The Rockford Rams boys varsity golf team competed in the Traverse City West Invitational on Saturday, April 17, in 31 degree wind chills, 20-30 mph winds and snow flurries. The Rams finished second to Petoskey by one shot. Coach Eric Cullum commented, “The experience was a great one and we feel like it was a major learning experience.” Scoring for the Rams were Trent Davison with 79, Sam Gallup 81, Steven Mette 83, Alec Dewitt 83 and Eric Conroy 83. This gave the Rams a total of 326 to Petoskey’s 325. Davison was a medalist, tied for third place. Gallup tied for ninth place. The Rams’ current record at the varsity level is 2-0 in the conference and 20-1 overall. In the Rams’ first conference match on April 15 at Stonewater Country Club, they defeated East Kentwood and Muskegon by a score of 155. East Kentwood scored 161 and Muskegon 260. Scoring for the Rams in this event were Gallup with 33, Mette with 40, Conroy 41, and Jake Chaffee 42. Varsity’s second string was able to compete in the Wilson Classic at Gracewil on April 17 and finished fourth out of 12 teams, with two golfers medaling. Those golfers were David Keller and Robert Pierson, who each shot 80 and tied for eighth place. Also scoring for the Rams were Nick DeLafuente and Robert Perry, each with 84. The Rams finished in fourth place with a total score of 328. The Rams’ junior varsity team began the year by winning the OK Red pre-season JV tournament. The JV-A teams current record is 21-9. The JV-B team began their competitive season with a victory over Union High School. The Rams varsity golf team’s next match is at Hudsonville on Thursday, April 22.
April 22 2010
The Rockford Magic took first place in the Girls Friendship Tournament in Mount Pleasant on March 27. This seventh-grade girls basketball team currently has a perfect record of 6-0 on the season. Pictured are (front, l–r) Ashley Laura, Makayla Clum, Logan McCane, Rachel Lawrence; (back) Coach Mike Freiburger, Erin Freiburger, Makayla Cook, Hanna Tolhurst, Kadison Klausing, and Coach Wayne Klausing. < br clear=left>
Rockford junior Amber Wobma recently accepted a full-ride athletic scholarship offer from the University of Arizona. Wobma is a Level 10 gymnast, who trains 24 hours a week at Geddert’s Twistars in Lansing. She has trained at Twistars for the past eight years, and has had a very successful gymnastics career, including USAG Region 5 (Mich., Ohio, Ill., Ind., Wis.) champion on vault, beam, floor and all-around, second place at Level 9 nationals, and numerous state champion titles. She has worked extremely hard for this at both gymnastics and academics. Her coach stated, “Size, talent, attitude and academic ability all play a major role in the recruiting process, and Amber has shown that she has the entire package. Small, powerful, smart and determined make for a great college prospect. Recognizing this… many schools had their hats in the ring, but the final decision came down to a tough battle between Penn State University and Arizona with the Wildcats claiming the prize.” Wobma had several schools recruiting her, and also received a full-ride scholarship offer from Penn State. Recently competing at the Level 10 Region 5 championships, Wobma made the Region 5 Dream Team, and will go on to compete at USAG Jr. Olympic nationals in Dallas, Texas, in May.
The Rockford girls varsity tennis team started the 2010 season by hosting the first Rockford Quad Invitational April 17 on the newly resurfaced courts. The updates to the court surfaces, fencing and perimeter access were made possible by the bond approval this past year. Coach Tom Huizing said, “I love them and are proud of them. The past five years we couldn’t host an event and now we can bring in teams and be proud of it.” Senior Tara Murray thinks the new courts are “pretty awesome!” Rockford went on to win the invitational by six of the eight flights, finishing with 22 points, St. Joseph with 11 points, Sturgis with 9, and Northview 7. Championship medals were presented to Rockford second singles MJ Bothma, third singles Alex Stembaugh, first doubles and team captains Katie Rachon and Heather Williams, second doubles Mackenzie Young and Lindsay Gauger, third doubles Tara Murray and Nichole Strobel, and fourth doubles Megan Zawacki and Julie Daukss. St. Joseph earned championship medals by first singles Lindsay Peirce and fourth singles Maggie VanWinkle. Daukss stated, “All the teams brought the competition and a good start to the season.” Rockford will host another invitational on May 1 starting at 8:30 a.m. and the OK Red conference meet on May 15 starting at 8 a.m. Mark your calendars and come cheer on the team as they progress toward the 2010 regionals and state finals. The girls varsity team made it to the state finals last season under Tom Huizing’s coaching. Other regular season home matches will start at 4 p.m. on April 27 against Hudsonville, May 3 against Grand Haven, and May 5 against West Ottawa. Regular season away games will start at 4 p.m. at Jenison on April 28, Muskegon on May 10, Reeths-Puffer on May 13 and Caledonia on May 19. The entire team is participating in Relay for Life cancer walk May 21-22 at North Rockford Middle School and encourages the community to participate.
The Rockford girls lacrosse team has been as hot as the Caribbean weather since returning from spring break. The Lady Rams have outscored their opponents 104-19 while moving to 4-0 in non-conference action, and 1-0 in their OK Rainbow I conference. The Rams got off to a quick start right after break, traveling to Lansing Waverly and coming away with a 25-5 victory. The Rams have really stepped up their defense this year with seniors Abbey Neerken and Lexi O’Connor leading the effort. Leading the scoring for the Rams was Meagan Emery with five goals, Erica Neumen and Kelsei Streeter with four each, with Taylor Hiner and Abbey Neerken each tallying three goals. This game also marked the return of senior Andi Raymond from an off-season injury. Next up for the Rams was their conference opener at Forest Hills Eastern where the Rams made easy work of the Hawks on their home field. The scoring again came fast and furious for the Rams. The scoring was made possible by the stellar defensive effort again by O’Connor, Neerken, and senior Kelly McCabe and freshman Kelli Raymond, who limited the Hawk opportunities. Emery continued her scoring with seven goals, followed by A. Raymond with four, and Hiner and Taylor Balch each with a pair of goals. A great all-around game was played by junior Alyssa Neumen, as she caused several turnovers, scored a goal and had three assists. Saturday, April 17, the Rams played host to Grosse Point South, who have been a strong lacrosse power for years. The Rams were very stingy on Saturday behind goalie Jenna Chaffee and the defensive stalwarts Neerken, O’Connor and A. Neumen only giving up three goals. The Rams played a very deliberate ball control offense and put up 12 goals on the visitors in what turned out to be a very physical game around each goal. A. Raymond, A. Neumen, Hiner and Neerken each scored two goals. Single goals were added by Emery, Morgan Stage, Streeter and Balch. Finishing their 5-0 run, the Rams played host to the Panthers from West Ottawa in a cross-over game from the OK conference Rainbow II division. The Rams started quickly, claiming a 10-1 lead after 10 minutes of play. After that, the Ram […]