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Rockford crew’s excellent season ends at nationals

May 31, 2012 // 0 Comments

by MARY CLINTHORNE Six Rockford boats competed in the Scholastic Rowing Association of America National Championship last Friday and Saturday, May 25-26, in Camden, N.J. The championship drew rowers from 177 schools, 16 states, and two countries. Friday’s preliminary races advanced the Women’s Freshman 8+, Men’s Freshman 8+, Women’s Junior 4+, Women’s Varsity 4+, and Men’s Varsity 4+. The heartbreaker of the day was when the Men’s Lightweight 8+ missed qualifying for the semifinals by less than one-half of a second after a seat malfunction. The semifinal races on Saturday morning saw the Men’s Freshman 8+ and the Men’s Varsity 4+ advancing to the finals Saturday afternoon. A fourth-in-the-nation finish was earned by the Men’s Freshman 8+ (A. Karsten, A. Houn, R. O’Grady, Z. Lecceadone, A. LaBadie, J. Ullrey, E. Sawicki, M. Crimp, and coxswain J. Villarreal). The medals in that race went to first-place Winter Park (Fla.), second-place St. Joseph Preparatory (Philadelphia), and third-place Central Catholic (Pittsburgh). The Men’s Varsity 4+ (M. Hendershott, C. Fase, A. Carley, B. VanderBerg, and coxswain R. Featherston) also came in fourth, finishing behind first-place Saratoga (N.Y.), second-place Episcopal Academy (Newtown Square, Pa.), and third-place Monsignor Bonner Rowing (Drexel Hill, Pa.). “What an amazing season!” exclaimed Head Coach Timothy Jacobs, “Topping off the year with Rockford crew taking six boats to the nationals, then qualifying five boats to the semifinals, and ending with two boats in the grand finals. And then, having both boats take an amazing fourth-place finish in the nation. It is very rewarding as a coaching staff to continue to watch your team get better as the season progresses. Some of this can be attributed to good coaching, but ultimately it is the hard work and dedication of the rowers.”

Rockford men’s water polo claims West Regional crown

November 3, 2011 // 0 Comments

State tournament next up On Friday, Oct. 28, the Rockford High School men’s water polo team continued their march to the state tournament by opening up with a victory against the Panthers of West Ottawa in the Michigan Water Polo Association Western Water Polo Regional. The contests were hosted at the East Kentwood natatorium. The Rams entered the tournament seeded number one in the region and number two in the entire state with a season record of 39-2. Against the Panthers, the Rams jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Because Rockford has so much team depth, a total of 14 players got pool time, which kept fresh legs in the pool and gave excellent tournament experience. A total team effort produced a convincing 19-2 victory against the Panthers. The victorious Rams next faced off against the host East Kentwood Falcons, who defeated Jenison in an exciting overtime victory. The match against the Falcons was an intense defensive struggle, with the first score coming at the 1:40 mark left in the first period as senior Eric Chisholm found the net. At halftime the score was Rockford 3 the Falcons 0. Ram goalie Corey Fase tends the net. At the start of the third period, the Rams caught East Kentwood goalie Raheem Brown creeping out on junior Justin Hulsebus playing hole set. Sophomore Craig Wasberg fired from outside, finding the net as Brown committed to Hulsebus. Junior goalie Corey Fase played a flawless game in net for the Rams. Facing off against All State goalie Brown, Fase said, “Raheem is a great player. Mentally I focus myself to play the best game I possibly can. As a team, when we face Brown, we realize what we are up against and we need to step up.” The Rams rose to the challenge, coming away with an exciting 8-2 victory. The victory moved Rockford into the finals. Rockford, ranked second in the state, faced off against fourth-ranked Hudsonville for the championship of the West Region. The Eagles are led by All State strong arm shooter Cody Brinks, while the Rams are led by All State multi-talented Chisholm. Hudsonville would have to match up against Rockford’s team depth. In the contest, the Rams exploded in the […]

