February 2020 ROAR

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Coverage of Rockford athletics at all levels.

“Being a head coach here at Rockford is a big job. It is much

more than just making adjustments on a Friday night. We take

a lot of pride in connecting our program from top to bottom.

We try to include our youth players, youth coaches and lower

level high school guys as well in everything we do. We want

the experience to be a special one, and we want the young kids

to understand expectations and standards as they make their

way up the ranks. Having an opportunity to have your thumb

print on that, and really create the vision here is something I

am very lucky to do.”

The varsity Rams will continue on their 2019-20 campaign

with the lessons they’ve learned on the way and the skills

they’ve honed as they face more challenges in the OK Red and

then the playoffs.

“The difference between being at Breslin and losing in the

first round of districts is actually a lot smaller than most people

understand,” Clough explains. “It’s easy to jump ship and

start pointing fingers when you have a slow start like we did.

It takes a strong soul, and an unbreakable spirit to stay the

course, put your head down and continue to work. That’s what

these kids have done, and I am confident they will do that until

this thing comes to an end.”

Clough continues to be ready to lead his team into the fray.

“We are looking forward to the next stretch,” Clough concludes.

“We are going to find a lot out about our team. There

are no easy games, and you have to get up each night. That can

be taxing on a team, but I believe our guys are up for the challenge.”

Ram Sam Krist connects for a “3” from beyond the arc in recent

basketball action. ~ Photo by “Papa” Razzi Sports Photography

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