On Friday night, Nov. 27 , the Rockford Rams varsity hockey team traveled south for a post Thanksgiving match-up against their archrival the East Kentwood Falcons. Although a great number of loyal Ram fans turned out in support, the Rams unfortunately lost to the Falcons 4-2 in a well-played and hard-fought game. The first period belonged to the Rams, as they controlled play at both ends of the ice and appeared to be in total control of the contest even though neither team managed a score as period one ended at 0-0. The second period saw both teams come out to score as East Kentwood was first to put in a goal at 14:33 in the period. The Rams fired back less than a minute later, as senior forward Cody Cantu put one in the net with a nice assist from junior forward Thomas Soupal. The Rams found the net again when senior defensemen Eric Conroy scored at the 12:20 mark on a beautiful feeder pass from senior defenseman Robert Perry and senior forward Noah Greco, making it 2-1 Rams. Unfortunately the Rams did not hold the lead long as the Falcons capitalized on a Ram turnover with a goal to end the second period tied at two goals apiece. The third and final period started with East Kentwood capitalizing on another Ram turnover at the 14:24 mark, making it 3-2 Falcons. Although the Rams fought hard and had more scoring opportunities than the score shows, the Falcons scored again for their fourth and final goal at 10:31 of the third period, putting them up by two goals. The Rams fought back hard the rest of the period but couldn’t find the net, as a few penalties put them down a player and on the penalty kill as well. The game ended with the score at Falcons 4, Rams 2. The Rams’ next game is a home contest on Saturday, Dec. 5, against the East Grand Rapids Pioneers. Game time is 6:00 p.m. at Walker Ice & Fitness Center.
December 3 2009
The Rockford girls swimming and diving team qualified 14 teammates for the Division I Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Division I state championships held November 20-21, 2009, at the Holland Aquatic Center. Division I qualifications are the toughest in the state, and the Rams’ depth holds them in good standing for years to come. Only two of the 14 qualifiers—twins Erica and Jessica Cutler—are seniors. Following the meet, in which the Lady Rams took 12th place out of 37 teams, Head Coach Tom Parks noted, “We did have some great swims this past weekend, but many were just out of scoring range.” To score at finals, girls must place in the top 16 during prelims, and it is not possible to move from the consolation heat (places 9-16) during the finals, even with a faster time. Coach Parks summarized highlights as follows: • Both E. Cutler and Sarah Smith broke the varsity record in the 100 fly. E. Cutler now holds the record at 57.7. Smith went 58.2. E. Cutler’s swim was particularly impressive in that it was on the rebound from the flu, which turned into pneumonia. • All three relays scored and swam well in finals. • S. Smith had a great prelim swim in the 200 free with a 1:59.0, which was just out of scoring range. • J. Cutler broke the varsity record again in the 200 IM with a 2:10.9. • Freshman Kennedy Cutler and sophomore Casey Wolfer had good prelim swims in the 50 free. • Divers Katie DeHaan and Erica Finlayson were both happy to make state and will be back next year. • Alaina Smith also had a great prelim swim in 100 fly with a 1:00.8. • Morgan Lipe swam out of her head in the 100 breast with a 1:10.8. Per event finishes were as follows: • 10th place—200 medley relay (1:52.28), Longberg, Lipe, Morgan, E. Cutler, Wolfer • 19th place finish in prelims—200 free, S. Smith (1:59.02) • 11th place—200 IM, J. Cutler (2:11.22) • 27th place in prelims—200 IM, E. Cutler (2:17.24) • 19th place—50 free, Wolfer (25.15) • 30th place—50 free, K. Cutler (25.46) • 47th place—50 free, VanPortfliet (26.12) • 5th place—100 fly, E. Cutler (57.86) • 10th place—100 fly, S. Smith (58.26) • 24th place—100 […]
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Dinner, evening of music to raise funds Dinner, evening of music to raise funds Bruce Clarke has been battling Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia since 2003 and now will undergo a stem cell transplant that requires him to take up to a year off work while he is hospitalized. A family member is required to stay with him, so his wife Jean will also miss work. Although Clarke has insurance, the family will have little income while he is absent from his job. By turning in a donation coupon after eating dinner at the Plainfield Avenue Perkins on Tuesday, December 15, 15 percent of the total bill will go to a fund for the family. A night of food, music, dancing, hors d’oeuvres and raffle will be held January 23 at Life Center in Assumption Church in Belmont, will also raise money for the family. Organizers are currently seeking donations of raffle items. Clarke has undergone four rounds of chemotheraphy fighting leukemia, and the stem cell transplant with his brother as donor, is his next step to beat the disease. Hospital stay is expected to be a minimum of six months up to a year. Friends have organized these fundraisers to help Clarke and his family get by financially during this time. Clarke is a environmental/structural engineer with a firm here in Rockford. He is a coach for Wolverine baseball, a Cub Scout volunteer and a Michigan Tech alumni. His sons attended both Assumption Catholic School and Rockford Public Schools. His youngest son is currently at Rockford Freshman Center and the oldsest has graduated from Ferris State University. To participate in the dinner at Perkins, a coupon is required. They can be picked up at the Rockford Squire newspaper at 331 Northland Drive, Rockford. To get coupons from an organizer, to donate items or to find out more information, contact Dawn Taylor at (616) 365-2434 or Kathy Uzarski at (616) 361-9821.