Rockford Athletic Director Tim Erickson

Rockford men’s water polo fields 10 Academic All Americans

September 29, 2011 // 0 Comments

The Rockford men’s water polo team excels in the classroom as well as in the pool. Rockford Public Schools is honored to announce that 10 team members have been selected as Academic All Americans for the 2010-2011 school year. Dan Zang, Rockford High School principal, stated, “We are very proud of these fine young men and this very prestigious recognition. We wish them continued success in polo and so appreciate their commitment to excellence in the classroom.” To qualify for this honor, the selectees must have participated in a national water polo event. The Rockford Aquatic Club traveled to California this past summer to compete against teams from around the United States in the Water Polo Junior Olympics. Nominees must carry a minimum 3.6 GPA. Water polo coach Dave McWatters is very proud of the 10 students. “These young men represent the best of the Rockford student-athlete: succeeding in the classroom and in athletic competition. They are great role models for younger kids who want to accomplish great things both academically and athletically.” Gaining the honors are seniors Cody Brown, Eric Chisholm, Nick Dulak, Mac Finnie, Allyn Kinney and Alex Savage. Juniors honored are Mike Arend, Grant Beach, Corey Fase and Nick Willison. Further recognition goes to Arend, Beach, Dulak, Finnie, Kinney and Willison, who made “outstanding” recognition, which is carrying a GPA above 4.0. The water polo team has currently compiled a 19-1 record and is a model program in the state of Michigan. Superintendent of Rockford Public Schools Dr. Michael Shibler congratulates the team on their success and the 10 academic honorees. “The Rockford High School men’s water polo program is considered one of the most successful in the state of Michigan, if not the Midwest. This is because of our outstanding coaches, parent support, and our student-athletes, who excel in the classroom and in the pool. Without hesitation, I believe our men’s water polo program to be a ‘point of pride’ for the Rockford community.” Following are the plans of the senior recipients: • Cody Brown expects to attend Grand Rapids Community College for pre-med. • Eric Chisholm expects to attend Mercyhurst in Pennsylvania to study criminal justice. • Nick Dulak expects to attend Michigan Tech University to pursue engineering. • Mac […]

Rockford student athletes commit to college on Media Day

June 2, 2011 // 0 Comments

“This is your chance to get to know some of our outstanding student athletes,” said Athletic Director Tim Erickson on Tuesday, May 24. Nearly forty students and hundreds of parents along with members of the media were in attendance at the Freshman Center as the athletes committed to a college or university of their choice. In boys baseball, five students made a commitment to their next level of education. Bryan Baldwin will attend Spring Arbor University; Christian Lienesch and Austin Stephens will go on to play for Grand Rapids Community College, Caleb Post will attend Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Connor McClain will attend Aquinas College. From the basketball program Ryan Majerle has committed to playing his sport and attending college at the University of Toledo. Crew athletes Austin Burris and Chris Gaigalas will attend Grand Valley State University and TJ Jacobs will go on to Marietta College. In cross country track and field Abby Blanchard will run for the University of Notre Dame. Anna Bos will attend Trinity Christian College. Spencer Gerber will go on to compete for Ferris State University and Emily Halliday and Catie Rietsema will each attend Aquinas. Football’s Brett Egnatuk is moving on to study and play at Central Michigan University and Tyler Pratt will and Neil VanderLaan will continue their educations at Saginaw Valley State University. Colin Remtema is heading to Hillsdale College and Nate Sanders is going to Olivet College. Parker Ehniger will play and study at Cincinnati. Lacrosse player Alyssa Neuman will continue her athletic career and studies at Grand Valley State University. Sydney Gray will head to Rock Island, Illinios to the private college Augstana. In Soccer Syndey Benda will attend Savannah College of Art and Design; Emily Cowan will attend Cleveland State University; Melanie Esch goes to Coastal Carolina University; Dylan Bronkema will attend Indiana Wesleyan University and John Reglin will be going to Elmhurst. Softball player Peyton Wells will play and study at Hope College and Tricia Graham will go to Central Michigan University. Swim athletes Alexa Caster heads to Youngstown State University and Sloan Oullette will attend Hope College. Jamie Van Portfliet will attend Robert Morris University in downtown Chicago. Volleyball player Nicole Czehowski will attend Grand Rapids Community College and Heather Gates […]

