The Rockford varsity volleyball team found themselves on top of the OK Red conference standings with a win over rival East Kentwood this past Thursday, Sept. 30. The Rams won this best-of-five match in four games, losing only the first set. The Lady Rams settled down and stormed back with three straight and decisive wins in this match of undefeated OK Red teams. The Rams moved to 4-0 in conference play and 32-7-0 overall. Rockford has future conference matches ahead on the schedule with Grandville, Hudsonville and Jenison. In Thursday’s match, Rockford showed a tentative start due in part to East Kentwood’s strong defense. During the second set, it was easy to see when the Rams settled in to their own game, consisting of a variety power offense, strong passing, and a tenacious defense. Once the Rams had the momentum on their side, they never let East Kentwood back in the match. The Rams’ next match is Thursday, Oct. 7 at Grandville High School, and then the Rams travel to Byron Center on October 9 to compete in an area tournament.
October 7 2010
See the most unique front desk of any business in Rockford at Advanced Aquariums, 11 N. Main Street, but even the hand made ships bow can’t steal the show from the real stars, more than 50 different kinds of fresh and saltwater fish in dozens of tanks. John and Heather Richardson are helped in the family business by their five children, who range in age from 13 to 21. The company celebrated a grand opening on Friday, September 24 after taking some time to settle in after an earlier move. “We have three times the space at this location,” Heather said of the new digs. “Plus we have the downstairs and we plan to propagate our own coral down there.” The space features the creaky wood floors of many of Rockford’s older buildings and is owned by Tom Cronkright. Formerly it housed G. Wilikers and before that it was briefly a second-hand furniture store and was part of the building Ace Hardware occupied. Advanced Aquariums moved from its earlier spot next to Peppinos Pizza at the intersection of Northland Drive and East Main Street, and the business was operated prior to that out of the Richardson’s home. “We were slow to grow but we don’t owe anyone,” Heather stated. The shop was a hit from day one during Rockford’s first ArtCapsule event, where one youngster voted for the puffer fish, even though it wasn’t one of the art event’s entries. The other denizens of the store include a unicorn tang—a pretty blue fish with a long nose. According to Kevin, 19, one of the couple’s boys who was helping out during the grand opening, you can tell the age of a unicorn tang by the length of its “nose.” Find helfrichi fire fish, cocoa worms, Christmas tree or feather duster anenomie within the waters of Advanced Aquarium. Clams, corals and dancing shrimp which work for their living and don’t even get minimum wage, are all fun to watch if not bring home. Some of the fish are like family. “None of these are for sale,” Kevin said of the long tank which features coral, which are for sale and are arranged according to price, but also some of the larger fish in the store. “I’ve […]
For the second year in the row, the Rockford High School marching band won the grand champion award at the 25th annual Otsego High School Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 25. Twenty-three high schools performed in this year’s competition with Rockford taking first overall with a score of 93.3 out of 100 possible points. Rockford also won best in class AA for music, color guard and drum major performances. This event was a scholastic marching band competition. Each band is judged on music performance, music effect, marching performance and visual effect. The following schools placed first in their respective classes: • Class A, Byron Center, 89.7 • Class BB, Gull Lake, 81.4 • Class B, Plainwell, 83.1 • Class C, Newaygo, 83.3 • Class D, Gobles, 74.0 “I thought the kids did a great job Saturday night,” said Brian Phillips, Rockford band director. “We have a strong base for our show. Our job now is to build—we have much to add—and refine—we have much to clean—as we finish the program!” The band now begins their competitive bid to qualify for the Michigan Competing Band Association (MCBA) state championship at Detroit’s Ford Field on November 6. In order to qualify, bands must compete in at least two MCBA-sanctioned contests and place among the 11 highest scoring bands in its flight. Rockford has made the state finals every year since joining the MCBA and placed third at last year’s championship. Rockford has three competitions remaining on their schedule, and all are MCBA-sanctioned events. To help with program costs for all age groups in the Rockford band program, including the high school’s upcoming performance at Walt Disney World over Christmas break, the Rockford band parents are selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a new 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. Tickets are $25 each or five for $100, and are available at any home football game, through any student in the Rockford band program, or at Kool Chevrolet on Plainfield Ave. in Grand Rapids. The drawing is scheduled for Rockford’s homecoming football game on October 15. For more information, visit the Rockford band’s website at www.rockfordbands.org.
Rams shock Muskegon with 52-44 upset by TIM COOPER From many people attempting, and few finishing, the gastronomical monstrosity that is the Fifth Third burger, to a rousing chorus of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” some traditions at Fifth Third Ballpark never change. On Friday, Oct. 1, the park renewed a tradition by inviting two local high school football teams to participate in its annual tradition at the ballpark. Instead of backstops and base paths, there were goal posts and sidelines. Instead of Tigers’ prospects and dreams of Major League careers, it was the Rockford Rams and the Muskegon Big Reds with hopes of OK Red supremacy. The opening kickoff set the tone for a night of surprises, as Muskegon caught the Rams off guard with an on-side kick, which the Big Reds recovered. Four plays later, Big Reds quarterback Kavonta Keyes sprinted 17 yards into the end zone, giving Muskegon an early 6-0 lead, after the Rams’ Brandon Lubenow blocked the extra point attempt. The Rams’ first possession ended in an interception, just three plays into the drive. They retained possession of the ball after just three more plays, however, when Zack Nelson recovered a fumble forced by teammate Colin Remtema. The fumble recovery set up Rockford’s first score of the night, a 38-yard field goal by Steve Mette, cutting the Big Reds’ lead in half. Muskegon ate up the remainder of the first quarter and the opening minute of the second quarter, driving the field, before Keyes found an open Darren Briggs for a 17-yard touchdown pass, extending the Big Reds’ advantage to 13-3. Rockford’s offense found its footing on its next possession, with Mark LaPrairie going a perfect eight-for-eight on passes before handing the ball to Zach Schmuck for the final yard, bringing the Rams within three points of Muskegon. The Rams then took advantage of a second Muskegon fumble on the kickoff, giving them the ball at the Muskegon 21. Four plays later, LaPrairie found Aaron Weston in the end zone, giving the Rams their first lead of the evening. Rockford took the 17-13 lead into halftime. Rockford’s first play of the second half saw LaPrairie passing to star receiver Neil VanderLaan for a 54-yard touchdown pass, allowing […]