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Rockford driver dies after running off the road, hitting a tree

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police say a one-vehicle accident involving a pickup truck near the Rogue River killed the driver.

It happened around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday on Summit St. near W. Prospect St.

Investigators say the driver of a pickup headed south on Summit crossed the median, drove off the road and hit a tree.

Rescuers took the driver to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Police are not releasing the driver's name until they have notified his family.

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Best in the biz: Rockford water polo

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM)- The Rockford Rams boys water polo team has captured seven state titles in ten years. Perhaps none was more unlikely than last year's title.

"We surprised a lot of people last season," says head coach Dave McWatters. "We lost more games last season than we had in the previous six years combined. And there were a lot of teams out there that were very much hoping last year was the year to beat Rockford."

The Rams are also proud of their excellence in the classroom. They count five academic All-Americans on this year's squad.

"These young men have shown that they can be great athletes but to earn the academic All-American honor is a tremendous achievement," says McWatters.


Rockford Rams have a new quarterback for 2010

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM)- The Rockford Rams hope a year on the sidelines groomed their new quarterback for the bright lights of Friday night.

Junior Mark LaPrairie takes over under center for the graduated Taylor Masiewicz, who led the Rams to the O-K Red championship last year and a district championship. Head coach Ralph Munger says he likes LaPrairie's arm and his mobility. Now, the first-year starter has to prove himself on Friday nights.

The Rams open the 2010 season Friday against Davison, a team they beat 38-13 in last season's opener. Watch 13 On Your Sidelines" for game coverage Friday night at 11:15.

Rockford kicker wowing CMU coaches

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (WZZM) -- True freshman Paul Mudgett rewrote the Rockford High School record book for kickers. Perhaps one day he'll do the same at Central Michigan University.

So far, the coaching staff has been impressed with Mudgett's leg during practices and head coach Dan Enos said this week Mudgett may earn the starting role as the team's placekicker.

Mudgett says his experience playing at a big time program like Rockford High School prepared him well for division one football. Mudgett and the Chippewas open the season September 2nd against Hampton University.

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Crash in Kent County sends two people to the hospital

OAKFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM)- Two people are in the hospital, following an accident in Kent County.

It happened around 7:15 p.m. in the 9000 block of Lincoln Lake Avenue in Oakfield Township. The sheriff's department says the two vehicles collided head on and one vehicle rolled.

Two people were rushed to the hospital with life threatening injuries.

It's unclear what caused the crash.