On March 25 and 26, the Rockford girls water polo team traveled to Ann Arbor to take on some of the best competition the state has to offer in the sport. To play five games in less than 24 hours is tiring to say the least. However, the level of play gave the girls some tremendous practice and insight to their game. Friday’s opening game saw the Rams taking on the defending state champion Okemos team. Okemos came out strong and did not let up, handing Rockford an 8-0 defeat. Noted strong Ram performances were senior goalie Tiffany Elenbaas’s 10 saves and numerous steals by a strong Rockford defense. Ann Arbor Skyline was up next for Friday’s nightcap game. Although a brand-new high school and a young team, the competition was strong and game number two ended in a 6-6 tie. The Rams jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the first quarter with senior Lauren Hulsebus and junior Adrianna Craft scoring quickly. Craft assisted on Hulsebus’s first score and was then assisted by senior Taylor Downs on her own scoring shot. Skyline answered with one goal, but another Downs-to-Craft play ended the quarter with the Rams up 3-1. The rest of the game was all junior Casey Wolfer, who scored three times on five-meter penalty shots, one in each remaining quarter. Although the Rams played their usual tenacious defense, Skyline was able to keep the scored tied for the remainder of the game. Elenbaas had another strong game, protecting the net with nine saves. Saturday morning, the team started early with an 8 a.m. game against Ann Arbor Huron, which ended at 7-5 for the River Rats of Huron. Once again, Rockford started the scoring with two quick goals in the first quarter and managed to hold onto a 4-2 halftime lead. However, the second half belonged to Huron, who went on a 5-1 scoring terror against the Rams. Hulsebus and Wolfer led the Rams with two goals apiece and junior Morgan Longberg added one goal to the total. Downs led the team in assists with two, and Hulsebus and Craft contributed one assist apiece. Dexter provided the competition for game four of the weekend. The Rams walked away from this one with […]
April 7 2011
Their peers have long recognized their superiority in the swimming pool. But on a recent trip to the state capitol, Rockford’s 2010 Michigan Water Polo Association state championship team received recognition of a different sort. The boys were invited to Lansing to meet with Representative Peter MacGregor and his staff on the morning of March 17. The team then sat before the state legislature as the lawmakers honored the team for their accomplishment. The 2010 team won Rockford’s second consecutive state title, their seventh in eight years, and their eighth in 11 years. Seniors Pat Fase, Victor Lima, Jeff Schmitt and Jared Martella will soon be leaving Rockford High School behind. But Coach Dave McWatters and the rest of the team look forward to the challenge of sustaining Rockford water polo’s tradition of excellence in 2011 and beyond.
by MICHAEL KING Rockford High School’s varsity boys lacrosse team split their first two games of the 2011 season against Lansing Waverly and Holt. On Saturday, March 26, the Rams defeated the Warriors of Waverly by a score of 16-6 under cold wind chill conditions at Rockford’s Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium. Senior midfielder Adam Kroll opened the scoring with an unassisted goal in front of the Waverly net 1:15 into the contest. Sophomore Blake McDonald and freshman Kane Wolfer added first-quarter goals as the Rams led 3-2 at the end of one. Rockford scored three more goals in the second quarter—two by sophomore Karson Konkle, and one by junior Mitchell Newton. At halftime, the Rams led 6-4. Rockford’s offense exploded in the second half, scoring 10 goals. Newton added three more, for a game-high four goals. Wolfer scored twice more for his hat trick. Kroll scored again, and Kento Nakano, Patrick Hartnett, Erik Datema and Jared Seifert posted their first goals of the new campaign. Ram goalies Connor Flynn and Eliot Vickers shared net-minding duties, giving up only six goals between them. Waverly was stymied all game by Rockford’s defense, led by junior D-poles Jordan Shiparski, Josh Larsen and Anthony DeDamos. Coach Pete Sims chalked up his first win as Rockford’s new head coach, and said, “Our guys played well, considering it was the first game of the season, but we still have a lot of work to do to get where we need to be.” The Rams traveled to Holt on Tuesday, March 29, to play the other Rams of Holt. Holt came out hot on a blistery cold evening, scoring five goals in the first period. Kroll got Rockford on the board at the 1:16 mark of the second quarter. After Holt scored Rockford got goals from Wolfer and Konkle to make the score Holt 6, Rockford 3. Holt got two more goals in the second period to make the halftime score 8-3. After two quick Rockford goals by McDonald and Konkle to start the second half, Holt scored four unanswered goals to make the score after three quarters 12-5. Rockford refused to let Holt coast to the win as Newton got his first of two goals to make the score 12-6. Wolfer […]