by JACKIE HOLLAND-DECKER and IAN PURVIS If the Rockford girls varsity soccer team’s defense was a welcoming committee, the reception last week would have been as cold as the weather. The Rams’ stingy backfield allowed no goals to be scored against them in the second week of play. Goalie Kristin Darby-assisted by the four diamond defense of Kayla Knoll, Lyndsey Hutchings, Celine Stalmer and Sam Decker, with help from the midfield and even the forwards-kept non-league foes Cedar Spring and Forest Hills Eastern (FHE) out of the net. “We can play defense all over the field,” said Coach Amira Ponne about the 0-0 tie against FHE Friday night. “Our whole team played defense and that kept them from scoring goals. They are a great team, but we kept our composure and didn’t let them score. Kayla Knoll was amazing. If not for her, they would have had a couple of goals. Sydney Benda did a great job of marking number three.” Going into the game, Ponne knew the host Hawks would be a foe of concern. Having played against them last year at the junior varsity level when she coached Rockford’s JV, she said, “We were evenly matched, and I remembered they had a lot of small, quick girls. Defending that can be a difficulty. I knew it could be anybody’s game. In the first half, they definitely took our key players out of the game,” adding that the Hawks communicated and passed well, forcing the Rams to chase after them. Her talk at halftime sparked a better second half. “We made some adjustments and possessed the ball longer in the second half,” added Ponne. Darby, in her fourth year in the net for the Rams, had a big night against the host Hawks as well. She had 15 saves, including one head-to-head collision with FHE’ Morgan Behm, who chipped a tooth from the impact. The Rams’ offense didn’t put too much pressure on FHE’s goalie Michelle Marcus, however, making only seven shots on goal, none of them threatening. “We didn’t get very good shots off, and their sweeper [junior Ann Kennedy] was amazing,” Ponne said. Against the Red Hawks, the Rams got off to a slow start. However, Ponne said of the second half, […]
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by PATRICK KEELEY Rockford’s varsity water polo team-ranked fourth in the state-evened their overall record at 3-3 (2-0 in league play) with a 19-0 thumping of Holland and their first home-pool victory, a 13-2 romp over Grand Haven. Kelsey Vermeer had seven goals against Grand Haven, Molly Wooldridge had two, and Christina Weston, Mary Keeley, Ariel Beattie and Amanda Johnson scored one each. Against Holland, goals were scored by Vermeer (five), Wooldridge and Weston (four), Lauren Hulsebus (two), Ashley Gremel, Casey Wolfer, Jamie VanPortfliet Kelsey Carlson (one each). The Rockford JV water polo girls hosted a tournament this weekend and won all four games. Coach Reickard said, “The girls played extremely well all weekend. They showed that they are one of the best JV teams around and really showcased that the future of Rockford water polo is very bright. Several girls had standout performances and are really making a case for themselves to be playing in the varsity games sooner rather than later.” Junior varsity had an 8-2 victory over Jenison, with goals by Jamie Van Portfliet (two) and Lauren Hulsebus, Emily Williams, Sarah Smith, Jessica Andrus, Taylor Downs and Erica Finlayson (one each), with Tiffany Elenbaas getting 10 saves. Against Ann Arbor Pioneer, Rockford won 9-4 with goals by Hulsebus (five) and Maddie Levine, Downs, Julia Ceglowski and Andrus (one each), with another 10 saves by Elenbaas. Rockford won 5-3 against Zeeland with two goals by Van Portfliet and one goal each by Hulsebus, Kelsey Carlson and Downs, and yet another 10 saves by Elenbaas. Against Hudsonville, Rockford won 6-3 with three goals by Hulsebus and one goal apiece by Smith, Carlson and Finlayson, and six saves by Elenbaas.
Respectful, responsible student sensitive toward others Skylar Berlin is known at Roguewood Elementary as a confident and resilient student who has a wonderful sense of humor. She is the daughter of Kathy and Joe Berlin. Her teachers describe Skylar as a respectful, responsible and caring student who is honest and sensitive to the feelings of others. She is very competitive, yet demonstrates good sportsmanship when she doesn’t win. She is extremely focused and on task when it comes to just about anything-athletics, hobbies, studies and her desire to do her best. Skylar has an iron will and a calm determination to accomplish goals. She is also caring and concerned about all creatures, from her pets-a cat and dog-to the smallest bugs. She has been known to rescue insects, worms and other creatures by moving them from harm’s way. A personal confidence and strong desire to do the right thing, Skylar is focused, organized and completes any project she starts. She is mature beyond her years and many skills come to her very naturally. Her determination is a strength that leads her to prepare well for competitive events such as Jump Rope for Heart, which she won two years in a row by diligent practice. She won the hustle award at basketball camp in summer of 2008 and first place in gymnastics with the best cartwheel and round-off. Skylar excels in all she attempts and she is very active, participating in basketball, softball, dance and running in the Roguewood mileage club. She began water-skiing and was a natural. Other hobbies include rollerblading, bocce ball, four-square and swimming. Skylar’s determination toward success, plus a caring sensitivity to others and natural tender heart make her an Example in Excellence at Roguewood Elementary.
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by BETH ALTENA When Beth Sturr contacted the Squire for a story about her daughter, she said she had been planning the article for 18 years. Kailey Sturr, who will be 18 in May, has Angelman Syndrome. The smiling, active girl can do many things-help with laundry, chose her own meals, give hugs. She is also non-verbal, is mentally at the level of a toddler and traditionally would either live at home her entire life or be placed in a group home. Her parents have a different vision for her. Before the Sturr family settled in Rockford, they knew they wanted their daughter to eventually live in her own home and achieve a level of independence formerly unheard of for a person with Kailey’s disability. Planning to settle in West Michigan, they called schools and visited towns. When they talked to Rockford Public Schools and the person in charge of the programs for students with disabilities, they felt what they called “such a warm welcome.” When they saw the downtown, that was the end of the search. Kailey started in the district in the pre-primary impaired program at Meadowridge Elementary and has moved all the way up through to Rockford High School, where she enjoys eating lunch with other students. “Kailey has risen to her potential in Rockford Schools,” said Beth. Now, at 18, it is time for Kailey to transition to the next phase of her life. Years ago, her parents purchased the home next to theirs on Courtland just north of Monroe. They are ready for Kailey to live in her own home. “It’s a block from Rocky’s, a block from the bike path, close to all the festivals. It’s the perfect situation for a disabled adult to be a part of,” said Sturr. Fifty years ago people with severe disabilities were routinely packed off to institutions. Parents of children with disorders such as Downs Syndrome weren’t given much in the way of options. Now group homes or living at home are common. The idea of setting up a disabled person in their own home is brand-new and cutting edge. “We have had to get creative,” said Sturr. “Getting the house was probably the easiest part.” The next piece in the puzzle of […]