Rockford High School senior Kimberly Weston was named as one of three recipients of the Dan Nameth Award at the 54th annual West Michigan Officials Association (WMOA) banquet held Monday, March 26 at the Grandville Banquet and Conference Center. Joining Weston as honorees were seniors Gabe Dean and Thacker Hisey, from Lowell and Caledonia respectively. Award winners are chosen based on their sportsmanship, athletic ability, academic achievements and community involvement. Weston was the lone area female recipient and is proud that the award is indicative of not only athletic endeavors, but the total package as well. “This means a lot to me because, as a point guard, we’re not noticed right away and it doesn’t always show in the stats, so to be recognized for what I do outside of the gym means a lot,” Weston said. “I try and involve myself in as much as I can in the classroom and the community, and so having this honor and being here tonight was huge—just representing Rockford in something other than athletics.” Weston will receive two $500 scholarships as a result of the honor. The first is from the WMOA, and the second from the family of Nameth (former area official and coach who passed away while officiating a game several decades ago). Weston will continue her basketball career at Davenport University next year. She was named this year as a second-time member of the OK Red All Conference team, Class A Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) All State honorable mention, Academic All State and one of the top 20 freethrow shooters in the state by the BCAM. “This was really a great honor for Kimberly to receive,” said Rockford basketball Coach Jessica Yonkers. “She exemplifies the qualities of a true student-athlete.”
by TOM SCOTT From the word go, the Rockford girls basketball team had their work cut out for the night of Friday, Feb. 18, as the Jenison team was matching Rockford’s skills and scoring abilities at every chance. Rockford proved their dominance despite the tough competition and held the lead at halftime, 20-16. The Lady Rams kept the heat on through the second half and held on to win 42-40. Kimberly Weston, was the evening’s high scorer with 16 points, followed by Rachel Henry with six points. The win gives the girls a league record of 12-6. At halftime, fans had the privilege of viewing Rockford’s Athletic Director Tim Erickson presenting Rams senior Ryan Majerle with a plaque in his honor in regards to his four-year full-ride basketball scholarship at Toledo University.
Rockford’s Lady Rams’ spectacular season came to an end last Tuesday night only two minutes from a trip to the Breslin Center and a possible state championship game. The East Lansing Trojans arrived in Caledonia for this state quarterfinal match-up rated number one in Class A and sporting their star player Klarissa Bell. Bell had been just awarded Michigan’s “Miss Basketball” title for the top player in the state. East Lansing escaped with a 56-51 win in a thrilling game filled with great plays and excitement throughout. Led by Bell and three Division I college signees in their starting lineup, and holding a 25-1 record, the Trojans must have taken a deep breath as they departed for the ride back home. The Rams gave East Lansing more than they wanted, and then some. Averaging 65 points per game while allowing only 40, East Lansing was stretched to the limit. Rockford scored first, as both teams came out tentative in the first quarter. East Lansing immediately applied full court pressure and continued a tenacious ball-hawking defense throughout the game. After the first eight minutes of play, East Lansing had jumped out to an early 12-7 lead. The second quarter belonged to Rockford, as the Rams outplayed the Trojans on both ends of the court, fighting back into the game with the score all square at 26-26 at the half. The third quarter also belonged to the Rams, as they outscored East Lansing and led 45-37 with less than one minute in the third. The Rams offense opened up during the third quarter, scoring 19 points and holding the Trojans to 15. The fourth quarter began with Rockford leading 45-41—senior Megan Kelley hit 10 of her game high 16 points in the second half. With 6:25 in the fourth, the score was tied 47-47. East Lansing then made their living at the foul line, 12 for 19 in second half, while Rockford was 3 for 5. The disparity in fouls was the deciding factor at game’s end: East Lansing 25/41, Rockford 10/16. With under 2:00 left in the contest, Rockford sophomore Halle Peterson made two free throws to put Rockford on top 51-50, as the crowd rocked with the anticipation of an upset of the number-one Trojans. […]
