Six Rockford Odyssey of the Mind teams participated in the world finals competition held at Michigan State University in East Lansing from May 26 to 29. Rockford has been involved in Odyssey of the Mind for 22 years and, for the first time, all teams competing at the world level placed in the top 10. Teams competing and their placements are as follows: • Cannonsburg Elementary: second place • North Rockford Middle School: second place • Roguewood Elementary: fourth place (honorable mention) • Rockford High School: fifth place (honorable mention) • Parkside Elementary: seventh place • North Rockford Middle School: 10th place.
June 10 2010
The Rockford varsity softball team won the Division I district championship at Northview on Saturday, June 5. The Rams edged the host Wildcats in the semifinals as junior Lexi Bettig’s hard grounder to second drove home sophomore Kayla Tykosky with the only run of the game with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning. Tykosky had led off the inning with a double to the gap in left center. Then freshman Isabelle Mudgett’s hard grounder up the middle, which was fielded nicely by the shortstop, allowed Tykosky to scamper to third base as the throw went to first. Bettig then came through in the clutch with the winning ground ball on a 1-0 count, setting off a celebration for the Rams. The win over Northview was extra special since the Wildcats had knocked the Rams out of the tournament in 2009 and had also defeated Rockford in the Northview Tournament earlier this year. As they normally do, Northview played incredible defense in this game, with two stellar catches in the outfield on hits that looked destined for extra bases. Tricia Graham was as strong as ever on the mound for Rockford, limiting Northview to just three singles, of which only one left the infield. Graham retired the last 13 batters she faced in order, striking out 14 and walking none in the contest. The Rams then were pitted against Greenville in the finals, who had beaten Kenowa Hills earlier on Saturday to reach the championship game. In the finals, Graham again allowed just three hits, and this time she struck out 17 batters in a mercy-rule-shortened six-inning game, as she shut out the Yellow Jackets 14-0. Offensively for the Rams, contributions came from everywhere. Graham led the charge herself with a four-for-four performance. Lauren Pasciak and Morgan Ruchty each scored twice for Rockford, as did Alli Hickox, who added three RBIs as well. Peyton Wells scored three times and drove in one run, and Molly O’Rourke had a big two-run double to the gap in right-center to cap off a big six-run rally for the Rams in the sixth inning. Leah Oliver scored the final run of the contest on O’Rourke’s hit, and Graham and her defense took care of business from there […]
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.
by JACKIE HOLLAND-DECKER As the announcer counted down the final seconds of the district final Saturday afternoon at Grand Haven High School, the Rockford girls soccer team watched the championship slip between their fingers. The Rams had outshot Reeths-Puffer 15-7 in the title game, but their fiery opponents outscored them 3-2 to capture the win. The Rockets have now advanced to the regional opener against Okemos Tuesday night at Holt. “This is a disappointing loss,” admitted Coach Amira Ponne, whose team ends the season with a 10-9-1 record. “It has happened to us all season, but it’s too bad it had to happen today. We played possession so beautifully. We controlled the field. We were better, and they know it. We just played so great, but their keeper did a good job. She wasn’t fumbling anything we put to her.” The Rockets’ overly aggressive play earned them many fouls, a yellow card, and plenty of jeers from the Rockford crowd, but that aggressiveness and opportunistic thinking surely paved the way for their victory. Senior Emily Lindebaum, who sat out for 10 minutes after earning the yellow card, scored their final two goals by muscling her way into key scoring positions. The Rams, who tied the Rockets earlier in the season, lit up the scoreboard first when senior Al Huyser’s precision passing found freshman Erika Bradfield open in the midfield. Bradfield’s shot floated up over the outstretched fingers of the Rockets’ goalkeeper Erin Caughey with 15:53 left in the first half. Back-to-back goals 10 minutes later gave the Rockets a 2-1 advantage going into the half. Senior Emily Swain tied the game when she broke away from the Rockford defense, charged up the middle, and shot the ball past Rockford goalkeeper Karlee Fluegel with 5:06 left in the half. Just 24 seconds later, Lindebaum muscled her way into position and made an unobstructed shot from close range. The Rams tied it up with 15 minutes left in the game by a beautifully placed corner shot from junior Emily Cowan. Although Huyser had stepped up to take the shot and already had the ball in the corner, Ponne called for Cowan to take the shot with the hopes that Huyser or her twin sister Kate might get […]
The Rockford varsity baseball team split a pair of non-league games on Saturday, May 22. In the opener, they beat Ogema Heights 4-0 behind a solid pitching performance by junior lefty Joe Kropiewnicki. Mt. Pleasant handed them a loss in the second game. Rockford’s offense struggled a bit, as they had just four hits in the contest. Sophomore Tony DiLeo hit another homerun while senior John Veitengruber and junior Bryan Baldwin each clubbed a double. DiLeo, Mike Bilski and Zach Martinek each had an RBI in the game. Kropiewnicki was never in trouble, as he notched the win for the Rams. He threw seven innings, gave up no runs, six hits and one walk while striking out eight. In game two, Mt. Pleasant proved to be a much tougher opponent, as the Rams dropped the game 4-0. They faced a quality left-handed pitcher from Mt. Pleasant, who was just a sophomore, and he held them in check the entire game. Offensively, Rockford was held to just three hits for the game. Baldwin, Shain Showers and Martinek all had singles. The loss was given to senior Taylor Masiewicz despite a pretty strong pitching performance. It was only Masiewicz’s second time on the hill for the Rams and he was behind in the count quite a bit, but looked pretty good. Masiewicz threw six innings, gave up three earned runs, three hits, seven walks and fanned four. He was relieved in the seventh inning by Martinek. Martinek pitched one inning, giving up one earned run, two hits, two walks and struck out one. The Rams beat the West Ottawa Panthers in league play at home on Monday, May 24, and lost a game at West Ottawa on Wednesday, May 26. In the first game, the Rams won 6-1 behind another strong pitching performance by Baldwin. Rockford was outhit by West Ottawa 7-8 on the day, but the hits were timely and the Panthers made some errors that the Rams capitalized on. Leading the way for the Rams, offensively, was Martinek, who had two singles and scored two runs. Christian Lienesch also had a single, scored two runs and had an RBI. Also garnering hits on the day were Andrew Rademacher, Masiewicz, Showers and Drew Farmer. Baldwin was […]