‘The Rams are a permanent part of the community’ “We are thrilled by the response from our community, this is exactly what we hoped would happen,” said Jamie Hosford, director of Human Resources at Rockford Public Schools. Hosford has spent much of his summer preparing Year of the Ram, an art event for Rockford that will leave a lasting legacy and add interest to our community. Nearly life-sized Rams made from PVC plastic were sold to businesses, groups and individuals, decorated, and “released” Thursday, September 30 at the Rockford dam. Originally the plan was for the Rams to stay through the weekend, but the excitement and interest they have created convinced city and school leaders to leave them through the third weekend of Harvest Festival, October 9 and 10, Children’s Weekend. The Rams have a schedule ahead, including a visit to the homecoming game, participation in Santa Parade and visits throughout the community. The several dozen colorful beasts are all unique, many decorated by students at Rockford and representing creativity and hundreds of hours of work. Hosford said he believes the durable statues will be a permanent part of the community and another way we show our Ram Pride. He hinted the public’s help will be needed in the future for a contest requiring people to vote on their favorite Ram. “This shows our Ram Pride—Go Rams!”
The Rockford Rams hosted the OK Red conference meet on Saturday, May 15. North Rockford Middle School hosted the singles teams and the doubles teams played at the high school. The competition was fierce with Rockford posting a strong third place overall for the event, behind first-place Hudsonville and second-place West Ottawa. Earlier in the week, Rockford traveled to Muskegon and won 8-0 in that conference match-up. Other activity last week included a Relay for Life fundraiser and a team dinner the underclassmen hosted for the seniors on the squad.
The first week of clues lead to a family search for the Cannon Coin on Thursday, September 17. Hunting for the third year are Luke and Leslie LeDoux (center), joined by family members Bob and Lisa Zabavski (left) and Bob and Kathy Abplanalp (right), holding 14-month-old Zoe. Luke LeDoux said it took him three hours on his day off to track down the completed clues in participating Cannon businesses. He appreciates the added challenge for the hunt. “People who are willing to really work at it have an advantage,” he said. See this week’s partial clues on the front page of the Squire, as well as last week’s complete clues.
The Rockford Ram defense rose to the occasion and forced Holt to punt after three plays, resulting in negative three yards. The punt went down to the Rockford two-yard line. Joey Johnson ran the ball the first two plays, resulting in three- and one-yard runs. On third down, the Rams turned to Ryan Darby, who picked up six yards and a first down. After a penalty it was first and 15 to go. Johnson ran four yards, then Zach Schmuck hit for seven more. Then Masiewicz hit Wierengo for a first-down pass. The Rams got another false-start penalty, and Neil VanderLaan picked up nine yards before another false-start penalty. Darby picked up a Ram first down the next play. Masiewicz called his own number and ran for three yards. On a pass play, Masiewicz hit Matt Karamol, who dashed to the 12-yard line. Darby finished the last 12 yards on the next play, and Paul Mudgett added the point after. The kickoff from Mudgett was almost out of the end zone, resulting in Holt starting on the 20-yard line. The Rockford Rams forced another Holt punt that only went to the 47-yard line. Johnson ran six yards and then Masiewicz ran to the 15-yard line. The final play of the first quarter saw Schmuck being hit in the back field, netting a seven-yard loss. At the end of 15 minutes of play, the score was Rockford 7, Holt 0. The second quarter got off to a great start with Johnson taking a 15-yard pass from Masiewicz, and a three-yard run for a first down. The Rams were then shut down, and Mudgett came in and hit a 20-yard field goal. The kick off from Mudgett was out of the end zone, resulting in a touchback, and Holt starting on the 20-yard line. Holt seemed to have a shimmer of momentum after a huge pass play on a third down, but fumbled the next play on the 10-yard line. Jason Kester scooped up the fumble and returned to the 28-yard line. Feeling the energy, the Rams’ offense ripped off a big run, but the ball was knocked free and recovered by Holt. The defense did not allow themselves to be brought down, and stood tall, forcing […]
by CANDY BURRIS The Rams traveled to Stony Creek Metro Park in Utica, Mich. over Memorial Day weekend to compete in the Michigan State Regatta. Schools and clubs from around the state gathered to race at the all-day event. Rockford came out strong and placed six boats in first, four boats in second, and two boats in third. Starting the gold medal streak was the men’s novice four team of Bryce Vandenberg, Nate Roobol, Jake Madsen, Matt Vermeer, and coxswain Margaret Saelens. This team was quickly followed by the men’s junior four team of Austin Burris, Zach Haugen, TJ Jacobs, Zach Troyer, and coxswain Andrew Saelens. Then the men’s senior four team of Ian Sims, Landon Burris, Levi Pulver, Nate Harrison, and coxswain Andrew Saelens took first. They were followed by the men’s novice eight team of Cody Brown, Roobol, Alex Christensen, Madsen, Trevor Harrison, Andrew Troyanowski, Vermeer, Vandenberg, and coxswain M. Saelens. The men’s junior eight team of Burris, Haugen, Jacobs, Troyer, Sims, Harrison, Troyanowski, Jeff Gleghorn, coxswain A. Saelens also claimed gold. Taking first in one of the last races of the day was the men’s pair, Pulver and L. Burris. Silver medal winners were the men’s double boat of Sebastian Sieracki and Tim Carlson, along with the women’s novice eight boat of Jenna Brower, Lynsey Felty, Carly Johnson, Lindsey Muir, Courtney Brummeler, Alana Christy, Rachel Alberta, Kacie Kinstle, and coxswain Shelby Hodges. Also bringing home silver was the women’s lightweight eight boat of Laura Rohde, Sam Tefft, Alberta, Rita Snyder, Stephani Sawicki, Johnson, Laura Gleghorn, Lauren Madsen, and coxswain Lauren Fay, along with the women’s novice four boat of Brower, Muir, Brummeler, Kinstle, and coxswain Hodges. Bronze medal winners were the women’s senior eight team of Shannon Schmutz, Sarah Lemanski, Marie Albano, Olivia Nielsen, Madsen, Erin Fedeson, Amy Fedeson, Emma Korson, and coxswain Fay, along with the men’s lightweight eight boat of Troy Paskiewicz, Josh Houn, Trevor Holloway, Sam Berndt, Tyler Truxton, Issac Blenman, Tyler McDaniel, Kyle Brown, and coxswain Kylie Torres.