Rockford Rams

One up and one down for Ram girls

March 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

In a week that was somewhat of a microcosm of the season as a whole, the varsity basketball team from Rockford fell to Grandville in another of a string of heart-breakers by a score of 51-49 on Tuesday, February 24th on the road. That was followed up by a deceptively close 56-48 triumph over West Ottawa at home on Friday, February 27th. The loss to Grandville was at least the fourth time this season that the Rams fell in the final 10 seconds of a game. The week’s results left Rockford with a regular season ending record of 11-9 overall and 5-5 in the Ottawa Kent Red Conference. The Rams hope to ride the momentum of the season ending win over West Ottawa when they enter Michigan High School Athletic Association district play where they will play at Forest Hills Central against the host Rangers on Monday, March 2nd. Tuesday’s contest with Grandville was a reprise of the contest from earlier this season with one notable exception. The Rams came out on the short end of the score this time around in another contest that went down to the wire. The Rams led by two at the end of the first quarter (15-13), and increased the lead to 29-21 at the half. But the third quarter was all Bulldogs as they mounted a 14-6 advantage that knotted things up at 35-35 heading into the final eight minutes. Grandville scored the winning hoop with a touch less than 20 seconds remaining in the game that gave them the 51-49 victory. Rockford had several chances to tie it up but couldn’t quite manage to sink the elusive shot. Maddie Watters led the Rams with 15 points and Kadison Klausing joined her in double figures with 11. The Friday game with West Ottawa saw Rockford jump out to a commanding 19-7 lead after the opening quarter. That lead grew to 50-35 after the third quarter and the victory was never really in doubt over the final eight minutes despite the Panthers 13-6 margin in the final quarter that made the final a much more respectable 56-48 Rockford win. Logan McCane led the Rams with 13 points and was joined in double figures by Watters with 11 and Tiana […]

Rockford Rams Varsity Hockey team closes out successful 2014/15 season

March 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Rockford Rams Varsity Hockey club ended the 2014/15 season with a solid playoff run. The Rams dismantled Grand Haven in the first round of the playoffs 9-4. Two days later, Rockford thumped Northview 5-1. In the Regional Finals, the Rams fell to Traverse City West 3-0. On Monday, March 2, Rockford squared off against Grand Haven in the first round of the MHSAA Regional Playoffs at Griff’s Ice House. The Rams took control early in this game, and never let up. Rockford scored four powerplay goals in the first period: Jeff Benda (from Jacob McNamara), Brandon Perry (from Jarrett Ullrey and Benda), Brock Johnson (from Benda) and Matthew Baker (from Connor Foss and Braden King). Grand Haven netted one goal in the opening period. Rockford scored 3 more goals in the middle period: Ullrey (from Benda and McNamara), King (from Baker and Johnson) and Ullrey again (from McNamara and Perry). Grand Haven scored two goals in the second period. In the final period the Rams netted two more scores: Tanner Vesche (from McNamara and Niklas Baumgardner) and Johnson (from Foss and King). Grand Haven scored one goal late in the third period to make it a 9-4 Ram victory. Rams goalie Brendan Coolbaugh secured the win. On Wednesday, March 4, Rockford faced Northview in the second round of the MHSAA Regional Playoffs. This game was also at Griff’s Ice House. Once again, the Rams took control early and didn’t let up. Rockford scored three goals in the opening period: Ullrey (assisted by Vesche and McNamara), King (assisted by Johnson and Benda) and McNamara (assisted by Baker). Northview scored their only goal of the game in the opening period. Rockford added two more goals in the second period as McNamara (unassisted) and King (assisted by Johnson and Benda) each scored their second goals of the game. There was no scoring in the final period. When the final buzzer sounded the scoreboard read: Rams 5, Northview 1. Netminder Matthew Hill recorded the W for the Rams. On Saturday, March 7, the Rams traveled to Ferris State to face Traverse City West in the MHSAA Region 1 Championship game. The game was a hard-fought battle between two solid teams. The game was scoreless after the opening stanza. […]

