John Milewski

Rockford skiers finish first at Caberfae

February 15, 2010 // 0 Comments

  Rockford High School downhill ski racers completed their regular season with a race at the steeper, longer slopes of Caberfae on Jan. 29 and the final race at Cannonsburg on February 2.  In the end, Rockford boys’ team finished in first place in both events, well ahead of the favored East Grand Rapids boys’ team and last year’s conference champion, Grand Haven.  It was a combination of strong individual finishes and the depth of the team that allowed RHS to claim these results.  RHS boys consistently had all of their team finishing in the top 20. Team results for the last 2 races of the season were as follows: Caberfae Boys Race 1st—Rockford – 64 points 2nd—Forest Hills Central – 109 3rd—East Grand Rapids – 114 4th—Forest Hills Northern – 117 5th—Grand Haven – 185  Cannonsburg Boys Race 1st—Rockford – 65 points 2nd—Forest Hills Central – 122 points 3rd—East Grand Rapids – 137 points 4th—Forest Hills Northern – 149 points 5th—Grand Haven – 174 points Caberfae Girls’ Race 1st—Grand Haven – 66 points 2nd—Forest Hills Central – 94 points 3rd—KHLCP – 126 4th—Forest Hills Northern – 146 points 5th—East Grand Rapids – 176 6th— Rockford – 201 Cannonsburg Girls’ Race 1st—Grand Haven – 61 points 2nd—Forest Hills Northern – 103 points 3rd—Rockford – 127 points 4th—Forest Hills Central – 137 points   The Caberfae race was cold and windy, as usual, and was very challenging, even for the top racers, with several falls and mishaps due to the tougher conditions.  Rockford boys were able to show the strength of their team with a top place finish overall. Their strongest showing was in the slalom event with all 6 racers in the top 20.  Michael Dix led the scoring with a first place finish with an overall time of 49.80, nearly a full second ahead of the 2nd place racer. Rounding out the scoring for Rockford was John Milewski in 5th (51.95), Ben Avink 6th (52.08) and Taylor Noakes 7th (53.15). Travis Fleming finished in 10th place (56.14) and Casey Hefferan in 18th (59.69). A perfect team score is 10 and Rockford scored 19 in the event.  In the GS event, Avink led the team with a 5th place finish and an overall time of 1:00.48.  Dix placed 8th (1:02.05), Milewski 13th (1:04.93) and Fleming 21st (1:06.87).  Noakes and […]

Rockford’s Daukss and Dix Qualify for State Ski Competition

February 19, 2009 // 0 Comments

Rockford’s regular ski season concluded on Tuesday, Feb. 3 with the final conference race at Cannonsburg Ski Area, followed by the regional competition on Friday, Feb. 13. In the end, Rockford girls and boys teams each finished in third place in the Greater Grand Rapids High School Ski Conference (GGRHSSC), behind Grand Haven and Forest Hills Central on the girls side and East Grand Rapids and Grand Haven on the boys side. Rockford’s girls and the conference were led all season by Julie Daukss who earned an All Conference spot and consistently placed in the top ten finishers, usually in first or second place. Carly Funk also achieved the conference giant slalom (GS) list for the girls. Team leaders for the boys were Michael Dix, John Milewski and Taylor Noakes, who all achieved All Conference status due to consistently strong top finishes in both GS and slalom events. Eleven Division I teams gathered at Cannonsburg on Friday, Feb. 13 for regional competition, following a postponement due to rain and warm conditions. Race day arrived with meticulously groomed slopes and temperatures right at freezing. After perfect conditions all season long, the snow conditions were disappointing, but there was plenty of snow to complete the event. Each racer took two runs in slalom and in GS, with their combined times determining their finish places in each event. Marquette, Traverse City and Grand Haven were the top three teams, earning the right to compete as teams at the state competition. Rockford’s boys team placed fifth. Although Rockford’s teams did not finish in the top three positions, two individual racers earned the right to compete at the state level due to top finishes. Daukss placed third in slalom and 12th in GS, and will compete in both events. Dix placed 14th in slalom and will also compete at the state competition. Rockford’s other team members’ finish places were Kristyn Macqueen (27th slalom, 40th GS), Bethany Hicks (39th slalom, 57th GS), Aly Schneiter (44th GS), Merry Buelken (45th slalom), Funk (54th slalom, 50th GS), Ashley Richter (56th GS), Tyler Manikowski (27th GS), Milewski (26th slalom, 31st GS), Noakes (24th slalom, 37th GS), Travis Fleming (39th GS, 24th slalom), and Dan O’Connor (41st GS, 49th slalom). Rockford’s varsity team loses two […]