The Rockford wrestling team journeyed to Hudsonville for an OK Red dual meet on Wednesday, January 21st in search of their first league triumph against the Eagles. Pins were the rule of the day as the two squads combined for eleven pins in the 14 matches contested. Unfortunately for the Rams it was the home squad that garnered six of the pins en route to a 42-30 decision. “We are just giving up too many pins at various weight classes to come out on top in some of these relatively tightly contested matches,” said Rockford Coach Brian Richardson. “I was extremely pleased with the work of a few of our younger guys tonight in John Quist and Tyler Glave. They seem to be really turning the corner and now we just need a little more consistency up and down the lineup to come out on top with more regularity. We have a very young team and are going through growing pains but we are confident that better days lie ahead for us.” The four Ram wrestlers who pinned their way to victory were Jared Bennett with a pin in 3:25 at 119 pounds, Andy Hansen with a pin at 130 pounds in 5:00, Chris Bell who stuck his opponent in a quick 1:17 at 160 and Glave at 215 with a fall in 3:29. Michael Tankersley won an 8-6 decision at 112 and Quist came out on top of his match 11-5 at 140 to complete the scoring for Rockford. Rams fall to Hudsonville 42-30 in OK Red tilt
Chloe Dunham is a 6th grade student in our Health Quest Magnet and the daughter of Don and Shannon Dunham. She has one sister, Lexy as well as a pet bunny and dog. Chloe attended Roguewood Elementary and is active in cross country, basketball, lacrosse and snowboarding. Chloe’s college of choice is Grand Valley State and she hopes to become a marine biologist one day. Some of Chloe’s favorites include math class with Mr. Long, the movie “Captain Phillips”, the book, One for the Murphy’s, listening to One Republic and eating apples. She is most proud of her basketball team and the people that she admires the most are her parents for always being so supportive. Cole Swanson is a 6th grade student in our Health Quest Magnet and the son of Bonnie and John Swanson. He has one sibling, Aden as well as a dog, Dotza, two cats, Scampers and Tonka and one bird, Beaker. Cole attended Valley View Elementary and is active in intramural basketball at NRMS. Cole’s colleges of choice are Michigan or Clemson and he hopes to either play in the NBA or work for NASA one day. Some of Cole’s favorites include math class, his teachers Mr. Long and Mrs. Eppink, eating stuffed crust pineapple pizza, the movie “Dumb and Dumber 2”, the book Wonder and listening to classic rock. Cole is most proud of getting good grades and the people that he admires the most are his parents for always being there for him. Erin Gaynor is a 7th grade student and the daughter of Maureen and James Gaynor. She has two siblings, Kathryn and Ryan as well as a dog, Elsie. Erin attended Valley View Elementary and is active in basketball. Her other hobbies include reading and playing other sports. Erin’s college of choice is Michigan State and she hopes to become a surgeon one day. Some of Erin’s favorites include teachers Mr. and Mrs. Barr, Mr. Stargardt, Mr. McCarthy, Mr. Truxton and Mrs. Kilbourne, eating snacks, the movie “Heaven is for Real”, the Percy Jackson book series and music from Mumford and Sons. Erin is most proud of her reading abilities; the person that she admires the most is her best friend Claire Korowski. […]
It was close but no cigar for the Rockford wrestling team when the hosted the annual Rockford wrestling tournament on Saturday, January 10th. The Rams went 2-3 on the day while cruising to a pair of easy victories over Traverse City West and Okemos but the other three matches were tantalizingly close to coming out on a positive note for Rockford. The Rams fell to Hesperia 33-32, Jckson Lumen Christi 34-33 and to the eventual champions from Grand Ledge by nine points. “It was a case of just one more thing going our way in all three of those matches,” said Rockford coach Brian Richardson. “We finally wrestled more to our capabilities against Grand Ledge, but we didn’t put forth our best effort at times in the other two losses. We need to learn from this and just keep moving forward to achieve what we expect to.” Rockford had a pair of wrestlers finish the day at a perfect 5-0 in seniors Jared Bennett (119/125) and Nick Guerra (152). There were also a trio of Rams who finished 4-1 led by seniors Chris Bell (160) and Caleb Childers (171) as well as freshman Austin Spiegel at 103 pounds. Several Rockford grapplers continue to sport excellent records at this juncture of the season led by Bennett at 23-1. Guerra stands at 22-2 while Childers at 21-2 and Hansen at 20-4 are trailing closely behind. Richardson also pointed out the excellent contributions of Spiegel. “Austin is a joy to have on the team,” said Richardson. “He is a very hard worker and has been the beneficiary of an outstanding workout partner in Caleb Wagner. We have so many kids who haven’t quite made it onto the varsity team yet but who continue to push wrestlers for time and have made us better across the board. We had 1,417 matches wrestled at Rockford from Wednesday to Sunday and all of that action will do nothing but make us better as a team.” The Rams fell 40-21 to one of the top teams in the state in Grandville on Wednesday, January 7th. That loss left them at 0-1 in conference action as the OK Red campaign kicked off.
