The competitive OK Red season and three months of tough weekend tournament play has chiseled the Rockford varsity volleyball team to toughness. The Rams have earned a trip to the state quarterfinals in the MHSAA state volleyball tournament. Wins over two OK Red teams were on the Rams’ schedule last week and Rockford’s two victories over Grandville and Grand Haven assured the Rams a regional title and a trip to Caledonia in the state quarterfinals. The regional tournament, held at Jenison High School, had Rockford securing victories over Grandville, 25-10, 25-14, 25-21, and then in the title match, beating Grand Haven, 25-20, 25-18, 25-16. Rockford, ranked number two in Class A, seemed to bring out their opponents’ very best game with each team lining up to take a shot at knocking off the Rams. Rockford has met each team punch for punch and, like they have all season, stayed focus and stayed in their own game. The first set of the regional title match versus Grand Haven found the score locked at 18-18 with each team trading kills and trading points in succession. Rockford then kicked up the energy and charged past the Bucs to secure the first set win, 25-20. Set two found the Rams on the wrong side of a 6-1 score, but Rockford never flinched and battled back to even the score and then cruised to win sets two and three, earning the regional championship victory. The Rams earn the opportunity to play number six-ranked Gull Lake on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at Caledonia High School. The match determines who advances to the state semifinals to be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Kellogg Center in Battle Creek on Thursday, Nov. 17.
Even though the Rockford Rams volleyball team won the OK Red tournament this past Saturday in Grand Haven, the most memorable and rewarding day took place three days prior, on Wednesday, Oct. 26 in Rockford. The Rams varsity team joined with several Rockford student VIPs, not just to work together on volleyball skills, but more importantly to share companionship, laughter and the experiences of newfound friendships—the friendships and experiences created by Special Treasures. Special Treasures was founded two years ago by Rockford parents Amy Kelley and Cindy Quinn. This organization is made up of parents of children with special needs. The mission of Special Treasures is to enrich the lives of children with special needs by providing education, resources and support while giving hope for brighter tomorrows. “The need for more activities for these kids became apparent very quickly to us,” said Kelley. “Several of our parents organized fun activities, but we needed to find ways to provide more sports activities for the kids.” The magic of this organization only continued to broaden when Special Treasures partnered with Rockford Athletes with a Mission of Service (R.A.M.S.). R.A.M.S was organized by Rockford resident Tom Carlson with the objective of having Rockford student-athletes contribute to the betterment of their community through charitable functions, volunteerism and the investment of their time in helping others. “I approached Tom with the idea of joining together to have a basketball clinic for the kids using the varsity boys and girls basketball teams last year,” said Kelley. “Thanks to Tom and all the Rockford teams and coaches, the clinics went so well we wanted to expand this to even more sports.” When Rockford Head Volleyball Coach Kelly Delacher was asked of his interest in having his squad participate in Special Treasures, Delacher was thrilled with the opportunity. “When we were approached to run a clinic with the kids, I thought it was a great idea. Our team has such great role models that I thought it would be an incredible experience for everyone,” said Delacher. “The kids just gravitated to the players. I took a great deal of pride in watching three of the varsity players start up an actual two-on-two game with one boy who was picking up the skills very […]
The Rockford Lady Rams Volleyball team started 1-0 in the OK Red with a victory over West Ottawa last Thursday night, Sept. 8. The Rams jumped out quickly over the Panthers and finished with wins of 25-9, 25-15 and 25-12 in this best-of-three set match. The Rams also played in the East Kentwood Classic on Saturday, Sept. 10, finishing the day with a 3-2 record, losing to South Christian in the quarterfinals of the gold bracket. Next action for the Rams includes home contests this Thursday night, Sept. 15, against Muskegon and then again Saturday, Sept. 17, in the Rams’ own Rockford Invitational held at Rockford High School.