Rockford varsity boys lacrosse defeats EGR 13-6 for sweep of season

Rockford varsity boys lacrosse team dominated East Grand Rapids Pioneers last Tuesday night, April 24, beating them 13-6. This was the first time the boys varsity team swept the season’s conference games.

Coach Sims and his staff did a great job firing up the team. It is understand part of the week’s preparation for the game included baking cakes and stuffing fortune cookies—perhaps that played a part in the team’s success?

Rockford jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter. The Rams played a flawless first quarter in every aspect of play. The defense was led by Jake Lewis and Ryan Hartnagel, as they stole passes and cradled the ball up field, leading to scores. Connor Flynn was solid in goal. Scoring goals in the first quarter were Kane Wolfer with two, and Kento Nakano, Jesse Siegel, Blake McDonald and Mitch Newton each contributing one. Assists went to Lewis, Newton, Nakano, Hartnagel, and Jared Seifert.

The final three quarters, Rockford continued their smothering defense and the offense kept clicking. Scoring in the second half were Dallas VanBelkum and Mitch Newton with two each and single goals were scored by Wolfer, McDonald and Nakano. Assists were added by Nakano and Wolfer. Defense ground balls were led by Jordan Shiparski and Hartnagel with five each.

The Rams traveled to Northville on Saturday, April 28, and came away with a win and a score of 12-8. Players of the game were Jon Hazy, Wolfer and Nakano.

The final tally of the annual Ramger event held at the Ted on April 21 has been updated. Rockford High School and Forest Hills School Districts raised almost $12,000 for the VanAndel Institute. A huge thank-you goes to all who helped to make this event a huge success!

And one more fun fact to share: After over 20 years in the Rockford school district, the Poubas would like to set the record straight; it is pronounced Pouba with a long O. “When two vowels sit side by side, the first one talks and the second walks.”

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