February 2020 ROAR

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Coverage of Rockford athletics at all levels.

NET GAIN!

Photo on opposite page: Elle Irwin takes on the competition as she drives to the hoop. Photo above: The Rams girls varsity basketball

team pose with their championship trophy at the Cornerstone University “Home for the Holidays” Tournament.

~ Photos by “Papa” Razzi Sports Photography

JEANNIE GREGORY

ROAR Editor

No one can ignore a basketball program that starts the season

30-0. Not only are all three levels letting their current area

opponents know that something special is happening, they

are putting the whole state on notice. That record is where

the Rams girls basketball program was sitting through three

weeks of January. Heady stuff for a relatively new coaching

staff, but there are some impressive pieces that are making it

all come together so well.

Varsity head coach Bradley Wilson puts the spotlight on

many of those key pieces, but let’s not forget about who is

leading the charge.

Wilson is in his third year as head coach of the varsity team.

He has cut his teeth in various levels of girls basketball since

2007 and contends he has had the honor and privilege to learn

under some tremendous mentors. He shares a bit about what

makes him tick.

“I grew up in Grayling and played sports in high school. I

just fell in love with sports and competition at a young age.

When my high school career was over, I majored in physical

education and health. I eventually taught and coached at Belding

High School for 10 years. During that experience, I coached

both genders, and at times coached football, baseball and basketball.

Basketball was always my favorite.”

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Alina Anderson goes up for a lay up.

~ Photo by “Papa” Razzi Sports Photography

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