by RANDY GREGORY With runners on the corners, two down and two strikes on Brent Showers, the Rockford Rams were staring at a 5-4 deficit to Northview in the top of the seventh inning in the Division I district final at Rockford on Saturday, June 2. Their dreams of defending their state championship from 2011 couldn’t have been more precariously perched as Brower Snedeker prepared to deliver the potentially decisive pitch for the Wildcats. Just prior to the ball leaving the pitcher’s hands, the home plate umpire screamed “Balk!” and the crowds and teams on both sides erupted simultaneously in stunned disbelief. The balk allowed Shain Showers to trot home with the tying run. An inning later the Rams tallied another run to take a 6-5 lead that Kory Young made stand up and the Rams advanced to next week’s Division I regional at Jenison. “That was a battle between two very good teams out there today,” said Rockford Coach Ian Hearn. “We started out playing baseball the ‘Rockford way’ in the first inning, but then in the second, third and fourth innings things weren’t going our way. We kind of lost our way and started pressing for a while. It took us till late in the game to regain our focus and it was almost too late. This is a determined bunch and I am proud of the way they rallied in a difficult situation to move ahead.” The first inning featured a barrage of Ram hits that didn’t stop until the Rams pushed across four runs. Drew Farmer led off with a single that was followed by arun batted in (RBI) double from Showers. Tony Dileo followed with another double that made it 2-0. An Ian Stankus ground out made it 3-0. Brent Showers ripped yet another double and was chased home with another RBI single from Steven Powell. It was 4-0 Rockford and it appeared for all intents and purposes that the rout was on. Farmer perpetuated those thoughts with a beautiful diving catch in center field in the bottom half of the first. But Snedeker came on to start the second inning and stymied the Rams over the next five and two-thirds innings. Meanwhile, the Wildcats chipped away with two runs […]
June 7 2012
by RANDY GREGORY The boys track team at Rockford faced adversity with increasing frequency as the season progressed. Illness, injury and untimely suspensions combined to gradually dissipate the point potential of a Ram squad that persevered their way to several notable accomplishments. A regional title, several strong showings at invitationals and a second-place finish in an always-challenging OK Red conference highlighted the season. The season concluded on Saturday, June 2 in the Division I state meet at East Kentwood. The Rams amassed 10 points as a team in extremely windy conditions that were not conducive to performance. Rockford scored points in three separate events and suffered a few mishaps in the sprint relays that kept them from more. “Considering everything, it was a year that we were pretty happy with,” said Rockford Coach Andy Martin. “We had a few issues over the course of the season, but that does nothing to diminish what we accomplished both as a team and on an individual basis. Drew Woznick ran a very nice 1,600-meter and had a great year all around. Chris Eggenberger was a standout for us in the sprints and the 4×800 relay team had a good finish too. We had a few bad hand-offs that hurt us in the shorter relays, but it was a pretty satisfying day for us.” Woznick finished third in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:23.07. That was less than three seconds from first for the talented junior. Eggenberger finished seventh in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.56. The 4×800 relay quartet of Austin Benoit, Casey Aman, Chris Coles and Woznick also ran to a seventh-place finish with a season best time of 7:55.14. “We are really going to miss this year’s seniors next year,” said Martin. “But we have some talented juniors coming back, including all four members of the 4×800 team. In some ways it was a year of what could have been. But that shouldn’t take away from all the positives this year produced.”
The Soccer Club of Rockford (SCOR) U13 Premier boys soccer team takes home the Canton Cup over Memorial Day weekend—top division and beat Canton, one of the top five teams in the state. Pictured are Keegan Goetz, Matt Mauer, Andrew Haid, Jacob Holt, Cameron Fedorchuk, Kameren Butler, Reed Pontius, Spencer Kolderman, Brian Stevens, Nate Thomas, Ty Dalton, Danny Anderson, Coach Alex Ludwig, Biorn Hjelm, Tyler Teerhorst, Jacob DeVries, Matisse Pearson, and Coach Pat Dalton.
SCOR ’02 Black wins G.R. Crew Cup The Soccer Club of Rockford (SCOR) ’02 Black team won their division (U11 2nd) at the Grand Rapids Crew Cup, held the weekend of April 13-15. The championship game, tied 1-1 at the end of the second half, ended in a nail-biting finish, going into two overtimes and a shootout to determine the winner. While the Muskegon Lakers proved to be a worthy opponent, Coach Pat Dalton’s girls triumphed, winning 3-2. “It’s really remarkable when you consider that these girls are playing ‘up’ against girls at least a year older than them,” stated assistant coach, Emilee Long.