January 26 2012
All are invited to jump or watch Saturday, February 11, 1:00 p.m. The Rotary Club of Rockford presents the seventeenth annual Sweetheart Splash on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 1:00 pm. This winter fun event takes place at the Rockford dam is a community favorite. Area “jumpers” brave the icy Rogue River with participants performing skits and dance routines prior to going in the water for a captive and lively crowd and a panel of judges. Splash lasts approximately 90 minutes and includes music, surprises and lots of laughs. This year, our panel of esteemed judges includes local business leaders and politicians and WZZM Meteorologist, George Lesson. We are hopeful that George will order up a warm break in the weather for us! Coveted, Sweetheart Splash Trophies are presented for category winners in Singles, Couples, and Groups. Entrants must be 15 years of age and pre-register by 10 a.m. Saturday, February 11, 2012. Entrants between the ages of 15 to 18 must have a parent/guardian present at time of registration. Registration forms are available at Rockford Community Federal Community Credit Union located at 3 N. Monroe – Rockford. Registration fee is $5 per person and group size is limited to ten. T-shirts are available for $5. This fundraising event benefits North Kent Community Services. “This year, Splash spectators and the community are asked to donate cash, non-perishable food items, new or gently used blankets and coats for clients of North Kent Community Services. The center’s need for these items exceeds the available supply, leaving our communities most vulnerable in the cold,” says Connie Taylor, Sweetheart Splash Co-Organizer and NKCS Board member. Coats and blankets are currently being collected for the Splash event at NKCS and RCFCU. The Rotary Club of Rockford is a community and world service organization made up of local business people. Rotary has weekly lunch and breakfast meetings. For more information visit them at: www.rockfordmirotary.org.
Rams get complete effort in dual meet win by TIM COOPER When the Rockford Rams took to the mat on Wednesday, Jan. 18 against Grandville, memories of losing to the Bulldogs last year were very strong. This year’s team was determined to prevent history from repeating itself. The Rams’ scoring opened in the 103-pound match when Stephen Jendritz caught Micah Newton at the 1:07 mark of the first round, giving Rockford a 6-3 lead after two matches. Grandville went back on top with wins at 112 and 119, taking a 10-6 advantage going into the 125-pound match between Rockford’s Cullen Maksimowski and Grandville’s Keedan Hoezee. Maksimowski, who splits time with Tyler VanRooyen at 125 and 130, dominated Hoezee, taking the Bulldog wrestler to the mat seven times en route to a 19-7 major decision. A Grandville void to Corey Stankus at 130 and VanRooyen’s pin of Jake Brower put the Rams on top for good. “This was the most complete effort we had all season,” said Coach Brian Richardson, whose Rams won 10 of 14 matches on their way to a 52-14 victory over their arch-rival. “This team is peaking at the right time. We’re glad to be in the driver’s seat of the OK Red.” On Saturday, Jan. 21, the Rams traveled to Stevensville for a tournament hosted by the Lancers of Lakeshore High School. In the opening round, Rockford faced off with Division IV’s top-ranked team, the Hudson Tigers. The Tigers showed the Rams why they’re ranked number one by beating Rockford 41-16. In round two of the tournament, Rockford faced the host Lancers for the third time this season. The first dual saw the Rams win by one point on December 23 at Lakeshore’s Alumni Night. The second time around, the Lancers soundly defeated a depleted Rockford squad on January 7 at Howell High School. In the rubber match between the two teams, Rockford won 30-23. The Rams won nine of the 14 matches, sparked by a VanRooyen pin in the 125-pound match and Trent Boyer’s 9-3 victory, despite battling flu-like symptoms all day. Austin Scogg’s fall at 152 and decisions by Danny Apkarian (160) and Robby Gorton (171) also contributed to the Rams’ victory. In the final dual of the day, […]
The ski season got off to a slow start this year with the limited snowfall. Despite the weather, however, the Rockford Rams ski team has been training hard and is off to a strong start. They have been conducting training sessions up north—where the snow has been better and the terrain is more difficult—to improve their speed and agility. Both the boys and girls teams are a good mix of tenured skiers and incoming freshmen. Many of the kids have been racing together since a young age. According to girls coach Molly Noakes, “Our season has started out great! We have a young team this year and yet the girls are looking great! We have been pulling in thirds and fourths this season, however, only several points away from being in second place. If the girls continue with their determination, I don’t see second place in the conference far off.” There are two seniors on the team this year and both contribute consistently to the success of the team. Jake Lewis and Ashley Rister have been part of the team for their entire high school career. Boys coach Terry Avink commented, “Jake is a great leader whose presence generate a positive attitude with our team.” Noakes said, “Ashley’s positive attitude and leadership has earned her the title of captain this year. She has come a long way in her racing and that can only be attributed to her drive to constantly be a better racer. She has been an absolute joy to coach the last four years!” When asking Jake and Ashley why they love to ski, Jake replied, “I like hanging out with the team and being able to do what I love,” and Ashley’s response was, “Everything! It’s challenging, makes me work hard, and everything about it is fun!” The team will be participating in two races next week up north in addition to the weekly races at Cannonsburg Ski Area. They are working hard and are looking to do well at the conference races in addition to the regional race on February 16. The varsity races are on Tuesday evenings at 4:30 p.m. and the junior varsity races are on Thursday evenings at 4:30 p.m.