February 18 2010

Ram wrestlers qualify 10 for regionals, prepare for Lowell rematch

February 18, 2010 // 0 Comments

  by TIM COOPER After a long two-hour bus ride north to Traverse City, the Rockford Rams had to wait for their first opponent, as Traverse City Central and Traverse City West met in the first dual meet of team districts. The two Traverse City schools went to the final match of the dual meet before the outcome was determined by a 37-28 victory in favor of the Trojans of Traverse City Central. With a starting weight of 171 pounds, Jake Johnson made short work of his Traverse City opponent, building an 8-0 lead in the first 56 seconds and ending the match with a fall.   Continuing the early trend in the 189-pound match, Zach Banaszak used just 1:05 before pinning Mark Bollinger, giving the Rams a 12-0 lead. The third match of the evening ended at 2:25 when Rockford’s Joe Stefanski put Traverse City Central’s Cody Vickers’ shoulders to the mat, giving the Rams an 18-0 lead. In one of the few matches that went the full six minutes, Rockford’s Jake Banaszak (285) beat his Trojan opponent with an 11-3 major decision. Traverse City failed to send wrestlers out for the 103- and 112-pound matches, adding 12 points to the Ram total and building the lead to a nearly insurmountable 34-0.   Chris Barrentine (119) filled in nicely for the injured Colin Maksimowski by adding six points to the Ram total with his fall at the 3:10 mark. Jake Scholten (125) scored a technical fall with a 17-1 victory over Cameron Bennett, scoring all 17 points in the first two minutes. This helped to build the Rams’ score to 45-0, essentially putting the dual meet out of reach for Traverse City. In the 130-pound match, Jake Byers kept the Rockford momentum going by using a short 49 seconds to finish off his Trojan opponent, making the Ram score 51-0.   In the second of two matches to go the distance for the entire dual meet, Rockford’s Drew Scogg (135) faced Traverse City’s Paco Diaz. With no scoring in the first period, Scogg scored seven in the second two minutes of the match, using a reversal and two near-falls to take a 7-0 lead into the third. Diaz chose down in the third, only […]

Rockford girls basketball leads OK Red

February 18, 2010 // 0 Comments

  The Lady Rams rolled into Bulldog country Tuesday, Feb. 9, taking on Grandville in a rematch. This match-up seemed to be the most intriguing in the OK Red conference. After Rockford’s win last Friday over West Ottawa, the Rams climbed into a first-place tie with the Panthers (7-2). The Lady Rams are on the home stretch for a championship run in the OK Red. Five games are remaining in league play to determine who will be wearing that championship crown. Determination and mental toughness have been the hallmark of these Rams all season. The Lady Rams are not surgeons, but they set up an operating table on Grandville’s home court Tuesday night and proceeded to carve up the Bulldogs 51-39. In arguably their best all-around performance of the season, the Rams put on a clinic. Rockford jumped out to an early 10-point lead. However, the Bulldogs fought their way back, going ahead one minute into the second quarter. The Rams regained the lead immediately on a coast-to-coast steal and basket, and were ahead 25-19 by intermission. The lead was never given back the remainder of the game. The Rams outscored the Bulldogs in every quarter.   This game featured great play in every facet of the game, including rebounding, defending, crisp passing, ball control, steals, and clock management. Seniors Caitlyn Patterson (16) and Megan Kelley (15) led the Rams in scoring, followed by Katherine Huyser (7), Allison Huyser (6), Halle Peterson (4), and Kimberly Weston (3). On Friday, Feb. 12, the Lady Rams traveled to Hudsonville, looking to make amends for an earlier season loss to the Eagles. And the Rams did avenge that loss with a 35-30 victory. Rockford’s win, along with West Ottawa’s loss to East Kentwood, gave the Rams sole possession of first place atop the OK Red. The Rams host their next three league games, finishing out conference play at home. Defense was the key for Rockford, as Hudsonville jumped out to a quick lead. Rockford started slowly, not scoring until 3:02 left in the first quarter, unable to find the range from anywhere on the court. The Eagles held a 14-7 advantage by quarter’s end. Rockford stopped Hudsonville cold during second quarter of play, holding the Eagles scoreless while […]

