There was a lot learned May 14-15 at the East Grand Rapids natatorium during the East District Women’s Water Polo tournament. Head Coach Scott Voltz and his team showed some new lineups and offensive plays, different defensive match-ups and, most of all, that they can win a critical game when it counted. Coming into the tournament with second seed following two earlier-season close losses to East Kentwood, the Lady Rams were determined to beat the Falcons to gain fairst seed from the East District heading into regionals. To get to the final game against East Kentwood, however, the Rams could not look past fast and powerful East Grand Rapids (EGR). The Rams had just beaten the tournament hosts in Rockford during their senior night, and the Pioneers wanted revenge. It appeared they might get it. EGR came out strong and scored the only goal of the first quarter. The Lady Rams looked flat, with not the crispest of passes and several missed shots on goal. Fortunately, the Rockford girls got into the game in the second quarter, finding the back of the net three times. The Pioneers responded with a quick goal to start the third quarter, and a five-meter shot drawn on a Rams penalty. Coach Voltz called key time-outs, and the Rams kept their cool and continued to push on defense. When the final whistle blew, the Rams were on top, 7-4, led by senior Natalie Beeg (three goals, one assist), sophomore Casey Wolfer (two goals, three assists), and seniors Ashley Gremel and Christina Weston, each with one goal and one assist. Junior goalie Tiffany Elenbaas was tough in goal, with eight saves and two steals. When the Rams returned to the EGR natatorium at 2:15 Saturday afternoon to take on the East Kentwood Falcons, they knew they wanted to get on the board first and not look back. Their defense had been solid all season; they just needed to dial in on the net and a couple of key Falcon players. Rockford’s Wolfer started the scoring, with two goals in the first quarter and one in the second. She led the team with five goals and three key steals, followed by Gremel with two goals, four assists and three steals. Seniors Weston […]
July 2 2009. sports
A Rockford football golf outing is scheduled for Saturday, July 24, at Boulder Creek Golf Club, 5750 Brewer Ave., Belmont. Fans of Rockford Rams football can support the program by signing up for a sponsorship or for participating in the outing, which starts with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. and ends with a dinner and awards ceremony at 7 p.m. Included in the cost is green fees and cart, dinner, contest hole prizes, raffle prizes, a day full of laughs, and Ram fans and post-play dinner. The format for the event is a shotgun four-person scramble on an 18-hole course. Foursomes may be requested, but it is not necessary to have a foursome to register. The entry fee is $75 per golfer or $300 per foursome. For non-golfers, dinner only is available for just $25. Registration is due by July 5, 2010. Through support of this event, the Rockford football program is able to assist Rockford families by covering the “pay to play” costs for those who are experiencing difficult financial times, allowing everyone the opportunity to participate. They are also able to purchase new equipment to keep the players safe, provide snacks and drinks for the two-a-days and team camps, as well as cover additional expenses. Organizers are asking for participation with the hopes that this year will not only be a great day of golf with Ram fans, but also an opportunity to raise money for this incredible program. Gold Corporate Golf Sponsorship is $450 prior to June 30, and is $500 after June 30. It includes a foursome for golf with a cart, a hole sign sponsorship, dinner for four after the event, and recognition at the event. Silver Corporate Golf Sponsorship is just $200 prior to June 30, and $250 after. It includes hole sign sponsorship and dinner for four after the event. Please indicate which sponsorship level you are selecting and mail payment (payable to Rockford Football) to Denise R. Hodges, RHS Football Golf Outing, 3069 Royal Hanna Dr. NE, Rockford, MI 49341, no later than July 5, please. For more information on participating or to register to participate in the golf outing, please visit www.rockfordschools.org or call the Rockford High School athletic department at (616) 863-6040.
