The Lady Rams of Rockford claimed the regional championship in cross country this past weekend for the second year in a row. Currently ranked number two in the state, the Lady Rams took home the victory over number-three-ranked Traverse City Central (TCC) and number-one-ranked Grand Haven in addition to the other 12 teams in the field. The Rams posted a score of 44 to outdistance the TCC Trojans, who scored 55, and the Grand Haven Buccaneers, who scored 63. “We ran really well today,” stated Rockford’s Coach Ben Watson. “We have lost to Grand Haven four times this year, but the girls remained confident in their training and their talents and it paid off today. This victory is really gratifying.” The Lady Rams were powered by a third-fourth-fifth finish from Taylor Manett, Catie Rietsema and Jane Hawks, who posted times of 19:00, 19:09 and 19:21 respectively. Sawyer Rocheleau claimed All Regional honors along with the top three by claiming 14th place in a time of 20:01. Jordan Vickery rounded out the scoring in placing 18th with a 20:16, as Anna Bos (20th) and Allison Hazy (24th) finished the team effort in 20:20 and 20:32 respectively. “It was certainly a team victory. We lost by two points a week ago to Grand Haven and talked about how if any girl could have just passed one more opponent we could get ahead of them. Each of our seven took it upon themselves to get the job done, and it showed today by them earning the victory,” stated Watson. The Rams placed well in the open race, where Morgan Harney claimed top honors in racing a 20:20 while Sam Anderson claimed sixth in 21:11. The Rams will compete for the state championship Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Michigan International Speedway with the race time being 3:00 p.m. Rockford has placed no worse than sixth over the past 12 years with five state championships and two state runner-up finishes, including last season’s.
The Rams varsity volleyball team took care of their first season objective: to bring home a conference title, a first for their sport in school history. With that step completed, the number two state ranked Rams move into district play this week at Lowell High School. The Rams finished their OK Red schedule and tournament in perfection, not losing a single match to an OK Red opponent in conference play all season. The Rams have played with confidence and poise all season, traits of a successful program and good coaching. When the Rams fell behind in some matches early, there was always a sense of confidence that the team would finish strong and with a victory. With a season high 47 victories so far, one win short of an all-time school record, the Rams have found the formula for success, hard work, preparation, teamwork and an unwavering confidence.
Rockford baseball is pleased to announce that senior Bryan Baldwin has officially signed a letter of intent with Spring Arbor University (SAU). Baldwin will be joining former Ram standout Shane Street (2009). Baldwin was recruited as a pitcher. SAU has recently made back-to-back trips to the NAIA World Series. The SAU team was semifinalist in 2008, and was runner-up in 2007. SAU head baseball coach Sam Riggleman has been recognized two times by the NAIA with National Baseball Coach of the Year honors. In 2009, as a sophomore, Baldwin helped lead the Rams to their first OK Red conference title in 21 years with his outstanding pitching. In 2010, he continued to improve and was rewarded with First Team OK Red All Conference and All District accolades. Baldwin, the hard-throwing “righty,” is also regarded as one of the top pitchers in West Michigan. In the summer, Baldwin plays travel baseball for Rockford Team Ram. Team Ram is coached by Rockford High School varsity assistant coach Steve Fusee. Baldwin is the son of Ken and Prisilla Baldwin of Rockford.
Pretty scary The scary election commercials are over and now we’re back to the regular dumb TV commercials. That’s the good news. Despite new people in office, nothing much will change. That’s the bad news. Subprime Court I agree with Richard Jackson Jr. (Rockford) that we don’t need big corporations promoting candidates with huge sums. The Supreme Court ought to review its ruling. Good one A good joke bears repeating: Harry had lived his life as a miser and squirreled away all his money. Just before he died, he said to his wife, “I want you to put all my money in the casket with me.” Despite his flaws, his wife loved him. She promised, with all her heart, that she’d do it. Well, he died. At the funeral, just before the undertakers closed the casket, the wife said, “Wait a moment!” She took a small metal box out of her purse and put it in the casket. The undertakers locked the lid and rolled it away. Her best friend whispered, “Girl, I know you weren’t foolish enough to put all that money in there.” “Listen, I’m a Christian,” said the wife. “I can’t go back on my word. I promised him I’d put the money in the casket.” Aghast, her friend said, “You mean to tell me you did put that money in the casket with him?” “I certainly did,” said the wife. “I got it all together, put it in my account, and wrote him a check.” Reports from marriages 1. I had some words with my wife and she had some paragraphs with me. 2. Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. Well, we take time to go to a nice restaurant twice a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays. Reports from grandparents 1. My little granddaughter was diligently pounding away on my computer. She told me she was writing a story. “What’s it about?” I asked. “I don’t know,” she replied. “I can’t read.” 2. I didn’t know if my granddaughter had learned her colors yet, so I decided to test her. I’d point out something and ask what color it was. She’d tell me, and she was always right. […]
The Great Lakes Storm of 2010 by CRAIG JAMES The major storm that affected much of the United States the last week of October was certainly one for the record books, but given its intensity, I think it produced far less damage than was expected. The storm first impacted the West Coast with very heavy rain and high winds, and this may be a prevalent pattern over the upcoming winter for that area of the country. Coastal areas received four to eight inches of rain from the system and a lot of 40-50 mph winds. Waves reached 22 feet off the Washington Coast, none of which is all that uncommon for a strong Pacific system. The strong jet stream did help produce wind gusts to 132 mph at Squaw Peak northwest of Lake Tahoe, but that was at an elevation of 8,700 feet. The weather computer models did a very good job of forecasting how the storm would reorganize over the central plains and become a huge and very intense system as it headed toward the western Great Lakes. Barometer readings were forecast to fall to record low levels in the center of the system and that is exactly what happened. On Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 27, a barometer reading of 28.21 inches was reported in north central Minnesota, making it the lowest pressure reading on record for any storm in the interior of the country. Hurricanes and nor’easters have had lower pressure readings, but no storms over land in the center of the country have had readings this low. The blizzard of 1978 had a slightly lower reading of 28.05 inches when it was over Lake Huron but not when it was over land. Since a barometer reading this low is usually associated with a category three hurricane capable of steady winds of 111 to 130 mph with gusts to 150 mph, it was surprising the winds were not stronger with this system. Peak winds throughout the Plains and Great Lakes were generally around 40 mph with gusts to 50-60 mph. There were a few gusts between 70 and 80 mph but not many. In Michigan, a gust to 71 mph was reported near Ludington, a gust to 74 just northwest of Traverse City and […]