May 10 2012

Rockford Lions bug out

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On Saturday, April 24, the Rockford Lions met spring and spring bugs head-on by assembling and erecting a screen porch for one of Rockford’s vision-impaired neighbors. Lions and their new Leo’s Youth Group have been busy this spring. Some 500 trees have been planted in the city and township with the help of the Boy Scouts, and a community health screening was held Saturday, April 28 at Rockford Reformed Church in conjunction with the Rockford Rotary Club. Last weekend, Rockford Lions were all around town conducting their annual White Cane Fundraiser. Besides their smiling “thanks,” be assured that 100% of your donation flows back to Rockford or supports an organization serving the vision-impaired. For information on the Rockford Lions Club, call (616) 866-4103.

Woznick tops 800-meter record, Rams continue making strides

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by RANDY GREGORY Drew Woznick set a new school record in the 800-meter race for the Rockford boys track team in a dual meet against Grand Haven on Thursday, May 3 at Rockford with a time of 1:54.68. The record had been held since 1998 with a time of 1:54.9 by Jason Hartmann. Not to put any pressure on Woznick, but Hartmann has since gone on to a storied career that included a fourth-place finish at this year’s Boston Marathon. Woznick took an early lead in the race as he kept Buccaneer standout Schalk Vanniekerk at bay until the final 130 meters. Vanniekerk nosed ahead at that point, but Woznick stayed right on his heels as the two frantically raced for the finish line. With 20 meters to go, Woznick pulled even with Vanniekerk and out-leaned him at the wire to win by .13 seconds. “It was one of the most exciting races I have ever seen,” said Rockford Coach Andy Martin. “You usually see finishes like that in a 100- or 200-meter race. Drew just refused to lose and everyone in the place was on their feet cheering both of them on. Earlier in the meet he had run a 1:57 800-meter split in the 3,200 relay and to come back with a race like that is unbelievable.” As a team, Rockford easily outpaced both Jenison on Tuesday and Grand Haven on Thursday to close out the OK Red regular season at 6-1 and finish one spot behind East Kentwood. They finished the week by sending a limited squad to the Red Hawk Invitational on Saturday, May 5. Several other Ram athletes also had notable performances on the week. Ben Braden swept the discus and the shot put in both dual meets. In the process, Braden set a new personal record of 162′ 7″ in the discus on Tuesday, May 1 at Jenison. That topped his old mark by better than six feet. Justin Wustman went 19′ 10.25″ in the long jump to better his previous best by a foot and a half. And Casey Aman ran a 9:45.12 3,200-meter at the Red Hawk Invitational to shatter his previous best mark as well. The stage is now set for the OK Red conference track […]

Rockford’s Young commits to play baseball at MSU

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Rockford High School (RHS) is pleased to announce that sophomore Kory Young has committed to play baseball at Michigan State University (MSU). Young was recruited to play shortstop for the Spartans. MSU is regarded as one of the top baseball programs in the Big 10 Conference. MSU won the Big 10 title in 2011 and they are in the hunt again this year. Young will be joining Kirk Gibson’s son, Cam, on the baseball field at MSU. Young, who has worked extremely hard over his career, was part of the 2011 Rockford state champions team as a freshman. The very talented sophomore is the top rated sophomore infielder in the state of Michigan, according to He is again determined to be a major contributor and a force for the defending state champions, Rockford Rams. In the summer, Young plays travel baseball for Rockford Team Ram and Elite. Team Ram is coached by RHS varsity assistant coach Steve Fusee. Young is the son of Brian and Kim Young of Rockford.

Manett, Raab soar to new Ram record performances

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by RANDY GREGORY  It was a week for the record book for the girls track team at Rockford High School. Not one, but two long-standing marks fell to a pair of Ram athletes who compete in vastly different events. First up for the Rams was standout distance runner Taylor Manett. The senior ran a sparkling time of 10:26.31 in the 3,200 meters on Thursday against Grand Haven in a dual meet at Rockford. The old mark of 10:38 by Kalin Toedebusch (aka Mrs. Dathan Ritzenhein) had stood since 2000. Toedebusch later went on to a stellar career at the University of Colorado. “Taylor had a great week of practice and this was something we all knew she was capable of,” said Rockford Coach Randy VanderVeen. “We have always had a great tradition of distance runners here at Rockford and this just helps cement her place.” Rachel Raab swept both the discus and the shot put all week long for Rockford as has been her norm. But she saved her best effort of the week for the Red Hawk Invitational on Saturday. With a throw of 39′ 11.5″ Raab topped Andi Spaman’s 39′ 11″ toss in 1999. The junior has consistently been in the upper 30s all year long, but finally edged ever so close to the 40′ mark and erased a long-standing school record in the process. “Rachel has just continually gotten better and better her entire career here at Rockford,” said VanderVeen. “She has a solid work ethic and has an excellent chance of even better performances as time goes on.” As a team, the Rams crushed both Jenison and Grand Haven in the pair of dual meets on Tuesday and Thursday. They then competed at the Red Hawk Invitational on Saturday with the caveat of basically allowing members of the team to choose one event they wanted to compete in. It didn’t matter as Rockford claimed first place in the event, despite having those potentially crippling restrictions. Next up for the team is the OK Red conference meet at West Ottawa on Friday. That is the only competition of the week for the 7-0 Rams, following a difficult two-week stretch of solid opponents and frequent events. “We focus all year on getting everyone […]

Rockford girls water polo continues to roll

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The Lady Rams finished the week with a 3-0 record with victories over Jenison, Forest Hills and East Grand Rapids. These wins finished off a perfect conference season for the Rams and have provided great momentum heading into the upcoming district tournament. The first game on April 30 against a fine Jenison team proved to be a defensive battle for most of the game. The first quarter featured goals from Morgan Longberg, Casey Wolfer and Adrianna Craft. Craft added another goal and the Rams held a commanding 4-0 lead at halftime. Kara Vandawater scored in the third period and Maddie Levine capped things off with goal in the fourth quarter, leading to a final score of Rockford 6, Jenison 2. This evening also featured Purple Polo Night and both teams raised just under $1,300 with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. The Lady Rams traveled to Forest Hills on May 1 and dominated the game from the very start. Wolfer and Marie Siegel tallied a goal apiece in the first quarter, and Kalia Lippencott and Wolfer added a goal each in the second quarter, which resulted in a 4-1 halftime lead. Third quarter goals by Kara Vandawater, Wolfer and Levine took the wind out of the Forest Hills team. Vandawater added an additional goal in the fourth quarter, and the Lady Rams rolled to an 8-4 victory. Senior Night against East Grand Rapids had a playoff feel to it. Senior leadership has played a large roll in the success of this team. The first quarter was led by Wolfer, who notched two goals, but the Rams found themselves down 2-3 at the end of the quarter. In the second quarter, the defense tightened up for both teams and two goals by Vandawater helped to finish the half with a 4-4 tie. The third quarter proved to be all Rockford. Two goals by Craft and a stingy defense by Rockford propelled the Rams to a 6-4 lead at the end of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Craft and Wolfer put the finishing touches on a 8-5 win. The win completes a perfect conference season for this team that is now looking to continue their winning ways in the post season.

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