By John Raffel Rockford’s girls golf team dropped a couple of dual matches last week. The Rams lost 210-222 against West Ottawa in a dual at Holland. Maddy Dougherty and Kennedy Stoll both shot 52s. “Because we are a young team, not many of the girls, in fact only two of them, have seen West Ottawa’s course before,” Rockford coach Scott Kruisenga said. “With a lot of them being new to the program and seeing courses for the first time, that will be a bit of a challenge. Looking forward to next year, the girls will have a lot more experience. Also in the week, on Aug. 27, the Rams lost to Hudsonville 189-213 at Sunnybrook Country Club. “This was our first match with one of our leaders, Kendra Donahue,” Kruisenga said. “She’s probably one of the top two players on our team. This was her first match since she’s been on a mission trip. She was little bit rusty but she did play for us. Her short game was a little bit rusty.” Dougherty shot a 46 while Donahue netted a 55. “I see her doing better than that,” Kruisenga said of Donahue. “That will be helpful for her.” Stoll shot a 54. “She’s a freshman and has a lot of potential at her young age,” Kruisenga said. “She’s getting used to courses where she hasn’t played before. I see exciting things for her by the end of the year.”
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After a lengthy road trip to the other side of the state to play Saline last week, the Rockford Ram football team opens the home portion of the schedule when they host Holt High School on Thursday, September 3rd. The kickoff is slated for 7:00 P.M. at Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium. The match up between the two schools has become a regular occurrence over the last several seasons with Holt replacing Brighton High School as a frequent opponent for Rockford. The teams have met nine times over the course of their clashes with Rockford holding a 7-2 edge in the overall record books. Rockford won last year’s game by a count of 40-28 in a game that took two days to play thanks to a seemingly perpetual display of lightning on Friday night that halted proceedings on the gridiron at Holt until the following day. The last triumph for Holt came in the 2009 Division 1 Regionals when they avenged a regular season loss to Rockford with a 27-13 triumph. Rockford returns a familiar face to the head coaching position as Ralph Munger will grace the sidelines for the 24th season for the orange and black. Munger will look to pick up career coaching win number 299 in his legendary career. On the other hand, Holt will field a new face as the head coach as Chad Fulk will take the reins for his initial voyage as a head coach. Fulk has coached for the past 20 seasons of which the vast majority were at Holt. The last four seasons saw Fulk serving as the offensive coordinator. Fulk also had a three-year stint as an assistant at the collegiate level with Olivet College. Both teams fell short in their season openers last week with Rockford falling to Saline 37-24 and Holt dropping a 28-14 decision to OK Red member Hudsonville.
On August 28, Rockford’s Varsity Water Polo team traveled to the Jenison Varsity Tournament. They won all four of their games there, beating Holt/EastLansing 6-3, Grand Blanc 14-3, Ann Arbor Pioneer 9-8, and Hudsonville 14-7. Sophomore Cole McAnelly blocked 29 goals over the weekend. Seniors Chad Greenberg and Sam Sikkema scored 3 goals each. Sophomore Paul Sikkema provided 8 assists. Senior Jacob Vickery continued his remarkable stat averages with 5 goals, 7 assists, and 10 steals. Captain Chad Greenberg summarized the weekend, “With our co-captain Alec Cutler out with an injury, we had to have some guys step up. I think we got the job done, and I am excited to see even more improvement over the course of the season.” On August 29, the Junior Varsity team won all four of games at the East Kentwood JV tournament, as well. They beat Jenison 11-2, Hudsonville 17-6, East Kentwood 15-2, and East Grand Rapids 10-4. Freshman goalie Kyle Arend made 18 saves. Sophomore Zack Willison made 14 goals, while Freshman Gavin Saur made 11. Zack Willison also provided 9 assists and 16 steals. He reflected on the tournament, “Overall we played well as a team this weekend. Everyone knew what we had to do, and we just clicked. In our last game, we began in a deficient against an undefeated EGR, but we overcame them, and ended up undefeated for the weekend.” The next opportunity to see Ram Water Polo action will be 4:30 p.m. Thursday, September 3 at Rockford High School where they will play against Okemos.
By John Raffel Rockford’s boys soccer team has fired out to a 3-0-1 start under coach Stu Quackenbush. The Rams on Thursday (Aug. 27) night scored a 1-0 win over host Fruitport. “It was a pretty challenging game,” Quackenbush said. “Fruitport played really well and we were fortunate to get out with the win.” Tyler Terhorst scored Rockford’s goal, assisted by Aiden Laverett, 10 minutes into the second half. The goalkeeper was Justin Majeski, who had five saves. On Aug. 25, Rockford defeated Grand Rapids Christian on the road 3-0. It was 0-0 at halftime. “Play had been pretty even,” Quackenbush said. “I’d say they outplayed us in the first half. We regrouped at halftime.” Terhorst scored the first two goals by Quackenbush and one by Cade Johnson. Goalkeeper was Isaac Younker with four saves. Rockford had opened its season Aug. 22 at Forest Hills Central. Rockford tied Okemos 0-0 and defeated Holt 2-0. Terhorst scored the first goal against FHC while Ty Dalton netted the second goal. Majeski played against Okemos and had eight saves. Younker played against Holt and had two saves. “We’re really pleased,” Quackenbush said. “We’re really young. We’ve had the injury bug. We’re shifting guys around. Guys are getting the opportunity to try out for different things. The kids have really worked hard. We’re happy with our start.”v
The opening football game of the 2015 season saw two perennial Division 1 powers clash when Rockford made the lengthy journey to Saline to take on the Hornets on Friday, August 28th. Despite the game starting off in exciting fashion for the visitors from the west side of the state, Saline eventually prevailed behind a quick-hitting aerial attack by a final score of 37-24. “We felt like the coverage we used was the one that gave us the best chance for success against a team as powerful as Saline,” said Rockford Coach Ralph Munger. “We knew they returned a ton of offense from last year’s team that lost in the state finals and that we would have to play nearly error free to keep them in check. But we gave up a few too many big plays defensively and their defense held us in check for the majority of the contest.” The game began with a bang for Rockford after Saline had advanced all the way from their own 20-yard line to the Ram 28 where they were facing a third down and five. Saline’s standout senior quarterback Josh Jackson (Virginia Tech commit) then tried to rifle a pass to the left sideline for the necessary first down yardage. But Ram stalwart Tyler Bradfield steeped neatly in front of the passing lane where he made a juggling interception and proceeded to scamper 71 yards up the right sideline to give Rockford a quick 7-0 lead with 9:56 left in the opening quarter following the Quinn Nordin extra point. The Rams had a great chance to stymie the Hornets on the following possession as the Hornets decided to go for it on a 4th down and nine play from the Rockford 40. But following a timeout a busted coverage in the Rockford secondary resulted in a 40-yard TD pass from Saline that knotted the game up at 7-7 with 8:19 still to play in the opening quarter. The Hornets would take the lead for good on the following possession when they converted a 29-yard field goal to take a 10-7 edge with 1:58 still to play in the opening quarter. It would quickly become a 17-7 lead for Saline as another bust in coverage allowed them […]