by TOM SCOTT From the word go, the Rockford girls basketball team had their work cut out for the night of Friday, Feb. 18, as the Jenison team was matching Rockford’s skills and scoring abilities at every chance. Rockford proved their dominance despite the tough competition and held the lead at halftime, 20-16. The Lady Rams kept the heat on through the second half and held on to win 42-40. Kimberly Weston, was the evening’s high scorer with 16 points, followed by Rachel Henry with six points. The win gives the girls a league record of 12-6. At halftime, fans had the privilege of viewing Rockford’s Athletic Director Tim Erickson presenting Rams senior Ryan Majerle with a plaque in his honor in regards to his four-year full-ride basketball scholarship at Toledo University.
The Rockford boys basketball team took a decisive win over rival Grandville on December 17 for their second home game of the season. The team played well before a packed gymnasium of fans. Much of the scoring was done by Scott Nikodemski, Conner McCane, Justin Klein, Aaron Weston and Nathan Schuiteman. The game ended with a score of 72-35, and the Rams remaining undefeated.
There will be giveaways and more at Aunt Candy’s Toy Company, double your savings at Double Take, customized gift boxes at Old World Olive Press, free gifts and door prizes at Sage & Roses and 20 percent off one item and refreshments at Jade. The Candle Shop of Rockford is offering 20 percent off one regularly-priced item, receive a free gift with $30 purchase at Dars Gems and Jewelry, a free ornament from Paperdoll Boutique, samples at Twisted Vine, 15 percent off all frames with purchase of lens and 50 percent off a second pair at In Focus Eyecare & Eyewear (open until 8 p.m.) and discounts, food tasting and special gifts at Basket in the Belfry. Baskets in the Belfrey is holding their 33rd anniversary celebration and shoppers will receive 20 percent off their entire purchase plus receive 30 percent off one item for bringing a personal care item to contribute to North Kent Community Center and Lean on Me Outreach. A Charmed Life salon will be serving hot apple cider and yummy treats. D2D Photo Studio will be running their PhotoBooth free during the open house evenings for fun. Shoppers are invited to stop in and have fun and get photos at no cost. The lighting ceremony and evenings of quaint, friendly home-town visiting and shopping with holiday decorations, music twinkling lights remember holidays gone by, and are a change from the hustle, bustle that too often has become a symbol of the season. Step back in time in downtown Rockford for two special nights of true holiday atmosphere.
A computer glitch made this picture unavailable when we published a story several weeks ago about the record-setting student athletes who are signed on with collegiate scholarships. We are pleased to be able to print it now in addition to the names of the 2010 Rockford High School (RHS) graduates who proceed to higher education and college or university athletic programs. Pictured, but not in this order, are: • basketball: Jacob Greene for Calvin College, Brent Henry for Calvin College, Megan Kelley for Hope College, Caitlyn Patterson for Calvin College; • cheer: Torri Mills for Michigan State University; • crew: Olivia Kacsits for Notre Dame; • golf: Trent Davison for Ferris State University; • football: Taylor Masiewicz for Ferris State University, Paul Mudgett for Central Michigan University, Josh Pribble for Grand Rapids Community College, Joe Stefanski for Ohio University; • lacrosse: Meagan Emery for Drexel University, Alexia O’Connor for Grand Valley State University, Andi Raymond for Towson University, Kelsei Streeter for Grand Valley State University; • softball: Lauren Pasciak for Cornerstone University, Haley Pattok for Davenport University, Morgan Ruchty for Ferris State University, Karliane Showers for Grand Rapids Community College; • swimming/diving: Erica Cutler for Bowling Green State University, Jessica Cutler for Bowling Green State University, Alex DeVries for Ramapo College of New Jersey, Brian Ginebaugh for Stevens Institute of Technology New Jersey; • soccer: Samantha Decker for Grand Valley State University, Sean Lewis for Western Michigan University; • track: Charlie Anel for Grand Valley State University, Sarah Birkmeier for Michigan State University, Katie Carlson for Hope College, Grant Gunneson for Aquinas College, Rachel Herald for United States Air Force Academy, Rachel Jerrils for Davenport University, Nick Shear for Taylor University, Margaret Smiley for New York University, Chris Wierengo for Northwood University; • volleyball: Kylie Basarabski for Northern Michigan University, Cailie Johnson for Grand Valley State University, Kim Weaver for Grand Rapids Community College; • wrestling: Jake Byers for Eastern Michigan University, Jake Dorulla for Eastern Michigan University, Jake Johnson for Eastern Michigan University, and Jake Scholten for Saint Augustine College, Ill. • • •
Five weeks ago, January 15, it took a Herculean effort for Grand Haven to overcome an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter and double overtime to defeat the Rockford girls basketball team. However, Friday, Feb. 19, the Buccaneers defeated the Rams in regulation play 48-36. Grand Haven’s game plan apparently was to crash the defensive boards, make quick outlet passes to open Bucs, and push the ball up court, scoring easy points inside. The taller Bucs were able to accomplish this on numerous occasions, taking a 13-4 first-quarter lead. The Rams were finding it difficult to hit the open player inside and were finding it equally difficult scoring from outside. Grand Haven took a 22-8 advantage into intermission, holding the Rams to their fewest points all season. Rockford’s Lady Rams fought back, outscoring the taller Bucs in the third quarter, 11-8, on gritty play from sophomore Kimberly Weston, and seniors Allison Huyser and Katherine Huyser. Grand Haven held Rockford in check offensively by blocking a considerable number of shots during the second half. Unfortunately, the Rams never found their offense and seemed unable to push the ball up court to open players. The difficulty in scoring made it hard for the Rams to transition into their full court pressure, a trademark of their success all season. Leading the Lady Rams in scoring were Weston (10 points), A. Huyser (9), Caitlyn Patterson (7), K. Huyser (4), Megan Kelley (4), and Halle Peterson (2). Rockford was 7-9 from the charity line, with Grand Haven at 17-24. Rockford had 17 fouls; Grand Haven 11. After this game, a three-way tie exists atop the OK Red conference: Rockford, Grand Haven and West Ottawa, all with identical 9-3 records. Tuesday, Feb. 23, the Rams host Jenison, then host Muskegon on Friday, Feb. 26. • • •