Rockford varsity boys lacrosse played three league games this past week and came away with their own hat trick. The Rams beat league opponents West Ottawa, Forest Hills Northern/Eastern, and Forest Hills Central. Coach Sims’ team traveled to Holland for the first game of the week against West Ottawa. Playing on grass for the first time this season, the Rams rolled to a 13-3 win. The “Big Three” led Rockford in scoring: senior Mitch Newton with three goals and two assists, junior Kento Nakano with three goals and three assists, and sophomore Kane Wolfer with three goals and three assists. Also scoring goals for the Rams were seniors Alex Pouba, Jared Seifert and Jesse Siegel. Jon Hazy and Jordan Shiparski led the defense in ground balls. In goal for the Rams, and holding the Panthers to three goals, were Connor Flynn and Tyler Wolpert. Friday night, with 38 degree chilling temps, Rockford hosted Forest Hills Northern/Eastern (FHNE). Like the weather, the boys started out cold in the first half, but turned the heat up in the second half to register an exciting 9-8 win. FHNE jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the beginning of the game but Rockford knotted it up 2-2 to end the first quarter. Scoring the goals were Blake McDonald and Seifert. They were assisted by Newton and Nakano. FHNE answered back with two more goals in the second period, but were answered right back with goals by Newton and Nakano. Those goals were assisted by Karson Konkle and Wolfer. The score stood at 4-4 to end the half. With heat added during the locker room session by Coach Sims and his coaching staff, who quickly broke down assignments, Rockford scored the only two goals of the third period to end it at 6-4. The fourth quarter became a roller coaster ride. FHNE was not going home silently. As they tied the score to 7-7 with 3:56 left on the clock, senior Spencer Sims scored the next goal on an assist by Newton. Another quick goal by McDonald on an assist from Caleb Cuneo sat the Rams with a comfortable two-goal lead. With 1:59 left on the clock, FHNE added another goal to their total. With Rockford’s one-goal advantage FHNE created […]
“Give everything you have and leave nothing,” senior co-captain Eric Chisholm summed up the attitude of this year’s senior class of 11 veterans. The Michigan Water Polo Association West Region district championships opened this past Friday, Oct. 21, at the Rockford pool. The Rams entered the tournament ranked second in the state with an overall record of 36-2. The Ram water polo program has a long history of deep successful runs in the state tournament. Once again, the Rams look forward to being a force to reckon with in this year’s state tournament. Senior goalie Matt Vermeer said, “We have been waiting for four years to make the run as seniors, and we are excited and prepared for this.” The West Region district is divided into two flights. Number two state-ranked Rockford secured a number one seed in the East flight while third-ranked Hudsonville was the top seed in the West. The Rams opened play Saturday morning, facing the East Grand Rapids Pioneers. The Rams came out on fire, scoring two goals in the first 1:40. The Ram depth was too much for the Pioneers and, in a total team effort, Rockford came away with a 15-1 victory. The Rams kept the adrenaline going as they faced the Grandville Bulldogs for the West Region East district championship. Once again a total team effort overwhelmed the opponent as the Rams dominated the Bulldogs on their way to a 17-4 victory. Not only did the victory give the Rams the championship, but also set them up as the number one seed in next weekend’s regional match-ups at East Kentwood. District tournament leaders for the Rams were Grant Beach in scoring, senior Allyn Kinney in assists, and senior Mac Finnie in steals.