Jim Cooper

Ram wrestler rises through adversity

March 10, 2011 // 0 Comments

Scogg wins state championship for his mom by JIM COOPER A state championship is never a small feat. The hard work that goes into winning a title can never be emphasized enough. Unquestionably, it’s one of the greatest accomplishments most athletes who do will ever achieve. Austin Scogg poses with his mother Renee after winning the 152-pound state championship in [...]

Rockford wrestling falls to Hudsonville

February 10, 2011 // 0 Comments

Rams crown two champions at OK Red conference tournament  by TIM COOPER  The Rams started out in a hole, after the Hudsonville Eagles won the first two matches of the dual meet between the two teams on Thursday, Feb. 3. In the 140-pound match, Carl Nystrum of Hudsonville pinned Mick DeBoer in 1:42. At 145 pounds, Rockford’s Peter Nugent battled hard with highly [...]

Rams wrestlers ground Falcons

January 27, 2011 // 0 Comments

VanRooyen only Ram in finals at Holt tournament  Peter Nugent works for a turn. Nugent finished seventh at Holt on Saturday. Photo by JIM COOPER by TIM COOPER The Rams fell behind the East Kentwood Falcons early in their dual meet on Wednesday, Jan. 19. Matt Franklin put his Falcons up 6-0 when he pinned Rockford’s Danny Apkarian early in the first period of their [...]

Orange and Black kicks off Rockford wrestling season

December 9, 2010 // 0 Comments

Rams shine at Comstock Park Tournament by TIM COOPER On Thursday, Dec. 2, the Rockford Rams opened the wrestling season with the annual Orange and Black intrasquad competition. Each year, this scrimmage decides who will wrestle in the varsity lineup for the Rams. All members of the wrestling team compete in wrestle-offs during the first few weeks of practice to determine [...]

Rams fall in semifinals

November 24, 2010 // 0 Comments

Rams fall in semifinals Last-second touchdown ends Rockford’s season by TIM COOPER  With 1:39 seconds remaining in the game, Rockford quarterback Mark LaPrairie saw Neil VanderLaan racing toward the end zone. With the Rams trailing 13-10 to the Plymouth Wildcats, LaPrairie threw into double coverage. As VanderLaan did many times this season, he out-jumped the [...]
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