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Boys varsity tennis comes through with a strong showing at EPI

September 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

In recent RHS tennis action the Rams Boys Varsity kicked off the week of August 26 playing in the Elliott Pearce Invitational, hosted by Forest Hills Central High School. The EPI is a tourney the Rams play in annually and is well known to have one of toughest draws in the state for multi school tournaments. While the competition was stiff, the Rams finished with one of their best showings ever, scoring 11 points in the tournament! Taking matches on the day were the # 1, 2 and 3 singles players, Mark Vietengruber (versus GR Christian), Luke Van Fleet (versus East Kentwood) and Jerry Hewitt (versus Petoskey). Also taking matches in doubles play were #1 Sam Dater\Thomas Hall (versus Detroit Catholic Central) and #2 Ken Smith\John Macgregor (versus GR Catholic). Posting a pair of wins were #3 John D’Mour\Conner Krupp (versus Petoskey, St Joseph). Wrapping it all up on the day were #4 Ben Ramsey\Morgan Hale with two wins (versus Petoskey, GR Christian) good for 3rd place in their tournament flight. All in all, a great day for an “Tom Izzo\MSU basketball like, TOUGH” early season tourney on the schedule and a great way to be “battle tested” for the rest of the season. As of press time of this article, the Rams Boys Varsity Tennis team will have played two more matches (Monday 9\9-Northview, Wednesday 9\11-Grand Haven) as they continue on in preparation for the all important conference and regional tournaments in October. The Rams close out this very busy week with an away match against The Fighting Scots of Caledonia. Look for a report the week of 9\16 for the scores and highlights of these exciting RHS Varsity tennis matches!  

Four seniors named as captains for Ram football team

September 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

By RANDY GREGORY   The Rockford football team has precious few returning starters this year on either side of the ball. But what they lack in quantity, they more than make up for in quality. The offense has only one in Austin McKellar, who for the second consecutive season has been forced to open the year as a quarterback, rather than a wide receiver, due to a devastating run of injuries at the position. The defense features four starters back led by three-year starting middle linebackers Brent Showers and Randy Garvin, who were both All-State honorees last year, as well as safety Trevor Coughlin and defensive lineman Jarett Sobkowiak. The varsity football team chose four of these five to be the captains for the 2013 season when they voted a few weeks back. It is an honor to say the least when your name is called as a captain after your teammates have made their choices and this year after the consensus was tabulated it was McKellar, Showers, Garvin and Coughlin who earned the coveted spots. McKellar has been the leader offensively while helping the Rams to amass 64 points in the first two games despite having to again take the reins at a position where he has precious little experience but an incredible amount of moxie. Showers and Garvin are the backbone of a Ram run defense that has proven to be nearly impenetrable in the first two games of the 2013 season. Coughlin is the leader in a secondary that has amassed six interceptions and a fumble recovery over the first two contests. The season may be in only the early stages and there is no way of knowing how things will eventually end up. But with the heart, leadership and determination that these four young men have exhibited over the opening few weeks, this is a team that will not be outworked or out-hustled.

Rams “steal” past Holt in home opener 41-28

September 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

By RANDY GREGORY     On a night where the offense struggled to maintain consistency and the yards came in fits and starts, the Ram defense collected six turnovers in total to post a 41-28 verdict over Holt in the home opener for Rockford on Friday, September 6 at Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium. The win moved the Rams to 2-0 on the season and set up a showdown with Muskegon (also 2-0) this Friday, September 13th in a battle between top five teams in the state. Rockford took an early lead following a 29-yard fumble return for a touchdown from Tyler Bradfield at the 10:24 mark of the first quarter. The Rams never trailed from that point forward and the lead grew to as large as 38-14 before Holt made minor inroads over the balance of the fourth quarter. “At times the defense was spectacular tonight,” said Rockford coach Ralph Munger. “We had great field position all night with the turnovers and some pretty good returns and we were able to capitalize on it throughout. I thought we also had pretty good pressure on their quarterback tonight but he was able to make some plays scrambling that cost us some points. We played very well in the secondary as evidenced by the four interceptions, but when a play starts to break down you have to maintain your assignment and I think we failed to do that a couple of times as well and it ended up hurting us occasionally.” After the quick 7-0 Rockford lead the game began to drag on as both teams battled penalties and inconsistency early. Ryan Baumann hopped on another fumble at the Holt 22-yard line that eventually resulted in a 32-yard field goal from Quinn Nordin that gave Rockford a 10-0 lead with 2:20 to play in the opening quarter. Holt changed tactics entirely from an offensive perspective at that point as they abandoned the run and went to the air continually with mixed results. Rockford was dominating the line of scrimmage defensively and it was really their only option to mount anything resembling an offensive attack. The change paid immediate dividends for Holt as a result of a scramble where the quarterback was chased from the pocket ended up […]

