by RANDY GREGORY The dictionary defines cubed as the third power of a number or quantity. To the Rockford Rams varsity basketball team, it equals the power of the three-point shot. The Rams were a blistering 11 of 19 from three-point land on their way to an impressive 57-41 drubbing of Grand Haven in the Class A regional finals on Wednesday night, March 14 at Grandville. The win propels the 20-5 Rams into the Class A quarterfinals against the Okemos Chieftains (17-8). Rockford actually trailed early 7-5 as they tried to get their offense on track. But once the door nudged open from distance, the Rams kicked it all the way in. Alex Durkin hit a triple to make it 8-7 Rockford and give the Rams the lead for the balance of the contest. That was followed by Durkin again from distance, then Chad Carlson with a bomb, and finally Kyle Short with a three-pointer of his own. Just like that, the Rams turned a two-point deficit into a 10-point lead (17-7) and set the stage for a recurring theme. “One thing that Steve [Majerle] always says is that ‘shooting covers up for a lot of sins’,” said Rockford Coach Nick Allen. “We were definitely able to make things easier tonight with our ability to shoot from the perimeter. I know I can always count on a great effort defensively, but you never know if the shots are going to fall on a consistent basis that night. This was one of those days where they were and we were able to take advantage of that.” The second quarter was more of the same for Rockford, save for a different sniper. Chase Fairchild nailed three triples in three attempts that not only kept the Buccaneers at bay; it actually increased the Rockford lead to 34-17 as the two teams headed to the locker room. Every time that the Bucs made a minor charge it was merely another opportunity for the Rams to drop in an effective three-point counter of their own. “Our coaches have a lot of confidence in all of us and they encourage us to take the open three-pointer,” said Durkin. “We were knocking them down tonight and we were able to feed off […]
Six players sign letters of intent for college Six Rockford Rams football players were among athletes who signed letters of intent with the college or university of their choice at Celebration Cinema Wednesday, Jan. 31. The National Letter of Intent Day is the traditional day for athletes to make the commitment to continue their athletic career after their high school days are complete. For Rockford, kicker Steve Mette will play for Hillsdale College along with quarterback Mark LaPrairie. Ben Braden, Rockford’s six-foot, seven-inch and 320-pound offensive tackle, will be Rockford Coach Ralph Munger’s first Big Ten recruit, as he signed to play at the University of Michigan. Linebacker Anthony DeDamos and tight end Aaron Weston both head to Wayne State University. Linebacker Matt Boonstra will continue his athletic and academic career at Northern Michigan University. Coach Munger was understandably proud of all the Rockford players and praised the talent they have contributed to the Rams team.