Rockford Gymnastics

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 […]

Rockford gymnastics hosts dual meet

January 21, 2010 // 0 Comments

by JANE NOFFSINGER The Rockford gymnastics team hosted a dual meet against Mona Shores on Tuesday, Jan. 12. With an overall score of 139.625, the Rams proved that meeting their goal of 140 is within their reach! On the floor exercise, the scores soared with Ali VanBelkum taking the lead with an impressive 9.6. Kelsey Donely and Emily Noffsinger followed with a 9.3 and 9.05, respectively. On vault, Kaylie Newville ran hard and scored an 8.15 along with Casey Buelken scoring an 8.35. The beam proved to be the most difficult event of the evening, but the scores still reflected the skill level these girls are capable of. Jenelle Miller scored a 9.0 and Colleen Conroy an 8.65. Mona Shores took the meet with an overall score of 141.875. It was great competition held in an unbeatable venue. • • •