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Big Northern West By the Numbers

6

The number of consecutive trips to the playoffs for the Oregon Hawks, before the streak ended last season.

1992

The last time the Rock Falls Rockets were in the playoffs. They lost in the Class 4A second round that year.

5

That’s how many BNC West titles Oregon won in a 9-year span from 2000-08. The Hawks and Stillman Valley Cardinals have combined to win 11 of the last 13 conference crowns.

28

Number of wins in the 3 years following Oregon’s
last losing season, from 2006-2008. That span ended with the Hawks’ run to the Class 3A state semifinals in ’08.

.222

Rock Falls’ winning percentage during the 9-year tenure of Jay Mammosser, who stepped down after last season. That stretch included the Rockets’ first winning record since 1992 in 2009, and topped the .190 mark during the 7-year span under his predecessor, Ron McCord. The Rockets were 18-63 from 2004-12, and 12-51 from 1997-2003.

15

Number of seasons
John Bothe has been the Oregon Hawks’ head coach. That places him third in the area in tenure, behind Newman’s Mike
Papoccia (33 years) and Amboy’s Gary Jones (19) – who Bothe played for in the early 1980s. They’re the only three area coaches to be at their schools for longer than six seasons.

34

The combined margin of defeat – the equivalent of just 5 TDs – in four of the Rockets’ six losses in 2012. They outscored their opponents by 30 points in their three wins.

16

That’s how many teams will be in the Big Northern Conference starting in the fall of 2014. The Dixon Dukes will join the Hawks and Rockets in the West, while Johnsburg will join the East. Each division will consist of eight teams.

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