by DENISE WEBB Rockford 193, Hudsonville 119 Keeping their wave of wins rolling, the Rams swim and dive team crashed over the Eagles 193-199 on Thursday, Jan. 22. After “taking down Goliath [Grandville]” last week in a closer-than-close meet, Rockford arrived at the Hudsonville pool postured to conquer another. Out of the 12 events, Rockford secured firsts in 10 of them and placed second or third in the others. Diving coach Marc VanDyken was extremely pleased with first-year diver LJ McCauley, who “elevated to another level at this meet.” McCauley placed second, closely behind Quinton Rodriguez. McCauley also earned enough points this meet to receive his varsity letter. Senior parent Suelyn Uselton continues to shake her head in amazement as she watches the talents and teamwork of this year’s group. “The team continually works cohesively, supporting each other at every meet and practice.” The swim and dive team’s next and last home meet is Thursday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. against Jenison, celebrating Senior Night.
January 29 2009
On Wednesday, Jan. 21, Rockford made their first of two trips to the lakeshore to do battle against Grand Haven. Zach Johnson started out at 140 pounds and received a void because of a coaching decision by Grand Haven Coach Jamie Richardson. Tyler Johnson, dropped down from 152 pounds to 145 pounds. Using a late third-period reversal won his match 2-0 over Grand Haven’s Jack Dempsy, giving Rockford a 9-0 lead. Bruce Carlstrom put in a strong match at 152 pounds, and lost to Tyler Collard 10-2. At that point Grand Haven was within five points of Rockford with a score of 9-4. Jake Johnson (160) was next, taking on Tyler Kaffenberger. Falling behind early in his match 2-0, Johnson turned the tables, only giving up five more points the rest of the way and winning 16-7. At 171, Jake Dorulla continued his winning ways, building the Ram lead with a 12-2 major decision, making the team score 17-4. Zach Banazak (189), stepping up from the B team, faced a very tough Grand Haven opponent, losing his match with a 6-5 score. Banazak moved up to the A team because of a possible season-ending injury to Jarod Dubay, who broke his arm during practice when another wrestler fell on him. At 215 pounds, Joe Stephanski won his match by a fall in 1:30, bringing the Ram lead to 16. At this point the team score was 23-7 for Rockford. At the heavyweight division, Jesse Somsel took just 1:08 to pin his opponent, giving the Rams a 29-7 lead. Tyler VanRooyan (103) gave up the first takedown to the Grand Haven wrestler. He was able to reverse the situation, only to give up an escape to fall behind 3-2. Just as the first period was about to end, VanRooyan made a wonderful double-leg takedown to pull ahead 4-3. In the second period, a technical violation by the Grand Haven wrestler and an escape by VanRooyan made the score 6-3. Choosing the top position for the third period, VanRooyan exposed his opponent’s shoulders to the mat, giving him an 8-3 lead and the victory. Kyle Hurley (112), another B team wrestler stepping up to varsity, went the full six minutes, losing to Grand Haven’s Vanderhyde 11-3. The […]
Footprint I looked behind me and didn’t see a “carbon footprint,” only snow. The carbon footprint idea has to do with greenhouse gas emissions. It’s a way of looking at climate change and what we can do about it. Seems that driving cars, heating homes, and cooking steak is producing more greenhouse gas than Mother Nature can handle. She’s taking revenge with storms, droughts, floods, and polluted air. We can restore the balance without giving up heat and cars, but it will require all kinds of changes in our daily lives. Fluorescent light bulbs, non-polluting fuels, and recycling are only a start. We need to use less fossil fuel if we want the planet to keep working. Leaving NO carbon footprint is like eating a ripe tomato off the vine: leaves the air clean, doesn’t affect the weather. You can calculate your own carbon footprint by going to www.carbonfootprint.com. The www’s words of wisdom On the keyboard of life, always keep one finger on the ? escape key. Tell me what you need, and I’ll tell you how to get along without it. Accept that some days you’re the pigeon, some days ? you’re the statue. Needing someone is like needing a parachute. If he ? isn’t there the first time you need him, chances are ? you won’t be needing him again. I don’t have an attitude problem. You have a ? perception problem. Am I getting smart with you? How would ?you know? I can please only one person per day. Today is not your day. Tomorrow isn’t looking good either. I don’t suffer from stress. I’m a carrier.?• Last night I lay in bed looking up at the stars ? in the sky and I thought to myself, “Where ? is the ceiling?!” Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons. To them, you ? are crunchy and taste good with ketchup. I love deadlines. I especially like the whooshing sound ? they make as they go flying by. Someday we’ll look back on all this and plow into a ? parked car. See No. 3, Above A young executive was leaving the office late one evening when he found the CEO standing in front of a shredder with a piece of […]
The Rockford varsity hockey team took the visiting Traverse City Bay Reps (players from St. Francis, Elk Rapids, Kalkaska, Mancelona and Suttons Bay high schools) to the wood shed on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 24, beating their opponent by a score of 7-2. Jake Chaffee scored a natural hat trick (three successive goals), Shea Mills scored two goals, and Robert Perry had three assists to lead the way for the Rams. The Rams took a 3-0 lead in the first period on goals by Adam Hoard (assisted by Andy Shira), Mills (assisted by Perry and Sam Gallup) and Chaffee (assisted by Perry and Mills). The Ram defense held their opponent to only five shots in the first stanza. The Bay Reps cut the lead to 3-1 on a power play goal early in the second period. Then Chaffee completed his hat trick, scoring two additional goals in a five-minute span. A hat was tossed onto the ice to celebrate the occasion, and it was worth both minutes of the bench minor penalty. Assisting on Chaffee’s goals were Gallup (his second), Noah Greco and Dan Cruickshank. Before the end of the period, the Bay Reps scored another goal, as did the Rams’ Tyler Carlson (assisted by Hoard and Shira – his second), to increase the score to 6-2. In the third period, Mills scored his second goal (assisted by Mike Bieke and Perry) to post the final score at 7-2. The Rams out-shot their opponent 30-21 and net-minder Christian VanPortfliet picked up his sixth win of the season. The win raised the Rams’ overall record to 11-3-1-1. This week, the Rams continue their quest for the OK Tier I title by taking on Forest Hills Northern/Eastern at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at the Walker Ice Center, and East Grand Rapids at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at Patterson Ice Arena.
Jessica McDaniel and her partner stunt group competed in the 2009 College Cheerleading and Dance Team national competition in Orlando, Florida on Friday, January 16, 2009. The four members of the stunt group – Jessica McDaniel (back spot), Meghan Boyer and Marcella Morrill (bases), and Shannon Marconi (flyer) – represented Central Michigan University (CMU). This was the first time in the school’s history that an all-girl partner stunt group was sent to compete in national competition. The cheerleaders were chosen to compete by sending in a video of their routine. Based on this video, they were ranked 14th out of 28 teams before competition. The exciting event took place at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in the Milkhouse Arena. After a thrilling performance, the team placed 12th in the nation. On Saturday, Jan. 17, CMU’s all-girl competitive cheer team also competed. Three former Rockford High School cheerleaders were on the team: freshmen Alex Obetts and Katie Sakala, and senior Ashley DeVries. This was only the second year for the team to compete at nationals, and they were awarded a 10th-place finish.