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This week would have signaled the start of the high school sports season for most Rochester High School teams, but the Coronavirus pandemic has changed those plans.

A long season for the Rochester High boys basketball team came to an end Tuesday but not before the Rockets threw a major scare into top-seeded Decatur MacArthur in the 3A Regional at Springfield High.

After seeing their five-year streak of Regional titles ended last year, the Rochester High girls were back hoisting the plaque Friday with a 45-38 upset victory over top-seeded Sacred Heart-Griffin in the finals of the 3A Regional at Chatham Glenwood.

 Cole Peters of Rochester qualified for the IHSA Class 1A Individual Wrestling State Finals with a fourth place finish at the Vandalia Sectional. Peters, a sophomore, is 25-6 on the year after splitting four bouts at the Sectional. 

Rochester sank eight of 12 free throws in the 4th quarter to knock off league-leading Decatur MacArthur 49-46 Saturday at the RAC, handing the Generals their first conference loss after 14 straight CS8 wins.

The Rochester 8th grade boys entered the Sangamon County Tournament as the No. 5 seed but defeated three straight opponents to win the championship, capped by a 36-28 comeback victory over Athens in the finals Saturday at Auburn.

Rochester High’s wrestling team took second place in the Tolono Unity Invitational held Saturday. The Rockets scored 169.5 points to trail only host Unity in the 12 team meet.

If there was any further question about the identity of the top high school football program in Illinois, the Rochester Rockets most likely settled the issue with another brilliant big-game performance Saturday.

There was some concern in the Rochester camp heading into Saturday’s Class 5A semifinal at Mascoutah due to a flu bug that had affected several of the Rockets in the week heading up to the game.

Rochester rolled into the Class 5A quarterfinals with a convincing 42-7 road win at Highland Saturday, setting up a highly-anticipated rematch between the Rockets and Sacred Heart-Griffin this Saturday at Rocket Booster Stadium.

Freshman Colleen Zeibert and junior Matt Herren of Rochester qualified for the IHSA State Cross Country Meet as individuals from Saturday’s Class 2A Sectional at Hickory Point Golf Course in Decatur.

Rochester’s 7th grade girls defeated top-seeded Auburn 25-19 to win the championship of Sangamon County Tournament last Thursday at Williamsville. The 7th graders are, front (L-R): Alyssa Stuart, Brooke Zeibert, Taylor Offer, Eleanor Schudel, Ruby Allen; back: Coach Amy Toberman, Emily Thoma…

The Rochester 7th grade girls scored the final seven points of the game to knock off top-seeded Auburn 25-19 for the championship of the Sangamon County Tournament at Williamsville last Thursday.

The Rochester Rockets are back in the playoffs for the 14th straight year and 19th time overall but the 2019 postseason marks a new chapter in RHS football history - for the first time ever, Rochester will play in Class 5A. The Rockets will open the postseason with a home game against LaSall…

Jacob DuRocher and Hank Beatty scored four touchdowns apiece as Rochester continued its mastery over Springfield High on the gridiron Friday, blasting the Senators by a 69-27 final.

The Rochester Junior High boys cross country has qualified for the IESA State Finals with a third place finish in the Class 2A Sectional at Bethalto Saturday.

Karlie Schnepp of Rochester will play in the IHSA Class A Girls State Tournament for the third straight year after shooting a 79 at the Jacksonville Sectional held at Jacksonville Country Club Monday.

One week after the Rochester offense’s record-setting night at Jacksonville, the RHS defense made a statement of their own. The Rockets celebrated Homecoming with a 43-0 shutout win over MacArthur Friday at Rocket Booster Stadium.

Justin Meadows and Brady Butler scored two goals apiece Tuesday as Rochester knocked off Sacred Heart-Griffin by a 5-2 final. The win lifted the Rockets to 11-1 overall and 5-0 in the Central State 8 Conference.

Rochester extended its winning streak in season openers to 11 in a row as the Rockets blew past Southeast 55-25 Friday at Rocket Booster Stadium.

Audrey Eades fired a two-hit shutout and struck out 12 to pitch Mt. Zion past Rochester 3-0 in the 3A Sectional semifinals at Millikin University Thursday.

Rochester defeated Clinton 4-0 to win the Class 3A Regional title Friday and improve to 28-3 on the season. The Rockets are, front (L-R): Ali Sadler, Addy Cline, Kailyn Whaley, Alanna Gillespie, Jill Anderson, Shaling Reynolds, Macy Calvert, Peyton Smith; back: Grace Campbell, Kelsey Tinder,…