Rockford varsity boys lacrosse flexed their muscles on Senior Night, Tuesday, May 1, with 13 points scored by seniors in a landslide win of 21-2 over West Ottawa. Leading the senior scorers was Mitch Newton with four goals and two assists. Other senior point earners were Joe Belliel with two goals and an assist, Jesse Siegel with a goal and an assist, Spencer Sims with a goal, and Alex Pouba with an assist. Underclassmen certainly contributed to the night’s success with six goals by junior Kane Wolfer, sophomore Ben Sims with four goals, Kento Nakano with two, and Blake McDonald with one. Seniors Austin Phillips and Josh Larsen led the strong defense for the night. Connor Flynn and Tyler Wolpert were tending the net for the win. Capping off the night was senior Ben Braden registering his first penalty of his lacrosse career. Thursday night, May 3, the Rams took on Forest Hills Eastern/Northern, with the game statistics still yet to be determined. The Rams battled to an 8-8 tie with 5:12 minutes left in the fourth quarter. The game was called due to lightening and will be finished Thursday evening, May 10. Saturday night brought another tough match-up to the Ted, where the Rams took on Cranbrook varsity. The game was full of streaks and the Rams looked like they were going to win this one standing at a 12-9 lead late in the fourth quarter. Cranbrook fought back and tied it 12-12 to finish regulation play. Four minutes were put on the clock with the first goal scored determining the win. Cranbrook scored first to end a heartbreak 13-12. Wolfer led the Ram scoring with five goals, Newton added four, and McDonald, Nakano and B. Sims each contributed one.
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Rockford hosted Grosse Pointe North on “senior day” Saturday, May 5, as the Rams honored their seniors. All 11 seniors started and led the Rams to a quick 5-0 lead as Kendra Winicki started the scoring less than a minute in to the game. The seniors for Rockford are Kendra Winicki, Morgan Stage , Maddie Ek, Carly Dew, Tara Pluger , Rosie Morrison, Sawyer Rocheleau, Kelli Raymond, Hannah Maroe, Morgan Swartout, and Jenna Chaffee. The Rams led 9-0 at the half with Chaffee making four saves between the pipes in the first half and five more in the second half. The Ram defense was stifling out in front of her. Eleven Rams scored on the day, led by Erika Neumen with three goals and an assist, sophomore Meghan Datema with two goals, Winicki with one goal and an assist, Stage with a goal and an assist, Pluger with a goal and assist, and Dew, Morrison, Raymond, Maroe, Izzy Vickers, and Megan Hodgman all added a goal each. Dew and Datema dominated on the circle, controlling the draw and possession for the Rams throughout the game. The Rams finished their home season on Monday, April 7, before hosting the regional and state championship play.
by MARY CLINTHORNE Rockford medaled in 12 out of 19 events on Saturday, May 5, at the St. Mary’s Crew Classic in Orchard Lake, with the women bringing home the first-place trophy and the men earning second-place behind Cleveland St. Ignatius. Other top teams in the women’s competition were Detroit Boat Club (second place) and Toledo St. Ursula (third place). Third place in the men’s competition was claimed by St. Mary’s. The day was partly cloudy with calm winds when the Novice Women’s 8+ led the charge as the first Rockford boat to earn first place. M. Marvin, C. Wadlow, A. Kely, H. Twardy, M. Plekes, T. Kacsits, S. VanFossen, M. Fix, and coxswain S. Doletzky filled that winning boat. They were quickly followed by the Novice Men’s 8+, who continued their season’s unbeaten streak, out-rowing 13 other boats to win gold. Rowers in the Novice Men’s 8+ were A. Karsten, A. Houn, R. O’Grady, Z. Lecceadone, A. LaBadie, J. Ullrey, E. Sawicki, and M. Crimp, with J. Villarreal as coxswain. The Varsity Women’s 4+ (K. Bilardello, K. Korson, K. Fraser, A. Galloway, and coxswain R. DeKorne) ruled their race beating out eight other boats to claim first place. Later, the Varsity Women’s 8+ (Fraser, Korson, Bilardello, A. Dew, A. Andrews, VanFossen, A. Fedeson, Galloway, and coxswain DeKorne) raced past nine other boats to cross the finish line first. Earning second-place medals in their races were the Women’s Lightweight 8+ (E. Prus, S. Sawicki, T. Todd, Fix, Marvin, A. Coberly, Twardy, T. Powers, and