Rockford’s freshman/sophomore swim/dive team wins big

February 18, 2010 // 0 Comments

  by DENISE WEBB  Twenty-three medals, six out of 12 first-place finishes, three state-qualifying times, several personal bests: all of these accomplishments helped bring home a first-place trophy for Rockford at the Freshman/Sophomore Swim/Dive Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Grandville natatorium. More than 160 freshman and sophomore swimmers and divers competed from nine West Michigan high schools at this invitational. Rockford placed first with 421 points, followed by Zeeland (343), Grandville (337), Hudsonville (256.5), Jenison (197), Holland West Ottawa (190), East Kentwood (136.5), Grand Haven (119) and Byron Center (100). “This win was the first Rockford has had at this event in seven years. I don’t think there could’ve been another team that wanted a victory more than we did. Everyone stepped up and put forth everything that they had,” remarked sophomore Alex Savage, who improved by .59 in the 200-yard freestyle. Sophomore Allyn Kinney commented, “Last year we came in second to Zeeland. I was pretty confident we would come out on top this year if we all swam the times we were supposed to. We had some amazing swimmers last year who are sophomores now, and we added some more really impressive freshmen. I think our team will just keep getting stronger.” “There were awesome performances by everyone. We swam our hearts out,” said sophomore Eric Chisholm, who swam personal bests in both the 50-yard freestyle (22.37) and the 100-yard freestyle (51.26). He also helped teammates sophomores Josh Travis and Bryan Wasberg and freshman Nick Willison swim a state-qualifying time in the 200-yard medley relay (1:43.59). Wasberg also swam a state-qualifying time in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:03.38). “There were some really close and exciting races, not to mention fast!” said sophomore Jared Seifert. One example of this was the 50-yard freestyle. Chisholm of Rockford and Sam Timmer of Grandville both swam extraordinary state-qualifying times as sophomores, 22.37 and 22.72, respectively. Rockford was the only school to secure three state-qualifying times. Timmer captured the only state time for Grandville, and Kyle Doss claimed one for Jenison in the 100-yard backstroke. More than 85 percent of the Rams team improved their personal best times for this season. Rockford’s Corey Fase and Michael Staley both impressively cut more than five seconds off their 200-yard […]

Rockford Rams cheerleaders fight back

February 18, 2010 // 0 Comments

Rockford varsity cheer team of Kayleigh Vanpeursem, Charlye Meuser, Abby Brown, Mattie Ek, Torri Mills, Jordyn Hills, Alicia Spees, Nicole Siderius, Hali Cole, Haley Hegal, Courtney Beals, Alex Schaap, Mariah Sapp, Paige Mather and Taylor Greer compete at the DeltaPlex. by MARY JO HUMPHREYS-HILLS The Rockford varsity competitive cheer team has performed well the last couple of meets. After placing second in front of a home crowd on February 3, they went on to place 12th at the PR meet on February 13 at the DeltaPlex. Rockford was host to nine freshman, junior varsity and varsity teams from throughout West Michigan. The cheer teams performed amazing stunts and acrobatics to astound a packed stadium. The Rockford varsity team scored 224 in round one and 248 in round two to finish with a final score of 768. The exciting PR meet at the DeltaPlex was packed with some of the best teams throughout Michigan. Rockford scored 215 in round one and 237 in round two to finish with a final score of 745. Rockford senior Mariah Sapp, a three-year veteran of the team, is a cornerstone to the varsity squad. Although she is one of the hardest workers, she is also the creator of the “joke circle,” keeping the ladies smiling and laughing throughout practice and competitions. Sapp’s goals are to keep the team improving every day and keep focused on the outcome of the season. “The team has the best attitude, it is so easy to have fun,” said Sapp. Coach Kathy Jo Resseguie remarked, “These ladies want to be here and are a lot of fun to coach. They continue to improve work on scores with a full team back on the floor. This is a great group of athletes who continue to push each other every day. We have seen so much improvement from the beginning of the season until now, and hope the progress continues until our peaking moment. We continue to strive to hit all three rounds at one meet and, when we do, I feel the rewards of all their hard work will be evident.” Assistant Coach Mary Hurt enjoys working with the team and looks forward to refining the routines with a full 16 on the floor for the […]

Paws with a Cause presents history, personal story

February 18, 2010 // 0 Comments

  Paws has 25 trainers on staff and 150 employees in 35 states. Dogs are all raised by foster families, who rear the animals to be very familiar with many different situations and pay for all the costs incurred during the puppy’s early life, including spaying or neutering. “Some people have done this nine times in a row,” said Boes, who called these people heroes. After a year of living in the foster home, the dog returns to Paws for training, and begins with a four to six-week boot camp reviewing basic commands. The three-phase training follows basic commands with learning to pick up items before the dog is chosen for a particular individual and learns skills specific to that person’s needs. Boes said that once an individual has been selected to receive a dog, their needs are reviewed, including in-home visits to determine what skills the dog will need. After filing an application, a dog may be selected quickly, or as long as a year may pass before a suitable dog becomes available. In a wheelchair herself, Boes said she put off applying for a dog, even though she worked at Paws. “I didn’t want to accept that I needed one,” she said. Suffering from a degenerative disease, Boes said she put off taking a dog as long as possible before she partnered up with Argon. Once she saw him in the kennel, she felt a bond and knew she had to have him. Shortly after bringing Argon home, Boes struck her head badly and was bleeding heavily. Argon brought her a phone and she was able to call for aid. Her doctor told her if she hadn’t had the phone and had waited for help she would likely have bled to death. Despite the value of these animals—in Boes case, lifesaving—dogs are occasionally returned. If a dog is returned twice, the organization does not try to place them again, but instead gives them to another organization, such as the border patrol, airports, police agencies or other groups that use dogs. Boes said dogs don’t all perform the same tasks, but all know basic skills, such as answering the phone and pushing elevator buttons. She had Argon pick up a dime and other objects […]

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