The Rockford Varsity Hockey team jumped back on the ice after the Christmas break with a pair of league games against East Grand Rapids and Mona Shores. The games resulted in a high and a low for the Rams. The league tilt against East Grand Rapids on Saturday, January 10 represented the high, as the Rams recorded a commanding 7-3 win over the Pioneers. The contest was supposed to be part of the Walker Classic Hockey Tournament, but Mother Nature had other plans. The tournament had to be shelved after weather cancelled Friday night games. The match-up between the Rams and the Pioneers started with the teams exchanging goals through the first two periods. Tanner Vesche netted the first goal for Rockford (assisted by John McNamara) in the opening period. Tallying goals for the Rams in the middle period was Brock Johnson (unassisted), Jeff Benda (assisted by Johnson and Brad Dertien) and Connor Foss (assisted by Benda and McNamara). The Rams led 4-3 after two periods. In the final period Rockford pulled away from the Pioneers with 3 unanswered goals. Vesche scored two in the third period to record a hat trick for the game (the first assisted by Foss and the second assisted by Jarret Ullrey) and Taylor Edgecomb closed out the scoring (with helpers from Dertien and Damon Harvey). Netminder Brendan Coolbaugh posted the win for Rockford. Following the game the two teams were joined by Kenowa Hills and Grandville hockey teams to honor former Grandville hockey player Ryan Fischer. Fischer passed away unexpectedly in March, 2014. Rockford Ram parents coordinated several fundraisers that resulted in over $1500 being raised for the Ryan Fischer Scholarship Fund. The Rams wore commemorative camouflage jerseys to honor Fischer, who had been accepted to West Point. Rockford co-captains Brendan Perry and Ullrey presented Fischer’s parents with a camouflage Rockford jersey during a touching ceremony. The Rams experienced the low in a midweek contest against Mona Shores on Wednesday, January 14. Rockford was overpowered by the Sailors in the 6-1 OK Conference league loss. The game was tied early in the second period. Braden King scored Rockford’s lone goal about one minute into the middle period (assisted by John Filipiak and Johnson). Rockford’s downfall was a 5-1/2 minute […]
Cailie Johnson Schultz (Rockford High School 2011) finished off her collegiate volleyball career with yet another noteworthy season at Cornerstone University in 2014. Johnson Schultz was feted as an Honorable Mention All-American in 2014 as well as an All Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) First Team selection (third consecutive selection) while also being named to the WHAC All Academic Team . In addition she was named to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) All Region First Team and honored as an NAIA Scholar Athlete. “Cailie has been a dominant force since she joined the Cornerstone volleyball team in 2012,” said Cornerstone Volleyball Coach Ryan Campbell. “Cailie has set a new standard for what it means to be a student athlete. She has excelled on the court as well as in the classroom and as a team captain. In my opinion Cailie will go down as the finest offensive middle hitter in Cornerstone history. I am very proud of the passion she brought to the team and I am very confident she will excel in life.” Johnson Schultz also recorded multiple other game, match, season and career marks for the Golden Eagles. A partial list includes a .824 WHAC record highest hitting percentage in a game, a .321 career hitting percentage and the 10th highest number of kills in school history (1075) despite playing only three years after transferring in from Grand Valley State University after her freshman campaign. Johnson Schultz was joined on the volleyball court at Cornerstone by a pair of former Ram standouts. 2012 grad Murphy Heyer, who was selected as the 2014 Most Improved Player by her coaches and 2014 graduate Abby Carlson who was chosen as Best Attitude and Best Hustle Award winner for her inaugural efforts on the collegiate volleyball court.