October 1 2009

Rotary chicken sale over, plenty more to eat, do at Harvest Fest

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  Don’t miss the used book (and more) sale at Krause Memorial Library on Saturday, October 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. During the last hour, items are a buck a bag. Other events happen througout the day. Animals on the Go are back at Garden Club Park Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m., and hayrides throughout the day are free and fun with really big horses. Rockford merchants work hard to make the festival a special treat. Each year Start of Summer dazzles with bling and rides, but Harvest Fest is designed to bring back that old-fashioned hometown feel for which Rockford is so well suited. Take the time to visit in some of our local shops, where you are likely to meet the owner, who will chat and ring up your sale. Try to find service and experience like that in a big-box store.

Squire welcomes student intern

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My name is Ana Olvera and I will be interning at The Rockford Squire until January 2010. I am a 17-year-old senior at Sparta High School. I attended Kenowa Hills High School and lived in Conklin, but moved to Sparta about two-and-a-half years ago. After graduation I plan on attending the University of North Carolina or Ball State University to major in journalism and minor in psychology. I love journalism because it brings awareness about the ills of our society and lets people know what is going on in the community, state, country, and even the world. I have taken journalism classes, worked on my school’s yearbook, and this year I will take an AP literature class, two psychology classes, a business class, and another journalism class. In the spring I will also be dual-enrolling at Grand Rapids Community College. While interning at The Rockford Squire, I hope to learn how exactly a newspaper runs and learn some tips on how to become a better writer. I have two brothers and two sisters; I am the second youngest. We have three dogs and four cats. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, going to the movies, reading, watching football, and anything that has to do with cars. Prior to becoming an intern at The Rockford Squire, I had never really been in Rockford before. But when I first saw the downtown area, I was in awe. Everyone is really friendly and the town has a vintage look with a modern twist. It seems like a beautiful and peaceful place to live.

Rams win defensive battle, remain undefeated

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by TONY ANDERSON Friday night, Sept. 25, the Rockford Rams hosted the Grand Haven Buccaneers for the lead of the OK Red conference. The estimated 12,000 fans witnessed a defensive contest. The Bucs won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. Rockford’s Zach Schmuck returned the opening kick to the 40-yard line, but after three straight runs, the Rams were forced to punt. Paul Mudgett’s punt went to the Grand Haven 18-yard line. The Rockford defense forced a three-and-out and a punt, which went 72 yards, and the Rams took over on their 19-yard line. Rockford picked two first downs on Taylor Masiewicz’s passes, but stalled on the 40-yard line and had to punt. Though Mudgett appeared to be roughed on the kick, the refs called the punt “tipped,” allowing the contact, and the Bucs took possession on the 38-yard line. The Ram defense stood fast and almost intercepted a pass on third and six, and forced a punt. Rockford took over on the 37-yard line, and picked one first down on a Masiewicz pass, but stumbled and was forced to punt. Grand Haven took over on the 10-yard line. As the first quarter came to an end, the score was tied at 0. The second quarter saw the Bucs with a second-and-seven, and the Rams defense stopped them a yard short, forcing a third-and-one. The Bucs, aided by a bad spot, picked up the first down. Then Grand Haven attempted a pass play, and the Rams’ defense was called for defensive pass interference—the flag coming several seconds after the play was over. On the same drive, the Rams picked up a defensive encroachment, but the Rams still forced a fourth-and-one on the seven-yard line. The Buc quarterback tried to draw the defense offside with a great hard count, but the defense stood still. Grand Haven managed to pick up the first down on the next play. The Ram defense stood firm, forcing a fourth and inches from the one-yard line. The defense—led by Brett Egnatuk, Joe Stefanski and Josh Pribble—stopped the Bucs’ ball carrier, forcing the ball over on downs. The Rams began in the shadow of their goal post and just managed to avoid a safety on first down. On second […]

