May 24 2012

Nominations still accepted for Hall of Fame

May 24, 2012 // 0 Comments

The Rockford Athletic Department will be accepting nominations for the Rockford Athletic Hall of Fame through May 30, 2012. The class of 2012 will be officially inducted during homecoming week this coming fall. The Athletic Hall of Fame was created in 1990 to honor individuals who have contributed to the athletic program. Each year a panel meets to select members to be inducted from a pool of candidates nominated by Rockford alumni and community members. The following procedures are used to nominate a candidate. The nominee must have exemplified the pride and spirit of Rockford athletics during and following his/her career. An athlete is eligible if they have graduated from Rockford High School at least 10 years prior to induction. A coach is eligible if they have coached in the Rockford school system for at least five years. Community members and other at-large nominees must have made significant contributions to the Rockford High School program. If you would like to nominate someone deserving of this honor, please pick up an application at Rockford High School. Please direct questions to the Rockford athletic office at (616) 863-6040 or e-mail Athletic Director Tim Erickson at

Former Ram baseball players part of GRCC JUCO World Series bid

May 24, 2012 // 0 Comments

The Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) baseball team finished in second place in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) conference this year, just one game behind Kellogg Community College. They were 19-7 in conference and 39-22 overall. GRCC earned a berth to the regionals held in Battle Creek with the second-place conference finish. The regionals included the top six teams from the MCCAA and two teams from Ohio, one of which (Sinclair Community College) was ranked third in the country. The Raiders had to win six of their seven regional games to win the regional championship, and the seventh was a tightly contested, extra-inning game versus Macomb Community College. GRCC ended up winning 6-5 in 10 innings to earn a bid to the Junior College World Series in Enid, Okla., May 26-June 2. They are currently ranked 11th in the nation, according to the most recent NJCAA Division II poll. Two former Rockford Ram players and now GRCC Raiders, Christian Lienesch and Austin Stephens, will be part of the Raiders’ World Series endeavor. Both Lienesch and Stephens played a big part in the Rockford baseball Division I state championship last June—the place: Battle Creek. Lienesch and Stephens commented to each other as they pulled into Bailey Park in Battle Creek on Friday, May 11 that they “had a good feeling about things” and “had won a championship there before.” Even though they are freshmen at GRCC, their leadership and championship experience was valuable. “Ram pride served us well,” said Stephens. “Coaches Hearn, Doyle and Fusee taught us to set the bar high and expect success. That mindset helped a lot.” Both Lienesch and Stephens have enjoyed success as Raiders this season and look to build on that in Enid, Okla. in the coming days. Lienesch has been a stingy outfielder, tracking down fly balls for the Raiders this season. He is batting .367 with two doubles and 14 runs scored. Stephens, a left-handed pitcher, is 3-1 with a 3.89 ERA and is second on the team, and fifth in the conference, with five saves. GRCC has another Rockford resident on the team. Right-handed pitcher, David Frederick, is a sophomore for the Raiders. Frederick was a Northview graduate in 2010 and has accepted an offer […]

New archery facility coming to Rockford

May 24, 2012 // 0 Comments

Classes, leagues begin soon by JOSH ZUIDERVEEN Spring is here, arrows are flying! That’s right, I said arrows. You thought I was going to write about flowers? Insects? Summer camp? Wrong. Kids, teenagers, and young adults up to 20 years old are shooting arrows in the Rapid Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) program, and they’re having a blast. While they’re having a blast, these shooters are winning tournaments and taking home championships—regional, state, national, you name it. One young shooter is a five-time national champion. They have won and won again, been in the paper, and been on TV. But these shooters aren’t done yet. They want more titles, and they want to put Rockford on the national archery map. The Rapid JOAD, in partnership with the West Michigan Archery Center and Algoma Township, is helping to bring an Olympic-caliber archery facility to Rockford later this year. This will be one of only four such facilities in the country, which is a testament to the quality of archery instruction in West Michigan. The proposed facility will reside on 10 Mile Road just west of the city limits. In the meantime, there are many summer leagues and practices. The Rapid Junior Olympic Archery Development club is kicking off its summer outdoor program at Rockford Sportsman’s Club. Shooters from 10 years old and up, from beginner to crack-shot, are encouraged to come learn and get coached in archery. Don’t worry about room; there are one dozen certified coaches! Adult shooters are welcomed, too, starting in July for the Saturday morning outdoor league. If you’ve never shot a bow, you can enroll and learn how to shoot successfully. The Rapid will supply all the equipment.  If you can already hit a paper plate at 18 meters, coaches can help you hit an apple. And if you want to drop arrows into a tight group at a 70-meter outdoor target, you can learn that, too. The cost is only $5 per Saturday morning shoot. Last summer, the Rapid hosted the State Games of Michigan archery venue in Rockford. They will host it again this year, and they will compete in other tournaments, too, in addition to doing what they always do:  have fun. For information about the Rapid JOAD […]

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