Mustaches for Mitchell a DMD fundraiser

December 2, 2010 // 0 Comments

On Friday, Dec. 10, 2010, during the Rockford varsity boys and girls home basketball games against East Grand Rapids High School, Rockford Public Schools (RPS) will be raising funds for Mustaches for Mitchell, a fundraiser to support research and education for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). The fundraising is done for the Parent Project MD in the name of Mitchell Peterson, a Rockford High School freshman diagnosed with DMD. On November 15, a group of 20 staff members throughout the district began growing mustaches as one of the fundraisers for the cause. The December 10 fundraiser provides the opportunity for the student body and community to be involved. Fans can purchase self-adhesive mustaches and t-shirts to wear throughout the game in support of this fundraiser. All money raised from the mustaches and t-shirts goes directly to Mitchell’s Cause of Parent Project MD to fund research and education for DMD. So, fans, please come on out and cheer for your Rams and rock a Mustaches for Mitchell mustache and t-shirt for charity! For more information, please contact Rockford Freshman Center teacher Al Reickard at (616) 863-6348 or e-mail to

Rockford varsity hockey takes second in season opener tournament

December 2, 2010 // 0 Comments

The Rockford High School varsity hockey team opened the 2010-2011 season against Forest Hills Central Friday night, Nov. 26, at the East Kentwood Tournament. The Rams have a young team with a roster that includes six sophomores and one freshman. Despite the youth, this team promised to play solid hockey in the competitive OK Tier One conference. The Forest Hills Central (FHC) game got off to a slow start with the score at the end of the first period tied at zero. Early in the second period, the Rams’ Keegan Knight put the puck in the back of the net to take the early lead. Three minutes later, FHC evened the score. The Rams added two more as Mike VanderVelde and Thomas Soupal put the Rams up 3-1 to end the second period. In the third period, the Rams took control of the game with another goal by Soupal. FHC added one more goal midway through the third period to finalize the game at Rams 5, FHC 2. Rams goaltending duties were split between two sophomores, Jake Rekucki and Todd Millar, turning away 25 of the 27 shots they faced. The win advanced the Rams into the championship game against the always strong East Kentwood Falcons. The championship game found the Rams back on their heels, as East Kentwood and their hard-charging offensive attack controlled the early play. The Rams played tough, while solid goaltending kept all East Kentwood’s 18 first-period shots out of the net. The Rams made the most of their opportunities in the first period with Rockford goals by Knight and Zach Vandawater, assisted by Ben Glass, Soupal, and Erik Datema. East Kentwood went to the locker room for the first intermission surprised to be down 2-0. The second period began with a quick Ram goal by Justin Ullery, assisted by freshman Zach Schwandt and sophomore Nathan Hill. The goal put the Rams up 3-0. The Falcons finally got on the scoreboard with the first of what turned out to be three goals that period. Two minutes into the third period, East Kentwood scored, making it 4-3. Ram penalties in the third made it difficult for Rockford to overcome the high-powered offense of East Kentwood. The Falcons added two more goals later […]

Rams Practice Players of the Week

December 2, 2010 // 0 Comments

Senior offensive lineman/outside linebacker Mitch Griffis (left) and junior wide receiver/defensive back Max Crimp (right) both are named Rockford football Practice Players of the Week for great effort in preparation for Howell.

RHS baseball’s Farmer commits to play at WMU

December 2, 2010 // 0 Comments

Rockford High School (RHS) baseball is pleased to announce that junior Drew Farmer has officially committed to play baseball at Western Michigan University (WMU). Farmer was recruited as an outfielder. WMU, coached by Bill Gernon, made Farmer the first player to be part of the 2012 recruiting class. According to, Farmer is just the third high school junior in the state to make a verbal commitment to a Division I program. Farmer, the speedy lefty, is regarded as one of the fastest baseball players in the state of Michigan. He has been clocked at running a 60-yard dash in 6.65. Farmer, the leadoff batter, also hits with extra base power and plays strong defense in the outfield for the Rams. As impressive as he is on the baseball field, Farmer is even more impressive in the classroom. He currently carries a 3.95 grade-point average. In the summer, Farmer plays travel baseball for Rockford Team Ram. Team Ram is coached by RHS varsity baseball Assistant Coach Steve Fusee. Farmer is the son of Steve and Kathy Farmer of Rockford.

Antlered doe-bucks could be bro-sters

November 24, 2010 // 0 Comments

‘It didn’t have the [male parts] but it had the other parts’ by Beth Altena The huge rack on the deer Jerry White shot in Cedar Springs on Monday, Nov. 15, opening day of firearm season for whitetail deer in Michigan, was the most impressive White had bagged. The deer was large for a buck, too, but when White rolled the deer over to field dress it, he noticed something was missing. The deer was a rare antlered doe with female anatomy and the huge, 10-point rack was still in full, heavy velvet. “It didn’t have parts it’s supposed to have. It’s very unique,” said White. He shot the deer from about 100 yards out. He had noticed the big animal during bow season and had told his wife about it. White, of Allendale, took the deer on property near the intersection of 18 Mile Road and Harvard Avenue. Charles “Chuck” Navitskas, was also hunting in Cedar Springs on opening day. His son shot a doe, which started to run, and while it crashed by an antlered deer also ran, giving Navitskas just a moment to take his shot. His deer fell immediately, and when father and son went to field dress their pair of animals, Navitskas’ son noticed something odd about the six-point his dad had taken. “It didn’t have the [male parts] but it had the other parts,” Navitskas stated. His deer was not a true antlered doe, but was a deer which was neither fully male nor female, a genetic anomaly. His deer was also in velvet, the soft covering over the antlers which males normally have rubbed off prior to the start of hunting season. Navitskas shot his strange deer between Keller and Tisdale avenues off 18 Mile Road. Both animals were taken to Barb’s Deer Processing in Rockford, where owner Barb Haveman was very surprised, first by the antlered doe, and then doubly by the second genetically unusual deer. “These are the first I’ve seen and I’ve been doing this over 50 years,” Haveman said of the two animals. Haveman stated she has been processing over 50 deer a day at her facility, where 10 people, including her daughter, are hard at work. She calls this year a good season, […]

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