coxswain Bri VanderBerg); Women’s Lightweight 4+ (E. Prus, S. VanFossen, T. Powers, Sawicki, with coxswain Bri VanderBerg); Men’s Open 2x (Bryce VanderBerg, and A. Carley); Men’s Lightweight 4+ (K. Clinthorne, T. VanFossen, I. Blenman, D. Itter, and coxswain R. Featherston); and Men’s Varsity 4+ (M. Hendershott, VanderBerg, Carley, C. Fase, and coxswain L. Conner). The Women’s Junior 4+ earned third in a 15-boat race (Andrews, Dew, J. Levin, and E. Emerick, and coxswain DeKorne). Later in the day, the Men’s Lightweight 8+ also rowed to third place (T. Ingersoll, J. Nemeth, C. Jewell, T. Maple, J. Dennis, M. Soloman, K. Loux, S. Ginebaugh, and coxswain Featherston). The day of racing ended as the Varsity Men’s 8+ claimed an additional third-place victory […]
The legacy continues, as John Hall—grandson of Spring Arbor University (SAU) Hall of Fame tennis coach, Charlie Carey, and son of SAU tennis alum, Malcolm Hall—has signed a letter of intent to play tennis at SAU beginning in fall 2012. Hall, who will graduate from Rockford High School this month, will leave behind a wildly successful prep career including being named twice First Team All Conference, and twice on the Grand Rapids Top Ten Players to Watch list. Hall has also accumulated several USTA tournament wins. While success on the court is evident, it isn’t the only place Hall’s talent shines brightly. Three times he has been named Student-Athlete of the month, and he is an AP/honor student with a 4.0 grade-point average. “I have been keeping an eye on John since he was a kid and we are thrilled that he will be coming to SAU,” said Head Coach Terry Darling. “He has that great combination of being an outstanding person, a gifted student, and a strong tennis player who has some great experience in singles and doubles.” Coach Darling isn’t resting on the recent success the Cougars men’s program has achieved. He is striving for more, and accumulating talent is key to that process.
Early Childhood Success by SHARON WELLS Principal, Meadow Ridge Elementary School What happens when you take 185 developmental kindergarten students and all of their teachers and put them in one school for the first time? Amazing collaboration and magical results! The 2011-2012 school year was the maiden voyage for having all of our youngest learners come together at Meadow Ridge Elementary School in the newly formed Early Childhood Center. Our year was filled with exciting opportunities for our developmental kindergarten (DK) students. All of them participated in our school walk-a-thon last fall and our mileage club this May, focusing on being healthy in the process. We had monthly whole group celebrations around academic themes such as the study of penguins, Dr. Seuss and his wonderful rhyming books, the “Polar Express,” and learning about water filtering systems used in undeveloped countries. Speakers were brought in to talk to the classes and special assemblies were held for the interest of our DK students. The DK teachers had the gift of being able to collaborate with each other in one building for the first time as well. Previously being in seven separate buildings, it was difficult to get together and share ideas and provide each other with support. The teachers met in monthly Professional Learning Community meetings, often ate lunch together to brainstorm new ideas, and had curriculum planning meetings throughout the year to develop and create an inspirational and effective program to best prepare their students for kindergarten. A new program doesn’t go without the need for problem solving. A critical part of our new journey was the transportation of students from all Rockford elementary schools to and from Meadow Ridge. Special identification tags were used to identify students in the DK program and buses were labeled with animals that coordinated with the tags. Paraprofessionals worked at each school to help transfer students to appropriate buses. Special thanks to the Rockford Transportation Department for the creativity, patience and coordination efforts for this to all happen with safety as a top priority. As our first year wraps up, we are looking forward to yet another opportunity for positive change and success when next fall our DK program moves to an all-day, everyday schedule (this change is pending Board […]