September 10 2009

Rockford tramples Holt in battle of Rams

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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 […]

Lady Rams runners start season with win

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The Rockford Rams women’s cross-country team claimed a victory at the Rockford Invitational on Saturday, August 29, by recording the low score of the 10 teams competing in the upperclassman/underclassman team competition. The Rams’ day started with the upperclassman division recording 22 points, second to Grand Ledge at 16 points. Scoring for the Rams in this division were juniors Anna Bos and Catie Rietsema in fourth and fifth place with times of 19:32 and 20:22, and senior Katie Carlson in 13th place with a time of 20:45. Other Ram finishers in this race were juniors Molly Brasure (21:48) and Allison Hazy (22:03). “We could have run a little faster, but overall these were pretty good performances against some tough competition,” stated Coach Watson. This race featured four previous All State runners in the competition. The Ram underclassmen were faced with a six-point deficit in trying to earn the team title, and the racers were up to the challenge. Sophomore Taylor Manett led the way with a lifetime personal record of 19:34 in winning this race. Fellow classmates Jane Hawks and Sawyer Rocheleau finished in third and fifth places with times of 19:43 and 20:50 respectively. Freshmen Jordan Vickery and Colleen Conroy finished the racing for the Rams with times of 21:40 and 22:02 respectively. The underclassmen for the Rams scored a total of nine points for a team total of 31, distancing themselves from Grand Ledge, who finished with a total of 40. “The underclassmen really came through with the performances we needed. Each sophomore ran two to three minutes faster at this race this season than they did last year as freshmen, so that is encouraging that the training they are doing is working,” stated Coach Watson. The day concluded for the Rams with eight of the top 10 spots going to Rockford in the junior varsity race, with senior Megan Knape winning in a time of 21:54. “This was a really good start to the season. Now we just need to keep working hard and improve a little each day, and see how fast we can get between now and the true championship races: conference, regional and state,” said Coach Watson. The Rams’ next competition is Saturday September 12 at the Bath Invitational […]

Fahlen signs to Taylor University

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Northpointe Christian 2009 graduate Jimmy Fahlen has signed a letter of intent to play college golf at Taylor University. His All Conference, All State credentials led to his much-anticipated signing of a golf scholarship. Jimmy will be fortunate enough to join his brother Arne Fahlen, a senior and captain of the golf team’s 2009-2010 season. Last season, Arne achieved MCC academic All Conference and NAIA All American Scholar Athlete. Their proud parents are Jim and Rosemary Fahlen of Rockford.

Hyser history museum open this weekend

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Dulcimer players, refreshments Fans of history get a double treat this weekend with the 23rd annual Grand Rogue Living Encampment at Grand Rogue campground and refreshments and dulcimer players at the Hyser River Musesum right next door at 6440 West River Drive. The museum is the actual home of pioneer surgeon and Civil War captain William Hyser, who lived from 1826 to 1909. It is the only remaining structure of the original Plainfield Village, which itself was built on a former Native American village. The museum will be open Saturday, September 19 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 and Sunday, September 20 from noon to 4:30 p.m. Dulcimer players will be at 2 p.m. Donna and Wendall Briggs who were chosen for recognition for their contribution to the community, will be honored on Saturday.

Nothing fishy about this traditional boil

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Dating back to the late 1800s, fish boils were a tradition of Scandinavian immigrants to Door County, Wis. Nowadays there is not a respectable Wisconsin “Supper Club” in Door County worth its salt that does not feature a fish boil on Friday or Saturday evenings, summer through fall. In 2000, Barbara Bull, owner of Cherry Point Farm, traveled to Door County, Wis. for a cherry growers meeting and while there experienced, for the first time, one of the area’s famous fish boils. “Eureka,” she said, “I had found the perfect ingredient to compliment the 600 acres of orchards, gardens, vineyards and woodlands where more than 200 varieties of fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs are produced and harvested on Cherry Point Farm.” Thus began a new tradition at Cherry Point Farm, the Friday and Saturday evening fish boils during the months of June, July, August and September. “Fish boils are gatherings.” says Bull. “Area locals, out-of-state tourists, and resorters gather and make new friends while partaking in, many for the first time, a unique culinary experience.” It has been said by some that the worst winter they had ever spent “was a summer in Michigan.” This past summer in Michigan was one such summer, being one of the coolest on record. This particular Friday was no exception. It had rained off and on all day and it was 60 degrees when we arrived at Cherry Point Farm, but we were cheered by the sight of 5,000 blooming red petunias planted at the entrance of the farm market building. Previously, along with 77 others, we had made the required reservations for the evening’s fish boil. Our concerns about no-shows were laid to rest as the parking lot soon filled with the evening’s entire roster. The weather cooperated, the rain stopped, and outside over a stone lined fire pit Ven Martinez, the “boil master,” had already stoked a fire under and around a water- filled specially crafted 30-gallon pot. Martinez’s vital responsibility was to establish and maintain a rolling boil in the pot. Tonight it proved to be a difficult task because of the damp wood, but he succeeded admirably. Promptly at 6 p.m., Barb Bull announced that the fish boil was about to commence. Holding cups of […]

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