Rogue River Community Theatre of Rockford, sponsored by Rockford Area Arts Commission, will be presenting “On Wings of Valor,” a two-act drama about the life of Joan of Arc. A 35-member cast will bring this true story to light with wonderful costumes and sets to enhance the experience. Pictured are Mike Jonkman as Friar Delancey and Kira Sanscrainte as Joan of Arc. There will be door prizes at each performance. The performances will be held Thursday and Friday, Nov. 12-13 at 8 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main St., Cedar Springs. Tickets will be available at the door for $10 (adults), $4 (students), and $8 (senior citizens). Premium seating is $12. For further information, call (616) 874-5264 or the box office at (616) 696-7469.
“My family plans to get the flu shot and we’re more conscious about washing our hands. It’s terrifying in school. I imagine every high school student is going to get sick this season. It seems inevitable; we touch the same things.” —Shelby Denhof, Rockford “I’m washing my hands, not shaking hands as often, staying out of crowds, and wiping shopping carts down. I use hand wipes whenever they’re provided, like at Meijer. I’m also planning on getting the H1N1 vaccine.” —Kendra Davis, Livonia “I’m taking vitamins, doing lots of hand-washing, and praying. I’ve always been conscious about shopping carts. I carry a spray bottle of sanitizer… I’m not getting the H1N1 vaccine. I don’t want to put any chemicals in my body.” —Kelly Roesner and son Kenny, 10, Rockford “My wife washes her hands all the time and I’m keeping a close watch on my son. The H1N1 flu is being over-hyped. With my wife being a doctor, I have a different perspective. I’m less likely to freak out. I’m not getting the vaccine, but my wife had to.” —Eric Lofgren and son Clifford, 1, Rockford “I’m doing lots of handwashing, getting fresh air, and using hand sanitizer. I always wipe shopping carts down. I’m not getting the H1N1 vaccine. It’ll pass. It’s being hyped by the media. They’re trying to make everyone aware, but it’s going overboard. I’d rather have those who are unhealthy and children get the vaccine. I’m healthy.” —Jennifer Meachum, Grand Rapids by ANA OLVERA, Rockford Squire intern
The first Saturday semifinal match pitted Rockford against a very strong East Kentwood squad. The Falcons kept the Rams off balance for most of the game, pulling away in the third period and holding on for a 5-2 victory. “We didn’t perform the way we’re capable of performing,” McWatters summed up, “and we were outplayed by a very good team.” The final challenge for the Rams was to regroup and take on the Grandville Bulldogs in the consolation match. The Rams scored three early goals, but Grandville answered each time. Grandville then pulled ahead in the second period and carried a two-goal lead into the fourth period. That’s when Rockford senior Derik Bothma put on a performance for the ages. “I took it personally,” said Bothma. “I didn’t want to see our team lose another game, and wanted to do everything I could to help us avoid that.” Bothma first found junior Jeff Schmitt open in front of the net for a goal that pulled the Rams within one and gave the team some much-needed hope. He then went on a scoring tear, putting the Rams ahead for good with a trio of spectacular shots. Rockford ended up on top 10-7. Bothma finished with five goals, and fellow senior Connor Thelen added two. In addition to a goal, Schmitt chipped in with four assists. Three Rams were honored at the end of the tournament. Junior Pat Fase and senior Kyle Peterson were named All Region second team. Bothma was named All Region first team. “We had an up-and-down weekend,” concluded Thelen, “but we ended strong. Now we want to carry that momentum on to state.”
Fifty-four points, that was the margin of victory for the Lady Rams cross country team this past Saturday at the Division I regional championship in Carson City. The currently number-one-ranked Rams scored 21 points by placing their top five runners in the top seven, including individual regional champion Jane Hawks, to easily outdistance runner-up Grand Ledge, who had 75 points, and number-five-ranked Traverse City Central with 76 points. “We ran incredibly well today. As the race was unfolding, you could see that the final results were going to be pretty awesome,” said Coach Ben Watson. Sophomore Hawks took the overall lead in the race shortly after the mile mark and continued to push the pace until she hit the finish line with a winning time of 18:33, which was 22 seconds better than the second-place finisher, Julia Otwell from Traverse City Central. “Jane looked pretty good racing today. She has really come on for us this season as being a top quality front-runner,” said Coach Watson. The Lady Rams team domination came quickly following the second-place finisher with junior Catie Rietsema and senior Katie Carlson finishing in third and fourth places, both with season personal records of 19:00 and 19:06. Following the top Grand Ledge racer were sophomores Taylor Manett and Sam Anderson in sixth and seventh places with times of 19:21 and 19:25 respectively. Sophomore Sawyer Rocheleau and senior Megan Knape finished the racing for the Lady Rams with times of 20:08 and 20:09, which would have been good for top five finishes for any other team in the race. “Our top five absolutely got the job done today. Each one of them are individually All Region and then our final two runners added points to all the other teams’ scores to make the margin of victory even greater,” said Coach Watson. “Over the next seven days we need to stay healthy and get into a positive mind-set that we are going to do great things at the state meet. If we do that, we should do very well at MIS.” The Rams will be competing at the state championship meet Saturday, Nov. 7. Racing will be at the Michigan International Speedway (MIS) with start times of 2:00 p.m. for the girls and 3:00 […]
The Rockford equestrian B team finished out their 2009-2010 riding season with a third-place finish at the Michigan Interscholastic Horsemanship Association (MIHA) state finals held October 15-18, 2009. The eight riders moved their horses to Midland, Mich. for the long weekend and kept pressure on the other nine teams the entire event. “The team had a few missed opportunities early on in the meet, but finished very strong to earn their third-place ranking,” said head coach Sabrina Nyenhuis. “The school and community should be very proud of the performance of these riders who faced such stiff competition from around the state.” The team begins practice early in the summer to achieve peak performance from the riders and horses by September, which is when they compete on three consecutive weekends for the district title. The team won the first-place district trophy, earning them a spot in the regional meet. The following weekend, the horseback riders moved to Barry County, where they took first place in the regional MIHA meet, earning them advancement to the state finals. The Ram riders participate in events such as jumping, showmanship, equitation, trail patterns and speed events. The total points earned by their placing in each event determines the team’s overall score. “We had a very strong team this year with many well-talented riders and horses. It takes years of practice and training to get the kids to this level of horsemanship,” said Nyenhuis. She noted that most of these riders also compete in local shows and the 4-H youth fair during the summer to help them get ready for the school competitive season. The Rockford equestrian team had an outstanding year with many team and individual accomplishments. “I’m very proud of all the students who participated on the equestrian team this year,” commented Coach Nyenhuis. “Their dedication to the school sport and their passion for keeping Rockford as a major equestrian contender is what the Rockford Ram spirit is all about.”