Rams varsity soccer wins two, ties one

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by DAN LEESA Last week Rockford’s varsity boys soccer team met the challenges of three big opponents, winning two games 1-0 and tying another at 0-0. But it’s what the scoreboard didn’t say that defined the Rams’ caliber of play. On Tuesday, Sept. 22, the Rams hosted Grand Haven. The lakeshore’s OK Red giant arrived after battering highly ranked West Ottawa 4-0, but couldn’t get past Rams’ senior goalie Sean Lewis once. While Grand Haven controlled play the first 10 minutes, the Rams heeled up their defense. Pulled from his usual forward post because of speed for this game, trailblazer junior Justin Wynn deftly harassed All-State forward Nick Hieborg. Meanwhile, the Rams kept pressure on their rival with hard tackles and tight defense, earning senior forward Andrew Wyles the chance to beat Grand Haven’s keeper with a low far post strike for the game’s only score. Solid the entire game, junior defensemen Dylan Bronkema and Jason Vrosh played key roles in closing out the upset. Rockford’s contest against West Ottawa Thursday, Sept. 24, under the lights began with a salute to the team’s nine seniors: Michael Bertsch, Kyle Cook, Oliver Crosby, Nick DePompolo, Sean Lewis, Mitch Reyers, Connor VanMeeteren, Joe Weber and Andrew Wyles. After the players left the field flanked by their parents, it became a battleground for two hungry OK Red powers—neither of which could feed a net after 110 minutes of hard-hustling soccer, including two overtimes. But lack of score on the board didn’t mean lack of excitement. Early launches by Wyles and sophomore Jacob Aman were ignited, though not as quick as the Panthers’ keeper. West Ottawa’s senior defenseman Grant Neil startled Rams fans with his threatening rainbow throw-ins, which some guessed traveled further than he could kick. Fast and aggressive foot skills erupted on both sides, fueling an onslaught of free kicks and shots on goal that couldn’t find a home. While Rams’ keeper Lewis manned his post with diligence, Rockford defenders Weber, Vrosh, Bertsch and Bronkema stayed focused on the ricocheting speed of West Ottawa’s Brayden West and fellow Panther Michael McCarthy. Meanwhile, alert to practiced offside traps set by Holland’s pulled-up defensive line, Rams’ sophomore midfielder Cam Jensen, forwards freshmen Dewey Lewis and Wynn, and senior mids Reyers […]

Rockford water polo tops two conference rivals

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The Rockford boys water polo team won two key conference match-ups this week, pushing their season record to 14-5. East Kentwood and Hudsonville came to the Rockford pool looking to knock off the Rams. But Rockford used a blend of senior leadership and youthful energy to turn back the opposition. The East Kentwood Falcons already have two one-goal victories over Rockford this season. They came to town Monday night, Sept. 21, looking for a third. But Rockford had other plans. The Rams jumped out to a quick lead, extending to a 9-4 halftime advantage. Senior Derik Bothma set the tone for the night by scoring six goals in that dramatic first half. The second half settled into a defensive struggle. Every time the Falcons scored, the Rams answered. When the final buzzer sounded, Rockford had secured a convincing 12-8 victory. The four Ram seniors, Bothma, Tyler Manikowski, Kyle Peterson and Connor Thelen, scored 10 of the 12 goals—junior Jeff Schmitt scored the other two. Rockford’s defense was rugged as usual, led by Bothma and junior Pat Fase. Wednesday night, Sept. 23, the Hudsonville Eagles came to challenge the Rams, hoping to find Rockford flat after a big win. Hudsonville’s combination of tough defense and clever shooting pushed Rockford to the limit. The teams were locked in a defensive struggle for the first three quarters. Rockford finally found a spark late in the third quarter. With the score tied at 6-6, sophomores Wasberg and Josh Travis scored breakaway goals to give Rockford an 8-6 lead. After Hudsonville fought back in the fourth quarter to an 8-8 tie, sophomore Eric Chisholm scored to put Rockford ahead for good. The Rams hung on for a 12-9 victory, relieved to have escaped the Eagles. Another youthful spark was provided by freshman Aedion Patino, who scored two goals and came up with four steals. Seniors Manikowski (four goals) and Bothma (eight steals) had big games as well. Senior Kyle Peterson credits the team’s success to its unity. “We’ve played together a lot and know what to expect from each other. That helps us in tight games. We couldn’t have won these games without a strong team effort.” Coach Dave McWatters congratulated his team on these big wins, but reminds them […]

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