Auburn (Rockford, IL)

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Auburn Knights
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Location:
Rockford, Illinois
Coaches Linda Greene (1993-pres)
State championships 2008 Masonic tournament; 2008 IHSA; 2008 NAQT, 2009 NAQT, 2010 NAQT, 2012 NAQT
National championships
Nationals appearances unknown
Program status active

Auburn High School is a public high school located on the west side of the city of Rockford, Illinois. In addition to being a public high school, it also is home to a gifted Academy which serves all of the Rockford public schools. It is this academy from which the quizbowl team controversially draws many of its top players.

The Knights currently compete as a member of the Northern Illinois Conference (NIC-10). It also competes in Class AA, the "large school" division, of the Illinois High School Association's (IHSA) State Championship Series. The current coach is Linda Greene.

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History

There has been a team at Auburn at least since the early 90's. In the new millennium, Auburn's team has been one of the most consistently good teams in Illinois, finishing in the top four at IHSA State for eleven straight years (2002-2012). Highlights during this period include a triple crown of state championships (IHSA, Masonic, and NAQT) in 2008; NAQT state championships in 2009, 2010, and 2012; and 7th-place finishes at the 2009 HSNCT and 2011 NSC.

Noted Team Accomplishments

  • IHSA Regional Titles (13): 1998-2000, 2002-14
  • IHSA Sectional Titles (10): 2002-14
  • IHSA Championship Tournament Champion: 2008
  • IHSA Championship Tournament Runner-Up: 2003, 2009-11
  • IHSA Championship Tournament Third Place: 2004-07, 2012
  • IHSA Championship Tournament Fourth Place: 2002, 2013-14

IHSSBCA Individual Awards

The following were honored by the Illinois High School Scholastic Bowl Coaches Association (IHSSBCA) for outstanding play through their All-Sectional/All-State Program. Each sectional comprises roughly 24 geographically concentrated teams, and thus roughly 125 starting players. Through the 2006-07 season, the top ten players were recognized in each sectional, (starting with 2007-08, the number was raised to 15) with teams restricted to no more than two nominations (three nominations starting in 2007-08). There are twenty All-State awards given each year (10 First Team, 10 Second Team) in each of Illinois' two classes.

All-Sectional Honorees

  • 2001-02: Nabeel Ahmed, Nick Mann
  • 2002-03: Peter Brooks, Chad Casarotto
  • 2003-04: Chad Casarotto, Tyler Kerr
  • 2004-05: Tyler Kerr, Colleen "Danger" Powers
  • 2005-06: Tyler Kerr, Colleen "Danger" Powers
  • 2006-07: John Brown, Siva Sundaram
  • 2007-08: John Brown, Michael Jiang, Siva Sundaram
  • 2008-09: Zahed Haseeb, Michael Jiang, Siva Sundaram
  • 2009-10: Jordan Hoffman, Lloyd Sy, Zahed Haseeb
  • 2010-11: Abid Haseeb, Lloyd Sy, Saad Sheikh
  • 2011-12: Abid Haseeb, Lloyd Sy
  • 2012-13: Alex Pandya, Evan Pandya
  • 2013-14: Evan Pandya, Cole Timmerwilke, Steven Vo

All-State Honorees

  • 2001-02: Nick Mann (1st Team)
  • 2002-03: Chad Casarotto (2nd Team)
  • 2003-04: Chad Casarotto (1st Team)
  • 2004-05: Tyler Kerr (1st Team), Colleen "Danger" Powers (2nd Team)
  • 2005-06: Tyler Kerr (1st Team), Colleen "Danger" Powers (1st Team)
  • 2006-07: Siva Sundaram (1st Team), John Brown (2nd Team)
  • 2007-08: John Brown (1st Team) and Siva Sundaram (1st Team), Michael Jiang (2nd Team)
  • 2008-09: Michael Jiang (1st Team), Siva Sundaram (1st Team)
  • 2009-10: Lloyd Sy (1st Team), Zahed Haseeb (1st Team)
  • 2010-11: Abid Haseeb and Lloyd Sy (1st team), Saad Sheikh (2nd team)
  • 2011-12: Abid Haseeb and Lloyd Sy (1st team)
  • 2012-13: Alex Pandya (1st team), Evan Pandya (2nd team)
  • 2013-14: Evan Pandya and Cole Timmerwilke (1st team)

Playing for Team Illinois

  • Tyler Kerr (2005, 2006)
  • John Brown (2008)
  • Siva Sundaram (2008)
  • Lloyd Sy (2010, 2011, 2012)
  • Alex Pandya (2013)
  • Evan Pandya (2014)
  • Cole Timmerwilke (2014)

External links


Illinois NAQT State Champion
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Year
Succeeded by
New Trier
2008, 2009, 2010
Stevenson
Illinois NAQT State Champion
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Year
Succeeded by
Stevenson
2012
IMSA
IHSA State Champion
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Year
Succeeded by
New Trier
2008
Carbondale
Masonic tournament Champion
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Succeeded by
Maine South
2008
Carbondale