At 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov.11, the 230-member Rockford High School (RHS) marching band waited in hopeful anticipation in the stands at Lucas Oil Stadium as the announcer began naming the bands advancing to the semifinals competition. After a full day of travel and rehearsal the day before, the band had marched on to the Indianapolis field at 10:56 p.m. the prior evening to perform on the national stage for the first time. Their 2011 program entitled “Reactivity” carried the subtitle, “What moves you?” They were about to learn if their performance had moved the judges and earned them a place among the top bands in the country. As the seconds ticked by and the list of semifinalists grew—named in random order—the announcer interjected that 33 bands had made the semifinals cut. The countdown continued with only one other Michigan band named to the roster: Jenison. Then, at 9:35:28 the announcer named the RHS marching band as the 33rd and last semifinalist in the Grand National Championship competition. Drum majors, John DeGuise, Jacob Hewitt, Ross Knoop and Christian Bomer were on the field to receive congratulations on behalf of their fellow band members. Within seconds, phones began ringing back home in Rockford as band members informed parents and loved ones that they’d be performing for a second time the next day. Rockford took the field at 8:45 a.m. in semifinals competition on Saturday, Nov. 12. Their semifinals performance earned them the highest placement (22nd) of any band from Michigan in the national competition.
November 24 2011
Rockford High School men’s varsity water polo Coach Dave McWatters, his assistants and some of his student-athletes will offer a winter age-group water polo program for boys in the eighth grade and under. The program begins the afternoon of December 3 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., and will continue on eight other Saturdays at the Rockford High School pool. Boys will be introduced to the great sport of water polo, work on the fundamentals of the game, and have fun! No prior water polo experience is necessary, though swimming experience is helpful. The cost is $79 (out of district $110); second child same family $40 (out of district $60). Check should be made payable to Rockford Public Schools, and are due (along with registration) at first session attended. Please contact Coach McWatters by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at (616) 690-7643 for more information.
The SCOR U13 (SCOR ’99 Black) team went 8-0 for an undefeated fall season. Pictured are (front row, l–r) Kylee Krogman, Kenna Allen; (middle row) Amanda Mortimore, Mary Harpst, Anna Wierda, Kate Brock, Maddie Thelen; (back row) Coach Jared Kohn, Meghan Thelen, Savannah Walkons, Ginger Dean, Assistant Coach Tonya Walkons, Samantha Russel, Maddie Bartula, Kara Przybylski, Allie Spagnola, Assistant Coach Tony Walkons; (not pictured) Chloe Wolfe.
Shamrocks too much in semifinals by TIM COOPER and MATT WEAVER Things looked good early for the Rockford Rams football team on Saturday, Nov. 19, as Brandon Lubenow returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown. Then a Steven Mette field goal on the Rams’ second possession put them up by 10. Then things began to change. An uncharacteristic pass interception by Mark LaPrairie gave Detroit Catholic Central the ball on the Rockford 23-yard line. Four plays later, the Shamrock quarterback Kyle Cooper found Mark Doneth in the end zone, making the score 10-7. The Rams’ next drive went 69 yards, ending with a 14-yard LaPrairie-to-Lubenow pass, again putting Rockford up by 10. Midway through the drive, running backs Connor Darby and Ryan Hartley came off the field due to injury, forcing Coach Ralph Munger to rely on his reserves. Detroit Catholic Central used a pair of halfback passes on their next drive, the second a 21-yard strike which placed the ball at the Rockford 2-yard line. The Shamrocks pulled back to within three on the following play, when fullback David Houle dove through the Ram defense for a touchdown. A 45-yard pass to Lubenow gave the Rams one final scoring opportunity before the end of the half. With seven seconds remaining, LaPrairie found Justin Wustman open in the middle of the field. Wustman’s second effort fell short at the Shamrock 1-yard line as time expired. The second half started with Detroit Catholic Central using their strong running game to take control of the clock. The only points in the second half came on a 27-yard field goal by Shamrock Alex Kozlowski, which tied the score at 17. It appeared the Shamrocks had everything going their way late in the fourth quarter, as they drove the ball to the Ram 3-yard line. With 30 seconds remaining, Kozlowski set up for the game-winning field goal. The kick was blocked by the interior of the Ram defensive front, sending the game into overtime. Detroit Catholic Central, having won the coin toss, chose to play defense. Rockford, having failed to advance the ball 10 yards to score, settled for a 26-yard Mette field goal and a 20-17. On the Shamrocks’ second play, Houle caught a pass from […]