Rockford bowling boys

Rockford bowling boys coach Paul Bellgraph was relatively pleased with his team’s performance on Feb. 9 and 11 in the beginning of OK Red post-conference play.

Action started Feb. 9 at Grand Haven.

“I thought we did OK,” Bellgraph said. “We shot a 361 in the baker games and then topped 1,000 in each of the regular games. Our 2,400 total was good for fourth place, 129 pins out.

“Jordan Kaufman was real good with games of 266 and 208. He was followed by Eric Buck with a 427 set and Zach Small with a 421 set.”

On Wednesday, Rockford was at home for the second of the four-day post conference meet.

“We got off to a good start with a 235 baker game and a 189 baker,” Bellgraph said. “We then had the only 1,000 game of the day with a 1,022 again. We were led by Jordan Kaufman, who rolled a 257 game. The second game we had all kinds of trouble holding our lines and finished with a 848 but our 2,294 total was good enough to move us into second place only 27 pins behind Grandville with two days left.”

Rockford has two bowling dates remaining in the league tourney.

“I’m hoping we can refocus and come out strong on Monday at Hudsonville,” Bellgraph said.

The Rams don’t have a chance for first place in the conference, considering they finished fourth in the preconference.

“Grandville is in the driver’s seat,” Bellgraph said. “If they’re second or third (in postconference action), they’ll take the title. We hope to finish well at Hudsonville and Spectrum (in the final week). We want to win postconference. That would put us in the second or third place.”

Bellgraph was pleased with bowling 1,000 the first three games. But in the 848, “I thought we could have done better,” he said. “Everybody struggled. We are 27 pins behind Grandville. I’m OK with that.”