November 3 2011


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Johnston-Krueger Amy Lynn Krueger and Sean Michael Johnston of Minneapolis, Minn., were united in marriage on August 27, 2011 at the North Garden & Conservatory at Michigan State University. The bride is a 2009 graduate of Michigan State University and a 2011 graduate of Case Western Reserve University. She is employed by Little Sisters of the Poor as a clinical dietitian. Her parents are Andrew and Nadine Krueger of Rockford. The groom is a 2010 graduate of Michigan State University. He is employed by Kimley Horn & Associates as a civil engineer. His is the son of Steven and Teresa Johnston of Rockford. Maid of honor was Anna Nugent and best man was Michael Albano. Bridesmaids were Lisa Jones and Holly Osbeck. Groomsmen were Sri Kumar and Dan Macalka. Ushers were Marco Peralta, Dave Jones and Corey Osbeck. Amy and Sean will enjoy a honeymoon in Puerto Rico this winter, and are now residing in Minneapolis, Minn.

ChoiceOne Bank challenge generates donation to Sparta Education Foundation

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ChoiceOne Bank recently donated $560 to the Sparta Education Foundation (SEF). Sparta Area Schools employees were given the challenge: for every Health Savings Account (HSA) they opened at ChoiceOne Bank within a certain time frame, the bank would donate $10 to the SEF. “As the local community bank, we are proud to assist the Sparta Area Schools employees with all their financial needs,” said President and CEO of ChoiceOne Bank, Jim Bosserd. “HSAs are great accounts for the schools and their employees as they help save money for medical expenses now and into retirement. This challenge was a win-win for everyone.” Customers who open HSAs at ChoiceOne Bank can access their HSA funds to pay for their “qualified medical expenses.” Access to their account is easy with an HSA debit card, HSA checks, electronically or in person. HSAs are a tax-advantaged way to save and pay for healthcare. By issuing this challenge to the Sparta Area Schools employees, ChoiceOne was able to help the community with their donation of $560 to the SEF. ChoiceOne Bank is a full-service financial institution with offices in Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon and Newaygo counties. ChoiceOne Bank offers insurance and investment products through its subsidiary, ChoiceOne Insurance Agencies Inc. ChoiceOne Financial Services Inc. is the holding company headquartered in Sparta, and the parent corporation of ChoiceOne Bank. For more information, please visit ChoiceOne’s website at

Women harriers claim runner-up at regional championship

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In a regional championship that featured three ranked teams in the state in addition to an honorable mention team, a close competition was brewing this close to Halloween, especially with state final qualification implications on the line. With the sixth-ranked Grand Haven Bucs, seventh-ranked Rockford Rams, eighth-ranked Hudsonville Eagles and Honorable Mention Grandville Bulldogs pushing it to the limits over the Allendale 3.1-mile course, when the dust settled a mere three-point gap remained between the top three, each of which qualified for the state championships. Hudsonville edged out a victory with 57 points to Rockford’s 59 and Grand Haven’s 60. Grandville closed in a distant fourth with 105. “This race was a lot of fun to be a part of. It was super competitive and close and our girls ran great. You never enjoy losing, but being a part of it was unforgettable,” stated Rockford Coach Ben Watson. Leading the Rams out front was senior Taylor Manett, who claimed the individual regional championship in posting a course record time of 17:29.7, the second best time of her life and season. Finishing second for the Lady Rams in seventh place and racing a season best time of nearly 30 seconds in 18:48 was senior Jane Hawks. The next three Lady Rams, each of whom is an underclassman, had phenomenal days in running lifetime bests. Sophomore Morgan Harney claimed 16th with freshmen Kerianne Schoff and Natalie Napolillo in 17th and 18th, in times of 19:34, 19:37 and 19:39 respectively. “These five girls really got the job done for us today. In recent weeks Hawks, Harney, Schoff and Napolillo have come on like gangbusters and each have watched their best times drop substantially. Where we had been losing badly to these other teams, because of these girls’ hard work and therefore improvement, now we know we can race right with them and even beat them,” said Coach Watson. Finishing up the team performance for the Lady Rams was sophomore Lauren Brasure with a time of 20:17 and Maegan Roach in a time of 20:36. The Lady Rams will compete this coming Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. Division I racing is in the afternoon with the Lady Rams racing at 2:00 p.m.

Marching band sweeps Flight I awards at Lakeshore Invitational

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It was a busy week for the Rockford High School (RHS) marching band. On Monday, Oct. 24, the band showcased their 2011 program for the eighth-grade band students and their parents, filling the auditorium at RHS with awesome sound and music. This is an annual event to promote participation in the marching band to upcoming freshmen. On Friday, Oct. 28, the band brought the crowd to its feet at halftime during the winning playoff game between Rockford and West Ottawa. On Saturday, Oct. 29, the RHS marching band competed in the Lakeshore Invitational hosted by Reeths-Puffer High School on the RHS field. Rockford took first place in Flight I with a final score of 85.22 and received all three caption awards in Flight I, including Best Music, Best Marching and Best Visual Effect. The band will travel to Ford Field to compete in the Michigan Competing Bands Association (MCBA) state finals on November 5. The following week, the band will travel to Indianapolis to compete in the Bands of America (BOA) Grand National Championships.

Rockford men’s water polo claims West Regional crown

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State tournament next up On Friday, Oct. 28, the Rockford High School men’s water polo team continued their march to the state tournament by opening up with a victory against the Panthers of West Ottawa in the Michigan Water Polo Association Western Water Polo Regional. The contests were hosted at the East Kentwood natatorium. The Rams entered the tournament seeded number one in the region and number two in the entire state with a season record of 39-2. Against the Panthers, the Rams jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Because Rockford has so much team depth, a total of 14 players got pool time, which kept fresh legs in the pool and gave excellent tournament experience. A total team effort produced a convincing 19-2 victory against the Panthers. The victorious Rams next faced off against the host East Kentwood Falcons, who defeated Jenison in an exciting overtime victory. The match against the Falcons was an intense defensive struggle, with the first score coming at the 1:40 mark left in the first period as senior Eric Chisholm found the net. At halftime the score was Rockford 3 the Falcons 0. Ram goalie Corey Fase tends the net. At the start of the third period, the Rams caught East Kentwood goalie Raheem Brown creeping out on junior Justin Hulsebus playing hole set. Sophomore Craig Wasberg fired from outside, finding the net as Brown committed to Hulsebus. Junior goalie Corey Fase played a flawless game in net for the Rams. Facing off against All State goalie Brown, Fase said, “Raheem is a great player. Mentally I focus myself to play the best game I possibly can. As a team, when we face Brown, we realize what we are up against and we need to step up.” The Rams rose to the challenge, coming away with an exciting 8-2 victory. The victory moved Rockford into the finals. Rockford, ranked second in the state, faced off against fourth-ranked Hudsonville for the championship of the West Region. The Eagles are led by All State strong arm shooter Cody Brinks, while the Rams are led by All State multi-talented Chisholm. Hudsonville would have to match up against Rockford’s team depth. In the contest, the Rams exploded in the […]

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