January 21 2010

Rockford swim/dive team dominates invitational, earns 11 medals

January 21, 2010 // 0 Comments

  Yes, Rockford’s swim/dive team had an “epic, victorious, stupendous, awesome, sweet finish,” said junior Jared Martella, trying to best describe a day of indescribable feats. “Parks was even surprised,” added Martella, talking about Rockford’s head swim/dive coach Tom Parks. The invitational began Friday night, Jan. 8, with the diving portion. Sixteen divers performed 11 dives each. Rockford’s divers senior Tyler Johnson, juniors LJ McCauley and Kurt Plaggemars, and freshman Noah Markel placed third, fourth, eighth and 11th, respectively. Even though Rockford didn’t place first individually, the Rams won the event by earning the most points overall. The top three dive teams were Rockford with 48 points, followed by Jenison (38) and Grand Haven (32). “We scored almost 50 points of the possible 155. That says a lot about our divers,” said diving coach Marc VanDyken. “I’m very proud of them. With the exception of one team, our entire conference was here. This invitational has given me a good idea as to how we might finish at the conference meet.” Rockford’s wins and the excitement continued on Saturday from the first swimmer off the block to the last swimmer to touch the wall. Immediately, Rockford positioned itself in the lead in total points earned with the help of two relay teams comprised of sophomore Eric Chisholm, seniors Devries, Brian Ginebaugh and Connor Thelen (1:43.57, state-qualifying time); and juniors Ben Fredrickson and Martella, sophomore Josh Travis, and freshman Nick Willison (1:45.48). These two relay teams completed the first event, the 200-yard medley relay, with second- and fourth-place finishes. This event had such close competition that the swimmers in every lane seemed to be propelling themselves in synchronized motion. the 200-yard IM, when sophomore Bryan Wasberg, junior Jeff Schmitt, Travis and Willison placed first (2:05.81), third (2:08.96), fourth (2:09.29) and seventh (2:13.25), and collectively earned more than 40 percent of the possible 155 event points. Rockford advanced by 34 points from second-place holder West Ottawa. After an exciting battle for first place in event four, the 50-yard freestyle, Rockford senior Derik Bothma fell to Grand Haven senior Sam Schulze by a mere few one-hundredths of a second. Overall, the Rams again had four swimmers place in the top 16 point-generating slots in an event. These four swimmers […]

Rockford ski teams opens season with first, second places

January 21, 2010 // 0 Comments

Excellent snow and mild conditions heralded the beginning of the 2010 ski season for Rockford and the rest of the Greater Grand Rapids High School Ski Conference (GGRHSSC) racing season Tuesday night, Jan. 12. With light snow falling and temperatures just below freezing, the Rockford team put on an impressive performance with the boys placing first overall and the girls placing second. Racers participate in two runs of slalom and two runs of giant slalom (GS) on race nights. Each team is allowed six racers in each division, and the top four finishes are counted in the results, with total team points determined by the overall finish place of each racer. The sport requires racers to go as fast as possible, but a single fall can disqualify them from the event. Rockford is fortunate to have excellent depth on their boys team this year, with six returning seniors and one returning junior from last season’s varsity team. Rockford has at least eight racers capable of finishing in the top 15. These boys are all contending with each other each week for the right to race on Tuesday night. On Tuesday night, the boys finished first in both events and overall, with returning seniors John Milewski placing second in slalom, Michael Dix placing seventh in GS, Tyler Manikowski seventh in slalom and ninth in GS, Travis Fleming eighth in GS, and Casey Hefferan 16th in slalom. Contributing to the first-place finish was an impressive first varsity race performance by freshman Ben Avink, who finished sixth in slalom and 11th in GS. With all qualifying finishes in the top 16, the boys’ overall score was 66, ahead of East Grand Rapids with 96.5, Forest Hills Northeast 130, Forest Hills Central 131.5, and Grand Haven with 178.5. The girls team did not disappoint the fans with their results. Leading the team were returning juniors Julie Daukss and Carly Funk, who took first and second place in slalom, respectively, and then came back to finish second and third in GS. Adding valuable finishes to the team were returning junior Bethany Hicks, finishing 26th in GS, freshman Emily McCauley, finishing 20th in slalom and 29th in GS, and freshman Kaiti Bartholomy, finishing 31st in slalom. The girls took a second-place […]

School Beat — January 21, 2010

January 21, 2010 // 0 Comments

Recognize good things by MILES POSTEMA Rockford School Board Trustee During the past year, school board members, teachers, staff and administrators have spent a significant amount of time planning and responding to budget cuts from the state. We have asked for your help to get the message across to our legislators and you have responded. Thanks to the efforts of our community, teachers, staff and administrators, our district is a leader in advocating for adequate and fair funding not only for Rockford Public Schools but for all public schools. We are blessed with two legislators, Senator Mark Jansen and Representative Tom Pearce, who understand the importance of stable and consistent funding for public education and are willing to advocate for it. Recent board meetings have focused on significant and painful budget cuts. Declining state revenues and depressed property values have taken their toll on our funding. Because so much of our budget is devoted to the people who provide the quality education in the district, there is little way to make cuts without impacting our people. I have been impressed by the number of teachers and staff who have approached me to relate that they understand the position the board and administration are in and expressed their support of the tough and painful decisions we have had to make. Unfortunately, it does not appear that we are out of the woods yet, and 2010 will likely bring additional budget challenges. Rockford is justifiably proud and supportive of its quality schools, but there are some areas where it has become sport to blame public employees for the current economic conditions. Clearly, there are opportunities for some reform in the way schools are funded and the way costs are managed across the state. Reading newspaper accounts about the status of the state’s budget and the comments that follow online and in print from some readers leads me to believe that blaming teachers, staff and administrators for the current budget crisis is a little like blaming the individual line worker at the local automobile plant for the demise of the domestic automobile industry. In the midst of the budget climate and lengthy recession, it is easy to fall into the trap of focusing solely on the problems and […]

Just Kidding — January 21, 2010

January 21, 2010 // 0 Comments

Rudy Kazoody’s announces winner Alex McCrone, a sixth-grader at East Rockford Middle School, was announced as the winner of Rudy Kazoody’s drawing last month for a 1.75-pound jawbreaker. Congratulations, Alex!           Easter Joy is blood red, Looks like Jesus, my Savior, on the cross, Smells like ice cream on a carefree summer day, Sounds like Arise, My Love followed a chorus of Mighty to Save, Tastes like the snack at the end of play pactice, Joy makes me feel whole. by Katherine Tasma East Rockford Middle School

Second Hand Sale

January 21, 2010 // 0 Comments

All Kids , All Seasons, Pregnancy to Teen Girls and Boys Clothing, Toys, Sports Gear, Baby Gear, etc… Saturday, February 27 9 am to 12 pm $1.00 Admission to benefit the American Legion Auxiliary. No strollers…please! American Legion Auxiliary Post 102  330 Rockford Park Rd. (corner of Northland Dr. Between 11 and 12 Mile Rds.)

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