December 29 2011

Rockford wrestlers defeat Grand Haven, struggle against Detroit CC

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The Rockford wrestling team hosted a double dual with Detroit Catholic Central, Grand Haven, and Hesperia on Wednesday, Dec. 21. The Rams took on OK Red conference foe Grand Haven before wrestling the Shamrocks of Detroit Catholic Central (DCC). Senior leadership and a pair of 2-1 decisions helped to propel the Rams to a dual meet victory against Grand Haven. Senior Cullen Maksimowski battled Garrett Young to a 0-0 tie after the first four minutes of their match at 125 pounds. Young escaped early in the third period to gain a 1-0 lead. A late takedown by Maksimowski gave Rockford the decision. Defending state champion and second ranked senior Austin Scogg struggled against Grand Haven’s Dakota Juarez. Scogg scored a reversal in the second period and then held on for a 2-1 victory. Juarez, who is ranked fourth, scored his lone point in the third period with an escape. All six seniors wrestling for Rockford won their matches. Tyler VanRooyen easily defeated Chris Tebeau with a second-period technical fall in the 130-pound match. Trent Boyer jumped up to 140 pounds and downed Grand Havens’ Luke Averill, taking a 13-3 major decision. At 160 pounds, Dan Apkarian added a major decision of his own when he beat Drew Ellingbe 11-3. Robby Gorton (189 pounds) won 8-3 over Matt Mulcay. These six wins helped bring the Rams to a 37-23 victory over the Buccaneers, improving their conference record to 2-0. The second dual of the evening pitted the Rams against Division I’s top team, DCC. The powerhouse Shamrocks won 13 of 14 matches to easily down the 10th ranked Rams. Rockford’s sole win was at 103 pounds when Steven Jendritz scored a 12-4 major decision over Parker O’Brien. “Grand Haven was the team we needed to beat tonight,” said Rams Head Coach Brian Richardson. “They’re a well-coached team, and my kids busted their tails to beat them.”

Rockford graduate helps GVSU to national championship game

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Rockford native Samantha Decker was part of the No. 2 Grand Valley State University (GVSU) women’s soccer team’s third straight appearance in the NCAA Division II National Championship game. Decker helped the Lakers to an overall record of 20-1-4. GVSU finished the year ranked fourth in goals-against average (0.384), posted 16 shutouts and outscored their opponents 64-10. Decker played in eight games this season as a sophomore taking four shots as a defender. GVSU reached the championship game after a shootout against Chico State, advancing 3-2 on penalty kicks. It was the fourth time in six years that the team advanced to the national championship. Decker is part of a sophomore class that has posted a two-year record of 42-2-6 and 90.0 winning percentage. Decker played four years at Rockford High School, helping the Rams to two district championships and was also named to the All District and Academic All Nation teams. She is a Dean’s List honoree, majoring in health professions.


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SCHOOL BEAT When do kids learn to think for themselves? by DOUG HOOGERLAND, Principal Roguewood Elementary School When is it really that kids learn to think? Not just the academic variety either, but to actually think for themselves? And how do we provide opportunities for our children to do just that: think for themselves? Don’t get me wrong, we have some extremely bright kids in our area, kids who are among the smartest in the state. We have hundreds of students who are on the honor roll, who are scoring really well on the MEAP and the ACT, and who are earning scholarships to prestigious colleges and universities around the country, but are they really learning how to think for themselves? In many ways, I know I was pretty lucky growing up despite some major challenges. My parents encouraged me to participate in extracurricular activities. When I wasn’t participating in sports or band or 4H or delivering the local newspaper on my bike, I had lots of free time. If my parents had not allowed the concept of boredom in my childhood, who knows how I would have turned out?! Did you catch that? We actually embraced the concept of boredom! Accepting the fact that it was okay to be “bored,” I learned on my own to find something to do; I discovered amazing things. I imagined, I invented, and I played. I thought for myself. My parents weren’t busy planning “play dates” or organizing games for my siblings and me and the neighborhood kids or playing games all that often with me for that matter. My mom was my 4H leader, but after that she made me go outside to play. Certainly I had to follow the rules and “behave,” but I also had to come up with my own plan for occupying my time or “playing.” Perhaps that was one of the best things my parents, however unintentionally, did for me. I learned how to think for myself. I’m certainly not the smartest person, but I’m very confident that placed in a challenging situation or confronted with a difficult problem, I can think for myself and react appropriately to most situations. By education and profession, I am an elementary educator, but at home […]


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HELP WANTED Administrative office position with growing company. Good people skills, reliable, organized, versatile team player. Basic computer skills, Quickbooks experience a plus. Immediate opportunity, part-time leading to full-time. Call (616) 340-4848.       p01 ______________________ WANTED TO BUY Trumpet or Coronet. Would like to swap for photography, whether family portraits, senior photos or whatever you wish. Tom Scott Photography. (616) 678-4322.       ftfn ______________________ SERVICES Do you want a sparkling clean home weekly, every other week, or just a one-time cleaning? Give me a call! References available. Call (616) 433-8124.        ftfn ______________________ LOST AND FOUND LOST—long hair, black/calico female cat. Front declawed, very timid. Bostwick Lake area. Last seen December 9. Call (616) 874-8597.       f52 ______________________ FOUND—small dog in downtown Rockford. Male, brown and black, weighs 8 to 11 lbs. Call Aunt Candy’s store to claim him, (616) 866-8783.       f51 ______________________ FOUND—child’s backpack at the Courtland Township park pavilion. Assorted toys and keepsakes. Call Courtland Township government office at (616) 866-0622.       f51 ______________________ FOUND—set of keys, including Jeep key, house keys, and unique ring, found near Young Ave. and 11 Mile. Call (616) 874-8174.       f50 ______________________ FOUND—forgotten stroller found near Algoma Estates. Call for location and with description to identify, (616) 433-8340.       f49 ______________________ FOUND—neutered, male, black cat near 11 Mile and Wolven, has claws, short fur. Call (616) 389-3428.       f48 ______________________ FOUND—women’s wristwatch in RiteAid parking lot about October 13. Call to identify (616) 866-1985.      f44 ______________________ FOUND—gift card in downtown Rockford on October 26, 2011. Call to identify. Speak with Cathy (616) 874-2000.       f44 ______________________ FOUND—one small, gray, female kitten, and one white and gray/black, male cat with 1-year white diamond on back, Northland Estates area, Cedar Springs. Both very friendly. Please call (616) 696-8626.       f42 ______________________ FOUND—neutered male cat on the White Pine Trail between 11 Mile and 12 Mile roads. Tortoise coloring, young, long and skinny. Noticeable marking. Very affectionate and verbal. (616) 874-9119.       f41 ______________________   LOST—Nikon camera in the Tiffany Rd. and 10 Mile Rd. area. Contains important family photos. (616) 481-6643.     f41 ______________________   LOST—male black cat with big fluffy fur and yellow eyes. Last seen in the 10 Mile and Courtland Dr. area at Rum Creek Condos on Sept. 30. Call (616) 292-3664.     f40 ______________________   PETS AND SUPPLIES […]

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