On April 27, the Rockford Rams golf team competed in the OK Red Mid-Season Tournament at L.E. Kaufmann Golf Course, hosted by Grandville. The Rams fell to the Bulldogs by five shots to finish second. Three Rams golfers made it into the top 10 but couldn’t make up the difference, as Grandville shot 324 to the Rams’ 329. The Rams golfers who medaled were Trent Davison with 79 for second place, Sam Gallup with 81 for fifth, and Jake Chaffee with 83 for seventh. This brought the Rams to second place, one point behind Grandville in the OK Red standings. This Saturday, May 1, the Rams competed in the Forest Hills Central Invitational at Grand Valley State University. This was the strongest field the Rams had competed against yet this year with a total of six state-ranked teams out of a strong field of 17 teams. The Rams showed their depth with four out of five golfers breaking 80. Gallup took 10th with 77, and Steven Mette, Chaffee, and Eric Conroy all tied for 16th with a score of 79. This gave the Rams a total of 314, which fell short of only Forest Hills Central and East Grand Rapids. This should be a nice stepping stone for the Rams squad as they move into the bulk of their season. Their OK Red record is currently 11-1, with an overall record of 59-4. Rockford’s Spring Classic will be held May 8 and the Rockford Invitational May 15. These are two very good golf tournaments in which many of the best teams in the state of Michigan will be competing. The Spring Classic will be held at Cedar Chase with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Four of the eight competing teams currently hold a top 10 state ranking in their respective divisions. Rockford’s Invitational includes many top-ranked teams competing, such as Forest Hills Central, East Grand Rapids and Rockford. • • •
Five weeks ago, January 15, it took a Herculean effort for Grand Haven to overcome an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter and double overtime to defeat the Rockford girls basketball team. However, Friday, Feb. 19, the Buccaneers defeated the Rams in regulation play 48-36. Grand Haven’s game plan apparently was to crash the defensive boards, make quick outlet passes to open Bucs, and push the ball up court, scoring easy points inside. The taller Bucs were able to accomplish this on numerous occasions, taking a 13-4 first-quarter lead. The Rams were finding it difficult to hit the open player inside and were finding it equally difficult scoring from outside. Grand Haven took a 22-8 advantage into intermission, holding the Rams to their fewest points all season. Rockford’s Lady Rams fought back, outscoring the taller Bucs in the third quarter, 11-8, on gritty play from sophomore Kimberly Weston, and seniors Allison Huyser and Katherine Huyser. Grand Haven held Rockford in check offensively by blocking a considerable number of shots during the second half. Unfortunately, the Rams never found their offense and seemed unable to push the ball up court to open players. The difficulty in scoring made it hard for the Rams to transition into their full court pressure, a trademark of their success all season. Leading the Lady Rams in scoring were Weston (10 points), A. Huyser (9), Caitlyn Patterson (7), K. Huyser (4), Megan Kelley (4), and Halle Peterson (2). Rockford was 7-9 from the charity line, with Grand Haven at 17-24. Rockford had 17 fouls; Grand Haven 11. After this game, a three-way tie exists atop the OK Red conference: Rockford, Grand Haven and West Ottawa, all with identical 9-3 records. Tuesday, Feb. 23, the Rams host Jenison, then host Muskegon on Friday, Feb. 26. • • •
by MARY JO HUMPHREYS-HILLS The Rockford varsity competitive cheer team jumped and tumbled their way to a sixth-place finish on February 19 at the district meet in Jenison. In one of the most exciting meets this year, the Lady Rams were within a point of a fifth-place finish, scoring a total of 776.2 in all three rounds. A charged round one resulted in a score of 221.4, followed by 16 solid team tucks for a total of 239.9 in round two. The round three score was 314.9, as the cheerleaders performed one of their top performances this season. The district competition followed another exciting meet in West Ottawa the previous Tuesday, where the Lady Rams had their best scores this season. The Lady Rams tied for fourth place in conference standings and finished another close fifth in the final OK Red conference post-season competition on February 16. Each cheer round was split by a narrow margin between all the teams in Division I. The Lady Rams tallied solid scores of 222 in round one and 248 in round two, while finishing with a final round three score of 323, setting a new school record. Seniors Torri Mills and Nicole Siderius set the foundation for the future for this group of women. Mills is finishing her fourth year and was energized by the drive and heart of this team for the sport. “This team wants to be here,” commented Mills. Her facial expressions, motions and solid experience as a flyer make her a lasting impression. Also in her fourth year, Siderius, who is also in all three rounds, worked to strengthen the confidence in the underclassmen. She is always ready to work and never steps back from a challenge. “This team has grown so much this year. It has been fun to work with a group who will listen and work to step up their game,” she said. Both seniors are fantastic leaders who lead by example on the floor. All the seniors have shown remarkable leadership this year in building the strong team with a big heart. Coach Kathy Jo Resseguie summed up the season, “I am so extremely proud of the girls this season. They fought till the end and never backed down. We […]
Plainfield Township Clerk Scott Harvey is now processing passport and voter registration forms at the township’s Thursday farm market on Plainfield Avenue. “It is difficult for some customers to be able to visit Town Hall during business hours,” Harvey said. “With the success of the farm market, the clerk and staff have been present at the market every week until 7 p.m. As official United States Passport Acceptance Agents, they will be able to begin processing this week and continue until the market ends October 15. Requirements are available on the U.S. Department of State web site or at plainfieldchartertwp.org. You may also call the clerk’s office at (616) 364-8466. There will also be a special Passport Sunday at the township offices, 6464 Belmont Road, Sunday, October 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Plainfield farm market is from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursdays in the front parking lot of Frontline Church at the intersection of Plainfield and Five Mile Road.