Sixty-two young men start the season for the Rockford wrestling team this year. Notable returning wrestlers are Jake Byers and Jake Johnson, both runners-up from last year’s individual state tournament, along with defending state champions Jake Dorulla and Joe Stefanski. All four seniors have verbally committed to wrestle for Eastern Michigan University next year. Joining them will be regional qualifiers junior Bruce Carlstrom and sophomores Tyler VanRooyen and Austin Scogg. Prior to the first tournament, the Rams squared off in the annual Orange and Black, a dual meet to showcase Ram depth on the mat. Fourteen matches at Rockford High School on Thursday, Dec. 3, decided who would be in the starting lineup. The first competition away from Rockford was held Saturday, Dec. 5 at Comstock Park. The Rams faced Central Montcalm in the opener. In typical dominant fashion, Rockford opened a 36-3 lead midway through the match, and recorded a total of six falls, winning 11 of 13 matches for a final score of 65-9. In the second round, Rockford squared off against East Grand Rapids, dominating the Pioneers by winning all 14 matches with a final score of 78-0. Round three saw the Rams face a tough Coopersville team. Rockford won nine of 14 in this one, finishing with a final score of 46-24. In the finals, Rockford faced an inspired team from Comstock Park who advanced by beating Wyoming Park, Spring Lake and Belding. In a dual meet that saw the lead change many times, Rockford fought hard but came up short in the end. Jake Byers, 130 pounds this year, showed true senior leadership in recording three falls in the day while wrestling for less than two minutes. Each pin came in less than 30 seconds of the first period. Bruce Carlstrom, 152 pounds, also showed dominance by winning four times with one fall, one technical fall and one major decision on the day. Sophomore Tyler Van Rooyen, 103 pounds, showed why he’s ready to make a splash for Rockford by also recording four pins. Sophomore Austin Scogg pinned four opponents with his typical solid leg wrestling. He was able to defeat all comers. Senior Jake Johnson, 160 pounds, showed why he is the top-ranked wrestler in his weight class in […]
“A true team win—every line and every player contributed tonight,” summarized Head Coach Ed Van Portfliet of an impressive 7-3 Rams varsity hockey victory Saturday night, Dec. 5, against the always tough East Grand Rapids Pioneers. The game was part of the Tier 1 Showcase Tournament, pairing all the Tier 1 high school hockey teams in West Michigan and “showcasing” them in games of tournament play. The Rams were the last contest of the night and truly showcased their depth of talented and skilled players. Although down two players due to injury, everyone was called on to play hard and contribute, and everyone answered that call. The Rams struck first and hard in period one, as they found themselves up 3-0 with 6:13 still left in the period. Senior defenseman Geoff Garman found the net first with a shot from the blue line off a nice face-off assist from senior forward Jon Miller and junior forward Zach King. King put it right back in the net at the 6:28 mark, unassisted, only to be followed by a Cody Cantu goal 15 seconds later with assists from sophomore forward Ben Glass and senior forward Alex Fox, making it 3-0 Rams. The Rams kept the Pioneers in check until the 3:18 mark, when East Grand Rapids scored to put it 3-1. The Pioneers continued to fight back in the first period and scored again on a power play, making it 3-2 Rams at the end of period one. The depth and talent of the Rams was truly showcased in the second period, as the offensive line of Miller, King and junior Alex Schrotenboer really came together and poured it on the Pioneers. Van Portfliet echoed this after the game as he stated, “Although a true team effort, I was very pleased and impressed by this line tonight. They really shined for us.” Although starting period two down a player on the penalty kill, the Rams hit the Pioneers with three goals in 34 seconds, as senior forward Cantu stole the puck from three Pioneers in the front of their net and put it in at the 2:42 mark, really charging up the crowd. Twelve seconds later, forward Schrotenboer charged the net and put one in along with […]
Tyler Hall, a 2008 graduate of Rockford High School and former Ram baseball player currently playing for Grand Rapids Community College, has officially committed to play baseball at Central Michigan University (CMU) next year. “We’ve had our eye on Tyler for a long time,” commented CMU Head Coach Steve Jaksa. “The more we saw, the more we liked. He has very good speed and a lot of power. He continues to develop his base-running ability, and he’s very aggressive. We’re looking for him to be able to give us some quality at-bats from the left side, and we’re excited to have him.” Hall has earned first-team All American honors in junior college. He also earned NJCAA All Region XII Division II honors and first-team All Conference accolades in 2009. Also while in junior college, Hall hit .481 with 11 doubles, eight triples, five homers and 54 RBI, his .555 on-base percentage ranked him second in the region and 17th among all NJCAA Division II schools, and is also ranked 23rd in stolen bases. While in high school, Hall earned All Conference, All Area and All District honors in 2007 and 2008, and All Region in 2008. He set the Rockford High School career records for runs scored, on-base percentage, triples, walks, slugging percentage and stolen bases. Hall is the son of Kyle and Robin Hall. He is currently undecided on a major.
