The Lady Rams had a tough start to their week against West Ottawa. The Rams went up 1-0 in the first half on a goal from Grace Bubin, assisted by a great through ball from Rylie Dalton. The lead held until the second half of the game but at the 5 minute remaining mark in the second half West Ottawa scored and the game moved to overtime. The first overtime concluded at 1-1 and the Rams headed into double overtime. Late in the second overtime the Rams gave up a goal with a minute and half to go and the game ended in a 2-1 loss. Thursday the Rams hosted their youth night game which had the stands packed with youth soccer players from Rockford area club SCOR. The lady Rams hosted Hudsonville and put on a great game for all the youngsters to see. The Rams put 6 goals on the board. The night started out with a Great ball from Grace Bubin to Rylie Dalton followed up by 2 goals from Sophomore Jessica Harried with assists coming from Cesiley LaCourt and Grace Bubin. Grace was on a roll and added 2 more goals with assists going to Riley Dalton and Holly Chapin. The final goal was scored on a corner kick from Grace Bubin which ended up with a tap in goal for Lexi Moran. Final score was 6-2 and a great win at home. Friday the Rams hosted Forest Hills Central which proved to be another great game for the Lady Rams. The Rams opened up with a great goal by Gace Bubin with an assist from Lexi Moran and Cesiley LaCourt. The Rangers answered back with a Goal from Mary Carlson on a free kick. With the game tied up the Rams battled hard and scored the winning goal off a corner kick from Grace Bubin to Holly Chapin with a finishing touch from Riley Dalton to give the girls a 2-1 victory. Overall a great week for the Lady Rams as they move deeper into League play over the next two weeks. As the defending District Champions the Lady Rams are eager to continue their success and finish the season strong.
On Saturday May 2nd the Rockford Boy’s and Men’s Lacrosse Programs participated in a Purple Event to benefit the Van Andel Institute. Partnering with Grand Rapids Christian Schools it was a full day of Lacrosse games from youth teams up through the Varsity finale in the evening. The proceeds from this event were given to the Van Andel Institute for their research in finding cures for Cancer and Parkinson’s disease. This year’s event took place at Grand Rapids Christian Eagles Stadium. Through the outstanding efforts of all involved nearly $8,000 was raised against a goal of $5,000. This was achieved through sponsorships, event sales, and fundraising efforts of the players from both schools. Being an annual event the two schools will alternate hosting this Purple game and next year it will be held at Rockford’s Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium. The Rockford and Grand Rapids Christian Varsity teams both wore specially made jerseys for the final game of the event. Each player picked a person to play for that has been affected by Cancer or Parkinson’s disease. That person’s name was printed on the back of the players’ jersey and helped everyone remember how these diseases affect so many people and families. A slogan for the day that was featured on the official event Purple colored T-shirts was, “Two Teams One Goal.” This expression truly encompassed the day’s activities as it wasn’t so much about which teams won or lost but more that coming together we can make a difference in achieving a cure for Cancer and Parkinson’s disease.
The Rams ran wild in Traverse City on Friday, May 8th. The Rams took control of the game at kick off and never looked back! 13 trys were scored by multiple Ruggers! Starting off the action was N. Murray. The Rams only challenge was the wind. Conversion kicks in the first half were almost impossible to get through the uprights. The second try of the match was by A. Marquez and was quickly followed by another try from N. Murray. R. Martin brought home the 4th try and the action continued. M Stuart and F. Leverett scored the fifth and sixth try of the half. Half time score was RHS 30 – TC Alliance 0. The second half brought another flurry of activity. A. Ortiz started the half with a long run down the sideline. The wind was with the Rams in the second half and D. Schwandt added 2 more points with his conversion kick. Then F. Leverett and A. Marquez both scored again with D Schwandt completing both conversion kicks. The action never stopped as D. Schwandt scored again. A. Marquez and F. Leverett both scored again making it a hat-trick for each. Marquez brought in his 4th try of the night to end the game with the final score RHS 75 – TC Alliance 0. The rams will end their undefeated season against the Grandville Bulldogs, another undefeated team on Wed, May 13 on the home pitch in Rockford. Kickoff for the final home game is 6:30. This match is being touted as the contest for the state championship, as both teams are undefeated and will battle for bragging rights
The Rockford Women’s Water Polo team started the post season with a District Championship win May 9th. Due to their 5 – 0 record in the District; the lady Rams had a Bye in first round competition. In second round action, Rockford met Forest Hills in a high scoring, strong offensive game. Lexi Chisholm (4), Hannah Raymond (3), Sydney McDowell (1) and Meegan Snyman (1) scored for the Rams – leading to a 9 – 1 win. With the victory over Forest Hills, Rockford secured a spot in the finals against district rival East Kentwood. The Lady Rams had met East Kentwood several times in tournament competition this spring – with each game being very close and highly competitive. Both teams knew the final game would be tough – at stake was the District Championship – and the Falcons wanted the title just as badly as the Rams. The game started with the Rockford’s offense taking control of the ball. The first half ended with Rockford up 5 to 2. With the offense maintaining good control of the ball – and the defense effectively shutting down any East Kentwood attacks, Rockford won the match 11 to 5. Scoring for the Rams were Raymond (5), Anna Kennedy (3), Chisholm (1), and McDowell (2). Goalie Leslie Schuchardt had 13 saves. “The girls are really starting to play well as a team,” said head coach Katie Clarin. “Our defense has been our strength all season but our offense is really starting to dominate with steals, passing, and scoring. We are very excited to qualify for Regionals again this year!” Rockford heads to the West Regional Competition May 15- 16th at East Kentwood High School. Go Rams!
The Lady Rams concluded their undefeated conference season with a 7-1 win against Grand Haven and a 5-3 victory against Holland. The next step in this magical season was the OK Red Conference Tournament. The tournament was forced indoors due to rain. However, it did little to dampen the Rams intensity. Three Rams players took top honors. They each followed up their perfect conference records with big wins in the tournament. Allyson Healy, #1 Singles, Lauren Mirecki, #3 Singles and Grace Kropiewnicki, #4 Singles players awarded first place honors. Doubles teams also performed admirably, with the #3 Doubles team of Audrey Best/Chole Kampf and #4 Doubles team, Sydney Sly/ Lea Beilstein each earning a runner-up award. One match was suspended due to time limits and will be played on Monday, May 11. A Rockford victory secures a tie with Hudsonville for the tournament top honor.