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Rockets fall in Sectional finals 6-0 to Glenwood, finish 25-7

The Rochester Rockets used solid pitching and hits from eight different players to knock off Effingham 4-2 in the semifinals of the Class 3A Sectional at Decatur’s Sunnyside Park last Wednesday.

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Friday 06/01/2018
Rockets capture first baseball Regional title since 2011
Posted: June 01, 2018

Rochester High won its first baseball Regional title since 2011 by slamming Southeast 11-1 in six innings for the 3A championship here Saturday.

Alewelt fifth at State
Posted: June 01, 2018

Rochester High sophomore Clay Alewelt medaled at the Class 2A Boys State Track Meet at Charleston Saturday, taking fifth place in the discus.

Friday 05/25/2018
Rockets top SHG 5-1 to earn share of CS8 Conference title
Posted: May 25, 2018

The Rochester Rockets won a share of the Central State 8 Conference title for the second straight year by knocking off Sacred Heart-Griffin 5-1 in the final CS8 game of the year last Wednesday.

Friday 05/18/2018
RHS bass fishing team headed to State Finals
Posted: May 18, 2018

While bass fishing has been a part of IHSA since 2009, it’s brand new to Rochester High School. The 2017-2018 school year marks the first year that Rochester has fielded a team in IHSA competition.

RHS girls qualify three for State Track Meet
Posted: May 18, 2018

Rochester High School will have three entrants the IHSA Class 2A Girls State Track and Field Meet at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston May 18-19.

Thursday 05/10/2018
Soccer girls win CS8 with unbeaten record
Posted: May 10, 2018

Aly Crum scored three goals and Brooke Steil netted two as Rochester completed a perfect Central State 8 Conference slate with an easy 8-0 road win over Normal U. High Tuesday.

Friday 04/27/2018
Rockets bounce back from first loss to crush Taylorville, Eisenhower
Posted: April 27, 2018

After starting the season with 13 straight wins, the Rochester High baseball Rockets finally tasted defeat Saturday in a 4-1 road loss at Dunlap.

Winter coaches/sponsors hired at April 16 meeting
Posted: April 27, 2018

The Rochester school board approved the hiring of the district’s coaches and sponsors for the winter season of the 2018-19 school year at its April 16 meeting. 

Monday 04/23/2018
Alewelt breaks discus record, Rockets win
Posted: April 23, 2018

Rochester had six first places including a new school record in the discus from Clay Alewelt at Taylorville Thursday as the Rockets came out on top in a close four-team meet. RHS scored 79 points to defeat Taylorville (76.5), SHG (63) and Lincoln (47.5).

Friday 04/13/2018
Rochester JFL to hold registration April 18
Posted: April 13, 2018

The Rochester Junior Football League invites all players who will be entering grades kindergarten through 8th grade next year to become part of the tradition that is Rochester Rocket football.

Baseball Rockets extend winning streak to seven
Posted: April 13, 2018

Rochester ran its record to 7-0 on the season and 5-0 in the Central State 8 Conference with an 11-2 road win at Springfield High Tuesday.

Friday 04/06/2018
Duban, Cable, Alewelt win firsts at Greenville
Posted: April 06, 2018

Rochester High’s boys track team had three first place winners at Saturday’s Greenville Invitational, in which the Rockets placed sixth overall.

RHS softball girls start 4-0 in CS8, win 2 of 3 in Spring Slam
Posted: April 06, 2018

The Rochester High softball girls swept a doubleheader from Decatur MacArthur last Wednesday to stay unbeaten in CS8 Conference play.

Friday 03/30/2018
Baseball Rockets at 4-0 with SE, Athens wins
Posted: March 30, 2018

Rochester overcame an early 2-0 deficit to wallop Athens 11-3 in non-conference action Friday and remain unbeaten on the season at 4-0.

Monday 03/26/2018
20 from RHS receive All-Conference honors
Posted: March 26, 2018

Twenty Rochester High School student-athletes received All-Conference honors following  the Central State 8 Conference’s winter season.

Rochester 8th graders win 4A state title
Posted: March 26, 2018

Rochester’s 8th grade volleyball girls closed out a magical postseason run with the Class 4A state championship at Mt. Zion Saturday.

