Thirty-seven seniors at Rockford High School scored 30 or better on the college entrance exam. Congratulations to all students as they now decide which college is the right fit for them! Rockford consistently has many students score 30 or higher on their ACT test – last year, over 30 students also scored 30 or higher. These students will be recognized at the October 11, 2010 Board of Education meeting at the Administration Building. Congratulations to all of the students for their outstanding accomplishment! For more information, please contact RHS Principal Dan Zang at 616-863-6030.
The Lady Rams varsity golf team has placed second in the OK Red conference. The team is led by senior captain Julie Daukss and junior Kendra Winicki, who have both been named to the First Team All-Conference. Daukss has played the season in the number-one position, carrying the lowest average on the team. Junior Megan Miller and sophomore Halle Dymowski were honorable mention All-Conference. The team’s next match is Thursday, Oct. 7, hosting regionals at Blythefield Hills Country Club. The top three teams will go on to the state finals on October 15-16, along with the top three individuals not on one of those three teams.
Wanted: Rockford girls with the desire to play tennis. More opportunities than ever are available in Rockford to play tennis. With seven seniors leaving the varsity squad, Head Coach Tom Huizing will be looking at the JV-A and JV-B teams to fill these positions next spring. Practice and more practice during the summer and winter months are encouraged. If you are interested in going out for the junior varsity teams, watch the schedule in the spring and come prepared to show your skills you learned during the off season. Younger players are encouraged to keep honing their skills, take lessons if possible and keep playing! Come to the home games in the spring and introduce yourself to the coaches. Let them know who you are and ask their advice. Rockford is fortunate to have JV-B Coach Matt Drolett providing additional opportunities for all new players, as well. Coach Huizing, JV-A Coach Val Wallace and Coach Drolett have a winning program and are gaining momentum. The JV team went undefeated for the second year in a row, and for the third year in a row the varsity team has qualified for state finals. The squad posted their best state performance so far, earning six points at the event held in Midland. All four singles players—Lauren Korlewitz, MJ Bothma, Alex Stembaugh and Jenelle Miller—along with number four doubles Megan Zawacki and Julie Daukss won their first-round flights. Senior Katie Rachon became the first Lady Ram to play in the state tennis finals three years in a row. The Rams, along with Hudsonville and West Ottawa, showed great West Michigan comradery as they cheered each other on.
Oops, they did it again! Rockford girls varsity tennis qualified for the state finals after accumulating the necessary 18 points to earn the honor. The stage was set back on May 15 when the Rams hosted the OK Red conference tournament. Rockford earned 45 points, finishing third and providing the positioning needed for preferred seeding at the regional tournament this past Saturday, May 22 in Jenison. Each of the eight flights won their first round in the single elimination regional event. As the day progressed, it started to become a possibility that Rockford would be a contender. All four doubles teams won their second round as two, three and four singles did as well. It happened to be the hottest day of the season, with temperatures reaching over 80 degrees on the courts. All the players were getting anxious to see if their dream would become a reality. As each flight advanced, it became evident the dream was possible. By late afternoon, after each flight contributed points toward the required 18, it was realized that Rockford had 17 points with one match still to play. Junior Alex Stembaugh, playing three singles, had advanced all the way into the final round. Playing as cool as she did all year, Stembaugh beat her worthy opponent from Hudsonville in straight sets. “I expected tough competition going into the match,” said Stembaugh. “I knew I would have to step up my game.” Coach Tom Huizing stated, “This was a hard-fought season. In the OK Red anything can happen on any day. The same holds true in the regionals. Everyone knew what to do and everyone contributed. Alex was amazing at handling the pressure like a veteran player. I’m extremely proud of the entire team. They did it as a team. They got it done.” It looks like spring tennis is blossoming nicely in Rockford. This will be the third year in a row that the team will be going to state finals under the coaching of Huizing. The entire team is thankful for Coach Huizing, all the community for their support, the parents, the press for covering the action each week, their teachers and friends that came out to see them play, JV coach Val Wallace and their number […]
Each team sends six racers down the hill, with racers taking two runs each of slalom and giant slalom (GS). Their combined run times determine their overall individual score in each event. The team score is determined by the placement points of the top four finishers. When a team is able to place all of their top four finishers in the top 15, their chances at earning first place as a team are high. Rockford has several talented racers this year, with at least 10 racers capable of consistently finishing in the top 20. This was demonstrated at Tuesday’s race at Cannonsburg with Rockford boys taking first place with 62 points. East Grand Rapids took second with 79 points, followed by Forest Hills Central (127), Forest Hills Northern (135), and Grand Haven (147). Once again, the boys’ team leader was Michael Dix with a first-place finish in slalom (59.68) and a fifth-place finish in GS (51.89). Rounding out the scoring in a very challenging slalom event, Taylor Noakes finished fourth (1:02.73), and John Milewski sixth (1:04.03). Travis Fleming posted an excellent 12th-place finish on his first run, but fell on the second, resulting in being disqualified. Ben Avink was in 13th place on his first run, but hit a gate and had to hike, resulting in 28th place (1:17.53). The team score became dependent upon a strong finish of the last racer, Casey Hefferan. After finishing in 15th place on his first run, Hefferan came through and finished eighth on his second run for an overall placement of ninth (1:06.06). In the GS event, Avink placed 10th (52.61), Noakes 12th (52.76), and Fleming 15th (53.29). Tyler Manikowski also finished strong in 18th place (53.53) and Milewski finished 27th (55.36). Rockford girls finished in fourth place overall with 137 total points. Grand Haven finished first with 82 points, followed by Forest Hills Central (121.3) and Forest Hills Northern (124). Rockford girls were led this week by Julie Daukss and Carly Funk. Daukss had a first-place finish in slalom (1:10.34) and took fourth place in GS (54.20). Trading rankings with Daukss, Funk placed second in slalom (1:12.79) and third in GS (53.99). Rounding out the scoring for the girls was Kaiti Bartholomy with 25th place in […]