Megan Kelley, a Hope College sophomore from Rockford, received the Catherine Morrison Junior Science and Math Book Education Award during the college’s annual Honors Convocation on Thursday, April 28. This honor is a cash award given to a deserving senior who has demonstrated academic excellence and who is committed to teaching mathematics at the elementary or secondary level.
Hope College, located in Holland, Mich., is pleased to announce its Dean’s List for the first semester of the 2011-2012 school year. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must have a minimum 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Among those listed are Rockford students: senior Alyssa Brillinger, freshman Sloan Ouellette, junior Megan Kelley, freshman Taylor Rummel, sophomore Lauren Girard, freshman Kaitlin Cress, junior Patrick Malley, senior Rachel Doud, sophomore Peyton Wells, sophomore Katie Carlson, senior Lisa Markham, senior Karli Rowe and freshman Paige Fawcett. Other local students listed are junior Bennett Riddering of Belmont, senior Amy Veltkamp of Cedar Springs, and senior Rachel Jantz of Sparta. Hope College is a four-year, co-educational, liberal arts college with an enrollment of 3,249 men and women and is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America.
Rockford’s Lady Rams’ spectacular season came to an end last Tuesday night only two minutes from a trip to the Breslin Center and a possible state championship game. The East Lansing Trojans arrived in Caledonia for this state quarterfinal match-up rated number one in Class A and sporting their star player Klarissa Bell. Bell had been just awarded Michigan’s “Miss Basketball” title for the top player in the state. East Lansing escaped with a 56-51 win in a thrilling game filled with great plays and excitement throughout. Led by Bell and three Division I college signees in their starting lineup, and holding a 25-1 record, the Trojans must have taken a deep breath as they departed for the ride back home. The Rams gave East Lansing more than they wanted, and then some. Averaging 65 points per game while allowing only 40, East Lansing was stretched to the limit. Rockford scored first, as both teams came out tentative in the first quarter. East Lansing immediately applied full court pressure and continued a tenacious ball-hawking defense throughout the game. After the first eight minutes of play, East Lansing had jumped out to an early 12-7 lead. The second quarter belonged to Rockford, as the Rams outplayed the Trojans on both ends of the court, fighting back into the game with the score all square at 26-26 at the half. The third quarter also belonged to the Rams, as they outscored East Lansing and led 45-37 with less than one minute in the third. The Rams offense opened up during the third quarter, scoring 19 points and holding the Trojans to 15. The fourth quarter began with Rockford leading 45-41—senior Megan Kelley hit 10 of her game high 16 points in the second half. With 6:25 in the fourth, the score was tied 47-47. East Lansing then made their living at the foul line, 12 for 19 in second half, while Rockford was 3 for 5. The disparity in fouls was the deciding factor at game’s end: East Lansing 25/41, Rockford 10/16. With under 2:00 left in the contest, Rockford sophomore Halle Peterson made two free throws to put Rockford on top 51-50, as the crowd rocked with the anticipation of an upset of the number-one Trojans. […]
Five weeks ago, January 15, it took a Herculean effort for Grand Haven to overcome an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter and double overtime to defeat the Rockford girls basketball team. However, Friday, Feb. 19, the Buccaneers defeated the Rams in regulation play 48-36. Grand Haven’s game plan apparently was to crash the defensive boards, make quick outlet passes to open Bucs, and push the ball up court, scoring easy points inside. The taller Bucs were able to accomplish this on numerous occasions, taking a 13-4 first-quarter lead. The Rams were finding it difficult to hit the open player inside and were finding it equally difficult scoring from outside. Grand Haven took a 22-8 advantage into intermission, holding the Rams to their fewest points all season. Rockford’s Lady Rams fought back, outscoring the taller Bucs in the third quarter, 11-8, on gritty play from sophomore Kimberly Weston, and seniors Allison Huyser and Katherine Huyser. Grand Haven held Rockford in check offensively by blocking a considerable number of shots during the second half. Unfortunately, the Rams never found their offense and seemed unable to push the ball up court to open players. The difficulty in scoring made it hard for the Rams to transition into their full court pressure, a trademark of their success all season. Leading the Lady Rams in scoring were Weston (10 points), A. Huyser (9), Caitlyn Patterson (7), K. Huyser (4), Megan Kelley (4), and Halle Peterson (2). Rockford was 7-9 from the charity line, with Grand Haven at 17-24. Rockford had 17 fouls; Grand Haven 11. After this game, a three-way tie exists atop the OK Red conference: Rockford, Grand Haven and West Ottawa, all with identical 9-3 records. Tuesday, Feb. 23, the Rams host Jenison, then host Muskegon on Friday, Feb. 26. • • •