by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL A housing industry slowly shaking off the worst economic conditions in decades finds Rockford well positioned for a long awaited turn around in new home construction. New home starts have been flat in Rockford for the past 5 years and Rockford City Manager Michael Young was more than happy to announce at May’s City Council meeting that, “We have issued more new home construction permits in the first five months of this year (2012) than in all of 2010 and 2011 combined.” Home building contractor Roersma & Wurm has been busy this spring bringing a number of homes in Rockford’s Heritage Park to market. New to the Rockford market, a Traverse City builder sees great potential for new home construction in the Rockford community. So convinced was Gary Jurkovich, CEO of Pathway Homes, that Rockford is “the stepping stone” into the greater Grand Rapids home building market that he recently completed a home in Rockford’s Riverchase Neighborhood. Located at 93 Riverchase Dr., the home was entered in this year’s spring Parade of Homes. It was no sooner completed than it was sold. Not to worry, another Pathway Home is under construction directly across the street. Pathway’s beautiful Parade entry exhibited strong attention to detail and no wasted space. It was a favorite of Parade ticket holders. Certified green built, the home was rated Energy Star 5 and featured 5 bedrooms with 2 ½ baths in its 2,454 sq. ft. of finished floor space. With a 3-car garage, a covered porch, back deck, and a bonus room above the garage, it left little to be desired. The home also abounded in many upgraded amenities including hardwood floors, ceramic tile, and a gas fireplace with custom mantle design, along with granite countertops with custom ceramic tile backsplashes. In short, it was a lot of home for the money. The last two days, Friday and Saturday, June 8 & 9, of this year’s Spring Parade of Homes will feature six remodeled homes. Rockford’s multi-award winning Morris Builders will highlight the complete interior and exterior renovation of a home at 143 Courtland St. (northeast corner of Courtland and Monroe Sts.) in downtown Rockford. The five-time recipient of the Remodeler of the Year Award, Morris […]
June 7 2012
Rockford varsity lacrosse traveled to Holt, Mich. last week to compete in the regional playoffs. The Rams pounded South Lyon in the semifinals 15-5, then fell to Holt 10-7 in the finals. In the semifinals, South Lyon jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first period before the Rams got rolling. The Rams scored the next 11 goals and ended the half with an 11-2 lead. Juniors Karson Konkle and Kento Nakano had a big first half with two goals and two assists each. Also performing well were Mitch Newton and Blake McDonald with two goals each. Spencer Sims added one goal. Scoring their first varsity goal were Trevor Mills and Landon Howard. Jake Lewis and Kane Wolfer had one assist each for the half. In the third period, South Lyon scored three quick goals to tighten the game. Sims soon stopped the bleeding with a goal late in the third to make the lead a solid 12-5. The Rams owned the fourth quarter, moving the ball well and adding three more goals to end the game 15-5. Under cold, cloudy, misty skies the Rams fell to Holt in the finals with an ending score of 10-7. Playing a tight first period the score was 2-1, after 12 minutes, with Holt holding the slight advantage. The Rams got themselves in trouble during the second and third periods, often playing with a man down. At the end of the third period, the score stood at Holt 9, Rams 4. The Rams fought fiercely throughout the fourth quarter but ran out of time. The final score stood at 10-7 to Holt’s advantage. Leading the scoring for the Rams were senior Mitchell Newton and sophomore Kane Wolfer, each scoring three goals. McDonald contributed one goal. Assists went to Newton (two), Nakano (three) and Wolfer (one). Connor Flynn played a fabulous game with 16 huge saves. His third save of this game marked the 700th of his varsity career. Defense was led by Jon Hazy, who picked up six ground balls. Jordan Shiparski and Caleb Cuneo had four each. This has been a wonderful run for this season’s seniors. Eight of this year’s 14 graduating seniors have played together since sixth grade. At that time, Rockford lacrosse […]
