The overall ½ mile race winners were: Boys, Gabriel Gunneson 3:17 (Roguewood Elementary), Nolan Darby 3:18 (Meadowridge) and Ryan Blackburn 3:27 (Crestwood). Girls, Julia Scheffler 3:46 (Roguewood), Caitie Usher 3:56 (Belmont) and Megan Lindeboom 4:01 (Valley View). Rockford Community Services would like to thank the Early Bird Running Club for their involvement in our first “Dashing Through The Snow” race as well as all of the other businesses and health care professionals that took part in this event. A special Thank You to Spartan and Meijer stores for their sponsorships.
February 11 2010
The Rockford Education Foundation (REF) would like to thank everyone who participated in the Zumba fundraiser during the Health and Fitness Festival. Approximately 75 people filled the gym at North Rockford Middle School to participate in the Zumba instruction for a solid 75 minutes. Music filled the air as participants joined in with the instructors. The REF raised $1000 which will go to benefit our schools and community in the coming year. To date the REF has awarded over $800,000 in grants for educational purposes to the Rockford community. The Rockford Education Foundation would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for their silent auction and giveaway donations which lead to a successful event: Bev Thiel and Kelly Wass of YMCA, Maureen McKay of Eastern Floral and Gifts Genesis Salon and Day Spa, Angela Mann of Hampton Inn Suites, Tip off Bar and Grill, Carrie Yandl of Arbonne, Pat and Lisa Harig, Karla Galvin , Niah Whitley and Natalie Maj Additionally we would like to thank the instructors who participated: Junito Moore, Natalie Maj and Stefanie Minlethaler of the YMCA; Kandi Holmstrum of Rock Hard Boot Camp and Leslie Romoni of Riverview Athletic Club.
Ram Wrestlers finish strong in OK Red By Tim Cooper For the seventh straight year, the Rams wrestling team was undefeated in conference dual meet competition. The final victim in the string was the Grandville Bulldogs on Wednesday, February 3. Leading the Ram charge was the 103-pound Tyler VanRooyen who defeated Dakota Torralva with an 8-4 decision, giving the Rams an early 3-0 lead. The Bulldogs tied the score at 112 pounds when Nick Reddy scored a 6-2 decision over Rockford’s Nate Rojas. The Rams took the lead for good when the Bulldogs forfeited the 119 match to Rockford’s Jake Scholten, giving a team score of 9-3. Grandville’s Tyler Maczinski defeated Rockford’s Chris Barrentine in the 125-pound match with a 7-0 decision. At 130 pounds, Rockford’s Jake Byers pinned Brad Norman of Grandville in 1:21, giving the Rams a 15-6 lead. Again the pesky Bulldogs cut into the Ram margin at 135 pounds when Austin Merryweather defeated Drew Scogg 7-2. Austin Scogg, 140, used the bulk of his six minutes before pinning Dominick Barrencon, giving the Rams a 21-9 margin. At 145, Brian Ellis, of Rockford, up from the B team, fell to David Rivera in 1:22 by pin, to keep the match close with a team score of 21-15. Bruce Carlstrom, 152, took a 4-1 lead after the first period and used just 56 seconds of the second period before pinning Grandville’s Tim Sides. Robbie Gorton added three more points to the Rockford total with a 4-1 decision over Trevor Sousley, allowing the Rams to double the Bulldog score and create a 30-15 margin. Undefeated Jake Dorulla, 171, wrestled the full six minutes with Colton Hunt and walked away with a 12-0 shutout and a major decision. Once again Jake Johnson, wrestling up two weight classes at 189 pounds, wrestled one of Grandville’s best in Caleb Rivera. In a match that saw little scoring through six minutes, the two went into overtime with a 1-1 score. Twently-three seconds into overtime, Rivera threw Johnson from his feet to his back and pinned him with 6:23 and adding six to the Grandville team score, 34-21. In one of the few times all season Joe Stefanski would not wrestle, Zack Banaszak took to the mat in the […]
