Five will lace it up one more time for the Hononegah Indians


Rising Stars from Hononegah will be Isaiah Houi, Cole Warren, Jordan Johnston, Olivia Robinson and Allison Niedfeldt.

Five former Hononegah Indian basketball players are scheduled to play one more game representing the purple, gold, and white. The 26th
Annual Rising Stars Basketball Classic
from Rock Valley College on Saturday, April 13, 2024 recently announced the rosters.

For the NIC-10 boys team, Isaiah Houi and Cole Warren for Hononegah will suit up. Cole is going to be an alternate in the game.

The NIC-10 girls team will feature three Hononegah Indians: Jordan Johnston, Olivia Robinson and Allison Niedfeldt.

Over the course of 26 years of the Annual Rising Stars Basketball Classic, Hononegah has placed numerous players in the game. The game has also featured former Rockford area players like Rockford Auburn and current Houston Rockets player Fred Van Vleet who was in the game back in 2012.

The other players and coaches in the game

NIC-10 boys team:

Head Coach: Thedford Jackson - Freeport

Rakim Chaney - Auburn

Randy Johnson - Jefferson

Dedric Macon - Freeport

Jaeden Marion - Freeport

Adam Brown - Belvidere North 

Braeden Brown - Belvidere North

Malachi Johnson - Guilford

Cinco Gary - Guilford

Michael Jalil Jones - Guilford

Bo Beehler - Harlem

Area boys team:

Head Coach: Matt Huels - Byron

Ryan Tucker - Byron

Jack Hiveley - Byron

Vontez Dent - Lutheran

Marquis Haynes - Lutheran

Thomas Hereau - Scales Mound

Mason Peterson - Pecatonica

J.T. Samuels - Rockford Christian

Trevor Janssen - Eastland

Brock Soltow - Polo

Nathan Folks - Durand


Carson Buser - Byron

Drew Williams - Pecatonica

NIC-10 Girls Team

Head Coach: Aaron Westlund - Boylan

Lily Esparza - Boylan

Alayna Petalber - Boylan

Kaylee Harter - Boylan

Allison Niedfeldt - Hononegah

Taelor Paulsen - Harlem

Paige Stovall - Harlem

Jaliyha Young - Freeport

Deniya Gary - Guilford


Tamara Blackman - Jefferson

Elizabeth Mueller - Auburn

Area girls team:

Head Coach: Jay Doyle - Orangeville

Whitney Sullivan - Orangeville

Lexi Carlsen - Sycamore

Grace Groezinger - Lena-Winslow

Katie Drew - Dixon

Mya Jansen - Stillman Valley

Kaitlin Park - Rockford Christian

Lauren Mellentine - Pecatonica

Hannah Morgan - Lutheran

Hanna Broge - Aquin

Madylin DiPiazza - Winnebago


Kaylee Bankes - Lutheran

Megan Holder - Aquin

Thanks to Rock Valley College and for information for the story. Thank you to Hononegah Boys Basketball Twitter and Hononegah Girls Basketball Twitter.

A self-described sports evangelist, Harold Bone is the Rockton-Roscoe News sports editor who is committed to finding stories behind the box scores and discovering engaging sports content. Harold has a background in many forms of media - everything from radio to TV. He has spent the last 25-plus years attending, following, and cheering for teams and athletes from the pros and colleges to local high schools and youth recreational leagues. Harold is passionate about creating engaging stories for athletes and sports fans in the Rockton/Roscoe/South Beloit, Illinois communities. Got a story idea? Contact Harold via email at and follow him on Twitter at @SPRTSEDRRNews. Sign up for the daily Roscoe News newsletter HERE.

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