by JACKIE HOLLAND-DECKER The seniors on the Rockford girls varsity soccer team won’t play at Rams Stadium ever again. Wednesday night, May 26, as they wrapped up their conference tournament run there, they left their final mark on the pitch by beating Jenison 5-0. The 12th-graders, most of whom have played together on teams for at least a third of their lives, stole the show in their second rout of the visiting Wildcats, scoring all five goals. Nine of the 10 players were on the field as the clock ticked off those final seconds. Defender Katie Purvis—who was injured in the Rams’ first game against Jenison on April 23 and faces surgery this summer—cheered madly from the sidelines. “It was fun to watch them end the game together,” said Coach Amira Ponne, who has coached all but one of the seniors since their freshman year. “They came off smiling and hugging one another. It wasn’t sad; it was celebratory. They have played together their whole lives. It’s a big part of their childhood memories, which go back to the soccer field, and of course in high school, that includes Rams Stadium. They showed their leadership in the game and how strong they are as a class. They can get the job done. The underclassmen and juniors are really going to need to step it up next year.” Ponne began her coaching career at Rockford four years ago as the junior varsity coach with nine of the 10 players: Jenna Lysne, Jordan Diffenderfer, Allison Huyser, Kate Huyser, Jenna Odem, Celine Stallmer, Kori Brown, Sondra Weaver, and Purvis. The 10th senior, Sam Decker, played on the varsity team as a freshman. All 10 played for the Soccer Club of Rockford (SCOR) through ninth grade, and all but Decker continued with the club through their senior season under the tutelage of long-time coaches Ian Purvis and John Stallmer. Decker, who will play next year for Grand Valley State University, spent the last three club seasons playing for Grand Rapids Junior Crew. The victory over Jenison, which was delayed an hour because of lightning, helped the Rams secure a tie for third place with Grand Haven in the OK Red conference. Undefeated East Kentwood, which beat Rockford 2-1 in […]
June 3 2010
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.
Future fourth through eighth -graders are invited to register for the annual Rockford Youth Track Camp. This camp is hosted by Rams varsity head coach Randy VanderVeen and will provide participants with instruction on sprinting, hurdles, high and long jumping as well as field events. Camp counselors include members of the Rams girls varsity team, 2010 champions of the OK Red Conference, MHSAA Regional Champions and Michigan Track Coaches’ Association Team State Champions. The camp will be held at the varsity track at Ted Carlson Stadium at Rockford High School, June 14-17 from 9:15 a. m. to 11:30 a. m. Please submit registration for your incoming fourth to eighth-grader with a check for $50 each payable to Rockford Athletics. Name__________________________________ Grade (fall of 2010)______________ Parent Name_____________________________ Home Phone:_____________________________ Cell Phone:_______________________________ Shirt Size (Youth) Small__ Medium__ Large__ Please mail registration and check to Rockford Athletics Track Camp; 4100 Kroes, Rockford MI 49341
Rams finish third in OK Red, ranked number nine in state in Division I The Rockford Rams varsity softball team closed out its OK Red conference schedule in style on Monday, May 24 at Rockford by sweeping the visiting Panthers of West Ottawa by scores of 6-0 and 5-1 to finish third in the conference with a 9-5 record. Rockford broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning of game one when pitcher Tricia Graham singled leading off. Her courtesy runner, Mary Zeboor, scampered around and scored on a double by junior shortstop Alli Hickox. Before the inning ended, the Rams had a 3-0 lead as Isabelle Mudgett and Morgan Ruchty also contributed key hits for the Rams. They added two in the next frame as Graham and Kayla Tykosky each singled home a run to bump the lead to 5-0, and tacked on one more as Ruchty walked and later scored on a fielder’s choice by Lauren Pasciak. All the while, Graham cruised through the first six innings without allowing a base runner. Her attempt for a perfect game came to an end with one out in the seventh, when a swinging third strike on a changeup in the dirt eluded the catcher, and the batter reached first base. Graham did manage to complete her third no-hitter of the year, striking out 17 in the process. In game two, the Rams wasted no time in jumping on top of the Panthers. In the first inning, hits by Karli Showers, Peyton Wells and Hickox, along with a sacrifice fly by Graham, brought home three runs for the Rams. The Rams added a single run in the second on singles by Pasciak and Wells, and a double steal by Mudgett and Tykosky snuck home the final run in the third. Graham made the lead stand by allowing just one run in the sixth inning. She struck out 12 in another fine effort to close out the OK Red season. Final OK Red 2010 standings are as follows: Hudsonville 14-0, Jenison 12-2, Rockford 9-5, Grandville 8-6, East Kentwood 6-8, West Ottawa 5-9, Grand Haven 2-12, and Muskegon 0-14. In the final coaches’ poll, the OK Red shows its strength in the state of Michigan by placing three […]
On Thursday, May 27, the Rockford varsity softball team traveled to Lowell to compete in the 15th Annual Mindy Tichelaar Memorial Softball Tournament. The tournament is in memory of a Lowell softball player who was killed in an automobile accident shortly after her sophomore season in 1995. For the sixth time overall, and for the third consecutive year, the Rams walked away with the trophy after defeating Grandville 2-0 in the opening game and the blanking Lowell 4-0 in the championship game. Tricia Graham again was amazing, allowing just one hit while striking out 10 against Grandville, and then striking out 13 Red Arrows and again allowing just one hit in the finale. Just three opposing base runners made it as far as second base throughout the two games, and nobody reached third against her. Offensively, the Rams scored their only runs against Grandville in the third inning, when senior outfielders Morgan Ruchty and Lauren Pasciak led off with singles, and then with two outs, Graham drew a walk to load the bases. Shortstop Alli Hickox came through with a clutch single to break the scoreless duel, and Kayla Tykosky followed with a walk that forced in the second run of the inning and the final run of the game. Against Lowell, the top of the order did the damage. Leadoff hitter Pasciak singled and scored twice, and Karli Showers, the number two hitter, singled and had a key sacrifice bunt to set up the first run. Peyton Wells, the number three hitter in the lineup, had two hits and drove in two for the Rams. Tykosky drove in Wells with the final run of a three-run sixth inning that was more than enough insurance for Graham and her defense.< br clear=left>