In a regatta dominated entirely by Ann Arbor Pioneer over the past several years, Rockford’s crew team pulled out all the stops to narrowly claim a first-place finish, just one point ahead of rival Ann Arbor Pioneer and two points ahead of another strong East Michigan team, Ann Arbor Huron. East Michigan teams have dominated this sport for many years, primarily due to the fact that they have established programs going back 20 years or more. Rockford crew is a relatively young sport, only claiming varsity status within the past eight years. The Rockford women’s team captured the first-place trophy, with the men’s additional points helping to catapult the Rams to first place overall. Over 700 competitors converged on Riverside Park in Grand Rapids, coming from 14 teams located in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois. Rockford crew, 92 members strong, had the largest showing among the eight area teams located in West Michigan. “It helps to have that many bodies,” stated Rockford Coach Tim Jacobs. “They have trained hard and they have transferred that work ethic to the water.” Of the more than 20 boats entered by Rockford, 16 boats made it past the heats and into the finals. There, Rockford quickly rose to the challenge and captured four first-, four second-, and three third-place finishes. Bringing home the gold for Rockford were: women’s novice eight: Amy Fedeson, Kendra Bilardella, Julia Fraser, Kate Fraser, Lena Kleinoeder, Kara Korson, Sarah Lemanski, Kendall McConnohie, and coxswain Becca DeKorne men’s junior four: Austin Burris, TJ Jacobs, Zach Haugen, Zach Troyer, and coxswain Andrew Saelens women’s lightweight eight: Raechel Wrona, Clara Harding, Shelby Jacobs, Chris Scoffield, Richelle Huizina, Molly Guthrie, Jane Vandervelde, Katina Goad, and coxswain Dani Teft women’s lightweight four: Wrona, Harding, Jacobs, Scoffield, and coxswain Lauren Fey Capturing second place for Rockford were: women’s junior eight: Camille Pulver, Angelina Lipzinski, Erin Fedeson, Megan Korson, Kaitlin Champion, Lemanski, Becca Markham, Maddie Anderson, and coxswain Danielle Frick women’s senior four: Olivia Kacsits, Christine Kasper, Darcy Peck, Michelle Kuhn, and coxswain Jennifer Denike women’s senior eight dash: Olivia Nielsen, Peck, Marie Albano, Alicia Dickinson, Kasper, Kacsits, Kuhn, Shannon Schmutz, and coxswain Denike men’s senior eight dash: Burris, Haugen, Jacobs, Nate Harrison, Ian […]
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Last week was a busy one for Rockford varsity baseball. On Monday, April 13, the Rams hosted Greenville for a double-header and won both games. Later in the week, the boys split games with West Ottawa-away on Wednesday, April 15, and at home on Friday, April 17. The Rams hosted their first tournament of the season on Saturday, April 18, and came away with the win. The first game was against Bay City Western, with the championship game victory against Grand Rapids Christian. Overall, the Rams are 8-2 for the start of their season. Their next game was at home against Jenison on Tuesday, April 21. On Thursday, April 23, the Rams travel to Jenison for a game at 4:30 p.m., and the Rogers Wooden Bat Tournament begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 25. Rockford splits games with Greenville, away on Monday, April 27, and at home on Wednesday, April 29. You can also see the results of these games in upcoming issues of The Rockford Squire, and online at www.rockfordsquire.com.
by LIZ SINKEVICS Rockford High School’s girls varsity tennis team made it a clean sweep at an invitational hosted by the Grant High School Tigers on Saturday, April 18, by taking first place in every flight. The event also featured teams from West Catholic and Manistee high schools. The Rams also won their first three matches, topping Muskegon High School 8-0, East Kentwood High School 6-2, and Grand Rapids Christian High School 8-0. This week’s schedule includes matches with Grandville (home), Hudsonville and West Catholic (home) high schools, all beginning at 4 p.m., as well as an invitational hosted by Forest Hills Eastern High School.
Loses to AA Pioneer at invitational by PATRICK KEELEY The Rams water polo team met Hudsonville at home on Thursday, April 16, in their first meeting since last year in the MWPA final game for the state title, and the fans were screaming for all 24 minutes. Rockford started the scoring and led 2-0 after the first quarter, but Hudsonville came through with two goals to tie and then scored with only seconds to go in the first half to take a 3-2 halftime lead. Rockford came back with goal in the third, and it was all tied up going into the fourth, 3-3. Then the Rams scored and led 4-3, and it looked like a Ram victory. However, with less than 10 seconds on the clock, Hudsonville got a kick-out and tied it up. As Rockford rushed in to try one last shot, an excited Eagle defender committed a foul and gave Rockford a six-on-five with 3.86 seconds left. Molly Wooldridge sent in the winner with no time left. The 5-4 victory over Hudsonville gave Rockford the lead in conference play and guarantees Rockford a share of the league crown. Rockford then went to the Jenison invitational on Friday and Saturday, April 17-18, and beat Grand Haven, East Kentwood and Hudsonville to get into the championship game against Ann Arbor Pioneer. But the Rams’ dreams for an upset were quickly erased, as Pioneer dominated from start to finish, although Rockford managed to get two goals. The final score was 2-10. The Rams are playing eight games this week, including games in Illinois against the top ranked teams in Chicago.
Water polo has been one of the success stories of Rockford High School athletics over the past decade or more. The state championships and winning seasons have been well-documented. Yet it seems the story does not end there. Several Rockford water polo alumni have teamed up with players from other West Michigan programs to form the 616 water polo team. They practice and play now for the sheer joy of placing the ball in the back of the net. April 11-12, the team traveled roughly 13.5 hours one way to participate in the Tar Heel Water Polo Invitational at the University of North Carolina. Rockford is well-known for its outstanding water polo program, and numerous Rockford alumni are on the team. Traveling to North Carolina were Pat Clarin, Adam Keith, Andy Schuiling, Brent Augustine, Dave Vanlier and JR VanderWall. The tournament began for the 616 team with a match against a fine team from Virginia Tech, with 616 winning 9-1. Next, the Charlotte Sharks fell to defeat by a score of 12-8. The following day, the 616 team continued their winning ways by defeating Duke 11-4 and then handed Florida State University a 12-5 loss. The championship game against the Boone County Outlaws was a thriller. After being down 4-1 at the half, the 616 team tied the score in the last minute and clinched the win with a goal by Augustine in the final seconds for a 7-6 victory, earning them first place in the tournament. The 616 team welcomes all interested water polo alumni to open practices that are held at the Zeeland pool on Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. and at the Jenison pool on Sundays from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. The team will have a home tournament hosted by Grand Haven High School June 19-21. For additional information, please contact Matt Skavnak at (309) 453-3435.