The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) recently announced that Rockford High School is a recipient of a sportsmanship mini grant. MEEMIC Insurance is the MHSAA’s corporate partner in this initiative. MEEMIC Insurance representative Brian O’Neil recently presented the scholarship check to Director of Athletics Tim Erickson. The Brian O’Neil Insurance Agency also presented a check to match the MHSAA contribution. These funds will be used to fund a program called “Captains Council.” Team captains and potential team leaders will meet once a month to improve leadership skills and work to improve school and team sportsmanship. The funds will be used to purchase textbooks and website licenses and to produce handouts and materials for instruction.
Hundreds of cross country fans lined the finishing stretch at the Fish Creek Sportsman Club last Saturday afternoon, Oct. 31. Standing shoulder to shoulder, all witnessed an outstanding performance by the Rockford boys team at the Division I regional championship. Winning the regional would assure the Rams a trip for their entire varsity team to the state championship to be held this Saturday, Nov. 7, at Michigan International Speedway. As the defending regional champion, Rockford was not going to surprise anyone on this day by sneaking onto the award stand. In fact, Rockford let it be known in the first 1,000 meters of this 5K race that they were the team to beat. Rockford totaled 41 points on the surprisingly dry Fish Creek course, outdistancing second-place Okemos by 38 points. Okemos and the third-place team, Kenowa Hills, will join Rockford at the state championships in Brooklyn, Mich. next week. Leading Rockford’s contingent from the start was senior Grant Gunneson. He was not alone near the front of the race, as the Rams ran one of their tightest packs of the season. Gunneson finished fifth overall with the next four Rockford runners all close behind, finishing in the top 12. Senior Drake Veitenheimer was seventh, senior Nick Shear was eighth, junior Spencer Gerber was ninth, and junior Steven Ek was 12th. “This was a big day for both of us,” said Rockford boys coach Andy Martin, of the Rams’ two regional championships. “The girls were astounding today, and the boys took some of that energy and ran with it.” Rockford was so strong on the day that their sixth-place runner, Devon Liu, also ran his way on to the All Regional team. Although not scoring for the team—only the top five runners for each school count toward the team score—Liu ran a personal record 16:53, which secured 15th place and the last individual medal awarded. Martin commented, “It is not very often that a sixth-place runner for a team can make an All Regional team. I am really proud of all of our guys.” Noting their performance as a team, Martin stated, “We had a one-through-seven time spread of 40 seconds. The one-through-five scoring squad was a mere 15-second spread. That’s what wins meets.” Grant Gunneson—fifth, […]
The Rockford High School marching band once again came out on top in Flight I competition, at the Allegan Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 24. Rockford placed third overall among 20 high school bands in the Michigan Competing Band Association (MCBA) competition with a score of 76.8. Brian Phillips, Rockford marching band director, credits his students for their stellar performance with the adverse weather conditions, an area in which he was hoping to see some improvement after the Belding Invitational. “It was cold, rainy, and the field was in terrible condition. Ironically, we had our strongest show of the year. That is exactly the kind of mental focus we need! They should be proud,” said Phillips. Allegan spread “quick dry” on its rain-soaked field prior to the competition in an effort to provide much needed traction for participants, although the band still experienced six students slipping in the mud and falling to the ground during the performance. “The conditions at Allegan made it very difficult for the band to stay on their feet,” said Patt Clement, president of the Rockford Band Parent Association. “In one case, a sousaphone player fell and it caused another sousaphone player to trip over him which, in turn, damaged the instrument.” With one remaining MCBA event, the Reeths-Puffer Invitational on Oct. 31, the band moves into the MCBA champion contest at Ford Field on Saturday, Nov. 7. “One of our goals is to achieve our highest level of excellence possible,” said Phillips. “We know we can’t ‘win’ state finals. We are in a flight where there are several bands that practice every day after school for several hours. We meet only one night per week for three hours. However, we don’t look at that as a limitation; we look at it as a challenge to see what we can do with the limited time we have. We currently ‘place’ higher than many bands that rehearse much more than we do. We simply want to be as great as possible.” Phillips added, “I also want our students to have a life-enriching, musical experience in band—one that they will remember for their life, and can be proud of.” For more information visit www.rockfordbands.org.
Members of the Our Lady of Consolation (OLC) fourth-grade girls basketball team autograph the gym floor following their game against Saints Peter and Paul Ionia. The floor was removed the following day and replaced with new tile. OLC’s gym recently went through an extreme makeover with new paint, lights and floor, thanks to the school parents and parishioners who helped raise the funds for this project.
AfterGrad is a drug- and alcohol-free celebration for Rockford High School graduates, held at a “secret location” immediately following the graduation ceremony at the Delta Plex on June 8, 2010. It is an all-night, lock-in party featuring food, music and entertainment. Transportation is provided from the Delta Plex to the “secret location” and back to the high school. Parents can be assured that their graduates will have a great time in a safe and secure environment. Registration forms are now available at the high school’s main office, on the Rockford High School website, or by contacting Melinda Hutson by e-mail at email@example.com. Cost for this year’s event is $75. Parents of the senior class of 2010 are welcome to attend the AfterGrad 2010 Planning Committee meeting on Monday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. in the staff dining room, next to the cafeteria, at the high school. Ten minutes are reserved at the beginning of the meeting for information, registration and parent input. If you are unable to attend and would like to provide input, have questions or want to help, please contact Sheryl Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.