The Rockford girls water polo team captured the West Region District II championship Saturday, May 12. The team entered the tournament as the number one seed and earned a bye in Friday night’s game. Saturday morning, the Rams played Forest Hills United and won 15-4.
Nine players scored for Rockford, including freshman Lexi Chisholm in her debut on the varsity team. Also scoring goals were Adrianna Craft (three), Maddie Levine (three), Abbey Finlayson (two), Morgan Longberg (one), Julia Ceglowski (one), Kara Vandawater (one), Macy Thompson (one), and Heather Ferriby (one). With the win the girls advanced to the district championship game that Saturday night against East Kentwood.
In the championship game, East Kentwood’s Julie Riemersma scored first. However, the stingy Rockford defense held the Falcons to that one goal in the first quarter. Rockford’s Vandawater scored a goal and Craft added two to bring the first period score to 3-1.
Casey Wolfer scored the only goal in the second quarter for Rockford and the score at the half was 4-1.
In the third quarter, Rockford came out with speed and an excellent attacking game. Wolfer, Levine and Craft each scored a goal. The Lady Rams were working hard as a team, and of those seven goals, four were assists from Marie Siegel, Levine, Ceglowski and Wolfer.
Longberg started the fourth quarter with a goal, but the talented East Kentwood team added four goals in the fourth. However, Rockford maintained their lead to win 8-5.
The next game for the Rams will be against Grand Haven at the West Regionals championship tournament at East Grand Rapids High School on Friday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m.