April 19 2012

Rister awarded Chamber scholarship

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The Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) is proud to announce that Rockford High School (RHS) senior Ashley Rister was named the recipient of its $1,000 college scholarship. A panel of 14 board members had the difficult task of poring over submitted applications and whittling down the list to the eventual winner. The applicants answered the timely question, “With so many polarizing views and opinions in local, national and global conversation, how can business and individuals work to bring a community together?” Rister impressed the judges with her essay and her involvement in the community to earn the scholarship award. She participates on the high school varsity ski team, is a member of the National Honor Society, is a Special Olympics coach, and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the RHS Youth Initiative. Rister will be attending the Honor’s College at Grand Valley State University to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She is intending to follow that up with a master’s in occupational therapy. The scholarship was announced during RCC’s Rockford Community EXPO event on Saturday, March 17. Rister will be honored again at the RHS Honors Convocation Ceremony.

Sights seen along the Rogue River Nature Trail

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Those pesky “Bucky Beavers” have been busy this past winter and spring above the dam and along both sides of the Rogue River. No tree, regardless of size, appears to be safe from “Bucky”! This huge tree, some 4 ft. in diameter (species undetermined) stands between the Rogue River Nature Trail boardwalk and the river about 70 ft. north of the Gazebo on the west side of the dam. The City has placed chicken wire screening around the tree over the gnawed area and this fix seems to be working. It’s a good thing because, if felled, this monster tree could make a splash that might create a Tsunami and knock the Rockford Historical Society Museum right off its foundation! The Squire would love to know what variety of tree this is and perhaps the “tree huggers” of Rockford might want to take a stroll over to Bucky’s work site and let the paper know.

Rams sweep opening round of OK Red contests

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by RANDY GREGORY It doesn’t take long to start conference play with a season as short as the high school baseball season is in Michigan. Rockford started defense of their OK Red title in an overwhelming manner with a pair of mercy rule-shortened routs of Muskegon. The Rams topped the Big Reds 15-0 in four innings at home on Wednesday, April 11, and followed that up with a 21-0 three-inning triumph at Muskegon on Friday, April 13. Brent Showers went the distance in the opener and allowed no hits while striking out three and walking only one. Ian Stankus threw all three innings on Friday and also gave up no hits while fanning five and walking one. Shain Showers paced the Ram offense in the opener with a pair of hits. Tony Dileo, Ronnie Searl and Stankus all chipped in with doubles. In the second contest, it was Showers, Drew Farmer and Kory Young all amassing a pair of hits to lead the way. “It is always nice to get off to a good start in OK Red play,” said Rockford Coach Ian Hearn. “This is a tough conference week in and week out, and you can’t afford to get caught looking ahead. We did what we needed to do and it will only get more difficult as the season progresses.” The Rams closed out the week by hosting their own invitational on Saturday. Rockford found themselves in an early 5-0 hole in their opener against West Catholic and, despite a valiant comeback effort, fell by a 5-4 score to drop into the consolation game against Ann Arbor Pioneer. The Rams rebounded in a resounding manner with a 9-4 victory to salvage a win on the day. “Shain [Showers] really gave us a chance in that first game with some great relief pitching,” said Hearn. “But it was ultimately too big of a hole for us to crawl out of. West Catholic made some plays defensively and it was just one of those days where the game breezed by and we ran out of time. But it was a chance for us to see some good baseball teams and some good pitching on the day. We can grow and learn and get better as a […]

Rams start golf season at home

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The senior-heavy Rockford Rams took out the Grandville Bulldogs on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 10 at Braeside Golf Club in Rockford. The first match of the OK Red season was met with a strong northwest wind and snow with 20 mph winds and temperatures around 36 degrees. As the first group teed off, the first green was actually covered in snow. The Rams prevailed, scoring their first victory of the 2012 season. Rockford’s medalist on the day was sophomore AJ Varekois, who carded his first under-par score of the year with a one-under-par total of 35. Final tallies were Rockford 157, Grandville 174. Also scoring for Rockford were seniors Justin Ullery and Jake Stephan with 40 each, seniors Steven Mette and David Anderson with 42 each, and freshman Joel Pietila with 51.

Varsity water polo takes second at Jenison

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The Lady Rams varsity girls water polo team placed second in Jenison’s two-in-one tournament last weekend. At the Jenison Varsity/JV Invitational the Rockford High School girls varsity water polo team, currently ranked first in the state, started out aggressively against West Ottawa, but their opponent matched their tenacity for the first half. However, the strength and depth of the Rcofkord team prevailed with a final score of 15-4 in favor of the Lady Rams. Five players scored, including Casey Wolfer with six goals, Adrianna Craft with five, Maddie Levine with two, and Abbey Finlayson and Morgan Longberg with a goal apiece. Goalie Ellianna Raymond had nine saves. The next game was against the Jenison Wildcats. The Rams scored four goals in the first half—Longberg and Levine with two each—while Jenison scored one goal. The second half was a defensive battle; there was only one goal, by Wolfer, in the second half. Raymond had nine saves, and the final score was 5-1. The second day of the tournament and the last game in the “A” pool bracket, the varsity team played East Kentwood. This game was a hard-fought win and was close the entire game, with a final score of 5-4. Wolfer led the scoring with four goals and Kara Vandawater added one goal. Both the Rams’ varsity and junior varsity won their pools and advanced to the championship game. In the final game, the varsity team faced the Zeeland East-Zeeland West team, which was the first time Rockford had played this opponent. Zeeland played well defensively and held the Rams to one goal (Vandawater). It was a tough loss, with a final score of 9-1, but the Rams team will use the lesson to prepare for their next regular conference game. “It was a very good weekend for the team,” said Head Coach Scott Voltz. “While we didn’t play particularly well at times, we definitely benefitted from the chance to play the area’s best teams and see some things that we really need to work on. It shows that the rest of the season will be really exciting, and I think we’ll be ready for it.” The Rams next play at East Kentwood and also at Portage Central before this weekend’s varsity tournament at Stevenson, […]

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