Sports news from Rockford Public Schools

Two local Rockford students to compete in world’s largest rodeo

June 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

Linnay (Couturier) Mallory and Ana Moreno of Rockford have both earned their spot in the National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) competition in July. They secured their spots after competing at the Michigan State Finals Rodeo in Ovid, MI last weekend in Barrel Racing, Pole Bending and Goat Tying. Linnay (Couturier) Mallory 17, a Senior has been involved with MiHSRA for four years. Two years ago when she was preparing to leave for Nationals, Linnay suffered a severe injury to her foot and had to withdraw one week before competition leaving her devastated. Now after three years of qualifying, Linnay and her Quarter Horse, Double Vision Time (aka.Blaze) are finally heading out West to compete. “When I had my injury, I felt as if my rodeo career was coming to an end.” said Linnay. “But when I qualified for Nationals again this year…it was a true blessing, and I’m excited for the opportunity to go out to Wyoming and represent Michigan in Barrel Racing. I’m ecstatic about this trip and plan to go out with a bang for my Senior year at Nationals”. Linnay has been a member of the Rockford Equestrian Team, Kent County 4H and is the reigning Barrel Champion of the Double JJ 2014 Rodeo Season. Ana Moreno 17, will be a Senior next fall.  Ana has been an active member of MiHSRA for three years and will be competing in Pole Bending. “The opportunity to compete at nationals with my amazing horse is an honor.” says Ana,”It will be memorable and is even more special to me because I qualified last year but due to family commitments I was unable to go”. Ana is also on the Rockford High School Equestrian Team and assisted in taking her Team to the 2014-15 State Finals in Midland.  She has been training and honing the skills of her young Quarter Horse, Playboy’s Jeweled Doc, for the last 2 1/2 years and they are consistently improving each season.  She credits her trainer, Michelle Wolf, with encouragement and direction.  Ana is also involved in 4H, and plays on the Rockford High School Basketball and Track teams. Both girls are members of the Michigan High School Rodeo Association (MiHSRA), whose intent is to promote high school rodeo at the […]

Conserve Time and Water While Growing Beautiful and Productive Gardens

June 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Melinda Myers Reduce your workload, increase productivity and be water wise, whether you are planning, planting or already harvesting produce or enjoying beautiful floral displays from your garden. Container gardeners may want to invest in self-watering pots. These containers have built-in reservoirs to reduce watering frequency. Commercial and homemade self-watering devices can also reduce watering frequency. Just make sure to test their effectiveness before leaving town. Or consider a one-time investment in a drip irrigation system designed for container gardens. Drip irrigation and soaker hoses are also a great way to water in-ground plantings. These irrigation systems apply the water directly to the soil which reduces water lost to overspray, evaporation and runoff. They also reduce the risk and spread of disease by preventing water from settling on the leaves of the plants. Opt for a micro irrigation system if your water has a high mineral content.  These minerals can build up and clog soaker hoses.  Micro irrigation systems experience fewer problems and the nozzles can be cleaned to prevent clogs.  Because the nozzles can be clipped onto stakes, tomato towers or other supports, this system makes it easy to deliver water right to the plants. Raised bed gardens will also benefit from irrigation systems. Elevated gardens often dry out more quickly than their in-ground counterparts and need more frequent watering.  Some, like the Raised Bed Snip-n-Drip soaker system (, are easy to assemble and allow you to water when needed. Further save time by using preformed corners with built-in spigots when constructing raised beds. Simply slide the boards into the metal corner pieces to create the raised bed. Some corner systems, like Aquacorner, have built-in spigots to make irrigation even simpler. Correctly installed irrigation systems can help conserve water by ensuring you water properly and only when needed.  Plus, using a timer and an irrigation system allows you to apply water at the best time for the plants. Just set the timer for early in the morning – when less water is lost to evaporation – and the plants will be watered even if you are not home. Always water thoroughly and only as needed to encourage plants to develop deep root systems that are more drought-tolerant. Be sure to avoid high nitrogen, […]

Individual title and multiple placers spark 4th-place finish for Ram girl’s track

