The Rockford Rams varsity golf squad arrived at Stonegate Golf Club in Twin Lake, Mich., with a points lead in the overall conference championship race due to their 13-1 record during the regular season. However, they knew that anything was possible. All it would take would be a mediocre day from them and a good day by others and they might just lose out. They chose to continue to choose to focus on the task at hand. They wanted to win that tournament, that day. While the Rams came in second for the fourth time this season in an 18-hole contest, they gathered enough points to take home the 2011 OK Red boys varsity golf championship. The Rams were led by the number two player in the OK Red, Steven Mette. Mette fired a 77 to finish in fourth place. Junior Jake Stephan fired 78 to finish T7 and claim his first All Conference selection. Freshman AJ Varekois carded an 81 and chalked up his first All Conference selection by finishing fifth overall this season. Coach Eric Cullum commented, “Congratulations to all the Rams for their accomplishments so far this season. May the post-season take us to Oakland University! Go Rams.”
June 2 2011
“This is your chance to get to know some of our outstanding student athletes,” said Athletic Director Tim Erickson on Tuesday, May 24. Nearly forty students and hundreds of parents along with members of the media were in attendance at the Freshman Center as the athletes committed to a college or university of their choice. In boys baseball, five students made a commitment to their next level of education. Bryan Baldwin will attend Spring Arbor University; Christian Lienesch and Austin Stephens will go on to play for Grand Rapids Community College, Caleb Post will attend Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Connor McClain will attend Aquinas College. From the basketball program Ryan Majerle has committed to playing his sport and attending college at the University of Toledo. Crew athletes Austin Burris and Chris Gaigalas will attend Grand Valley State University and TJ Jacobs will go on to Marietta College. In cross country track and field Abby Blanchard will run for the University of Notre Dame. Anna Bos will attend Trinity Christian College. Spencer Gerber will go on to compete for Ferris State University and Emily Halliday and Catie Rietsema will each attend Aquinas. Football’s Brett Egnatuk is moving on to study and play at Central Michigan University and Tyler Pratt will and Neil VanderLaan will continue their educations at Saginaw Valley State University. Colin Remtema is heading to Hillsdale College and Nate Sanders is going to Olivet College. Parker Ehniger will play and study at Cincinnati. Lacrosse player Alyssa Neuman will continue her athletic career and studies at Grand Valley State University. Sydney Gray will head to Rock Island, Illinios to the private college Augstana. In Soccer Syndey Benda will attend Savannah College of Art and Design; Emily Cowan will attend Cleveland State University; Melanie Esch goes to Coastal Carolina University; Dylan Bronkema will attend Indiana Wesleyan University and John Reglin will be going to Elmhurst. Softball player Peyton Wells will play and study at Hope College and Tricia Graham will go to Central Michigan University. Swim athletes Alexa Caster heads to Youngstown State University and Sloan Oullette will attend Hope College. Jamie Van Portfliet will attend Robert Morris University in downtown Chicago. Volleyball player Nicole Czehowski will attend Grand Rapids Community College and Heather Gates […]
Granddaddy of area farm markets to open Saturday, June 4 by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Rockford City Treasurer Kim “Farmer” McKay wears many hats, one of which is that of Rockford’s Farm Market Administrator. McKay is proud to announce that the wildly popular Rockford-sponsored Farm Market returns for its 11th season this Saturday, June 4. McKay and Rockford City Manager Michael Young have decided to let the world know how we’ve all come to love our fair city’s farm market. In doing so, McKay has entered the Rockford Farm Market in the America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest, a project of the American Farmland Trust. The contest is designed to raise national awareness about the importance of supporting fresh food from local farms and farmers. At the end of the contest, which will run from 12 p.m., June 1 until midnight on August 31, 2011, one boutique, one small, one medium and one large farmers market will win the title of “America’s Favorite Farmers Market” for 2011. Rockford, with 42 regular vendors and four daily vendors, has been placed in the medium market category. “The Rockford Farm Market is an asset to our community and deserves our support. Everyone is invited to help the iconic Rockford Farm Market gain the recognition it deserves and ensure it continues to thrive,” said McKay. “Fans of the market are encouraged to cast their vote in support of Rockford’s jewel of a farm market.” The strictly popular vote will be conducted online at www.farmland.org/vote. Click on “vote” and follow the instructions. Inquires may also be made at the Market Masters booth (Market Master Bob Winegar and Lions volunteers) for additional information and promotional materials. What a feather in Rockford’s cap it would be to win this prestigious contest. Spread the word—tell your friends and relatives to also cast their votes for the social phenomenon, the Rockford Farm Market. Michigan ranks second only to California in crop diversity. When you visit the Rockford Farm Market you will find a variety of only Michigan-grown, nutrient-rich, healthy produce. Indeed, McKay says, “The heart of Rockford’s Farm Market is the abundance of Michigan-grown produce.” Because of Michigan’s climate, the varieties of produce you will find at the market will vary on a weekly basis […]
Madeline Fryc from East Rockford Middle School (ERMS) and Hannah Willman from North Rockford Middle School (NRMS) were chosen as this year’s Rockford Lions Club Peace Poster winners. Both students’ work represents the incredible talent that is prevalent in Rockford’s middle schools. Madeline’s submitted artwork was chosen as both the local and district winner, which is a great honor, as it competed with hundreds of other pieces of submitted artwork. As winners of their respective school’s competition, both Madeline and Hannah received a $100 gift card from Pegasus Sports. As the winner of the Lions District comprising 50 clubs, Madeline was also awarded a $100 U.S. savings bond. Open to students 11-13 years old, the Lions Annual International Peace Poster Contest encourages young people to creatively express their understanding of international cooperation, peace and tolerance of other beliefs. Each year Rockford Lion Bob Spaeth organizes this program for middle school students with the cooperation of NRMS art teacher, Rachel Kibbe, and ERMS art teacher, Sarah Mullen. The Rockford Lions salute the talent of Madeline and Hannah and thank the Rockford school system for its continuing outstanding contribution to the development of its young people.
Trip a chance to join with other choirs The weekend of May 21-22, RHS choir director David Duiven, his 129-member Rockford High School Touring Choir, two principals and 30 chaperones boarded buses heading for New York City. The trip included many exciting events, such as going to the “Top of the Rock,” seeing the Broadway show “Mary Poppins,” and going on a moonlit Hudson River Cruise to view the magnificent Manhattan skyline, but the main purpose of the trip was to join forces with a few other choirs from high schools and colleges around the country and work with renowned clinician and conductor Z. Randall Stroope. Their 11 hours of work with Stroope culminated with a concert in the prestigious Carnegie Hall. Duiven had his choir well prepared with approximately 20 hours of rehearsal time at home preceding the trip and it showed. Their success in Carnegie Hall is simply another testament to the quality education that Rockford Public Schools provides and to the program that Duiven has built these past 20 years.