Christina Weston

Rams JV water polo wins Jenison tournament

April 22, 2010 // 0 Comments

Grueling six straight days of games intense When the Rockford women’s water polo teams returned from spring break, they had their work cut out for them, as in six consecutive days of games. For those familiar with this grueling sport, this means something, especially since Friday and Saturday consisted of multiple games as part of the Jenison round robin tournament. To the Lady Rams, they took the schedule in stride. Head Coach Scott Voltz noted, “It has been a crazy week! To come back from spring break and have only one practice prior to this week’s games, it can be quite a challenge. The girls have responded well. We also have learned from a lot of game situations and come out of this week stronger than we came in.” The junior varsity team hit its stride on Friday and Saturday at the Jenison Invitational, winning all four of their games to earn first place. Freshman Ellie Raymond was particularly strong in the final game against host team Jenison, stopping 12 attempts to beat Jenison 9-4. Freshman Adrianna Kraft had five goals, Sarah Smith had two, and Abby Finlayson and Alyssa Rollins each had one. To get to the finals on Saturday, April 17, the JV squad defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 9-2, East Kentwood 11-0, and Hudsonville 13-3. The varsity team faced very tough opponents at the Jenison Invitational, starting out with top seed Naperville from the Chicago area. Besides the Early Bird Tournament in Ann Arbor, the Rams’ varsity team had not experienced play at this level this season. They fell to Naperville 3-8, then lost a close game in overtime to East Kentwood 4-5. The score flip-flopped throughout the game, with many of the Rams’ opportunities just hitting the cross bar. The Lady Rams will seek a rematch on Tuesday, April 20 at East Kentwood. Following this tough loss, the Rams faced powerhouse Hudsonville and hung with them until the fourth quarter, which began tied at 3-3. The Rams lost 4-7, but now know what to look for during the playoffs. The Lady Rams wrapped up the tournament with a 13-3 victory over Grandville, with five saves from junior goalie Tiffany Elenbaas, three goals from Casey Wolfer, two from Emily Williams, Lauren Hulsebus and […]

Girls water polo near upset at West Ottawa

May 7, 2009 // 0 Comments

by PATRICK KEELEY The West Ottawa Panthers water polo girls celebrated senior night at their pool when they hosted the Rockford Rams on Thursday, April 30. Rockford quickly took control with two goals and it looked like a Ram party instead. Then West Ottawa stopped the Rams’ next scoring try and scored themselves, and the battle was on. Then, both teams each scored three more goals, and Rockford led at the half, 5-4. Kelsey Vermeer scored her third goal of the day to make it 6-4, but West Ottawa defense clicked and the Panthers came back with one goal in the third. Then the Panthers tied the score at six apiece with five minutes to play in the fourth quarter. Molly Wooldridge got the ball in the hole and, with a player drowning her, managed to get a shot off and beat the goalie to give the Rams a one-goal lead. A minute later, Christina Weston looked right and zinged one left into the left side of the net for the final goal to give the Rams a hard-fought 8-6 victory. With the win, the Rams need only one more win-against East Kentwood on May 5, which is also senior night for Rockford-and they will be undefeated in league play. Rockford’s water polo girls have been incredibly busy for the last two weeks, with the varsity and junior varsity teams playing almost 20 games each. The varsity team managed to beat Grand Haven, Hudsonville and Zeeland twice each, plus Grandville, Forest Hills and East Grand Rapids once each. But a tournament final loss to Ann Arbor Pioneer, and losses to Chicago area teams from Stevenson, Fenwick and McCauley, followed by additional losses to Ann Arbor Pioneer and Fenwick May 2 give the Rams more losses than Rockford has had in years. Coach Reickard was philosophical, saying, “In Chicago, we got off to a slow start and made too many mistakes. Then we picked up the pace and our last game was our best. We moved the ball. Fenwick hasn’t been held under eight goals all year, and we had them until the last quarter when they beat us 4-3. It was a successful tournament and it taught us what we need to do to make […]