MASH comes to the West Michigan stage

March 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

Rogue River Community Theatre Company presents the iconic comedy March 19-21   CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. – One of the most popular sitcoms in television history is coming to Cedar Springs this month as Rogue River Community Theatre Company presents the stage version of M*A*S*H. Based on the  hugely successful TV series that aired between Sept. 1972 and Feb. 1983, it brings back the comedic team of doctors and nurses stationed at the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in South Korea during the Korean War. Director Lesley Nadwodnik has the credentials for the job; she’s a veteran actor and comedian. “This classic sitcom is perfect for stage,” she said. “There’s a lot of laughs and the audience will certainly recognize many of their favorite characters.” They include Capt. Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce, Major Margaret “Hotlips” Houlihan, the ever annoying Major Frank “Ferret Face” Burns  and the loveable company clerk Corporal Walter Eugene “Radar” O’Reilly. “You’ll see many iconic characters along with some new favorites,” said John Bagin, a RRCTC board member and  member of the cast. “As an actor, it’s been great being a part of bringing this American cultural classic back to the stage,” Bagin said. “It’s brought back many fond memories.” His wife and fellow thespian Kirsten Bagin agrees. “The audience is going to love this production,” she said. “There is always something happening on stage – sometimes something poignant and other times downright hilarious.” The script and cast are almost a distraction, she concedes. “The play features a large cast and I find myself laughing through every rehearsal.” Production assistants will transform the Kent Theatre stage into a true-to-life MASH unit and period costumes provide an extra measure of authenticity to the two-act play, Nadwodnik said. “A lot of work is being done on the sets; it’ll take the audience back to the original MASH 4077,” Nadwodnik said. “We’ve been blessed to have volunteers from the arts community in Rockford helping out. It truly is a community theatre production.” Those born after the show left the air – its final episode the most watched television broadcast in American history – will find plenty to love. And that comes from Jack Bagin, who was just a glimmer in his parents’ eye when the ratings […]

Rockford Varsity Hockey earns two wins in Kalamazoo.

February 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Rockford Rams Varsity Hockey team traveled to Kalamazoo for a pair of games during the weekend of January 23 and 24, and came away with two W’s. Rockford defeated Mattawan 5-3 in the Friday night contest. Rockford dropped Portage Northern 2-1 in the Saturday matinee matchup.   Mattawan opened the scoring midway through the opening period. Rockford responded by scoring the next three goals. Brendan Kennedy (assisted by Braden King) and Jarrett Ullrey (unassisted) each netted first period goals. Jacob McNamara (unassisted) scored early in the middle period. Mattawan scored late in the second to trim Rockford’s lead to 3-2 heading into the final stanza. The Rams put the game away by scoring the first two goals in the third. Ullrey netted his second score of the game (assisted by Tanner Vesche) and Vesche closed out the scoring for the Rams (unassisted). Mattawan scored a late goal to make it 5-3. Brendan Coolbaugh played all 51 minutes and recorded the win for the Rams.   Saturday’s contest against Portage Northern was a defensive struggle. Both teams scored in the first period, with McNamara netting a short-handed goal for the Rams (assisted by Vesche). The second and third periods saw both teams getting chances, and both netminders standing tall. The game headed into OT with the teams knotted at 1-1. It wasn’t until the final minute of the extra period that McNamara scored the game winner (unassisted). It was his second goal of the game, and like his first goal, the OT winner came on the penalty kill. The two teams battled hard and the Rams came out on top with the 2-1 win. Coolbaugh earned the win for Rockford.   The Rams ended the weekend with a record of 12-3-1 overall.   Upcoming games for Rockford include three important league contests. The Rams square off against Reeths-Puffer in a midweek match-up on Wednesday, February 11 at Lakeshore Ice Arena in Muskegon. Game time is 7:30pm. The following Wednesday, Rockford hosts East Kentwood at Griff’s Ice House. The February 18 tilt starts at 8pm. On Friday, February 20, the Rams host Forest Hills Central at Griff’s Ice House. Game time for this contest is 8pm.  

Rockford City Manager Michael Young to Lead Statewide Municipal Managers Group

February 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

NOVI, Michigan – Rockford City Manager Michael Young is the new leader of a statewide association representing Michigan’s municipal managers. Young was named the 2015 president of the Michigan Local Government Management Association (MLGMA) during the organization’s annual Winter Institute in Novi Jan 27-30. He succeeds 2014 MLGMA President Peter Auger, manager of the City of Novi. MLGMA is the professional association for local government managers from cities, villages, counties and townships throughout Michigan. “Having served as a MLGMA member since the early 1990s, it is truly an honor to represent the organization,” Young said. “I’ve had so many outstanding mentors, some of whom have also served as president of MLGMA, so to follow in their footsteps is humbling, yet also exciting.” Young’s public service work started in 1990 as an intern in Spring Lake under the tutelage of the then Spring Lake Manager Eric DeLong. He was an assistant city manager in Greenville for two years before becoming Rockford’s manager in 1995, where he has remained for the last 20 years. Young, who grew up in Grand Haven, has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in public administration from Grand Valley State University, He and his wife of 25 years, Melissa, have three children, Michaela, Mckenzie and Jake. Prior to being named MLGMA president, he spent the last year serving as the organization’s president-elect and also served on various MLGMA committees. Young said one of his main goals this year as MLGMA president is to better inform the public about the role of municipal managers. “I’m concerned with the high turnover and lack of new municipal managers in Michigan,” Young said. “Why aren’t more college graduates going into community management? Let’s face it, if all you read about is a community manager being fired or is in trouble, why would you want to go into that field? But I’m really idealistic about this profession. I think it’s a real noble profession.” To address those issues, Young hopes MLGMA can become more of a resource for struggling local governments and managers. “There seems to be a blurring of the role of an elected council in a community and the role of the manager. The council is supposed to set policy and the manager is to carry […]

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