Royal Lions Roaring


The spring sports season has hit its peak and no local high school can match what Rockford Christian is doing. The Royal Lions are roaring loudly.

While many sports teams in the stateline have seen their seasons end already, not so at Rockford Christian where Monday the athletic fields were still filled with athletes getting ready for more action.

“It’s super exciting. “The past few years we’ve come in spurts like girls soccer went to state, then last year baseball did, but this year it feels like we’re all going together,” says soccer player Adi Johnson.

Johnson and the soccer team will play in a Super-Sectional game Tuesday in Hampshire with a trip to state on the line.

The boys track team just won the first sectional in school history and it qualified for state in nine events this weekend.

“The whole entire season we knew we’d end it a success,” says track athlete Quin Halverson. “We’re seeking that state title too. We think that we have a real chance at it.”

The baseball team won State last year in Class 2A. Now the guys are ready to make a run at state in 3A. Their record going into Monday was 29-4.

“I like our team overall,” says baseball coach Mike McClellin. “We had a real strong group of seniors coming back. A core group that we knew were going to lead us.”

“We’re definitely ready for this postseason,” says pitcher Alec Powell. “We’ve got a lot to live up to from last year and hopefully we can repeat that.”

“I think right now we’ve hit our peak on the season,” says pitcher Nolan Gazouski. “Everyone is expecting to do what we did last year and hopefully repeat.”

Then there’s tennis player Brandon Ancona. He’s undefeated and coming off a Sectional championship. He’ll be one of the top seeded singles players at State this weekend. He’s excited to be a part of this Royal Lion spring explosion.

“It definitely brings a lot of school spirit. Everywhere we go we feel like people are talking about our spring sports and it’s exciting for sure,” says Ancona.

“Rockford Christian just has a really deep class of senior athletes this year,” says track runner Nick Monkemeyer. “And the exciting part about it is when we see each other have success it’s motivating and it gives us energy and momentum.”


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