Rockford’s varsity tennis team was filled with a lot of excitement and anticipation for their first match on the new tennis courts. They have been waiting for this day since August 12, the first day of tryouts. The courts were replaced as part of the bond issue approved by voters in May 2008. The Rams’ opponent Grand Haven came in with the same record as Rockford in the conference, 2-1-1. The Rams knew Grand Haven was going to be an extremely tough competitor. “To be honest you don’t get a break in the OK Red when it comes to tennis,” commented Coach Tom Huizing. “Every team comes to play with their best stuff. This is why our league is so competitive, because we all beat up on each other. Today was like the rest of the days in the OK Red, a battle to the finish.” However, the start of the match was a little different. Instead of the normal introduction, Athletic Director Tim Erickson and the rest of the Rockford administration wanted to do something special for the opening of the new tennis facility. It started with Erickson bringing out the loud speakers and getting the team fired up with some pump-up music. Parents were rolling in early, and faculty, staff and administration came and showed their support. Not only did the Rams have great support from the fans and staff, but the mascots made a crowd-pleasing appearance. Not one, but two Ram mascots were seen wandering around the tennis facility, dancing and interacting with the spectators. Principal Dan Zang cut the ribbon to begin a new tradition and legacy at the Rams’ new tennis facility. Before the matches were called to play, David Duiven and a group of choir students sang the National Anthem, which was sung with beauty, grace and honor by Rockford High School students. The opening ceremonies concluded with Erickson announcing the line-ups. As for the match, it held up to the hype. Two great teams battled for a top position in the conference. The competition was fierce and the emotions were riding high. The one thing about a tennis match is that there are so many ups and downs that you must stay focused during the whole match. One […]
October 1 2009
Kids cheer clinic held prior to game Battle at the Ballpark is a unique football event with the Ferris State Bulldogs hosting the Michigan Tech Huskies at Fifth Third Ballpark on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. Attending this event are Ferris State University (FSU) students Liz Belliel, Emily Harr and Robert Banaszak, all graduates of Rockford High School. Belliel is captain of the FSU cheer team and cheered for Rockford Public Schools since she was in seventh grade. Her teammate, Harr, cheered for Rockford as well. Banaszak plays for the FSU Bulldogs, and was Rockford Rams’ quarterback while in high school. The FSU cheer team is also holding a kids’ clinic prior to the game, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the ballpark. The clinic is for kids aged 11 to 13, and costs $25, which includes a t-shirt and cheering with FSU cheerleaders at the third quarter of the game. For more information about the clinic, contact the FSU cheer coach at email@example.com. Fifth Third Ballpark is located at 4500 West River Drive, Grand Rapids, just off US-131.
The 20th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Banquet will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Boulder Creek Golf Course. Social hour begins at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m., with the induction following. Tickets are $18 per person and will be on sale at the Rockford High School Athletic Office, 4100 Kroes Road, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning Thursday, Oct. 1, through Monday, Oct. 12. The 2009 inductees are Tim and Pam Beimers (community members), and athletes Tammy (Staudacher) Daly, Jason Hartman, Fred Rowley and Jason Schab. The inductees will also be recognized prior to our homecoming football contest with East Kentwood on Friday, Oct. 16, with the ceremony beginning at 6:40 p.m. Tim and Pam Beimers have been very busy volunteer workers, spending countless hours in support of Rockford athletics. Pam has spent 10 years helping to direct and organize the parent committees (30+) involved with the Rockford football program. “Her service has been incredible, appreciated and unbelievably valuable with regard to keeping everything that goes into a season straight and organized,” stated Rockford varsity football coach Ralph Munger. Tim has been a member of the Rockford Sports Boosters board for many years, serving in various capacities. For many years he has served as head of