At 10 a.m., Wednesday November 25, American Legion Post 102 of Rockford, in cooperation with St. Stephens Evangelical Lutheran Church, hosted their first Mobile Food Pantry from the Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank. Over 40 Legion members were assisted by 30 Boy Scouts from Troops 264, 282 and 228. In a brief ceremony prior to distributing the food, Post Commander Tom Plaska presented a check in the amount of $1,300 to Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank. Dena Rogers who was on hand to represent the food bank, accepted the check. The $1,300 check was given as a token of the Post’s commitment, to assisting community members in need, though the Mobile Pantry Program. In all, the Post divided and distributed 5,133 pounds of food to 108 families, consisting of over 354 family members. Post Commander Tom Plaska applauded the volunteers and reminded them that the American Legion’s success depends entirely upon active membership, participation and volunteerism. And that the organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives. The Post has scheduled their second Mobile Pantry for December 22 at 10:00 AM. A third is also scheduled for January 25. Those families residing in the North Kent Area who require food assistance are invited to attend. The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Focusing on service to veterans, service members and communities, the Legion currently has about 2.6 million members in 14,000 posts worldwide. It is only through the efforts of the community that projects such as the mobile food pantry can be successful. A number of businesses, when asked, have stepped forward with needed resources. The Legion is very grateful for the assistance of Red’s on the River, D&W Food Market, Meijer, DVS Trucking and Alloy Exchange, who all contributed in some manner to the success of this project. The support of the membership of St. Stephens Lutheran Church has been invaluable, assisting the Legion members with everything from resources to coaching. They have truly been a big part of the pantry’s success.
December 10 2009
Sixty-two young men start the season for the Rockford wrestling team this year. Notable returning wrestlers are Jake Byers and Jake Johnson, both runners-up from last year’s individual state tournament, along with defending state champions Jake Dorulla and Joe Stefanski. All four seniors have verbally committed to wrestle for Eastern Michigan University next year. Joining them will be regional qualifiers junior Bruce Carlstrom and sophomores Tyler VanRooyen and Austin Scogg. Prior to the first tournament, the Rams squared off in the annual Orange and Black, a dual meet to showcase Ram depth on the mat. Fourteen matches at Rockford High School on Thursday, Dec. 3, decided who would be in the starting lineup. The first competition away from Rockford was held Saturday, Dec. 5 at Comstock Park. The Rams faced Central Montcalm in the opener. In typical dominant fashion, Rockford opened a 36-3 lead midway through the match, and recorded a total of six falls, winning 11 of 13 matches for a final score of 65-9. In the second round, Rockford squared off against East Grand Rapids, dominating the Pioneers by winning all 14 matches with a final score of 78-0. Round three saw the Rams face a tough Coopersville team. Rockford won nine of 14 in this one, finishing with a final score of 46-24. In the finals, Rockford faced an inspired team from Comstock Park who advanced by beating Wyoming Park, Spring Lake and Belding. In a dual meet that saw the lead change many times, Rockford fought hard but came up short in the end. Jake Byers, 130 pounds this year, showed true senior leadership in recording three falls in the day while wrestling for less than two minutes. Each pin came in less than 30 seconds of the first period. Bruce Carlstrom, 152 pounds, also showed dominance by winning four times with one fall, one technical fall and one major decision on the day. Sophomore Tyler Van Rooyen, 103 pounds, showed why he’s ready to make a splash for Rockford by also recording four pins. Sophomore Austin Scogg pinned four opponents with his typical solid leg wrestling. He was able to defeat all comers. Senior Jake Johnson, 160 pounds, showed why he is the top-ranked wrestler in his weight class in […]
“A true team win—every line and every player contributed tonight,” summarized Head Coach Ed Van Portfliet of an impressive 7-3 Rams varsity hockey victory Saturday night, Dec. 5, against the always tough East Grand Rapids Pioneers. The game was part of the Tier 1 Showcase Tournament, pairing all the Tier 1 high school hockey teams in West Michigan and “showcasing” them in games of tournament play. The Rams were the last contest of the night and truly showcased their depth of talented and skilled players. Although down two players due to injury, everyone was called on to play hard and contribute, and everyone answered that call. The Rams struck first and hard in period one, as they found themselves up 3-0 with 6:13 still left in the period. Senior defenseman Geoff Garman found the net first with a shot from the blue line off a nice face-off assist from senior forward Jon Miller and junior forward Zach King. King put it right back in the net at the 6:28 mark, unassisted, only to be followed by a Cody Cantu goal 15 seconds later with assists from sophomore forward Ben Glass and senior forward Alex Fox, making it 3-0 Rams. The Rams kept the Pioneers in check until the 3:18 mark, when East Grand Rapids scored to put it 3-1. The Pioneers continued to fight back in the first period and scored again on a power play, making it 3-2 Rams at the end of period one. The depth and talent of the Rams was truly showcased in the second period, as the offensive line of Miller, King and junior Alex Schrotenboer really came together and poured it on the Pioneers. Van Portfliet echoed this after the game as he stated, “Although a true team effort, I was very pleased and impressed by this line tonight. They really shined for us.” Although starting period two down a player on the penalty kill, the Rams hit the Pioneers with three goals in 34 seconds, as senior forward Cantu stole the puck from three Pioneers in the front of their net and put it in at the 2:42 mark, really charging up the crowd. Twelve seconds later, forward Schrotenboer charged the net and put one in along with […]