Despite skies that produced rain throughout much of the morning, a giant step toward a bright summer was taken Saturday, May 1 when Rockford Little League (RLL) began its season with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at East Rockford Middle School (ERMS). The skies cleared in time for the ceremony, which officially opened the district’s new athletic facilities at that location. The complex was planned and developed through a cooperative effort between the Rockford Public Schools (RPS) and Rockford Little League. This year RLL provides opportunities for over 800 area youngsters between the ages of 5 and 18 to participate in one of more than 70 T-ball, softball and baseball teams. The Rockford league’s affiliation with the National Little League program offers many advantages, including safety and educational programs, mandatory requirements for safety equipment, rule guidelines, insurance options, and others. The new complex at ERMS includes nine softball and baseball fields. It was funded by the passage of a bond issue in May 2008, which also provided funds for many other improvements throughout the district. RLL also contributed funds for some equipment at the facility, and will be making an additional investment in the form of a permanent building that will house a concession stand, storage area, and restrooms. The league also helps defray school district costs related to the complex by helping with the maintenance of the fields. The opening ceremony started with the presentation of colors by a color guard from the Merritt Lamb American Legion Post 102, and the playing of the National Anthem by a brass quartet from Rockford High School. Warren Lanphear, RLL president, then addressed the crowd with a few remarks in which he thanked the RLL board members for their hard work and the community as a whole for their generous support of the funding that made this “field of dreams” possible. He recounted years spent by the league trying to develop and execute a plan for such a project, and thanked the RPS for their cooperation in making the complex a reality. Lanphear’s sentiments were echoed by Dr. Michael Shibler, superintendent of RPS, who also spoke at the ceremony. Shibler applauded both the RLL and the entire Rockford community, saying that he has never witnessed such a spirit of […]
May 6 2010
The inspiration for the Rockford girls lacrosse team to do this came from former Rockford lacrosse player Alysse Tefft, who is a cancer survivor. In the middle of her 24 hours at Relay for Life in 2008, Tefft left the Relay to compete in a lacrosse game and then immediately returned to complete her 24 hours. Her dedication and determination to beat cancer motivated the entire lacrosse program to step up. The Rockford players will be wearing pink jerseys with the name of a person they would like to honor. Some of these are valiant fighters and survivors—some who continue to battle this illness. There are courageous others who may have lost the battle. Proceeds from event sales and sponsorships will be donated to Rockford Relay for Life. Donations will be gladly accepted and may be made near the admissions gate. Support Rockford Relay for Life through Rockford girls lacrosse at the Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium on Saturday, May 15. Games start at 11 a.m. • • •
Teams raise over $1,900 for Komen Foundation The Rockford High School Natatorium was a blaze of bright pink on Thursday, April 29, when the Lady Rams welcomed the Zeeland women’s junior varsity and varsity water polo teams to the Pink Polo Power fundraiser to benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, Grand Rapids. Prior to the event, both teams sold pink t-shirts and pink polo balls to raise money, and the Rams hosted two bake sales at the high school. Sponsors D&W Fresh Market, Reds on the River, and the Gremel Group stepped up to help underwrite the pink polo caps, pink polo balls, pink officials’ shirts, pink rubber ducks, and other event costs, thus enabling the teams to raise $1,918.53. Head Coach Scott Voltz congratulated both the JV and varsity Rams for their victories—JV with 8-5, and varsity with 8-4—over Zeeland, but emphasized the real victory of the night was “learning our efforts could help with breast cancer education, prevention, treatment and research right in our community.” Voltz also emphasized the collaborative efforts by the Zeeland team, as they too sold t-shirts and collected donations totaling over $600. The JV Rams were led by freshman Adriana Craft with five goals and two steals and freshman Sara Karamol with two goals, one assist and two steals. Goalie Elli Raymond contributed five saves, one assist and one steal. Sophomore Sarah Smith scored one goal and had one steal. The varsity won the first-quarter pink polo ball sprint and dominated the first three quarters of play, leading 8-1 at the start of the fourth. Zeeland rallied in the fourth with three goals to end the game 8-4. Junior goalie Tiffany Ellenbaas covered the corners in net, stopping nine attempts and stealing three balls. Sophomore Casey Wolfer led the scoring with three goals and two steals. Senior Christine Weston had two goals, and Ashley Gremel, Taylor Downs and Erica Finlayson each scored one goal.
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School Beat First impressions… with anxiety or confidence! by LISSA WEIDENFELLER, Principal North Rockford Middle School Did you know that it only takes 30 seconds to make a first impression? Once a bad first impression is formed, it takes approximately 20 additional encounters to change that opinion. With so much on the line, being anxious about meeting someone for the first time is normal, especially when it is someone that you feel is important or that you want to impress. An example could be a job or college interviewer, instructor, teacher or coach. To overcome these anxieties, you must understand the basics of first impressions. According to the Flippen Group, authors of Capturing Kids’ Hearts, the following cues are what people notice when you are meeting others for the first time. They include: • facial expressions—Smile it is free! • handshake—firm, but not too strong. Do not twist your wrist. Twisting your wrist is a sign of domination. • tone of voice—Speak clearly and loud enough for the person to hear you. A positive attitude is communicated through your voice. • dress and grooming—The situation will determine how you need to dress. Regardless of the situation, your attire should look complete. • eye contact—Make it! • posture—Do not slouch or pull away. Lean in when handshaking. • level of relaxation—Feel confident. Remember the past successes in your life that will make you feel proud. • energy—Are you excited and feel honored to meet this person? If so, let your energy show it. Practice these skills and do not be afraid to recognize and initiate contact with someone else. They will at least know that you care! When you meet someone for the first time and start to engage, it is the first step to building a potential relationship. Remember, your tone and body language must say, “I am enthusiastic about meeting you,” or “I am excited about being here, and I want the position.” With these basic skills, I hope the next time you have an interview or meet someone for the first time, your anxiety will be reduced and your confidence will help you make a good first impression.