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.”
Rockford Sportsmans Club
On Saturday, May 19, the Rockford Sportsman’s Club (RSC) hosted the 2012 Ruger Rimfire Challenge. This was a charity shoot and RSC will be donating a check for at least $2,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project (visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org for more information). RSC is proud to be selected again this year to host the event and there will be 14 sanctioned regional and state matches across the USA in 2012, reported Scott Fries, match director. The 2012 World Championship Ruger Rimfire Match will be held in September in New Tripoli, Pa. “We had 112 registered shooters from lower and upper Michigan, Ohio and Illinois. A .22 caliber pistol and rifle were required. Each of the six unique stages involved all steel targets, which allows the shooter to instantly tell if they had a hit or a miss,” Fries said. Winners of a prize table with over $3,500 in donated items from Ruger’s national sponsors were chosen by a random drawing. Among the prizes shooters could win were three Ruger firearms. All shooters who completed the courses of fire took home a prize that included gift certificates and firearms accessories. “This match was made possible by seventeen RSC member volunteers that step up again and again to ensure that our events are fun, well-organized and safe,” said Fries. Winners included: first place men’s limited division, Jake Wedge of Belding and Terry Waskul of Richland (second place). First place in men’s open division was Craig Brunner from Cedar Springs and Jake Wedge of Belding (second place). First place in women’s limited division was Angel Miller of Kentwood. First place in women’s open division was Ellen Klungle of Rockford. All 11 junior shooters received a participation award plaque. For more information and pictures regarding this and future events, check out www.rockfordsportsmansclub.com. RSC is a 501-C3 organization and all events are open to the public.
Do you see beauty in a snow-covered landscape, or does it simply make you want to head to a warmer climate? Many people, even the “snowbirds,” see beauty in nature. During November and December, the Howard Christensen Nature Center (HCNC) is hosting several workshops and a quilt raffle that are inspired by nature’s beauty. The Rockford Sportsman’s Club is again showing their support for the educational programs at the nature center by sponsoring the third annual quilt raffle. The prizes for the raffle include a wildlife-themed quilted wall hanging by Sandy Afton, a framed “sand dune” print by Jeanne Rockett, and a 60-inch wreath created by Kare Greenup. A raffle ticket costs $5, with all proceeds going to the nature center, which is located on 135 acres in the Rogue River State Game Area. Raffle tickets can be purchased from Shawn and Barb Blough at the Rockford Sportsman’s Club, at Independent Bank in Sparta, and at the nature center during upcoming events and regular office hours. Kare Greenup, a HCNC naturalist/floral designer, is leading a nature-inspired workshop for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. On Saturday, Dec. 3, children can attend a “Holiday Make and Take Workshop” from 9 to 11 a.m., where they’ll make eight unique gifts and wrap them with the assistance of volunteers. The cost is $12 per child, and your children’s holiday shopping is done! Register in advance by calling (616) 675-3158, so there will be enough supplies for each child. December 10 is the date to get outside and see the beauty of nature first hand. In the morning, from 9 a.m. to noon, attend the “Leave No Family Inside: Winter Survival Workshop,” where naturalist Tom Noreen will teach ways to stay warm outside, including fire starting and shelter building. Winters in Michigan can be ever changing, so being properly prepared for outdoor adventure is important. He’ll also discuss a variety of adaptations that allow animals to survive Michigan’s winters. The cost is $6 per person or $10 per family, with registration and payment due December 4. At 7:00 p.m. on December 10, the raffle drawing will be held just prior to the start of the “Full Moon Workshop and Hike.” Jeanne Ausema will lead a short indoor program about […]
Archers, crew, rugby represent district by BETH ALTENA Students from Rockford were well represented at this year’s Meijer State Games and during opening ceremonies at Fifth Third Ballpark, a blaze of Ram orange filled the stands. Archers from the Rockford Sportsman’s Club led the parade of athletes Friday, June 24 and teams from Rockford included rowing and rugby athletes. Olympic archer Glenn Meyers shot a blazing arrow across the ball field to ignite the cauldron after the special tip of his arrow was set alight from the torch. The second annual Olympic-style games for the first time included archery competition, which took place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Rockford High School. Begun last year in Michigan as a way to stimulate economic growth, this year’s event is estimated to have brought more than a million dollars in spending. According to Hank Meijer, CEO for the company that is the major sponsor for the state games, Michigan’s is the fastest-growing state games in the nation, with 24 different games and venues across the state. The West Michigan Sports Commission (WMSC) is responsible for the annual event, which had over 5,000 athletes of all ages competing in events from wrestling to pickleball. Competition is completed by 2 p.m. at each venue so visitors have the opportunity to visit the town or city which is the host. In addition to Rockford High School, Cannonsburg Ski Area and The Score Restaurant & Sports Bar held events—mountain biking and sand volleyball, respectively. “This is an opportunity for athletes, young and not so young, to set goals,” said Meijer. “I wish all athletes a great weekend of accomplishment, competition and fun.” Wayman Britt, WMSC vice chair, introduced a cast of speakers including Michigan’s Luietenant Governor Brian Calley and Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo and football coach Mark Dantonio. “The state games are a signature event of the West Michigan Sports Commission,” Britt said. He said the games encourage economic development and quality of life. The archery tournaments were organized by Rockford’s Jeff DeRegnaucourt and will be held in Rockford each year. DeRegnaucourt said all visitors, both athletes and fans, were provided a packet of coupons and information from Rockford merchants. The home of the state’s only Junior Olympic Archery […]
On Saturday, May 21, the Rockford Sportsman’s Club (RSC) hosted the Michigan state championship of the Ruger Rimfire Shooting Competition. This was a charity shoot and RSC will be donating a check for $2,700 to Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA). The sport is popular and there will be 12 sanctioned regional and state Rimfire matches in 2011, reported Scott Fries, match director. “We had 77 registered shooters. A .22 caliber pistol and rifle were required. Each of the six unique stages involved all steel targets, which allows the shooter to instantly tell if they had a hit or a miss,” Fries said. Winners of a prize table with over $3,000 in donated items from 19 national and local sponsors were chosen by a random drawing. Among the prizes shooters could win were three Ruger firearms. A junior competitor won a $350 bow package from the Great Lakes Outdoors Foundation. All shooters that completed the courses of fire took home a prize that included gift certificates and firearms accessories. “This match was made possible by twenty RSC member volunteers that step up again and again to ensure that our events are fun, well organized, and safe,” said Fries. Winners included: first place Men’s Limited Division, Reuben Mishler of Kalamazoo (first place, men’s limited division), and Jake Wedge of Belding (second place). First place in men’s open division was Terry Waskul of Richland, with Garrett Beck from Port Huron in second. First in women’s limited division was Tiffany Wedge of Belding. All junior shooters received a participation award plaque. “It was truly a great way to celebrate Armed Forces Day!” reported Fries. “We have received dozens of 100 percent positive e-mails and comments about this match, and we all very much look forward to hosting this event again next year,” Fries said. For more information and pictures regarding this and future events, check out www.rockfordsportsmansclub.com. RSC is a 501-C3 organization and all events are open to the public. More information about HAVA may be obtained online at www.honoredveterans.org.