Tag Archives: November 3 2011

Rams soccer ends intense season

Ram senior captain Cam Jensen (#15) blocks an attacking Falcon. Photo by BRET DOUD

Coach Thomas stated, “I thought it was a very good fall campaign. We were very inexperienced overall going into the season. Losing to East Kentwood in the district tournament was very difficult. I thought we were the better side, having more dangerous opportunities than them. We out-shot them for the game, but they were able to capitalize in the final minutes to win.”

Thomas added, “ We are right there in the thick of it. Forest Hills Central played in the regional final and we beat them 5-1 earlier this season at home. Grand Haven is playing in the state semifinals and we led our game against them 1-0 at the half, losing only 2-1 in the end. We obviously play in the toughest district in the state. We will keep working hard and trying to reach our potential as a program.”

West Michigan soccer continues to improve with more and more club teams playing at the premier level—Midwest Regional League (MRL), Super Y Teams, and the Olympic Development Process. More and more kids are choosing to play at the highest level and the Rockford Rams continue to be well represented. Several boys on the Rockford varsity team have played at these high levels, including winning regional and national tournaments and playing for the Michigan State ODP and Regional II ODP teams. This gives the Rockford program the ability to compete at the highest level and their time will definitely come.

Senior defender Justin Mohr (#16) clears the ball into opponent territory. Photo by BRET DOUD

Rockford finished 12-9 overall with seven of the losses by only one goal. The record is not the true story for this year’s Rams soccer team, who played with heart and intensity and were definitely feared by other teams in their district. Congratulations goes to the Rams varsity soccer boys on a great season.,br clear=left>

Special Treasures scores win with Rockford volleyball

Joining the Rockford volleyball team are (front row, l–r) Grace Busen, Hayden Smith, Adam Quin, Cori Passarelli, Lola Hein, Spencer Pletzke and Zack Verburg.

Cori Passarelli shares a smile with the Rockford volleyball players, Jessie Majerle, Sidney Rodriguez and Halle Peterson.

Even though the Rockford Rams volleyball team won the OK Red tournament this past Saturday in Grand Haven, the most memorable and rewarding day took place three days prior, on Wednesday, Oct. 26 in Rockford. The Rams varsity team joined with several Rockford student VIPs, not just to work together on volleyball skills, but more importantly to share companionship, laughter and the experiences of newfound friendships—the friendships and experiences created by Special Treasures.

Grace Busen spikes a ball with the help of Rockford volleyball players Abby Carlson, Karlee Tykosky, Avery Punches and Murphy Heyer.

Special Treasures was founded two years ago by Rockford parents Amy Kelley and Cindy Quinn. This organization is made up of parents of children with special needs. The mission of Special Treasures is to enrich the lives of children with special needs by providing education, resources and support while giving hope for brighter tomorrows.

“The need for more activities for these kids became apparent very quickly to us,” said Kelley. “Several of our parents organized fun activities, but we needed to find ways to provide more sports activities for the kids.”

The magic of this organization only continued to broaden when Special Treasures partnered with Rockford Athletes with a Mission of Service (R.A.M.S.). R.A.M.S was organized by Rockford resident Tom Carlson with the objective  of having Rockford student-athletes contribute to the betterment of their community through charitable functions, volunteerism and the investment of their time in helping others.

Lola Hein gets a lesson on hitting from Andrea Kacsits.

“I approached Tom with the idea of joining together to have a basketball clinic for the kids using the varsity boys and girls basketball teams last year,” said Kelley. “Thanks to Tom and all the Rockford teams and coaches, the clinics went so well we wanted to expand this to even more sports.”

When Rockford Head Volleyball Coach Kelly Delacher was asked of his interest in having his squad participate in Special Treasures, Delacher was thrilled with the opportunity.

