Rockford’s girls varsity tennis team defeated Grandville in a nail-biter Wednesday, April 21 on Grandville courts. All four Rams singles—Lauren Korlewitz, MJ Bothma, Alex Stembaugh and Jenelle Miller won their flights. Grandville’s two and three doubles beat Rockford, but it was Rockford’s one and four doubles that went to third sets each. Rams’ first doubles fell to Grandville, leaving the decisive match winner to fourth doubles Megan Zawacki and Julie Daukss. The set was tied 5-5 when Zawacki and Daukss finished in an explosive 7-5 victory. “Our girls truly showcased their mental toughness during an epic battle. Everyone contributed to that big win,” said Coach Tom Huizing. “This is why tennis is a team sport.” Earlier in the week, Rockford pummeled East Kentwood 7-1 at home with a nearly perfect match. Seniors Mackenzie Young and Lindsay Gauger finished with an impressive 6-0, 6-0 win over their opponents. Scores for the East Kentwood match are as follows: • one singles—Lauren Korlewitz: 6-4, 1-6, 4-6 • two singles—MJ Bothma: 6-2, 6-4 • three singles—Alex Stembaugh: 6-2, 6-0 • four singles—Jenelle Miller: 6-1, 6-2 • one doubles—Katie Rachon, Heather Williams: 6-3, 6-4 • two doubles—Mackenzie Young, Lindsay Gauger: 6-0, 6-0 • three doubles—Tara Murray, Nichole Strobel: 6-2, 7-5 • four doubles—Megan Zawacki, Julie Daukss: 6-2, 6-1 Rockford is undefeated so far this season with back-to-back conference wins and will host another invitational Saturday, May 1. Play will begin by 9 a.m. and will last until late afternoon. Bring a chair or sit in the bleachers and cheer your Rams to victory. The courts are just west of the high school, and attendance is free.
April 29 2010
Graham strikes out 17 in loss A lot of great softball was played last Thursday at Grandville High School as two of the OK Red’s best teams battled to a split of a doubleheader as conference play got under way. The Rams of Rockford scored three runs in a decisive fifth-inning rally in game two. They then held on to win the nightcap 5-3 to earn the split after Grandville scored the only run of game one in the first extra inning to win an epic pitcher’s duel 1-0 despite 17 strikeouts at the hands of Ram pitcher Tricia Graham. Grandville pitcher Becca Smith—who will go to Grand Rapids Community College next year and play softball alongside Rockford catcher Karli Showers—was outstanding in game one. She allowed just two Rockford hits in eight innings, while walking two and hitting one batter with a pitch. Only one Ram runner reached third base in game one. Lauren Pasciak doubled to the gap in left-center to lead off the game and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Then with one out, Peyton Wells was hit by a pitch and promptly stole second without a throw, as the Bulldogs elected to let her have the base rather than risk the speedy Pasciak sneaking home on the play. The strategy paid off, as Smith proceeded to get her team out of the jam with a pair of strikeouts to end the inning, stranding runners at second and third for the Rams. That was the best scoring chance the Rams would see in game one. Meanwhile, Graham was baffling Grandville hitters with her wide assortment of pitches, featuring her lethal rise ball, and racked up an incredible 14 strikeouts in the first five innings. The only Bulldog out that was not a strikeout in the first five innings was on a bunt attempt that Graham fielded cleanly and threw to second baseman Katie Chapin, who was covering the bag at first for the out. Grandville’s winning rally started with a one-out single by Kristi Jo Streeter that was perfectly placed just over the pitcher, but out of reach of the shortstop and second baseman. Liz Nelson sacrifice bunted to advance the runner, but found herself safe at first also after […]
Coming off their six-day grueling schedule, the Lady Rams varsity and junior varsity teams traveled to East Kentwood High School on Tuesday, April 20 to take on the Falcons. The JV “loaned” three players to East Kentwood for a scrimmage, which they won handedly 13-4, with contributions from players across the roster. Freshman Adrianna Craft led the scoring with five goals. The varsity played tough defense against the Falcons, but their shooting was off just slightly, with 26 attempts hitting the post or sailing wide or high. The Lady Rams fell short, losing 4-6. Scoring was led by senior Christina Weston with two goals, and Amanda Johnson and Casey Wolfer also scored. Co-captains Tiffany Ellenbaas, Natalie Beeg and Ashley Gremel led the defensive charge, with Elenbaas stopping eight, stealing one, and assisting on a goal. Gremel and Beeg combined for nine steals. With just a day to rest, both teams came back strong to host the Jenison Wildcats. The JV team battled into overtime, when hole set Craft spun a back-handed shot past the goalie to win 8-7. Goalie Elli Raymond was strong in net with 10 saves and one assist. Craft led the scoring with four, Sarah Smith found the net three times, and freshman Marie Siegel scored once. Coach Katie Clarin noted that the team really picked up its defense with 19 steals. Abby Finlayson set the pace with four steals. Following its tough loss to Jenison, the varsity Lady Rams took to the water with purpose and focus, dominating the tough Wildcats from start to finish, winning 11-6. Sophomore Casey Wolfer led with five goals, Weston had two, and Gremel, Downs, Beeg and Van Portfliet each found the back of the net for one goal. Beeg’s pinpoint passing accounted for four assists. The varsity team didn’t let down, heading to Stevenson, Ill., on Friday through Saturday, April 23-24, to take on very talented northern Chicago area teams. Game one Friday night was against tournament host Stevenson High School. The Lady Rams attacked on defense from start to finish, combining for 15 steals to win 8-5. Junior Taylor Downs led the scoring with three goals. Brandy Fase, Weston, Beeg, Wolfer and Lauren Hulsebus each contributed one goal. Rockford’s second game Friday night against […]