Rockford men’s water polo fields 10 Academic All Americans

September 29, 2011 // 0 Comments

The Rockford men’s water polo team excels in the classroom as well as in the pool. Rockford Public Schools is honored to announce that 10 team members have been selected as Academic All Americans for the 2010-2011 school year. Dan Zang, Rockford High School principal, stated, “We are very proud of these fine young men and this very prestigious recognition. We wish them continued success in polo and so appreciate their commitment to excellence in the classroom.” To qualify for this honor, the selectees must have participated in a national water polo event. The Rockford Aquatic Club traveled to California this past summer to compete against teams from around the United States in the Water Polo Junior Olympics. Nominees must carry a minimum 3.6 GPA. Water polo coach Dave McWatters is very proud of the 10 students. “These young men represent the best of the Rockford student-athlete: succeeding in the classroom and in athletic competition. They are great role models for younger kids who want to accomplish great things both academically and athletically.” Gaining the honors are seniors Cody Brown, Eric Chisholm, Nick Dulak, Mac Finnie, Allyn Kinney and Alex Savage. Juniors honored are Mike Arend, Grant Beach, Corey Fase and Nick Willison. Further recognition goes to Arend, Beach, Dulak, Finnie, Kinney and Willison, who made “outstanding” recognition, which is carrying a GPA above 4.0. The water polo team has currently compiled a 19-1 record and is a model program in the state of Michigan. Superintendent of Rockford Public Schools Dr. Michael Shibler congratulates the team on their success and the 10 academic honorees. “The Rockford High School men’s water polo program is considered one of the most successful in the state of Michigan, if not the Midwest. This is because of our outstanding coaches, parent support, and our student-athletes, who excel in the classroom and in the pool. Without hesitation, I believe our men’s water polo program to be a ‘point of pride’ for the Rockford community.” Following are the plans of the senior recipients: • Cody Brown expects to attend Grand Rapids Community College for pre-med. • Eric Chisholm expects to attend Mercyhurst in Pennsylvania to study criminal justice. • Nick Dulak expects to attend Michigan Tech University to pursue engineering. • Mac […]

Rams overpower Bulldogs in water polo

September 22, 2011 // 0 Comments

The Rockford Rams men’s water polo team opened up their conference season by traveling to Grandville on Wednesday, Sept. 14 to meet the Bulldogs. Rockford played solid tough polo, overpowering the Bulldogs and coming away with an 18-3 victory. Once again, the Rams’ depth was evident as nine different players scored, six players had assists, and 12 different players had steals. Aedion Patino was high scorer with four, Alex Savage led the team in assists with four, and Joshua Travis was the steal leader with four. The Rams’ record improved to 13-1. The weekend found the Rams traveling to East Kentwood to compete in the Falcon Invitational. Eight teams from around the state faced off on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16-17. Friday evening, the Rams drew the home pool East Kentwood Falcons. The Rams’ depth once again proved too much for the opponent. Rockford was able to substitute in fresh legs, which led to seven players scoring on the way to an 11-5 team victory. This victory set up an 8 a.m. Saturday rematch with the only opponent to defeat the Rams this year, the Ann Arbor Huron River Rats. The Rams pulled out to an early lead, but with 4:00 left in the contest, the River Rats clawed back and tied the game at 6-6. At the end of regulation play, the contest was knotted at 7-7, forcing a shootout. Junior goalie Corey Fase blocked the Rats’ first shot. Fase’s block turned out to be the only and deciding block in the shootout. “I told myself to focus on one shot at a time. When I blocked the first shot I was excited, but realized I needed to stay focused on my job. Our five shooters all scored and we were thrilled to come away with the win,” Fase said. Fase tallied 14 saves during the tournament. Rockford carried the shootout for a final winning score of 12-11. The Rams defeated Jenison 11-3 in their third game to enter the invitational final to face Hudsonville. In the final, the Rams exploded from the first whistle and never let up, overpowering their OK Red rival 16-4 to capture the title. Senior standout and Ram co-captain, Eric Chisholm scored an amazing “triple double” for the tournament. […]

Rockford water polo achieves academic success

November 11, 2010 // 0 Comments

As they prepare to defend their state water polo title on November 12, thirteen Rockford Rams took time out to receive Academic All State honors from the Michigan Water Polo Association (MWPA). Eight of the honorees are juniors: Cody Brown, Nick Dulak, Mac Finnie, Allyn Kinney, Alex Savage, Matt Vermeer, Josh Waldvogel and Bryan Wasberg. Five are sophomores: Mike Arend, Trenten Babcock, Grant Beach, Corey Fase, and Nick Willison. “We are proud of our student-athletes at Rockford High School,” said Athletic Director Tim Erickson. “Notice the word ‘student’ precedes the word ‘athlete.’ That is our philosophy: student first. Coach McWatters and the water polo team provide a perfect example of this philosophy.” MWPA Academic All State athletes must have a 3.75 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) after completing at least a full year of high school. All 13 boys meet that benchmark; several of them with a GPA higher than 4.0. “We are very proud of the student participation rate in our Rockford High School athletic program,” noted Principal Dan Zang. “More important than the scoreboard, conference standings, and pursuit of state championships, however, is our students’ performance in the classroom. We are fortunate to have student-athletes who truly understand that classroom performance is more important than what happens in the playing arena. Having our coaches appreciate and value this perspective is vitally important as well.” Coach Dave McWatters agreed, “Half of our team is Academic All State! This achievement represents our greatest hope for these young men: that their experience as part of Rockford water polo will enrich their lives long after they graduate. These young men and others are able to respond to the demands of the sport and also achieve academic excellence. That will serve them well for years to come.”