Thank you to my family for hosting the open house on September 18, 2010. Thank you to those who came to congratulate me and personally recall fond memories—and make new memories. Thank you to those who thought of me but could not attend. Thank you for the beautiful cards and notes which we shared together and I’ll cherish as future “heart warmers.” The plants will be reminders even next year—of you and the day! God is so good! Thanks is such a small word to express sooo much! from Lois Ives
September 23 2010
Grand Haven beats Rockford for first time in 11 seasons by TIM COOPER In spite of Brett Egnatuk’s 16 tackles, the Ram defense was unable to stop the punishing ground game of the Grand Haven Buccaneers. Grand Haven totaled 252 yards on the ground en route to defeating the number-one ranked Rockford Rams 26-23. Rockford’s typically potent ground attack struggled to gain yards, while Grand Haven’s running game wore the Ram defense down. The Rockford offense was forced to stand and watch on the sidelines as the Buccaneers had several long drives that also served to tire out the Ram defense. When the Rockford offense was on the field, quarterback Mark LaPrairie found a favorite receiver in Neil VanderLaan. VanderLaan accounted for 11 of LaPrairie’s 15 completions, racking up 212 yards, including an 83-yard touchdown, which gave the Rams a 23-20 lead late in the third quarter. The touchdown was Rockford’s final score of the night. The Buccaneers got the ball back with 50 seconds remaining in the third quarter. With just over five minutes remaining in the game, Dalton Stenberg crashed into the end zone from the one-yard line, capping off a 15-play, 86-yard drive that used over half of the final quarter, giving the Buccaneers a 26-23 lead. On the Rams’ final possession, LaPrairie, who had played stellar football all night, missed on three consecutive attempts. LaPrairie finished the night at 15-21 and had 252 yards. Following Steve Mette’s 66-yard punt, Grand Haven ran the remaining 2:53 seconds off the clock, giving them their first victory over Rockford since 1999. This Friday, the Rams return to the lakeshore to face the undefeated Panthers of West Ottawa, who defeated Grand Haven 29-15 on September 10. The Panthers are currently 2-0 in the OK Red, and 4-0 overall.
Rockford’s boys water polo team began defense of their OK conference crown last Wednesday, Sept. 15, with a convincing win over Zeeland. The Rams have won or shared the conference championship for the past 17 years, longer than most of this year’s players have been alive! The team traveled to Zeeland to square off against a strong, fast, senior-led Zeeland squad, who was ranked eighth in the state. After a slow first quarter, Rockford opened the second with two quick goals. The Rams pushed the score to 5-2 at the half and held on for a 7-4 victory. Senior captain Jeff Schmitt set the defensive tone, recording four of the team’s 19 steals. Juniors Bryan Wasberg and Eric Chisholm led the scoring with two goals each. “I was very pleased with our team’s performance,” said Coach Dave McWatters. “We practiced hard the two days before the game, preparing for our long-term goals, so we were very tired for the Zeeland game. Zeeland is a very talented team, but we were able to tough out the win under challenging circumstances—another step forward.” “Going into the game, we knew we had to focus on doing what we do best,” said Schmitt. “We feel good about the way we played and about the results.” Over the weekend, Sept. 17-18, Rockford entered East Kentwood’s Falcon Invite, which found them in a bracket that featured four of the top five teams in the state. Friday night, Rockford—ranked second in the state—renewed their rivalry against East Kentwood—ranked fourth in the state. Rockford scored early and often, and displayed a suffocating defense. The result was an impressive 10-4 Ram victory. Ball movement was a key to the Ram scoring, with their 10 goals—including three each by Schmitt and Chisholm—coming on eight assists, including four by Wasberg. “We really wanted to beat East Kentwood this week, and were able to do so with a total team effort,” noted Schmitt. Saturday morning found the top two teams in the state, undefeated Ann Arbor Huron and Rockford, locked up in a nail-biter. The teams were tied at the half, but Huron opened the second half with two goals. Rockford responded with three of their own, and carried a 6-5 advantage into the fourth quarter. But […]