Pool used by many for health Dear Editor, We have heard a rumor that the swimming pool housed at the Rockford Middle School is to be closed due to lack of funds. It is my understanding that this is a “community” pool, for which 1 mil was voted in by the public for maintenance of this pool. For health reasons a lot of us go twice a week or more fo water aerobics. We are senior citizens trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We would be at a loss if this pool closes, especially with the millage already voted in for this. I truly hope someting can be done to prevent this closure. Marilyn J. Cole, Rockford resident Don’t close school pool Dear Editor, I and about 10 to 12 others swim twice a week at the North Rockford Middle School pool in the “Aqua-Flex” class. This is primarily attended by those who use this as a rehabilitation following surgery and for those who just want to keep mobile. It has been mentioned that the school is intending to close this pool due to finances and hold the classes at the high school. This is very unfavorable to our group who need the warmer water as the high school pool is very cool. I remember that when this school was built the Krause family donated the pool. However, the taxpayers voted to pay the necessary costs for maintenance. If this is still happening, why does the pool have to be closed? Please, school board members, reconsider this motion. Bonnie Miller, Belmont resident REF concert expected to sell out Dear Editor, Cliff and Nancy, this is AMAZING! I LOVE the article and I am so grateful to you both for writing it. You two certainly have a gift for writing. Tickets have been selling very well, and once this edition of the Squire reaches Rockford residents, I will expect a sell-out by mid December. Thank you so very much. Sue Arend, Rockford Education Foundation Anderson thanks Squire Dear Editor, I must tell you, I’ve had countless writings done about my work and myself over the last 34 years. And it’s not just because this sculpture is so grand on so many scales and will have an impact on so […]
Will bleaching work for me? By DR. JOHN P. KLOOSTER, DDS, PLC Belmont Denistry There are several different approaches to bleaching or whitening your teeth. Options range from utilizing “whitening” toothpastes and take home kits to professionally having your teeth whitened at a dental office. The first thing to be aware of is that bleaching is only effective on your natural tooth structure. Crowns, fillings and other artificial teeth cannot be lightened with bleaching. This is important to realize because if you do bleach more that likely your previous dental work will appear darker than your now lighter bleached teeth. It may be necessary to replace previous work after the leaching process for a more balanced and matched look. The second thing to be aware of is that bleaching works predominately on external staining of the teeth. This includes staining or darkening as a result of smoking and/or consistent coffee or tea drinking. Internal staining caused from trauma, previous root canal therapy or developmental issues may not respond to external bleaching techniques. To lighten or bleach internal staining it may be necessary to have a specialty service called internal bleaching where bleach is placed within the tooth for a specified amount of time. This requires a dentist to place, monitor and remove the bleaching material. It also may be necessary for place a veneer or porcelain crown to ultimately achieve the shade you need to match the rest of your teeth. Typically professional bleaching offered through your dental office will achieve tha most predictable results. It usually involves applying concentrated bleaching gels to the teeth either directly within the office or with a customized take home tray. It’s a nice route to go because the office can help to customize your care in response to your desired result. Also, if sensitivity is a concern most offices will have strategies to help to minimize and often eliminate it as a side effect. We’d be happy to discuss with you further and exciting prospect of whitening and improving your smile! Give us a call today at (616) 284-3200 for a free consult.