by JACKIE HOLLAND-DECKER The clouds were gray and foreboding Friday night as the Rockford girls soccer team warmed up at Jenison High School, but the weather had nothing to do with the impending storm. The Rams were on a rampage, and the Wildcats were unprepared. After losing miserably 4-1 to their previous two opponents, non-league foes Petoskey and Caledonia, the Rams had come to win. “In the huddle with the starters before the game, I told them ‘I am sick of losing,’” said senior tri-captain Sam Decker. “I said, ‘I am dead serious. We are not going to lose this game.’” Decker was so confident of the impending win that she even told a Wildcats fan of her certainty. When asked by a Jenison student before the game if she was 98 percent sure Rockford would win, she told him that she was 100 percent sure. The Rams weren’t being cocky, however. They just knew it was time to prove that they were better than their previous two games. “I felt a big W coming on,” said Coach Amira Ponne. “I knew we were going to come out and shine. I hope we can keep doing this and find our groove.” Using the entire roster, the Rams outshot the host Wildcats 21-2 in the 7-0 shutout. The OK Red victory puts them at 2-0 in the league, 3-3 overall. Jenison is now 2-3-2. The Rams were up 2-0 at halftime and 4-0 seven minutes into the second half, allowing Ponne to sub liberally and try some different strategies. “It’s not like we were trying to run up the score with all of my starters,” said Ponne. “We had all of our non-starters in at the end. We are still trying to figure out what is the best team to put on the field. We tried some things against Jenison.” One of the strategies the Rams tried in the game was a flat-back four defense instead of the flat-back three they had been using previously. The flat-back four gave them more stability in the backfield, something they needed against Caledonia and Petoskey, but didn’t try because of their inexperience with it. Midway through the Jenison game, Ponne switched it back, however, because she realized they didn’t […]
April 29 2010
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. “The experience was a great one, and we feel like it was a major learning experience,” commented Coach Eric Cullum. Rockford’s Trent Davison scored 79 and tied for third place. Sam Gallup scored 81 and tied for ninth. Steven Mette, Alec Dewitt and Eric Conroy each scored 83, giving Rockford a total of 326 to Petoskey’s 325. In their first conference match April 15 at Stonewater Country Club, the Rams defeated East Kentwood and Muskegon with a score of 155. East Kentwood scored 161 and Muskegon 260. Gallup scored 33 (three under par), followed by Mette with 40, Conroy with 41, and Jake Chaffee 42. Rockford’s second OK Red conference match was against Grand Haven and West Ottawa at Pigeon Creek Golf Club in West Ottawa. The Rams prevailed by a narrow margin with the final tally being Rockford 155, Grand Haven 157 and West Ottawa 170. The Rams were led by Chaffee’s 37 and Mette shooting 38. The other two scores were turned in by Conroy and Davison with 40 each. The Rams’ third match was at Sunnybrook Country Club versus Hudsonville on a beautifully sunny afternoon, April 22. Gallup made a three-stroke comeback to fire an even par 36 to lead the Rams to a victory over Hudsonville with a score of 154-167. Davison scored 37, followed by Chaffee with 40, and Conroy and Robert Perry with 41 each. Last weekend the Rams went to the Fremont Invitational and prevailed by a three-stroke margin over Division IV powerhouse West Michigan Christian (WMC). The Rams shot a score of 299 with two Rams finishing first and third. Two senior captains fired 33 on their back nine to finish their day with scores of 70 (one under par) and 72 (one over). Davison made five birdies in a row on the back nine to win medalist honors by one over Caleb Johnson of WMC. Gallup recovered from a three-over-par performance on the front to shoot a one-over-par 72 and took home third-place medalist honors. Other Rams who […]
