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After an outstanding freshman season at Waubonsee Community College, where she earned several postseason accolades including NFCA Second-Team All-American honors, former Rochelle softball standout Morgan Smardo intends to take her talents to the next level.

Rochelle senior graduate Brock Metzger represented the Hubs during the 2024 Illinois High School Shrine Game at Illinois Wesleyan University over the weekend. The annual All-Star event unites the top high school football players in the state each summer.

The Rochelle Hub football team returned to the field earlier this month for the start of its offseason summer schedule, which includes the annual summer skills camp as well as the annual one-week lineman camp for sophomore, junior and senior players.

Rochelle Township High School has formed a new tennis co-op with Oregon High School for the 2024-25 and 2025-26 calendar years. The two-year pilot program was approved during the RTHS Board of Education’s monthly meeting on Monday evening.

Rochelle Township High School wrestling standout Roman Villalobos represented the Hub City and his home state this past week, when the rising junior competed as a member of Team Illinois during the 2024 USA Wrestling 16U National Duals in Utah.

The Rochelle Area Track Club held the 44th Annual RATC Invitational at Rochelle Township High School on Saturday.

From the moment she first visited the McKendree University campus in Lebanon, Rochelle Township High School senior Faith Adams knew that she had found her future home. Adams has since signed to …

Confidence wasn’t an issue for Rochelle Township High School senior Kayla Ortega when she tried out for the cheerleading team at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire this past month.

Serving and receiving are two areas of emphasis for the Rochelle Lady Hub varsity volleyball team as the program begins its summer schedule this offseason.

Shooting and ball handling are among the top priorities for second-year head coach Jon Gehm and his staff as the Rochelle Lady Hub varsity basketball team returns to the hardwood for the start of its summer schedule, which tipped off with its first open gym Monday.

The Rochelle Rampage 13U baseball team went 4-0 over four games to win the 2024 Feed the Need Tournament at the HCC Complex from June 8-9. Rochelle won two games on Saturday, June 8 before collecting two more victories on Sunday, June 9.

The Rochelle 561 Sluggers 11U baseball team won all four of its games to finish first in the 2024 Blue Badger Baseball Bash from June 8-9. Rochelle scored two wins on Saturday, June 8 before concluding the tournament with two more victories on Sunday, June 9.

Two members of the Rochelle Hub varsity baseball team earned All-Conference honors from the Interstate 8 for their efforts during the 2024 season. Senior Brock Metzger earned First-Team recognition and freshman Brody Bruns was named an Honorable Mention.

The Rochelle Hub varsity basketball team nearly came away with an IHSA 3A Regional Championship last season, when the boys took down Woodstock and came close to upending another higher-ranked school in Freeport.

A pair of injuries to her right shoulder forced Rochelle senior Macy Belmonte to miss her final season with the varsity softball team.

The Rochelle 561 Sluggers 11U baseball team went 2-1 over three games to take second place in the 2024 Rockford Rumble at the MercyHealth Sportscore on June 2.

The Rochelle 561 Sluggers 11U baseball team went 5-0 over five games to take home the championship during the 2024 Spring Fling in Woodstock from May 18-19.

The Rochelle Rampage 8U baseball team went 3-1 over four games to finish in second place out of four teams at the 2024 School’s Out Slugfest on Sunday, May 19.

Senior left-hander Dylan Whaley said his throwing arm felt stronger than it had felt all season when he prepared to take the mound for the Rochelle Hub varsity baseball team during an Interstate 8 Conference matchup against the talented Morris Redskins on April 24.

The Rochelle Lady Hub varsity softball team will have a different look without senior catcher Ella Alfano anchoring the defense from behind the dish.

Senior Brock Metzger was named the Rochelle Hub varsity baseball team’s Most Valuable Player for the 2024 season, where Metzger finished second in both innings pitched (30) and strikeouts (30) while ranking second in hits (22) and third in batting average (.265).

The Rochelle News-Leader selected Rochelle Township High School senior graduates Parker Lenkaitis and Alivia Henkel as the 2023-24 Scholar-Athlete Award winners. Both student-athletes were presented with awards during the RTHS Honors Night in early May.

Lady Hub senior Kyra Bivins leaned on her athletic background when she decided to take up track and field for the first time during her junior year at Rochelle Township High School. 

The 2024 season was the beginning of a youth movement for the Rochelle Lady Hub varsity softball team.

The Rochelle Hub varsity tennis team was forced to retool its roster after losing 14 seniors from the 2023 season.

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