Rockford High School

Rockford Education Association Scholarships Announced

May 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Jackie Holland-Decker At the Honors Convocation at Rockford High School on May 21, six young women were named the winners of the Rockford Education Association Scholarships, the Kent County Education Association Scholarship, and the Rockford Secretarial Association Scholarship. The first awards were presented by the Rockford Education Association for future teachers. The committee poured over more than 15 applications and discussed them at great length before determining the four recipients. This quartet of applicants stood out above the rest because of their excellence in the classroom and in character, and their determination to enhance the lives of children. Miss Darbee Farley, the daughter of Troy and Sandy Farley, plans to attend Drake University where she will study Elementary Education and earn an endorsement in Special Education for grades K-8. On her application, Miss Farley noted that her desire to teach special education began in fifth grade and carried on through middle school when she worked as a Ram Buddy with special education students. She continued working with them through Special Olympics and as a teacher’s aide this past year at Parkside Elementary. She gets especially excited when students accomplish things that so many of us take for granted. Throughout high school, she also has been a ready volunteer as a member of Student Council and is committed to serving others. Miss Kaitlin Bird, the daughter of Jim and Pamela Bird, plans to attend Aquinas College in the fall to pursue her dream to be an Elementary School teacher. Miss Bird said on her application she is spurred on to this career because she loves children and wants to make school fun yet educational for them. Her playful, child-like personality will give her an advantage in this realm. Because she is a person who cares and is willing to help others, she has been quite involved in civic activities throughout the community, including work as a camp counselor, as a Vacation Bible School leader, as a Leo Club member, and for two service projects which repaired homes for impoverished people. As an outstanding bowler on the Rockford High School team, she shared her talent and skills with team members and also participated in the Special Treasures bowling program for disabled children. Miss Jordan Hill, the […]

Split decision for Rockford softball

May 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

Rockford came out of the final week of OK Red softball action with a pair of resounding wins and a pair of tough losses. The losses came at Grand Haven on Monday, May 18th by score of 9-3 and 6-5. The wins came at home on Wednesday, May 20th against West Ottawa by scores of 16-3 and 11-0. The results left Rockford with an overall record of 22-12 and at 7-8 in the always difficult OK Red. There is one final warm up on the docket for the Rams as they will travel to South Christian for a doubleheader on Tuesday, May 26th to prepare for the MHSAA Division 1 state tournament. Rockford will take on Greenville in the opening game at Lowell on Saturday, May 30th at 10:00 P.M. Should the Rams prove victorious they will take on the winner of the other side of the bracket (Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern, Northview and Lowell) in a game that will begin sometime around 2:00 P.M. Rockford jumped out to the lead in both of the games against Grand Haven but lost the lead early in one of the games and in extra innings in the other. The Rams led 2-0 going into the third inning but the game turned at that point for the bad. The Bucs pushed across six in the third and added three more in the fourth to claim the 9-3 win. Chelsea Chesebro and Lexi McCarthy both had a pair of hits to pace the Ram offense. Game two was a heart-breaker for Rockford. After holding the lead for most of the contest, a four-run Grand Haven rally in the bottom of the sixth knotted things up at 5-5. Rockford couldn’t push a run across in either the seventh or eighth inning and the Buccaneers scored in the bottom of the 8th to claim the tough 6-5 decision. Whitney Card, Madison Mayle and Paige Creasey had a pair of hits each to pace the Rockford offensive attack. Jenna Davis added a triple while Mackenzie Vallad chipped in with a double of her own. The Rams left 12 runners on base in the disappointing defeat. Things went to a decidedly orange and black tint when the Rams returned home to host […]

Rams sweep trio of games from Grand Haven

May 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

Rockford closed out the 2015 OK Red baseball season with three victories over Grand Haven. Great pitching was again a common theme for the Rams as the triumvirate of Jack Weisenburger, Bryce Kelley and Landen Haney all proved difficult for the Buccaneers to produce even a modicum of consistency against at the plate. Rockford swept a twin bill from Grand Haven on the road on Monday, May 18th by scores of 3-2 and 3-0. That was followed up by Rockford posting a 5-3 decision at home on Wednesday, May 20th. The wins left Rockford with a final record of 10-5 in the OK Red and 22-10 on the season. Rockford will have one final tune up as they prepare for the MHSAA Division 1 districts at Lowell on Saturday, May 30th. That will be a contest with South Christian on Tuesday, May 26th. Rockford will take on Greenville in the second of two district semis in a game scheduled for 12:30 P.M. Should they prove successful in that contest, they will advance to take on whichever team of Lowell, Northview or Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern survives the other half of the bracket in a game immediately following the conclusion of the Rockford-Greenville contest. Weisenburger was brilliant for the first six innings of the opener of the doubleheader on Monday as he allowed no hits while fanning 12. The Bucs finally broke through in the final inning with a solid single and a couple of bleeders but the 3-0 lead the Rams took into the seventh proved to be just enough to hang on for the 3-2 win. Kelley again followed Weisenburger to the hill and again showed the prowess he brings to the southpaw side for the Rams. This time around it was a two-hitter for Kelley and a 3-0 win for Rockford. Once again the most disconcerting thing for Rockford was their inability to string together hits for a big inning. Fortunately they once again did just enough to claim the “W”. Haney wasn’t quite as dominant as Weisenburger or Kelley but he was definitely efficient enough to become the third Ram hurler to go the distance in hurling Rockford to the 5-3 victory on Wednesday. This time around it was again a […]

