The Rockford boys varsity golf team defeated Grand Haven and West Ottawa at Grand Haven Golf Club on Thursday, April 16. The overall match medalist was Sam Gallup of Rockford with a score of 38, followed closely by Jake Chaffee of Rockford with 39. Rockford posted a score of 250 against Grand Haven’s 258 and West Ottawa’s 285. Trent Davison scored 40, Steven Mette 41, Adam Hoard 44, and Eric Conroy 48. The team then went on to win the Wilson Spring Classic at Gracewil Country Club, hosted by Kenowa Hills, on Saturday, April 18. Rockford’s score of 310 was followed by Spring Lake’s 316, West Catholic with 319, Kenowa Hills 322, Comstock Park 330, Cedar Springs 337, Northview 340, Allendale 350, Union 380, Kent City, 386, and Coopersville with 391. Conroy scored 75 for third, Davison tied for fourth with 75, Gallup also tied with 77 for fifth, and Hoard scored 82 for the top 20. Mette scored 85 and Chaffee 87. This was a very interesting effort for the Rockford boys varsity golf team as they tried to three-peat in the Wilson Spring Classic,” said Coach Eric Cullum. “We felt some interesting pressure during this day, but we kept fighting and came out on top. I am very proud of Eric Conroy for finishing third. It is only a matter of time before this group really starts playing very well. We are very proud of our victory and excited for things to come.”
April 23 2009
The junior varsity B boys golf team had their first match on April 13 at Braeside Golf Course. The weather was indicative of what spring golf can be like-40 degrees, windy and rainy. Both the Rockford and Northview golfers braved the weather to compete in their first match of the season. Northview narrowly won the match with a score of 191 compared to Rockford’s 199. Coach Rick Kelbel was proud of the team for breaking 200, and said, “In weather like that, I knew if my team broke 200 they would have a great shot to win, but Northview pulled it out. I was proud of my golfers.” Team captain Sam Barnard led the way for Rockford with a 48, Mitch Sloboda and Casey Cook each shot 49, and Alex Lewis shot 53, for the team’s total of 199.
In a regatta dominated entirely by Ann Arbor Pioneer over the past several years, Rockford’s crew team pulled out all the stops to narrowly claim a first-place finish, just one point ahead of rival Ann Arbor Pioneer and two points ahead of another strong East Michigan team, Ann Arbor Huron. East Michigan teams have dominated this sport for many years, primarily due to the fact that they have established programs going back 20 years or more. Rockford crew is a relatively young sport, only claiming varsity status within the past eight years. The Rockford women’s team captured the first-place trophy, with the men’s additional points helping to catapult the Rams to first place overall. Over 700 competitors converged on Riverside Park in Grand Rapids, coming from 14 teams located in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois. Rockford crew, 92 members strong, had the largest showing among the eight area teams located in West Michigan. “It helps to have that many bodies,” stated Rockford Coach Tim Jacobs. “They have trained hard and they have transferred that work ethic to the water.” Of the more than 20 boats entered by Rockford, 16 boats made it past the heats and into the finals. There, Rockford quickly rose to the challenge and captured four first-, four second-, and three third-place finishes. Bringing home the gold for Rockford were: women’s novice eight: Amy Fedeson, Kendra Bilardella, Julia Fraser, Kate Fraser, Lena Kleinoeder, Kara Korson, Sarah Lemanski, Kendall McConnohie, and coxswain Becca DeKorne men’s junior four: Austin Burris, TJ Jacobs, Zach Haugen, Zach Troyer, and coxswain Andrew Saelens women’s lightweight eight: Raechel Wrona, Clara Harding, Shelby Jacobs, Chris Scoffield, Richelle Huizina, Molly Guthrie, Jane Vandervelde, Katina Goad, and coxswain Dani Teft women’s lightweight four: Wrona, Harding, Jacobs, Scoffield, and coxswain Lauren Fey Capturing second place for Rockford were: women’s junior eight: Camille Pulver, Angelina Lipzinski, Erin Fedeson, Megan Korson, Kaitlin Champion, Lemanski, Becca Markham, Maddie Anderson, and coxswain Danielle Frick women’s senior four: Olivia Kacsits, Christine Kasper, Darcy Peck, Michelle Kuhn, and coxswain Jennifer Denike women’s senior eight dash: Olivia Nielsen, Peck, Marie Albano, Alicia Dickinson, Kasper, Kacsits, Kuhn, Shannon Schmutz, and coxswain Denike men’s senior eight dash: Burris, Haugen, Jacobs, Nate Harrison, Ian […]
Last week was a busy one for Rockford varsity baseball. On Monday, April 13, the Rams hosted Greenville for a double-header and won both games. Later in the week, the boys split games with West Ottawa-away on Wednesday, April 15, and at home on Friday, April 17. The Rams hosted their first tournament of the season on Saturday, April 18, and came away with the win. The first game was against Bay City Western, with the championship game victory against Grand Rapids Christian. Overall, the Rams are 8-2 for the start of their season. Their next game was at home against Jenison on Tuesday, April 21. On Thursday, April 23, the Rams travel to Jenison for a game at 4:30 p.m., and the Rogers Wooden Bat Tournament begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 25. Rockford splits games with Greenville, away on Monday, April 27, and at home on Wednesday, April 29. You can also see the results of these games in upcoming issues of The Rockford Squire, and online at www.rockfordsquire.com.
by LIZ SINKEVICS Rockford High School’s girls varsity tennis team made it a clean sweep at an invitational hosted by the Grant High School Tigers on Saturday, April 18, by taking first place in every flight. The event also featured teams from West Catholic and Manistee high schools. The Rams also won their first three matches, topping Muskegon High School 8-0, East Kentwood High School 6-2, and Grand Rapids Christian High School 8-0. This week’s schedule includes matches with Grandville (home), Hudsonville and West Catholic (home) high schools, all beginning at 4 p.m., as well as an invitational hosted by Forest Hills Eastern High School.