by MARY CLINTHORNE The bleachers in the gym at Forest Hills Central High School rumbled on Saturday, March 24, as the Rockford crew team celebrated another victory. For the fifth consecutive year, Rockford won the Grand Rapids Spring Sprints. The Rams claimed all three top positions in the open boys race, with Bryce VanderBerg setting a Spring Sprints record, finishing the 2,000-meter race in first place with a time of 6:27.6. Second and third places in that race went to Rams Andrew Carley (6:37.5) and Corey Fase (6:46.4), respectively. Rockford medal earners in other races included Tristan VanFossen (6:56.4) and Isaac Blenman (7:04.9) finishing first and second in the lightweight boys 2,000-meter race; Sabrina VanFossen claiming first place in the lightweight girls 2,000-meter race with a time of 8:09.0; Kate Fraser earning third place in the open girls 2,000-meter race with a time of 7:48.1; and Sam Doletsky finishing third (2:02.3) in the 500-meter girls coxswain race. Rockford will be competing on the water for the remainder of the season, with regattas in Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Orchard Lake, and Cincinnati, Ohio.
April 5 2012
by RANDY GREGORY The 2011 version of Rockford baseball entered uncharted waters by capping off the season with a Division I state championship last June in Battle Creek. This year’s squad returns the bulk of that team along with some overwhelming expectations from both Michigan and national pundits. Louisville Slugger has slotted Rockford as the No. 27 team nationally in their preseason rankings. The ESPN Fab 50 includes the Rams as the 48th-ranked club in the nation as well, while also placing Rockford sixth in the Midwest (which strangely includes a pair of teams from Oklahoma). Not to be outdone, the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association anointed the Rams as the number one team in Michigan in their preseason rankings as well. “We do return a lot of positional players this year, but we lost all three of our top pitchers,” said Rockford Coach Ian Hearn. “We have some very good arms, but they are untested to a certain extent and it will take us a while to gel as a team. We aren’t going to sneak up on anybody this year and it will be interesting to see how we react to having a target on our backs.” No fewer than five players have already signed to continue their baseball careers on the collegiate level next year. They are seniors Drew Farmer (Western Michigan), Tony Dileo (Eastern Michigan), Shain Showers (Evansville University), Ian Stankus (Grand Rapids Community College), and Nick Street (Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio). Coupled with some talented juniors and three sophomores who were part of a junior varsity squad which very nearly ran the table last year (27-1), and the groundwork is in place for another successful season. Hearn will have multiple options both in the infield and in the outfield for the Rams. As many as five or six Rams are vying for time in the outfield, led by Louisville Slugger Preseason All American Farmer. Brandon Nostrant, Kory Young, Reid Kelley, Stankus and Max Crimp will also figure into the mix. Alex Hertel has been swinging a solid bat early and is nosing his way into the conversation as well. The infield situation is, if anything, even deeper in talent. Showers, Stankus, Nostrant and Young all saw considerable […]
Rockford High School senior Kimberly Weston was named as one of three recipients of the Dan Nameth Award at the 54th annual West Michigan Officials Association (WMOA) banquet held Monday, March 26 at the Grandville Banquet and Conference Center. Joining Weston as honorees were seniors Gabe Dean and Thacker Hisey, from Lowell and Caledonia respectively. Award winners are chosen based on their sportsmanship, athletic ability, academic achievements and community involvement. Weston was the lone area female recipient and is proud that the award is indicative of not only athletic endeavors, but the total package as well. “This means a lot to me because, as a point guard, we’re not noticed right away and it doesn’t always show in the stats, so to be recognized for what I do outside of the gym means a lot,” Weston said. “I try and involve myself in as much as I can in the classroom and the community, and so having this honor and being here tonight was huge—just representing Rockford in something other than athletics.” Weston will receive two $500 scholarships as a result of the honor. The first is from the WMOA, and the second from the family of Nameth (former area official and coach who passed away while officiating a game several decades ago). Weston will continue her basketball career at Davenport University next year. She was named this year as a second-time member of the OK Red All Conference team, Class A Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) All State honorable mention, Academic All State and one of the top 20 freethrow shooters in the state by the BCAM. “This was really a great honor for Kimberly to receive,” said Rockford basketball Coach Jessica Yonkers. “She exemplifies the qualities of a true student-athlete.”
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