June 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

At the end of a damp and dreary day at the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 1 finals at Rockford on Saturday, May 30th it was a runaway victory for the Oak Park girl’s team that amassed 93 points. But the home-standing Rams had a very strong showing on their own accord by finishing in fourth-place with 42 points. That team effort was highlighted by the first-place finish for Rockford senior Sammy Cuneo who blazed to victory in the 400-meter dash with a time of 55.32 to edge the defending champion from Oak Park at the tape. That showing was just one of four events that Cuneo garnered All-State status in as she also finished third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.83 as well as being a member of the 4×100 and 4×200 relay teams that finished third and second respectively. Cuneo was joined by Doofan Nyamor, Casey Lenon and Tensey Gavalis on the 4×100 team that ran an excellent time of 48.48. The other three members of the 4×200 quartet were Nyamor, Lenon and Olivia Rademacher who finished their event in 1:41.90. Rademacher was also a multi-place finisher as she claimed the eighth spot in the 300-meter hurdles with a season best time of 45.83 and was a part of the eighth-place relay team in the 4×400 relay. The other members of the 4×400 team were Tiana Colovos, Jinny Fankhauser and Kerianne Schoff who ran a time of 4:05.83. The final athlete who reeled in points for Rockford was senior thrower Maegan McCarthy. By McCarthy’s lofty standards it was a somewhat disappointing day as she finished in third-place in the shot put with a season best effort of 44′ 7″ and a surprising fifth in the discus with a disappointing for McCarthy) toss of 119′ 8″. All things considered it was an excellent effort from a Ram team in far from ideal conditions. Despite the loss of Cuneo and McCarthy to graduation, there are several other standouts returning in 2016 for a Rockford team that seems to just cruise along and reload at every juncture.

Ram bats fall silent in 1-0 Regional final loss to Kenowa Hills

June 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

Bryce Kelley was brilliant on the mound for Rockford in the MHSAA Regional finals against Kenowa Hills on Saturday, June 6th at Hudsonville. Kelley allowed only five hits while fanning seven and was in complete control for the Rams. Unfortunately the Knights scratched out a run in the top of the seventh inning on a pair of seeing eye singles ans a sacrifice bunt to claw their way to the 1-0 win.   The Rams had by far the better chances to push across a run in the previous six innings but failed at every turn as they returned for a single game to their struggles scoring runs from earlier in the campaign. Rockford left nine runners on base and saw another season end in a frustrating manner. Kenowa Hills (33-4) on the other hand, earned the right to play at Theunissen Stadium in Mount Pleasant in the state quarterfinals on Tuesday, June 9th.   The Rams left the bases loaded and a pair of runners more than once while always looking for that one timely hit to get out in front and ride the talented left arm of Kelley. But that hit never came and the single run the Knights pushed across in the top of the 7th proved to be the only run scored during the contest.   The loss ended the Ram season with a final mark of 25-11. Rockford bids farewell to several talented seniors including Tyler Pellerito, Cory Stankus, Ethan LaCourt, Connor Jackson, Landen Haney and Ben Ramsey. But they will return the big arms of Kelley and Jack Weisenburger next year along with regulars Nolan Bryant, Seth Stephens and others. The junior varsity had an excellent overall record of 21-6 while featuring multiple freshman starters and will also look to earn their way into regular playing time.

Rams place three runners at MHSAA state finals

June 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

The boy’s track team from Rockford hosted the MIchigan High School Athletic Association Division 1 finals on Saturday, May 30th. The event has drawn massive crowds to Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium nearly every year it is held on the beautiful campus and this year would have been no exception but for one overwhelming mitigating factor. The rainy and dreary conditions kept the crowd to somewhat of a reduction to the norm but did nothing to alter the enthusiasm for the athletes and their supporters in attendance. Rockford qualified a minimal number of athletes for the state finals but was pleasantly rewarded when three of their own placed amongst the top eight finishers in separate events to garner a total of six points for the Rams. Leading the way for Rockford was their freshman distance standout Cole Johnson. Johnson ran a wonderful race in the 1600 meters and racked up an impressive time of 4:10.5. That was good for a fifth-place finish and accounted for four of the six points the Rams accumulated for the day. Rockford also had a pair of eighth-place finishers in Isaac Harding and Tyler Brenner. Harding went 9:17.60 in the 3200-meter run and Brenner finished his 400-meter race with a time of 50.24. All three of these athletes will return next year with Brenner being only a sophomore and Harding a senior as well as the frosh Johnson. They will be joined by several other excellent athletes on a Ram team that usually fields multiple participants.

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