It was a tough night for the Lady Rams at the home of the East Kentwood Falcons on Thursday, Oct. 8. There was even a fire drill that emptied out the field house during the freshman and junior varsity volleyball games. Once back, the freshman match went on to three games, but ended on the downside, 25-11. Rockford’s record up to then was 17 wins, 13 losses and four ties. Coach Kelli Karelse said, “They are a great group of girls who work well together.” The Rockford JV volleyball team won at East Kentwood in two games. Bre Tobias helped the team to their victories with her excellent serves. The exciting night continued with the varsity game. However, it wasn’t the Lady Rams’ night, as they fell in three games. It was senior night for East Kentwood and everything just seemed to fall their way despite the beautiful blocking and spiking by senior Cailie Johnson and the excellent net play by Andrea Kacsits for Rockford. In the second game, Rockford was making a comeback and it ended in a close one—Falcons 25, Rams 21. The third and final game in the match went East Kentwood’s way. Rockford couldn’t seem to break their opponent’s serve and the Rams ended up falling, 25-15.
October 15 2009
Joel Rietsema Track & Field Joel Rietsema came to the RHS track team as a sprinter. His coach asked him to run the 800-meter in a meet, hoping for the best. That day Joel became Rockford High School track team’s fastest 800 runner. He has made a name for himself as the leader of the 4×400-meter relay team, the top athlete in the open 800, and the anchor of the 4×400-meter relay. Joel is the athlete every coach wishes he had. He is truly a team player, and a phenomenal all-around athlete. Congratulations, Joel, on being elected the Rockford Sports Boosters Athlete of the Week!
by KURT BECKER The biggest game of the year for the Rams junior varsity soccer team was the Thursday night East Kentwood game on Oct. 1. This game was huge because Rams JV Coach Stu Quackenbush was an assistant varsity coach at East Kentwood last year, and he wanted to start out the new relationship with a win. Plus, the Falcons’ JV team had the same win-loss record as the Rams’ JV squad. These two items set the tone for this match-up. The game was a defensive battle with neither team making their mark on the other. In the first half, the Rams had four shots on goal versus the Falcons’ eight. Jessie Aronoff had two shots, and Michael Becker, Connor Doud and Ian Stankus each had one shot on goal. At half the score was 0-0. Both teams came out in the second half and tried to get something going. Aronoff, Becker, Doud, Stankus and Nick Krampe all had shots on goal without any success. The Falcons resisted, and pressed with nine more shots in the second half. Neither team could get through the other’s defense. The final score was 0-0. On Monday, Oct. 5, the Rams played the Grandville Bulldogs at their home field. The Rams came out shooting and had eight shots in the first half. Eleven minutes into the half, Aronoff had a long run through two defenders and rifled a quick bullet past an out-of-position goalie into the back of the net. Stankus had four shots on goal in the first half. Stankus came out in the second half and wouldn’t be denied a goal. At 12 minutes into the second half, with an assist from Doud, Stankus scored by whipping one by the Bulldogs’ goalie at close range. Conner Taylor, Doud, Becker, Krampe and Austin Crowell all had shots on goal in the second half, keeping their goalie extremely busy. The final score was Rams 2, Bulldogs 0. This ended the regular season with a fine record of 11 wins, one loss and two ties for the JV Rams. The post-season district schedule pitted the Rams against the Hudsonville Eagles in the first round at Rams Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 8. The Eagles proved to be no […]
Rockford Riptide Swim Team is now registering swimmers ages 5 to 18 for its winter session, November 16 through March 19. Riptide is a United States Swimming competitive swim program and part of Rockford Aquatics. A registration session is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 23 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at North Rockford Middle School’s pool lobby. Competitive swimming experience is not necessary, and swimmers new to Riptide will be evaluated during the registration session so they can be placed in the program that best fits their skills and goals. For complete information about Riptide programs, visit www.riptide.org. Riptide is comprised of several swim sessions over the course of the year. These sessions vary in length and involve some meet opportunities in addition to practices. Fun events like beach parties and pizza and pool game nights are included during the sessions. Riptide also offers a pre-competitive swim program for younger swimmers wanting to learn more about a competitive swim team. Junior Riptide sessions last for five weeks and include a meet opportunity. The next Junior Riptide session starts Oct. 18. Fall Riptide swimmers just competed in their first USA swimming club of the season, the Spartan Pentathlon. For many of the newer swimmers, this was their first time competing and all placed in the top 10, most taking first through third places. It was a great experience for those who participated and a fantastic showing early in the season for the Riptide swim team. Riptide’s purpose is to introduce children to the benefits of competitive swimming and encourage swimmers to reach their highest level of potential in and out of the water while demonstrating leadership and sportsmanship skills.
(DNR)—The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is in the process of creating a management plan for Michigan white-tailed deer. White-tailed deer generate various levels of interest among Michigan’s citizens. This interest covers a large range of issues with many different perspectives. To prepare a strategic management plan for deer, issues and perspectives need to be identified, science-based information provided and stakeholder perspectives explored. The deer planning team developed the following planning process, which will be used to develop a citizen-approved strategic deer management plan. During the summer of 2009, public surveys were conducted by Michigan State University to gain a better understanding of Michigan citizens and their views on deer and deer management. DAT recommendations are to be presented to the Natural Resources Commission in October 2009. Drafting of the deer management plan is scheduled for winter 2010. The draft management plan is scheduled to be presented to the public in spring 2010, along with receiving input at open houses. The plan is to be presented to the director and Natural Resources Commission for approval next summer. Tribal Involvement—Under the 2007 Inland Consent Decree, the DNR will be consulting with tribal governments on deer management throughout the planning process. Information from these meetings will be incorporated into the deer management plan. Tribes will also have the opportunity to review draft plans as they are developed. Michigan Deer Advisory Team—The primary responsibilities of this team are to identify the important values to consider for deer management based on the information compiled at the regional meetings and formulate recommendations for the DNR. These will be facilitated discussions and all DAT recommendations will be reached by consensus. For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/dnr.