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June 4 2009
by JACKIE HOLLAND-DECKER Talk about pressure! After playing 110 intense, scoreless minutes of soccer-including two 15-minute overtimes-against host West Ottawa in the district title game Friday night, May 29, the Rams needed to outshoot the Panthers at point-blank range to call the title theirs. Assistant coach Scott Hazel, using an abandoned envelope from a greeting card, quickly jotted down the names of five players from the Rams’ roster of 22 to take the shots. Hazel was shaking so badly that his handwriting was barely decipherable. Meanwhile, four-year goalkeeper Kristin Darby-who has been nursing a sore shoulder since Wednesday’s 5-0 shutout against Hudsonville in the district semifinal-prepared to stop five West Ottawa shots. And waiting anxiously in a line in front of the goal was the entire Ram brigade, with the five chosen ones waiting nervously among them. In the stands, their parents anxiously bit their lips and prayed for success. The Rams won the toss and opted to shoot first in the every-other lineup. Senior co-captain Rachel Doud, a deceptively fast midfielder, stepped to the line first. She shot and scored from 12 yards out, sending the Rockford crowd into hysterics. West Ottawa’s first player did the same, however, and the score was tied. Next up for Rockford was Jordan Diffenderfer, whose wily and aggressive play often confuses the opposition. Her shot flew past late-diving Panther goalkeeper Katie Overway. But West Ottawa scored again, making the score even. Sydney Benda, the Rams’ sophomore standout, was third in the shoot-out lineup for the Rams. She scored, and the crowd went crazy. Again, West Ottawa echoed the result, putting the pressure on Rockford defender Sam Decker as she stepped to the line. Decker took her shot and scored, too, but because the referee had not blown his whistle, she was forced to shoot again. Her next shot put the Rams up 4-3 in the shootout. West Ottawa’s next shot hit the post and bounced off, giving Rockford sophomore Lanie Esch, who was just called up to the team on Wednesday from the junior varsity squad, the opportunity to seal the 1-0 win. She answered the challenge, and the Rams captured their third district title in four years. “We so deserved that!” said Hazel after the game. “I […]
The Rockford girls lacrosse team claimed their second consecutive berth in the state semifinals by winning the Lansing regional hosted by Lansing Waverly. The Rams really had their work cut out for them in 2009 with the blind draw for regional pairings. Rockford had to face two top 12 teams in order to advance to the final round. The first-round opponent, Brighton, started strong against the Rams, trading goals with them in the early going. The Ram offense was stagnant for the first 12 minutes of the game. Senior Captain Michon Moline took over and began to light up the scoreboard as the Rams put a flurry of goals in the net to take a 13-6 halftime lead. Seven was the lucky number for the night, with seven Rams scoring goals and Moline netting a team high seven. Defensively, Lexi O’Connor and Alyssa Neumen continued their strong play, protecting goalkeeper Gabrielle Twiest. Twiest had 13 saves in the game. Andi Raymond and Meagan Emery each added three goals, with Raymond contributing six assists. The victory set up a showdown with Ann Arbor Pioneer, who the Rams had played previously and barely escaped with a 6-3 win. The re-match proved to be a different contest than the first, as the Rams scored nine unanswered goals midway through the first half to open up a huge margin. Leading 17-6 at the half, the coaches substituted freely in the second half making sure all the girls got a taste of regional action. Coach Neerken noted, “That was the best total team effort of the year. We had nine girls score goals, and everyone was involved in the offense and defense, moving the ball up the field and cutting off the opportunity for the Pioneer offense.” Raymond and Emery led with six goals each, Kelsei Streeter added three off the bench, and Taylor Balch, Taylor Hiner, Julie Berta, Moline, Abbey Neerken and Roxy Rosema all scored for the Rams. The Rams were dominant on the draw with Raymond, Emery, Rosema and O’Connor confusing the Pioneers off the whistle and claiming 18 center draws. The finals pitted Rockford against Lansing Waverly on the Warriors’ home field. However, the Rams are very comfortable in Lansing, as they have now played seven […]
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Rockford’s women’s track and field team capped a successful season with a MHSAA state championship runner-up finish Saturday, May 30 at East Kentwood High School, when they finished one point behind state champs Detroit Romulus. The Rams had individuals in 12 of the meet’s 17 events and scored in six events by the end of the day. The pole vault saw the Lady Rams score 12 points when Sarah Birkmeier defended her individual state championship from last year and teammate Danielle Putterman claimed a seventh-place finish. Birkmeier’s winning vault of 13’0″ established a new Michigan state finals record and Michigan state record as she became the highest female vaulter ever for the state. Putterman vaulted 11’2″. Out of 22 Lady Rams, 37 points came in the sprint relays: 4×100 meters, 4×200 meters and 4×400 meters. Seniors Krysten Fischer, Emma Breen and Becky Caywood, along with sophomore Abby Blanchard recorded a state championship performance when they ran a Rockford High School (RHS) school record of 47.97 in winning the 4×100-meter relay. Caywood, Breen, Blanchard and junior Margaret Smiley claimed a fifth-place finish in the 4×200-meter relay in a time of 1:43.56. The 4×400-meter relay saw yet another RHS school record when Caywood and Breen paired up with juniors Rachel Jerrils and Katie Carlson to claim second place in a time of 3:54.28. Jerrils and junior Kylie Basarabski concluded the scoring for the Lady Rams by finishing seventh and eighth in their respective events. Jerrils claimed a seventh-place finish in the 400-meter dash by running a time of 58.48, while Basarabski claimed an eighth-place finish in the discus with a throw of 117’7″. Other Rams competed at the state finals in a number of events. Senior Danielle Putterman competed in the 100 high hurdles, while fellow senior Kelcie Severson competed in the 4×800 relay and 1,600-meter run. Junior Rachel Herald competed in the high jump, while classmate Alyssa Durkin competed in the 4×800 relay. Sophomores Stephanie Birkmeier, Sarah Neideck, Abby Blanchard and Catie Rietsema competed in the pole vault, 4×800-meter relay, 200 dash and 3,200-meter run respectively. Freshman Jane Hawks ran the lead-off leg of the 4×800-meter relay. The Lady Rams’ track and field season included the following accomplishments: invitational championship at the Wyoming Park Relays, […]