Rockford’s Lady Rams’ spectacular season came to an end last Tuesday night only two minutes from a trip to the Breslin Center and a possible state championship game. The East Lansing Trojans arrived in Caledonia for this state quarterfinal match-up rated number one in Class A and sporting their star player Klarissa Bell. Bell had been just awarded Michigan’s “Miss Basketball” title for the top player in the state. East Lansing escaped with a 56-51 win in a thrilling game filled with great plays and excitement throughout. Led by Bell and three Division I college signees in their starting lineup, and holding a 25-1 record, the Trojans must have taken a deep breath as they departed for the ride back home. The Rams gave East Lansing more than they wanted, and then some. Averaging 65 points per game while allowing only 40, East Lansing was stretched to the limit. Rockford scored first, as both teams came out tentative in the first quarter. East Lansing immediately applied full court pressure and continued a tenacious ball-hawking defense throughout the game. After the first eight minutes of play, East Lansing had jumped out to an early 12-7 lead. The second quarter belonged to Rockford, as the Rams outplayed the Trojans on both ends of the court, fighting back into the game with the score all square at 26-26 at the half. The third quarter also belonged to the Rams, as they outscored East Lansing and led 45-37 with less than one minute in the third. The Rams offense opened up during the third quarter, scoring 19 points and holding the Trojans to 15. The fourth quarter began with Rockford leading 45-41—senior Megan Kelley hit 10 of her game high 16 points in the second half. With 6:25 in the fourth, the score was tied 47-47. East Lansing then made their living at the foul line, 12 for 19 in second half, while Rockford was 3 for 5. The disparity in fouls was the deciding factor at game’s end: East Lansing 25/41, Rockford 10/16. With under 2:00 left in the contest, Rockford sophomore Halle Peterson made two free throws to put Rockford on top 51-50, as the crowd rocked with the anticipation of an upset of the number-one Trojans. […]
Rockford sends seven to individual state competition by TIM COOPER In the opening round of the team regional competition, Rockford faced a familiar foe when they wrestled the Wildcats of Jenison. Rockford had beaten Jenison 42-19 in a dual meet in the middle of December. The Rams continued to show their dominance over the Wildcats, winning nine of 14 matches and racking up a 48-21 team score to advance to the finals where they faced the number-one-ranked Lowell Red Arrows. Lowell advanced by beating West Ottawa on their side of the bracket. In the finals, Zach Banaszak (189) fell in a 14-5 decision to Lowell’s Ryan Olep, giving Lowell an early 4-0 team lead. At 215 pounds, Rockford’s Joe Stefanski wrestled district champion Gabe Dean (189). Dean, who had moved up one weight class, was trying to upset Stefanski. In a match that went four periods with a tied score at 4-4, Stefanski and Dean wrestled for the takedown. With three seconds remaining in overtime, Stefanski used a double-leg takedown, scoring two points and winning in sudden victory. The 285-pound match was one Lowell was expected to win. Most pundits across the state had Lowell’s Connor Cruse pinning the much smaller Banaszak. Banaszak kept the match close for the full six minutes, but fell in a 4-2 decision, giving the Red Arrows a 7-3 team score lead. Tyler VanRooyen pinned his opponent in 55 seconds, giving the Rams the first lead of the night, 9-7. With bonus points at a minimum in this dual meet, VanRooyen’s pin would prove to be the only pin of the evening for either team. The big surprise of the evening for Lowell was seeing Rockford’s “Chubbs” Johnson walk to the mat for the 112-pound match. Johnson, who has been injured most of the season, was excited to be back in action. Building an 11-2 lead after the first period, Johnson cruised through the next two periods, building a 16-7 lead after six minutes. Johnson’s major decision gave the Rams a 13-7 advantage over the Arrows. Lowell proved that they deserve the number one ranking by climbing back into the dual meet at the 119-pound match, where the Red Arrows’ Calvin Meyer defeated Rockford’s Chris Barrentine with a 14-6 major decision. […]
Saturday, Feb. 20, the Rockford bowling teams finished off their OK Red conference season with the boys winning the post season tournament by just one pin (3,673-3,672) over Grandville boys at Fairlanes Lanes, Grandville’s home house. The tournament win, along with their 9-3 record in conference match play, helped the boys capture sole possession of the OK Red conference championship. At the conference tournament, the boys were led by seniors Aaron Dennis and Nick VanDrunen with 624 and 623 series. They will be sending three boys to the All Conference team: Nick VanDrunen (225 average) Derek Stites (207) and Aaron Dennis (204). The girls team ended up with second place at the weekend tournament with a total pin count of 3,272 just 16 pins behind first-place Grandville’s 3,288. “We were 150 pins behind Grandville going into the final two games, and we had caught them going into the 10th frame of last game, but a couple of unlucky splits and their anchor bowler putting up three strikes in their 10th cost us first place,” said Coach Lynn Farrance. The girls were led by seniors Katie Schmock (672 series, first overall) and Christina Miller (598 series, third overall). With the Rockford girls’ 10-2 conference record and a second place at the tournament, the Lady Rams secured sole possession of the OK Red conference championship. They will be sending two girls to the All Conference team: Katie Schmock (180) and Christina Miller (169). Last year’s returning juniors Jacquelyn Beard (19-1 match play record) and Megan Wood (16-6 match play record) earned Honorable Mention. “With only two returning starters and graduating three All Conference seniors last year, these girls really surprised me with what they accomplished. Seniors Katie and Christina really showed their leadership skills, but juniors Jacquelyn Beard and Megan Wood’s contributions were key to us having this successful of a season,” said Coach Farrance. Both teams will be going to Grand Haven’s Starlite Lanes for regionals on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27. Hopefully they’ll move on to state finals at M-66 Bowl in Battle Creek March 5-6. Team events will be on Fridays, and singles will be on Saturdays.