The Rams varsity boys golf team won another OK Red match on Tuesday, May 5 at Stonegate Golf Club in Muskegon. The Rams struggled a bit with the greens at par 37 Stonegate, but triumphed in the end. Rockford came in first place with a score of 159, followed by East Kentwood with 188 and Muskegon with 225. The Rams were led by Steven Mette, Eric Conroy and Trent Davison, each scoring 39, and Jake Chaffee with a score of 42. On Saturday, May 9, Rockford hosted the 2009 Rockford Spring Classic at Cedar chase Golf Club, a 6,460-yard course, par 72. Conditions were partly sunny, 57 degrees, with around 10-20 mph winds. Host Rockford again took first place with a score of 334, followed by Grandville (338), West Catholic (340), Greenville (355), and the B teams from Rockford and Grandville tying for fifth place with scores of 380. Davison led the Rams’ varsity team with a score of 80, followed by Conroy (84), Sam Gallup (84) and Mette (86). The Rams’ B team was led by Robert Pierson with a score of 91, followed by Darren Mazur (94), Jon Hughey (97) and Alex Fox (98). The OK Red post-season match-up at Grand Haven is on Thursday, May 14, followed by the East Lansing Classic on Friday, May 15, at 7:30 a.m. Watch next week’s Squire for results.
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Rockford’s junior varsity A boys golf team recently continued its outstanding season as it ran its season-long record to 35-0-1 through six dual meets, two invitational events and the OK Red preseason tournament. All nine members of the team have contributed to their season-long success as five different players have earned team medalist honors. Saturday, April 25 saw the Rams defend their home turf as they won the Rockford Invitational with over 11 opponents at Braeside Golf Course. The five-man team played great golf while battling their opponents and the weather, withstanding heavy winds and two downpours. The Rams were led by Steven Mette and Alec DeWitt, whose individual scores of 78 were good for third place, and Matt Smith and David VonEschen, with scores of 83 and 84. The Rams had previously won the Cougar Invitational at Centennial Country Club hosted by Grand Rapids Catholic Central on Saturday, April 18. They beat nine opponents and were led to victory by David Keller with a second-place score of 81, and Scott Dater and Jake Stephan with scores of 83 and 85. Earlier in the season, the Rams had their lone tie, for first place, with Hudsonville in the OK Red preseason tournament. The Rams were led that day by Nick Delafuente’s score of 41. The Rams remain undefeated in its OK Red dual meet season with a conference record of 10-0. Keller has paced the team with a 41 average score, as have DeWitt and Stephan with 42 averages. The Rams have three remaining dual meets and the OK Red post-season tournament at Grand Valley State University’s The Meadows Golf Course. Coach Scott Kruisenga and his team look forward to its final weeks of competition.
by PATRICK KEELEY Rockford’s girls water polo team earned a place at the regional tournament with two wins in the district tournament to take the East District championship. Rockford defeated Portage Central and then met East Grand Rapids (EGR) in the final. Rockford busted out, won the sprint and took the ball right up the middle. EGR forced a couple turnovers and blocked a couple shots, but Mary Keeley found Kelsey Vermeer open at the three-minute mark and Vermeer made it count. The Rams looked like last year’s squad for most of the game, as they made catch-and- throw passes and were relentless on defense. EGR was deeply troubled, and hardly had any good shots. Keeley found Vermeer open again, as did Christina Weston a minute later, and it was 3-0. Freshman Casey Wolfer rocketed the fourth goal, and the Rams were up 4-0. EGR got a breakaway and was fouled, but Kaitlyn Korhorn smothered the penalty shot. However, the Pioneers scored on the next play, and it was 4-1 at halftime. In the first three minutes of the third quarter, both teams made great defensive stops. Then Keeley just stripped the ball, sprinted away and scored, and it was 5-1. Weston used a basketball hook shot from the hole to make it 6-1 late in the game. EGR got two goals in the fourth quarter, but Weston got open again and scored. The Rams held on for a 7-4 win. May 15 and 16, the Rams traveled to Zeeland for the MWPA west regional championship. Then, the top four teams from the region will continue on to the state championship to be held at Jenison’s pool May 29-30. The Michigan State Girls Water Polo champion has come from the west region the last five years in a row. Come on out and cheer on the Rams.
“Rockford water polo has been very successful, with the boys high school team winning five state championships and the girls team three,” said Coach Dave McWatters. “Our success, though, lies not just with the won-loss record. Water polo teaches discipline, teamwork, dedication, and helps kids get in shape. The kids have a lot of fun, so even if they have never played before, we will teach them.” What is water polo? McWatters says, “Take a little soccer in the water, add some strategies from basketball and hockey, run some football passing routes, some long baseball throws, mental chess moves, mix them all in H20 and you have this exciting sport.” Have fun with the great sport of water polo! Here are some great opportunities to try out an awesome sport. Sessions are taught by the Rockford High School coaches and players at the Rockford High School pool. Coed Elementary School Camp (for kids entering grades 2-5) is Tuesday, June 23, and Thursday, June 25, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $20, payable to “Rockford Water Polo,” at the first day of camp. Out-of-district cost is $30. Coed Middle School Camp (for kids entering grades 6-9) is Tuesday, June 23, and Thursday, June 25, from noon to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $25, payable to “Rockford Water Polo,” at first day of camp. Out-of-district cost is $35. Feel free to call Coach Dave McWatters at (616) 690-7643 for further information.
Rockford baseball is pleased to announce that senior Ethan Post has officially committed to attend school and play baseball at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Post was recruited to be a pitcher for the Fighting Engineers. Rose-Hulman was again the number-one-ranked engineering school in the country by U.S. News. That is their eighth number-one ranking in a row. In baseball, Rose-Hulman Institute has made three NCAA Division III tournament appearances. Rose-Hulman is currently ranked 24th in the nation. Last year’s baseball academic All State pitcher, Post continues to improve in both the classroom and on the baseball field. He leads the Rams in pitching. As of May 3, Post is first in innings pitched, first in fewest walks per game, second in strikeouts, and third in ERA. Last trimester, he received an amazing 4.8 grade-point average! Post is the son of Robert and Yvonne Post.