Basketball: Beck, Lundquist earn All-Conference First Team honors

Rochelle seniors Johnny Beck (right) and Abby Lundquist (left) were each named First-Team All-Conference basketball players by the Northern Illinois Big 12 this season. (Photos by Russell Hodges)

Ackland, Tabor receive Honorable Mentions

ROCHELLE — Four basketball players from Rochelle Township High School were recognized by the Northern Illinois Big 12 this season as All-Conference honorees.

Senior Johnny Beck received All-Conference First Team recognition for the second consecutive season, while senior Kaleb Ackland earned an All-Conference Honorable Mention for the first time. Beck scored over 1,000 points in his high school career, finishing this season with averages of 21.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game. The senior also set a new RTHS record for career blocks.

“It’s an honor, even though I went through injuries this season,” Beck said. “It’s nice to know I played well enough during the time I was healthy. I felt that I played well individually, but as a team player, it took me some time to figure things out. Learning how to play better with my teammates helped me make an impact on the players around me.”

Senior Abby Lundquist represented Rochelle as an All-Conference First Team player for the third straight season. Lundquist ended her high school career as the RTHS all-time career and single-season scoring leader, averaging 24.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game. Freshman Zoey Tabor was given an All-Conference Honorable Mention, the first of her career.

“I’m grateful to be named an All-Conference player,” Lundquist said. “This season was definitely challenging, but overall it was fun and I made a lot of memories… I knew I was going to take on a lot of the scoring load so I definitely made an impact on the offensive end. The area I think I improved the most was making an impact on the younger girls in our program.”

The Hubs finished 15-17 overall, while the Lady Hubs ended their season 7-24 overall. Beck will be gearing up for his senior baseball season, while Lundquist plans to continue her basketball career somewhere at the college level. Beck has committed to the Western Illinois University baseball program.

“I will miss hanging in the locker room with my teammates the most,” Lundquist said. “I’m not going to remember the wins and the losses in 20 years. I’m going to remember all the fun we had and all the silly memories I made with my teammates off the court.”

“I’m going to miss playing for the coaches in the program,” Beck added. “All of the coaches helped me mature and become a better person. I can’t thank them enough for everything they’ve done for me.”

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