“Rockford water polo has been very successful, with the boys high school team winning five state championships and the girls team three,” said Coach Dave McWatters. “Our success, though, lies not just with the won-loss record. Water polo teaches discipline, teamwork, dedication, and helps kids get in shape. The kids have a lot of fun, so even if they have never played before, we will teach them.” What is water polo? McWatters says, “Take a little soccer in the water, add some strategies from basketball and hockey, run some football passing routes, some long baseball throws, mental chess moves, mix them all in H20 and you have this exciting sport.” Have fun with the great sport of water polo! Here are some great opportunities to try out an awesome sport. Sessions are taught by the Rockford High School coaches and players at the Rockford High School pool. Coed Elementary School Camp (for kids entering grades 2-5) is Tuesday, June 23, and Thursday, June 25, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $20, payable to “Rockford Water Polo,” at the first day of camp. Out-of-district cost is $30. Coed Middle School Camp (for kids entering grades 6-9) is Tuesday, June 23, and Thursday, June 25, from noon to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $25, payable to “Rockford Water Polo,” at first day of camp. Out-of-district cost is $35. Feel free to call Coach Dave McWatters at (616) 690-7643 for further information.
Rockford High School
The Rockford Athletic Department will be accepting nominations for the Rockford Athletic Hall of Fame through May 15, 2009. The class of 2009 will be officially inducted during homecoming week this coming fall. The Athletic Hall of Fame was created in 1990 to honor individuals who have contributed to the athletic program. Each year, a panel meets to select members to be inducted from a pool of candidates nominated by Rockford alumni and community members. The criteria for nominating an individual is simple. The nominee must have exemplified the pride and spirit of Rockford Athletics during and following his/her career. An athlete is eligible if they have graduated from Rockford High School at least 10 years prior to induction. A coach is eligible if they have coached in the Rockford school system for at least five years. Community members and other at-large nominees must have made significant contributions to the Rockford High School program. If you would like to nominate someone deserving of this honor, please contact the Rockford Athletic office at (616) 863-6040 or e-mail Athletic Director Tim Erickson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rockford High School is proud to announce the hiring of Brian Richardson as the head varsity wrestling coach. Richardson will take over for Don Rinehart, who recently retired after spending 35 years with the Rockford wrestling program. Richardson has been an assistant wrestling coach at Rockford for the past 12 seasons. During these 12 years, he was a member of the staff that coached the team to nine OK Red championships, nine district championships, six regional championships and two MHSAA Division I state titles. Coach Richardson previously served as an assistant coach at Avondale High School and Kalamazoo Central High School. He was recognized as Division I Assistant Coach of the Year in 2006. He also has been a registered MHSAA wrestling official since 1985. In addition to wrestling, Coach Richardson has also been a member of the Rockford football coaching staff since 1999. Coach Richardson has been in the teaching profession for the past 17 years and currently teaches in the area of technology education at Rockford High School. He received his undergraduate degree at Western Michigan University and his master’s degree in career and technology education from Bowling Green State University. He and his wife Carolyn reside in Rockford with their two children, Jack and Jamie.
Trent Vander Lende was recently named Player of the Week for the Rockford Rebels 12U baseball team for the week ending May 3, 2009. Vander Lende was 1-0 as a pitcher and batted 3-7 with two doubles and four runs batted in. He also had five stolen bases for the week. For his efforts, Vander Lende will receive a 10 dollar gift card and a free pizza from B.C. Pizza in Belmont.
Andrea Kay Kacsits, age 15, is the daughter of John and Susan Kacsits and sister to Olivia and Victoria. She is known at her school as a person of many outstanding gifts. Teachers say Andrea is intelligent and articulate, but also physically gifted and a talented athlete. Her greatest strengths, however, are rooted in her spirit, attitude and heart. Andrea consistently demonstrates her sensitivity to the needs and feelings of others and her compassion and empathy are evident on a daily basis. An outstanding communicator, Andrea is able to put others at ease and comfortably engage peers as well as adults. A natural self-confidence and openness allow her to share her great sense of humor. She is full of life. When other students struggle at class work, Andrea is there to help. She has a sensitive heart to those who are suffering or hurting and is quick to offer support and encouragement. A member of Resurrection Life Church in Rockford, Andrea is active in the church youth group. She is also a strong athlete who balances compassion with her strong competitive nature. It is not unusual to see her express concern and offer help to a member of an opposing team who has been hurt. Andrea is a member of the National Junior Honor Society, a three-time state champion in 14-and-Under AAU basketball, a member of the 2007 national championship AYBT basketball team, a member of the Lakeshore Regional High Performance Volleyball team in 2008, the only freshman member of the Rockford High School varsity women’s volleyball team, athlete of the month for October 2008, Kendall College Gold Key Award winner for artwork in 2007/2008, and on the Principal’s Honor Roll in every year she has been eligible. For her balance of gifted academic and athletic talents and compassionate, caring and giving nature, Andrea Kacsits is a fine Example in Excellence at the Rockford High School Freshman Center.