27th Michael Albano, Alex Bartish, Donna Callahan, Jenny Emelander, MacKenzie English, Jonathan Ferguson, Ken Traxler 28th Heather Barton 29th Angie Bandemer, Mycaha Heintz, Zoey Heintz, Paulene Stegehuis 30th Pat Breihof, Jill Fowle DECEMBER 1st Rosie Priebe, Bonnie Rewa, Gerrit TenBrink 2nd Barry Bell, Nadine Hayes, Barb Ohnsman, Joan Wainright
The Rockford girls cross-country team’s academic performance matched its athletic performance when they were honored for having the third highest team grade-point average (GPA) of the 27 teams that competed at the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) state finals on Saturday, Nov. 6. The Lady Rams raced to a third-place team finish, which continued their legacy of being one of the most dominant teams in Division I. As a team, the Lady Rams recorded a GPA of 3.858 on an un-weighted 4.0 scale. This was calculated by averaging the top five GPAs of the seven runners racing at the state finals. Leading the way academically were seniors Anna Bos and Allison Hazy along with junior Taylor Manett, each of whom received individual All State honors. Individual honors are received by finishing the race in the top half of the 220 racers and then having one of the top 30 GPAs out of those athletes. Academically, Bos finished 17th, Manett 22nd and Hazy 28th. These girls are each ranked within the top two percent of their grade at Rockford High School (RHS). Out of 625 in the senior class, Bos is sixth and Hazy is 12th. Out of 633 in the junior class at RHS, Manett is fourth. “As a group of athletes, the girls that run for Rockford are really hard workers. Accolades like being Academic All State prove that our team is not only athletic, however, but truly scholar athletes who take their hard work ethic into the classroom with them,” stated Coach Benjamin Watson.
The Rams defended their home turf Friday night, Nov. 12, against the Panthers of West Ottawa to earn a district championship with the score of 35-13. Coach Ralph Munger was glad to get the win—he sent the Practice Players of the Week with the big time bakery truck. The offensive Practice Player of the Week is Kevin Schremp (left). “Kevin works extremely hard and always does a good job in preparation,” said Coach Schwander. The defensive practice player of the week is Justin Wustman (right). “Justin jumps in and helps out. His intensity has risen each week,” said Coach Dengler.
Rams fall in semifinals Last-second touchdown ends Rockford’s season by TIM COOPER With 1:39 seconds remaining in the game, Rockford quarterback Mark LaPrairie saw Neil VanderLaan racing toward the end zone. With the Rams trailing 13-10 to the Plymouth Wildcats, LaPrairie threw into double coverage. As VanderLaan did many times this season, he out-jumped the defenders, tallying his 13th touchdown reception of the season. The Ram faithful had their first celebration of the afternoon, a celebration that would change to devastation just 69 seconds later, when Plymouth quarterback Shaun Austin found his go-to receiver Brennan Beyer in the back of the end zone for the final score of the day, giving the Wildcats a 20-17 advantage with 4.7 seconds remaining on the clock. Most of the season, Rockford Coach Ralph Munger spoke of trying to get off of page one of his playbook. During the second half, Munger finally turned the page, using a play on which LaPrairie handed the ball to Brandon Lubenow, who pitched the ball to VanderLaan, who then tossed the ball across the field and back to LaPrairie. LaPrairie spotted Landon Dubes all alone at the Plymouth 20-yard line. Dubes pulled down the perfect pass and walked untouched into the end zone, pulling the Rams to within three points. As they had done most of the afternoon, the Ram defense stopped the Wildcats on drive after drive, keeping the hope alive. With big hits by Brett Egnatuk and Anthony DeDamos, the Rockford defense showed Plymouth that they had come to play. Linebackers Egnatuk and Tyler Pratt disrupted the Wildcats’ run game, forcing Plymouth to pass the ball. When Plymouth quarterback Austin dropped back to pass, the Ram defensive line forced him to scramble time and time again. The strong defensive play allowed the time that was needed for the Ram offense to get into sync, leading up to the go-ahead touchdown in the late stages of the game. However, it all changed on the Wildcats’ last possession. After the kickoff, Plymouth went 83 yards on 10 plays in just 1:09; the final play being Beyer’s game-winning touchdown reception. “Obviously, Beyer is an outstanding athlete,” said Munger. “[Austin] made a heck of a throw, and he made a great catch, with two […]
Megan Zorn and Neal Schroeder will be joined in marriage on June 18, 2011, in Toledo, Ohio. The future bride is a graduate of Rockford High School and Bowling Green State University. She is a graduate student in social work at the University of Pittsburgh. The future groom is a graduate of Columbus Grove High School and Ohio State University. He is a case specialist in foster care. The couple currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pa. Parents of the couple are Darrell and Pamela Zorn of Belmont and Mack and Elaine Schroeder of Columbus Grove, Ohio.