Another winning weekend for Rock Polo

September 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

by Deborah VanDyke and Heidi Willison   The Rockford Men’s Water Polo junior varsity team participated in the East Kentwood JV Invitational on Friday and Saturday, September 6 and 7. Their first game was against Hudsonville, and the Rams won 16-10. Sophomore Alec Cutler’s six goals lead the team in scoring. Sophomore Sam Sikkema provided four assists and steals, while freshman Adam Kapp also stole the ball four times. Sophomore goalie Christian Williams blocked Hudsonville’s goal attempts 10 times. Game two of the tournament pitted Rockford against Portage Central. With the 20-0 win, this game provided numerous scoring opportunities for the underclassmen, and the team’s younger players delivered. Fourteen different players scored goals in this game. Christian Williams blocked six goal attempts, and sophomore Jack Dorer blocked four. For game three, Rockford played their rival Jenison. This game was notably aggressive, but the Rams pulled through to win 11-8. Alec Cutler, Jacob Vickery, and Sam Sikkema each scored three goals. Jack Dorer scored two. Sam Sikkema stole the ball seven times, while Christian Williams blocked six goal attempts. The Rams won their final game in the tournament with a score of 16-10 against East Kentwood. Sam Sikkema landed an impressive long shot at the first quarter buzzer. Alec Cutler scored eight times during the game, including a backhand shot during the fourth quarter. Alex Dorer and Israel Chino each stole the ball four times. Christian Williams made five saves, and spent a significant portion of the game playing in the field. Jacob Vickery served as goalie during that time and made five saves as well. When asked about his time in the field, team captain Christian Williams indicated that it helps the players to understand each position. “It’s good to respect other people’s positions in the pool because you don’t know how hard it is until you try it. It helps you appreciate the team as a whole.” Jerrad Rickard coached the team this weekend and was pleased with their performance. “This was a great weekend for Rockford Water Polo. We had a good mix of solid competition and opportunities to play our younger players to continue to grow as a team.” The Rockford Men’s Varsity Water Polo team traveled to Grand Haven and West […]

Rockford and Muskegon is as good as it gets on the gridiron

September 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

By RANDY GREGORY   For a pair of teams that have met only nine times since 1996, the Rockford versus Muskegon football game has become one of the most highly anticipated games of the year in the state of Michigan. The series has featured blowouts, upsets and more than a few contests that came down to the wire. Three of the games were state playoff contests and the other six occurred in the regular season, including a few that decided the OK Red championship. Muskegon has dropped down a class so the playoff games have become a fairly distant memory with the last happening in 2002. Rockford buried Muskegon 41-6 in 1996 in their first ever encounter in the Michigan High School Athletic Association playoffs. The Big Reds upset an undefeated Rockford team 34-31 in overtime in 2001 and escaped with a 41-35 triumph in 2002 in the other two playoff games. Although both of those games featured several officiating calls that still stick in the craw of Rockford fans to this day. They played in a memorable contest before an overflow crowd at Fifth Third Ball Park in 2010 where the Rams steamrolled Muskegon with a high-flying aerial assault 52-44 in a game that was nowhere near as close as the final score indicated. NFL films produced a memorable documentary about great rivalries from the 2007 contest where a loaded Big Red team that was nationally-ranked took on a Ram team that was a huge underdog. Hard to believe that two teams that were meeting for just the fourth-time was a great rivalry, but the teams put on a show for the ages. In the end the Rams rallied late to pull off a stunning 28-21 upset and I still talk to former Rams who played for Rockford coach Ralph Munger who are visibly moved when they remember his post game comments in the latter stages of the documentary. The Rams and Big Reds also faced off before the largest crowd ever assembled at Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium in 2008 in a battle of undefeated teams that would both claim state titles in their respective classes several weeks later. I have seen claims of between 12 to 14,000 spectators but the game was never […]

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