September 23 2010

Obituaries — September 30, 2010

September 30, 2010 // 0 Comments

Klase Kody E. Klase, 16, of Belmont passed away very unexpectedly on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010. He was a sophomore at Rockford High School and enjoyed attending the youth group at Resurrection Life Church in Rockford. Kody is survived by his loving parents, Dean and Cheryl; brother, Wayne Miller; sister, Amanda Mendez; niece, Cherish Mendez; aunts, Pam (Charlie) Neihardt and Dana Moore; and uncle, Jeff (Rhonda) Moore. The service of praise and thanksgiving for the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ for Kody will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at Resurrection Life Church in Rockford with Pastor Tim Simon officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at Pederson Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the needs of the family. Grief counselors available for students after high school student found dead  Kody Klase, 16, had complained of a cold  The parents of Kody Klase, 16, found their son dead in his room the evening of Sunday, Sept. 26 after being out of town. Klase was described by Rockford High School Principal Dan Zang as a very pleasant young man well-liked by his peer group. “It was just devastating news to hear this morning,” Zang said. “Grief counselors are available to our students.” Klase was active in his youth group at Resurrection Life Church in Rockford. “It is a very difficult day. We have had our share of devastating events of late,” Zang said. “What amazes me is how well our kids take care of each other. In addition to the counseling staff, we have seen lots of students helping each other through this grief.” Carpenter  Mrs. Mary Ann Carpenter, 106, the senior member of the Rockford community, passed away late Sunday evening, Sept. 19, 2010, at her home. She was born March 25, 1904, and lived all her life within five miles of Rockford. Mary was born to Jennie and George Dunn on a farm on Courtland Drive, where she grew up. She attended Shank Elementary School on 12 Mile Road and graduated from Rockford High School in 1922. Mary worked for Citizen Telephone Company, Michigan Bell from 1922 to 1927 and Wolverine World Wide for […]

Reenactors rough it out through rainy weekend

September 23, 2010 // 0 Comments

  The 24th annual Grand Rogue Military Encampment has been cancelled in the past due to extreme flooding, but this year’s event was a little soggy due to rain showers. A historic bonanza of knowledge and authentic clothes and equipment showed visitors what life was like before electricity, both in military reenactment and family settings. The event takes place each year at Grand Rogue Campground on West River Drive, and many repeat participants show what life was like from the time of the French and Indian War in the 1700s on up through the centuries. To find out more, visit        

Rams volleyball takes down Portage Central, tops West Ottawa

September 23, 2010 // 0 Comments

Monday night, Sept. 13, the Rockford High School gymnasium featured two of Michigan’s top Class A volleyball programs in the state when the visiting Portage Central Mustangs took on the Rockford Rams. The Rams got hot early and never cooled off as they won this best-of-five match in three straight sets, 25-18, 25-20 and 25-18. The Rams showed strength in all areas of their game and featured skilful play at all positions. The Rockford topped OK Red conference opponent West Ottawa in three straight sets at Rockford High School last Thursday night, Sept. 16. The best-three-of-five match was won by the Lady Rams, 25-17, 25-17 and 25-18. The Rockford team moved to 2-0 in the conference and 23-4 overall on Thursday. They continued their strong team play, excelling in all facets of their game as they prepare for the tough OK Red conference play ahead. In continued action at Rockford High School, the host Rams finished runner-up to Novi in a six-team tournament on Saturday, Sept. 18. The Rams finished the day 5-1 to up their overall season record to 27-5; 2-0 in OK Red action. The Rams traveled to Muskegon on Monday, Sept. 20, and then make a trip to Portage Central Saturday, Sept. 25, for additional tournament action.

Rockford boys cross country gears up for challenging season

September 23, 2010 // 0 Comments

The Rockford boys ran a tough race Friday afternoon, Sept. 17, at the Spartan Invitational held at the Forest Akers East Golf Course in East Lansing. Running in the Elite Division, this meet provided an opportunity to assess the competition the Rams will face against some top talents from across the state. They will also face some strong local teams, especially in the face of big changes to the varsity line-up, as last year’s strong senior runners have moved on to college teams. The top runner in the Elite Division came in with a 15:30 time for the 5K course, followed by three other runners with sub 16-second times. The top team was Dexter with an average time of 16:37, with several other teams approaching their times. Local team Grand Haven took ninth place and promises a good challenge for the Rams in coming weeks. The Rams were led by veteran varsity team members seniors Steven Ek and Spencer Gerber and sophomore Drew Woznick. Ek showed a strong finish with a time of 16:43, coming in at 33rd place, which separated him from a spot on the awards podium by only three runners. Gerber and Woznick followed with times of 17:01 and 17:03. Rounding up the varsity team at this event was sophomore Chris Coles (17:34) and senior Eric Parsell (17:41), followed by senior Devon Liu (17:41) and senior Mike Greko (18:06). Rockford placed 16th out of the 27 teams in the Elite class. However, with a predicted ranking of ninth place, according to the results of recent polling of Michigan cross country coaches, the team is expected to continue to improve their showing as the season unfolds. Coach Andrew Martin was upbeat after the race, mentioning the potential he sees with the team going forward.

Rams boys cross county competes in two weekend invitationals

September 23, 2010 // 0 Comments

by Chris Cruickshank  The Rockford High School boys cross county team participated in split squad events over the weekend, with the varsity team running at the Spartan Invitational in East Lansing on Friday, Sept. 17, and the junior varsity team running at the Sparta Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 18. As it had been for the past few years, the Sparta Invitational was wet and slippery. Due to passing thunder and lightning early on, it was delayed 90 minutes. But the delay had little effect on the Rams, who took the top 11 places in the junior varsity race. The Rams’ Austin Benoit led from start to finish, completing the rain-soaked course in 17:58. Rounding out the top 11 spots for the Rams with a 47-second spread were Casey Aman, Evan Bruin, Andrew Pitcher, Tyler Harney, Conner Jewell, Nate McQueen, Cam Fasel, Grant Aman, Tim Newberger and Matt Albano. Coach Martin commented, “The guys ran very well today considering the conditions. What I liked most is that they came out and pushed the pace from the very beginning and ran together—each of the top 15 Ram finishers ran with and finished near at least one other teammate. We practice running in groups to help push each other.” Next up, the Rams harriers run at East Rockford Middle School against East Kentwood on Wednesday, Sept. 22, and at the Cougar-Falcon Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Gainey Complex, located on East Paris Drive in Kentwood.

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