senior night and the Knights have seven. The coaching staff started five seniors and the first two off the bench were seniors as well. That relegated its top two scorers, Zhkylah Evans and Brooklin Gray, to the bench for much of the first quarter. It didn’t matter against the rebuilding J-Hawks who have no…

Four teams in tight race for NIC-10 boys basketball title

Staff Report ROCKFORD - Four Rockford Public Schools boys basketball programs will begin 2020 in a tight race for to the top of the NIC-10 Conference. The fact that Guilford (4-2) and Jefferson (4-2) are competing for conference championship isn’t a surprise. Both teams returned all of their top scorers from last season when the Vikings were 18-14 and the J-Hawks 15-17. The fact that East is alone at the top (5-1) and Auburn is in the mix (4-2) is a little bit of a surprise. The E-Rabs…

TRRT Game of the Week: Harlem handles Belvidere, earns playoff spot

Staff Report BELVIDERE - The Harlem Huskies powered past the Belvidere Bucs 42-3 in NIC-10 Conference football action here Friday.  Harlem improves to 6-2 on the season while the Bucs fall to 0-8. The Huskies close out the regular season next Friday at home against Harlem. Belvidere travels to Guilford (0-8).  Week 8 Scoreboard NIC-10 *Harlem 42, Belvidere 3 Belvidere North 35, Guilford 0 Boylan 42, Freeport 0 Hononegah 57, Auburn 34 Jefferson 36, East 34 Big Northern Byron…

TRRT Game of the Week: Boylan survives Harlem 21-13

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - The No. 4 Boylan Titans remained unbeaten by holding off the Harlem Huskies 21-13 in NIC-10 Conference football action here Friday. It was a back-and-forth contest with zeros on the board for most of the first half, hinting at a low-scoring affair. Even after Harlem made it 7-0 at halftime, both teams struggled to solve each other's defense. Boylan managed to livened things up for its homecoming crowd halfway through the third quarter. That's when…

TRRT Game of the Week: Big second half leads to Boylan rout of Hononegah

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKTON - The clash between the Hononegah Indians and visiting Boylan Titans was a stalemate of gladiators in the first two quarters of their NIC-Conference football game here Friday.  No so much in the second half. Boylan's offense exploded for 34 unanswered points while its defense shut down quarterback Payton Mather to cruise to a 55-21 rout.  The Titans found the end zone first after Hononegah fumbled on its own 29-yard line. The turnover set up an…

TRRT Game of the Week: Hononegah squeaks by Harlem

By Jim Hagerty Reporter MACHESNEY PARK - The Hononegah Indians capitalized on two fourth-quarter penalties and a costly Harlem mistake to squeak past the Huskies 33-30 in NIC-10 Conference football here Friday. The Indians struck first on a 16-yard touchdown run by Christian Gomez early in the first quarter. Lucas Hale scored the two-point conversion to give Hononegah the 8-0 lead. A 13-yard pass from James Cooper Jr. to Brandt Hixson was Harlem's answer. The two-point conversion made…