Rams claim MITCA crown again

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The Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association has held a state championship event almost annually since 1999. This event differs from the Michigan High School Athletic Association state tourney in that it uses the entire team as a measuring stick in each of the 17 events rather than the MHSAA meet where a few standouts can and sometimes do lead their team to a state title. There have historically been two almost givens when some of the finest track teams in the state convene for the annual MITCA event. The first is that the Rams claim the title on a regular basis. The second is that it is a reprise of the showdowns between Rockford and East Kentwood in both a regular season dual meet and the OK Red conference meet. When both schools attend the MITCA event one can almost rest assured that they will end up in the top two spots. For the third time in 2015 in the event held at Macomb Dakota High School on Saturday, May 23rd, it was once again Rockford’s turn to revel in the winner’s circle in the heated rivalry with EK. The Rams amassed 1558 points to top the second-place Falcons from East Kentwood who ended the meet with 1503.5 points. Rockford came home in first place in five of the seventeen events led by the efforts of senior thrower Maegan McCarthy’ McCarthy swept both the shot put and discus events with tosses of 43′ 1.25″ and 138′ 2″ respectively. The other individual winner for Rockford was sophomore Olivia Rademacher who took the 100-meter hurdle race with a time of 15.78. Rademacher was also second in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 46.21 (a PR for the talented hurdler). They were joined in the winner’s circle by a pair of Ram relay teams. The 4×200 squad of Doofan Nyamor, Casey Lenon, Makayla Clum and Sammy Cuneo finished in 1:42.03 and the 4×800 quartet of Molly Weir, Maja Hill, Jessica Barnhardt and Kerianne Schoff crossed first with a mark of 9:32.95. Cuneo had a pair of second-place showings in the 100 and 200-meter dashes with times of 12.25 and 24.89 respectively. Tensey Gavalis joined Cuneo, Nyamor and Lenon as a part of the second-place 100-meter relay team […]

Rockford Girls Lacrosse Starts Playoff Run

May 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

Last Wednesday the Rockford girls lacrosse team started its playoff run with the goal of earning an eighth consecutive regional championship and a third consecutive state championship.  In this opening playoff game, the Rams faced a team from Portage Northern. A win in this game was a must in order for the Rams to achieve these goals.  As a result, the Rams were motivated and got off to a quick start scoring their first goal after only 28 seconds had ticked off the clock.  The Rams continued to put the pressure on and extended their lead to 5-1 after six minutes of play and took a 12-3 lead into halftime.  When the second half began, Rockford continued to play hard and put points up on the scoreboard.  When the buzzer sounded to signal the end of the game, Rockford came out on top by a 19-5 margin. Seven different Rams contributed to the goal total with Alex Vander Molen leading the charge with 6.  Mekenzie Vander Molen added 4 goals, and Brooklyn Neumen also had 3.  Also making valuable contributions in the win were Maggie Hammer with 2 assists, and Ashley Laura and Grace Gunneson each with important assists and goals.  Defender Kelly Spehar scooped up 2 ground balls, while Emily Byers and Zoe Newmann tallied draw controls for the Rams.  In goal, Katie Elwell and Bri Houle prevented Portage from closing the gap in the score with the saves that each made.  When asked about the game, senior goalie Katie Elwell said, “We were all excited and a bit nervous.  A lot of us hadn’t had a lot of playoff experience, but it definitely wasn’t noticeable.  We all stepped up and played like we needed to.  We battled through aggressive situations and came out with a great win!” According to Head Coach Mike Emery, “This was a good win for us as we have a lot of players with no playoff experience.  It’s a different game with much more intensity.  We saw some things for us to work on as we move through the regional tournament.  It’s important to improve every game at this stage.” The Rams continue their playoff run this week with a regional semi-final game against Grand Haven.  A victory in […]

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