Basketball season—over in a flash, four years of high school competition gone by fast, while the memories will last. Memories last a lifetime. The Rockford Rams planned to make some memories at Forest Hills Northern (FHN) on Saturday night, Jan. 23. This non-conference match-up with FHN (5-6, 3-1) proved to be memorable for the Rockford Rams (8-2, 3-2) with a 54-50 victory. Tonight FHN was just what the Rams needed after dropping their last two contests. Coach Yonkers’ Rams led throughout the game, leading 29-28 by half. The lead was extended further into the third quarter, however, the cushion vanished midway through the final quarter. A full court press by Rockford proved to be FHN’s undoing late in the fourth quarter, as the Rams outscored the taller Huskies 25-22 in the final stanza. The Rams had no answer for FHN’s Andrea Byl, their 29-point leading scorer and one-person wrecking crew, rebounding and pouring in baskets mostly around the glass. The Huskies were 18 for 30 from the foul line, while the Rams went 16 for 22. The Huskies out-rebounded the Rams on both ends of the court. The difference came via bench scoring, Rockford 18, FHN 6. The Rams proved to be the deeper team, with eight Rams scoring: Megan Kelley 13, Caitlyn Patterson 12, Kate Huyser 7, Halle Peterson 6, Kimberly Weston 5, Andi Raymond 5, Karli Showers 4, and Allison Huyser 2. The Rams continue to do many little things to persevere while competing with taller opponents. Tuesday night, Jan. 26, the Rams get back to OK Red conference play, traveling to meet Jenison (3-8, 0-5). Then they will travel to Muskegon on Friday, Jan. 29.
January 28 2010
There are only 10 Michigan artists selected for the exhibition The Michigan Collection: Artists from the Great Lakes State and Rockford artist Michael Callihan has been selected as one of the best in the exhibition at Saper Galleries in downtown East Lansing. Callihan’s pastoral oil pantings of Michigan landscapes, both real and imagined, are at the centerpiece of the exhibition which continues through February. “Spiritually, emotionally, and aesthetically pure”, is how gallery owner Roy Saper describes Callihan’s dreamlike landscapes. The exhibition is free to the public Monday through Saturday 10am to 6 p. m. and Thursday nights until 9 pm. More info at www.sapergalleries.com. Sunday, February 7 the gallery is open from 1 to 4 p. m. The exhibition www.sapergalleries.com/MichiganCollection.html features paintings, limited editions, sculpture, and mobiles by artists with a Michigan connection from the Saper Galleries inventory. Saper Galleries, celebrating its 31st year, was selected as the top exhibition gallery in the nation by Art World News magazine in 2009. Callihan paintings are shown at www.sapergalleries.com/Callihan.html.
Rockford’s combined score of 67 was well ahead of third place Forest Hills Central (FHC) at 119, but just behind East Grand Rapids (EGR) with a total score of 40. Forest Hills Northern (FHN) placed fourth and Grand Haven finished in fifth place. Rockford girls placed fifth this week after finishing in second place on the first race of the season. The girls were once again led by junior Julie Daukss with a first-place finish (1:09.77) in the slalom event and a second-place finish in GS (56.09). Junior Carly Funk placed fifth in GS (57.70), freshman Ashley Rister placed 25th in slalom (1:35.59), freshman Emily MacCauley placed 27th in slalom (1:38.58) and 31st in GS (1:04.34), freshman Kaiti Bartholomy placed 34th in slalom (1:42.03), and junior Bethany Hicks finished 33rd in GS (1:05.67) to round out the girls’ scoring. Emily Kommer also raced, but did not have a qualifying finish. The Rockford girls’ total score was 158. Grand Haven won the event with a total score of 55, FHN was second with 116 points, FHC was third with 129 points, and EGR was fourth with 151 points. On Thursday, Jan. 21, the junior varsity team raced at Cannonsburg and the boys had another excellent night, once again demonstrating the depth of the team this year. In the GS event, Rockford boys placed four racers in the top five, with senior Casey Hefferan in first place (54.60), freshman Ryan Donley in third (55.97), sophomore Jake Lewis in fourth (57.28), and senior Dan O’Connor in fifth (57.30). Filipo Rosseti placed 10th. On the slalom course, Donley placed second, O’Connor placed fifth, Rosseti placed 11th, and Michael Kommer placed 15th. For the girls, Alysse Quinn finished 22nd in GS and 23rd in slalom, while Christina Cayetano placed 24th in GS. The next races are Tuesday, Jan. 26 and Thursday, Jan. 28 at Cannonsburg Ski Area. Then the team travels to the steeper slopes of Caberfae Peaks outside of Cadillac on Friday, Jan. 29.
