The Lady Rams fell short of their state championship aspirations, but continued the legacy as one of the best teams in the state in claiming third place at this year’s Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) state finals on Saturday, Nov. 6. The Rams’ third-place finish continues the tradition of finishing no worse than sixth in any of the past 12 years. “We were shooting for the top spot, so we are a little disappointed in third, but it wasn’t for lack of effort and determination,” stated Coach Watson. Gaining All State honors for the Rams was junior Taylor Manett, who easily had the best race of her life in placing 15th and running a lifetime personal record of 18:08. “Taylor ran phenomenal today,” commented Watson. “She ran more miles this past summer than the vast majority of people in the state, and it showed in her performance today.” Senior Catie Rietsema ran a time of 18:43, good for 33rd place, just outside of All State honors. Juniors Jane Hawks and Sawyer Rocheleau were the next two finishers for the Rams with times of 18:57 and 19:12; placing 51st and 70th respectively. Seniors Anna Bos and Allison Hazy claimed the fifth and sixth spots for the Rams, each running their best times of the season in 19:31 and 19:32, good for 105th and 106th place. Sophomore Jordan Vickery, competing in her first state championships, ran a time of 19:37, which was good for 124th place. “I am very proud of the girls’ efforts all season,” stated Watson. “We will dearly miss our seniors next year when we toe the line without them. We have a good group coming back and, hopefully through hard work, determination and persistence, we can improve on this finish one year from now.”
November 18 2010
Rockford basketball’s 6’4” senior guard Ryan Majerle made his early commitment official to attend University of Toledo on a basketball scholarship on Wednesday, Nov. 10. Majerle earlier committed to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, but decided to follow his coach Todd Kowalczyk last April when he accepted the head coaching position at Toledo. Majerle will be a four-year varsity player for his dad, who is head coach at Rockford High School. He is currently on pace to be in the top three of almost every statistical category in Rockford’s basketball history.
Rockford resident works with RPS to keep kids injury-free Many residents know Dr. John, who has been in family medicine for years with Metro Health. He is now owner of his own neuromuscular clinic, the Institute of Neuromuscular Medicine and Rehabilitation, at 65 S. Main Street. “Everyone agrees that if you can get better without surgery, that’s a good thing,” said Dr. John Dew, who has opened his own clinic in downtown Rockford. The physician, who graduated from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic medicine in 1989, is the medical director of the Institute of Neuromuscular Medicine and Rehabilitation (INMR) located at 65 S. Main Street. At that location he is in partnership with physical therapists Jason and Barb Robinet. Together the doctor and therapist share a philosophy of seeing and treating the “whole” patient, not just the injury presented to them. It is a proactive philosophy with a goal of “less is better” when it comes to invasive treatment. Dew has a long history as a family doctor and most recently saw patients at Metro Health. He left that position to start his clinic, where he specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of physical bodily ailments. “Though we do see many recreational and competitive athletes, we are designed to take care of any and all conditions from a non-surgical standpoint,” Dew stated. “We focus on getting folks better.” Dew said many factors in the medical field make it more difficult to practice family medicine, and specialization is a way to make best use of his training and skills. For seven years Dew practiced in a small logging town in the foothills of the Cascades called Sweet Home, Oregon. He had a busy practice there, was director of the local nursing home, served on the local hospital’s board, was president of the local Boys and Girls Club and was the assistant Linn County Medical Examiner. Dew moved back to Michigan to be closer to family. He has been married to wife Kathryn since 1990 and the couple have four children, Carly, 16; Aleah, 14; Josie 8; and Jackson, 6, who all attend Rockford Public Schools. Dew chose Rockford because of the school system and the strong sense of community he feels here and […]
Rockford High School recently announced that Rockford student Amber Wobma has signed a letter of intent to compete in gymnastics at the University of Arizona. Wobma is a senior at Rockford High School. She is a level 10 gymnast currently competing at Geddert’s Twistars in Lansing. She has been competing in gymnastics for nine years. Her accomplishments include: 2010 Junior Olympics level 10 gymnast, placing in the top 10 on beam and finishing 19th all around, and won the all-around championship at the “For Love or Money Meet” and at the Twistars Invitational; 2008 level nine gymnast at Eastern Junior Olympics, placing second in all around; and is an honor roll student with a 3.6 grade-point average. Wobma will attend University of Arizona on a full-ride athletic scholarship next fall.