Jane Noffsinger

Rockford gymnasts take 10th in state finals

March 18, 2010 // 0 Comments

by JANE NOFFSINGER For the second year in a row, Rockford High School welcomed the best of both Division I and Division II high school gymnasts to participate in the state championships. Over 60 teams competed for the honor of participating at the state level. March 12 brought 12 teams and two days of fierce competition and amazing skills. This was the first time since 2006 that Rockford has been represented as a team at the state championships. Day one was the team competition. The Rockford gymnasts took to the floor with freshman Colleen Conroy leading the charge with a score of 8.55. Sophomore Jenelle Miller followed and upped the ante with an 8.675. Next up were the seniors. The always strong Ali VanBelkum, who had been battling the flu all week, put on her game face and made her team and coaches proud by pushing through her routine and earning an 8.85. Kelsey Donley did a beautiful routine earning an 8.95, and Emily Noffsinger, appearing to have a lot of fun, earned a 9.0. On the beam, Donely was the high scorer, earning an 8.8 with Noffsinger and VanBelkum earning 8.675. Miller earned an 8.375 and Conroy 8.1. Next up was the vault. Conroy, making it look effortless, earned a huge 9.0. Sophmore Casey Buelken followed with an 8.55. Miller and Donely both earned an 8.5 and Noffsinger an 8.35. The last event of the day was the uneven bars. Conroy had a strong performance, earning an 8.6. Noffsinger followed with an 8.3, Miller a 7.9, sophmore Maggie Setterington a 7.65, and Donley, who was not planning on participating in this event until the last minute, earned a respectable 7.5. Rockford had a combined score of 137, placing them among the top 10 in the state with a 10th-place finish. The state championship went to Grand Ledge, whose team scored an unbelievable 150.225. Day two of competition showcased the individual gymnasts. VanBelkum qualified to compete in all-around, but was still not feeling 100 percent, and competed in three of the four events. Her floor routine earned her a 9.025, bars an 8.2, and beam 8.1. Noffsinger qualified for two events. Her floor routine earned an 8.675 and her beam 7.925. Donley and Conroy both qualified for […]

Rockford gymnasts take second place in conference meet

February 25, 2010 // 0 Comments

by JANE NOFFSINGER The Rockford gymnastics team hosted the OK conference meet Saturday, Feb. 20 at Rockford High School. Six teams competed for the honor of OK conference champions in a display of huge talent and determination. Both Division I and Division II gymnasts competed side by side for the title. Mona Shores came away the title winners with an overall score of 144.42. Rockford followed in second place with 139.825, with Kenowa Hills rounding out the top three with 139.4. Rockford senior Ali VanBelkum placed in each event, taking second on the beam with a beautiful routine that earned a 9.35. Although the beam proved to be the most difficult event of the day, the gymnasts showed their strong character by jumping back on the beam and scoring well under pressure. Sophomore Jenelle Miller had a perfect routine and scored an impressive 8.875. Senior Emily Noffsinger struggled with a fall, but still scored a respectable 8.575. Junior Katie Palmisano also scored well with an 8.25. On the uneven bars, freshman Colleen Conroy was the high scorer with an 8.8. The freshman gymnast’s routine showcased two giants. The giants demonstrated the gymnast’s strength by completely circling the high bar, while maintaining a continuous flow of motion. On the floor exercise, VanBelkum led with a 9.5. Senior Kelsey Donley scored 8.9, with Noffsinger scoring 8.75. Miller’s floor exercise was excellent with a score of 8.7. Senior Kaylie Newville’s floor exercise, always entertaining, earned an 8.5. On the vault, VanBelkum and Donley led the group with scores of 9.0 and 8.7 respectively. Sophomore Casey Buelken had a strong run that earned an 8.6. Noffsinger and VanBelkum were both honored by being nominated for All Conference. Donley took Honorable Mention. Next up for the gymnasts is the regional competition to be held at Kenowa Hills on March 6, with the state finals being held at Rockford on March 12 and 13. • • •

Rockford gymnastics hosts dual meet

January 21, 2010 // 0 Comments

by JANE NOFFSINGER The Rockford gymnastics team hosted a dual meet against Mona Shores on Tuesday, Jan. 12. With an overall score of 139.625, the Rams proved that meeting their goal of 140 is within their reach! On the floor exercise, the scores soared with Ali VanBelkum taking the lead with an impressive 9.6. Kelsey Donely and Emily Noffsinger followed with a 9.3 and 9.05, respectively. On vault, Kaylie Newville ran hard and scored an 8.15 along with Casey Buelken scoring an 8.35. The beam proved to be the most difficult event of the evening, but the scores still reflected the skill level these girls are capable of. Jenelle Miller scored a 9.0 and Colleen Conroy an 8.65. Mona Shores took the meet with an overall score of 141.875. It was great competition held in an unbeatable venue. • • •