Photos by TOM SCOTT The Rockford High School music department presented its annual Christmas show, “A Holiday Collage” on December 10th and 11th with Brian Phillips and David Duiven as directors, Peggy Odren as choir accompanist and Gayla Fox, and Chris Teller as technical directors. The 75 minute full house shows were both impressive and professional.Thanks to the Rockford music department for your dedication, professionalism and bringing the Spirit of Christmas back into our lives!
December 22 2011
by TIM COOPER Following a brutal tournament at East Kentwood in the opening weekend of the 2011-2012 wrestling season, the Rockford Rams hosted their first dual meets on Wednesday, Dec. 14. In the opening meet of the evening, Rockford battled with the OK Red conference foe Panthers of West Ottawa. The Panthers jumped out to an early 14-3 lead, winning three of the first four matches. The Rams’ sole victory, 103-pound Jared Bennett, defeated West Ottawa’s Ivan Hernandez 5-0. Rockford started to roll in the 125-pound match when Tyler VanRooyen pinned Panther Mitch Beckman in 50 seconds. The Rams received a 6-1 victory from Nate Rojas at 130 to bring them within two points of West Ottawa. When Cullen Maksimowski defeated Clayton Castro 13-5, the Rams went on top for good. Rockford continued their dominance as they won the following seven matches to close out the dual and take a 44-14 OK Red conference victory. In addition to VanRooyen’s fall, Dan Apkarian pinned Joel Munoz in 1:44 at 160, and Robby Gorton added a fall at 189 as he defeated Justin Rich in 1:59. In Rockford’s second duel of the night, the Rams took on the Forest Hills Central Rangers. Once again, Rockford found themselves battling back after falling behind early, as the Rangers opened up a 13-0 lead after the first three matches. VanRooyen again ignited the Rams, this time with a 5-2 decision over the Rangers’ Steve Emery. Rockford won eight of the last 10 matches, en route to a 35-22 victory. Coach Brian Richardson said of his Rams, “I am very happy about tonight. West Ottawa was very tough. The boys gave a great effort. Freshman Grant Tennihill gave us two big wins tonight.” Richardson also gave high praise to the senior leadership on the Ram squad. On Saturday, Dec. 17, the Rams traveled to Holland High School for the Tim Horn Memorial tournament. This tournament put the Rams into action against some of the top teams in the state of Michigan. Following a first-round bye, Rockford wrestled St. Johns, the top ranked team in all divisions. A void at 103 and a 5-0 decision at 130 from VanRooyen were the only victories the Rams received against the overpowering Redwings. St. Johns […]
Saturday afternoon, Dec. 17, the Rockford Rams varsity hockey team hit the ice to take on the defending state champion, Grand Rapids Catholic Central Cougars. The Rams knew it would be a battle facing the undefeated Cougars, and it certainly was. The Cougars came out with their fast-paced style of play and for a while the Rams had trouble dealing with getting the puck out of their own zone. Less than five minutes into the game, Catholic Central (CC) got on the board to give them a 1-0 lead. Both teams played an aggressive yet clean first period with only one penalty, which was on the Rams. The score at the end of one was CC 1, Rockford 0. In the second period, the Rams picked up the intensity to match that of the Cougars and had a great opportunity for a goal when Ben Glass passed to the front of the net to Austin Cantu, but his shot was blocked just in time to save the puck from going in the net. CC got on the board again in the second to put them up 2-0 with 13 minutes left in the period. With 8:36 left in the second, Rockford was fortunate to be on a five-on-three power play, but unfortunately was unable to convert. Late in the period, with the Cougars up 2-0, CC was awarded a penalty shot. All eyes were on the exciting duel between CC’s captain Donald Sund and Rockford’s junior goaltender Todd Millar. Sund skated down and tried to stuff the puck in low glove side, but Millar denied him. Seconds later, the officials got together and decided to award CC another penalty shot because Millar had left the crease early. The second attempt had Sund barreling down on the Rockford goal, this time trying high glove side and again he was denied. The crowd went wild on the Rockford side and it looked like this might be the momentum changer. Both teams went to their locker rooms for the second intermission with CC up 2-0. The third period had the Rams finishing up a power play. Just 10 seconds into the period, the Cougar goaltender mishandled the puck behind the net and Rockford junior Jacob Smyth got quick […]
Lawmaker honors championship team and coach on statewide title State Rep. Peter MacGregor was joined in Lansing on Thursday, Dec. 15 by the Class A state champion Rockford High School varsity volleyball team. The Lady Rams visited the state Capitol to celebrate their state title win. MacGregor was proud to welcome the student-athletes to Lansing, where they enjoyed a tour of the Capitol building and were recognized by all of the representatives present in the House chamber during session on December 15. “It was my honor to congratulate the Lady Rams for their wonderful athletic achievement at the state Capitol,” said MacGregor, R-Rockford. “These young women have shown remarkable dedication both on the court and in the classroom, bringing great pride to our community.” The Rockford High School champions made the trip to Lansing with Head Coach Kelly Delacher, where they were presented with a tribute signed by MacGregor and Gov. Rick Snyder.
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