May 12 2011

Former Rockford cheerleaders receive awards

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On Sunday, April 3, Central Michigan University’s (CMU) cheerleading teams held their year-end banquet to honor their athletes. Jessica McDaniel, a four-year cheerleader, was honored as a senior leader of the all-girl cheer team. The first award she received was for the Senior Captain of the All Girl Squad for the 2010-2011 season. Her second award was the Four-year CMU Program Award for completion of four years of cheerleading at a collegiate level. The most prized and team-voted award of Most Valuable Player was also received by McDaniel. Coach Pat Beime praised McDaniel highly for her awards, complimenting her for her leadership skills and an “untarnished exuberance for life.” The other members of the cheer squad had a chance to stand and give their praises and high compliments to all the senior award recipients. Katie Sakala, a junior and three-year member on the team, was also honored with the Most Valuable Player award from the all-girl team. The two former Rockford teammates were honored to be chosen by their current CMU squad for this award. Sakala will continue to cheer for CMU as a senior next year. McDaniel is graduating on May 7 as a dietetics major with a B.S. degree.  

Women’s crew sweeps competition

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The Rockford women’s crew team held strong in their first competition of the season and took top honors at the St. Mary’s Crew Classic on May 7 in Orchard Lake, Mich. For the second year in a row, the women’s team won the traveling Debbie Mitchell Trophy with a team total of 150 points. Ann Arbor Pioneer captured second place with 95 points and Ann Arbor Skyline took third with 83 points. A total of 10 teams from Michigan and Ohio competed in this event. Leading the way for the women was the varsity four team of Kendra Bilardello, Rebecca Markham, Kate Fraser, Kara Korson and coxswain Shelby Hodges by winning gold in their division. The team was joined by Andrea Galloway, Jessica Wheeler, Emily Prus and Lynsey Felty in the varsity eight race and captured silver for the team. Saturday was also a strong showing the novice women’s teams. The novice four were also awarded gold medals for McKenna Sampson, Zoe Zeerip, Aleah Dew, Allyson Andrews and coxswain Becca Featherston, with the novice eight boat winning silver for Caitlin Perini, Sampson, Zeerip, Brooke Berry, Lauren Pratt, Andrews, Dew and Tessa Powers under the direction of coxswain Kelsey Sweet. Other silver medalists included: •            women’s lightweight eight:  Stephani Sawicki, Chloe McColgan, Courtney Brummeler, Laini Scofield, S Ericksen, Jennifer Vlas, Corrine Prater, Powers, coxswain Hodges. •            women’s JV eight:  Amy Fedeson, Dana DeBusschere, Lindsey Marvin, Shanre Watkins, Christine Pavano, Kaitlin Belmore, Jessica Levin, Jenna Brower, coxswain Brianna VandenBerg. Bringing home bronze for the team were the women’s lightweight four team of McColgan, Scofield, Emily Prus, Sawicki and coxswain Hodges. The team will compete next on Saturday, May 14 at the Grand Rapids High School Regatta that was rescheduled from earlier in the season at Riverside Park. Fans are encouraged to come cheer the Rams as they defend their championship title at this year’s event.  Racing takes place at Boat Launch #2 and admission is free.  

Men’s crew team ties for second place

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Clear skies and calm waters were a welcome relief at the St Mary’s Crew Classic on Saturday, May 7 in Orchard Lake, Mich. Teams have been hampered with stormy weather and swollen rivers, causing races to be cancelled and rescheduled. The Rockford men’s team had a strong showing for the day, tying for second place with Ann Arbor Pioneer with a total of 85 points each at the 10-team event. Host St Mary’s Orchard Lake took top honors in the men’s division with a total of 158 points. In the opening men’s race for Rockford, the lightweight four team of Dilan Itter, Kevin Clinthorne, Tristan VanFossen, Sam Berndt and coxswain Sarah McLellan set the pace as they captured the first of the silver medals awarded to the men’s team with a time of 05:33.61 over the 1,500-meter course. They were then followed by the men’s lightweight eight, which garnered another silver medal for Jacob Nemeth, Jacob Dennis, Tyler Maple, Isaac Blenman, Tyler Truxton, Marcus Powers, Itter, Clinthorne and McLellan with a time of 05:01.86. Speed and power were brought to the forefront by the varsity four team with a posted time of 05:20.75 that captured silver for TJ Jacobs, Mitch Griffis, Bryce VanderBerg, Austin Burris and coxswain McLellan. Rounding out the award winners for the day was the men’s novice four team with members Mack Solomon, Ryan McAnelly, Mitchell Hendershott, Chad Slider and coxswain Logan Conner collecting bronze. They were followed by the novice eight team of Tyler Ingersoll, Reggi Titmus, Kurtis Loux, Dezmund Nelson, Hendershott, Maple, Solomon, Slider and coxswain Conner. The team will compete next on home waters at the Grand Rapids High School Regatta, which was rescheduled from April 30 due to flooding conditions on the Grand River. Teams from across a quad-state area have been invited to the event. Racing takes place at Riverside Park, Boat Launch #2, and everyone is encouraged to cheer on the Rams as they defend their GRHS Regatta championship title.  

