Joel Rietsema Track & Field Joel Rietsema came to the RHS track team as a sprinter. His coach asked him to run the 800-meter in a meet, hoping for the best. That day Joel became Rockford High School track team’s fastest 800 runner. He has made a name for himself as the leader of the 4×400-meter relay team, the top athlete in the open 800, and the anchor of the 4×400-meter relay. Joel is the athlete every coach wishes he had. He is truly a team player, and a phenomenal all-around athlete. Congratulations, Joel, on being elected the Rockford Sports Boosters Athlete of the Week!
by KURT BECKER The biggest game of the year for the Rams junior varsity soccer team was the Thursday night East Kentwood game on Oct. 1. This game was huge because Rams JV Coach Stu Quackenbush was an assistant varsity coach at East Kentwood last year, and he wanted to start out the new relationship with a win. Plus, the Falcons’ JV team had the same win-loss record as the Rams’ JV squad. These two items set the tone for this match-up. The game was a defensive battle with neither team making their mark on the other. In the first half, the Rams had four shots on goal versus the Falcons’ eight. Jessie Aronoff had two shots, and Michael Becker, Connor Doud and Ian Stankus each had one shot on goal. At half the score was 0-0. Both teams came out in the second half and tried to get something going. Aronoff, Becker, Doud, Stankus and Nick Krampe all had shots on goal without any success. The Falcons resisted, and pressed with nine more shots in the second half. Neither team could get through the other’s defense. The final score was 0-0. On Monday, Oct. 5, the Rams played the Grandville Bulldogs at their home field. The Rams came out shooting and had eight shots in the first half. Eleven minutes into the half, Aronoff had a long run through two defenders and rifled a quick bullet past an out-of-position goalie into the back of the net. Stankus had four shots on goal in the first half. Stankus came out in the second half and wouldn’t be denied a goal. At 12 minutes into the second half, with an assist from Doud, Stankus scored by whipping one by the Bulldogs’ goalie at close range. Conner Taylor, Doud, Becker, Krampe and Austin Crowell all had shots on goal in the second half, keeping their goalie extremely busy. The final score was Rams 2, Bulldogs 0. This ended the regular season with a fine record of 11 wins, one loss and two ties for the JV Rams. The post-season district schedule pitted the Rams against the Hudsonville Eagles in the first round at Rams Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 8. The Eagles proved to be no […]
Rockford Riptide Swim Team is now registering swimmers ages 5 to 18 for its winter session, November 16 through March 19. Riptide is a United States Swimming competitive swim program and part of Rockford Aquatics. A registration session is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 23 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at North Rockford Middle School’s pool lobby. Competitive swimming experience is not necessary, and swimmers new to Riptide will be evaluated during the registration session so they can be placed in the program that best fits their skills and goals. For complete information about Riptide programs, visit www.riptide.org. Riptide is comprised of several swim sessions over the course of the year. These sessions vary in length and involve some meet opportunities in addition to practices. Fun events like beach parties and pizza and pool game nights are included during the sessions. Riptide also offers a pre-competitive swim program for younger swimmers wanting to learn more about a competitive swim team. Junior Riptide sessions last for five weeks and include a meet opportunity. The next Junior Riptide session starts Oct. 18. Fall Riptide swimmers just competed in their first USA swimming club of the season, the Spartan Pentathlon. For many of the newer swimmers, this was their first time competing and all placed in the top 10, most taking first through third places. It was a great experience for those who participated and a fantastic showing early in the season for the Riptide swim team. Riptide’s purpose is to introduce children to the benefits of competitive swimming and encourage swimmers to reach their highest level of potential in and out of the water while demonstrating leadership and sportsmanship skills.
(DNR)—The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is in the process of creating a management plan for Michigan white-tailed deer. White-tailed deer generate various levels of interest among Michigan’s citizens. This interest covers a large range of issues with many different perspectives. To prepare a strategic management plan for deer, issues and perspectives need to be identified, science-based information provided and stakeholder perspectives explored. The deer planning team developed the following planning process, which will be used to develop a citizen-approved strategic deer management plan. During the summer of 2009, public surveys were conducted by Michigan State University to gain a better understanding of Michigan citizens and their views on deer and deer management. DAT recommendations are to be presented to the Natural Resources Commission in October 2009. Drafting of the deer management plan is scheduled for winter 2010. The draft management plan is scheduled to be presented to the public in spring 2010, along with receiving input at open houses. The plan is to be presented to the director and Natural Resources Commission for approval next summer. Tribal Involvement—Under the 2007 Inland Consent Decree, the DNR will be consulting with tribal governments on deer management throughout the planning process. Information from these meetings will be incorporated into the deer management plan. Tribes will also have the opportunity to review draft plans as they are developed. Michigan Deer Advisory Team—The primary responsibilities of this team are to identify the important values to consider for deer management based on the information compiled at the regional meetings and formulate recommendations for the DNR. These will be facilitated discussions and all DAT recommendations will be reached by consensus. For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/dnr.
Race virtually with the globe at the only Michigan location of the 2009 Nike+Human Race Every Stride 5K/10K at Candlestone Golf and Resort in Belding. According to Race Director Chris Nichols, the golf course is the only already existing race location to be included in the world-wide Nike+ event to be held October 24. “Someone will be first in the world and someone will be last in the world,” Niichols said. “It’s really neat if you think about it.” Nichols said 30 cities world-wide are hosting the race and only 17 in the United States. His course is the only location in the state of Michigan to offer it. “Nike wants everyone to get out and run that day,” Nichols said. Last year over 780.000 people participated and numbers are expected to exceed that amount this year. Participants are invited to take advantage of the new Nike+ system, a technology that uses a chip in a runners’ shoes that keep track of mileage, speed, calories burned and more. “When you run, you are competing with runners in all the other locations, runners in Rome, South America, all over,” Nichols stated. “It’s a virtual race with the entire world.” Nichols said Candlestone hosted an Every Stride race last year and expected a couple of hundred participants. Over 780 registered. This year the number of registered runners/walkers is already over 750 higher than last year. “We will top 1,500,” Nichols said. He believes part of the success of the Candlestone race is what runners and walkers get for their $18 pre-registration fee. They can run or walk in the 5K or 10K event, are given a Nike shirt, a souvenir race golf ball, a chance to win one of two free trips with destination choices of Chicago, Orlando or Las Vegas (air fare included), admission to a fantastic post-race party and an 18-hole round of golf good now through the end of next season. The race awards are generous too. Nichols said in the 10K and 5K run awards are given five deep in each age group and an overall male and female are recognized. The top male and female masters receive a pair of Nike shoes. Walkers can do the 5K and have all the benefits […]