by PATRICK KEELEY Rockford’s girls water polo team attempted to repeat as state champions at Jenison on Friday, May 29, but lost to Ann Arbor Pioneer 6-4. On Saturday, May 30, the Rams lost to West Ottawa 8-4, before winning their final game of the season against East Grand Rapids, 8-4. The Rams knew they had to beat Pioneer to get into the championship, but it didn’t happen. Pioneer star Clio Finnegan, playing with a broken hand, scored three goals and led a stingy defense that thwarted several Rockford six-on-five advantages. The Pioneers held Molly Wooldridge to one goal and shut out Mary Keeley and Kelsey Vermeer. Pioneer led 2-0 after one quarter, but after Keeley won the sprint, Natalie Beeg sent in a rocket to get the Rams’ fans going and make it 2-1. The Rams missed a chance to tie with a six-on-five, and Pioneer scored instead to go up 3-1. The Rams got another kick-out, and had another six-on-five and failed-this time on the ensuing play, Rockford had a man kicked out, and Pioneer scored to go up 4-1 at half. In the third, Pioneer won the sprint and scored to make it 5-1. Kaitlyn Korhorn began blocking shot after shot from then on, for a total of 17 blocks on the day. Then Ashley Gremel made a beautiful lob shot and it was 5-2. In the fourth, Keeley won the sprint, Wooldridge scored and it was 5-3. Christina Weston powered her way through the hole and scored to get Rockford’s fourth goal, but the Pioneers ran out the clock and got another goal to beat Rockford, 6-4. On Saturday, the West Ottawa Panthers made school history and beat Rockford for the first time ever since their program began. The Panthers had been humiliated on Friday night by Ann Arbor Huron, losing 8-1, had been beaten on their senior night by Rockford, 8-6, and lost a regional semifinal in sudden-death triple overtime to Rockford, 11-10. The Rams came out sluggish, and it was 4-0 at half. Keeley scored to start the third, but West Ottawa got it right back and it was 5-1. Beeg scored on a six-on-five to end the third at 5-2. However, after a kick-out, the Panthers […]
June 4 2009
by CANDY BURRIS The Rams traveled to Stony Creek Metro Park in Utica, Mich. over Memorial Day weekend to compete in the Michigan State Regatta. Schools and clubs from around the state gathered to race at the all-day event. Rockford came out strong and placed six boats in first, four boats in second, and two boats in third. Starting the gold medal streak was the men’s novice four team of Bryce Vandenberg, Nate Roobol, Jake Madsen, Matt Vermeer, and coxswain Margaret Saelens. This team was quickly followed by the men’s junior four team of Austin Burris, Zach Haugen, TJ Jacobs, Zach Troyer, and coxswain Andrew Saelens. Then the men’s senior four team of Ian Sims, Landon Burris, Levi Pulver, Nate Harrison, and coxswain Andrew Saelens took first. They were followed by the men’s novice eight team of Cody Brown, Roobol, Alex Christensen, Madsen, Trevor Harrison, Andrew Troyanowski, Vermeer, Vandenberg, and coxswain M. Saelens. The men’s junior eight team of Burris, Haugen, Jacobs, Troyer, Sims, Harrison, Troyanowski, Jeff Gleghorn, coxswain A. Saelens also claimed gold. Taking first in one of the last races of the day was the men’s pair, Pulver and L. Burris. Silver medal winners were the men’s double boat of Sebastian Sieracki and Tim Carlson, along with the women’s novice eight boat of Jenna Brower, Lynsey Felty, Carly Johnson, Lindsey Muir, Courtney Brummeler, Alana Christy, Rachel Alberta, Kacie Kinstle, and coxswain Shelby Hodges. Also bringing home silver was the women’s lightweight eight boat of Laura Rohde, Sam Tefft, Alberta, Rita Snyder, Stephani Sawicki, Johnson, Laura Gleghorn, Lauren Madsen, and coxswain Lauren Fay, along with the women’s novice four boat of Brower, Muir, Brummeler, Kinstle, and coxswain Hodges. Bronze medal winners were the women’s senior eight team of Shannon Schmutz, Sarah Lemanski, Marie Albano, Olivia Nielsen, Madsen, Erin Fedeson, Amy Fedeson, Emma Korson, and coxswain Fay, along with the men’s lightweight eight boat of Troy Paskiewicz, Josh Houn, Trevor Holloway, Sam Berndt, Tyler Truxton, Issac Blenman, Tyler McDaniel, Kyle Brown, and coxswain Kylie Torres.
