On Thursday January 29 the Rams were in Grand Haven for a conference meet against the Buccaneers. The Rams swam away with the victory defeating Grand Haven 208 to 106. Ram Swimmers took first place in all the individual events, 1 meter diving and all relay events. David Newberger took first place in the 200 Free with a state qualifying time of 1:48.09. Rockford swimmers took the first three places in the 200 IM, the 100 Butterfly and the 100 Breaststroke. Jacob Fase finished first in the 200 IM with a time of 2:02.73. He was followed by Ethan Babcock (2:12.52) and Nate Isley (2:13.28). Jacob Newberger touched the wall first in the 100 Butterfly with a time of 57.10. Jacob Kelly finished second (58.42) followed by Don Hua (1:01.93). In the 100 Breaststroke, Nate Isley finished first with a time of 1:05.19. Ethan Babcock finished second (1:05.71) and Israel Chino third (1:08.19). In the 50 Free, Rockford’s Corbin Bremmeyr (22.85) finished first and Tyler Willison (23.73) was second. David Newberger was first in the 100 free with a state qualifying time of 48.69 and Alec Cutler placed third (51.55) in this event. Rockford also finished first, Jacob Newberger (58.44) and second, Alec Cutler (1:01.96) in the 100 Backstroke. In the 200 Medley Relay the team of Jacob Newberger, Nate Isley, Don Hua and Corbin Bremmeyr finished first with a 1:43.15. The 200 Free Relay team of David Newberger, Corbin Bremmeyr, Tyler Willison and Jacob Fase took first in the state qualifying time of 1:30.66. Grand Haven finished second (1:32.87) followed by the Rockford Team of Don Hua, Jacob Kelley, Sam Sikkema and Jack Sikkema (1:37.84). In the final swim event, the 400 Free Relay Rockford placed first and second. The team of David Newberger, Corbin Bremmeyr, Jacob Fase and Alec Cutler finished first with a 3:24.85. Brent Trewhella, Sam Sikkema, Jacob Newberger and Ethan Babcock touched the wall for second place (3:40.24) followed by the team from Grand Haven. Rockford Diver Jake Herremans finished first and set a new Grand Haven pool record with 367 points. Rockford also finished second Jared Smigiel (198.10) and third, Jonathan Brussow (161.10) in 1 meter diving. On Thursday February 5, Rockford has a home meet against West Ottawa. […]
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.
On December 7th, Isaac Toole, an 11 year old 6th grader at East Rockford Middle School, won the State Championship for the NFL’s Punt, Pass & Kick contest at Ford Field in Detroit. Isaac’s score ended up being the best score in the nation and qualified him for the National Championship in the 10 and 11 year old division. Isaac’s score broke the previous state record for his age group. This year’s NFL’s Punt, Pass & Kick National Championship is being held in Seattle, Washington on Saturday, January 10th. Isaac and the other finalists will compete for the championship at the Seattle Seahawks’ practice facility prior to the NFC Divisional Playoff Game between the Seahawks and the Carolina Panthers. The game begins at 8:15 p.m. EST. Isaac and the other national finalists will be announced at halftime of the game and will compete in a passing exhibition in front of the 70,000 fans. Fox television will have a live announcement of the National Champions between the third and fourth quarters of the game. For more information, visit the official NFL PP&K website at http://www.nflppk.com/competitions/results/team_championships. Michael S. Shibler, Ph.D. Superintendent of Schools
Bruce Turner was about as behind the scenes as it was possible to be when it came to his contributions to the athletic programs at Rockford High School. He was rarely seen or heard but his efforts kept the Rams on the cutting edge of video work over the past 25 years. That incredibly valuable aspect of a successful team was finally silenced on Friday, January 9th when Mr. Turner passed away unexpectedly at the age of 68. “Bruce was involved in our football program in just about every aspect it was possible to be involved,” said Rockford Football Coach Ralph Munger. “He taped preseason conditioning, our trips to Roscommon, 7 on 7s, team camps, youth camps and every game and practice as well as anything else he felt was necessitated . He was very creative and was far ahead of the times when it came to his use of that valuable tool for the team’s success. He also did wrestling and basketball at various times for Rockford. All of his efforts will be impossible to replace as a whole and he will be dearly missed.” Turner was also described as a “patriot” by Munger, who noted that whenever the National Anthem was played “Bruce was always the first to come to attention and maintain a professional countenance for the song’s duration.” Turner was a member of the 101st Airborne Division and served his country proudly in the Vietnam War. Although he was not an employee of Rockford Public Schools, it would be difficult to imagine anyone not employed by the schhol district who so selflessly devoted his time for the betterment of any team. Turner and Munger collaborated together in the television studio at RHS to put together highlights and very motivational tapes for the team and coaches. For every one minute of tape that was used Munger estimated that a full hour of production work was necessitated to procure that valuable minute. “None of this ever would have happened if I hadn’t knocked on his door just after I was hired 23 years ago,” said Munger. “I had gotten word that he had done some work for Harvey DeGood so I decided to knock on his door. He answered and the rest was […]
This fall, Rockford Senior Zach Meeks committed to play lacrosse at the next level out in Colorado at Adams State University. After being pulled up to Varsity his Freshman year, Meeks has become a vital part to the Rockford program, playing both midfield and attack depending on the team’s needs. Zach is being recruited to play as a midfielder at the next level. Adams State Head Coach Jason Levesque commented on Zach’s athleticism and his intangibles on and off the field, “One of the first things that we saw when watching Zach play was his athleticism. He was great between the lines and we found he had a lot of those hustle stats you don’t see in the box score.” Levesque continued, “He’s definitely a well put together young man from what we’ve seen so far, both physically and mentally from a maturity standpoint. We’re very much looking forward to working with Zach both on and off the field here at Adams State for the next four years” While playing in college has always been a dream for Meeks, it’s what Adams State offered in the classroom that finalized his decision to commit. “Academically the class sizes are 18-22 students. Getting to know my teachers is a big part of me excelling as a student and I know I can excel in the environment at Adams State.” said Meeks, “Coach Levesque runs a great program with guys that want to succeed and that’s what I want to be part of.” “He [Meeks] is a very talented player who will be a great offensive threat for the Rams during his senior season,” said former Rockford Coach Pete Sims, “He’s had the desire to play at the collegiate level since his freshman year. Adams State is getting a solid player and a great young man.”