April 26 2012
Rockford varsity boys lacrosse played three league games this past week and came away with their own hat trick. The Rams beat league opponents West Ottawa, Forest Hills Northern/Eastern, and Forest Hills Central. Coach Sims’ team traveled to Holland for the first game of the week against West Ottawa. Playing on grass for the first time this season, the Rams rolled to a 13-3 win. The “Big Three” led Rockford in scoring: senior Mitch Newton with three goals and two assists, junior Kento Nakano with three goals and three assists, and sophomore Kane Wolfer with three goals and three assists. Also scoring goals for the Rams were seniors Alex Pouba, Jared Seifert and Jesse Siegel. Jon Hazy and Jordan Shiparski led the defense in ground balls. In goal for the Rams, and holding the Panthers to three goals, were Connor Flynn and Tyler Wolpert. Friday night, with 38 degree chilling temps, Rockford hosted Forest Hills Northern/Eastern (FHNE). Like the weather, the boys started out cold in the first half, but turned the heat up in the second half to register an exciting 9-8 win. FHNE jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the beginning of the game but Rockford knotted it up 2-2 to end the first quarter. Scoring the goals were Blake McDonald and Seifert. They were assisted by Newton and Nakano. FHNE answered back with two more goals in the second period, but were answered right back with goals by Newton and Nakano. Those goals were assisted by Karson Konkle and Wolfer. The score stood at 4-4 to end the half. With heat added during the locker room session by Coach Sims and his coaching staff, who quickly broke down assignments, Rockford scored the only two goals of the third period to end it at 6-4. The fourth quarter became a roller coaster ride. FHNE was not going home silently. As they tied the score to 7-7 with 3:56 left on the clock, senior Spencer Sims scored the next goal on an assist by Newton. Another quick goal by McDonald on an assist from Caleb Cuneo sat the Rams with a comfortable two-goal lead. With 1:59 left on the clock, FHNE added another goal to their total. With Rockford’s one-goal advantage FHNE created […]
Rockford travelled to East Kentwood to take on a strong team on April 17 and emerged victorious. The Lady Rams took a commanding 6-0 lead after the first quarter and this really set the tone for the rest of the game. Leading the way with three goals in the first period was Adrianna Craft, who finished with six goals for the game. Other scoring contributors leading to a final score of 12-6 were Casey Wolfer (two goals), Kara Vanderwater (two), and Marie Siegel and Abby Finlayson with a goal apiece. Rockford played great defense against Michigan-bound Julia Riemersma, who finished with two goals for East Kentwood. After coming off an excellent game on Tuesday, the Rams took on Portage Central on Thursday, April 19. The girls continued their offensive surge from the last game and after the first quarter were leading 6-0 and with a final score of 19-1. There were many girls who tallied goals in this game and the offense was hitting on all cylinders. Goalie Ellianna Raymond and the stingy defense allowed only one goal for the game, showing that this team can play on both sides of the ball.
The Rockford girls varsity water polo travelled to Stevenson, Ill., on Friday through Saturday, April 20-21, to take on very talented northern Chicago area teams at the Stevenson Varsity Classic. Three teams from Michigan were invited to the tournament as Okemos and East Grand Rapids also participated. Game one Friday night for Rockford was against Fenwick, Ill. The Rams scored three goals in the first half, by Adrianna Craft, Maddie Levine and Morgan Longberg. However, the Fenwick team kept up a steady pace of quick shooting, scoring two goals each period. At the half the score was 3-4 (Fenwick). The Chicago area teams are known for their physical defensive play and in the second half held the Rockford offense to no goals, although Casey Wolfer led the teams in steals with seven. Goalie Ellianna Raymond had 11 saves. The final score was 3-8. The Fenwick team will be travelling to Rockford for their invitational this weekend and Head Coach Scott Voltz is looking forward to the possibility of a rematch. Four of the five games were on Saturday; Rockford’s second game was early against Mundelein. The Rams led early on, 6-3 at the end of the first period. However, Mundelein came back in the second, scoring two goals, including one at the buzzer, making the score 6-5 at the half. The second half had a couple of ties, but the Rams fell with a final score of 8-9. Scoring for Rockford were Craft (three), Wolfer (three), Levine (two) and Kara Vandawater (one). Wolfer again led the team in steals with four and Raymond had nine saves on goal. The Rams continued to improve and respond to the defensive tone of the Chicago teams; in the third game they played McAuley. The Rams led 2-1 all the way going into the fourth period. However, McAuley tied it up to 2-2 and scored again late in the fourth to a final score of 2-3 (McAuley). Scoring for Rockford were Marie Siegel and Longberg. Wolfer had nine steals and one assist, Craft had five steals, and goalkeeper Raymond had seven saves. Game four was against tournament host Stevenson High School. The Rams scored six goals in the first half, holding Stevenson to no goals, so Rockford was up […]
The three-time defending state champion East Kentwood (EK) Falcons came to Rockford Thursday, April 19 with another loaded squad in the key OK Red boys track meet of the season. The Falcons emerged victorious by an 81-56 margin, but left knowing that this Ram squad had made significant inroads into their normal margins of victory. “It has been a long time since anyone has kept us under 100 points,” said EK Coach Dave Emeott. “That is a credit to Rockford and will ultimately help us down the road. This is the deepest Rockford team I have seen in a while and they put up a great fight.” Rockford scored points in every individual event, including sweeping the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs, as they put up a stubborn resistance to an overwhelming wave of talent that the Falcons can field. “We were pretty happy with our effort on the day,” said Rockford Coach Andy Martin. “We wanted to win badly and really gave it a great effort, but EK is just a very, very good team. I was happy in particular with a couple of our younger kids today. Grant Aman had never run better than a 2:06 split in the 800-meter relay and he came through with a 2:02, and Mitchell Switzer ran a 4:38.87 1,600 to get within three seconds of qualifying for the regionals. Ivy Johnson had a great day also with personal bests in the shot put [43’9.5″] and discus [127′] to take third in both events.” Rockford won only three individual events and only one relay, but their depth kept them within shouting distance for the majority of the evening. Ben Braden won the discus and took second in the shot put. Casey Aman and Tyler Harney went one and two in both the 1,600 and 3,200. And the only other win for Rockford came in the 3,200-meter relay. That quartet of Chris Coles, Austin Benoit, Drew Woznick and Grant Aman ran a 8:04.11 that is far and away the best time in the state so far this year. “We have really gotten off to a good start this year,” said Martin. “We are running comparable times to last year in almost every event and better times in the distance events. […]