Rockford gymnasts rock on beam

February 10, 2011 // 0 Comments

by KEGAN GATES  The gymnastics season is coming to an end and the Rockford gymnastics team is continually moving forward with scores and team unity. November came quickly, and with rumor of no coach, the gymnasts worried they may not have a season. Rockford Athletic Director Tim Erickson made it a point to keep gymnastics alive for Rockford and sought out coaches, Emily Nelson and Kegan Gates. As rookie high school coaches, everyone knew it would be a unique season for Rockford. The team started out with a total of six girls; four of them returning from last year and two senior girls returning from their freshman year. These six recruited and found seven more girls for a final team of 13, seven of whom have never done gymnastics before. The season began with fears of not doing very well with the loss of talented last-season seniors. However, the first competition proved that to be false. The girls won the first three-team competition against Lowell and Freeland. It was a great boost for both coaches and team, and everyone wanted more. As this season continues, each girl individually progresses. Together, the Rockford team made a poster of team goals and, within the first four competitions, 75 percent of the goals were achieved. January 22 was a huge meet for the girls, who traveled to Lowell High School early Saturday morning for an invitational. Lowell hosted Adrian, East Kentwood, Forest Hills, Kenowa Hills/Grandville, Mona Shores and Rockford. “We had no idea what kind of scores Adrian posted, and Kenowa Hills/Grandville is usually four or five points out of our reach. So right before march-in during our ‘pump-up huddle,’ we decided to only worry about beating our own scores and goals that day,” commented Coach Gates. “We had consistently been scoring 128s, and one of our captains, Jenelle Miller, said, ‘Let’s get a 130 today.’ The girls agreed and excitedly put their hands in for a Rockford team chant.” The Lady Rams began on balance beam, a tough place to start, but the team handled the pressure beautifully and counted no falls. Steady beam worker and senior captain Katie Palmisano stuck a routine and received an 8.2. Senior Lexi Merchant earned an 8.4. Sophomore Colleen Conroy posted […]

Four inducted into Rockford Athletic Hall of Fame

October 22, 2009 // 0 Comments

Twently years ago, then Athletic Director Dave Price instituted the Rockford Athletic Hall of Fame. He believed Rockford should recognize some of the outstanding athletes, coaches and community members that make the athletic program the success it is. Now that elite membership includes 92 individuals, four of which joined the ranks on Wednesday, October 14, in a ceremony at Boulder Creek Golf Club. Rockford Athletic Director Tim Erickson opened the evening by reminding the audience that nominations are always welcome, and the distinction is open to athletes, coaches and community members. Athletes must be students who graduated at least ten years before they can be nominated, coaches must have coached at least five years, and all candidates must have made a significant contribution to the Rockford athletic program. First to be recognized was Fred Rowley, receiving the award posthumously. Presenter Terry Konkle said Rowley was one of the young men who graduated Rockford High School to join World War II. “He was a great athlete of his era,” stated Konkle. Konkle said he went through the old Rockford Registers and found Rowley’s name often from 1939 to 1941, when Rowley graduated. “I noticed in the ‘40s about every week there was mention of athletes who were going into war. Then I would see the write-ups about how they died,” Konkle said. Rowley’s obituary ran September 2, 1943 after he was killed in the south Pacific. Konkle said Rowley was All Conference for football in the 1940 season, which was the first season at the “new” stadium on Lewis Street. He was also known to hit homeruns that went on the roof of the school on Main Street, now the administration building. Multiple people mentioned he did this about ten times a year in baseball, often going right over the school into the road. Tammy (Staudacher) Daly was the next to be inducted. Daly was a three-sport athlete who graduated in 1993. Don Seifert said Daly was described by her teammates as a dedicated athlete. “The word dedicated came up over and over again,” Seifert said. She was four years in swim, track and volleyball while also participating in band and the honor society. She said at the time she wanted to pursue a career in […]