Walter-Maczka Stephanie Rae Maczka of Grand Rapids and Jeffrey Michael Walter previously of Mundelein, Ill. were united in marriage on July 16, 2011 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Grand Rapids. The reception was held at La Scala in the historic Ledyard Building in Grand Rapids. Parents of the bride are Timothy and Nan Maczka of Rockford. The groom is the son of Frank and Cindy Walter of Auburn Hills, Mich. Maid of honor was Katie Strang and best man was Elliott Walter, brother of the groom. Bridesmaids were Lesley Fusina, cousin of the bride; Meredith Maczka, sister-in-law of the bride; and Carly Oboudiyat, Erin Martin and Jennifer Howard, friends of the bride. Groomsmen were Matthew Maczka and Gregory Maczka, brothers of the bride; and Pete Braun, Mitch McIntyre and Geoff Ruczynski, friends of the groom. Ushers were Travis Brown and Mark Miller. Stephanie and Jeffrey enjoyed a honeymoon in the Dominican Republic and reside in Grand Rapids. Stephanie is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and is serving a three-year pediatric residency at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Jeffrey is a graduate of Michigan State University and has a bachelor of science in supply chain management. He is a senior transportation analyst for GRAINGER.
December 1 2011
After a win and a loss in the previous weekend tournament in Sault Ste Marie, the Rockford varsity hockey team knew that scoring only three goals in two games would need to be improved coming into Kentwood’s Annual Falcon Classic Thanksgiving tournament at Kentwood Ice Arena. Friday night, Nov. 25, Rockford faced the Bucs from Grand Haven. A high-paced first period ended scoreless as Grand Haven outshot the Rams 13-7 with junior goaltender Todd Millar turning away all Grand Haven attempts. One minute into the second period with Grand Haven attacking, the Bucs were first to find the scoreboard. A rebound off Millar’s pad was redirected to a Grand Haven player, who put the puck into the net to put the Bucs up 1-0. A Rockford penalty two minutes later put the Rams at a disadvantage against a solid Grand Haven power play. With only eight seconds left before the penalty expired, the Bucs tallied again with a hard shot from the point past Millar. Penalties continued to send both teams to the penalty box throughout the second period. The Rams took advantage of one of Grand Haven’s infractions with just under seven minutes to play in the period. Rockford junior Nate Hill battled to gain control of the puck to the right side of the Grand Haven goal. A quick shot from a tough angle was enough to catch an unsuspecting goalie off guard, as the puck deflected into the goal and put the Rams back within one. Rockford’s penalty woes continued and, with 36 seconds left in the second period, Grand Haven’s power play struck again. Rockford headed to the locker room down by two goals. Grand Haven’s momentum in the period was apparent, as the Bucs outshot the Rams 18-5 in the second frame. Going into the third period, two things were certain to gain control of this game. Stay out of the penalty box and get shots on goal. A Grand Haven penalty near the midpoint of the final period allowed Rockford to capitalize on the power play. Sophomore Trevor Mills gained control of the puck near the Grand Haven goal line and sent a perfect pass in front of the net to Hill, who sent the puck past Grand Haven’s […]
The Division I state meet was held at Eastern Michigan University the weekend of November 18. While the meet was filled with some very impressive swims and dives, the Rockford Lady Rams fell short of their goals and expectations. The state team consisted of seniors Macie DeGraaf, Emilie Hahne, Maddie Levine, Morgan Longberg, Alaina Smith, Sarah Smith and Casey Wolfer; juniors Adrianna Craft, Kennedy Cutler, Morgan Lipe, and Kristen Schnelle; sophomore Kara Vandawater; freshmen Delayni Kornak-Kotarba, Dakota Noble and Megan Schremp. With this year’s state meet the fastest in history, S. Smith was able to break into the top 16 on Friday’s preliminaries, which secured her a place in Saturday’s finals. She qualified in both of her individual events, placing 13th in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:10.78. In the 100-yard butterfly she placed 14th with a time of :58.52. Rockford placed 10th in the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 1:50.47 with a team of Vandawater, Cutler, S. Smith and Wolfer. The 200-yard freestyle relay team also placed 10th in a time of 1:38.66 with the team of Noble, Levine, Cutler and Wolfer. The only top eight finish for Rockford was eighth place in the 400-yard freestyle in 3:36.09 with a team of Hahne, S. Smith, A. Smith and Wolfer. Although the Rockford team had higher expectations for the state meet, 2011 had many great moments which should not be lost. The Lady Rams lost only one dual meet all year, a non-conference meet to Division II state champion Holland. The Rockford girls were impressive in rolling through the OK Red conference and dominating the conference meet on their way to a championship. They saw several swimmers establish personal bests, and Vandawater, Cutler, S. Smith and Wolfer set a new school record in the 200-yard medley relay. As the 2011 season comes to an end, we remember the three-and-a-half other months that were filled with great swims, great victories and great memories.
Manett earns All Midwest Regional honors, qualifies for nationals The Rockford community had 21 athletes compete in the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships Midwest Regional in Kenosha, Wis. this past Saturday, Nov. 26. The 21 athletes competed in six different races throughout the day. Michigan Ms. Cross Country, Taylor Manett, earned the highest honors of the day in placing fourth in the “Girls Seeded” division, which made her a member of the All Midwest Regional team and qualified her for the Foot Locker national championship race, which will take place in San Diego, Calif. in two weeks. Manett is the fifth girl in Rockford history to qualify for the national championship. Her time of 17:35 on the University of Wisconsin, Parkside cross-country course was the fastest ever by a Rockford girl. Juniors Jordan Vickery, Allison Reichenbach, Addie Pilarski and Colleen Conroy along with senior Kelsey Kaczor were the other competitors in the “Girls Seeded” division. Vickery ran a time of 20:54 which placed her 157th. Conroy finished in 221st with Reichenbach close behind in 224th, with times of 23:44 and 24:09 respectively. Pilarksi came across in 233rd in a time of 24:36 and Kaczor finished in 253rd in a time of 28:38. The “Girls Freshman-Sophomore” division saw sophomore Morgan Harney claim a medal by placing 19th, posting a time of 20:35. Freshmen Kerianne Schoff and Maja Hill were the next two finishers from Rockford, in 27th and 45th places with times of 21:14 and 22:19 respectively. Sophomores Rebecca Featherston and Hannah Twardy along with freshman Shelby Aman completed the racing, with Featherston claiming 56th, Aman 57th and Twardy 62nd, with times of 24:08, 24:23 and 27:17 respectively. The “Open” division had the youngest competitor from Rockford competing. Morgan Benoit raced to a time of 20:50, which placed her fourth in the 1-17 age division. Two boys from Rockford competed in the “Seeded” division, both of whom were juniors. Drew Woznick and Austin Benoit raced to times of 16:39 and 17:05 respectively, which claimed 152nd and 186th places. The “Boys Junior-Senior” division had five Rockford runners, three of whom medaled by placing in the top 24. Senior Tyler Harney claimed fourth place and posted the fastest Rockford time of the day in16:27. Juniors Casey Aman and […]