The Rockford boys cross-country team started off the 2011 campaign with a solid win at their own invitational meet, held on Saturday, August 27. The meet featured three races that saw a total of seven Rams finish the 5K course under the 18-minute mark. The first race featured the top five upperclassmen; the second race the top five underclassmen, and a junior varsity race for the remainder of the team. In the upperclassman varsity race, the Rams took the top five places. Junior Casey Aman finished first with a time of 17:21. Following Aman were senior Tyler Harney, juniors Drew Woznick and Austin Benoit, and senior Marc Lehman. Mitch Switzer and Colin Reichenbach took third and fourth place, respectively, in the underclassmen race for the Rams. Rockford’s Kenan Swihart, Matt Albano and Justin Meuser also participated in this race. In the junior varsity race, Rockford took the top 15 places. Finishing first for the Rams was Mark Cruickshank with a time of 17:28. Grant Aman, Chris Coles, Connor Jewell and Andrew Pitcher rounded out the top five places for the Rams. The Rockford harriers will next compete in the Bath Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 10.
September 1 2011
The Rockford High School Athletic Department is proud to announce the hiring of Nick Allen as the head boys basketball coach. Allen will take over for Steve Majerle, who recently retired after spending 14 years with the Rockford basketball program. Allen has an extensive basketball coaching background. A former Rockford graduate, Allen played basketball for Coach Majerle during the 1998-2000 seasons. He graduated from Western Michigan University and began his teaching career at East Rockford Middle School in 2008. Allen has held various basketball coaching positions with Zeeland, East Grand Rapids and Rockford High School. Last season he enjoyed a successful season as junior varsity coach at Rockford High School. Long-time boys basketball assistant coach, Ryan DeKuiper, will continue to work with the basketball program as assistant varsity coach. DeKuiper was an assistant under Coach Majerle for the last 14 seasons. Prior to his teaching career at Rockford High School, DeKuiper was a high school basketball standout at Fremont High School and later moved on to play for the Michigan Wolverines.
Boys water polo season is underway, and Rockford is off to a solid start with an 8-1 record. The Rams won a tournament hosted by East Lansing the weekend of August 19-20, and finished second in their own tournament the weekend of August 26-27. At the East Lansing tournament, the Rams defeated Ann Arbor Skyline and three top teams from Ohio (Columbus St. Charles, Toledo St. Francis, and Upper Arlington). At their own tournament, Rockford defeated Okemos, Jenison, Birmingham Seaholm, and Ann Arbor Pioneer, before losing to the River Rats of Ann Arbor Huron in the finals. This early season success isn’t necessarily a surprise. Having lost only four graduating seniors from the team that won the last two state championships, the Rams are expected to be a very good team this year. But those high expectations bring with them some additional challenges. “Every team will play their best against us,” assured Coach Dave McWatters. “We’ll be working this year to develop the mental toughness required of a team that everyone is aiming for.” Senior captain Alex Savage thinks the team is ready for the challenge. “We don’t mind having a target on our backs,” he said, “because the pressure will force us to become a better team. We want to become a strong team—a relentless team—that plays aggressively on both offense and defense.” Rockford’s other senior captain, All-American Eric Chisholm, hopes the team develops a solid reputation around the state. “We want to be known as a team that never gives up or slows down, that keeps attacking, and that always plays aggressively,” he said. One of the team’s greatest assets this year is its tremendous depth. With a full varsity roster of 20 experienced players, the Rams will often be able to enter two teams in weekend tournaments in order to give more players quality playing time. Coach McWatters said, “I’m thankful to the school administration for the support that allows us to develop depth by entering multiple teams in top tournaments against the best teams. We’re benefiting this year from all the playing time the boys received last year.” Chisholm added, “Our depth is really helpful because whenever the starters need rest we can put in another wave of players that we […]