The success of any team can be measured several ways. The Rockford girls basketball team set out at the beginning of the season declaring a set of goals: play united, play and practice with a positive attitude no matter what happens, and play as a team, not as an individual. The Lady Rams accomplished all of these goals and along the way earned the title of OK Red conference champions. The success of the 2009-2010 Rams can be found in their overall 16-3 record, but a closer look finds what this team accomplished through hard work, positive attitude, and never giving up on each other. Last Tuesday night, Feb. 23, found the Rams in jeopardy of losing an important conference game, trailing the Wildcats of Jenison by five in the final minute of play. At a timeout in the action, junior sharpshooter Britney Prins came off the bench and quickly hit a crucial three-point shot to pull the Rams within one point. A Ram foul and Jenison free throw had the Wildcats leading by two with just seconds to play. A quick outlet pass on the failed free-throw conversion and sharp passing on offense found Ram sophomore Kimberly Weston set behind the three-point line. Weston calmly released a shot, finding the bottom of the net with 2.5 seconds left and securing a 43-42 Ram victory. Friday night, Feb. 26, the Rams needed to win in their final OK Red game of the season versus the Muskegon Big Reds to secure a conference championship. The Rams jumped out early and never let up. They showed the attributes that have defined the team all season: unselfish play, tough defense, and strong leadership. The final score was Rams 65, Muskegon 32. The highlight of the evening for players, fans and coaches was a rare occurrence; one not seen at Rockford High School ever before. On the home floor, and on the same night, both the Rockford girls and boys basketball teams brought home conference championships. Each player from both teams alternately had the opportunity to climb the victory ladder and cut a portion from the net, taking home a piece of their own history from two outstanding conference seasons. It was a special night and one not […]
OK Red Conference
31 medals, one state-qualifying time by DENISE WEBB At the beginning of the season, Rockford Head Coach Tom Parks commented that it was going to be a tough OK Red conference season for Rockford’s swim/dive team. The truth of this statement became evident on December 19 at the West Michigan Relays held at the Holland Aquatic Center. Of the 14 participating high school teams, the top three were from the OK Red conference, and the final scores revealed the intense competitiveness between these teams. Grandville won with 318 points, followed by Rockford (314) and West Ottawa (306). “Even though we lost by four points,” said Rockford senior co-captain Brian Ginebaugh, “we are happy with the results. Several teammates swam personal bests. Also, the entire team was exhausted, coming off of several weeks of tough training, so we actually performed better than we thought we would.” The tough training Ginebaugh mentioned includes one-hour practices before school and intense two-and-a-half-hour practices after school. All this water time equates to more than 6,000 miles swam collectively by the team within the first 20 days of practice. The meet provided ongoing excitement with more than 400 swimmers and divers performing in front of packed bleachers and a two-deep standing crowd. Rockford placed first in three of the 11 events: the 200-yard breaststroke (Derik Bothma, Ginebaugh, Jared Martella and Brian Wasberg; 1:56.56), the 200-yard butterfly (Alex Devries, Ben Fredrickson, Josh Travis and Wasberg; 1:40.47), and the 200-yard medley relay (Bothma, Devries, Ginebaugh and Connor Thelen; 1:42.45). The 200-yard medley relay team swam an impressive state-qualifying time, which was more than two seconds faster than the required 1:45.19. This event was the second state-qualifying time for Devries and the third for Bothma. During the diving portion of the meet, Rockford’s team of senior Tyler Johnson and juniors LJ McCauley and Kurt Plaggemars placed second with a combined score of 311.20 points. Once the meet ended, Rockford had earned 31 medals and one state-qualifying time. The medals earned include: • 200-yard breaststroke—first place, 1:56.56, seniors Bothma and Ginebaugh, junior Martella, sophomore Wasberg. • 200-yard butterfly—first place, 1:40.47, senior Devries, junior Fredrickson, and sophomores Travis and Wasberg. • 200-yard medley relay—first place, 1:42.45 (state-qualifying), seniors Bothma, Devries, Ginebaugh and Thelen. • Diving—second […]
Rockford is coming off a great second-place finish at the OK Red conference match. The Lady Rams beat Grand Haven, lost to Jenison, then beat Grandville, East Kentwood and Jenison, and then lost in the finals to Hudsonville. The Lady Rams played Lowell Monday, Nov. 2, in the first districts match and won in four sets. Cailie Johnson had 16 kills, Andrea Kacsits had three blocks, Kim Weaver had 38 assists, and Jenna Lysne served very well with seven aces. Rockford played Northview on Wednesday, Nov. 3, and won in three in the semifinal match. Johnson had 15 kills, Weaver had 36 assists, and three aces were contributed by Weaver, Halle Peterson and Sidney Rodriguez. The finals were against Greenville, in which the Lady Rams won 25-19, 25-17 and 25-13. This is the fourth year in a row Rockford has won the district championship. Johnson had 12 kills, Weaver had 27 assists, and four aces were contributed by Weaver and Lysne. Rockford will host regional competition this weekend, Nov. 13-14, and the Lady Rams will play Hudsonville in the first round. Rockford has beaten Hudsonville twice and lost to them twice.