Rockford’s swim/dive team continued its strong start to the season with a 156-107 win over Grand Haven at home on Thursday, Jan. 12. Grabbing first place in every relay and sweeping the most points in every individual event, the Rams showed just why they still remain undefeated in the OK Red. In the 50-yard freestyle, Rockford gained the maximum points possible when all four swimmers secured the top four spots. Junior Nick Willison touched the wall first (23.28), followed by teammates Nick Dulak in second (23.81), Nathan Napolillo in third (24.18), and Daniel Newberger in fourth (24.64). Senior swimmer Bryan Wasberg grabbed his third individual state cut—the 10th for the Rams this season—with his second-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley (2:02.79), behind first-place Grand Haven’s Takuya Kobayaski (2:01.71). Rockford sophomore diver Shane Phillips clinched the highest score for the Rams on the diving board with his second-place finish of 218.15 points. Grand Haven’s Casey Carlson came in first with a score of 226.05. Up next, Rockford will take on West Ottawa at home on Thursday, Jan. 19.
January 19 2012
by TIM COOPER and JIM COOPER The Rockford High School wrestlers improved to 4-0 in OK Red conference competition when they defeated East Kentwood on Wednesday, Jan. 11. The Rams defeated the Falcons of East Kentwood in Holland on December 17 by 12 points in a preview of last week’s conference match-up. Falls by Collin Curtis at 145 pounds and Austin Scogg at 152 pounds gave the Rams an early 12-0 lead. The Rams’ lead evaporated as the Falcons won the next five matches, building to a 19-12 lead. Rockford pulled to within four in the 103-pound match when sophomore Steven Jendritz won a hard-fought match against Eric Fisher. With only two weights remaining, the Rams trailed the Falcons by a score of 28-27 going into the 135-pound match. After two periods, Rockford’s Trent Boyer and East Kentwood’s Anthony Hang had battled to a 3-3 tie. Boyer scored six points in the final stanza, giving the Rams a two-point lead with one match remaining. Braden Zych secured victory for Rockford when he pinned Demir Frazier in 5:51. Rockford Head Coach Brian Richardson said, “I’m not surprised about the outcome of the meet. We were lucky to get the win against a well-coached East Kentwood team. The pins by Collin Curtis and Braden Zych were huge. The fact that Nate Rojas and Trent Boyer turned previous losses into wins helped us tonight.” On Saturday, Jan. 14, the Rams hosted the Rockford Varsity Invitational. Rockford went 3-0 in their pool, defeating Lumen Christi 51-21, Portage Central 39-36, and Reed City 72-6. The Rams went on to wrestle the Hesperia Panthers in the finals. The Panthers, who are ranked second in Division IV, won the tournament last year in an individual format. Rockford got off to a strong start with a decision by Grant Tennihill (171), followed by a major decision by Robby Gorton (189) and a pin by Brent Showers (215). Hesperia heavyweight Brett Martin got the Panthers on the board with a fall over Brandon Houle. Jendritz, at 103 pounds, remained undefeated on the day with a pin at the 5:02 mark against fourth-ranked Cory Agens. Hesperia jumped back into the dual meet with falls at 112 and 119 pounds. A pin by Tyler VanRooyen in the […]
by MARY JO HILLS The Rockford High School Rams varsity competitive cheerleading team’s time is here. Finishing second in the East Kentwood Falcon Invitational on January 12 and fourth in the West Ottawa Invitational on January 14, the Lady Rams are proving to be a top contender in the OK Red conference. At Thursday’s invitational, East Kentwood (EK) finished on top with a final score of 771 with Rockford finishing second, just two points behind, with a final score of 769. Grandville finished third with a final score of 763. The Saturday meet at West Ottawa confirmed the toughness of the OK Red, as the top three finished within four points. The Hudsonville Eagles finished first with a top score of 802.4. EK finished second with a score of 802.35, West Ottawa a close third with 798, and the Lady Rams fourth with a final score of 752. The excitement of Rockford seniors Audrey Dornan and Natalee Johnson shows this year. “Hitting all three of our rounds is a huge accomplishment,” said Dornan. “I could not have been more proud of my team on Thursday. We are the underdog in the OK Red, but now we’ve proven we are just as talented as all the other teams. We are ready to work and do whatever it takes to finish our dream.” Johnson commented, “I couldn’t ask for a better team to share my last season of cheer with! This year our team is stepping up our game and really working hard! We are putting all of our heart and soul into our cheers, especially when we’re on the floor! I believe in this team, it is finally OUR year! Rockford is back!” The Lady Rams’ next competitions will be Saturday, Jan. 21 in Hudsonville, starting at 1 p.m., and Monday, Jan. 23 in Comstock Part at 6 p.m.
Cub Scouts from Den Six, Pack 3265 visited the Rockford Squire newspaper on Thursday, January 12 to learn about communication. The youngsters, from the Ada Vista Elementary Spanish Immersion program, had many interesting questions about how a newspaper is created. They looked at a copy of the first edition of the Weekly Rockford Register from Feb. 8, 1871 and compared it to the most recent publication. The Scouts also were able to look at the bound books of the newspaper and see what was front page news the week they were born long ago back in 2005. We hope they will retain their interest in newspapers.
The following essay was written by a seventh-grade student at Rockford Christian School, and submitted an essay for her language arts assignment. Her teacher, in turn, submitted it for a contest where it was accepted for a future publication. We hope readers will enjoy the work as much as we did here at The Squire. by ANNE VANDERWELL The occasional chatter of a squirrel joins the normal chaos of our small downtown. Pretty much everyone knows each other so people always stop to talk. Kids mill around while parents mingle together. Bands come to play their music. Birds’ cheerful melodies fill the incomplete silence. Puppies yelp playfully and chase after chipmunks that dive into their holes or dens. If you’re lucky you’ll see a bride and groom smiling for a picture, soon to be whisked away on the perfect honeymoon. There are tons of cute small stores with funky names such as Rudy Kazoodys, Pins, Stripes and Polka dots, and Gumballs and Overalls. One candy store we stopped by was daring shoppers to try a fried bug; if they did, they got to pick a free toffee from the store. Every Saturday in the summer is the farmers market where stores hand out free samples and sell their products. Fresh fruit and vegetables find their way into your stomach and fridge. Rusted signs line the side of the river along the edge of downtown. They say, “Don’t feed Waterfowl” that no one has bothered to obey in ages. Once you are on the bridge you can not hear yourself think. The raging beast of the waterfall is roaring enthusiastically, engulfing anything smaller than a log into the endless flow of water. The edge of rocks peaking above the water can not be seen due to painted turtles sunning themselves. Maybe you will see a snapping turtle the size of your face! In the spring, larger fish can be seen attempting, yet failing, to jump up and over the dam. Miniature festivals pop up regularly.