On Tuesday, June 2, the Lady Rams varsity softball concluded their regular season with a doubleheader sweep of the Fighting Scots from Caledonia by scores of 6-0 and 11-1. It was Senior Night, and the Rams’ senior athletes celebrated their final games on the Rockford High School varsity field in fine style. Senior centerfielder Lauren Pasciak, who will play collegiate softball at Cornerstone University, wasted no time getting things started for Rockford as she smacked a triple over the head of the centerfielder and scored on a sacrifice fly by Peyton Wells to stake the Rams to an early lead. Pasciak’s run would have been enough for junior pitcher Tricia Graham, who blanked Caledonia, allowing just three hits while striking out 16. In doing so, Graham reached a milestone by notching the 1,000th strikeout of her brilliant career. No other Rockford pitcher has ever reached this total, and she still has more than a full season left to add to her record. Pasciak added some insurance later in the game with a two-run single. Junior Katie Chapin had a big game with two sharp singles, which led to two more runs in the 6-0 win. In game two, the Rams jumped all over the Scots, racking up 13 hits in a mercy-rule-shortened five-inning game. Junior shortstop Alli Hickox led the onslaught with three hits, three runs batted in, and two runs scored. Fellow junior infielder Kayla Tykosky drove in two more with two hits, including a triple. The seniors had another strong game in their home finale. Morgan Ruchty had another nice game with two hits, and Haley Pattok ripped a double down the left field line in the last home high school at-bat. Pattok will be playing her college ball at Davenport University. Senior catcher Karli Showers, bound for Grand Rapids Community College’s softball program in the fall, provided stellar defense once again, gunning down the only runner who attempted to steal a base against her. Pasciak patrolled center field with her normal authority. It was a great day for the Rams,who finished the regular season with a 29-8 record.
July 2 2009. sports
At BraeSide Golf Course, where Rockford High School players practice and compete, and joined by Coach J. Eric Cullum, Trent Davison signed his letter of intent to continue his sport at Ferris State University. Davison began his Rockford golf career as a freshman. He has continually improved and learned how to perform on the golf course. Davison was a first team Division I All-State team member in 2009 and is definitely on track for that again this year. Staff and coaches at Rockford High School are proud of Davison, and see even bigger accomplishments in his future.
The Rockford Rams boys golf team didn’t slide through districts by one shot this year. The Rams finished second at the District competition on Thursday, May 27 and had a 26 shot cushion. At Stonegate Golf Club in Twin Lakes, MI, Muskegon High School hosted the District I competition. The Rams finished second to Forest Hills Central with three Rams medaling. Trent Davison went home with a District Championship after defeating Jared Dalga (FHC) in a three-hole sudden death playoff. Trent’s 70 (-2) lead the way and was supported by Sam Gallup’s 72, Steven Mette’s 77, and Jake Chaffee’s 81. The Rams travel to El Dorado Golf Course in Holt for the Regional tournament on Thursday, June 3.
The Grand Rapids Junior Pacers Prep Team traveled to Denver, Colo., April 10 and 11 to take part in the 2010 National Wheelchair Basketball Association Championships. The team came home with the national runner-up trophy, with the national champion Bay Area Rollers (San Francisco) team barely squeaking by. The Jr. Pacers took first place at the 2010 Midwest Conference championships. “It’s always great to see the kids improve their game as the season progresses. This year each player made significant improvement and that was evident by their showing at the national championships in Denver,” said assistant coach Mike Totte. “We need to build on this year’s success and make another run at a national championship next year.” Team members include CJ Blackwell (East Kellogsville Elementary), Shane Brewer (Pine Island Elementary, Comstock Park), Tanner Gentry (Campbell Elementary, Muskegon), Thomas Konor (East Grand Rapids High School), Codey Minard (Tri-County Middle School, Pierson), Oksana Parmenter (Sand Lake Elementary), Alex Totte (Hayes Middle School, Grand Ledge), and Natalie Wright (Appleview Elementary, Sparta). Twelve-year veteran, Coach Pat Besta, also plays with the Pacers adult wheelchair team. Totte also serves on the Grand Rapids Wheelchair Sports Association (GRWSA) board. The Junior Pacers are sponsored by GRWSA, a nonprofit organization designed to help children and adults whose various physical challenges require them to use a wheelchair to play competitive and recreational sports. The Jr. Pacers Wheelchair Basketball teams are open to any physically disabled youngster who is school age, kindergarten to high school senior.
The Rockford junior varsity boys golf team concluded a very successful season by winning the OK Red postseason conference tournament at Grand Haven Golf Club (GHGC) on Wednesday, May 12, by posting a score of 181, one stroke better than runner-up East Kentwood. Jenison finished third with 187. The Rams were led by sophomore Mark Pearson, who finished with the best score in the tournament with a 43 on the challenging narrow fairways at GHGC. Freshman Seth Wells shot a 44, Sam Barnard 46, Justin Ullrey 46, Parker Derks 46, and David Dominiak 49. On the year, Coach Scott Kruisenga’s team finished with an impressive 49-11 record. When asked to summarize the season, Coach Kruisenga said, “More important than the wins/losses this year were the attitudes and work ethic of the team. Being able to balance fun and hard work is challenging for many freshmen and sophomores, but these boys were able to handle it and succeeded in becoming the JV conference champs. They maintained a conference record of 29-1 and won the preseason, midseason, and postseason championships. I’m proud of you, boys, and good luck in striving for varsity status.” Sophomore Jake Stephan, who led the team with an average score of 39.6 per nine holes, earned some valuable varsity experience at times throughout the season by virtue of his outstanding play. While playing at the JV level, nine of his 13 rounds were in the 30s, including a one-over-par 36 on April 22. Completing the JV roster this season were sophomores David Anderson and Justin Wustman, and freshman Matt Dickinson.