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Four Rockford players named All Americans in water polo

August 30, 2012 // 0 Comments

by CINDY M. CRANMER Some Rockford players recently were named to the All-American teams honoring them with national recognition in the sport of water polo. Rockford High School boys and girls both have had many successful seasons in their history. During the last 12 years, the high school boys’ team won eight of 12 state championships. Dave McWatters, who is the Rockford High School boys coach, was instrumental in starting a girls’ water polo team at Rockford as well. A former player, Scott Boltz, who was the goalie during the first state championship in 2000, now is the girls’ team coach. Water polo combines the elements of many other sports played in the water. The sport has elements of soccer, lacrosse, basketball, hockey and swimming. Each team has a goalie and six field players, who all swim throughout the game played in a deep pool, and try to score on the other goal. Players can only use one hand to field the ball or pass other than the goalie. Two members of both the Rockford High School boys’ team and girls’ team recently were named to the All-American teams. “This is quite an honor to make All-American,” McWatters said. “These are great awards.” “This is an accomplishment all four of them should be proud of,” McWatters said. While Rockford now has 30 students who have made the boys All-American teams, McWatters said it is still an honor chosen for team members by opposing coaches nominations. Boltz said about 20 girls have made the All-American teams in Rockford’s history. “We don’t want to lose sight that each one has taken a lot of work to earn,” McWatters said. “This is an honor and accomplishment for these students.” Eric Chisholm, a graduating senior in 2012, made the first team this year. There are five All-American teams with about 22 players listed per team or approximately 110 people who are honored. The first team would be the top players in the nation. “So, it’s fair to say Eric is one of the top 22 players in the nation,” McWatters said. Chisholm, who was named as an All-American last year as well, will be attending Michigan State University on a swimming scholarship. Justin Hulsebus, who will be a senior, […]

Varsity water polo takes second at Jenison

April 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

The Lady Rams varsity girls water polo team placed second in Jenison’s two-in-one tournament last weekend. At the Jenison Varsity/JV Invitational the Rockford High School girls varsity water polo team, currently ranked first in the state, started out aggressively against West Ottawa, but their opponent matched their tenacity for the first half. However, the strength and depth of the Rcofkord team prevailed with a final score of 15-4 in favor of the Lady Rams. Five players scored, including Casey Wolfer with six goals, Adrianna Craft with five, Maddie Levine with two, and Abbey Finlayson and Morgan Longberg with a goal apiece. Goalie Ellianna Raymond had nine saves. The next game was against the Jenison Wildcats. The Rams scored four goals in the first half—Longberg and Levine with two each—while Jenison scored one goal. The second half was a defensive battle; there was only one goal, by Wolfer, in the second half. Raymond had nine saves, and the final score was 5-1. The second day of the tournament and the last game in the “A” pool bracket, the varsity team played East Kentwood. This game was a hard-fought win and was close the entire game, with a final score of 5-4. Wolfer led the scoring with four goals and Kara Vandawater added one goal. Both the Rams’ varsity and junior varsity won their pools and advanced to the championship game. In the final game, the varsity team faced the Zeeland East-Zeeland West team, which was the first time Rockford had played this opponent. Zeeland played well defensively and held the Rams to one goal (Vandawater). It was a tough loss, with a final score of 9-1, but the Rams team will use the lesson to prepare for their next regular conference game. “It was a very good weekend for the team,” said Head Coach Scott Voltz. “While we didn’t play particularly well at times, we definitely benefitted from the chance to play the area’s best teams and see some things that we really need to work on. It shows that the rest of the season will be really exciting, and I think we’ll be ready for it.” The Rams next play at East Kentwood and also at Portage Central before this weekend’s varsity tournament at Stevenson, […]