Rockford is coming off a great second-place finish at the OK Red conference match. The Lady Rams beat Grand Haven, lost to Jenison, then beat Grandville, East Kentwood and Jenison, and then lost in the finals to Hudsonville. The Lady Rams played Lowell Monday, Nov. 2, in the first districts match and won in four sets. Cailie Johnson had 16 kills, Andrea Kacsits had three blocks, Kim Weaver had 38 assists, and Jenna Lysne served very well with seven aces. Rockford played Northview on Wednesday, Nov. 3, and won in three in the semifinal match. Johnson had 15 kills, Weaver had 36 assists, and three aces were contributed by Weaver, Halle Peterson and Sidney Rodriguez. The finals were against Greenville, in which the Lady Rams won 25-19, 25-17 and 25-13. This is the fourth year in a row Rockford has won the district championship. Johnson had 12 kills, Weaver had 27 assists, and four aces were contributed by Weaver and Lysne. Rockford will host regional competition this weekend, Nov. 13-14, and the Lady Rams will play Hudsonville in the first round. Rockford has beaten Hudsonville twice and lost to them twice.
November 11 2009
The Rockford Riptide competitive swim team will host its sixth annual Fall Fiesta Meet on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 14-15, at Rockford High School’s pool. The Fall Fiesta meet is a USA Swimming sanctioned event. More than 400 West Michigan swimmers from Riptide and other USA Swimming teams and clubs will compete in the event. Spectators are welcome to watch the competition from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. “Our Fall Fiesta event is a great opportunity to see Riptide in action,” said Riptide Coach Mike Cutler. “Our team is off to a strong start for the season and we’re proud of our swimmers’ performance at the Holland ‘Boo Bash’ event last month.” Riptide’s purpose is to introduce children to the benefits of competitive swimming and encourage swimmers to reach their highest level of potential in and out of the water while demonstrating leadership and sportsmanship skills. For more information on Riptide, visit www.riptide.org.
The Rockford High School marching band took first place in their flight, and scored the second-highest overall point total among 18 competing high school bands at the West Shore Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 31. “There’s no way to put into words how proud I am of the band’s performance Saturday. They truly have taken this ensemble to the next level,” said Brian Phillips, Rockford marching band director. Reeths-Puffer (flight two) took top score of the day with 87.7 points with Rockford close behind at 85.55. Jenison (flight two) was third with 82.7 points. Rockford’s exceptional performance moved the band to fifth place in flight one state standings—based on the average of each band’s top two scores—with the Michigan Competing Band Association. The competition’s location was switched from Muskegon to Rockford’s Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium, which has artificial turf, due to concerns over recent heavy rains saturating the field at Reeths-Puffer High School. “The students are so pumped after their performance at the West Shore Invitational,” said Patt Clement, president of the Rockford Band Parents Association. The West Shore Invitational was Rockford’s final competition prior to the state championship contest scheduled for Nov. 7 at Ford Field in Detroit. For more information visit www.rockfordbands.org.
Jack A. Stewart received the prestigious Professional Emergency Manager of the Year award by the Michigan Emergency Management Association (MEMA) at the annual MEMA Summit in Traverse City on October 14, 2009. This award recognizes contributions and innovations affecting the advancement of emergency management through training, planning, operations, techniques, programs and leadership. Lt. Stewart is a certified trainer of the Department of Homeland Security for Incident Command System training, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, and Threat and Violence Assessment Teams (TVAT). He is a frequent speaker and trainer at school districts and conferences, and is an adjunct professor for ITT Technical Institute, teaching emergency management principles. He was elected to the position of chairperson for the Region 6 Homeland Security Governing Board, which oversees the coordination of Homeland Security Grants for 13 counties. He is active in the Kent County Disaster Mental Health and Human Services Committee, which addresses personal preparedness education and outreach to numerous nonprofit organizations and special needs agencies. Lt. Stewart has been instrumental in developing relationships with first responder agencies and human service organizations throughout Kent County and the 13-county region. He is the founder and chief organizer of the annual Kent Area Law Enforcement Benefit Hockey Game, now in its 14th season, and is the captain of the Kent Area Law Enforcement hockey team. Sheriff Stelma congratulates Lt. Stewart for his contributions to the Kent County Sheriff’s Office as well as the citizens of Kent County.