Friday 03/16/2018
8th graders to State with Regional, Sectional titles
Posted: March 16, 2018

One week after the Rochester 7th grade girls qualified for the IESA State Tournament, the 8th graders have achieved the same feat by winning both the Class 4A Regional and Sectional titles this past week.

Bloomfield gets 3 wins at State Wrestling finals
Posted: March 16, 2018

Rochester 6th grader Jayden Bloomfield won three bouts at the IESA State Wrestling Finals at DeKalb to finish the season with a 26-7 record.

Friday 03/02/2018
Junior high wrestlers qualify eight for Sectional
Posted: March 02, 2018

Eight Rochester Junior High wrestlers have qualified for the Sectional with top four finishes at Saturday’s IESA Regional at Litchfield.

Friday 02/23/2018
Rockets use 24-0 turnaround to win fifth straight 3A Regional title
Posted: February 23, 2018

When it comes to winning girls Regional championships, it doesn’t seem to matter who takes the court as long as the front of the jersey reads “Rochester.”

Friday 02/09/2018
Peters, Ross, Capriotti lead eight RHS Sectional qualifiers
Posted: February 09, 2018

The Rochester High wrestling team will once again be well represented at the Class 2A Individual Sectional at Lincoln, qualifying eight including three champions from Saturday’s Jacksonville Regional.

Friday 02/02/2018
Rockets work overtime to knock off SHG, 66-61
Posted: February 02, 2018

Late heroics from Jayden Reed and a career best 28 points from Cade Eddington lifted the Rochester Rockets to their second CS8 win of the season Friday.

Monday 01/29/2018
Rockets claim five first places to repeat as Invitational champs
Posted: January 29, 2018

Rochester had five individual champions among 12 top five placers as the RHS wrestlers repeated as winners of their own Invitational Saturday. The Rockets scored 229 points to finish well ahead of runner-up Lanphier, which scored 147 points.

RHS girls win three straight CS8 contests
Posted: January 29, 2018

Rochester outscored Decatur MacArthur in each of the first three quarters to come away with a 53-39 victory in the CS8 Tournament here Monday.

Friday 01/19/2018
Rockets defeat Jacksonville 60-51 for first conference win
Posted: January 19, 2018

Rochester used a 3rd quarter barrage of 3-pointers to build a double-digit lead and cruised to its first CS8 victory of the season Friday at Jacksonville, topping the Crimsons by a 60-51 final.

Friday 01/12/2018
Rochester sweeps junior high boys County basketball titles
Posted: January 12, 2018

Rochester completed a sweep of the boys junior high Sangamon County Tournament titles Friday at Williamsville. The top-seeded 8th grade boys cruised to the championship with a 44-27 win over Riverton, and the 7th graders won a 55-47 shootout over Pleasant Plains.

Friday 01/05/2018
Wrestlers win championship of 17-team Bomber Classic
Posted: January 05, 2018

Rochester High’s wrestling team scored 179.5 points to bring  home the championship from the 17-team Argenta-Oreana Bomber Classic Saturday.

Rockets wrap up Taylorville Tourney with first two wins
Posted: January 05, 2018

The Rochester Rockets ended a 10 game losing streak to open the 2017-18 season by topping Mt. Zion 59-55 in the Taylorville Holiday Tournament last Friday.

Thursday 12/28/2017
The Squad H2O robotics team second at Regional
Posted: December 28, 2017

All five Rochester Rocket Robotics FIRST LEGO League teams competed against 10 other teams from central Illinois and the Metro East area in the Springfield Regional qualifier December 3 at Lincoln Land Community College.

Thursday 12/07/2017
Rockets win first two CS8 Conference games
Posted: December 07, 2017

Defending CS8 champion Rochester opened the 2017-18 conference slate with two solid wins, Thursday over Normal U. High (42-25) and Saturday over Lanphier (57-33).

Thursday 11/30/2017
Twenty from RHS named first team All-Conference
Posted: November 30, 2017

For the second straight year, Rochester High School had 20 athletes were selected to the Central State 8 All-Conference first team for the fall sports season. 

7th graders top Glenwood with 2nd half surge, 30-18
Posted: November 30, 2017

Rochester’s 7th grade girls outscored Glenwood 12-1 in the 4th quarter to win going away in the Class 4A Regional finals at Chatham last week, 30-18.

Posted: November 30, 2017

The Rochester Rockets have won so many state football titles in such a short time, it can be difficult to remember them all.

