Rockford’s varsity softball team made it to the district finals by defeating Kenowa Hills 14-0 before falling to a spirited Northview team by the score of 4-0 in the finals on Saturday, May 30. Despite a disappointing ending to a season that seemed to end too soon, the Rams will remember numerous exciting triumphs and celebrate vast improvement throughout the season. In the opening scrimmage against Reed City before the team traveled south for spring training, the team-which had lost four starters (three of whom went on to play college softball) off the squad that made it to the state quarterfinals a year ago-looked like an inexperienced team. But with a productive spring training trip to Fort Myers, Fla., and through the hard work of the girls and the coaching staff, the Rams improved quickly and got off to a fast start, winning their first 10 games, including an exciting walk-off win against Byron Center to capture the Rockford Invitational. The Rams battled the competition in the tough OK Red conference, finishing third in the league behind Hudsonville and Jenison despite beating the Wildcats twice in exciting pitchers’ duels. The Rams suffered some disappointing losses along the way, dropping a game to Grandville and then East Kentwood. Ultimately, that inconsistency cost the Rams another district title as the bats went silent against Northview’s senior pitcher Samantha Glonek. Northview’s defense also made some sparkling plays to thwart potential Ram rallies, and their offense came through with enough big hits to end the season for Rockford. On their way to the finals, the Lady Rams pounded Kenowa Hills behind another shutout for sophomore ace Tricia Graham, who struck out 13 en route to her 13th shutout of the season. Graham finished the season with a 21-7 record and now has 43 wins in her career as just a sophomore. She also broke her own strikeout record with 338 for the season. Graham helped herself at the plate as well with three hits and three runs batted in against the Knights. Leadoff hitter Carly Shutich scored four times and had a triple in each game at the district tournament. Senior left-fielder Sadie Jensen also tripled, and juniors Haley Pattok and Morgan Ruchty added doubles in the big win […]
June 11 2009
The Rockford Raptors 13U baseball team went undefeated in winning the USSSA-sanctioned Diamond Classic tournament held May 30-31 at Bailey Park in Battle Creek. The Raptors completed the tournament with a perfect record. In pool play, the Raptors exhibited a balanced hitting attack in victories over Grand Rapids Diamonds West and Kalamazoo Around-The-Horn Stampede. The Raptors clinched a spot in the championship game with an 8-6 victory over Portage Storm, the number-one ranked USSSA team in Michigan. In the championship game the Raptors faced the Lansing Red Sox, the number-one seeded team in the tournament. The Raptors plated five runs in each of the first two innings and were on their way to a 16-0 victory to secure a championship trophy for the second time this season. The Raptors will compete in the Open State Tournament, which will be held in Sterling Heights on June 19-21.
Visitors to the second annual Cannon Area Business Association Classic Car Show weren’t disappointed. Sunny skies, music with a DJ and lots of cool old cars made the event worthy of an afternoon’s attendance. Organizer Ted Trocke, who owns Bella Vista Auto Service, said hundreds of people showed up to admire the cars, eat at the concessions and talk with business owners at tents set up on site. “We hope to build on it each year,” Trocke commented. He enjoys giving back to the residents of the area and keeps the event unique by asking local car owners in with their vehicles. “There is a good chance you might know these car owners when you see them because all the cars are local,” he said. In its second year, the CABA car show is a fundraiser for a good cause. Participants are not made to pay, but are asked for a donation, this year to the Susan G. Komen foundation to fight breast cancer. A grand total of $426 was raised from the owners of the 50 cars who participated. Trocke said the weather couldn’t be better and people seemed to have a great time. “We’ll keep doing it,” he said. NEW TO THE CLASSIC CAR SCENE—are Susan and Jim Zomerhuis of ockford. Susan bought this 1972 LTD Ford as a Christamas present to her husband on the condition that he gets rid of his motorcycle. They said the CABA show was their first car show, yet already they understand why the events are so popular. “It’s fun to see people you know and to hear the stories behind their cars,” Susan said.
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Drive to be held in D&W parking lot Sunday, June 14 Rockford residents are asked to help make the days of soldiers serving our country a little more comfortable. America’s Transportation Resources (ATR) and its employees will be sponsoring a “Project Soldier Package Drive” to collect items much needed by our soldiers in active duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. Many of our military personnel are in dire need of everyday items that we take for granted. On Sunday, June 14 between from 12 to 5 p.m. items can be dropped off at D&W, 201 Marcell Drive NE, Rockford. Following are items requested. Remember, sample sizes are convenient for the soldiers as they are easier to distribute and carry. However, all items welcome. Shampoo, conditioner, soap, razors, shaving cream, deodorant, toothpaste and brush, individually packaged snack items, travel size toilet paper, packaged dinners, newly released movies (watch content), batteries, disposable cameras, silly string (identifies trip wires), new magazines and books.