Boys Basketball: Gerber thrives in sixth-man role

Junior Forrest Gerber’s defense and handles off the bench made him a difference maker for a sophomore basketball team that won the Interstate 8 Conference Championship last season. Gerber said he’s looking to improve his 3-point shooting. (Photo by Marcy DeLille)

Junior guard seeking to improve 3-point shooting

Forrest Gerber shared the sixth-man role on the Rochelle Township High School sophomore basketball team this past season, using his defensive tenacity and ball-handling abilities to help the Hubs to a 24-5 record and an Interstate 8 Conference Championship. With his first varsity season on the horizon, Gerber said his 3-point shooting will be his biggest area of improvement.

“I thought my performance last season was solid,” Gerber said. “I thought last season was a great learning and growing experience for me. I would like to continue improving my 3-point shot. I thought we came together and set our minds to winning as a team, which helped us to our record. I think we’re going to recreate another winning Hub basketball season.”

Gerber has been with the RTHS basketball program since his freshman year. He’s played basketball ever since he signed up for the Rochelle Youth Basketball Association in first grade. Gerber, one of several juniors earning their first real taste of varsity action this coming season, said the physicality and competitiveness are what he enjoys most about the sport.

“My goal is for us to have a season and for me to improve in all aspects of the game,” Gerber said. “Communication is always something to improve on as well. As we are growing, I think team unity is going to play a huge role in our success as a team and in our personal growth.”

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