First ever in school’s history After play was delayed due to rain on Saturday, May 12, the competition continued on Monday, May 14, with every player knowing what was expected. They went into competition with a three-way tie between Rockford, Hudsonville and West Ottawa. Everyone knew they had to give their best and one extra step higher to win, and they did. The girls played their hearts out and no matter for which position, because it was all for the team. “Conference was something we’ve never achieved,” said Coach Tom Huizing. “We wanted to represent our school and the program. We knew that we had a chance at the conference title. It was just a matter of doing it. We put out the best on the court and it was good enough. I’m very proud of these young ladies. Their hearts are big and their game backed them up.” Renee and Courtney Fedeson (two doubles) and Allysa Bowman (four singles) were conference champs, while Marjeanne Bothma (two singles) and Paula Downs and Brittney Raisch (three doubles) were conference runners-up. “Winning conference is really exciting, especially since it was the first time ever for Rockford,” said senior Lauren Korlewitz. “We had a great day and all stepped up to beat teams that we weren’t expected to. It wasn’t easy, but we fought hard and earned the win.”
May 24 2012
Head Coach Mike Cutler and his assistant coaches headed into the championship meets with enthusiasm and optimism for some fast swims and personal bests from his kids. The Rockford Riptide team responded with just that, and turned out one of the best seasons the club has ever seen. The first stop for Coach Cutler and his team was East Lansing for the Junior Olympic meet. This meet is the last opportunity to qualify for the state meet. Every swimmer dropped time in at least one event or more. Rachel Gamm placed first in the 100 IM and Alyssa Kinstle took second in the 100 breaststroke, both adding state-qualifying times. For the 12 & Under, Hunter Ignasiak took first in the 100 IM, adding more state times under her belt, as did Christina Hansen (100 backstroke) and Chloe Nelson (50 fly and 50 back). In the 13 & Over group, Ethan Babcock took third place in both the 200 IM and 100 fly, sending him to the state meet for those events. Erin Hudson aged up in between Junior Olympic and state, but still earned qualifying times for the 15 & Over group in the 100 back and 100 free. Delayni Kornak-Kotarba took seventh place in the 100 fly. Morgan Lipe finished fourth in the 200 breast, and Dakota Noble swam the longest distance, the mile, with a time of 19:17.48, earning her a spot in that event at state. Hannah Raymond took sixth in two events, the 200 free and 100 free, also heading to state with those times. Also representing Riptide were Yousef Bennet, Josh Corder, Alec Cutler, Olivia Foster, Marissa Marion, Leslie Schuchardt, Lilly Setterington, Cory Stage, and Kara Vandawater. In the state meets, 29 kids represented Riptide. Lake Orion, Mich. hosted the 12 & Under group and Zeeland the 13 & Over kids. This is one of the largest groups ever to go and represent the club. Riptide’s youngest swimmers, Masy Folcik and Kinstle, both placed in the top 16 in one event or more, which is impressive since they are only nine years old. Gamm, also nine, took sixth place in the 500 free and eighth in the 200 free. Foster led off the medley relay with improvement in her time […]
Rockford had two teams qualify for state rugby playoffs at Kenowa Hills this past Saturday, May 19. The Rams’ Division III team played first against Downriver Sharks. Rockford controlled the match from the start and finished with a 41-7 victory. Howell was their next opponent. The young Rams kept the game close for the first half, but came up short 31-12. The Division III team ended the season with a 5-3 record. The experience gained by these players will translate to a continued strong Rockford rugby program for years to come. Rockford’s Division I team’s first round was set against Birmingham. Just like the Division III team, the Rams controlled the game from the start and ended with a 32-0 win with six different players scoring tries. The undefeated Dexter Devils was the next opponent for the Rams. It was a tough first half that ended with the Rams behind 7-0. Thanks to their fans recharging the ruggers at half, they dominated. The entire second half was played at Dexter’s end of the field. Scoring the first try was junior prop Andy Rupert with a crash ball off of a ruck. After several close chances being called back for several reasons, senior flyhalf Brady Gent took a quick tap off of a Dexter penalty and took the ball wide on a tired defense, scoring the go ahead try in the corner of the try zone. That was capped off by a tough conversion kick by senior winger Hunter Feringa. The Rams continued to attack and ended the match with a 12-7 victory. This sets up a rematch with West Ottawa for the state championship at West Ottawa High School on Saturday, May 26 at 3 p.m. The Rams’ Division I team record is 6-1; the only loss is to West Ottawa. This year’s Rockford rugby football team is made of Trevor Alferink, Jeff Baldwin, Drew Boatright, Chandler Borg, Cameron Borg, Devon Buckner, Corey Cole, Torrin Colunga, Jason Deibel, Colin Donahue, William Ferguson, Hunter Feringa, Mark Fischer, Brady Gent, Zach Kamps, Mathias Mappes-Pearson, Reid Martin, Anthony Martinez, Austin Mckee, Colton Odem, Aaron Ortiz, Corey Ortiz, Joshua Parker, Joshua Parker, Zach Perry, Aaron Plambeck, Austin Postma, Jordan Richardson, Nick Riggs, Dylan Rodriguez, Arnolds Ruperts, Andy Ruperts, Drew Schwandt, […]
Rockford Public Schools will once again offer sports physicals to all INCOMING seventh- through 12th-graders. The district hosts physicals just once per year and will cover the upcoming 2012-13 school year for middle school and high school athletes. Any seventh- through 12th-grade student (fall of 2012) may participate at any location listed here: • Tuesday, June 5 at North Rockford Middle School, beginning at 2:30 p.m. • Wednesday, June 6 at East Rockford Middle School, beginning at 11 a.m. • Thursday, June 7 at Rockford High School, beginning at 11 a.m. A “parent”-completed physical form is required to participate. Forms are available at any secondary school office or on the high school athletic webpage at www.rockfordschools.org, under forms. The fee of $20 is payable to Rockford Athletics. For additional information, call the athletic office at (616) 863-6040. • • •
North Court Netters teams have made a name for themselves over the past few years at the AAU state tournament. This year was no different, with Netters teams again finishing at the top. The seventh-grade girls won the Division II state championship. The sixth-grade Netters made it to the championship game to finish as runner-up. For the seventh-graders, this was the third straight appearance in an AAU championship game. For the sixth-graders, it was their second straight year in the finals. The North Court Netters is a nonprofit basketball club in Rockford, supporting girls youth basketball.