Oh my,……. how these Rockford fans love their Lady Rams. How could you not when they refuse to give up or give in. Last Tuesday the Rams found a new way to win. East Kentwood traveled to Rockford for a conference match up. The Falcons began the contest with a full court press then switched into man defense on their way to an early 8-16 advantage by the end of the first quarter. Kentwood hit the boards furiously taking numerous second and third chance shots while limiting the Rams to only one shot per trip. During the second quarter The Rams tightened up defensively scoring ten points while holding the Falcons to only six. Kentwood’s shot selection became somewhat dubious and by intermission Rockford had closed the gap, trailing 18-22. During the second half Rockford struggled to find their shooting touch but continued to hold Kentwood at bay defensively. The Falcons scored only seven third quarter points. Refusing to go away Rockford finished out the third quarter down 26-29. Now the excitement began to build as The Lady Rams made their move. Midway through the fourth quarter, a Ram steal and pass to Kimberly Weston for an open three pointer put the Rams on the move. The game was far from over when Caitlyn Patterson was fouled with 2:15 left on the clock. Patterson calmly stepped to the line, making two “nothing but net” pressure foul shots tying the game 32-32. With 16 seconds remaining Kentwood made a charity shot from the line going ahead 33-32. Rockford turned the ball over with 10.4 seconds on the clock. Kentwood called time out to set up an in bounds play. Kentwood’s Dobbins was immediately fouled on the in bounds pass. Dobbins foul shot rimed out into Rockford’s hands. Rams Coach Jessica Yonkers signaled time out with 6.5 seconds left setting up the Rams last chance play. The ball was in bounded to Kimberly Weston who worked her way down the length of the court pulling up 12 feet from the basket, her shot banged around the iron and with no time on the clock found it’s way through, Rockford wins 34-33. Scoring for Rockford: Al Huyser 7, Halle Peterson 7,Kimberly Weston 5, Megan Kelley 5, Caitlyn […]
Rockford High School downhill ski racers completed their regular season with a race at the steeper, longer slopes of Caberfae on Jan. 29 and the final race at Cannonsburg on February 2. In the end, Rockford boys’ team finished in first place in both events, well ahead of the favored East Grand Rapids boys’ team and last year’s conference champion, Grand Haven. It was a combination of strong individual finishes and the depth of the team that allowed RHS to claim these results. RHS boys consistently had all of their team finishing in the top 20. Team results for the last 2 races of the season were as follows: Caberfae Boys Race 1st—Rockford – 64 points 2nd—Forest Hills Central – 109 3rd—East Grand Rapids – 114 4th—Forest Hills Northern – 117 5th—Grand Haven – 185 Cannonsburg Boys Race 1st—Rockford – 65 points 2nd—Forest Hills Central – 122 points 3rd—East Grand Rapids – 137 points 4th—Forest Hills Northern – 149 points 5th—Grand Haven – 174 points Caberfae Girls’ Race 1st—Grand Haven – 66 points 2nd—Forest Hills Central – 94 points 3rd—KHLCP – 126 4th—Forest Hills Northern – 146 points 5th—East Grand Rapids – 176 6th— Rockford – 201 Cannonsburg Girls’ Race 1st—Grand Haven – 61 points 2nd—Forest Hills Northern – 103 points 3rd—Rockford – 127 points 4th—Forest Hills Central – 137 points The Caberfae race was cold and windy, as usual, and was very challenging, even for the top racers, with several falls and mishaps due to the tougher conditions. Rockford boys were able to show the strength of their team with a top place finish overall. Their strongest showing was in the slalom event with all 6 racers in the top 20. Michael Dix led the scoring with a first place finish with an overall time of 49.80, nearly a full second ahead of the 2nd place racer. Rounding out the scoring for Rockford was John Milewski in 5th (51.95), Ben Avink 6th (52.08) and Taylor Noakes 7th (53.15). Travis Fleming finished in 10th place (56.14) and Casey Hefferan in 18th (59.69). A perfect team score is 10 and Rockford scored 19 in the event. In the GS event, Avink led the team with a 5th place finish and an overall time of 1:00.48. Dix placed 8th (1:02.05), Milewski 13th (1:04.93) and Fleming 21st (1:06.87). Noakes and […]