The 2012 All-State Senior All-Star Volleyball Classic will be held Friday, July 27, 2012, at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek. An awards luncheon will be held from 1:00 to 3:15 p.m., two semifinal matches will be played at 5:30 p.m., and the consolation and final matches are scheduled at approximately 7:30 p.m. This tournament is put together to showcase the top senior volleyball players from across the state and give them the final opportunity to compete with and against the best. All seniors who were first, second or third team All-State, in classes A, B, C or D, are invited to participate. The coaches are those who led their teams to the quarterfinals or beyond in the 2011 Volleyball State Championships in each class. Ninety athletes and 30 coaches have been invited to participate and Andrea Kacsits of Rockford High School has accepted the invitation and will play in the All-Star Classic on July 27.
Even though the Rockford Rams volleyball team won the OK Red tournament this past Saturday in Grand Haven, the most memorable and rewarding day took place three days prior, on Wednesday, Oct. 26 in Rockford. The Rams varsity team joined with several Rockford student VIPs, not just to work together on volleyball skills, but more importantly to share companionship, laughter and the experiences of newfound friendships—the friendships and experiences created by Special Treasures. Special Treasures was founded two years ago by Rockford parents Amy Kelley and Cindy Quinn. This organization is made up of parents of children with special needs. The mission of Special Treasures is to enrich the lives of children with special needs by providing education, resources and support while giving hope for brighter tomorrows. “The need for more activities for these kids became apparent very quickly to us,” said Kelley. “Several of our parents organized fun activities, but we needed to find ways to provide more sports activities for the kids.” The magic of this organization only continued to broaden when Special Treasures partnered with Rockford Athletes with a Mission of Service (R.A.M.S.). R.A.M.S was organized by Rockford resident Tom Carlson with the objective of having Rockford student-athletes contribute to the betterment of their community through charitable functions, volunteerism and the investment of their time in helping others. “I approached Tom with the idea of joining together to have a basketball clinic for the kids using the varsity boys and girls basketball teams last year,” said Kelley. “Thanks to Tom and all the Rockford teams and coaches, the clinics went so well we wanted to expand this to even more sports.” When Rockford Head Volleyball Coach Kelly Delacher was asked of his interest in having his squad participate in Special Treasures, Delacher was thrilled with the opportunity. “When we were approached to run a clinic with the kids, I thought it was a great idea. Our team has such great role models that I thought it would be an incredible experience for everyone,” said Delacher. “The kids just gravitated to the players. I took a great deal of pride in watching three of the varsity players start up an actual two-on-two game with one boy who was picking up the skills very […]
Monday night, Sept. 13, the Rockford High School gymnasium featured two of Michigan’s top Class A volleyball programs in the state when the visiting Portage Central Mustangs took on the Rockford Rams. The Rams got hot early and never cooled off as they won this best-of-five match in three straight sets, 25-18, 25-20 and 25-18. The Rams showed strength in all areas of their game and featured skilful play at all positions. The Rockford topped OK Red conference opponent West Ottawa in three straight sets at Rockford High School last Thursday night, Sept. 16. The best-three-of-five match was won by the Lady Rams, 25-17, 25-17 and 25-18. The Rockford team moved to 2-0 in the conference and 23-4 overall on Thursday. They continued their strong team play, excelling in all facets of their game as they prepare for the tough OK Red conference play ahead. In continued action at Rockford High School, the host Rams finished runner-up to Novi in a six-team tournament on Saturday, Sept. 18. The Rams finished the day 5-1 to up their overall season record to 27-5; 2-0 in OK Red action. The Rams traveled to Muskegon on Monday, Sept. 20, and then make a trip to Portage Central Saturday, Sept. 25, for additional tournament action.