Wednesday 11/22/2017
RHS girls start 3-0 in Taylorville Tourney
Posted: November 22, 2017

Rochester outscored Mt. Zion in each of the first three quarters Saturday to win a close 34-28 decision in the girls Taylorville Holiday Tournament.

Semifinal success continues
Posted: November 22, 2017

An outstanding defensive effort plus timely offense lifted Rochester to its seventh Class 4A state finals in eight years, as the Rockets clipped Highland 31-14 in cold and windy conditions Saturday at Rocket Booster Stadium.

Thursday 11/09/2017
Rockets turn back Althoff scare with strong finish, 41-23
Posted: November 09, 2017

Rochester passed a major test on the road to a seventh Class 4A state title Saturday, scoring the last 20 points of the game to knock off Belleville Althoff 41-23 at Rocket Booster Stadium.

Thursday 11/02/2017
Rockets extend win streak to 17 with 42-6 first round win
Posted: November 02, 2017

Nic Baker passed for three touchdowns and ran for another to lead Rochester to a 42-6 first-round win over Prairie Central in the 4A playoffs at Rocket Booster Stadium Friday.

Junior high girls sweep County Tournament titles
Posted: November 02, 2017

Rochester swept both halves of the junior high girls Sangamon County Tournament, which concluded last week in Riverton.

Thursday 10/26/2017
RHS cross country boys qualify for Sectional
Posted: October 26, 2017

Rochester High School’s boys cross country team advanced to the Decatur Sectional with a fourth place finish at Saturday’s Class 2A Regional hosted by Jacksonville.

Rockets host Prairie Central in playoffs Fri.
Posted: October 26, 2017

The football Rockets will start the 2017 postseason at home against Fairbury Prairie Central Friday in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

Thursday 10/19/2017
Schnepp ties for 13th at State Golf Tournament
Posted: October 19, 2017

Karlie Schnepp wrapped up a remarkable freshman season by finishing in a tie for 13th place at the IHSA Class 1A Girls Golf State Tournament held Friday and Saturday at Decatur’s Red Tail Run.

Williams-Reynolds doubles team qualifies for State
Posted: October 19, 2017

The doubles team of Bri Williams and Sha Reynolds of Rochester qualified for the IHSA Girls Tennis State Finals with a second place finish at Saturday’s Sectional Meet hosted by RHS.

Football Rockets hang on to edge SHG in 35-28 thriller
Posted: October 19, 2017

Rochester withstood a late comeback bid by Sacred Heart-Griffin to win a memorable 35-28 victory over the Cyclones in the annual Leonard Bowl Friday at Rocket Booster Stadium.

Thursday 09/28/2017
Rockets host MacArthur Friday in showdown for CS8 top spot
Posted: September 28, 2017

The biggest test thus far in the 2017 football season is on the horizon for the Rochester Rockets this Friday as Decatur MacArthur invades for a battle of unbeatean teams.

Thursday 09/14/2017
RHS boys golf team at 11-2 after quad win
Posted: September 14, 2017

Rochester High’s boys golf team went to 11-2 on the year with a quadrangular meet win Tuesday at Lincoln Greens. The Rockets shot 170 to finish in front of Porta (174), Routt (176) and Auburn (194).

Thursday 09/07/2017
Rockets ‘clock’ Glenwood for second straight year, 63-20
Posted: September 07, 2017

Rochester improved to 2-0 on the season and extended its winning streak over Glenwood to six in a row by pounding the Titans 63-20 Friday at Chatham. RHS will play its first home game of the 2017 season this Friday against Southeast, a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Thursday 08/31/2017
Rockets overpower Lanphier 49-12 in 2017 season opener
Posted: August 31, 2017

Rochester High kicked off the 2017 football season with an easy 49-12 victory over Lanphier in the opener Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Thursday 08/24/2017
Fall sports season underway at Rochester High School
Posted: August 24, 2017

The 2017 season is already underway for most of the Rochester High School fall sports teams. The cross country teams will be the last to get started with a major meet at Edwardsville this Saturday.

Monday 08/21/2017
Softball girls walk to 16-1 win over Tri-City
Posted: August 21, 2017

The Rochester Junior High softball girls rolled to a 16-1 win over Tri-City Monday to even their record at 2-2.