by RANDY GREGORY Rockford football Coach Ralph Munger isn’t quite sure how many years it has been going on and isn’t quite sure about everyone who has participated as an instructor over the last several years in the annual Rockford Quarterback Technique Clinic. But the one thing he does know is that the event is drawing from a larger area every year. This year’s camp had no fewer than 29 participants ranging from seventh- to 12th-graders who attend schools as diverse as South Christian, Byron Center, Belding and Fremont (as well as Rockford). “This camp was started by Matt McCarthy and it has grown annually,” said Munger. “Matt was the offensive coordinator at Ferris State [University] and has worked at several other schools. He brought a wealth of knowledge and we have just taken the ball and run with it. We stress technique and practice drill after drill as well as bringing in receivers over the course of the camp. This year went extremely well, and it was great to see a lot of former Rams coming back to help the younger kids who want to become better quarterbacks.” Among the former Ram quarterbacks who were part of the staff this year were Joe Schwander, Steve Fusee, Robert Banaszak, Tim McGee and Mark LaPrairie. The event began on Monday, June 25 and concluded on Wednesday, June 27. “When you are fortunate enough to experience the success we have over the last fifteen or twenty years, it is not uncommon for other teams to want to see what you are doing and see if it will benefit them in the long run,” said Munger. “It isn’t always that you are given the chance to impart the things that you have learned over the course of your career to so many eager young men. They were all a pleasure to work with and we look forward to doing it again next year.”
Rockford Coach Ralph Munger
Six players sign letters of intent for college Six Rockford Rams football players were among athletes who signed letters of intent with the college or university of their choice at Celebration Cinema Wednesday, Jan. 31. The National Letter of Intent Day is the traditional day for athletes to make the commitment to continue their athletic career after their high school days are complete. For Rockford, kicker Steve Mette will play for Hillsdale College along with quarterback Mark LaPrairie. Ben Braden, Rockford’s six-foot, seven-inch and 320-pound offensive tackle, will be Rockford Coach Ralph Munger’s first Big Ten recruit, as he signed to play at the University of Michigan. Linebacker Anthony DeDamos and tight end Aaron Weston both head to Wayne State University. Linebacker Matt Boonstra will continue his athletic and academic career at Northern Michigan University. Coach Munger was understandably proud of all the Rockford players and praised the talent they have contributed to the Rams team.
by BETH ALTENA Six Rockford senior football players put it in writing and have committed to the college of their choice. On Wednesday, February 9 Rockford head Football Coach Ralph Munger invited the public and the media to an honorary signing of letters of intent, delayed one week from the first legal day student athletes can commit to a college or university. The event was cancelled a week prior because of the blizzard. “We have a much nicer day for this than last week,” Munger noted, before introducing Nate Sanders, Tyler Pratt, Neil Vanderlaan, Brett Egnatuk, Colin Remtema and Parker Ehinger to a crowd of family and friends at Rockford High School. “Each of these young men have represented us well,” he stated. “Your parents, staff, community and teammates are proud of you and the team.” Munger spoke about each of the athletes, noting that Parker Ehinger received high praise from coach Butch Jones of Cinncinati, his choice. Jones stated during a sports radio program that he couldn’t wait to get Parker down to Cincinati and that he knows he is getting a quality student-athlete when he accepts a Rockford player. Parker, #78, six-feet, eight inches and 270 pounds, plays offensive lineman and has been one of Rockford’s star players during his high school career. Parker is the son of Ric and Michelle Ehinger At Cincinnati he plans to pursue an education in criminal justice. Colin Remtema, #29, six-feet, one inch at 191 plays offensive linebacker for the team. He was a two-year starter for Rockford who Munger described as a “pillar of our defense.” He said the athlete had an “unbelievable senior year.” Colin committed to playing football for Hillsdale College. Colin is the son of Dave and Diane. He chose Hillsdale because he immediately felt at home on the campus. In addition to continuing his athletic career he hopes to study in the medical field. Tyler Pratt, #45, at six feet, one inch and 220 pounds was also a two-year starter for Rockford and played linebacker. Coach Munger also called him a pillar of the team’s defense. Tyler, along with Neil VanderLaan, committed to Saginaw Valley State University. Pratt’s position was offensive lineman. Tyler is the son of Jim and Janet. He hopes […]