Record champs among 2010 grads

by TIM COOPER

On Tuesday, May 25, Ram fans and family members gathered at the Rockford Freshman Center to celebrate a record-breaking group of graduates.

MORE STORM DAMAGE—One rainy day can do a lot. The White Pine Trail was not spared the effects of a violent downpour Monday, May 31 that flooded streets and homes. Parts of the trail were washed right out and other sections suffered serious damage.

“Over 40 members of Rockford’s senior class are going on to participate in athletics at the next level at Division I, II and III. This is a record for Rockford High School,” said Athletic Director Tim Erickson.

During their athletic career at Rockford, these student-athletes excelled, putting many trophies in the display cases outside the gymnasium. Among these are forty-seven conference championships, thirty district championships, thirty-four regional championships, and nine state championships.

While all of these individuals showed excellence on the playing field, many of them are among the top academic achievers as well. Some even participated in student government or other extracurricular activities in addition to a full schedule athletically and academically.

“We are proud of all our students here at Rockford High School,” said Erickson. “But we are especially proud of these men and women who have chosen to continue their athletic careers in college.”

The following are the 2010 graduates who were honored at the evening ceremony and their sports and schools.

Basketball

Jacob Greene, Calvin College; Brent Henry, Calvin College; Megan Kelley, Hope College; Caitlyn Patterson, Calvin College.

Cheer

Torri Mills, Michigan State University.

Crew

Olivia Kacsits, Notre Dame

Golf

Trent Davidson, Ferris State University

Football

Taylor Masiewicz, Ferris State University; Paul Mudgett, Central Michigan University; Josh Pribble, Grand Rapids Community College; Joe Stefanski, Ohio University.

Lacrosse

Meagan Emery, Drexel University; Alexia O’ Connor, Grand Valley State University; Andi Raymond, Towson University;  Kelsei Streeter, Grand Valley State University.

Softball

Lauren Pasciak, Cornerstone University; Haley Pattock, Davenport University; Morgan Ruchy, Ferris State University; Karliane Showers, Grand Rapids Community College.

Swimming/Diving

Erica Cutler, Bowling Green State University;  Jessica Cutler, Bowling Green State University; Alex DeVries, Ramapo College of New Jersey; Brian Ginebaugh, Stevens Institute of Technology New Jersey.

Soccer

Samantha Decker, Grand Valley State Unviersity; Sean Lewis, Western Michigan University.

Track

Charlie Anel, Grand Valley State University; Sarah Birkmeier, Michigan State University; Katie Carlson, Hope College; Grant Gunneson, Aquinas College; Rachel Herald, United States Air Force Academy; Nick Shear, Taylor University; Margaret Smiley, New York University; Chris Wierengo, Northwood University.

Volleyball

Kylie Basarabski, Northern Michigan University; Cailie Johnson, Grand Valley State University; Kim Weaver, Grand Rapids Community College.

Wrestling

Jake Byers, Eastern Michigan University; Jake Dorulla, Eastern Michigan University; Jake Johnson, Eastern Michigan University; Jake Scholten, Sait Augustine College, Il.

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