Three Rockford wrestlers remain undefeated for season by TIM COOPER On Wednesday, Jan. 20, it was short and ugly in the Rams’ favor when Rockford traveled to the lakeshore to take on the Big Reds in wrestling action. Five voids gave the Rams 30 points on the team score before the dual meet wrestling action even started, and the Rams continued on, winning nine of the 13 remaining matches. Pins and technical falls dominated the action against Muskegon wrestlers, with Rams taking six falls and three technical falls en route to a 76-3 thumping. The dual meet took approximately 45 minutes from start to finish. Recording pins for Rockford were Cullen Maksimowski (119 pounds) with a fall at 2:44. Bruce Carlstrom (152) won with a fall in 55 seconds. Solomon Gant (160) won by fall in 1:10. Jake Dorulla (171) took a 12-0 lead into the second period before winning by fall in 3:04. Zach Nelson, stepping in from the B team at 215 pounds, in the shortest match of the night, used just 25 seconds to pin his opponent. Joe Stefanski, jumping up one weight class to wrestle at 285 pounds, finished his Big Red opponent in 3:54, giving the Rams a final victory of 76-3. On Saturday, Jan. 23, the Rams traveled to Holt for an individual tournament which is typically one of the toughest competitions any wrestler will have during the season. With four of the top 10 Division I teams in the state and 16 teams competing, nearly 200 wrestlers were hitting the mats, including one team from Cincinnati, Ohio. Rockford stayed near the top of the team standings all day long. At one point, the Rams dropped as low as fifth, but bounced back by placing six wrestlers in the championship finals and four others winning medals. Sixth-place finishers for the Rams were sophomore Austin Scogg (140), sophomore Tyler VanRooyen (103), and freshman Nate Rojas (112). Carlstrom (152) chipped in with a third-place finish. In the championship bracket, Jacob Scholten, wrestling up at 125, took on the number-one-ranked Alec Morraidian of Detroit Catholic Central. Scholten, who was debuting for the Rams at this tournament, put up a great fight against the defending 112-pound state champion in Division I. Scholten is […]
Other veggie winners were senior Connor Thelen, junior Jared Martella (two cans), sophomores Cody Brown, Scott Ginebaugh, Nathan Napolillo, Ben Pitts, Alex Savage, and Josh Travis, and junior diver LJ McCauley. Rockford finished first in eight events, of which four were state-qualifying times, and placed second, third, fourth and seventh in the diving event behind Jenison’s Nate Reitberg. From the moment the opening buzzer sounded, Rockford controlled the waters. The first event—the 200-yard medley relay—ended with a powerful and close first and third finishes by relay teams Eric Chisholm, Alex Devries, Brian Ginebaugh and Thelen; and Andrew Denhof, Ben Fredrickson, Martella and Nick Willison. Before the waves could settle, Bryan Wasberg (1:50.37), Trenten Babcock (1:55.12), Jeff Schmitt (1:55.75), and Mike Arend (1:59.41) finished first, third, fourth and seventh in the 200-yard freestyle. Continuing to stir the waters, B. Ginebaugh (2:06.76), Josh Travis (2:07.41), Martella (2:10.91), and Willison (2:14.50) impressively swam first, second, third and fifth places in the 200-yard IM. The 100-yard backstroke also ended with notable first-, second-, fourth- and fifth-place finishes by Devries (57.82), Travis (58.62), Willison (1:00.30), and Thelen (1:01.59). The most commanding event of the evening was the 100-yard breaststroke. B. Ginebaugh (1:02.23, shaving .22 off his state-qualifying time), Martella (1:05.52), Dan Newberger (1:08.48), and Ian Rosloniec (1:08.76) swamped Jenison in the event with amazing first- through fourth-place finishes. Also, swimming state qualifying times were Derik Bothma in the 50-yard freestyle (22.61, shaving .03 off his time) and the 100-yard freestyle (50.06), and Devries in the 100-yard butterfly (54.43, matching his exciting state time). Rockford’s next meet is at home against Grand Haven at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28.