Coach Richardson faces former coach by TIM COOPER On Tuesday, Dec. 22, the Ram wrestling team made the short trip to Lowell to face the Division II second-ranked team in Stevensville Lakeshore and the defending Division II state champion, the Lowell Red Arrows. The Rams opened an early 4-0 lead on the Lancers of Stevensville with an 11-3 major decision by Jake Byers AT 130 pounds. In the second match, senior Drew Scogg, 135 pounds, built the lead to 7-0 with his 7-1 win. The Lancers got on the board in the 140-pound match by taking a 3-2 decision from Rockford’s Austin Scogg. Bruce Carlstrom (145) bounced back with a 6-4 decision, giving the Rams a seven-point lead at 10-3. Lakeshore took back the lead in the next two matches, with a fall at 152 pounds and a 9-3 decision in the 160-pound match. At 171 pounds, senior Jake Dorulla continued to show why he is the number-one-ranked wrestler in the state. The Eastern Michigan University-bound senior took a 15-0 technical fall in the second period, giving the Rams a 15-12 lead. Jake Johnson (189) added four more points to the Ram total with an 18-5 major decision, once again giving the Rams a seven-point lead, 19-12. Paul Creighton, wrestling up one weight class at 215, failed to best his opponent, giving up a 7-1 decision. The team score then stood at Rockford 19, Lakeshore 15. Joe Stefanski, also wrestling up a weight class at 285 pounds, proved to be the last bright spot for the Rams in this dual meet. Stefanski used his speed and strength to build an 11-1 lead before time ran out, giving Rockford their largest lead of the night at 23-15. The Lancers came charging back, winning the final four matches and giving them a 37-23 victory over the Rams. Ram Coach Richardson, for the first time as a high school coach, faced his former mentor, Coach Bruce Bittenbender of Lakeshore. Bittenbender was Richardson’s wrestling coach while Richardson was a student athlete at Lakeshore himself. Bittenbinder is also the winningest coach in Michigan high school wrestling history with 740 dual meet wins. In the second tilt, Rockford faced the Red Arrows of Lowell in a dual meet that went much […]
As part of their holiday celebrations this past year, Mrs. Beier’s kindergarten class and Mrs. Fowle’s second-grade class at Valley View Elementary School collected and donated books with personalized, handmade cards for kids at Campau Park Elementary School in Grand Rapids. Over 70 new books were donated to surprised and excited kindergartners and second-graders at Campau Park.
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Coffman-Holbert Paul and Marci Coffman and Dan and Kate Holbert are pleased to announce the engagement of their children, Amanda Coffman and Ben Holbert, both of Rockford. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Paul and Marci Coffman of Rockford. She is a graduate of Northpointe Christian School and is working toward her bachelor’s degree in marketing at Davenport University. She is currently employed by MDCOX inc. Burton Snowboards as a sales representative. The groom-elect is the son of Dan and Kate Holbert of Cascade. He is a graduate of Rockford High School and is currently employed by Hope Network. The July 24, 2010 ceremony is planned at Bay Pointe Inn on Gun Lake, and the couple will honeymoon in St. Lucia. The couple will reside in Rockford.
Next up is consideration for Supreme Court decision The City of Rockford’s most recent attempt to keep a full-service court in town was turned down by the Michigan Court of Appeals, but City Manager Michael Young hopes the Michigan Supreme Court may see things differently. “We expected this,” Young said of the decision, reached months after the appeals court heard the case on October 6, 2009. Young is more hopeful the Supreme Court may have a different ruling. He said a 1970s case similar to this saw a split decision on court consolidation. Another town fought to keep a court presence from consolidation was denied because the town, Centerline, did not warrant enough judicial business to keep a full court busy. This is not the case for the Rockford court, which was among the busiest in the state. “We filed a petition to bypass the court of appeals,” Young said. He stated that the appeals court did not have the authority to overrule a precendent set by the Supreme Court. Although the Supreme Court may not chose to hear the Rockford case, Young hopes it will. The City has 45 days to file an application to go to the state’s highest court. It could hear the case possibly within months. Two years into the battle to keep the court in Rockford, the City has spent about $40,000 on the case. Young said the cost of going on to the Supreme Court is very minor. He believes the case has been a valid use of taxpayer dollars because so many people consider this is an important issue. “We consulted with our attornies prior to doing this and they said it wouldn’t go over $50,000,” Young stated. Currently Kent County is remodeling about one-third of the Rockford court building and plans to have a part time magistrate work from the space. The City purchased the building in late 2009 for $10 with free rent for the County for 75 years. Should Rockford win its bid to move a full-time judge back to the location, the property will immediately transfer back to County ownership, according to the transfer agreement. Staff vacated the building late last year to a consolidated courthouse in Grand Rapids township. “We are not like […]