the concessions program. He also has been very active in the football program. He brings the banner to the games and sees to it that things are set up at rest areas, banquet halls, stadiums and lockers rooms when the Rams travel. The Beimers have five sons, Tim, Brett, Luke, Jordan and Caleb (all have graduated), who were part of the Rockford football program, and a daughter, Amber, who is a sophomore athlete at Rockford High School (RHS). The Beimers have supported not only their children but also have given unselfishly to all of our athletes. Tammy Daly was a three-sport athlete at RHS before graduating as Rockford’s female athlete of the year in 1993. She was a varsity letter winner all four years in swimming, earning all-conference honors in 1992 when she was conference champion in the 50 freestyle. She was selected as the most valuable swimmer twice and held three varsity swim records. Daly lettered four years in track and was the co-captain […]
Two games to go in regular play by KURT BECKER Tuesday Sept. 15, the JV Rams had a home game against the Hudsonville Eagles. The game started out slow and against the Rams. The Eagles scored first at three minutes in to the game. The Rams returned the favor at 26 minutes. Ben Przybylski scored off a pass by Jesse Aronoff. The Rams pressed their attack and at 36 minutes into the first half Aronoff scored off a long ball from Ian Stankus. The score at the end of the first half was Rams 2, Eagles 1. The second half, the Rams pressed it to the Eagles. At only 14 minutes into the second half, Stankus ran through two defenders and scored on a bullet through the goalie’s hands. With 15 minutes left in the game, Przybylski scored on a quick one-touch pass from Zak Hermann past the Eagles’ goalie. Two minutes later, during a corner kick from Nick Krampe in front of the Eagles’ net, Hermann scored on a backward kick. With seven minutes remaining in the game, the Eagles scored against the Rams. The Rams would not give up and continued pressing the Eagles, and with six minutes left in the game, Conner Taylor scored on a long ball through the goalie’s hands. Final score: Rams 6, Eagles 2. Thursday, Sept. 17, the Rams went to Jenison to play the Wildcats. The game went back and forth until Aronoff, with an assist from Hermann, got the ball into the Wildcats’ net off a corner kick at 14 minutes into the game. Four minutes later Stankus kicked a great ball ahead of the Wildcats’ defenders, and Aronoff ran through both to score on a bullet through the goalie’s hands. The second half had the Rams wearing down the Wildcats, and at 14 minutes into the second half, Stankus passed to Przybylski, who had a long run and a one-on-one with the Wildcat goalie and scored. Then Danny Clark placed a long pass to Stankus, who ran past two Wildcat defenders and with a quick left turn shot Stankus scored. Four minutes later, Mitch Dubois passed to Aronoff for this third goal of the game. Final score: Rams 5, Wildcats 0. Saturday, Sept. 19, […]
Zeeland hosted the Sept. 18-20 weekend junior varsity water polo tournament. Rockford was given the opportunity to enter two teams into the tournament. Coached by Craig Peterman, the Rockford JV team was split into the Rockford “A” team and the Rockford “B” team. The teams were placed in opposite brackets, with the possibility of playing each other in the championship game of the weekend. Rockford “A” team was comprised of Justin Hulsebus, Michael Arend, Grant Beach, Dan Newberger, Trenton Babcock, Alex Savage, Corey Fase, Harrison Webb and Nick Willison. They defeated Grandville’s “B” team (17-0), Zeeland (16-2), and Okemos (14-1) to capture first place in their bracket. The Rockford “B” team was comprised of Corey Fase, Cody Brown, Nick Dulak, Conner Betten, Cameron Cross, Jared Seifert, Josh Waldvogel, Nathan Napolillio, Andrew Bleeker, and Justin Hulsebus. They defeated East Kentwood (8-7), Grandville’s “A” team (9-8), and a sudden-death win (10-9) against West Ottawa to secure first place in their bracket. Both Rockford teams managed to meet in the final game of the weekend to decide first and second places. In the true sense of “team,” Coach Peterman decided to mix up the players of both teams for the championship game. Both teams were coached alone during the whole weekend by Peterman, so he enlisted a parent/coach, Don Seifert, to take one of the teams. The two teams that were divided during the tournament became one team in the finals. During the final game, each teammate played with Rockford polo pride, knowing that they all had contributed to the final win of the weekend.