When the Rockford women’s water polo team fell 5-7 to Hudsonville in a physical back-and-forth battle for the west regional championship on May 22, the team knew their road to the state title would be increasingly more difficult. The Lady Rams’ second seed placed them in a bracket with undefeated and state champion favorite Okemos and set them up for a tough round-one game against Ann Arbor Huron, a team they had not faced all season. Rather than intimidate the Rams, their daunting task fired them up. This young team with only five seniors had improved significantly all season, and their goal was to bring their “A game” and step up their defense—a weapon of which coaches throughout the state had taken notice. Round one Friday night, June 4, against the Huron River Rats kept the huge crowd packed in the Saline natatorium on the edge of their bleachers. The score went back and forth throughout the entire game, with the Rams down by two with seconds ticking off to end the first half until a mid pool shot brought them to 6-7. In the second half, the Lady Rams picked up their defensive effort, and held Huron scoreless in the third quarter, while scoring two. As the fourth quarter advanced, the Rams poured on the offense, with sophomore Casey Wolfer finding the back of the cage four times. With a two-goal lead with 2:59 left on the clock, victory was within their grasp. The River Rats weren’t ready to quit, and quickly scored another goal. With just seconds on the clock, they stole the ball in front of the Rams’ goal and nearly landed a game-tying goal. Junior goalie Tiffany Elenbaas would have nothing of it and finished the game, securing 12 saves, two critical steals and one assist. Wolfer led the team in scoring with a career high seven goals and one assist. Offense also came from Christina Weston (two goals, one assist), Natalie Beeg (one goal, three assists), Ashley Gremel (one goal, three assists), and Holly Nauta (one goal). Junior Erica Finlayson also had a critical assist. The Rams’ Friday night victory paired them up against the undefeated Okemos Chiefs Saturday morning. Beeg, Nauta and Wolfer found the net in the first […]
June 10 2010
On June 3, the Rockford Rams varsity golfers played a spectacular round of golf at El Dorado Golf Club in Mason, Mich. The Division I regional was hosted there by Holt High School. The field included 12 different regional qualifying teams, and six of those were ranked in the top 12 in Division I boys golf for the state of Michigan. It showed. The Rams posted a team total of 293 (+9) and tied for third. Third place is a state-qualifying position, however, they were tied with Forest Hills Central. In an interesting twist of sports fate, the Rams lost a fifth score playoff and were sent home without a team invitation to the 2010 Division I state golf tournament. The Rams were led by seniors Trent Davison (69, first place overall), Sam Gallup (72, seventh place), Jake Chaffee (73, 11th place), and Eric Conroy (79, 43rd place). Davison has now won both the district and regional championships and will carry the Rams golf flag on to the 2010 Division I state finals at Forest Akers East at Michigan State University. The Rams’ golf season has been a highly productive one with varsity wins at the Fremont Invitational, the Rockford Spring Classic at Cedar Chase, and a co-championship of the OK Red conference. The Rams set and broke the nine-hole school record, broke the school record for 18 holes, and only finished out of the top three in one event and that was a fifth place. The Rams varsity golf team ended with an OK Red dual record of 14-0, an overall conference record of 26-2, and an overall record of 124-14. This is the highest victory total in the last three years. The Rams also achieved a great feat by having four of their golfers make OK Red All-Conference and one making honorable mention. They have two players in the running for All-State honors, one eligible for Academic All-State honors, and the whole team has a nice chance of making Academic All-State. While they were terribly disappointed to be left out of the 2010 state tournament, as a team they do not have anything to complain about. The Rams had a great season and with Davison carrying the Rams’ flag to the state tournament, […]
Rockford girls lacrosse stormed through their regional round this past week, earning their third consecutive trip to the state semifinal round. Rockford opened with their third victory this season over an out-matched squad from Forest Hills, 22-2. The Rams blazed to a 15-0 halftime lead and then cruised through the second half getting everyone in the game. The offense featured 11 girls scoring goals with Andi Raymond leading with five while adding three assists, Erica Neumen three with two assists, and Taylor Hiner, Taylor Balch, Kelsei Streeter, Meagan Emery, Alyssa Neumen, Abbey Neerken, Katie Bean, Karly McQueen and Kelly McCabe each finding the back of the net for at least one goal. The second round was a surprise as the Rams from Holt had to forfeit due to some unforeseen last-minute issues with their squad. The finals for the third straight year was a battle between the combined team from Lansing Waverly, Grand Ledge and Lansing Catholic Central, who play in the black and gold colors of Waverly. Each team knows each other well, having played seven times in the last three years with Rockford winning every contest. Friday night, with a threat of thunder and lightning in the air, the only lightning to be found was in the Rockford duo A. Raymond and Emery. Raymond led the Rams with four goals, seven assists, five caused turnovers and five draw controls, while Emery added three goals, two assists, two draw controls and three caused turnovers. Also having a strong game on offense for the Rams was Hiner with three goals, as the Rams outpaced their opponent 18-10. The Ram defense was strong against the bulldozer-like attack of Waverly and senior Annie Mendoza. Neerken, O’Connor, K. Raymond, McCabe, A. Neumen and Christensen worked to create a solid wall in front of goaltender Sydney Gray to limit Waverly to three first-half goals while the Ram offense scored 10. When they did break free, Gray was there, registering 11 saves before giving way to Jenna Chaffee for the last minutes of the game. The Rams, 17-4 on the season, travel to South Lyon on June 9 to take on the winner of the Grosse Point South versus Troy match-up, hoping to earn their first berth in the championship […]
Rockford’s boys lacrosse team lost in a close battle on June 2 against U-D Jesuit in the Division I Region I semifinals of the state lacrosse tournament at Holt High School. The final score was U-D Jesuit 9, Rockford 8. Down 8-5 at the start of the fourth quarter, the Rams’ comeback fell just short as the final buzzer sounded. Rockford held a 4-1 lead at the end of the first half, with two goals scored by Kento Nakano, and one each from Danny Pouba and Adam Kroll. The Cubs woke up in the third quarter, scoring seven times against just one Rockford goal scored by attack man Mitch Newton. Jesuit scored once more in the fourth quarter, and then Rockford started their comeback. Faceoffs won by Newton halfway through the fourth quarter allowed the Rams to control possession, and Newton completed his hat trick by scoring twice more. Blake McDonald also scored. Juniors Kroll and Erik Datema assisted on the three fourth-quarter goals, but time ran out on both the game and the Rams’ season. Coach Tim Murray’s young Rockford team finished the year with a combined record (regular season and playoffs) of nine wins and nine losses. Leading the 2010 team offensively were Newton with 32 goals and 29 assists, and Kroll with 28 goals and 25 assists. Datema also recorded 21 goals with 11 assists. Senior captain Cooper Sturr led the defense with 26 takeaways on the year. Senior Austin Mills was second with 11 takeaways. Starting goalkeeper Connor Flynn made 259 saves, for a save percentage of 66 for the year. The 2011 Rams will have many returning players, as well as a talented JV squad moving up.
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.