Members of the Rockford West High School State Basketball Championship Teams from 1955 and 1956 – including players, managers and cheerleaders – continue to support RPS 205's annual Tip-Off Classic Basketball Tournament. Both teams, each with a 28-1 season, won the State title when there was only one class in Illinois and all schools participated in the same tournament. In 2016, team members initiated an annual award for the NIC-10 female and male basketball players with the highest free throw shooting percentage.
The West Warriors also invested in RPS 205 student-athletes by underwriting and financing the publication of "Warriors Forever," by Rockford author John Gile. "Warriors Forever" tells the story of coach Alex Saudargas, a school, community and players who went on to apply in life the same values that made them champions: resilience, resourcefulness, teamwork, character, perseverance, and a work ethic that overcomes every obstacle and setback. In fact, 10 of the 20 players on the team applied those principles learned as student-athletes to go on to achieve master's, law or medical degrees.
The book describes our community coming together during an event that made the river through Rockford disappear and joined every section of the city and every socioeconomic constituency in solidarity. No person who experienced it will ever forget. It is a story from our city's history we can preserve and retell with pride today and for generations to come.
The West Warriors will continue to support the student-athletes of today so they might have similar opportunities to succeed in life.
Auburn High School officials introduced Milwaukee native Jason McClelland to several players and their families on Friday as their choice to lead the girls basketball program in the coming year.
The Chicagoland Summer Showcase, a boys basketball tournament featuring top talent across several states, brought in nearly $650,000 in economic activity to the region.
RPS 205 phone lines will be down for routine maintenance.
A limited number of bricks are in a pile outside the construction fence at the intersection of Union and Third streets, first come, first served.
Students and staff will promote several fundraisers in the coming months to raise money for the trip.
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