Rockford Lanes congratulates Robby Schmock for bowling an 877 series on their Monday Night Mixed League. Robby now has the 4th highest series in the Greater Grand Rapids USBC next to Scott Browneye with an 890 at Chez Ami, Jeff Woodman. With an 889 at Westgate and Rich Vargo with an 878 at Fairlanes. Robby, having bowled with Rockford High Schools conference champions, at age 21 bowled a 279-300-298 for an 877 series Monday evening.
Rockford’s girls bowling team has repeated for the fourth straight year as OK Red conference champions. The Lady Rams won it in convincing fashion by defeating Grand Haven in their last two conference matches 19-11 and 21.5-8.5 and dominating the post-conference tournament, winning by 226 pins over closest rival Grandville 3,440-3,214. The Lady Rams were led by Mallorie Webber with a 241 game and an even 600 series, followed by Erin VanDrunen with a 526 series, next by Jacquelyn Beard’s 519 and Christina Miller’s 490. “The girls bowled great today,” commented Coach Lynn Farrance. “We have been so busy this month, we haven’t been able to practice, but we were able to get one in this week and it sure showed. They were great in every way. Strikes were up, spares were up, and so was their focus on the game. Just a great day for them.” The boys finished in third place in the tournament behind Hudsonville and Grandville, and finished second overall in the final standings of the OK Red behind overall champion Hudsonville. Both teams will be bowled Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27-28 at the Divison I Region I regionals held at Westgate Lanes on Alpine Avenue. Watch The Squire for results.
The Rockford girls needed a sweep of this week’s matches against Hudsonville, Jenison and Grandville to reclaim the lead in the OK Red conference, and that is just what they did. The girls got by Hudsonville and Jenison (24-6 and 28-2), but undefeated Grandville was much tougher. Grandville got off to a good start by taking the first baker game and holding on for total baker pins and a 6-4 lead heading into match play. Again, Grandville bowled well, taking the first match game 813-795 and expanding their lead to 12-7. Rockford then got a great game from senior Hannah Pribble with her career high 255 game, securing total pins, and a thin 15.5-14.5 win over a very good Grandville team. “Grandville is a great team,” commented Coach Lynn Farrance. “They took us by two pins in our first meeting, and without Hannah’s big game and sophomore Megan Wood coming in the eighth frame as a sub in the first match and throwing four strikes in a row, reclaiming that position’s point, we would be looking at a 1.5-point deficit instead of having a half-point lead going into the final week of conference play. My hat goes off to those two bowlers, bowling like that under extreme pressure. Great job!” The boys had a successful week also defeating Hudsonville and Grandville at home and having those matches decided by the end of the first match game. However, the match with Jenison went the other way. Jenison had a very hot day and defeated the Rams at Jenison’s home house. The Jenison loss puts the boys two games behind Hudsonville with just two match games with Grand Haven left. The boys are still in the running for the OK Red championship, but they need to win the rest of their matches and take a first at the OK Red post-season tournament. The bowling teams go up against Grand Haven their last two matches. The first match was Monday, Feb. 16, at Grand Haven and then at home, with the post-season tournament on Saturday, Feb. 21 at Hudsonville.