It was good week for the Rockford Rams varsity hockey team. Wednesday, Jan. 18, they took on the Forest Hills Central Rangers. Just over five minutes into the first period, with the Rams on a power play, junior Cam Bathum lasered one past the Ranger goalie, who was well screened for the first Ram goal. Junior Jacob Smyth got the assist. The second period began and less than two minutes into the period, junior Austin Cantu forced one past the goalie’s glove to go up 2-1 with the assist going to Bathum. Rockford successfully killed off a few penalties, including a five-on-three, to preserve the lead with junior goaltender Jake Rekucki making some key saves along the way. Just before the end of the second, senior Ben Glass took advantage of a turnover with a nice fake on the goaltender to put it in the back of the net. Rams were up 3-0 at the second intermission. As everyone knew, Forest Hills Central (FHC) was not going to give up, despite being down 3-0. Rockford continued to be battling penalties, but with one of the best penalty-killing teams on the west side of the state, they successfully killed them all. Midway through the third period, the Rangers finally got one on the board. Rockford played solid defense the rest of the way to secure the win. Rekucki earned a great win, stopping 29 of 30 shots. Three days later, Rockford took on one of the top teams from the east side of the state, the Lake Orion Dragons. Playing without one of the Rams’ top forwards, junior Nate Hill, due to injury, the Rams knew they would have their hands full against a team like Lake Orion. Just three minutes into the first period, the Rams made their first statement with senior Keegan Knight driving home the goal off a rebound with Smyth and senior Justin Ullrey getting the assists. The first period ended with the Rams up 1-0. Rockford came out looking to put more daylight between them and the Dragons, as they were able to mount a scoring chance at just two-and-a-half minutes into the period. This time it was Ullrey converting on the play with an assist going to junior Nick Larsen. […]
January 26 2012
by MARY JO HILLS The Rockford Rams varsity competitive cheerleaders continue to make a stand in the OK Red conference. Finishing third at the Hudsonville Invitational on January 21, the Lady Rams had a season high score of 779. The Hudsonville Eagles finished first with a score of 806, followed by second-place West Ottawa’s score of 793. Coach Dengler believes in the essence of this team, saying, “I could not be more proud of these athletes today. Round one has been getting great scores each time we compete. This team is right up there with the other teams in the OK Red in this round. I am so happy to see we closed the gap on our scores in round two, which was our main focus this week at practice. We made a few minor adjustments to that round that paid off for us in a big way. Our skills in round two are getting stronger and scoring higher every week. This week, we also made some big changes to round three. I was really pleased with how they performed out on the mat in this round. Once we get all of our stunts to hit consistently, we will be a top contending team! Today was a great day for the Rams; we earned some of the highest scores of the season. I am most proud of how focused we were and having fire and excitement into all three rounds!” Senior Lady Rams, Paige Greer and Kim Hart, have tremendous pride in this team. Greer commented, “This team is a family. We have improved so much this year. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year will bring.” Hart felt the same, saying, “We have so much potential and are ready to bring it to the matt.” The next competitive cheer meet will be hosted by the East Kentwood Falcons for the LMCCOA Scholarship Meet on January 28 starting at 1:30 p.m.
Five boys and five girls from Rockford, ages 10-14, were named local champions of the 2012 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship and have earned the right to compete at the district level. Knights of Columbus Bishop Richter Council #7761 in Rockford sponsored the local competition at Our Lady of Consolation gymnasium. All youngsters ages 10 to 14 were eligible to participate. Maggie Schichtel was the 10-year-old girls champion and Jack Schichtel was the winner of the 10-year-old boys division. In the 11-year-olds bracket, Kinzie Keller was the girls champion and Alec Cote was the boys champion. Twelve-year-old winners in the girls and boys divisions were Cassidy Fought and Ben Gorton. The 13-year-old girls division was won by Morgan Mikowski and the boys by Nick Ludwig. Fourteen-year-old champions were Abby DeMaet in the girls bracket and Jake Herremans in the boys. Each contestant was allowed 15 free-throw attempts in the contests. Ties were settled by successive rounds of five throws per contestant until a winner emerged. Each of the winners will compete in the district competition to be held on February 5, 2012 at Our Lady of Consolation gymnasium with an eye toward moving on to the regional, state and international levels.
by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL The Second City National Laugh Out Loud Touring Group returned to Rockford last Friday and Saturday night after a two-year absence. Squire readers will recall their single sold-out Rockford Education Foundation (REF) benefit performance in January 2010. Two is better than one, right? And that’s just what the REF ended up with, a win-win with two sold-out performances that will provide resources for the REF to continue providing educational opportunities for people of all ages in the Rockford community. Chicago’s legendary improvisational theater group provided two evenings of hilarious and cutting edge sketches, songs, and improvisations to the delight of everyone present both nights. No topic of subject matter was off limits and an early sketch found two cast members seated in a doctor’s office. The doctor entered saying, “The last time you were in my office I found a lump in your breast.” There was an uncomfortable moment of strained silence as the couple absorbed the news. Abruptly the husband broke the silence saying, “But Doctor, you’re a dentist!” The lights then faded to hilarious laughter and thus began an evening of Second City’s trademark humor. There was also a third winner both evenings, that being RPS Freshman Center Technology Technician Chris Schneider. Schneider had been judged The Funniest Person in Rockford in a contest put on by the REF that took place in front of a sold-out crowd at the Corner Bar on January 12. As the winner, Chris was given the opportunity to perform with the Second City Comedy Troupe. Schneider appeared at the Rockford High School Fine Arts Auditorium in both evening’s encore sketches with the entire 5-member Second City ensemble. Schneider’s comedic talent was barely scratched in one sketch called “Dr. Know-it-all”, where he linked arms with four troupe members while the fifth fielded questions for “Dr. Know-it-all” from the audience. “Dr. Know-it-all” had five heads so he must have been five times as smart. Each head was allowed to utter only one word at a time as they answered the audience queries. It was improv at its finest as each of the heads had to add a word, almost instantly, to construct a coherent sentence that resulted in a laughable answer. There was no […]
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