Wednesday, Dec. 23 Free Community Dinner—6 to 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church, 4865 Eleven Mile Road, Rockford. Dinner provided by God’s Kitchen North at OLC. All are welcome! Tuesday, Dec. 29 Country Music—9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks. Wednesday, Dec. 30 Free Community Dinner—6 to 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church, 4865 Eleven Mile Road, Rockford. Dinner provided by God’s Kitchen North at OLC. All are welcome! Saturday, January 2 Annual Kent County Christmas Bird Count—Birders of all skill levels are welcome. For details, please visit www.glsga.org/grac. To register, contact Ranger Steve Mueller at (616) 696-1753 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tuesday, January 5 North Kent Toastmasters Club Meeting—7 to 8:45 p.m. at Prudential Preferred Realtors, 502 Northland Drive, Rockford (at 11 Mile Road). Be more assertive and a better speaker. For directions, call Angela at (616) 560-4726 or visit the club’s website at www.nkctm.org. Thursday, January 7 Rockford Area Historical Society Meeting—1 p.m. at the Rockford Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford, hosted by Madge Bolt and Evie Swinehart. “Love Around the World,” an imaginary trip around the world through song, will be presented by Dick and Helen Prohaska. Saturday, January 9 Symphony Auditions—9 to 11 a.m. at Muskegon Community College. The West Michigan Youth Symphony is seeking musicians for the following instruments: strings, oboe, bassoon, French horn, trombone, tuba and percussion, for the 2010 winter season. All school-age musicians who are members of their school music ensembles through sophomore year in college are eligible to participate. To schedule an audition, please e-mail to email@example.com or call (231) 726-3231 ext. 35. Walk-ins will be allowed and heard between scheduled auditions.
‘Give Kids a Smile Day’ designed to bring dentistry to underserved children Give Kids a Smile Day is one way the dental profession is responding to oral health issues among our nation’s poorest children. In the past few years there has been a marked increase in awareness of this issue, due in part to the public becoming more educated about the relationship between oral health and overall health. You may read more about this at www.ada.org. On Friday, Feb. 5, thousands of dentists across the country will be donating their time and services to participate in the eighth annual Give Kids a Smile Day, and Frey Family Dentistry in Belmont is happy to be participating in this program. Dr. Frey and his staff will be donating their time, skills, and the supplies necessary to provide underserved children (age 14 and under) with free complete oral exams, cleanings and preventive fillings (sealants). The event will begin at 8 a.m. at Frey Family Dentistry, 6220 Jupiter Ave., Belmont. All appointments are scheduled in advance. Parents are strongly encouraged to register their children over the telephone at (616) 222-0202 to ensure their treatment on Feb. 5. Further information may be found online at www.freydental.com.
Bothma finished the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.79, which was one hundredth of a second faster (22.80) than outstanding swimmer Sam Schulze of Grand Haven. Bothma now has two state times, the first earned in the 100-yard freestyle (49.99) at the December 8 meet against Byron Center. Devries swam the 100-yard butterfly with a state time of 55.52, almost four seconds faster than the next contender. Devries is the defending conference champion for this event. The Rams’ next meet is on Thursday, Jan. 7, at Grandville, starting at 6:30 p.m.
On Wednesday, Dec. 16, the Rockford Rams wrestling team traveled to Jenison for a dual meet against Division I’s 10th-ranked team. In the 130-pound match, Rockford senior Jake Byers once again showed his dominance, this time wrestling against Jenison’s Nick Lovell. In typical fashion, Byers scored early and often on his way to winning a 17-1 technical fall, giving the Rams an early lead in the team score. The next two matches saw Drew Scogg (135 pounds) and younger brother Austin Scogg (140) fall to their opponents in minor decisions, giving the Wildcats their first lead of the dual meet, with a 6-5 team score. At 145 pounds, Bruce Carlstrom used 2:43 seconds to pin Caleb Wyma and help the Rams recover the lead, 11-6. At 152 pounds, the Wildcats closed the gap with a 15-6 Trevor Dunham win over Rockford’s Sam Williams. At 160 pounds, Mitch Pierce scored an exciting 4-2 overtime win over Rockford’s Robby Gorton to give Jenison a 13-11 lead, which would prove to be their final lead of the meet. Rockford’s Jake Dorulla (171) and Jake Johnson, wrestling up at 189 pounds, scored back-to-back technical falls, giving the Rams a 21-13 lead. Rockford continued building their lead with a 5-1 decision by Zach Banaszak over Jenison’s Pat Rieg, and an 18-second pin by Joe Stefanski over Matt VanOpstall, giving the Rams a 30-13 lead with four matches left to be wrestled. Jenison voided the 103-pound weight class, allowing Rockford to use Tyler VanRooyen at 112 pounds against Jenison’s Trent Samuels, who was ranked second in Division I. VanRooyen, who was ranked fourth in the state at 103 pounds, fell behind when Samuels was awarded an early takedown. VanRooyen scored his first point when he escaped late in the first period. The second period ended with the score still 2-1, as neither wrestler could gain an advantage. In the third, Rockford’s “Mighty Mite” escaped for one point, tying the score at 2 each. As time was running out, VanRooyen met the challenge, taking Samuels down and giving him a 4-2 advantage. Samuels received the final point of the match on a technical violation when VanRooyen illegally locked his hands. This gave Rockford a 39-13 lead with two matches remaining. Cullen Maksimowski […]
The Rockford High School gymnastics team welcomed the Ludington Oreos, the Sturgis Trojans and the Freeland Falcons for the first quad meet of the season. Forty girls competed in four events—the balance beam, vault, uneven bars and the floor exercise—truly demonstrating the strength and dedication it takes to be a high school gymnast. Rockford came away with the highest overall score of 135.8. Seniors Ali VanBelkum, Emily Noffsinger and Kelsey Donley led the team on the floor exercise with scores of 9.55, 9.1, and 8.9 respectively. The always-consistent sophomore Jenelle Miller scored an impressive 8.4 on the vault, and the newest addition to the team, freshman Colleen Conroy, proved to be exciting to watch with scores of 8.4 on the beam and 8.55 on the floor. Coach Tom Holloway stated, “The girls have been practicing hard and came prepared for this meet. This was a good way to kick off the season!” Rockford will host the annual Flip Flop Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 9, with a start time of 10:00 a.m. Please come out for a great show and support Rockford’s gymnasts. ••• FUN FACT ••• Did you know that a gymnast has approximately 100 feet to gather enough speed to launch themselves over a standing object the size of a jukebox—then spinning or flipping, losing sight of the ground, and ultimately landing on their feet? This is the vault, just one of the skills a gymnast attempts to master each and every week.