by RANDY GREGORY The girls track team from Rockford qualified in 12 different events for the Division I state meet held at East Kentwood on Saturday, June 2. They placed in nine of the 12 en route to amassing 35 points and finishing third. Grosse Pointe South took the top spot with 77.50 points and Ann Arbor Huron finished second with 64. “We had a pretty good day overall,” said Rockford Coach Randy VanderVeen. “I feel fairly comfortable in saying that if Sammy Cuneo hadn’t gotten hurt early in the meet, we would have scored in 11 of the 12 events. We scored points across the board in field events, sprints and distance events. We had four different girls score points in multiple events. We have a team comprised of several strong individuals, but the two top teams are loaded in a few select events that really build up points in a quick manner for them. I think we are by far the best team in the state in a dual meet format.” Standout senior Taylor Manett had a big day for the Rams (that could have been bigger). Manett took fourth in the 1,600 (4:58.67), sixth in the 3,200 (10:46.65), and was part of the 4×800 relay team that finished fourth with a time of 9:14.53. Manett ran seven of the eight laps in the 3,200 with one shoe nearly dislodged from her foot after getting stepped on, and still finished a remarkable sixth. The other three members of the 4×800 relay team were Morgan Harney, Jane Hawks and Kerianne Schoff. Katie DeHaan and Courtney Klaweiter also placed in three events for Rockford. DeHaan was seventh in the pole vault with a career-best jump of 11′ 3″, and was part of the third-place finish of the 4×400 relay team (3:59.08) and the fourth-place showing of the 4×200 relay team (1:43.55). Klaweiter was seventh in the 100-meter dash (12.62) and also part of the 4×200 and 4×400 relay teams. Rachel Raab took third in the shot put (38′ 11″) and eighth in the discus with a toss of 112′ 7″. Despite her injured hip flexor, Cuneo gutted out a leg of the 4×200 relay. Elise Schierbeek was the remaining participant in the 4×200 team, and […]
The TooBad lacrosse team headed to Brighton on Sunday, June 3 to compete at the Lax 4 a Cause tournament. For half of the team, this would be their last tournament at the middle school level and they wanted to make it count. Led by a stifling defense, the TooBad girls quickly showed the Hartland girls lacrosse team that they came to defend their unbeaten streak at the tournament. After taking down Hartland, the TooBad girls rolled past Grand Blanc. The next game against Brighton would prove to be the toughest with some very physical play from the Brighton team, in which two of the TooBad girls would end up leaving the game due to injuries. The TooBad team rallied after seeing their teammates go down, and disposed of the Brighton Bulldogs. The coaches turned the offense loose in the final game of the day against the Ann Arbor girls. TooBad tore apart the Ann Arbor girls lacrosse team 18-2 with some great team passing and timely goalkeeping by the rookie goalkeeper. The TooBad team finished the day with 49 goals for and only nine against.
by RANDY GREGORY In a solid display of every facet of the game of softball, the Rockford Rams pounded out a pair of decisive wins to advance to regional play. Rockford topped Greenville in the semifinal contest 14-0 in a five-inning affair. They followed that up by drubbing Northview 10-2 in the finals to move on. “Our young kids combined with our senior leadership to really step it up today,” said Rockford Coach Troy Brown. “We are a young team that battled all year to get ready for the postseason. We have always known we can hit, but today we got excellent pitching and made only one error over the course of two games. We gave up only two runs in two games and showed what we are capable of when we put it all together.” Ashley Mengyan won the opener against Greenville with a steady effort. Fours were wild as Mengyen struck out four, walked four and allowed four hits in going the distance. Offensively, Isabelle Mudgett and Kayla Tykosky were both two for two with a double. Freshman Mackenzie Vallad clouted her first home run of the day and Lexie Brown added a double. Carmen Zeboor was the winner in the circle for the Rams in the championship game. Zeboor fanned four while allowing seven hits to a normally potent Wildcat offense. Zeboor also had a solid game at the plate with a double and single that contributed to a sizzling Ram offense that pounded out 14 hits en route to the win. Karlee Tykosky had a monster game in going four for four at the plate, including a triple, while knocking in five runs. But she was hardly the only contributor. Brown chipped in with three hits, Vallad belted her second homer, Kayla Tykosky had two hits (including a double), and Jessi Ramos added a double. Rockford (25-16) will take on Muskegon Mona Shores at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 9 at Jenison in one semifinal contest. Hudsonville and Caledonia make up the other half of the bracket and will play afterward. The two winners will then face off around 2 p.m. for the right to advance to the Division I quarterfinals the following Tuesday, June 12. “We really know very little […]