After being soundly beaten by Grandville High School’s women’s rugby team in their first-ever scrimmage a few weeks ago, the Rockford Women’s Rugby Club (RWRC) took their revenge in a match on Tuesday afternoon, April 21. The match was on Grandville’s home turf and took place in a freezing mixture of snow and rain. Led by two scores from Mallorie Webber and a two-point conversion kick from Jill Nelson, the final score was Rockford 12, Grandville 0. “It was a total team effort and we’re very proud of our young women” said Head Coach Kaileigh Russo. Rockford was solid in all phases of the match, displaying tenacious tackling, aggressive running, superb scrummaging, well-executed line-outs, and overall intensity. This all resulted in Rockford usually having the better field position of the two teams, which contributed greatly to the win. The outcome of the game is especially sweet for the Rockford players, being that this is the first year for RWRC and only the club’s third game played ever. Russo’s assistant coaches-namely Taru Nieminen, Jim Nelson, Mike (Kiwi) Taylor, Molly Schmidt and Rockford Rugby Football Club’s Tony Martinez and Zack Nelson-all contribute their time and knowledge about rugby to help the club. RWRC’s next game is Saturday, May 2, at the home pitch at Roguewood Elementary School against Redford. Come out to support Rockford’s newest full-contact sensation, Rockford Women’s Rugby Club.
April 30 2009
Rams go 1-1 at Rogers’ annual Wooden Bat Tournament Brian Baldwin pitches against Rogers High School. Photo by KANDI JEZAK by JON STREET Catholic Central (CC) beat Rockford High School 6-2 in the first game of the Rogers Ninth Annual Wooden Bat Tournament at Lamar Park on Saturday, April 25. Sophomore Brendan Penny went the distance and earned the victory. Rockford’s Taylor Masiewicz took the mound and the loss for Rockford while pitching five and two-thirds innings. Zach Martinek pitched the final one and one-third innings in relief. Rockford helped CC early in the game by walking the bases loaded in the first inning. A two-run errant pick-off throw and a hit by Jordan Milanowski put CC up 3-0. CC returned the favor in the bottom of the fifth inning. With two outs, the Rams’ Shane Street reached first on an error by the third baseman. John Vietengruber stroked a single, and a walk to Ryan Darby loaded the bases. A ground ball by Bryan Baldwin to the third baseman produced a two-run error. At the end of five innings, the score was 3-2. CC was not done for the day however. In the top of the seventh inning, a pitch hit the leadoff batter. A bunt by Nathan Lowe, a walk to Michael Penny, followed by a balk put CC up 4-2. A sacrifice fly by Seth Holt put CC up 5-2. An error by the Rams allowed another run and produced the final score of 6-2. Although Rockford’s bats were silent in the first game of the tournament, they came to life against Wyoming Rogers in the consolation game. Rockford defeated Rogers 13-3 and pounded out 13 hits. Kyle Lieckfelt took the loss for Rogers, while Baldwin pitched three and one-third innings for the victory. Keebs Erhart pitched the final one and two-thirds innings in a non-save situation. Rogers had four hits on the day. Paul Thull drove Rogers’ first run in on a double in the first inning. Will Sheick drove a run in with a single in the second inning and Mason Fogler drove Rogers’ final run in the fourth inning with a single, too. All of the runs were unearned. Rockford countered in the bottom […]
Steve Majerle, Rockford’s varsity boys basketball coach, was recently named Regional Coach of the Year by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan. Majerle guided the Rockford Rams to an undefeated OK Red conference championship, district championship and regional championship. The Rams finished the season with a 22-3 record. Majerle completed his 12th year as the boys basketball coach at Rockford High School with an overall record of 211-76. He will receive his award in Lansing on October 2, 2009.
by JACKIE HOLLAND-DECKER The Rockford soccer team was on fire Friday night, April 24, taking 29 shots and a record nine corner kicks against visiting Jenison. Three of the shots went in and many more could have if not for the formidable goal-keeping skills of the Wildcats’ Kelly Hevelhurst, who made 15 saves. The Rams beat Jenison 3-0 for their sixth shutout of the season. Rockford controlled the action for most of the game, including the last few minutes when Hevelhurst was heard pleading with her teammates to help her out. “These girls are still hungry for goals,” junior keeper Hevelhurst told her teammates. “Don’t give up.” Junior Kate Huyser scored first for the Rams on her second corner kick of the night. Her first corner, just four-and-a-half minutes into the game, found its way to Kayla Knoll, whose header went just wide and was caught by Hevelhurst. Two-and-a-half minutes later, Huyser sent a perfect corner toward the same spot, but it arched at the right time and sailed into the far-side netting. The Rams, who are 5-2-2, utilized their depth throughout the game, and Jordan Diffenderfer was one of those who came off the bench and proved how strong Rockford really is. Twenty-two minutes into the game, she outran the Jenison defense on a through-ball from Britanni Pierce and let it go with her left, but Hevelhurst made a great save. Not to be denied, she took a big throw-in from Katie Purvis on the edge of the six-yard box, sent it over to Rebekah Hazel on the other side, took the return pass, and drove it home with 33 seconds left in the first half. Senior Rachel Doud closed out the scoring with 10 minutes left in the game with a shot right in front of the net. The goal was set up by a pass from Pierce in lots of traffic. Doud kicked the ball, which bounced off a Jenison defender, and then kicked it again, sending it on the ground past Hevelhurst. Also giving Hevelhurst a workout throughout the night were Pierce, Hazel, Matti Graves, Tessa Heeringa, Syd Benda, and Sam Decker. “She was a great goalie,” said Rockford Coach Amira Ponne. “Otherwise, we would have had at least three […]