February 2020 ROAR

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Coverage of Rockford athletics at all levels.

REFLECTIONS

FEBRUARY

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Girls Varsity Basketball................2-5

Girls JV Basketball.......................6-7

Girls Frosh Basketball..................8-9

Cummings New Head Coach...10-11

Boys Varsity Basketball...........12-15

Boys JV Basketball.......................16

Boys Frosh Basketball..................17

Gymnastics............................18-20

Comeback Chronicles.............22-23

Wrestling................................24-25

Renaming of Stadium...................27

Bowling.......................................28

Middle School Cheer....................29

Where Are They Now?.............30-31

Extra Credit..................................32

* Cover Photo girls varsity basketball

captain Syd Reinke by “Papa” Razzi

Sports Phtography

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Managing Editor

Jeannie Gregory

jeannie@rockfordroar.com

Director of Business Operations

Joel Koch

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JEANNIE

GREGORY

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Hello Ram Fans! The announcement of the Rams new

head football coach came with mercurial speed. ROAR

had to switch gears quickly to adjust to putting the

announcement in the February issue. What a great selection in

Brent Cummings! I’ve yet to hear a negative comment about

the man, and he has been in the Rams program for a very long

time. Losing Ralph was such a sad time for us Rockford lifers,

so it was nice to find out that the administration took some of

those emotions in their selection for Brent as head coach. There

will be a continuity for the program and Ralph’s vision. It’s

always interesting to find out a coach’s background and Brent’s

is steeped in experience and success.

Almost immediately after that announcement came another – the changing of

the name of Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium. What a nice, lasting tribute to a coach

who gave us so many wonderful memories on Friday nights under those lights.

This issue shines on plenty of Ram successes, but it really had me stepping back

to think about things. When I received answers from boys varsity basketball head

coach Kyle Clough, whose team started out at 1-6 on the season it really got me to

questioning our drive to win, and the coverage of it. At what cost? How much pressure

do we put on our athletes? How much pressure do they put on themselves?

How much pressure do we put on our coaches? I like Kyle, I have from the minute

I did my first interview with him. I like how cerebral he is about the game and

about his program. His game plan isn’t just thrown together, it is well-thought out.

There’s a reason he started his schedule the way he did and he explains it, candidly.

I admire his chops – a lot.

I also admire girls varsity basketball head coach Brad Wilson’s approach. I truly

admire him as a coach and a person. His team started their season 7-0. Those players

and coaches had to feel a lot of pressure to continue an undefeated streak that

stretched to 30-0 on the year for the program and 10-0 at the varsity level. What

an amazing accomplishment! What a tribute to all the players knowing their roles

and a coaching staff who leads the way! How much pressure did they feel to win?

How did it affect their love of the game? Did they enjoy it? I sure hope so, because it

was something special.

Let’s be honest, it’s a lot of fun to win. It’s why we play the game and strive to

always get better. It’s why we keep score. It’s why we gather in the stands of a stadium,

a natatorium, or a gym and cheer on our team. But it’s not all about winning,

it’s about losing, too. Some of the more important lessons in sports and in life

are learned when you lose. It certainly tests a team and player’s character more. It

makes you hungry for that “high” you get when you ring that victory bell.

The wonderful thing about Rockford coaches is win or lose, the players benefit

from the life lessons these dedicated men and women teach their young players.

They truly are concerned about them as individuals. They show they care no matter

the outcome of a competition – and that’s always a win.

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