Big weekend for Auburn football, girls tennis teams

ROCKFORD – The Auburn girls tennis team won its first NIC-10 title in eight years and the football team qualified for the IHSA playoffs in exciting fashion.

Friday night, the Knights trailed Jefferson 22-20 when backup quarterback Ja’Quan Brady connected on a 56-yard desperation pass to Kevin Williams on the last play of the game.

It was a bitter loss for the J-Hawks, who were looking for their third win of the year for rookie coach Jacob Arnold. Two touchdowns by Shandon Redd and a 95-yard kickoff return for De’Ario Newble had helped Jefferson rally from 14-0 and 20-8 deficits.

Auburn improved to 5-2 on the season, enough wins to qualify for the playoffs in its second season under coach JP Toldo.

Saturday, the Knights’ tennis players dominated the NIC-10 tournament. Auburn players advanced to all five finals, winning three.

Belen Nevenhoven led the charge with her third straight No. 1 singles tennis title. Auburn’s No. 2 doubles team of sophomores Maddie Harned and Alyssa Trapp also come out as champions along with the No. 3 doubles team of Phuong Pham and Vicky Wu.

Auburn finished the meet with 56.6 points, which includes points from winning during the regular season, easily outdistancing Hononegah at 46.4.

Posted on 10.13.19