Two of Rams Hockey travel teams found success, in both regular season and play-off season competition this year. Rams Hockey’s travel teams compete in the Little Caesars Amateur Hockey League (LCAHL) throughout the season and play locally and statewide. This year, Rams Peewee A team, coached by Chris Rhodes captured the LCAHL Regular Season Champions Trophy in their division. The Rams finished the regular season in the Howe division with an 8-4-3 record. Rams Bantam A team, coached by Bob Collar, headed into the playoff season with a middling regular season behind them. The Rams came on strong for Smythe division playoff season, and were undefeated heading into the championship game. They ultimately fell to a tough Mt. Clemens team and were recognized as Runner Up. Congratulations to both teams on a great season and a job well done. Along with travel hockey options, Rams Hockey offers instructional programs, House hockey, and recreational hockey programs. Rams will be hosting Travel Team tryouts in April, and will open registration for House hockey, instructional programs, and Recreational hockey programs thereafter. Please visit our website for more information: www.ramshockey.org.
By John Raffel Rockford’s-Sparta junior Morgan Korf won the all-around title for the Division 1 gymnastics state finals Saturday at Rockford. Korf had a score of 37.8245 to finish ahead of Isabella Nguyen of Grosse Pointe North at 37.59. Korf’s scores were 9.4 for the vault, 9.5 for uneven parallel bars, 9.375 for balance beam and 9.55 for floor exercise. “It’s not just her composure but her skills have improved tremendously this year,” Rockford-Sparta coach Allison Tran said. “She’s really picked it up on vault and bars. In particular, she’s just solid everywhere.” “It still hasn’t hit me,” Korf smiled. “There’s so many good gymnasts in the state. I just don’t believe it’s me. Watching the last event and a couple of people fall, I still didn’t believe it.” Tran said she could see Korf’s potential during a regular-season invitational. “I could tell she was more composed that meet,” Tran said. “She was solid all the way around. Her scores were better. It was little things like jump connections. That’s kind of what you want to see from the upper-level girls. She did every little thing I asked her to do.” “I didn’t fall in anything,” Korf said. “Floor and beams, like those events, but today I was a little shaky on beams.” Korf was pleasantly surprise to discover she had won the overall title. “I think she saw it toward the end and we had alums here today buzzing in her ear about it,” Tran said. “They were watching scores today. I think she knew toward the end of it. I think she’s still in a little bit of disbelief. She never thought she was going to be there. We saw it for her. We have team full of people that can be champions. She really hit it out of the park today.” Korf recalls that her coach, at the beginning of the season, hinted to her that she might be of the caliber to accomplish what she did. “I went out there and did the gymnastics I’ve been doing all year,” she said. “One last routine on everything, I’m glad I nailed it.” Last season, Korf was 18th in the overall standings. “Last year was not my best state meet,” Korf, a […]
Rockford Swimmers and Divers competed in the Division 1 State Championship Meet at Eastern Michigan University on March 13 & 14. The team finished 6th in the state with a team total of 143 points. Jake Herremans won his second consecutive state championship. He finished first in 1 meter diving with a new D1 record of 528.45 points. The 400 Free Relay team of Jacob Fase, Corbin Bremmeyr, Alec Cutler and David Newberger finished in 8th place with a new school record time of 3:10.95 for this event. The 200 Medley Relay team; Jacob Newberger, Nate Isley, David Newberger and Corbin Bremmeyr finished 4th with a time of 1:35.71. The 200 Free Relay team of Nate Isley, Corbin Bremmeyr, Alec Cutler and Tyler Willison swam to a 9th place finish in a time of 1:27.92. Distance swimmer Jacob Fase finished 11th in the 200 Free (1:43.23) and 10th in the 500 Free (4:42.97). Senior David Newberger finished 6th in 100 Fly finals (50.64). On Friday during the prelims of this event David set a new Rockford school record with a time of 50.42. Senior Swimmers David Newberger and Nate Isley turned in strong performances in the 100 Breast. David finished 4th (57.10) and Nate was 7th (1:00.02). According to Coach Derek Mead “This was the fastest and deepest state meet I have seen in the last 10 years. I couldn’t be prouder of the team.”
It was a relatively familiar scenario of late that played out in the Michigan High School Athletic Association Class A district opener for the Rockford girl’s basketball team at Forest Hills Central on Monday, March 2nd. The Rams fell behind early and eventually trailed by 12 points at the half before rallying to make a game of it after three quarters. But the early deficit proved to be too much to overcome as the Rams fell to the host Rangers by a count of 66-58. Forest Hills Central jumped out to an early lead and took a 16-11 edge into the second quarter. The second quarter played out in a very similar manner as the first quarter as the much taller Rangers continued to take advantage in that area by consistently dominating the interior and eventually moving out to a 33-21 lead at the halfway point. But the scrappy Rams fought and clawed their way back into the game in the third quarter behind a consistent effort at both ends of the court using their superior guard play. Rockford used an 18-9 advantage in the third stanza to make it only a 42-39 Ranger lead moving into the final eight minutes of the contest. Unfortunately the Rams used an extraordinary amount of effort during that stretch and were unable to get over the hump while allowing 24 points in the final quarter to come up short by the aforementioned score of 66-58. Rockford tried fouling late in an effort to complete the comeback but the Rangers consistently found the mark at the free throw line to hang on for the win. The Rangers eventually went on to claim the district final and maybe somewhat ease the sting of the loss for the Rams. It was the second time this season that the Rangers had managed to top Rockford though both contests were very competitive. Rockford ended the season with an overall record of 11-10. The Rams were led in scoring by Brianna Young with 16 points. She was joined in double figures by Maddie Watters with 14 and Tiana Colovos with 13 points. Senior Logan McCane ended her outstanding career for the Rams by falling just short of the double figure mark with nine points.
By John Raffel Kaitlin Bird made a bid for advancement in the Division 1 state individual bowling tournament March 7 at Sunnybrook Gold and Bowl at Sterling Heights. The Rockford senior finished in an 18th place tie in the first round of bowling that included all 60 qualifiers from regionals. She had games of 160, 211, 204, 191, 199, 206, for 1,171 to tie Juliana Zaccarella on Monroe for 18th. Only the top 16 advance. “She averaged 195 for the day,” Rockford coach Lynn Farrance said. “She was 11th pins off the cut. She had a good day. The conditions are a little unusual. It’s a wooden lanes, she’s not used to wooden lanes. She threw a 160 her first game, which is way out of character for her. At state, you can’t afford a game like that because everyone is so good.” The 16th spot went to Olivia Hoeksema of Zeeland with a 1,182. The state champion was Allison Morrison of Ann Arbor Huron. Bird “was in 16th place going into the sixth game,” Farrance said. “She threw a 206. But a couple of other girls threw some 220s and got by her. She had a good day. She fought back really well. I’m so proud of her. She didn’t give up after that first game. She buckled down and made it close She did really well.” Bird’s the only graduating senior, which means Farrance will have several returning bowlers for 2015-16. “I have an eighth grader who is going to come up to the team as a freshman next year and she already averages 160,” he said. “I’m pretty excited about that. These other girls are working hard. They plan on working at summer lanes They’re all gung-ho on getting better. We’re going to be a formidable team next year.