The Rockford Rams crew team gave the home crowd something to cheer about on Saturday, April 24. Twelve teams from across Michigan, Northern Indiana and one team from West Virginia gathered at Riverside Park in Grand Rapids to compete in the Grand Rapids High School Invitational. Rockford, Forest Hills Central, Forest Hills Northern, Forest Hills Eastern, East Grand Rapids, Lowell, Northview, Grand Rapids Rowing Club, Ann Arbor Skyline, Culver Academy, Parkersburg, and North Suburban converged in Grand Rapids to compete in this annual event. Racing began at 7:30 a.m. and Rockford began immediately placing boats from the heats into the finals, finishing easily in first or second within the individual heats for the 1,500-meter race. By early afternoon, the Rams proved they meant business and started racking up the medals. At the end of the day, Rockford claimed gold in 10 of the 20 events. The Rams also picked up silver medals in three events, and bronze medals in four events. Both the men and women earned team trophies by scoring more overall points than their competitors. The men came home with the Don LeBlanc trophy and the women were rewarded with the Claudia LeBlanc trophy for the second year in a row. Gold medal winners include: • men’s senior eight: Austin Burris, Jake Madsen, Zach Haugen, TJ Jacobs, Mitch Griffis, Ben Pitts, Bryce Vanderberg, Tim Carlson, and coxswain Margaret Saelens • women’s senior eight: Olivia Kacsits, Maddie Anderson, Julia Fraser, Erin Fedeson, Rachael Wrona, Andrea Galloway, Molly Guthrie, Lora Gleghorn, and coxswain Lauren Fay • men’s lightweight eight: Troy Paskiewicz, Josh Houn, Harrison Webb, Sam Berndt, Tyler Truxton, Issac Blenman, Sean Ebel, Dylan Itter, and coxswain Sam Tefft • women’s lightweight eight: Wrona, Galloway, Guthrie, Gleghorn, Emily Prus, Lyndsey Felty, Chloe McColgan, Stephanie Sawicki, and coxswain Danielle Tefft • women’s junior four: Kendra Billardello, Kara Korson, Kendall McConnohie, Rebecca Markam, and coxswain Becca DeKorne • men’s senior four: Burris, Madsen, Jacobs, Haugen, coxswain M. Saelens • women’s senior four: Kacsits, Anderson, J. Fraser, Kate Fraser, coxswain Fay • women’s lightweight four: Prus, Rachel Alberta, Kait Fugate, Sawicki, coxswain Shelby Hodges • men’s 500-meter dash: Burris, Madsen, Haugen, Jacobs, Griffis, Pitts, Vandenberg, Carlson, coxswain Saelens • women’s 500-meter dash: Kacsits, Anderson, J. Fraser, K. Fraser, […]
A beautiful evening at the Grand Rapids Catholic Central athletic fields greeted the two best girls lacrosse teams in West Michigan on Wednesday, April 21. It was a showdown to establish leadership of the OK Rainbow conference. In the first meeting this year between the two highly ranked teams, the girls gave the fans a great show. The Rams scored first and then Catholic Central answered with two quick goals to take their only lead of the night, 2-1. The Rams then reeled off four straight goals behind the scoring duo of Meagan Emery and Andi Raymond. The Cougars clawed their way back into the game, tying it twice at 5-5, and then at the half, 6-6. The Rams came out strong in the first four minutes of the second half, with Raymond and Emery teaming up for a goal and assist each. The Rams led 8-6 and then their tough defense took over. With Jenna Chaffee in goal and a great defensive effort from all the Rams, including Jill Fowle, Abbey Neerken, Kelli Raymond, Sydney Gray, Lexi O’Connor, Kelly McCabe, and Alyssa Neumen, the Rams shut down the Cougar offense and let their own control the ball and the clock. A late goal by Catholic Central made it close, but the Rams were in control the entire second half. The Ram scoring was led by Emery with three goals and an assist, and Andi Raymond with one goal and three assists, while O’Connor, Taylor Hiner Erica Neumen and Kelsei Streeter each added a goal. Streeter’s goal was a great feed from Raymond behind the cage and an acrobatic on-timer from Streeter in front of the net.
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