The public is cordially invited to share in a special service honoring Jesus Christ in the wrestling career of Jason Brew at Crossfire Ministries on Sunday, May 3. Brew had an outstanding high school wrestling career at Sparta High School, where he became the state champion in his weight class in both his junior and senior years. He went onto wrestle at Olivet College, where he achieved the following accomplishments: two-time NCAA All American, two-time national finalist, held the school record of 177 takedowns in his senior season, All American scholar, 134 career wins, two-time Mid-States Conference wrestler of the year, two-time Ohio Northern University Invitational Outstanding Wrestler and three-time champion, two-time Wheaton Invitational Champion, and Wrestler of the Year. Brew has used his wrestling ability to create a platform to share his faith in Jesus Christ. He has wrestled in Siberia, Moscow, China, Mongolia and Central Asia with Athletes in Action. He and his father Lance will share their testimonies at the 10:00 a.m. worship service on Sunday, May 3 at Crossfire Ministries. Crossfire is located in the meeting room adjacent to the MVP Health Club on the northeast corner of Wolverine Blvd./Northland Dr. and 10 Mile Road in Rockford. A DVD will be shown of Brew’s wrestling career. Pastor Keith Hemmila will conclude the service with a message entitled “Heaven’s Award Ceremony.” Food and refreshments will be served in the foyer after the service.
Rockford High School
Improve your kicking game Rockford High School will be hosting its sixth annual football kicking and punting camp this summer and is available to everyone ages 11 and up. This camp will have kickers and punters from all over the state attending, and will be a great opportunity for local talent at a very affordable rate. A brochure and registration forms are available online at www.kickerscoach.com. Coaches are invited to attend with their player at no cost. Beginners camp is scheduled for June 26, from 1 to 5 p.m. This is an extra session provided to help inexperienced kickers and punters with the basics, so they are ready to participate in the regular session. Cost is $25. The regular session of the camp is scheduled for June 27-28. Cost is $150.
Water polo has been one of the success stories of Rockford High School athletics over the past decade or more. The state championships and winning seasons have been well-documented. Yet it seems the story does not end there. Several Rockford water polo alumni have teamed up with players from other West Michigan programs to form the 616 water polo team. They practice and play now for the sheer joy of placing the ball in the back of the net. April 11-12, the team traveled roughly 13.5 hours one way to participate in the Tar Heel Water Polo Invitational at the University of North Carolina. Rockford is well-known for its outstanding water polo program, and numerous Rockford alumni are on the team. Traveling to North Carolina were Pat Clarin, Adam Keith, Andy Schuiling, Brent Augustine, Dave Vanlier and JR VanderWall. The tournament began for the 616 team with a match against a fine team from Virginia Tech, with 616 winning 9-1. Next, the Charlotte Sharks fell to defeat by a score of 12-8. The following day, the 616 team continued their winning ways by defeating Duke 11-4 and then handed Florida State University a 12-5 loss. The championship game against the Boone County Outlaws was a thriller. After being down 4-1 at the half, the 616 team tied the score in the last minute and clinched the win with a goal by Augustine in the final seconds for a 7-6 victory, earning them first place in the tournament. The 616 team welcomes all interested water polo alumni to open practices that are held at the Zeeland pool on Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. and at the Jenison pool on Sundays from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. The team will have a home tournament hosted by Grand Haven High School June 19-21. For additional information, please contact Matt Skavnak at (309) 453-3435.
by IAN PURVIS and JACKIE HOLLAND-DECKER The Rockford girls varsity soccer team may be one of the area’s best kept secrets, but the word is going to get out. After a dismal 1-0 loss to Grandville on Wednesday, April 15, the Rams came back with impressive shutouts against Hudsonville Friday night, April 17, and the area’s top-ranked team, East Grand Rapids, on Saturday, April 18. The victories over the weekend excited coach Amira Ponne and should be a wake-up call to the Rams’ future foes. “It was great! They needed that,” said Ponne of the unranked Rams. “This team doesn’t know how good it is. We have made so much progress. We are going to peak at the right time. We definitely are not the same team as we were on Wednesday.” In the home game against Grandville, the Rams were out of sync. After only two days of practice after the week-and-a-half spring break, the Rams struggled in all aspects of the game. Grandville outran Rockford, won the 50/50 balls, communicated better, and maintained better control to set up shooting opportunities. Grandville senior Tricia Bajema scored the lone goal of the contest, sending the ball just over Rockford goalkeeper Kristin Darby’s head with 1:55 left in the first half.”It wasn’t that they were so fast,” noted Ponne after the loss. “It’s just that we were so out of our game. We looked tired compared to them.” After losing to Grandville, the Rams felt like they needed to redeem themselves. A day of practice made all the difference when Friday night rolled around. The Rams came away with a 1-0 win thanks to some strong offense, gutsy defense, and great saves by Darby in the closing minutes as the Eagles pressed hard. It was a tight game throughout, with the Rams building the attack better and looking much more confident than in their previous game. But the Eagles’ back four repeatedly picked off the through-ball and their keeper came very quickly off her line to clean up anything chipped over the top. Rockford’s sophomore center midfielder Sydney Benda had a busy game, earning a free kick just outside the penalty area when she was taken down on an attacking run. Sam Decker […]