“When we were approached to run a clinic with the kids, I thought it was a great idea. Our team has such great role models that I thought it would be an incredible experience for everyone,” said Delacher. “The kids just gravitated to the players. I took a great deal of pride in watching three of the varsity players start up an actual two-on-two game with one boy who was picking up the skills very fast. I also saw a couple of our girls showing concern and getting one boy to come out from behind the bleachers when he was nervous to pass the balloon to them. It was a night I will treasure as much as any of the wins we’ve had this season.”

This night was originally planned by Special Treasures and Rockford volleyball for a special group of young students. By the end of the practice clinic, it was obvious the impact of this event reached far beyond and has left lifelong impressions on all the people in attendance on this memorable night in the Rockford High School gym.

Rockford volleyball finishes perfect, again

The Rams celebrate their OK Red conference championship quickly before going to work in MHSAA district play this week at Rockford High School.

Two years; two undefeated seasons. The Rockford volleyball team completed their 2011 OK Red season as undefeated champions this past Saturday, Oct. 29 in Grand Haven, a perfect 11-0. The OK Red conference tournament is the official end of conference play prior to the MHSAA state tournament. The day was important as a tournament win would be worth as many points toward the OK Red title as the regular season records.

Rockford cruised through the initial rounds beating Muskegon, Hudsonville and East Kentwood. After a long afternoon wait while other teams battled to see who would face Rockford in the title match, the championship pitted rivals Rockford and East Kentwood, a share of the overall title on the line. Rockford already had secured their share based on the regular season and the Rams’ performance in the tournament on this day.

The Falcons came out in the first set of this best-of-three match intent on upsetting the number two state-ranked Rams and with hopes of getting a piece of the prize for themselves. East Kentwood won the first set 25-22 with a “nothing to lose and everything to win” style. The Rams, whose signature this season has been to “never back down and never blink” in the face of many teams challenging them this season, went to work and shut down East Kentwood’s pursuit of a title share. The Rams went on to win set two, 25-11, and 15-11 in the third and deciding set.

The Rams, 52-8 overall, are hosting the MHSAA district tournament this week at Rockford High School. Games are played on Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. with the district final match on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 11:00 a.m.

Rockford rowers compete in Boston

Rick Anderson wins the Head of the Charles Regatta Veterans Singles race.

Ross Anderson rows to an eighth-place finish in the Championship Single event.









Bryce VanderBerg competes in the Club Singles race.

Tristan VanForsen and Kevin Clinthorne prepare to race in the Youth Doubles event.









On October 22 and 23, 11 rowers with Rockford ties competed in Boston’s prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta. “Head” races are three miles long and boats are started sequentially 12 seconds apart and race against the clock. Extremely demanding, the Head of the Charles course twists and turns with the river’s bends and includes seven narrow bridges. Boats are not separated in lanes, so the action often resembles a NASCAR race, including near collisions.

Rick Anderson, 2010 winner in the Veterans Singles category, again rowed to first place, leading 51 racers down the course. Anderson has a long history of rowing competitively. He was a founding officer of the Grand Rapids Rowing Club and in 1996 started the Rockford High School crew team, serving as head coach for 13 years.

Five Rockford graduates competed at the race. Ross Anderson, representing Philadelphia’s elite Penn AC, was eighth in the Championship Single against a field of 32 that included world champion Mahe Drysdale from New Zealand. On scholarship at the University of Central Florida, Chelsey Lauzon was part of the UCF Championship Eight, finishing 24th out of 37. In Notre Dame’s Club Four was another scholarship rower, Olivia Kacsits, and they placed 36th out of 45. Grand Valley State University’s men’s Club Four with junior Tucker Anderson and freshman Austin Burris did very well, placing 15th out of 50.

Three current Rockford rowing team members made the trip to Boston to gain experience. Bryce VanderBerg competed in the Club Singles, finishing 52nd out of 64. Tristan VanForsen and Kevin Clinthorne were 35th out of 40 in the Youth Doubles.

Former Russian professional rower Michael Raisky, now on Rockford’s masters’ squad with Rick Anderson, was sixth out of 37 in the Senior Masters Doubles event, and his wife Carol was fifth in a field of 19 Masters Doubles.


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