The Rockford volleyball team concluded their OK Red conference schedule with perfection by beating Jenison in the final match of the regular season. The Rams finished 7-0 and are ready to compete in the OK Red tournament, which takes place this Saturday, Oct. 30. Tournament action holds weight in the final standings as the Rams look to win their first ever OK Red title in school history. The Rams took care of the Jenison Wildcats in three sets in this best-of-five match. Jenison made the third set interesting, as they were fired up and took their game to a higher level, attempting to knock off the number two Class A state-ranked Rams. The third set ended with the Rams beating the Wildcats 30-28 in a win-by-two match-up to 25. The Rams celebrated the win against Jenison quickly, knowing they still have to perform at a high level in OK Red conference tournament action. The girls have done well in the regular season, but still have work ahead. They’ll be prepared for the challenge of finishing what they’ve started. The Rams play this Saturday at East Kentwood High School in the OK Red tournament, and then will begin district play at Lowell High School next week.
October 28 2010
All the games these girls have cheered for have been won by Rockford, with the exception of one game being a 0-0 score. It is widely felt that these girls have been the good luck charms. They are (front row, l–r) Emilee Glass, Ally Patin, Tensey Gavalis, Bridget Lass, Hannah Stinson; (back row) Amanda Eslinger, Taylor Blackburn, Coach Allie Hite, Katie Montroy, Ellie Sims; (not pictured) “manager mom” Courtney Blackburn. Most of the girls have been cheering for Rocket Cheer since 2007. Each year they are coached by a current high school cheerleader. This year, freshman Allie Hite has volunteered her time to coach this team.
Eclectic student shows calm confidence, dedication Jordan Sherwin has a wide range of interests and experience. He is currently working on earning a certificate in welding at Kent Community Technical Center and plans to complete the Grand Rapids Community College welding program. He can sew and enjoys working on clothing. Jordan is also interested in screen printing. This eclectic student is an outdoorsman who likes hunting, fishing and hiking. He is an avid bicycle rider and would like to learn foreign languages. Jordan’s calm confidence and dedication to meeting his goals is evident in his approach to school. He is a model of appropriate behavior and work ethic. His teachers constantly remark on his desire and ability to excel not only at River Valley Academy but at the next stages of his life as well. Most importantly, Jordan is an example of determination. Others can look to him for inspiration when things become difficult and see that great things are possible. Jordan plans on working in a welding career after college and then start a clothing business. He would like to travel while working in his profession and learn about different cultures and people.