Rockford varsity baseball sweeps Grand Haven

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Rams split in action at Bay City Western tournament The Rams traveled to Grand Haven to take on the Buccaneers in varsity baseball action on Tuesday, May 3. Through four innings, it was a 1-1 game and then the Rams offense picked up. They used some timely hitting and took advantage of some Grand Haven defensive miscues to score a run in each of the fifth and sixth innings and four runs in the seventh. The first Rockford run was manufactured in the third inning when Max Crimp reached on a fielder’s choice and was moved to second on an Andrew Rademacher single. Crimp reached third base on an error by the Buccaneer catcher and scored on a Drew Farmer fielder’s choice. The Rams scored once again in the fifth. Matt Boonstra doubled down the line and Jesse Edick took his spot on base as a pinch runner. Crimp then sacrifice bunted Edick to third, and Rademacher hit a sacrifice fly to center to pick up the RBI. In the sixth, Brandon Nostrant reached on a walk and was bunted over to second by Shain Showers. Tony DiLeo was then intentionally walked and Ian Stankus singled to drive in Nostrant. In the seventh, Crimp reached base on an error, Rademacher singled, Farmer singled, Nostrant reached on an error, and Christian Leinesch doubled to put four more runs on the board. Offensively, the Rams were led by Rademacher (2-2, 1 RBI), Leinesch (2-4, 2 doubles, 1 RBI), Boonstra (1-3, 1 double), Stankus (1-4, 1 RBI) and Farmer (1-4, 1 RBI). Bryan Baldwin toed the rubber for the Rams, going the full seven innings and getting the win. He cruised through the first two innings and gave up the first Buccaneer run in the third inning on a walk, a single and an error. The fourth, fifth and sixth innings were quick for Baldwin as well, as he retired the side in order each inning. In the seventh, the opposing pitcher led off the inning with a single. That was followed by a walk and another single to plate the second Grand Haven run. Baldwin then finished the game by inducing two routine ground balls—one to Stankus at second base and one to Showers at shortstop. On […]

Rebels Baseball 12U finish second in USSSA West Michigan Classic

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The 12U Rebels baseball team traveled to Holland on the weekend of April30 through May 1, and came home with a second-place finish in the USSSA West Michigan Classic. This tournament cast 10 of the best 12U travel baseball teams in the area. The Rebels won their pool on Saturday, April 30, after defeating the Elite Jammers 13-4 and the West Michigan Wolfpack 4-1. On Sunday, the 12U played a very good Diamonds team in the quarterfinals, and it was back and forth the entire game. The Rebels scored one run in the top of the fifth to tie the game, and then another run in the top of the sixth to go ahead. The Rebels’ defense was then able to close out the Diamonds in the bottom of the sixth, even after allowing the first two batters to reach first and second base, securing a 6-5 victory. The win sent the Rebels to the finals against a very good Elite Crush team, who was the number one seed after defeating all their opponents by a minimum of eight runs each game. The Rebels went down in defeat to the Elite Crush, 13-1 in the finals. The 12U Rebels are currently participating in Grand Rapids Area Baseball League (GRABL), and will play a total of 10 tournaments throughout Michigan this summer, with their final tournament, taking place in Cooperstown, N.Y. Rebels Baseball is a local travel baseball organization that currently fields five teams: 9U, 11U, 12U, 13U and 14U. More information about Rebels Baseball can be found on their website at  

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