By RANDY GREGORY
Rockford has blazed a twenty-year trail of outstanding success on the gridiron. Three state titles in the biggest division and multiple consecutive lengthy trips to the playoffs have made the Rams one of the most recognized and recognizable teams in Michigan. But there is another even better reason to celebrate what this team has accomplished over the years.
The Rams were named as an Academic All-State TEAM by the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association (MHSFCA) for the 2012 season. Coaches submit the top 11 grade point averages (GPA) for their team and that number is divided by 11 to reach an average. In addition there is an individual Academic All-State TEAM selected. One Ram made the grade for that prestigious honor.
Rockford coach Ralph Munger is justifiably proud of the efforts of this year’s state semifinalist team both on and off the field.
“The young men that made up our Academic All State TEAM combined for a 3.88 GPA,” said Munger. “The top four teams in the state that were nominated are recognized by the MHSFCA. Of the nineteen schools who submitted forms in Division 1 the highest TEAM GPA was a 3.956 and the lowest TEAM GPA submitted was a 3.42. This is the fifth year we have had a TEAM in the top four with the last being in 2002.”
The team members recognized were seniors Kyle Short, Blake McDonald, Connor Coughlin, Connor Grady and Connor Darby. Juniors Taylor Christophel, Trevor Coughlin, Josh Olson, Charlie Cilek and Cole Laing. And finally sophomore Ethan LaCourt.
In addition, Connor Coughlin was recognized on a solo basis as an Honorable Mention Individual Academic All-Stater.