The Rockford Rams boys varsity golf team played their first home match at Braeside Golf Club in approximately 14 years on Tuesday, April 14. The match resulted in two Rockford victories, with Rockford scoring 156, followed by East Kentwood (159) and Muskegon (240). The Rams were led by Sam Gallup and Trent Davison with a score of 37 each, followed by Jake Chaffee (39), Eric Conroy (43), Adam Hoard (43), and Steven Mette (43). The Rams defeated Grandville and Hudsonville on Tuesday night, April 28, at the Meadows of Grand Valley State University. The golf course was quite soggy, but the Rams pulled it off. These are two very big wins for the boys team, as Grandville and Hudsonville are sincere competitors for the league title. Rockford, with a score of 162, was led by Davison with 38, followed by Chaffee (40), Gallup (42) and Mette (42). Grandville scored 167, with Warren Grover leading their team with 37. Hudsonville followed with a score of 168, with their team being led by Alex Fleming (39). On Saturday, May 2, the Rams made a valiant effort of defending their home course at the Rockford Rams Invitational held at Braeside Golf Club. The Rams finished second behind only Forest Hills Central, who may be ranked number one shortly in Division I golf. Three Rams medaled, with Davison finishing third, Gallup fourth, and Conroy tied for 15th. Next on the schedule for the Rams is a match against Grand Haven and West Ottawa at Braeside Golf Club on Monday, May 11 at 3:30 p.m.
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The Lady Rams of Rockford will put their undefeated OK Red record on the line this Friday, May 8, when they travel to Hudsonville for the OK Red conference track and field championship. Having narrowly defeated rival East Kentwood this past week by a score of 70-67, the Rams find themselves in familiar territory as they look to defend their 2008 conference championship. Total team depth has been a strength for Rockford this season and will likely be the key to a successful Friday night for the Lady Rams. Some of the top performers for the Rams this season have been returning state champion pole vaulter, junior Sarah Birkmeier; the senior sprint trio of Emma Breen, Becky Caywood and Krysten Fischer along with sophomore Abby Blanchard; the hurdle duo of senior Danielle Putterman and junior Sam Mette; returning state runner-up high jumper, junior Rachel Herald; top throwers sophomore Emily Haliday, senior Hannah Readle and junior Kylie Basarabski; 400 runners juniors Katie Carlson and Rachel Jerrils; and distance runners senior Kelcie Severson, junior Alyssa Durkin, sophomores Catie Rietsema and Sarah Neideck, and freshman Jane Hawks. The Rams have enjoyed invitational championships at the Wyoming Frank Grimm Relays and the GRPS Track and Field Invitational from earlier this season and won the Cedar Springs Red Hawk Invitational along with a runner-up finish at the Don Mitchell Memorial Track and Field Invitational in Dayton, Ohio this past weekend.
The Rockford Rams varsity baseball team has won their last five match-ups in a row. Making up for a cancelled game from April 27 due to rain, the Rams took on Grandville for two games on Wednesday, April 29, with Rockford winning 3-2 for both. The following Friday, May 1, Muskegon visited Rockford for another Ram victory, 6-2. On Saturday, May 2, Holland traveled to Rockford for a double-header, but lost to the Rams 11-3 and 11-1. The Rams’ next game is Friday, May 8 at East Kentwood at 4:30 p.m.
The most recent chapter in the well-documented rivalry between two of the area’s powerhouse softball programs-Rockford and Jenison-was an epic battle of will and grit. The battle was eventually won by the visiting Rams in 13 innings by the score of 2-0 behind the dominant pitching of Tricia Graham, great defensive plays, and the clutch hitting of Lauren Pasciak. The Rams had threatened a few times in the game, but were not able to come up with the big hit until the top of the 13th inning. The inning began quietly as Jenison’s pitcher, junior Kendra Thomas, retired the first two batters she faced. But then junior right-fielder Morgan Ruchty got things going with a perfectly executed slap hit past the pitcher. When she beat the throw from shortstop, the rally had begun. Ruchty then stole second base to get into scoring position for senior shortstop and co-captain Carly Shutich. Shutich worked the count and held off on a tough three-two pitch that was just off the plate for a hard-earned walk to set the stage for Pasciak, who had already doubled to deep centerfield earlier in the game. Pasciak, the left-handed hitting junior, went with the pitch and laced a bullet to deep left-center to bring home the eventual game-winning runs for the Rams as pandemonium broke out in “Ram nation.” Armed with the lead, Graham retired the first two batters in the bottom of the 13th before allowing a bloop single. But in the very next at-bat, when senior co-captain Alex Fulbright raced over into foul territory and snagged a pop fly near the third base dugout, the huge victory was secured for the Rams. Coach Casey Munger-Dunham was thrilled with the effort of her team, saying, “What a game! I’m so proud of our Lady Rams for their persistence. They have demonstrated their willingness to go the distance a couple of times now during this start of the season. It’s one of the qualities that make this year’s group so special. They are willing to continue fighting and to keep a positive attitude no matter the circumstance. Offensively, we had some nice hits. However, in the top of the 13th, we strung a couple together, which were key […]