Varsity water polo gets first two wins, JV five wins

Varsity athlete Kaitlyn Cress helps her team to a season-starting win.	Photo by PATRICK KEELEY

Varsity athlete Kaitlyn Cress helps her team to a season-starting win. Photo by PATRICK KEELEY

by PATRICK KEELEY

Rockford’s varsity water polo team-ranked fourth in the state-evened their overall record at 3-3 (2-0 in league play) with a 19-0 thumping of Holland and their first home-pool victory, a 13-2 romp over Grand Haven. Kelsey Vermeer had seven goals against Grand Haven, Molly Wooldridge had two, and Christina Weston, Mary Keeley, Ariel Beattie and Amanda Johnson scored one each. Against Holland, goals were scored by Vermeer (five), Wooldridge and Weston (four), Lauren Hulsebus (two), Ashley Gremel, Casey Wolfer, Jamie VanPortfliet Kelsey Carlson (one each).

The Rockford JV water polo girls hosted a tournament this weekend and won all four games.

Coach Reickard said, “The girls played extremely well all weekend. They showed that they are one of the best JV teams around and really showcased that the future of Rockford water polo is very bright. Several girls had standout performances and are really making a case for themselves to be playing in the varsity games sooner rather than later.”

Junior varsity had an 8-2 victory over Jenison, with goals by Jamie Van Portfliet (two) and Lauren Hulsebus, Emily Williams, Sarah Smith, Jessica Andrus, Taylor Downs and Erica Finlayson (one each), with Tiffany Elenbaas getting 10 saves.

Against Ann Arbor Pioneer, Rockford won 9-4 with goals by Hulsebus (five) and Maddie Levine, Downs, Julia Ceglowski and Andrus (one each), with another 10 saves by Elenbaas.

Rockford won 5-3 against Zeeland with two goals by Van Portfliet and one goal each by Hulsebus, Kelsey Carlson and Downs, and yet another 10 saves by Elenbaas.

Against Hudsonville, Rockford won 6-3 with three goals by Hulsebus and one goal apiece by Smith, Carlson and Finlayson, and six saves by Elenbaas.

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