Yoga by the Dams, sponsored by SheActive Boutique, is held every summer Saturday at 9am. Every class is donation-based and open to all abilities. Each week is lead by a different instructor, benefitting a different local organization. The photos are from Family Yoga by the Dams, led by Tamara Reaume and benefiting Kids’ Food Basket, Saturday, June 27. The event raised $120 which will provide 120 meals for Kent County children. Please feel free to call with any questions or clarifications, 874.9936.
The Rockford Rams Varsity Hockey team continues to roll, despite a rash of injuries. Rockford tied Grandville 2-2 on Friday, January 16 and beat Hudsonville 7-6 in OT on Saturday, January 17. Rockford headed into the Friday night contest against Grandville without forward Brad Dertien who suffered a shoulder injury against Mona Shores a few nights earlier. With Dertien out, the coaching staff knew they would need to juggle lines in order to compete against a tough Grandville Bulldogs squad. Grandville held a 1-0 lead after the first period. In the middle period, both teams scored; John Filipiak netted Rockford’s first goal of the game (with Jarrett Ullrey picking up the lone helper). The second period brought new challenges for the Rams as both Filipiak and Tanner Vesche went to the locker room with game-ending injuries. The Rockford coaches reacted by moving defensemen Ullrey and Nik Baumgardner to forward leaving only four skaters on the blueline for the remainder of the game. Despite the adversity, Rockford responded. Grandville saw their 2-1 lead disappear midway through the third period when Jacob McNamara sniped the game-tying goal into the top left corner (Ullrey and Brandon Perry assisted). The two teams remained scoreless the rest of the period and through the 8-minute overtime session. When the final horn sounded, the scoreboard read Rockford 2, Grandville 2. Ram goalie Brendan Coolbaugh made 29 saves on 31 shots in the tie. All three injured Rockford players were scratched for the Saturday matinee contest against Hudsonville. The coaches responded by again moving Ullrey and Baumgardner up front and going with four defensemen. Rockford started hot, scoring the first four goals of the game. Baumgardner opened the scoring 78 seconds into the contest (unassisted). Brock Johnson scored two (the first assisted by Braden King and the second assisted by King and Perry) and Taylor Edgecomb netted one (assisted by Brendan Kennedy and Connor Foss). Midway through the first Rockford held a 4-0 advantage. Hudsonville, however, would not go quietly. The Eagles responded by scoring the final two goals in the first period and four unanswered goals in the second. After 34 minutes of play, Rockford trailed 6-4. The Rams were energized in the third period, controlling much […]
Bruce Turner was about as behind the scenes as it was possible to be when it came to his contributions to the athletic programs at Rockford High School. He was rarely seen or heard but his efforts kept the Rams on the cutting edge of video work over the past 25 years. That incredibly valuable aspect of a successful team was finally silenced on Friday, January 9th when Mr. Turner passed away unexpectedly at the age of 68. “Bruce was involved in our football program in just about every aspect it was possible to be involved,” said Rockford Football Coach Ralph Munger. “He taped preseason conditioning, our trips to Roscommon, 7 on 7s, team camps, youth camps and every game and practice as well as anything else he felt was necessitated . He was very creative and was far ahead of the times when it came to his use of that valuable tool for the team’s success. He also did wrestling and basketball at various times for Rockford. All of his efforts will be impossible to replace as a whole and he will be dearly missed.” Turner was also described as a “patriot” by Munger, who noted that whenever the National Anthem was played “Bruce was always the first to come to attention and maintain a professional countenance for the song’s duration.” Turner was a member of the 101st Airborne Division and served his country proudly in the Vietnam War. Although he was not an employee of Rockford Public Schools, it would be difficult to imagine anyone not employed by the schhol district who so selflessly devoted his time for the betterment of any team. Turner and Munger collaborated together in the television studio at RHS to put together highlights and very motivational tapes for the team and coaches. For every one minute of tape that was used Munger estimated that a full hour of production work was necessitated to procure that valuable minute. “None of this ever would have happened if I hadn’t knocked on his door just after I was hired 23 years ago,” said Munger. “I had gotten word that he had done some work for Harvey DeGood so I decided to knock on his door. He answered and the rest was […]
This fall, Rockford Senior Zach Meeks committed to play lacrosse at the next level out in Colorado at Adams State University. After being pulled up to Varsity his Freshman year, Meeks has become a vital part to the Rockford program, playing both midfield and attack depending on the team’s needs. Zach is being recruited to play as a midfielder at the next level. Adams State Head Coach Jason Levesque commented on Zach’s athleticism and his intangibles on and off the field, “One of the first things that we saw when watching Zach play was his athleticism. He was great between the lines and we found he had a lot of those hustle stats you don’t see in the box score.” Levesque continued, “He’s definitely a well put together young man from what we’ve seen so far, both physically and mentally from a maturity standpoint. We’re very much looking forward to working with Zach both on and off the field here at Adams State for the next four years” While playing in college has always been a dream for Meeks, it’s what Adams State offered in the classroom that finalized his decision to commit. “Academically the class sizes are 18-22 students. Getting to know my teachers is a big part of me excelling as a student and I know I can excel in the environment at Adams State.” said Meeks, “Coach Levesque runs a great program with guys that want to succeed and that’s what I want to be part of.” “He [Meeks] is a very talented player who will be a great offensive threat for the Rams during his senior season,” said former Rockford Coach Pete Sims, “He’s had the desire to play at the collegiate level since his freshman year. Adams State is getting a solid player and a great young man.”