The Lady Rams rolled into Bulldog country Tuesday, Feb. 9, taking on Grandville in a rematch. This match-up seemed to be the most intriguing in the OK Red conference. After Rockford’s win last Friday over West Ottawa, the Rams climbed into a first-place tie with the Panthers (7-2). The Lady Rams are on the home stretch for a championship run in the OK Red. Five games are remaining in league play to determine who will be wearing that championship crown. Determination and mental toughness have been the hallmark of these Rams all season. The Lady Rams are not surgeons, but they set up an operating table on Grandville’s home court Tuesday night and proceeded to carve up the Bulldogs 51-39. In arguably their best all-around performance of the season, the Rams put on a clinic. Rockford jumped out to an early 10-point lead. However, the Bulldogs fought their way back, going ahead one minute into the second quarter. The Rams regained the lead immediately on a coast-to-coast steal and basket, and were ahead 25-19 by intermission. The lead was never given back the remainder of the game. The Rams outscored the Bulldogs in every quarter. This game featured great play in every facet of the game, including rebounding, defending, crisp passing, ball control, steals, and clock management. Seniors Caitlyn Patterson (16) and Megan Kelley (15) led the Rams in scoring, followed by Katherine Huyser (7), Allison Huyser (6), Halle Peterson (4), and Kimberly Weston (3). On Friday, Feb. 12, the Lady Rams traveled to Hudsonville, looking to make amends for an earlier season loss to the Eagles. And the Rams did avenge that loss with a 35-30 victory. Rockford’s win, along with West Ottawa’s loss to East Kentwood, gave the Rams sole possession of first place atop the OK Red. The Rams host their next three league games, finishing out conference play at home. Defense was the key for Rockford, as Hudsonville jumped out to a quick lead. Rockford started slowly, not scoring until 3:02 left in the first quarter, unable to find the range from anywhere on the court. The Eagles held a 14-7 advantage by quarter’s end. Rockford stopped Hudsonville cold during second quarter of play, holding the Eagles scoreless while […]
Oh my,……. how these Rockford fans love their Lady Rams. How could you not when they refuse to give up or give in. Last Tuesday the Rams found a new way to win. East Kentwood traveled to Rockford for a conference match up. The Falcons began the contest with a full court press then switched into man defense on their way to an early 8-16 advantage by the end of the first quarter. Kentwood hit the boards furiously taking numerous second and third chance shots while limiting the Rams to only one shot per trip. During the second quarter The Rams tightened up defensively scoring ten points while holding the Falcons to only six. Kentwood’s shot selection became somewhat dubious and by intermission Rockford had closed the gap, trailing 18-22. During the second half Rockford struggled to find their shooting touch but continued to hold Kentwood at bay defensively. The Falcons scored only seven third quarter points. Refusing to go away Rockford finished out the third quarter down 26-29. Now the excitement began to build as The Lady Rams made their move. Midway through the fourth quarter, a Ram steal and pass to Kimberly Weston for an open three pointer put the Rams on the move. The game was far from over when Caitlyn Patterson was fouled with 2:15 left on the clock. Patterson calmly stepped to the line, making two “nothing but net” pressure foul shots tying the game 32-32. With 16 seconds remaining Kentwood made a charity shot from the line going ahead 33-32. Rockford turned the ball over with 10.4 seconds on the clock. Kentwood called time out to set up an in bounds play. Kentwood’s Dobbins was immediately fouled on the in bounds pass. Dobbins foul shot rimed out into Rockford’s hands. Rams Coach Jessica Yonkers signaled time out with 6.5 seconds left setting up the Rams last chance play. The ball was in bounded to Kimberly Weston who worked her way down the length of the court pulling up 12 feet from the basket, her shot banged around the iron and with no time on the clock found it’s way through, Rockford wins 34-33. Scoring for Rockford: Al Huyser 7, Halle Peterson 7,Kimberly Weston 5, Megan Kelley 5, Caitlyn […]