Baker College of Muskegon recently announced their winter 2009 Deans List. The following students earned a grade-point average between 3.50 and 3.99 for the winter semester. Belmont students include Kaitlyn Cunigan andSamantha Vandriel. Students from Cedar Springs include Nova Blackburn, Tammy DeVries, Kevin Heyboer, Missy Kaiserlian, Patricia Misner, Dennis Ogg, Naelonda Pierre, Sarah Silverman, Carieann Stout, Nathan Struman, Susan VanHemert and Lisa Vanslooten. Greenville students include Kathryn Graves, Samantha Pollock and Deanna Umbarger. Students from Rockford include Kymiri Acklin, Daniel Badovinac, Amber Behrens, Louise Berry, Becky Bowman, Carly Caster, Tamara Christian, Laurel Miller, Brittany Schoonmaker and Jennifer Wilbur. Sparta students include Justin Hampton, Nicole Hansen, Patricia Kelley, Susan Leichty, Saren Love, Jody Ramsey, Rachel Snyder and Jennyfer Walker. Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio, recently announced that Kristina Ronan, daughter of Dave and Sharon Ronan of Rockford, was named to the university’s Dean’s Honor List for the 2009 spring semester. Kristina is a senior majoring in international studies and theater. To be named to the university’s Dean’s Honor List, a student must earn a 3.75 grade-point average for the semester, be carrying at least 12 semester hours, and have no grade lower than a B for the semester.
by LIZ SINKEVICS A record number of four members of the Rockford Rams girls varsity tennis team were named as OK Red All-Conference players, according to Coach Tom Huizing. The players are Lauren Korlewitz at first singles and Marjeanne Bothma at second singles, both freshmen, and the first doubles team of senior Jillian Haverkate and junior Katie Rachon. The eight coaches of the OK Red chose 10 singles players and two doubles teams as All-Conference players based on their records in conference matches throughout the season as well as their records at the conference tournament. Overall, the Rockford team’s record was 10-1-1, with two first-place wins and one second-place finish at the invitationals, a tie for first at the OK Red conference tournament, finishing second in the conference by just one point and winning the Class A Division I regional tournament for the first time in school history. Huizing said this is the first time so many Rams have been named to All-Conference during his four years of coaching at Rockford High School. The announcement came as the team prepared for last weekend’s state finals in Midland. It was the Rams’ second appearance at the state tournament in as many years. Huizing, who was named Regional Coach of the Year in the OK Red, said the team’s record was the best in his seven years as a coach. The stellar 2009 spring season also brought the highest finish he’s seen at a conference tournament, his first regional tournament win, his first time for back-to-back appearances at the state finals, his first victory against West Ottawa High School, and his first loss to Hudsonville High School, whose resurgent program topped the OK Red conference. “This team has meant the world to me,” said Coach Huizing, who is also a high school social studies teacher and former tennis standout at Aquinas College. “I have dedicated myself to these girls and the tennis program. I have the utmost respect for these girls as athletes and people. The girls have exceeded all my expectations.” Huizing said his goal for the team is constant improvement, mentally and physically, at matches, invitationals and tournaments. “These girls have taken this goal and dominated it,” he said. “These girls have given me a […]
by LIZ SINKEVICS Rockford girls tennis Coach Tom Huizing last week commended his team for what he called “a magical season” following the Rams’ 14th-place finish at the state finals during the last weekend of May. Winning matches under the blue skies of Midland were freshman Lauren Korlewitz at first singles, senior Jillian Haverkate and junior Katie Rachon at first doubles, senior Michaela Young and junior Mackenzie Young at third doubles, and senior Meliah Mead and junior Lindsay Gauger at fourth doubles. After a bye in the first round, the unseeded Young sisters won a match against sixth seed West Bloomfield to reach the quarterfinals, where they lost to third seed Grosse Pointe South. The Rams ended up tied for 14th with Clarkston, Grand Blanc and Port Huron, with four points. Midland Dow won with 30 points, and Ann Arbor Pioneer was second with 29. This was the first time in Rockford High School history that the girls tennis team qualified for state finals in back-to-back years. Three players-Haverkate, Rachon and senior Anna Sinkevics-were members of both state finals teams. Overall, the team’s record was 10-1-1, with two first-place finishes and one second-place finish at invitationals, a tie for first at the OK Red conference tournament, a second-place overall finish in the conference by just one point and winning the regional tournament for the first time in school history. Haverkate, Korlewitz, Rachon and freshman second singles player Marjeanne Bothma were named as All-Conference players. Huizing, a teacher at Rockford High School, was named Regional Coach of the Year. He was assisted at the state finals by JV-B Coach Matt Drolett. According to the Michigan High School Athletics Association, state finals results for the Rams were: Number one singles-first round: Korlewitz of Rockford d. Sarah Awe of Romeo, 6-3, 6-0; second round: number one seed Kelsey Dieters of Rochester d. Korlewitz, 6-1, 6-0. Number two singles-first round: Tanya Joseph of Northville d. Bothma of Rockford, 6-1, 6-1. Number three singles-first round: Alex Stembaugh of Rockford, bye; second round: Anna Parker of Rochester d. Stembaugh, 7-5, 6-4. Number four singles-first round: Jenelle Miller of Rockford, bye; second round: number four seed Emily Lynch of Grosse Pointe South d. Miller, 6-1, 6-0. Number one doubles-first round: Haverkate/Rachon […]