by RANDY GREGORY It is hard to imagine what Nick Allen plans to do for an encore next year for the Rockford basketball team. In his initial foray at the varsity level, he guided the Rams all the way to the Class A Michigan High School Athletic Association’s championship game. Though the Rams fell 54-42 to Saginaw in an exciting contest that went down to the final two minutes, it was an unbelievable maiden voyage for a coach who had spent two years coaching middle school and a single season as the junior varsity coach. “A lot of people didn’t expect us to make it that far and some might even think we were lucky,” said Allen. “But having the heart to play as hard and as disciplined as we did to make it to that point is a talent of its own. I knew we would always be in games because of how hard we work defensively on a daily basis. But we moved the ball well and hit open shots when they presented themselves.” Allen was also quick to point out the advantage of having both played and coached under Steve Majerle. Allen was one of a string of hard-nosed players who made his living on the defensive end in his playing days for Rockford while also leading the way at point guard. “Steve [Majerle] built a program here that was respected throughout the state,” said Allen. “The skills he developed in his players coupled with instilling the attitude that his kids always had a chance no matter who they were playing against were invaluable. We definitely use a lot of his teachings still and they were instrumental in the play of this year’s team.” Allen also inherited another valuable asset when he took the reins this year. “Ryan DeKuiper is the best assistant coach I can imagine,” said Allen. “His ability to see and teach the game is incredible. To have the luxury of keeping him on the sidelines for this year was one of our biggest keys to success.” The Rams return only one starter next year in Chad Carlson. But they return a pair of key reserves in Chase Fairchild and Kyle Short. Carlson was an All Conference and All […]
April 12 2012
Rockford’s girls lacrosse team raced out to a quick 2-0 record before leaving on spring break. It took the Rams 13 seconds to tally their first goal of the season and 1:10 to lead 3-0 in their season opener against Lansing Waverly. The game quickly turned in to a rout as the Rams piled on the goals, leading at the half 14-1. Seven girls scored for the Rams and two more added assists. Leading the way for Rockford was Erika Neumen with five goals and two assists, followed closely by senior Kendra Winicki, who tallied four goals and two assists. Rounding out the Ram scoring were Isabelle Vickers with three goals and two assists, Meghan Datema with three goals and two assists, Rosie Morrison with three goals, Morgan Stage and Carly Dew with a goal each, and an assist each from Tara Pluger and Kendall Short. The Rams were dominant on the draw and loose balls with the middie line of Datema, Kyleigh Egnatuk and Neumen and attack player Vickers. The group tallied 20 ground balls as they dominated the mid-field. Jenna Chaffee and Lauren Whitfield split time in goal, only allowing three goals, as they were protected by Short, Kendall Carr, Kelli Raymond and Hannah Maroe on the defensive end. The Lady Rams kept the heat on Williamston Haslett on a cold night, downing the visitors 16-3. Eight players scored for the Rams, led by Neumen with five goals and two assists. Also scoring for the Rams were Datema with three goals, Vickers with three goals, Winicki with four assists, Egnatuk with a goal and two assists, Dew with a goal and an assist, and Stage, Pluger and Amber Livingston with a goal each. The Rams were again dominant on the draws and loose balls. Carr had a standout game on the defensive end with four draw controls, three ground balls, and two caused turnovers. Chaffee picked up the win in goal with four saves. The Rams return after spring break with a home game against Grand Rapids Christian on Wednesday, April 11, and then their conference opener at Grand Rapids Catholic Central on Friday the 13th.
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Student is known for his ‘come on, keep trying’ attitude Luke Schuring, 10, is the son of Kathy and Jason Schuring and sibling to Haylee, 13, and Derrik, 8. Open-minded, willing to try new things, honest and thoughtful of others are the words Luke’s teachers use to describe him. An example of this young man’s giving nature was provided by his mother. She had given him some money for doing chores around the house without being asked. Later, at the store, he had picked out some candy to buy with his money. When he approached the cashier, he noticed a donation container. He put back the candy and asked his mother if it was alright if he donated his money instead. Luke has a “come on, keep trying” attitude and his teachers say he never gives up once he sets his mind to a goal. Wise beyond his years, he is described as a “thirty-year-old man trapped in a ten-year-old’s body.” Luke’s teachers say he is willing to follow suggestions and directions and is known for his cheerful attitude. He is known in school by his classmates and staff for being quick to volunteer any help he can to others. He is an Early Childhood Special Education helper at school as well as a lunch room helper. Outside of school his caring nature is also evident and he enjoys collecting for food drives. Motivated by the self-satisfaction of doing his best and never holding back, Luke loves to help others succeed as well. He is as much interested in helping others meet their goals as he is in his own success. His determination and enthusiasm are always evident and he brings out the same attitude in others by example. Luke loves art and has had his work displayed at Bishop Hills Elder Care Community. He is also a Boy Scout and loves earning new patches. Also an athlete, Luke was named Most Valuable Player on his soccer team. Among his accomplishments is taking first place in the Boy Scout Father and Son Cake Bake. Luke loves to read, create art, play football and soccer and run. He is an avid outdoors person who loves to fish, camp and build shelters outdoors. A joy to have […]